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The main goal of the Health Care Optimization and Analytics Lab (H-Coal) is to undertake the grand challenge to design and optimize health systems to match the progression of the disease.

Message from the Leader

The Health Care Optimization and Analytics Lab (H-COAL) is a research lab in the Department of Industrial Engineering at Dalhousie University. We are conducting world-leading research in the area of health care.  Our research aims to improve patient outcomes through the optimization of health systems and the application of data analytics.

The mission of H-COAL is to discover novel processes that will make substantive improvements to the health care system and ultimately improvement patient outcomes. We are working in many areas including Stroke care.


It is with tremendous pride that I lead an outstanding team of trainees and staff.  Each of them are leading or contributing to exciting research projects that is making an impact.


Noreen Kamal P.Eng Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Industrial Engineering

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