Designing Electoral Districts for the City of Edmonton
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IE-OPIM Joint Seminar
Burçin Bozkaya – Sabancı School of Management
April 18, 2012, Wednesday @ 13:40pm @ FENS G029
“Designing Electoral Districts for the City of Edmonton”

Every few years, the city of Edmonton, Canada must review and evaluate changes to its electoral district boundaries. The review process that was completed in 2009 resulted in modifying the district plan from a six-ward system with two council members in each to a single-member 12-ward system. The authors of this paper designed the redistricting plan. This paper describes the algorithm we applied to solve the problem and the decision support system we used. The algorithm is based on a multicriteria mathematical model, which is solved by a tabu search heuristic embedded within a geographic information system (GIS)-based decision support system. The resulting district plan meets districting criteria, including population balance, contiguity, compactness, respect for natural boundaries, growth areas, and integrity of communities of interest. This plan was formally approved as a city bylaw and used in the municipal elections in 2010. The resulting work was also acknowledged with CORS 2010 Practice Prize Winner award.
Joint work with E. Erkut, D. Haight, and G. Laporte
Burçin Bozkaya
Dr. Burçin Bozkaya earned his BS and MS degrees in Industrial Engineering at Bilkent University, and his Ph.D. in Management Science at the University of Alberta, Canada. Between 1999-2004, he worked as a Senior Operations Research Analyst at ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.) in Redlands, California, specializing in applications of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) in the transportation and logistics arena. Since 2004, Dr. Bozkaya is a faculty member at Sabancı School of Management, and is the author of various scholarly publications in the areas of location analysis, vehicle routing, heuristic optimization, and applications of GIS as a decision support system. Dr. Bozkaya is a father of two and enjoys playing guitar and flute, hiking, cycling, and playing bridge.