Board of Representatives Meeting
Administrative Committee (2010-2012)
Report for 2010
Melbourne, Australia
July 12th (and 14th if needed)
1. Welcome to the new members
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Iran
Uruguay
Peru
Estonia
IORS
2009
IORUA 2009
SOPIOS 2010
EstORS 2011
next member Nepal ORSN
2. President’s Report
Dominique de Werra
IFORS President
IFORS Regional Groupings
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APORS The Association of Asia Pacific Operational
Research Societies within IFORS
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EURO The Association of European Operational
Research Societies within IFORS
ALIO Associacion Latino-Ibero Americana de
Investigacion Operativa
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NORAM The Association of North American Operations
Research Societies within IFORS
Some of IFORS Objectives
• Promote the development of
Operational Research (OR)
worldwide, both in methodology
and practice.
• Link the member societies and
regional groupings.
IFORS, the Global OR Community
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Present Priorities
 Education
 Technical Publications, Communication
 Scholarships
 Developing Countries
 Regional Activities (ALIO, APORS,
EURO, NORAM)
 Conferences, IDL and and IIT
2010-2012 IFORS
Administrative Committee
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President –Dominique de Werra
The new Rolex Learning Center at EPFL
(Lausanne, Switzerland)
Reorganization
Hans Ittmann (Newsletter) replaced by
Elise del Rosario
David Smith (IAOR) replaced by
Preston White
Martine Labbé (EURO VP) replaced by
Elena Fernandez
Immediate Past President - Elise del Rosario
Communication
The Newsletter
The Website
Communication-Related Initiatives
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Newsletter – Hans Ittmann (South Africa)
Website
Please visit our new website at http://ifors.org
Download the September 2008 Newsletter
Vice President – Hugo Scolnik
Developing Countries
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Africa Network (collaboration with EURO)
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Teachers Workshops (collaboration with INFORMS)
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Regional Young Scholars’ Program (EURO,ALIO)
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The International Conference on OR in Development (ICORD)
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The IFORS Prize
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DC Committee Chair: Theo Stewart
Treasurer - Peter Bell
VP representing ALIO – Nair de Abreu
Education
•IFORS education resources:
•Worlwide access to educational
materials
•Young Scholars Program
•Workshop for Teachers
•IFORS Invited Tutorials
VP representing APORS- Xiangsun Zhang
VP representing EURO – Elena Fernandez
Publications
Publication
Committee
Chair:
Hugh
Bradley
Preston White
Celso Ribeiro
VP representing NORAM- Karla Hoffman
Conferences and meetings
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IFORS 2014 in Barcelona, Spain
General Chair: Elena Fernandez
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IFORS 2017 Call for proposals (regional
diversity)
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IFORS Distinguished Lectures and IFORS
Invited Tutorials
Secretary - Mary Magrogan
The daily hunt for annual returns!
The OR of OR
or
The Logistics of IFORS
3. Administration Committee Reports
3a. Treasurer’s Report
Peter Bell
Treasurer’s Report
Treasurer’s Report
Treasurer’s Report
3b. Conferences
Karla Hoffman
IFORS 2011 Melbourne
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Great event:
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Over 1000 attendees
Fun activities: tours, banquet, welcoming ceremony
Thanks to:
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Patrick Tobin (General Chair) and entire organizing committee
Janny Leung (Program Chair) and her entire program committee
3 plenary speakers:
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Sir James Mirrless
Dr. Brenda Dietrich
Dr. Daniel Ralph
IFORS 2014
Barcelona, Spain July, 2014
General Chair: Elena Fernandez
Program Chair: Stefan Nickle
Barcelona 2014
New convention center
 Close to beach
 Easy transportation to city center
 Great program and social activities
Help organize and attend!
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… displays the characteristics of major Mediterranean cities.
… is dynamic, open, and inviting.
… is a compact city with beautiful architecture, great cuisine, beaches and more...
… traveling to Barcelona is easy with its international airport located only 15
minutes from the city.
