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45th Annual ORSNZ Conference
Sun 28 Nov (Welcome), Mon 29 - Tues 30 Nov, 2010.
University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand


The Auckland Branch of the ORSNZ and the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland are pleased to host the 45th Annual Conference of the Operational Research Society of New Zealand, ORSNZ10. We welcome academics, students and practitioners from within New Zealand and overseas to join us at the University of Auckland in beautiful Auckland city, New Zealand.

Program Overview - Sunday 28 Nov - Tuesday 30 Nov

The conference starts with an informal welcome event on Sunday evening (28 Nov) from 6pm to 8pm in the Old Government House, Corner of Princes St and Waterloo Quadrant, University of Auckland. All welcome. The presentations run on Monday and Tuesday (29-30 Nov) in the University of Auckland Clocktower building (pdf campus map, Google map). Registration opens at 8:15am on Monday in the Clocktower colonnade, with talks starting at 8:45am. The conference banquet will be held at 7:30pm at the Harbourside Restaurant (Auckland CBD map) on Monday evening. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be served on Monday and Tuesday. Metered 2-hour parking is available on Princes St, while full-day parking is available in the Owen G Glen Parking Building on Grafton Road (map).

The Programme menu (left) provides a PDF download listing all the presentations and their times, along with locations and maps for all events and activities, including parking areas. A copy of the full proceedings is also available under this menu.

Speakers are asked to review the updated speaker guidelines below. Note that the software available is Office 2007 (not Office 2010 as reported initially).

Pre-Conference  Workshop on Supply Chain Management - Friday Nov 26 and Saturday Nov 27.

Continuing a tradition started by the University of Sydney last year, the University of Auckland will this year host a regional workshop on Supply Chain Management. The workshop will run on Friday Nov 26 and Saturday Nov 27, immediately before the ORSNZ conference. Please contact Tava Olsen, t.olsen <at>, for more information, or visit the workshop web site.


The organising committee are very pleased to have IBM ILOG as a key conference sponsor, and look forward to welcoming Ms Chun Zhi WU, Senior Client Technical Specialist from ILOG Optimization (AP), as a presenter at the conference.

We are very pleased to also have Fonterra, Derceto, The Energy Centre, Mighty River Power, Hoare Research Software Limited and the University of Auckland as sponsors for the conference. If your organisation is interested in sponsoring any aspect of the confernce please contact the organising committee at [email protected].

Martin Savelsbergh Tava Olsen

Plenary Speakers: Professors Tava Olsen and Martin Savelsbergh

We are very pleased to announce our two plenary speakers. Professor Tava Olsen of the Business School, University of Auckland, has recently returned to New Zealand after nearly 20 years in the United States to take up the Ports of Auckland Chair in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. She is also the Academic Director of the New Zealand Centre for Supply Chain Management.

Professor Martin Savelsbergh is best known for his work at GeorgiaTech as an optimization and logistics specialist. He has over 20 years experience in operations research including optimization methods, algorithm design, performance analysis, logistics, supply chain management, and transportation systems. He has published over 100 research papers in many of the top optimization and logistics journals. Martin has recently moved to Australia where he is the Program Manager of Business and Services Analytics at the CSIRO and is a Conjoint Professor at the University of Newcastle.

Martin will be presenting on "Branch-and-Price Guided Search". For more details, see his abstract.

Tava will be presenting on "Demand Management: Effective, Evil, or Just Everyday?". For more details, see her abstract.

Registration and Fees

Please use the 'Registration' button in the panel on the left to register for the conference.

The conference fee includes the welcome function, lunches, morning and afternoon teas, a copy of the proceedings volume and a banquet ticket. Refund of paid fees is only possible by notice in writing or by email before 6 November.

Free Registration and Membership for Students and New Graduates
Full-time students (students studying full time at a New Zealand university) and recent graduates (students who studied full time during the previous calendar year and are now resident in New Zealand) who present at the conference will have their conference fee waived if they register before the earlybird deadline. They will also receive a complimentary one-year student member subscription to the Society.

Conference fees are as follows:

  • ORSNZ member NZ$350 (student NZ$130)
  • Non-member NZ$420 (student NZ$140)
  • Discount for early registration NZ$50 (student $30)
  • New Zealand student and recent graduate presenters are free if they register before the earlybird deadline.

The closing date for the earlybird registrations is Fri 15 October 2010.

Membership fees for the society are currently NZ$70 (student NZ$15) per annum.

Abstract and Paper Submission

We welcome papers on any aspect of operational research or management science, especially practical applications. Submissions from students and practitioners are greatly encouraged. Abstracts should be 200 words or fewer and are to be submitted by email to the conference organisers at [email protected].

Submission deadline for Abstracts is 5 October, 2010 Mon 11 October, 2010.
Submission deadline for Papers is Sat 30 October Tue 9 November, 2010

Further information is given in the Call for Papers.

Following acceptance of your abstract, we will invite you to submit a full length paper or extended abstract and presentation slides for publication in the conference proceedings.

Guidelines for preparation of the final papers are available for both Word and Latex. There is a 10 page limit for full papers. Please download the Word Guidelines Document if you want to prepare your paper using Word. A PDF version of the Guidelines Document is avalable to those who plan to use a different word processor. For Latex users we have prepared a style file and sample document. It is in this Latex Guidelines archive, which includes the necessary style files. Please refer to the README.txt file for installation instructions. You may prefer a simpler Latex guidelines file PaperGuide.tex which does require installing any style files.

Speaker Guidelines

The Young Practitioner Prize (YPP) talks, all scheduled for Monday, are 15 minutes long (including questions). The durations of plenary and semi-plenary are given in the programme (accessible via the Programme menu, left). All other presentations are 20 minutes (including questions). The programme gives the sessions and times for all talks.

Each conference room is equipped with a desktop computer running Office 2010 2007 with Powerpoint and Adobe Reader. Please bring your talk on a USB drive as a powerpoint or PDF file. We strongly recommend that you check your presentation runs as expected on the lecture room desktop before your session starts.

Young Practitioners' Prize (YPP)

OR practitioners, students and other presenters who will be under 30 years of age on 29 November 2010 are invited to compete for the ORSNZ Young Practitioners' Prize. Condition for entry is the presentation of a paper at the 45th Annual Conference of the ORSNZ. Apply by email with your abstract submission, before the abstract submission deadline. Entrants must provide proof of their eligibility (forms will be available from this website soon). The total prize money awarded will be $1,000, split between the authors of the best papers at the judge's discretion.

For further information about the YPP see the Call for Papers and the ORSNZ Prizes page.

Student Travel Grants

Full-time students, who are members of ORSNZ, and plan to present a paper at the ORSNZ conference, are eligible for travel assistance from ORSNZ to attend the conference. More information is available in the Call for Papers.

Conference Committee

Matthias Ehrgott, Andrew Mason, Michael O'Sullivan, Andrea Raith, Cameron Walker, Golbon Zakeri.