Department of Mathematics and Statistics


Welcome to the homepage of the Operations Research, Computation & Analysis of Systems (ORCAS) Working Group at Guelph. Our group conducts research in multiple areas of applied science, while holding theoretical strengths in dynamical systems, optimization, ordinary and partial differential equations, and numerical analysis.

Operations research, operational research, or simply OR, is the use of mathematical theory (optimization, dynamical systems, game theory) and models, statistics and algorithms to aid in decision-making. It is most often used to analyze complex real-world systems, typically with the goal of improving or optimizing performance. It is one form of applied mathematics. Application areas include economics and management science, social sciences and engineering.

Computation and Analysis of Systems refers to the use of dynamical systems, ordinary and partial differential equations, and numerical analysis in areas of application such as biomathematics, economics & engineering.

Members and affiliates of the group supervise undergraduate & graduate students, as well as postdoctoral fellows; the working group hosts a seminar series. For more information on activity, membership and employment opportunities, please follow the links in the MENU to the left.