2018 Joint NZSA / ORSNZ Conference – registration closing soon

Tēnā koutou katoa!

Time is flying and the joint NZSA/ORSNZ Conference being held from 27-30 November in Palmerston North draws ever closer!

Just a reminder that the closing date for registrations is in less than two weeks from now! That is, need to register BEFORE the 1st November 2018, otherwise a late fee will apply.

Please register via our conference webpage at:  http://www.massey.ac.nz/nzsa2018

We also have an awesome feature that allows you to take a peek at the abstracts as they are being processed at: https://R-Resources.massey.ac.nz/NZSA2018

This includes the abstracts for our keynote speakers. Alan Welsh, Ilze Ziedins, Stefan Nickel, Geoff Jones, and Jean Yang, as well as the ANZJS Discussion Paper to be presented by Francis Hui.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in November!

Ngā mihi,
Jonathan and Rina

Invitation to celebrate Hans Daellenbach Prize award: ORSNZ Wellington Branch Social Networking Event

Dr Michael O’Sullivan, President of the Operations Research Society of New Zealand, invites you to join him for drinks and nibbles as he briefly discusses ORSNZ current activities within NZ and presents Professor Vicky Mabin with the ORSNZ’s premier award, the Hans Daellenbach Prize, for contributions to OR in NZ and internationally.

The award was announced at last year’s ORSNZ conference. You can read the citation here.

Tuesday 23 October 2018, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Vic Books Café /Bar, Ground Floor, Rutherford House, Bunny Street, Wellington

RSVP for catering purposes by Tuesday noon to misa.ito@vuw.ac.nz

Enquiries: bob.cavana@vuw.ac.nz


Brief bio:

Professor Vicky Mabin, from the Victoria Business School, specialises in the Theory of Constraints and systems thinking methods along with traditional OR to improve operational processes, organisational change, priority setting and resource allocation decisions

2018 AUT Mathematical Sciences Symposium

The 2018 AUT Mathematical Sciences Symposium will be held on Thursday 22 November and Friday 23 November 2018 at AUT’s city campus.

The following invited speakers have been confirmed:

  • Gregoire Loeper, Monash University, Australia
  • Renate Meyer, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Matt Parry, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Winston Sweatman, Massey University, Albany, New Zealand

To submit a contributed talk, abstracts of up to 250 words should be submitted through the symposium website by Monday 12th November 2018.  Registration is free of charge and open to all members of the mathematical sciences community.

For further information and to register visit the symposium’s website or contact msrg@aut.ac.nz.

ORSNZ member, Bob Cavana, co-editor of new book on “Systems Education for a Sustainable Planet”

ORSNZ member, Bob Cavana, along with colleague Ockie Bosch, are co-editors of new book on “Systems Education for a Sustainable Planet”,which has been published by MDPI, in print and electronically. The new book, which is a special issue of the international journal “Systems”, presents a collection of papers addressing important systems education and sustainability issues. As stated in the preface: “The range and magnitude of contributions to this book illustrate the diversity of systems education practices and programs (learning systems) in the global systems community, and the relevance of systems thinking and practice to examining issues related to the long-term sustainability of the planet.”

Further details about Systems Education for a Sustainable Planet are available at: http://www.mdpi.com/books/pdfview/book/596


Business optimisation through data science, AI, and mathematical algorithms…

Dr. Amit Garg, a Guinness world record holder in mathematics, as well as the CEO & founder of ORMAE – Operations Research, Machine Learning and Analytics Experts, is visiting New Zealand and is giving a talk about business optimisation through data science, AI, and mathematical algorithms.

When: Thursday 17 May 2018, 6:15 – 8:30pm
Where: Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT

For more information and to buy tickets:

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 mani.poshdar@aut.ac.nz

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.


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 msrg@aut.ac.nz.