|In 2013 the first President’s Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Prof David Ryan. The President’s Lifetime Achievement Award is in recognition of contributions made throughout the recipient’s career to both the ORSNZ and Operations Research in New Zealand and internationally.|
|To honour the considerable contributions of Emeritus Professor Hans Daellenbach to Operations Research/Management Science (OR/MS) in New Zealand, the ORSNZ established the ORSNZ Hans Daellenbach Prize in 2001. Professor Daellenbach’s contributions reflect his belief that the best work in OR/MS combines strong innovative methodology with practical impact. The Daellenbach Prize will be awarded for such a body of work that has made a significant contribution and received international recognition. More details…
You can read more about Hans in the March 1999 Newsletter, and peruse one of his articles in the Jan 1996 Newsletter.
Emeritus Professor Hans Daellenbach
ORSNZ Visiting Lecturers
Call for Nominations: The ORSNZ invites nominations for ORSNZ honorary visiting lecturers to visit New Zealand between September and June each year. Each visiting lecturer is invited to give a talk on some topic likely to be of general interest to ORSNZ members at three or more of Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, and Christchurch. Each visiting lecturer will be invited to write a guest editorial for the society newsletter. The ORSNZ contributes to the costs up to a maximum of $1000 plus GST (if any) per visitor. Each candidate must be nominated by a current member of ORSNZ, “the champion”. The nomination must include the CV of the nominated visiting lecturer, the date and location of the hosts of the visit, the name of the champion and an undertaking by the champion to coordinate a visit by the nominee to three or more of the above named centres. Enquiries concerning, or nominations for, lectureships should be sent to president@orsnz… The closing date for nominations is the end of April.
Once nominations have been received, the President will consult Council before forming a subcommittee to review the nominations. The subcommittee is to determine the options that are to be presented to Council. Multiple visiting lecturers in any one year are permissible if the circumstances permit.
- The Young Practitioner Prize (YPP) is open to all presenters at the annual ORSNZ conference who are within 5 years of graduation on the first day of presentations at the conference. YPP entrants must clearly identify themselves to the conference organisers by any deadline specified in the call for papers or on the conference website, when submitting their abstract and their paper, and when registering.
- YPP entrants will present their work in a talk of typically 15 to 20 minutes duration, with approximately 5 minutes for questions. (The exact figures are determined by the conference organizer to fit the conference schedule.) The presentation length will be strictly enforced.
- YPP entrants must submit a paper to the conference organisers that meets the requirements for inclusion in the conference proceedings. Except in exceptional circumstances, this paper will be published in the proceedings.
- Supervisors of YPP entrants are normally expected to appear as an author if they have contributed to the ideas or implementation described in the paper. Supervisors may not take part in the presentation of the work.
- In addition to the submitted paper, YPP entrants must submit a cover sheet (see YPPcoversheet.doc or YPPcoversheet.pdf) detailing:
- the starting point of the project (including existing software),
- the entrants’ contributions to the work (clearly distinguishing this from the supervisor’s contributions) and
- whether they are an industrial practitioner, or a PhD, Masters, or undergraduate student, and the time that they allocated to the project (e.g. 1/8th of an academic year, or 2 years of a PhD program, or 5 years working in industry).
This completed signed form should be brought to the conference and submitted during registration. This cover sheet is to be signed by the YPP entrant’s academic or commercial supervisor(s) (or the entrant themselves if no such supervisor exists).
- The ORSNZ will award up to four YPP prizes at each conference from a total prize pool of up to $1000 for the judges to distribute between winners as they see fit. Not all prizes will be awarded if there are insufficient entrants of a satisfactory standard.
- The judges will take into consideration the quality of both the entry’s written paper and their oral presentation. Guidelines that will be used to assess entries include originality, initiative taken, difficulty of topic, the amount of time allocated to the project, and a broader recognition of the context of the project such as the assumptions made, limitations, alternative views, innovation, potential application, and future work.
- Typically three prizes of values $500, $300 and $200 have been awarded.
- Multiple prizes have been awarded to the same person over several years.
- In 2006, the judging committee explicitly distinguished entries by PhD students and industrial practitioners from entries by Masters/Honours and undergraduate students.
