ORSNZ Strategic Planning

ORSNZ is an organisation with about over 100 academic/ student/practitioner members, and is dedicated to the promotion  and support of a rather specialised mathematically oriented profession, which has seen declining activity levels and public profile in recent years, particularly outside Auckland.  ORSNZ would like to do some strategic planning on the purpose and direction of ORSNZ. The scope of work is:

      1. Facilitate a strategic conversation with ORSNZ Council and, as appropriate, other ORSNZ members on the purpose and direction of ORSNZ;
      2. Link the strategic conversation to specific actions such as brand refresh, website development, etc.

Interested parties should contact Mike O’Sullivan (President, ORSNZ, at president AT orsnz.org.nz) with any questions and to provide a plan and estimated cost for the work.

ORSNZ website refresh

ORSNZ is looking to review and refresh our WordPress web environment. The scope of work is as follows:

1) Engage with a representative group of our stakeholders to:
a. review previous planning docs;
b. review the current site; and
c. investigate other relevant sites;
and, consequently, produce a refresh plan including, but not limited to, suggested functionality, third-party plugins, and information architecture;

2) Work with the ORSNZ webmaster and other members to create a template, i.e., functionality but not content, for the new site;

3) Provide easy-to-understand, tested documentation for ORSNZ members to add content and manage the site.

Interested parties should contact Mike O’Sullivan (President, ORSNZ, at president AT orsnz.org.nz) with any questions and to provide a plan and estimated cost for the work.

IFORS Global Webinar 5 Feb 2021

Kia ora koutou,

Happy New Year! I hope you and your whanau are staying well and I wish you all a good 2021.

IFORS have asked me to invite you to the fourth IFORS Global Webinar. Below is the relevant part of the email.

“It is to invite you to the 4th IFORS webinar organizing by North America OR Society (NORAM includes USA and Canada) with following

information on the IFORS website https://www.ifors.org/

or register here for free:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QBGZKDTaR9G8wOE7XJy4xw

Noho ora mai, Mike

IFORS Global Webinar 30 Nov 2020

Kia ora koutou,

I hope you and your whanau are staying well.

The IFORS president, Grazia Speranza, has asked me to let you know about the third IFORS Global Webinar. Below is the relevant part of her email.

“This webinar is being hosted by the EURO regional grouping on November 30 at 3:00 pm Rome time (9:00 am Washington DC time) and will focused on “Topics That Matter”.

Please visit the IFORS website to register for the webinar.

https://www.ifors.org/

Noho ora mai, Mike

AGM, Conference, Local Events

Kia ora koutou,

I hope you are staying well and have not been too disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. I certainly feel lucky to be in New Zealand as I watch news from overseas about rising cases and new lockdowns. I hope everyone’s whanau and colleagues overseas are also staying safe.

The disrupted year has meant that planning for the ORSNZ conference has not really been possible. The decision from Council was to support smaller locally organised events, e.g., half- or full-day workshops, instead of trying to hold a national conference either physically or online. Anyone interested in organising local events can access Regional Interest Group (RIG) funding and/or Special Interest Group (SIG) funding to support the events (see ORSNZ_SIG_Processes.pdf, particularly footnote 7). Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like more information.

Although we are not holding our annual conference in 2020, we would like to hold our AGM online via Zoom. If you are interested in attending please use the link below to select one or more times you can make.

https://doodle.com/poll/y6zxpegsps9zes4z?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions or concerns.

Noho ora mai, Mike

IFORS Global Webinar Sept 30 2020

Kia ora koutou,

I hope you and your whanau are staying well.

The IFORS president, Grazia Speranza, has asked me to let you know about the second IFORS Global Webinar. Below is the relevant part of her email.

“The second Global Webinar is organized by APORS and will take place on September 30th at 1:00 p.m. GMT. Anyone interested can find information about the webinar on the IFORS website

https://www.ifors.org/

or register here:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__Kaf1H9VSjqFjmomCZunpw

Ngā mihi, Mike

Two Funded Reviews of AI Initiatives

Kia ora koutou,

I hope you are well under Level 2. Fingers crossed the situation improves and these restrictions will be relaxed again soon!

I’ve recently become involved with the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI). The work has been progressing quite fast and two projects are now up for tender. I wanted to forward details as I thought they may be of interest:

1) Responsible AI Working Group: there is a request for proposals by September 20th. Please find the Terms of Reference here and further details on the Working Group in the Co-Chairs blog post.

2) AI and Pandemic Response Subgroup: there is a request for proposals by September 29th. Please find the Terms of Reference here and further details in the Co-Chairs blog post.

If you have any further questions, please contact jacques.rajotte@gmail.com or maroussia.levesque@gmail.com at the newly created International Centre of Expertise in Montréal for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (ICEMAI).

Ngā mihi nui, Mike

INFORMS Student Chapter at University of Auckland

Kia ora koutou,

Please see the announcement below about a student chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) at the University of Auckland.

Ngā mihi, Mike (President)

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased and excited to announce that we are establishing a new student chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) at the University of Auckland. The main purposes of this student chapter is to encourage interest and provide a means of communication (formal and informal) among people interested in the field of Operations Research (OR), the Management Sciences (MS), Decision Sciences (DS) and Analytics.

I would like to invite all the students, academics, and non-academics (including INFORMS members and non-members) to join the University of Auckland Student Chapter so we would be able to grow as a community within the fields of OR/OM, MS, DS. Please fill the following form if you are interested in being a member:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdD-z5AxM2e7A2wKAaTxm0YsS9-WaOoknTVHIANxGR9gGaIsw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0

Please help us spread the announcement by forwarding this message and telling your friends, colleagues, students, and professors about the student chapter.

Warm regards,

//Abtin Ijadi Maghsoodi.

/Department of Information Systems and Operations Management, Faculty of Business, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

Email: Abtin.ijadi-maghsoodi@auckland.ac.nz

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