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Timothy Chan is the Canada Research Chair in Novel Optimization and Analytics in Health, a Professor in the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, the Director of the Centre for Healthcare Engineering, and the Director of the Centre for Analytics and AI Engineering at the University of Toronto. His primary research interests are in optimization under uncertainty and the application of optimization methods to problems in healthcare, medicine, global engineering, sustainability, and sports. He received his B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from the University of British Columbia, and his Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before coming to Toronto, he was an Associate in the Chicago office of McKinsey and Company, a global management consulting firm. During that time, he advised leading companies in the fields of medical device technology, travel and hospitality, telecommunications, and energy on issues of strategy, organization, technology and operations.

Year Award
2020 Teaching Award, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto
2020 Canada Research Chair (renewal), NSERC
2019 Teaching Award, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto
2018 Editors Choice article, Medical Physics
2016 Best poster abstract presentation, NAEMSP Annual Meeting
2015 Canada Research Chair, NSERC
2014 Best in Physics, AAPM Annual Meeting
2013 First place, Research paper competition, MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference
2013 Early Career Teaching Award, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto
2012 Early Career Teaching Award, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto
2012 Early Researcher Award, Province of Ontario
2012 Connaught New Researcher Award, University of Toronto
2007 George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award, INFORMS
2007 Hugh Hampton Young Memorial Fund Fellowship, MIT
2006 First place, Student paper competition, CORS
2005 Graduate Leadership Award, Student Life Programs, MIT
2004 Postgraduate Scholarship, NSERC
2002 Postgraduate Scholarship, NSERC
2002 Presidential Fellowship, MIT
2001 Wesbrook Scholar, UBC
Date Title Medium
2020-04-23 U of T Engineering team develops redeployment tool to optimize hospital staffing amid COVID-19 U of T Engineering News
2019-09-16 Optimized placement of defibrillators may improve cardiac arrest outcomes American College of Cardiology
Related: DOC Defibrillator; Medscape; U of T Engineering News; UHN Research News
Paper: "In silico trial of optimized versus real public defibrillator locations"
2018-12-26 Mind Games: Instructors explore game-based learning University Affairs
2018-08-01 AI designs radiation therapy treatment plan for cancer in twenty minutes Forbes
Related: Artificial Intelligence News; El Pais; Science Daily; U of T Engineering News; UHN News
Paper: "Knowledge-based automated planning for oropharyngeal cancer"
2017-06-13 U of T engineers an expansion roster for Vegas with the click of a button Toronto Star
Related: Boston Globe; EurekaAlert!; Sportsnet; U of T Engineering News
Paper: "A mathematical optimization framework for expansion draft decision making and analysis"
2017-03-20 Coffee shops, ATMs may be ideal locations for defibrillators, study says CNN
Related: American Heart Association; CBC News; CTV News; Global News; HealthDay; Reuters; U of T News
Paper: "Ranking businesses and municipal locations by spatiotemporal cardiac arrest risk to guide public defibrillator placement"
2017-03-16 Can drones deliver emergency defibrillators? Reuters
Related: Business Insider; CBC News; EMSWorld; Futurism; Toronto Star; U of T News; Welland Tribune
Paper: "Optimizing a drone network to deliver automated external defibrillators"
2016-12-16 Podcast: Have you been playing match play incorrectly? Golf.com
Related: Yahoo! Sports
Paper: "Improving fairness in match play golf through enhanced handicap allocation"
2016-08-19 Life-saving heart devices often inaccessible in public places Reuters
Related: Cardiovascular Business; HealthDay; U of T News
Paper: "Overcoming spatial and temporal barriers to public access defibrillators via optimization"
2015-12-16 How can we get patients in developing countries to hospital faster? World Economic Forum
Related: U of T News
Paper: "Ambulance Emergency Response Optimization in developing countries"
2015-11-10 AEDs save lives but AEDs in hiding are rendered useless Huffington Post
Related: EMS1.com; HealthDay; MD Magazine; U of T News
Paper: "Overcoming spatial and temporal barriers to public access defibrillators via optimization
2013-10-14 Money Puck [cover story] Canadian Business Magazine
Related: U of T News
Paper: "Quantifying the contribution of NHL player types to team performance"
2013-05-02 Cardiac arrest ‘hot spots’ in Toronto mapped by researchers Toronto Star
Related: CBC News
Paper: "Identifying locations for public access defibrillators using mathematical optimization"
2013 (April) How can radiation therapy target a moving tumor? Industrial Engineer magazine Vol. 45, No. 4
Paper: "Motion-compensating intensity maps in intensity-modulated radiation therapy"
2013-03-05 BP unfiltered: Why multi-position players matter Baseball Prospectus
Related: Athletics Nation; Bluebird Banter
Paper: "Process flexibility in baseball: The value of positional flexibility"
2013-02-19 New studies change how you see sports ESPN the Magazine
Related: MIT News
Paper: "Process flexibility in baseball: The value of positional flexibility"
2010-11-15 Areas of Toronto need life-saving defibrillators CBC News
Related: Toronto Star
Paper: "Identifying locations for public access defibrillators using mathematical optimization"