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    • Natural Language Generation with Neural Variational Models 

      Pallikara Bahuleyan, Hareesh (University of Waterloo, 2018-08-13)
      Automatic generation of text is an important topic in natural language processing with applications in tasks such as machine translation and text summarization. In this thesis, we explore the use of deep neural networks ...
    • Nature vs. Stress: Investigating the Use of Biophilia in Non-Violent Exploration Games to Reduce Stress 

      Reetz, Adrian; Valtchanov, Deltcho; Barnett-Cowan, Michael; Hancock, Mark; Wallace, James R (ACM, 2021)
      Games hold the potential to help many address health-related issues such as chronic stress. We investigated the use of biophilia, an affective response to nature grounded in the psychology literature, as indirect physiological ...
    • Network of Affiliates and Canada-U.S. Border Effect 

      Sarvghad-Moghaddam, Nikoo (University of Waterloo, 2007-09-25)
      The objective of this thesis is to evaluate the influence that the pattern of affiliate linkages- establishments associated with companies as affiliates, subsidiaries and divisions- between U.S. states and Canadian provinces ...
    • New Benders' Decomposition Approaches for W-CDMA Telecommunication Network Design 

      Naoum-Sawaya, Joe (University of Waterloo, 2007-04-24)
      Network planning is an essential phase in successfully operating state-of-the-art telecommunication systems. It helps carriers increase revenues by deploying the right technologies in a cost effective manner. More importantly, ...
    • New Conic Optimization Techniques for Solving Binary Polynomial Programming Problems 

      Ghaddar, Bissan (University of Waterloo, 2011-08-26)
      Polynomial programming, a class of non-linear programming where the objective and the constraints are multivariate polynomials, has attracted the attention of many researchers in the past decade. Polynomial programming is ...
    • Numerosity and Cognitive Complexity of a Medium as Moderators of Medium Effect on Effort 

      Rahimi Nejad, Mona (University of Waterloo, 2010-09-30)
      As a part of loyalty programs in marketing or as incentive plans in companies, mediums have attracted considerable interest from marketing and organizational behavior researchers. Previous studies focused mainly on the ...
    • On Competition for Undergraduate Co-op Placement: A Graph Approach 

      Yuheng, Jiang (University of Waterloo, 2015-09-30)
      The objective of this thesis is to improve the co-operative (co-op) education process by analyzing the relationships among academic programs in the context of the co-op job market. To do this, we propose and apply a novel ...
    • On Ranking the Relative Importance of Nodes in Physical Distribution Networks 

      Filion, Christian (University of Waterloo, 2011-05-24)
      Physical distribution networks are integral parts of modern supply chains. When faced with a question of which node in a network is more important, cost immediately jumps to mind. However, in a world of uncertainty, there ...
    • On the Road to Making Science of “Art”: Risk Bias in Market Scoring Rules 

      Karimi, Majid; Dimitrov, Stanko (The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, 2018-06)
      We study market scoring rule (MSR) prediction markets in the presence of risk-averse or risk-seeking agents that have unknown yet bounded risk preferences. It is well known that if agents can be prescreened, then MSRs can ...
    • Open Shortest Path First Routing Under Random Early Detection 

      Liu, Jiaxin; Dimitrov, Stanko (Wiley, 2018-03-01)
      In this article, we consider a variant of Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) routing that accounts for Random Early Detection (RED), an Active Queue Management method for backbone networks. In the version of OSPF we consider ...
    • Open-Ended Problem Solving in Groups 

      Alattas, Hanan (University of Waterloo, 2023-09-08)
      Previous experimental research on problem-solving has predominantly investigated well-structured problems with predefined solutions. Studies of ill-structured, open-ended problem-solving have primarily employed observational ...
    • Open-Innovation in Healthcare: an analysis of motivations, learning, and program outcomes 

      Wylie-Toal, Brendan (University of Waterloo, 2021-08-30)
      The goal of this study is to examine open-innovation programs run in two different healthcare settings. Open innovation is the process of engaging external sources of knowledge and capabilities in the pursuit of developing ...
    • Optimal inventory decisions for a risk-averse retailer when offering layaway 

      Wang, Daao; Dimitrov, Stanko; Jian, Lirong (Elsevier, 2020-07-01)
      Layaway allows economically disadvantaged budget-constrained consumers to purchase expensive items through amortized payments and nominal program fees, as opposed to using high-interest financing options such as credit ...
    • Optimal inventory decisions when offering layaway 

      Dimitrov, Stanko; Ceryan, Oben (Taylor & Francis, 2019)
      This paper presents an inventory management policy for a retailer offering a layaway programme. Layaway is a service provided by retailers that allows budget constrained consumers who have sufficiently high valuations to ...
    • Optimal Order Batching for Automated Warehouse Picking 

      Kucuksari, Zeynep (University of Waterloo, 2023-09-18)
      With the unexpected increase in demand and the need to minimize human interaction during the Covid-19 pandemic, companies have been forced to accelerate the transition from traditional to robotic mobile fulfillment systems. ...
    • Optimal Relay Station Placement in Broadband Wireless Access Networks 

      Vasishta, Anuj (University of Waterloo, 2012-08-31)
      With the development of IEEE 802.16j multihop relay protocol, the requirement to enhance the network capacity in a wireless network has been met e ectively. In this thesis, we study the capacity enhancement problem for a ...
    • Optimal Shipping Decisions in an Airfreight Forwarding Network 

      Li, Zichao (University of Waterloo, 2012-01-23)
      This thesis explores three consolidation problems derived from the daily operations of major international airfreight forwarders. First, we study the freight forwarder's unsplittable shipment planning problem in an ...
    • Optimization and Comparison of Manual and Semi-Automated Material Handling in a Cross-Dock Using Discrete-Event Simulation 

      Natarajan, Saravanan (University of Waterloo, 2018-08-21)
      A Cross-Dock (CD) is a synchronized unit of a supply chain network, used to sort the goods received from inbound trucks (from a warehouse or factory), and load those products to outbound trucks (for delivery of the goods ...
    • Optimization Models and Algorithms for Workforce Scheduling with Uncertain Demand 

      Dhaliwal, Gurjot (University of Waterloo, 2012-01-23)
      A workforce plan states the number of workers required at any point in time. Efficient workforce plans can help companies achieve their organizational goals while keeping costs low. In ever increasing globalized work market, ...
    • Optimization Models for the Perishable Inventory Routing Problem 

      Singla, Ajitesh Rajiv (University of Waterloo, 2019-08-29)
      In this thesis, three models for the Perishable Inventory Routing Problem (PIRP) are explored. The first model of the inventory routing problem considers one perishable product and known (deterministic) demands in the ...


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