- In past conferences, we have had talk lengths of: 2007:15+5; 2006:18 in total; 2005: 15+5; 2004: 20+2.5
Young Practitioner Prize Winners
|First-place $500||University of Auckland, PhD (Engineering Science)||Oscar Dowson. SDDP.jl: a Julia package for Stochastic Dual Dynamic Programming|
|Second-place $300||University of Auckland, PhD (Engineering Science)||Thomas Adams. Balancing Physician Workloads Under Uncertain Admissions|
|Third-place $200||University of Auckland, PhD (Engineering Science)||Isaac Cleland. Solving a Generalised Staff Rostering Problem|
|First-place $450||University of Auckland, Undergraduate (Engineering Science)||Ryan Cory-Wright, Andy Philpott and Golbon Zakeri. Cost-recovering, revenue-adequate single settlement schemes for electricity markets|
|Highly Commended $275||Victoria University of Wellington, PhD (School of Economics and Finance)||Melissa Welsh. Modelling traceability in the dairy industry|
|Highly Commended $275||University of Auckland, Undergraduate (Engineering Science)||Danielle Gatland and Andrea Raith. Mapping electric vehicle range|
|Best doctoral paper $250||Faisal Wahid (3rd from left)||University of Auckland, PhD (Engineering Science)||Faisal Wahid, Andy Philpott and Frédéric Bonnans. MIDAS touch: Solving hydro-bidding problems using mixed integer programs|
|Best presentation $250||Michael Lindahl (2nd from left)||Technical University of Denmark (DTU), PhD (Management Engineering)||Michael Lindahl and Niels-Christian Fink Bagger. Optimizing the Cable Collection Grid in Offshore Wind Farms|
|Best undergraduate presentation $250||Joshua Dawes (centre)||University of Auckland, BE(Hons) (Engineering Science)||Joshua Dawes, Golbon Zakeri and Geoffrey Pritchard. Efficient electric vehicle charging|
|Most promising conceptual development $125||Regan Baucke (2nd from right)||University of Auckland, PhD (Engineering Science)||Regan Baucke, Golbon Zakeri and Tony Downward. Exploring state dependent risk aversion in multistage programming problems|
|Innovative technical development prize $125||Keith Ruddell (3rd from right)||University of Auckland, PhD (Engineering Science)||Keith Ruddell, Andy Philpott and Anthony Downward. Transmission-constraned supply-function equilibria with price-taking players|
||1st Postgraduate $250||Lin Chen||University of Auckland PhD ( Civil & Environmental Engineering)||Lin Chen, Andrea Raith and Theunis F. Henning. Multi-objective optimisation in decision making of road maintenance
Judges’ comment “Great overview and testing of alternative methods, with some serious application in mind.”
|1st Equal Undergraduate $250||James Waugh||University of Auckland, BE(Hons) (Engineering Science)||James Waugh and Andrew Mason. Columnwise Search – A heuristic for the Vehicle Routing Problem applied to Waste Collection
Judges’ comment “Another nice balanced applied OR project, using optimisation to deliver significant efficiency gains on a real problem, in a comprehensible manner.”
|1st Equal Undergraduate $250||Ben Goodger||University of Auckland, BE(Hons) (Engineering Science)||Ben Goodger, Cameron Walker and Anthony Downward. Developing online heuristics and a near optimal benchmark for apple packing
Judges’ comment “A nice balanced applied OR project, using optimisation to set upper bound on possible gains, then developing implementable heuristics to deliver measurable gains on a potentially large scale.”
|Special Prize for initiative and “good old fashioned” effectiveness $250||Michael Fairley and Oscar Dowson||University of Auckland, BE(Hons) (Engineering Science)||Michael Fairley and Oscar Dowson. Partitioning students into equitable groups using SolverStudio
Judges’ comment “Quick, and not actually all that dirty.”
