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 [email protected] or [email protected] 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: [email protected]

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IFORS Global Webinar July 29 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 first IFORS Global Webinar. Below is the relevant part of her email followed by a summary of the first webinar.

Also, I have been asked if I can provide 1 speaker to join 2 confirmed speakers for the APORS webinar scheduled for September 30. I was told that “The title is preferred to be related to COVID-19 but can be any aspects of Operations Research.” Please let me know if you are interested. The Council will select 1 person to put forward if there are multiple interested parties.

Ngā mihi, Mike

“IFORS has launched a Global Webinar Series in 2020. Speakers from each of the four IFORS regions will provide our worldwide community with updates on exciting new challenges, methodologies and solution approaches that impact their region and the world. Regional representatives on the Administrative Committee of IFORS will select speakers and host the webinar. The webinars will have different formats. The overall aim of this webinar series is to strengthen research activities and foster potential collaboration by encouraging the exchange of ideas and the sharing of our successes and challenges.

The first Global Webinar is organized by ALIO and will take place on July 29th at 2:00 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_q86SD-tTShSrxgPmjR26gQ

O.R. in Latin America: From Theory to Practice

Invited Speakers

  1. Title: Parametric relaxation for the quadratic knapsack problem

Marcia Fampa

COPPE – Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

  1. Title: Level of traffic stress in Bogotá: towards a friendlier city for cyclists”

Andrés L. Medaglia

Centro para la Optimización y Probabilidad Aplicada (COPA), Departamento de Ingeniería Industrial, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

  1. Title: A case study on the potential impact of a kidney exchange program in Mexico

Roger Rios

Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon – UANL, Mexico

Publishing Covid-19 research

Kia ora koutou,

I hope you are staying safe during the pandemic. I am aware that some of our members are involved in research to help fight against Covid-19, but there may be others of you involved that I am not aware of. The Royal Society of New Zealand is calling for papers on all aspects of Covid-19 and I thought I’d bring it to the attention of all of you in case you have some work you’d like to contribute.

https://www.royalsociety.org.nz/news/call-for-papers-for-jrsnz-covid-19-open-access-supplement/

Kia kaha, Mike

PS. Ilze Ziedins, Cameron Walker and I have been doing some modelling of the Covid-19 pandemic

https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/news/2020/04/24/modelling-the-pandemic.html

Prof Vicky Mabin part of Griffiths Medal winning team

Prof Vicky Mabin is one of the authors that have been awarded the Griffiths Medal for their paper Using the Theory of Constraints to resolve long-standing resource and service issues in a large public hospital. See below for more details. Congratulations to Vicky and her fellow authors.

“Congratulations to Prof Vicky Mabin, Julie Yee, Sally Babington, Dr Vanessa Caldwell, and Robyn Moore for being awarded the Griffiths Medal by The Operational Research Society. Based in the UK, the ORS is the oldest and biggest OR society in the world representing a profession at the very heart of analytics.

From left: Prof Vicky Mabin, Julie Yee, Sally Babington, Dr Vanessa Caldwell and Robyn Moore, Griffiths Medal winners for 2019.

The Griffiths Medal 2019 is awarded by The OR Society for the best paper in Health Systems journal in the preceding two years.

If you think that the only way to improve health services is by adding more resources, think again! The paper describes how we used Theory of Constraints (TOC) to address the resourcing issues caused by rising demands and fixed budgets that plague public hospitals everywhere. A pilot implementation changed the decision rules for determining when the pharmacy supplied chemotherapy drugs. This led to an improvement in average patient wait times of 87%, 37% increase in production, two-thirds (67%) reduction in nursing overtime, reduced stress levels, while drug costs were held constant. The resulting two-tier system has been in place and working well for over 12 years.

As the Griffiths Medal winner, the paper is free to access for a year

https://think.taylorandfrancis.com/journal-prize-griffiths-medal-health-systems/

Using the Theory of Constraints to resolve long-standing resource and service issues in a large public hospital. Health Systems 7(3), 230-249

Keywords: Theory of Constraints (TOC); change; Operations research; health services; problem structuring; resource conflicts; Chemotherapy; Hospital; Health services

In 2006, Julie, Sally and Vanessa undertook an initial thorough analysis using TOC with Vicky’s guidance as part of an MBA Problem Solving and Decision Making course that Vicky taught. Julie led the pilot implementation in the hospital in 2007, Robyn helped compile the paper and with Vicky, undertook further research to see the paper through to publication in Health Systems. Julie now works for ACC, Vanessa for Mid-Central DHB, Sally for DOC, while Robyn is an operations researcher and local business owner.

The path to publication was a long and unusual one. Believe it or not, an earlier conference paper describing this project was copied extensively without any acknowledgement, amounting to an alarming case of plagiarism. While the journal supported our complaint and immediately removed the offending paper, after revision by the authors Syed Amin Tabish and Syed Nabil to delete all traces of our work, incredibly, their paper was reinstated. We were therefore particularly gratified to have our paper published in the reputable Health Systems journal, and especially delighted to receive the Griffiths Medal.”

Some diagrams from Vicky’s paper:

The research changed the situation from this:

to this:

giving the following results: