At the 2017 ORSNZ the first John Andrew George Memorial Prizes were awarded. This prize was established by Grant Read, Vicky Mabin, Bob Cavana, and John Buchanan in memory of former ORSNZ Vice President John George, who passed away in November last year.
While most OR projects are expected to deliver “benefits” of various kinds, the emphasis here is not on purely economic, or even purely environmental, benefits, but on efforts to better the lives of others. It is thus about the motivation, heart and soul of the project. So the key consideration was be the following question:
“How will this work contribute to improving the quality of people’s lives, particularly those who may otherwise be vulnerable or disadvantaged, now, or in future?”
This prize was open to all papers presented for the YPP, and was awarded jointly to:
Samuel Ridler – Ambulance simulation and optimisation; and Samin Aref – Computing the frustration index in signed graphs using binary programming.
At the 2017 ORSNZ Conference Prof. Vicky Mabin was awarded the Hans Daellenbach Prize. Part of the citation is given below:
We have great pleasure in announcing that Professor Victoria Jane Mabin, from Victoria University of Wellington, has been awarded the ORSNZ Hans Daellenbach Award for outstanding contributions to Operational Research in New Zealand. This award is made particularly for “Applied OR”, and Professor Mabin has been active not only as an academic but, along with her students, in a variety of applied contexts, for over 30 years. She has also been an active contributor to the OR Society, of which she is a Past President.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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, 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.
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.