||1st Postgraduate $400||Antony Phillips||Auckland PhD (EngSci)||Antony Phillips, Matthias Ehrgott and David Ryan. Solving the Classroom Assignment
Problem Using Integer Programming
|1st Equal $300
|Jack Dunn||Auckland, BE (EngSci)||Jack Dunn, Golbon Zakeri and Anthony Downward: Binary
Interruptible Load Optimisation
|1st Equal $300
|Max Biggs||Auckland, BE (EngSci)||Max Biggs and Tony Downward. 2D Shape Optimization
Applied to Diamond Cutting
||1st PhD $400||Olga Perederieieva||Auckland PhD (EngSci)||Olga Perederieieva. Solving Bi-objective Traffic Assignment Based on
Time Surplus Maximisation
|1st Masters $300||Simon Bull||Auckland, BE (EngSci),
|Simon Bull, Andrew Mason and Andrea Raith: Scheduling Families of
Jobs on Multiple Identical Machines to Minimize Total Tardiness
|1st Equal $150
|Rosemary Read||Canterbury, BA(Hist),
BCom Hons (MSci)
|Rosemary Read, Shane Dye, Grant Read: Generalized CDDP
for Reservoir Management
|1st Equal $150
|Jingze (Emily) Du||Auckland, BE (EngSci)||Jingze Du, Matthias Ehrgott and Andrea Raith. Optimal Delivery
of Arc Modulated Radiation Therapy in Cancer Treatment
|1st Postgraduate||Anthony Downward||Auckland, BE (EngSci)
|Risk Aversion and Retail Electricity Markets|
|Oddo Zhang||Auckland, BE (EngSci),
|Optimisation of Small-Scale Ambulance Move-Up|
|Jason Drake||Auckland, BE (EngSci)||Design of Road Networks|
|Jason Undan||Auckland, BE (EngSci)||Optimisation of Demand-Side Bidding|
|Thomas Liddle||Victoria, BSc (Hons)||Kick Strength and Online Sampling for Iterated Local Search|
|Uttara Nataraj||Auckland, BE (EngSci)||Selecting a Portfolio of Cycling Projects|
|1st Postgraduate||Faram Engineer||Auckland, BE ME (EngSci)
PhD (Georgia Tech)
|Catch-up Scheduling for Childhood Vaccination [pdf]|
|1st Undergraduate||Qi-Shan Lim||Auckland, BE (EngSci)||Trim Loss and Inventory Optimisation in Paper Mills|
|2nd Undergraduate||Antony Phillips||Auckland, BE (EngSci)||Optimisation Models and Methods for the Container Positioning Problem in
2008 DY Strategy
(& Kevin Lao)
|Canterbury||Evaluation of Clean Development Mechanism and Joint Implementation
|2nd||Anders Dohn (&
|DTU (Technical University
of Denmark), Denmark
|Optimizing Manpower Allocation for Ground Handling Tasks in Airports using
Column Generation [pdf]
|3rd=||Antony DePont||Auckland, BE (EngSci)||Order Picking in Warehouses [pdf]|
|3rd=||Gemma Clark||Victoria||Elder Care in NZ: A Multi-framing Approach [pdf]|
|3rd=||Andrea Raith||Auckland, PhD (EngSci)||Traffic Assignment with Travel Time and Toll Cost Objectives [pdf]|
|1st||Lei (Oddo) Zhang||Auckland, BE (EngSci)||Optimization of well placement and flow [certificate]|
|2nd||Martin Peat||Auckland, BE (EngSci)||Loading congestion at New Zealand aluminium smelters|
|3rd||Bassy Tam||Auckland, PhD (EngSci)||Unit crewing in the airline tour of duty planning problem|
|2006||1st PhD||Richard Lusby||Auckland, PhD (EngSci)||Routing Trains Through Railway Junctions: A New Set Packing Approach [pdf]|
|1st ME/Hons||Stuart Donovan||Anckland, ME (EngSci)||An improved mixed integer programming model for wind farm layout optimization [pdf]|
|2nd ME/Hons||David Richards||Anckland, ME (EngSci)||A Study of Optimised Ambulance Redeployment Strategies [pdf]|
|2005||1st||Oliver Tompkins||Auckland, BE (EngSci)||Strategic Production Plan Model for the Hunua Quarry [pdf]|
|2nd||David Craigie||Auckland, BE (EngSci)||Portfolio Optimization via Stochastic Dominance of Benchmarks [pdf]|
|3rd=||Tim Steer &
|Canterbury, BSc (Hons)||Capacity modelling of the South Island chicken operation at
Tegel Foods Ltd [pdf]
|3rd=||Stuart Donovan||Auckland, BE (EngSci)||Wind Farm Optimization [pdf]|
|2004||1st||Kavinesh Singh||Auckland, PhD (EngSci)||Column Generation for Capacity-Expansion Planning of Electricity
|2nd||Sanjay Patel||Auckland, BE (EngSci)||Locomotive Allocation for Toll NZ|
|3rd||Sarah Kirkpatrick||Auckland, BE (EngSci)||Better Base Locations for the Melbourne Ambulance Service|
|Auckland, ME (EngSci)
Auckland, ME (EngSci)
|Optimal Yacht Rig Design using Mathematical Programming
Roster Construction for Tranz Rail
|2002||1st||Ambili Viswambharan||Auckland, BE (EngSci)||Optimisation in Diamond Cutting|
|2nd||James Tipping||Canterbury, BScHons||Scheduling and Routing Grass Mowers Around Christchurch|
