CfP: AUT Mathematical Sciences Symposium 21-22 Nov 2019

The Mathematical Sciences Research Group (MSRG), Department of Mathematical Sciences, School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Auckland University of Technology is hosting a Symposium over the period Thursday 21st November – Friday 22nd November 2019. The symposium will be held at Auckland University of Technology, WF Building, AUT City Campus, Auckland Central, rooms WF710 and WF711.

The following invited speakers have been confirmed:
• Boris Choy, The University of Sydney, Australia
• Simona Fabrizi, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
• Rachel Fewster, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
• Andreas W. Kempa-Liehr, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
• Fabien Montiel, University of Otago, New Zealand
• Thomas Yee, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Contributed talks (20 minutes) from the mathematical sciences community are welcomed. Abstracts (up to 250 words) should be submitted through the symposium website by Monday 11th November 2019.

Attendance at the symposium is open to all members of the mathematical sciences community. There is no registration fee, however participants are required to register on the Symposium website by Thursday 7th November 2019.

For further information, including abstract submission and registration, refer to the symposium website:
For general enquiries, please contact or visit the symposium’s website.

In Memoriam: Shabbir Ahmed

ORSNZ is saddened to share that Shabbir Ahmed,  Anderson-Interface Chair and Professor of the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, passed away on June 19th, 2019.

A tribute by Alejandro Toriello has been published on the INFORMS Open Forum

Reflections from ORSNZ Members

I had the pleasure of visiting Shabbir at Georgia tech during a visit in the course of my PhD. Shabbir was very unassuming. He was easy to talk to about topics within our research, and also outside of research including his hobby of music. From just a short visit and several email exchanges, it was rather surprising to me to learn that someone with Shabbir’s standing could be so honest, approachable and easy-going. Our community has lost a great researcher but also a passionate teacher and mentor.
Regan Baucke

I was very sad to hear that Shabbir Ahmed died on June 19 after battling cancer for the past 10 months. Shabbir was not only a brilliant researcher but a colleague and good friend. He was the external examiner to our Engineering Science PhD student Oscar Dowson last year, and I examined Jikai Zou, one of his recent PhD students. I met Shabbir in 2004 and had stayed in touch with him through our work together in the Committee on Stochastic Programming (COSP). Shabbir was an active participant in this committee, writing a tutorial for the website on stochastic integer programming, and also designing and drawing COSP’s logo (see the home page of  It was quite clear from early on that Shabbir was going to be a star in the mathematical programming community. Last year he won the INFORMS Optimization Society Farkas Prize, awarded each year to the world’s top mid-career optimization researcher. It seemed as if this was another milestone on a career that would continue to reach even greater heights. Alas that was not to be. We received some heartening news in February that his cancer was responding to treatment, but then the shocking news in June that he had died. He will be missed by many.
Andy Philpott     


PhD scholarship at UNSW

As part of strategic investments to tackle global grand challenges, a new PhD Scholarship opportunity at UNSW Sydney focuses on identifying transformative policies to improve societal well-being. A central component of this complex systems research project involves building a systems model of the evolution of social, economic and environmental capital stocks in response to business and public policies (e.g. land development, population growth, infrastructure spending, science and technology investment). 

The scholarship includes a stipend of $41,200 per year for 4 years, up to $10,000 per year to support the successful candidate’s career development, and covers all tuition fees. The supervisory team includes faculty members from both the social sciences and natural sciences.

Interested candidates should complete an expression of interest by July 12, 2019 using this link:

For a one-page overview of the research project click this link:

Fifty-Second Annual Convention of Operational Research Society of India & International Conference: Call for papers

  • What: Fifty-Second Annual Convention of Operational Research Society of India & International Conference
  • When: December 16th-18th, 2019
  • Where: Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad India
  • Conference website:

The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad India will be hosting the Fifty-Second Annual Convention of Operational Research Society of India & International Conference on the theme of Practice of Management Science & Analytics from December 16th-18th, 2019. Members of ORSNZ are invited to attend the conference and present a paper, chair a session or participate in different competitions.

The objective of the conference: The Annual Convention of the Operational Research Society of India (ORSI) and the International Conference is a leading platform to share information among academia and industry, on the latest theory methods, techniques, applications and the practice of OR, Management Science and Analytics. It is designed to attract the participation of researchers, students and practitioners from India and abroad besides ORSI members. ORSI conducts an annual convention in different local chapters every year in order to promote the usage of Operational Research and to exchange the ideas amongst the attendees of the conference. This year ORSI has planned its 52nd Annual Convention at the IIMA Campus. ORSI has various awards to be presented in this conference for high achievers. 

