Workshop on Construction Simulation Opportunities in New Zealand

The joint research group of the University of Auckland and the Auckland University of Technology (SimCon) invites you to join a free 2‐hour workshop “Construction Simulation Opportunities in New Zealand” to gain new insight into the impacts and benefits of using simulation in the built environment engineering.

Event details
When: Tuesday 31 October 2017, 5.00 pm‐7:00 pm
Where: City Conference Centre, WA224 AUT City Campus, 55 Wellesley St, Auckland
Cost: This event is free, and light refreshments will be served.

What will you learn?
‐ The use of simulation to lift productivity and competitiveness within the construction industry
‐ The use of simulation for project planning, control and diagnosis
‐ The cutting‐edge research being developed by SimCon research group

Who should attend?
Architects, engineers, construction managers, general contractors, owners, policy makers and professionals who struggle to understand the real benefits of construction simulation tools and methods.

For enquiries and registration: Please email

National Science Challenge 11 sponsors this event.

2018 Optimisation Summer School

Data61 6th International Optimisation Summer School
Kioloa, NSW, Australia,
January 14th to 19th 2018

Spend a week by the beach learning about the latest optimisation technologies.  How can you help a business reduce its costs? Or reduce their carbon footprint? Or do both? The school is sponsored by the Decision Sciences Group at Data61

The school will focus on solving large scale combinatorial optimisation
problems in practice. The school is intended for undergraduate students
(3rd year or later), masters or early stage PhD students. Every
undergraduate participant will be assigned an individual mentor.

Topics covered include: introduction to constraint programming, modelling, integer programming, column generation, vehicle routing,
scheduling, evolutionary methods and research skills.

Lecturers include: Phil Kilby, Peter Stuckey, Guido Tack, Menkes van den Briel and Toby Walsh.

Please encourage your PhD, Masters and late stage undergraduates to attend.

The registration page is open now and applicants will be considered in order of application so please apply as soon as possible. The school costs $685.  Undergraduates and postgraduates will qualify for a grant to reduce this to just $340. Data61 students can attend at no cost for themselves. The fee covers 5 nights accommodation, all food and drink, and the coach transfer from Sydney.

Deadline: Apply immediately to ensure a place. Applications processed in order of receipt.

Organizer: Prof. Toby Walsh, UNSW and Data61.

Local information
The School will again be held at ANU’s beautiful seaside campus at Kioloa,
near Bawley Point on the south coast of New South Wales.,_New_South_Wales


2017 AUT Mathematical Sciences Symposium

The AUT Mathematical Sciences Symposium will be held from Thursday 23 November to Friday 24 November 2017 at AUT’s city campus.

Seven invited speakers have been confirmed, including several ORSNZ members. The invited speakers are:

  • Richard Arnold, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • William Godsoe, Lincoln University, New Zealand
  • Eckhard Platen, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
  • Andrea Raith, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Marco Reale, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Matt Wand, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
  • Ilze Ziedins, University of Auckland, New Zealand

To submit a contributed talk, abstracts of up to 250 words should be submitted through the symposium website by Monday 13th November 2017.  Registration is free of charge and open to all members of the mathematical sciences community. Click here to register.

For further information visit the symposium’s website or contact

NZ connections in latest edition of Optima

Congratulations to Mike O’Sullivan, Andrew Mason, Iain Dunning and Stu Mitchell (University of Auckland, Department of Engineering Science faculty and alumni) who all feature in the latest edition of Optima, the newsletter of the Mathematical Optimization Society.

The newsletter is available here:

Postgraduate scholarships at UOA

Three postgraduate scholarships are currently available at the University of Auckland. Click on the links below for more information.


2017 INFORMS Fellows Named

Andy Philpott (Department of Engineering Science, University of Auckland; ORSNZ council member) and Shane Henderson, (Cornell University, formerly at Department of Engineering Science, University of Auckland) have been named as 2017 INFORMS Fellows for their outstanding contributions in the field of OR.

For further information about the 2017 INFORMS Fellows see  this link


Dr James Tipping announced Young Energy Professional of the Year

Dr James Tipping, Manager of Strategy and Regulation, Trustpower, was announced the Young Energy Professional of the Year at the 2017 Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards on 9 August 2017. James is a member of ORSNZ and completed his PhD at the University of Canterbury, supervised by Grant Read, Don McNickle and Deb Chattopadhyay.

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