|3rd||Lenrick Johnston||Auckland, BE/BCom, ME||Optimisation of Irradiation Directions in IMRT Treatment|
|2001||1st||Hamish Dean||Canterbury, PhD||Compaction Algorithms for the Garment Manufacturing
|2nd||Stephanie Pegg||Beca Carter
(ex Auckland, BE EngSci)
|An Online Optimised Pump Scheduling System|
|3rd||Michael Clist||Auckland, BE/BCom||Plant Location Modelling for the Concrete and Asphalt Industries|
|2000||1st||Thorsten Piehl||Auckland, ME EngSci||Cell Batching Optimisation for the New Zealand Aluminium Smelter|
|2nd||Mark Stewart||Canterbury, PhD||Operational Decision Making for Internet Service Provision|
|3rd||Rochelle Meehan||Auckland, BE EngSci||Flight Schedule Optimisation for Air New Zealand’s International Fleet|
The table below details older winners of the Young Practitioner Prize. Drumroll…
|Year||First Prize||Second Prize||Third Prize|
|2007 (Auckland)||Lei (Oddo) Zhang BE, Auckland||Martin Peat||Bassy Tam PhD, Auckland|
|2006 (Christchurch): PhD Section||Richard Lusby PhD Auckland|
|2006 (Christchurch): Masters/Honours||Stuart Donovan ME Auckland||David Richards ME Auckland|
|2005 (Wellington)||Oliver Tompkins, BE, Auckland||David Craigie,BE, Auckland||Tim Steer & Richard Bramley, Canterbury
Stuart Donovan,BE, Auckland
|2004 (Auckland)||Kavinesh Singh, PhD, Auckland||Sanjay Patel, BE, Auckland||Sarah Kirkpatrick,BE, Auckland|
|2003 (Waikato)||Jarrad Wallace ME, Auckland
Martin Young ME, Auckland
|Not awarded||Not awarded|
|2002 (Auckland)||Ambili Viswambharan BE, Auckland||James Tipping BScHons, Canterbury||Lenrick Johnston ME, Auckland|
|2001 (Canterbury)||Hamish Dean PhD, Canterbury||Stephanie Pegg Beca Carter||Michael Clist BE/BCom, Auckland|
|2000 (Wellington)||Thorsten Piehl ME, Auckland||M Stewart PhD, Canterbury||Rochelle Meehan BE, Auckland|
|1999 (Waikato)||Catherine Hicks BE, Auckland||Bert Chen BE, Auckland||Parvati Patel BE, Auckland|
|1998 (Auckland)||Stuart Mitchell Auckland||Andrew Coyle Auckland||–|
|1997 (Melbourne)||No Paper Prize; ORSNZ conference run as part of APORS, Melbourne|
|1996 (Canterbury)||Kevin Broad Auckland
& Gavin Bell Canterbury
|Not awarded||Carey Stevens Auckland|
|1995 (Victoria)||Kevin Broad Auckland||James Deaker Auckland||Kelvin WatsonMassey?|
|1994 (Massey)||Megan Thornley Auckland||Twan Vollebregt Canterbury||–|
|1993 (Auckland)||Curt Hjorring Auckland||Geoffrey Gill Auckland &
Mark Craddock Auckland
|1992||Colin Ives Auckland &
Paul Day Auckland
|1991||Brendan Ring Canterbury||?||–|
Notes: Papers authored by two or more Young Practitioners were first formally permitted in 2005; previous entries had (generally) been single authored. In 2005, the maximum permitted age was increased from 25 to 30 effective for 2006 onwards.
Energy Centre Prizes in
‘Energy and Resources’ and ‘Transportation’
The Energy and Resources Prize and the Transportation Prize are both open to all presenters at the ORSNZ conference who are under 30 years of age on the first day of presentations at the conference. Eligible entrants are those who have submitted a paper to the conference organizers that meets the requirements for inclusion in the conference proceedings. In the case that the paper has multiple authors, all authors must be under 30 years of age on the first day of presentations at the conference. (Any number of the authors may partake in the presentation.) In the case of joint authorship, the award is to all the authors as opposed to an individual.
The University of Auckland Energy Centre will award up to 1 prize in each of the Energy and Resource as well as Transportation categories at each conference from a total prize pool of up to $1000 for the judges to distribute between winners as they see fit. Not all prizes need be awarded if there are insufficient entrants of a satisfactory standard. The judges will take into consideration the quality of both the entry’s written paper and their oral presentation. Guidelines that will be used to assess entries include originality, initiative taken, difficulty of topic, the level of the project (e.g. developed as a masters vs PhD work) and a broader recognition of the context of the project such as the assumptions made, limitations, alternative views, innovation, potential application, and future work.