Learn, enjoy, and be part of the great IFORS community
Organize a session, give a talk and experience this great city!
See you in Barcelona!
IFORS 2017: Need to choose location
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Bids due January 1, 2012;
 Expressions of intent must be forwarded to the
IFORS Secretary Mary Magrogan
([email protected]) not later than September
30, 2011.
Selection done by a three-month vote by the
Representatives
3c. Publications
Elena Fernandez
Publication
Committee
Chair:
Hugh
Bradley
Preston White
Celso Ribeiro
International Abstracts in
Operations Research
Editor’s Report
K. Preston White, Jr.
July 2011
Melbourne, Australia
Editorial Transition
David Smith retired (after 19 years!) in
September 2010..
 Transition exceptionally
smooth (for me anyway!).
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Thanks David!
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By way of introduction
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Day job: Professor of Systems and Information
Engineering at the University of Virginia in
Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Other day job: On leave until August as Visiting
Professor of Operations Research at the Naval
Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, USA
U.S. Editor of IAOR, 1985-2010
Active in the INFORMS Simulation Society and
Winter Simulation Conference leadership
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New Cover
Design by Palgrave with input
from Hugh Bradley, David
Smith, and Pres White
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New Editing Software and
Production Schedule
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Version 2 of the Electronic Workbench live early
April 2011
Significant improvements in both layout and speed.
Getting caught up--issue 62.4 released to publisher
last week
Back on schedule by this fall and certainly before the
end of the issue year
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Marketing
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Availability of online search capabilities with
Google Scholar requires development of value
proposition for IAOR
Development of metrics for the quality of a
literature search (to illustrate the additional lift
from IAOR)
Join this effort with your own cases
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An Invitation…
Celebrate 50 years of
International Abstracts in Operations Research
at a reception
Tuesday 12 July, 6.30-7.30pm
Sotano, Hilton South Wharf
All welcome
IFORS Distinguished Lecturer
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Began in 1999 with total of 30 such lecturers
Committee selects in consultation with local committee
Always given at regional meetings of ALIO, APORS,
EURO and NORAM
Most Recent:
 July 2010 John F. Nash Jr. (Euro)
 June 2010 Garrett Van Ryzin (ALIO/INFORMS)
 December 2010 Jonathan Rosenhead (APORS)
Next year: EURO, CORS, ALIO and APORS
IFORS Invited Tutorials (NEW!)
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Presented in plenary (or semi‐plenary) sessions of ALIO,
APORS, EURO and NORAM.
Tutorials by outstanding scholars on the fundamentals of
emerging OR technologies, application areas or teaching
approaches
Organizing committee of ALIO, APORS, EURO and NORAM:
Please consider this new opportunity to augment the meeting
with a funded tutorial speaker ($2000 honorarium).
Organizing committees propose leading scholars to the IFORS
Admin Committee for consideration. Contact Nair Abreu, Vice
President Education
3e. Scholarships – ESWI, ELAVIO
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This will be covered in the regional reports
3f. Education Program
Nair Abreu
(i) Editorial Board Website, EBW
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Reported by Horacio Yanasse
The members : Marcela Araya (chair), Chile;
Samuel Jurkiewicz (co-chair), Brazil;
James Cochran, USA;
Xiwen, China, ORSC, APORS,.
Willi Weber, Turkey, EURO.
(ii) Education Resources Committee
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Will be reported by Elise del Rosario under 3h
(iii) Crash Course
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Coordinated by Samuel Jurkiewicz.
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Encourage spreading crash courses on Operations
Research among people teaching math in high
schools and in the early years of graduation.
(iii) Crash Course
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Preliminary experiment in August of 2010, (Natal, Brazil)
30 hour crash course. Sponsored by UFRJ – Federal
University of Rio de Janeiro and UFRN – Federal University
of Rio Grande do Norte.
20 undergraduates and graduates in industrial engineering.
Expenses covered by CAPES – a Brazilian governmental
department
February 2011: second crash course (João Pessoa, Brazil).
