Richard Loulou

Desautels Faculty of Management

Operations Management


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Emeritus Professor (pre-2009) - Desautels Faculty of Management

Bronfman Building, Rm 560 [Map]
1001 rue Sherbrooke Ouest Montreal Quebec Canada
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1G5

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MS University of California at Berkeley
PhD University of California at Berkeley
Doctorat d'Etat Université de Grenoble


Richard Loulou joined the Faculty of Management in 1970 and has been Associate Dean Academic since 1993. In 1980, he co-founded the Groupe d'Étude et de Recherches en Analyse des Décisions (GÉRAD), and served as its Director from 1988 to 1992. GÉRAD is a joint research centre of McGill, École des Hautes Études Commerciales (Montréal), and École Polytechnique (Montréal). Dr. Loulou has taught such undergraduate and graduate courses as Applied Optimization, Simulation, Stochastic Processes and Operations Research. He has been a Visiting Professor and Researcher at Université de Sherbrooke and Université de Grenoble, France, during the period of his association with McGill.

Richard Loulou's research focusses on the modeling and analysis of energy/environment systems. His current projects involve the development of mathematical and economic models of large scale energy systems and their use for the investigation of numerous issues related to energy and the environment, with special emphasis on the abatement of greenhouse gas emissions. In association with Dr Amit Kanudia, Richard Loulou leads a team of researchers which continuously develops, maintains, and enhances the MARKAL techno-economic model, and its application to Canada, the USA, and several other regions of the World. The current phase of the MARKAL project invloves the creation of a World-Wide model based on multi-regional models linked via energy and GHG permit trade variables. This new model is named TIMES (The Integrated Markal-Efom System), and represents the next generation of model created by ETSAP and destined to replace the existing versions of MARKAL and EFOM. This work is done in collaboration with, and with the sponsorship of the Energy Technology Systems Analysis Programme, an implementing agreement of the International Energy Agency.

Another major current project concerns the use of the 7-region Canadian MARKAL model to analyze alternate paths to satisfy Canada's GHG abatement target under the Kyoto Protocol. This project is undertaken in direct collaboration with the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Throughout his academic career Dr. Loulou has maintained a close association with the business community, involving contractual research with private and public organizations such as Natural Resources Canada, Environment Canada, Hydro-Québec, BC Hydro, GCSI Inc., Northern Telecom, Montréal Children's Hospital and Québec Cartier Mining. Formerly Associate Editor for INFOR and for INTERFACES, he has also contributed to the profession as an evaluator for grants, scholarships and proposals for Conseil des Universités, FCAR and NSERC.