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2013 Joint NZSA+ORSNZ Conference
Sun 24 - Wed 27 Nov, 2013
Hamilton, New Zealand

Analytics for a Changing World: From Data to Decisions
Joint Conference of the NZ Statistical Association and Operations Research Society of NZ


As part of the International Year of Statistics and Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013, the Operations Research Society of New Zealand (ORSNZ) and the New Zealand Statistical Association (NZSA) are holding a joint conference hosted by the University of Waikato in Hamilton. This conference incorporates both the 47th annual ORSNZ Conference and the 64th Annual NZSA conference. The conference will cover all practical and theoretical aspects of operations research (OR) and statistics. Papers at the intersection of these areas, including those in analytics, are particularly welcome.

The conference will start with a welcome function on Sunday 24 Nov. The conference sessions will run from Mon 25 Nov to Wed 27 Nov, with a conference dinner on Tuesday 26 Nov.

Please check here regularly for more information including registration and submission details.

The conference booklet, including the final program, is available on the Programme page.

A gallery of photos (kindly snapped by Harold Henderson) is available on flikr.

Schedule of Important Events

  • Sunday 24th November: Welcome Reception, starting at 5:30pm
  • Monday 25th November: Poster Evening, in the evening following the seminars
  • Monday 25th November: Young Statisticians Event, following the Poster Evening
  • Tuesday 26th November: NZSA Annual General Meeting, following the seminars
  • Tuesday 26th November: Conference Dinner, following the AGM (time TBC)

Invited Speakers

We are very pleased to announce that the following plenary speakers have agreed to present at the conference.
John M. Neuhaus, University of California Assessing Change with Longitudinal Data
Ken Rice, University of Washington A Unified Approach to Shrinkage
Chris Wild, The University of Auckland The Need for Speed in the Path of the Deluge
Martin Hazelton, Massey University Some Recent Advances in Network Tomography
Kevin Ross, Fonterra Analytics at Fonterra
Vicky Mabin, Victoria University of Wellington Itís just common sense, right? So why is it so uncommon?
Abstracts for these talks are given in the Programme (see left).

Call for Special Sessions

We are seeking nominations for special sessions of interest to the OR and statistics communities. Please contact the conference organisers via [email protected] if you would like to coordinate such a special session.

Abstract and Paper Submission

Abstract submissions have now officially closed. Please contact us at [email protected] if you wish to submit a late abstract, and we'll let you know if it can be accepted.

We welcome presentations on any aspect of statistics, operations research, analytics 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 as plain text (not a PDF file) through EasyChair. Please indicate on your submission whether your abstract is for an oral presentation or a poster presentation. Oral presentations will be 20min in length (15 + 5 for questions). All abstracts will be considered by the conference committee, and the authors notified of their acceptance or otherwise.

Click here to submit your abstract to EasyChair

If you submit an abstract in OR, Analytics or Management Science, then you are invited to submit a full length paper or extended abstract by Monday 1st Tuesday 12th November 2013 for inclusion in the online ORSNZ conference proceedings. (Note that there are no proceedings for Statistics papers.)

Guidelines for Preparation of OR, Analytics and Management Science 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.


Registrations have now closed.

ORSNZ Student Travel Grants

If you are
(1) an OR 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 confirm your student status and email the conference organiser no later than 10 working days before the conference to request a grant. Grants towards your actual and receipted travel expenses will be paid at the conference upon presentation of a GST receipt. Past grants have typically been up to around $100.

Financial Assistance for NZSA Student Presenters

To be eligible for these awards, applicants must:

  • Be qualified to register as a student. This requires that the delegate is a full-time student at the time of registration. Students must provide proof of their enrolment (a signed letter from a supervisor or lecturer will suffice) when registering or to the registration desk at the conference.
  • Submit their talk abstract with their application.
  • Provide a single page academic CV.
  • Provide a one-paragraph summary on why they are requesting funding and how attending the conference will be beneficial to their career.
Due to limited funds, if you wish to apply for a student travel award, notify James Curran by email ([email protected]) as soon as possible.
Documentation as listed above must be provided before 31 October 2013.

ORSNZ Young Practitionersí Prize (YPP)

OR practitioners and students who will be under 30 years of age on the first day of the conference (24 November) are invited to compete for $1000 of prizes in the ORSNZ Young Practitionersí Prize competition. When submitting their OR abstract, competitors should request that their paper be entered for the YPP prize. Entrants must abide by the YPP Prize rules which include submitting a completed YPP coversheet at the conference.

NZSA Best Student Presentation

The NZSA encourages presentations from students at its annual conferences, and as an enticement, prizes are awarded for the best student presentations. All student delegates that present are automatically entered into the competition.

Related Conferences and Workshops

Conference Committee

Vanessa Cave (Joint Chair; AgResearch), Steven Miller (Joint Chair; University of Waikato), James Curran (President, NZSA), Harold Henderson (AgResearch), Judi McWhirter (University of Waikato), Paul Murrell (University of Auckland), Maheswaran Rohan (Dept of Conservation), Andrew Mason (President, ORSNZ), Andy Philpott (University of Auckland), Cameron Walker (University of Auckland), Ilze Ziedins (Vice President, ORSNZ).


We gratefully acknowledge financial support of this conference by our platinum sponsor, SAS.