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2014 Joint NZSA+ORSNZ Conference
Sunday 23 - Wednesday 26 November 2014
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Joint Conference of the NZ Statistical Association and Operations Research Society of NZ


The New Zealand Statistical Association (NZSA) and the Operations Research Society of New Zealand (ORSNZ) are holding a joint conference hosted by Victoria University of Wellington. This conference incorporates both the 65th Annual NZSA Conference and the 48th annual ORSNZ Conference. The conference will cover all practical and theoretical aspects of statistics and operations research (OR). Papers at the intersection of these areas, including those in analytics, are particularly welcome.

Please check here regularly for updated information.

Some Welcoming Information (9 pages) is available here for download (pdf; opens in a new tab). You will receive a hard copy of this document at registration along with the Full Conference Programme and the Book of Abstracts.

A Conference Programme Overview (1 page), the Full Conference Programme (21 pages) and the Book of Abstracts (55 pages) are available on the Programme page (see menu at the top-left of this page). All are pdf files, which open in new tabs.

Conference Proceedings (updated 5/12/2014)
The Conference Proceedings are available online from the Proceedings page (also see the green menu button on the left).

Schedule of (some) Important Events

  • Sunday 23 November: Welcome Reception and Conference Registration, 17.30-19.00, at Rydges Wellington Hotel
  • Monday 24 November: Registration opens, 8.00, Maclaurin (MC) Building Foyer, Victoria University of Wellington. Formal Welcome and Conference Opening, 8.45, room MC Lecture Theatre 103
  • Monday 24 November: NZ Analytics Forum Event in MC LT103 sponsored by IBM - Plenary Address by Dr Chid Apte (IBM, USA) 15.00-16.00, followed by "Smart Cities" Panel Discussion 16.05-17.25, and drinks from 17.25
  • Monday 24 November: Poster Display + drinks (cash bar), from 17.25, Maclaurin Foyer
  • Monday 24 November: Young Statisticians Event, following the Poster Display (18.30-22.00), Alan MacDiarmid Building, room 102
  • Tuesday 25 November: Sessions start, 9.00, Maclaurin Building. Separate NZSA and ORSNZ Annual General Meetings, 17.15-18.00, MC LT103 and MC LT101
  • Tuesday 25 November: Conference Dinner at Rydges Wellington Hotel, pre-dinner drinks from 18.30, dinner from 19.00
  • Wednesday 26 November: Sessions start, 9.00, Maclaurin Building. Main conference closes, 12.05. Lunch 12.05-13.00. Afternoon session on Statistical Education, 13.00-16.40, MC LT103

Registration and Fees

Registrations have now closed. Registration is now open and we welcome registrations via the online registration system.

Please note that some rooms have been reserved for conference participants at Te Puni Village, which is a large, modern, Victoria University student accommodation block very close to the conference location. Two room types are available: ensuite rooms with a double bed for NZ$100 per night, and single rooms with a shared bathroom for NZ$70 per night. These rooms should be booked as part of the conference registration process (now closed).

Alternatively, there is a range of accommodation available in various Wellington hotels. More details about travel to/from Wellington and getting around the city, plus various hotel options, are available at the following Victoria University website: Travel and Accommodation, Victoria University of Wellington

Conference fees are as follows:

Early student (includes banquet ticket)NZ$130.00
Early NZSA or ORSNZ member (includes banquet ticket)NZ$390.00
Early non-member (includes banquet ticket)NZ$470.00
Late student (includes banquet ticket)NZ$180.00
Late NZSA or ORSNZ member (includes banquet ticket)NZ$490.00
Late non-member (includes banquet ticket)NZ$570.00

The closing date for the earlybird registrations is Friday 31 October 2014.

Abstract and Paper Submission

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. If you have an EasyChair account, even if it was for another conference, please login with your username and password. In case you don't have an EasyChair account, please follow the instructions to sign up for an account. Please do not email abstracts to the conference organisers. 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.

Submission deadline for Abstracts is Wednesday 15 October 2014  Wednesday 22 October 2014. Abstract submission is now closed.
Submission deadline for Full Papers is Monday 3rd November 2014  Monday 10th November 2014 (extended to Monday 17th November 2014 for YPP entrants).

Plenary Speakers

We are very pleased to announce that the following plenary speakers have agreed to present at the conference (scheduled in this chronological order, one per half-day starting on Monday morning).
Plenary 1 Geoff McLachlan, University of Queensland Modelling, Clustering, and Cluster Matching of Multiple Samples via Skew Distributions
Plenary 2 (Analytics) Chid Apte, IBM Research Division, Thomas J. Watson Research Center, New York Data Driven Intelligence for Optimizing Business Outcomes
Plenary 3 Peter Green, University of Technology, Sydney and University of Bristol Discovering Structure in Multivariate Data: how far can a Bayesian Approach go?
Plenary 4 Miguel Anjos, Trottier Energy Institute, Polytechnique Montreal Recent Progress and Current Challenges in Optimization for the Smart Grid
Plenary 5 Alan Brookhart, Gillings School of Global Public Health
 and School of Medicine
, University of North Carolina Comparative Effectiveness Research in the United States

Abstracts for these plenary talks are given on the Programme page (see menu at the top-left of this page).

Contributed Special Sessions

Following the recent tradition at NZSA conferences, a special session on Statistical Education will run on the afternoon of Wednesday 26 November, 13.00-16.40. Further details are available on the Statistical Education Session page (see menu at the top-left of this page).

The following contributed special sessions have been accepted. Further details on these sessions will appear in the final Programme (see menu at the top-left of this page).

Organiser Session Title
Patrick Graham (Statistics New Zealand) Applications of Hierarchical Bayesian Modelling to
Small Domain Estimation Problems in Demography and Public Health
Russell Millar (University of Auckland) Bayesian Methodology
Tracey Savage (Statistics New Zealand) Capture-recapture/Multiple Systems Methods for Population Estimation

Guidelines for Preparation of OR, Analytics and Management Science Papers

Traditionally, the ORSNZ have published proceedings of their conferences. Therefore, we give you the option to submit (through EasyChair) a paper of at most 10 pages. Guidelines for preparation of the final papers are available for both Word and Latex. 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.

Submission deadline for Full Papers is Monday 3rd November 2014  Monday 10th November 2014.

Orbit Systems ORSNZ Student Travel Grants

If you are
(1) an OR student who is (or has just finished) studying full-time at a 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. The 2014 ORSNZ travel grants are proudly sponsored by Orbit Systems

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 2014.

Derceto 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 Derceto 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. The 2014 YPP prize is proudly sponsored by Derceto.

Harmonic Analytics 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. Harmonic Analytics are sponsoring prizes for the best student talks again at the 2014 conference.

Conference Committee

John Haywood (Chair; Victoria University of Wellington), Richard Arnold (Victoria University of Wellington), Mark Johnston (Victoria University of Wellington), Ivy Liu (Victoria University of Wellington), Andrew Mason (Past-President, ORSNZ), Shirley Pledger (Victoria University of Wellington), Ginny Whatarau (Victoria University of Wellington).

Advisory Group: James Curran (President, NZSA), Harold Henderson (AgResearch), Golbon Zakeri (President, ORSNZ).


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