ORSNZ Annual General Meeting 2017

There will be an AGM held during the upcoming ORSNZ Conference (date+time to be confirmed). The tentative agenda is:

1. Apologies (to secretary@orsnz.org.nz);
2. Minutes of the previous AGM;
3. Matters arising from the minutes;
4. President’s report;
5. Honorary Treasurer’s financial statement;
6. Update on Special Interest Groups;
7. Update on website;
8. Mentoring;
9. Election of officers and auditor;
10. Other business.

You can find the minutes from the previous AGM here, and the discussion document about Special Interest Groups here.

If you have any other agenda items, please email them to secretary@orsnz.org.nz by Sunday 19 November 2017.

In memoriam: John Andrew George (30-11-1945 – 1-11-2017)

Dr John George unexpectedly passed away last Wednesday (November 1). John was a former vice-president of the Operations Research Society of New Zealand, and Editor of the Newsletter.

Here are a selection of newsletters where John contributed editorials: September 1998March 1999December 1999.

His memorial service will be held at 2pm on November 6. You can view the service live here. For the next three months, you can watch a recording of the service here. Log in using the Event ID westparkchapel, and Password ESZFRF.

We would like to recognise John’s contribution to OR in New Zealand at the upcoming conference, so if you have any memories of John George which you would like to share, please email secretary@orsnz.org.nz.

Mini-conference on Infrastructure Planning under Uncertainty

As part of the 2017 ORSNZ Annual Conference, there will be a 1-day mini-conference on Infrastructure Planning under Uncertainty on Wednesday 13 December. This day will begin with a plenary presentation by Prof. Michael Ferris (see the program for details), and end with an analytics forum event, and a discussion panel.

Also, we would like to remind you that Tuesday, 31 October is the final day for abstract submissions, as well as early-bird registrations. We welcome both practical and theoretical talks utilising either operations research, or analytics methods.

ORSNZ annual conference 2017: Plenary speaker announced

Michael C. Ferris

Plenary Speaker Confirmed
We’re pleased to announce that Professor Michael Ferris, the Optimization Theme Leader at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will be a plenary speaker at the upcoming ORSNZ annual conference being held in Auckland, December 11-14.

This plenary will be held on the Wednesday morning (13 December).

Registration and Abstract Submission
If you have not yet submitted an abstract, please do so. October 31 is the deadline for both abstract submission, and the early-bird registration. Please try to submit your abstract in advance of this date, to enable us to provide responses in a timely manner.

ORSNZ Annual Conference 2017

The link for registering for the upcoming ORSNZ Annual Conference (10 December – 14 December 2017) is now live. You can register from this page.

Note that the deadline for both early-bird registration and abstract submission is 31 October 2017.

More details about the conference are given below.

Call for Papers

Abstracts can now be submitted for the upcoming ORSNZ Annual Conference, being held in Auckland from the 10th to the 14th of December 2017. This year it is being held in parallel with the Joint IASC/NZSA conference, at the University of Auckland Business School.

Abstract Submission

We welcome presentations on any aspect of operations research, analytics or management science, especially practical applications.

Submissions from students and practitioners are greatly encouraged. Abstracts should be 200 words or fewer and are to be submitted as plain text (not a PDF file) through EasyChair.

Oral presentations will be 20 minutes in length (15 + 5 for questions). All abstracts will be considered by the conference committee, and the authors notified of their acceptance or otherwise.

Please see this page for more information on the abstract submission process. Note that the abstract submission deadline is October 31, with optional full papers due by November 27.


Early bird registration closes on October 31, and the final deadline for registration is December 3.

Please see this page for details about the registration fees. (The registration payment page is not yet live, but will be available within the next week.)

ORSNZ Young Practitioners’ Prize (YPP)

OR practitioners and students who are within 5 years of graduation on the first day of the conference (10 December) are invited to compete for $1000 of prizes in the ORSNZ Young Practitioners’ Prize competition. When registering for the conference, competitors should request that their paper be entered for the YPP, and also include YPP as a keyword when submitting the abstract. Note that a full paper must be submitted in order enter the YPP.

Plenary Speakers

The following plenary speakers have been confirmed for the IASC/NZSA conference.

  • Jennifer Bryan
  • Ross Ihaka
  • Luke Tierney
  • Simon Urbanek

Please see this page for more information, including brief bios for each of the speakers.

(Note that by registering for the ORSNZ conference you will be able to attend these plenaries and other sessions of the IASC/NZSA conference.)

Smart Markets for Water Resources

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Upstairs, Ilam Homestead
University of Canterbury

Increasing pressure on water resources means that society needs to be smarter. New technologies can combine with market approaches to get more value from water while better protecting the environment. Join us in the release of a book on one new technology, Smart Markets for Water Resources: A Manual for Implementation. The book is co-authored by John Raffensperger (now at Rand Corp.) and Waterways member Mark Milke.

The event provides an opportunity to look forward to better incorporating new technologies and market approaches in water resource management. Dr Eric Crampton, Chief Economist at the New Zealand Initiative, will open with a short presentation regarding the role of markets in freshwater management.

For more details see: Smart Markets for Water Resources flyer

Nibbles provided. Drinks available at the Staff Club Bar downstairs.

Please email suellen.knopick@canterbury.ac.nz to RSVP.

2016 Young Practitioner Prize Winners

At the 2016 Joint NZSA+ORSNZ Conference we had 7 high-quality papers submitted for the YPP, sponsored by Orbit Systems. Three prizes were awarded:

  • First-place: Ryan Cory-Wright, University of Auckland. Cost-recovering, revenue-adequate single settlement schemes for electricity markets.
  • Highly commended: Melissa Welsh, Victoria University of Wellington. Modelling traceability in the dairy industry.
  • Highly commended: Danielle Gatland, University of Auckland. Mapping electric vehicle range.
YPP Winners with Prof. Andy Philpott. From right: Melissa Welsh, Ryan Cory-Wright, and Danielle Gatland. Credit: Howard Henderson.

Copies of their papers can be found on the proceedings page of the conference website, here.

ORSNZ Celebrates 50th Annual Conference

The Operations Research Society of New Zealand celebrated its 50th annual conference last week at the 2016 Joint NZSA+ORSNZ Conference held at the Auckland University of Technology.

After the morning plenary on the first day of the conference, Prof. Andy Philpott (a former president of the society) noted that this is in fact the 51st anniversary of the society (having been established in 1965). However, since there was no ORSNZ conference in 1997 (members instead attended the APORS conference in Sydney), last week’s conference was indeed our 50th.

A cake was provided at the morning tea break in celebration. The (envy-free) cutting of the cake problem was solved by having Andy Philpott and Grant Read jointly make the first cut.

Andy Philpott and Grant Read
Andy Philpott and Grant Read cut the cake celebrating ORSNZ’s 50th conference.