About ORSI: The Operational Research Society of India was founded in 1957 in order to provide a forum for the Operational Research Scientists to broaden their horizon by an exchange of knowledge and application of techniques from all over the world. Headquartered in Kolkata, the society is affiliated to the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS) and Asia Pacific Operational Research Societies (APORS) and has sixteen chapters located in various cities in India. ORSI is dedicated to promote and propagate the knowledge in Operational Research.

About Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad: IIMA has been consistently ranked as the premier management school in the country by several national agencies. The institute funds research projects and case- writing, which over the years has led to a rich repository of monographs, technical notes, cases, and journal articles.

See the conference website
for detailed information about all aspects of the conference including the abstract submission and registration process.

For more information about the paper presentation and its thematic topics, you can refer to the conference poster and conference brochure.

Contact details
Program Committee Chair Prof. Nita Shah:
General queries:
For award related queries Prof. Goutam Duttatact

MODSIM: Call for Papers

The 23rd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2019) will be held at the National Convention Centre in Canberra from 1 to 6 December 2019. This is held in conjunction with the
27th National Conference of the Australian Society for Operations Research, and the Defence Operations Research Symposium (DORS 2019).

The closing date for submissions is 31st July 2019.

Further information is available here:

7th IAEE Asia-Oceania Conference 2020: Call for papers

Throughout Polynesia, Māui is a culture hero, famous for his exploits. Faced with very short days and very long nights Māui comes up with a plan to slow the Sun’s passage through the sky.
Click on the image in this e-invite to watch a short animation of the story.

Professor Basil Sharp and Dr Stephen Poletti
Co Chairs, IAEE 2020

2018 ORSNZ Conference Highlights + Prize Winners

The Joint NZSA/ORSNZ Conference was held at Massey University in Palmerston North from 27th – 30th November 2018.  This conference incorporated the 69th Annual NZSA Conference and the 52nd annual ORSNZ Conference.

During the 4 day conference there were five excellent plenary talks from: Prof. Geoff Jones,  Prof. Stefan Nickel,  Prof. Alan Welsh, Prof. Jean Yang and  Assoc. Prof. Ilze Ziedins on various aspects of statistics and operations research. There were also over 60 contributed talks from students, academics and practitioners. The book of abstracts is available here

On Thursday 29th November an Analytics Forum on the theme “Analytics in the Primary Sector” was held in conjunction with the conference.  Interesting insights into the industry were provided by speakers Vanessa CaveKim Frew, and Mark Piper. The Analytics Forum event was sponsored by Fonterra.

The ORSNZ conference dinner was held on Wednesday 28th November, and as well as enjoying delicious food and good company, we celebrated the success of our students.  We congratulate the following prize winners.

  • Young Practitioner Prize (YPP)
    • 1st place: Isaac D Cleland, University of Auckland, PhD (Engineering Science)
    • 2nd place:  Jesse Prendergast, University of Auckland, ME (Engineering Science)
    • 3rd place: Haddon Smith, University of Auckland, BE(Hons) (Engineering Science)
  • John A. George (JAG) Memorial Prize
    • 1st place: Haddon Smith,  University of Auckland, BE(Hons) (Engineering Science)
    • 2nd place: Jesse Prendergast, University of Auckland, ME (Engineering Science)

Further information about the prizes and winners are available here:

YPP Prize Winners









JAG Prize Winners

2018 Joint NZSA/ORSNZ Conference Information

The 2018 Joint NZSA/ORSNZ Conference will be held at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand from Tuesday 27th November – Friday 30th November 2018.   General conference information, registration information and an overview of the schedule are available via the conference website.

Conference Programme: The conference programme is available here.  Use the left hand menu to browse different days or search for a particular speaker.

Conference Dinner: The ORSNZ conference dinner will be held on Wednesday 28 November from 6:30pm. If you forgot to request a dinner ticket when you registered for the conference, please contact the ORSNZ conference team at (Note the two societies are holding separate dinners).

NZ Analytics Forum: An NZ Analytics Forum event will be held on Thursday 29th November 3:30pm – 5:10pm. For further information and to register refer to this post.