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: http://www.mathopt.org/Optima-Issues/optima103.pdf

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.

For further details: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1708/S00369/james-tipping-named-young-energy-professional-of-the-year.htm

 

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.