The Energy Centre is part of the Business School at the University of Auckland
These prizes were first offered in 2010.
|Year||Energy and Resources||Transportation|
|2010||Jason Undan||Uttara Nataraj|
The ORSNZ student project prize was based upon a written report submitted by a student to the prize organisers. This prize was discontinued in 1993.
|Year||First Prize||Second Prize|
|1993||Steve Irwin||Ian O’Donaghue & Chris Wallace|
|1992||Ross James Massey||–|
|1990||?||Jackson, I and Mayes, KA|
|1988||Andrew Mason Auckland||Rachel Clarke Auckland|
Student Project Prize Winner Details
|Staff Management and Trustbank|
|1988||1st||Andrew Mason||Auckland BE||Speaker Matching Pdf|
|2nd||Rachel Clarke||Auckland BE||Optimal planning of an x-ray diffractometer|
Can you fill in missing details? If so, please contact Andrew Mason.
|12 November 2007: Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Fellowship for Professor David Ryan Professor David Ryan has become the second person in the southern hemisphere to be inducted as a Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). INFORMS is the world’s largest professional organisation in Operations Research. It has awarded a total of 249 Fellowships, but only 12 of those, including Professor Ryan’s, have gone to people outside of the United States. Professor Ryan received his award at a ceremony during the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Seattle last Monday, 5 November. The Fellow Award is reserved for distinguished individuals who have demonstrated outstanding and exceptional accomplishments and experience in operations research and the management sciences.
Professor Ryan is Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and a Professor in the Department of Engineering Science. A leading authority on Operations Research in New Zealand, his research is concerned with mathematical programming and optimization theory, in particular scheduling, timetabling and combinatorial optimization problems. Professor Ryan was evaluated on the quality of his research, practice, management, education and service before receiving the INFORMS award. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand (2003).
INFORMS Teaching Award 2003: In 2003, David was awarded the INFORMS Prize for the Teaching or OR/MS pracitioners. See “Ryan Educates, Inspires OR/MS Practioners” (local copy), OR/MS Today August 2003.
|16 November 2007: Michael Saunders, FSRNZ
On behalf of the members, the Operational Research Society of NZ wishes to congratulate long-standing society member Michael Saunders on being elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of NZ.Michael Saunders, a Research Professor in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, is a world expert in the development of mathematical optimisation software, for solving decision problems in large interconnected systems.Professor Saunders began his work in this field while working for the DSIR in the 1970s, producing (in joint work with fellow New Zealander Bruce Murtagh) the MINOS system, which is now one of the best known optimisation packages worldwide, used by economists, engineers, physicists, and operations researchers. In more recent years he has developed a collection of optimisation tools (NPSOL, SNOPT, QPOPT, LSSOL) tailored to solve problems having certain structural features, with wide application in the engineering and aerospace communities. In particular, NPSOL is a key ingredient in the mesh-fitting routines used by the Auckland Bioengineering Institute, and in the optimising yacht velocity prediction program used by Team New Zealand in the successful 1995 America’s Cup challenge.He is a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the New Zealand Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, and is a leading supporter of the Operational Research Society of New Zealand, and a mentor for its members. His published work is very highly cited, and in 1985 he was awarded the inaugural Beale-Orchard Hays prize by the Mathematical Programming Society for his contributions to computational optimisation.
|May 2009: Edelman Finalists Philpott and Everett
ORSNZ members Andy Philpott (University of Auckland) and Graeme Everett (Norske Skog) were Finalists in the 2009 INFORMS Franz Edelman competition. (The competition was won by Hewlett Packard.)Official INFORMS photos can be found at http://www.scienceofbetter.org/Edelman. You can also view photos of the INFORMS meeting taken by members of the Norske Skog team, and visit the Flickr photo page.This work was written up in the New York based BusinessWeek magazine; view the article. Andy spoke on Radio NZ’s 9-noon slot on Monday 11 May; listen again in MP3 or OGG format. Andy was also interviewed on TVNZ’s Morning TV program on Wednesday 13 May (TVNZ Screenshot) with the byline:”A couple of Kiwi maths experts have won plaudits in the international business media with its model to better pin point loss making parts of businesses. Mathematician Professor Andy Philpott explains.” View Flash Video.