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 https://r-resources.massey.ac.nz/nzsa2018/index.html

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: http://orsnz.org.nz/orsnzprizes

YPP Prize Winners









JAG Prize Winners

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