Artificial intelligence and big data in the service of public transport: GIRO joins forces with IVADO

Montréal, QC,  –

GIRO has entered into a partnership with the Institute for Data Valorization (IVADO) to carry out joint research projects combining the strengths of operations research and deep learning. IVADO brings together professionals from various segments of the industry with academic researchers to develop leading-edge expertise in the fields of data science, artificial intelligence and operations research.

Analysing and understanding big data will play a major role in the progression and improvement of public transport services. This data, derived mainly from electronic ticketing and automatic vehicle location systems, provides new opportunities to develop powerful software tools. These innovative solutions will make it possible further to increase operational efficiency, to improve punctuality, and to provide service that is better aligned with demand.

The emergence of artificial intelligence techniques based on machine learning also opens the way for new avenues of research. Several research projects are already underway and others are being planned to incorporate components of deep learning into the optimization tools developed by GIRO.

“Partnering with IVADO allows us to pursue our close relationship with researchers at the universities in Montréal and to reaffirm our long-term commitment to developing leading-edge tools to satisfy our clients and the users of public transport,” said Charles Fleurent, Director – Optimization Algorithms, at GIRO.

“We are delighted to welcome GIRO as a member of IVADO,” said Gilles Savard, CEO of IVADO and professor at Polytechnique Montréal. “GIRO is a player with a world reputation in its field. Our partnership with the company is perfectly aligned with our vision: making Montréal and Québec an internationally recognized economic and scientific hub for the use of big data in decision making.”

GIRO enjoys a well-established global reputation. Founded in Montréal in 1979, the company grew out of a university research project in the field of operations research. Today, GIRO employs more than 400 people and its clients include major public transport companies around the world, from Los Angeles to Sydney, via New York, Brussels and Singapore, to name a few. Montréal’s STM was the first public transport operator to show an interest in the tools offered by GIRO, even before the company was founded.


Founded by Université de Montréal, HEC Montréal and Polytechnique Montréal, IVADO aims to bring together industry professional and academic researchers to develop cutting-edge expertise in data science, operational research and artificial intelligence. In essence, IVADO creates opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaboration between the specialists, partners, researchers and students in its network.

The objective of IVADO is to be the link between academic expertise and the business needs of organizations, from international corporations to start-ups. With over 1,100 affiliated scientists, IVADO is an advanced multidisciplinary centre for knowledge in sectors including statistics, business intelligence, deep learning, applied mathematics, datamining and cybersecurity.

About GIRO

GIRO Inc. makes the HASTUSTM and GeoRouteTM software solutions that are trusted worldwide for planning and managing transport-related operations. Adapted for multiple platforms, including Web-based and mobile, GIRO’s products deploy advanced operations-research optimization techniques and powerful data-management tools. Close ties with leading research institutes and universities ensure that the latest developments are constantly incorporated to provide maximum benefits.


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