Showing posts from March, 2015

IFORS news: Pro bono O.R. Delivers Quick Response to Call Center Problem

Check out the latest edition of IFORS news that contains lots of great articles including a Pro Bono O.R. case study.

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£2.8 million Operational Research project is to find ways to address the UK’s airport congestion

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'A £2.8 million project is to find ways to address the UK’s airport congestion without relying solely on new airport building and expansion.
The OR-MASTER Programme Grant (Mathematical Models and Algorithms for Allocating Scarce Airport Resources) is to be led by a team at Lancaster University Management School, working with Computing, Science and Mathematics researchers at the University of Stirling.
The research has been funded by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) in response to growing concerns over airport capacity, rising demand, and the impact of congestion on both the travelling public and the air transport industry.The work will build on UK expertise in operational research to find the most efficient ways to schedule flights, developing and testing new models and solution algorithms that take into account all the factors involved in the allocation of flight ‘slots’: individual airport operations, networ…

Free Seminar: How helping provide services to young people

O.R. SOCIETY THIRD SECTOR SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPSpring seminarSERVICES TO YOUNG PEOPLEDate/time:       Thursday 23rd April 2015  Registration from 14:30
 Talks 15.00 to 17:00 followed by wine and nibbles
Location:       Room 1.07                         New Academic Building                         London School of Economics                         54 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London                         WC2A 3LT
Cost:                FREE
There are many thousands of charities providing services to young people, aiming to ensure that no matter how vulnerable they are, or what risks and deprivations they face, they will have the chance to enjoy their childhoods and have a safe and happy future.
How can O.R. help these organisations? Is there anything special about the nature of the analytical or decision-making support needed when the service users are young people? What can we learn from the experiences of O.R. interventions?
This seminar will include a series of talks by O.R. professionals who a…

Pro Bono O.R. newsletter (issue 2)

The OR Society: Pro Bono O.R. newsletter - issue 2

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A flying start to 2015
Well what a busy start to the year 2015 has been.  Before you know it March has arrived, the sun is starting to shine and we are almost into spring.  In this second issue I want to tell you about all the latest news from Pro Bono O.R. including collaborating with Career Volunteer, what it’s like to be a volunteer and an update on the projects.
Volunteer Experience Are you considering skilled volunteering? Wonder what it might be like? This guest blog from Alessandro Arbib tells you about his team’s experience of Pro Bono O.R. with RSPCA.

O.R. improves school choice in Boston

Great article from Laura McLay discussing how a student project led to the Boston school board reforming the way parents were able to choose schools.

Peng won the Doing Good with Good O.R. award help by INFORMS with his project 'Guiding school choice reform through novel applications of Operational Research'

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Volunteering with the RSPCA: O.R., canine welfare and team building!

Thank you to Alessandro Arbib who has written this guest blog.  Alessandro and his team volunteered to carry out a Pro Bono O.R. project with the RSPCA.  Here he tells us a bit about the project and the experience of being a Pro Bono O.R. volunteer. 
It’s a dog's life: when O.R. meets canine welfare
The breeding, ownership and welfare of dogs in the UK is a complex social policy area. Without an understanding of the dog population and how it is stratified, it is difficult to propose meaningful welfare policies. To help with this, three Operational Researchers and an engineer from DECC have worked with RSPCA and DogED to develop a stock and flow model of the UK dog population.
Although there has been research into the size of the dog population, nobody has pulled all this together into a single model that everyone can use to help focus priority issues. As a consequence, different stakeholders have varying, and sometimes conflicting, views of how many dogs there are and their needs.…