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46th Annual ORSNZ Conference
Mon 10 - Tue 11 Dec, 2012
Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Hosts and Sponsors

The Wellington Branch of the ORSNZ and Victoria University of Wellington are pleased to host the 46th Annual Conference of the Operations Research Society of New Zealand, ORSNZ'12, on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th of December 2012. A pre-conference breakfast (kindly sponsored by Concept Consulting) will be held on the morning of Monday 10th December. We are most grateful for the financial support we have received from The Science Faculty, Victoria University of Wellington, The Optima Corporation, Concept Consulting, Orbit Systems, Derceto, Hoare Research Software and the Department of Engineering Science, University of Auckland.


Updates and Notices

Information for Participants (updated 06/12/2012)
Here is a flyer of Information for Participants; a hard copy of this information will also be in your conference packs, to be collected at registration.

Conference Programme (updated 07/12/2012)
The (updated) conference programme is available from the "Programme" page (click the green button on the left). Speaker guidelines have also been posted below.

Conference Proceedings (updated 10/1/2013)
The Conference Proceedings are available from the "Programme" page (click the green button on the left). Currently there is only one large file (.pdf, 14M), but files for individual papers will be added in time.

Plenary Speakers: Paul Reid and Grant Read

We are very pleased to announce our two plenary speakers.

Paul Reid received a BSc (Hons) in Operations Research from Massey University in 1994. Since 2011, he is Group General Manager Innovation and Technology for New Zealand Post Group. Paul joined New Zealand Post Group from MetService Limited, where he held the position of Chief Executive Officer for four years. Before moving to MetService in 2007, Paul held a variety of senior commercial and operational positions with Air New Zealand, Carter Holt Harvey and Ernst & Young. His experience includes CEO, GGM and GM roles across all aspects of business. Industry experience includes logistics, aviation, forestry, consulting and technology and according to his own words he prefers "working in companies that are facing challenges that will either see them go out of business or grow into the future".

Paul Reid
Grant Read is an adjunct Professor at the Department of Management, University of Canterbury. In 1975 Grant Read received BSc(hons) 1st Class in Mathematics and in 1979 PhD in Operations Research from the Department of Economics, University of Canterbury. Grant has more than 30 years of experience in a dual academic/professional role, developing and implementing innovative approaches to energy sector problems, focusing mostly on the electricity sector. The formulation and economic interpretation of innovative mathematical optimisation models to benefit the design of real-world arrangements has been the inspiration and motivation for his work.  In addition to electricity market design, his research interests span various areas of Operations Research, such as duality in dynamic programming, reservoir management methods, optimal operation of hydro/thermal generation systems and others. Grant Read

Registration and Fees

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

Conference fees are as follows:

Early ORSNZ member (includes banquet ticket)NZ$330.00
Early non-member (includes banquet ticket)NZ$400.00
New Zealand student/new graduate presenter (includes banquet ticket)NZ$50.00
Early other student/new graduate member (now includes banquet ticket)NZ$170.00
Late ORSNZ member (includes banquet ticket)NZ$400.00
Late non-member (includes banquet ticket)NZ$470.00
Late other student/new graduate member (now includes banquet ticket)NZ$200.00
Retired (excludes banquet ticket)NZ$50.00

The closing date for the earlybird registrations has been extended to Monday 12 November 2012.

Abstract and Paper Submission

We welcome papers on any aspect of operations 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 through EasyChair. Please do not email abstracts to the conference organisers (as in previous years).

Submission deadline for Abstracts is Monday 1st October 2012  Monday 15th October 2012.
Submission deadline for Full Papers is Monday 1st November 2012  Monday 12th November 2012.

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

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 not 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 keynote talks 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 Microsoft Office 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.

The Optima Corporation Young Practitioners' Prize (YPP)

OR practitioners, students and other presenters who will be under 30 years of age the first day of the conference are invited to compete for the The Optima Corporation Young Practitioners' Prize. Condition for entry is the presentation of a paper at the Conference. Apply by email with your abstract submission, before the abstract submission deadline. 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, including forms that need to be signed and brought to the conference, see the full set of YPP rules. Note, item #4: "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."

Student Travel Grants

If you are (1) a student who is (or has just finished) studying full-time at an NZ university, and (2) are normally resident in, and travelling from, another town in NZ, and (3) will be presenting a paper at the conference, then you can apply for travel assistance. You will need to (1) confirm your student status (if you have not already done so as part of requesting a subsidised student fee during the online registration process) and (2) email the conference organiser no later than 10 working days before the conference to request a grant. Grants will be paid at the conference upon presentation of a GST receipt for your travel expenses. Payments have been up to around $100 in the past.

Special Sessions

The following special sessions have been organised for the conference.

Systems Thinking, Systems Modelling and Systems Practice

Contact: A/Prof Bob Cavana, email [email protected]

Outline: A special stream of the ORSNZ conference this year will be devoted to papers presenting theoretical or applied work in the systems sciences. This could include any systems related work from a soft systems, hard systems or critical systems perspective. Systems modelling and simulation work will be particularly welcome, but so will any research or applications related to soft OR, problem structuring or soft systems methods. For further details related to the Australian and New Zealand Systems group please refer to the ANZSYS web site:

Energy and Resource Markets

Contact: Dr Shane Dye, email [email protected]

Outline: A special stream of the ORSNZ conference this year will be devoted to papers relating to energy markets and related resource markets (e.g. water, carbon, pollution etc). This could include any work related to the theory, design or implementation of such markets, as well as related investment and planning issues. Especially welcome is research considering energy market interactions with other markets. The stream will conclude with a workshop session focussed on future directions in this area and addressing issues and theoretical foundations arising from presentations in this stream.

Conference Committee

Stefanka Chukova, John Haywood, Mark Johnston, Nokuthaba Sibanda.