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38th Annual ORSNZ Conference 

"OR: Making a Difference in Practice"

21st to 22nd November 2003 

University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ

The University of Waikato's Department of Management Systems is pleased to host
the 38th Annual Conference of the Operational Research Society of New Zealand.

    Call for Papers Registration and Fees Programme and Venue Social Programme  


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Call for Papers


We welcome papers on all aspects of Operations Research, in particular practical applications.  Please submit your abstract of 200 words or less, in plain text, to the conference organiser, Stuart Dillon. ([email protected]).  We prefer submission by email, but you may also send a printed abstract by mail or fax.

Submission deadline: 31 October 2003 (Full papers must also be received and accepted by this date)


Abstracts Accepted to date

Paper Name Author

Minimizing Total Cost For A Gaussian Distributed Filling Production System

Ahmad A. Moreb and Mohammad S. Aljohani

Roadway Profile Modeled by Polynomials to Minimize Earthwork Cost

Ahmad A. Moreb and Mohammad S. Aljohani

Application of a supply chain diagnostic to a New Zealand manufacturer a case study

Chuda Basnet and Paul Childerhouse

An experiential learning system for production planning and control

Chuda Basnet and J.L. Scott

A Dynamic Model of Bridge Lane Direction Specification

L. Caccetta, L.R. Foulds,  V. G. Rumchev

A Finite Capacity Resequencing Model \With Markovian  Arrivals

Srinivas R. Chakravarthy and Stefanka Chukova

The Downs-Thomson paradox: multiplicity and stability of user equilibria

H. Afimeimounga, W. Solomon and I. Ziedins

An Integrated Optimization Model for Effective Resource Allocation and Environmental Control

Sadik Cokelez

Scheduling Hay Harvesting Operations

J L Corner and L R Foulds

MANA - A Versatile Model for Operations Analysis

David P. Galligan

Rapid LP Model Development with Mosel

Tom Halliburton

Methods for Solving Subset Sum Problems

R.J.W. James and R.H. Storer

Data Envelopment Analysis With Common Weights: The Compromise Solution Approach

Chiang Kao and Hsi-Tai Hung

An Integrated Framework for production planning and scheduling for a single Stage Multiproduct Batch Chemical Process

Mohamed k. Omar, Siew C. Teo and Yasothei a/p Suppiah

The construction of optimal or near optimal statistical designs

David Whitaker

Project Management Ethics in Information Systems

Jessica Leong and John Paynter

Predicting Livestock Supply for a Multi-Period Beef Cattle Network Optimisation Model

Chris K G Dake

Minimising damage from a pest in the South African sugar industry.

John Hearne, Petrovious Horton and Des Conlong
An optimizing-satisficing approach to decision making and support Angela Liew

Optimizing demand-side bids in day-ahead electricity markets

Andy Philpott and Erling Pettersen

Improved Solution Techniques for Multi-Period Area-Based Forest Harvest Scheduling Problems

D. M. Ryan, J. P. Vielma, A. Murray and A. Weintraub

An Empirical Evaluation of Franchisor Supply Chain Management

Emma Sharkey

Pedestrian Flow Simulation using PedFlo

Sarah Thorstensen

Optimal Yacht Rig Design using Mathematical Programming.

Jarrad Wallace

Full Papers

Following acceptance of your abstract, we shall ask you to submit a full-length paper for publication in the conference proceedings.  The proceedings will be made available for all participants of the conference.  Full papers should be submitted by email in MS Word or Latex format.  Guidelines for preparation of manuscripts are available in both MS Word and Latex.  Please download the Word Guidelines Document if you want to prepare your paper using Word. For Latex users we have prepared a style file and sample document. It is in this Latex Guidelines archive, which includes some necessary style files. Please refer to the README.txt file for installation instructions.

Submission deadline: 31 October 2003

Registration and Fees

The conference fee includes breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon tea on 21st and 22nd November, a copy of the proceedings volume and a banquet ticket. In order to register for the conference, please download the registration form, complete both sides of the form and return it by fax or post, together with your payment. Refund of paid fees is only possible by notice in writing or by email before 15 November 2003.


ORSNZ member  NZ$ 240 (student NZ$ 65)
Non-member  NZ$ 280 (student NZ$ 80)
New member, including 2003-2004 membership  NZ$ 290 (student NZ$ 80)
Discount for registration before 15 October 2003  NZ$ 40 (student NZ$15)

Conference Programme

Plenary Speakers

The programme includes two plenary addresses by the following speakers:

Saul Gass, University of Maryland

Russell Cheng, University of Southampton


Click here to view the final conference programme


The venue will be the Waikato Management School, University of Waikato.  The scientific programme will be held in rooms 1.01 and 1.05 in the MSB building.  Breakfast, morning and afternoon teas will be served in the foyer of the MSB building adjacent to rooms 1.01 and 1.05.  Lunches will be served in the Station Cafe, near the MSB building.  A campus map shows these locations.

Young Practitioner's Prize

The Young Practitioners competition is open to authors under 25 years of age on 21st November 2003. Papers must be singly authored. More details are contained on the registration form. The Prize of NZ$ 1,000, is to be split between the author(s) of the best paper(s), according to the judges' discretion.

Social Programme

There will be a pre-conference gathering at 7 p.m. on Thursday 20th November, at Oranga, University of Waikato. Oranga is located in the centre of the campus, above McDonalds, near the student union and the shops.  See the campus map for further info.

The conference banquet will be held at 7pm on 21st November at the Station Cafe & Bar, on Campus, near the conference venue.



Map of the University of Waikato City Campus
Map of Hamilton

The airport is south of the city centre and the university. A taxi from the airport's taxi rank to the university will cost about NZ$ 20.


Conference participants should make arrangements for accommodation. We recommend you book as early as possible.

The following websites might be useful for information on the range of accommodation available:
Pure New Zealand

The motels/hotels closest to the conference venue are:

We have arranged for accommodation in Bryant Halls of residence.  Bryant Hall is on Gate 2A, Knight Road, see the map of the city campus. This is on a first come first serve basis and must be booked and paid by 15 October through the registration form. The cost is $48 per night (minimum of 2 nights) and include breakfast (Fruit platter and assorted cereals, toast & buns or croissants (with butter and assorted spreads), specialty tea and fresh coffee). These rooms will be serviced daily.   Tea/coffee/sugar/milk & biscuits are provided in kitchenettes. Beds made, information pack, glass, soap, shampoo and conditioner provided on arrival. 



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New Zealand


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