June 2011: third crash course was (Natal, Brazil)
(iii) Crash Course – Additional Actions
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Invite newcomers to Operations Research
Support learning material development in other
languages
Certify the crash courses
Identify potential instructors
Extend USA experiments to Latin American and Europe
This follows IFORS’ policy for promoting education in OR!
3g. OR in Developing Countries
Scolnik
Hugo
(i) African School in Operations Research
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Reported by Horacio Yanasse
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Accompany the effort of developing OR in Africa.
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Supported by IFORS and EURO
To be held in Porto-Novo (Benin) in November 2011.
Use ELAVIO model used by ALIO since 1994
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Host institution and contacts
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Institut de Mathématiques et de Sciences Physiques
(IMSP)
Po. Box 613, Porto-Novo, Bénin.
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Main contact :
Prof Joël TOSSA
[email protected]
Dr Aboubacar MARCOS [email protected]
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Tel.: (00229)20 22 24 55 ; Fax: (00229)20 22 24 55
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OR in Developing Countries
Hugo Scolnik
(ii) OR in Developing Countries Webpage
Will be reported by Elise del Rosario during 3h
OR in Developing Countries
Hugo Scolnik
(iii) Prize for OR in Development :
Reported by Elise del Rosario
Special thanks to Professor Subhash Dutta, Chair of
Prize for OR in Development and the members of
the jury
IFORS Prize for OR in Development
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In order to make the 2011 competition more
attractive, the prize money was increased and the
requirement for authors to be nationals of developing
countries removed.
Efforts to publicize the competition paid off with the
acceptance of 24 highly-qualified papers.
The winner and runner-up will be announced
during the banquet.
3h. IFORS Website
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Elise del Rosario
Adopted a new look in 2007; started retaining a
full time webmaster
Goal is to provide members a website that is
welcoming, easy to use, and conducive to sharing
ideas and information.
Integrated tutorials and the newsletter into the site
Started the On-line voting feature for members.
IFORS Website
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Kept pace with the evolving web technology in order
to respond to web inquiries and suggestions.
Was kept current through:
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the timely update of information pertaining to IFORS and
OR-related activities;
quick responses to queries by website visitors; and
search for better means for casting votes on issues put
before them.
Site activity monitoring showed a stable number of
visitors.
IFORS Website
Elise del Rosario
Educational Resources
 Start of work on the Educational Resources portion of the
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website.
IFORS website visitor is provided links to resources for
use in the teaching of OR.
Aims to provide a means by which OR materials in
various languages can be uploaded and hosted by the site.
A wiki facility has been put in place to enable these
functions.
IFORS Educational Resources
Activities:
1. IFORS Webmaster has refined the web facility for
uploading, updating, and searching of materials.
Uses wiki as a search facility but updating and
uploading will be limited to authorized people.
2. Committee populates the current Education
Resources facility.
3. Launch and campaign for member society
participation and contributions.
IFORS Website
Elise del Rosario
Developing Countries Section Plan:
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Initially feature articles and reproduced material
on OR for Development
Recruit interested parties to work on other aspects
of the Section.
IFORS Website
Elise del Rosario
The IFORS Website has, to-date continued to:
 Serve as an information sharing center for conferences,
recent news, articles, etc.
 Offer members the option to vote on-line on IFORS
matters;
 Continues to provide a vehicle for the following
initiatives:
 IFORS News
 Educational Resources
 Developing Countries Activities
IFORS Website
Elise del Rosario
Challenges and Plans
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Continues to deal with how to become more
relevant to international OR professionals all over
the world.
Looking for volunteers to serve in its Advisory
Board
IFORS News
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Elise del Rosario
Objective is to be a major vehicle for sharing
information relevant to OR activities, developments in
the international OR community, and other aspects of
interest to OR professionals all over the world.
Started 2007, edited by Hans Ittmann, with Heiner
Muller Merbach as editorial adviser (both currently in
the Editorial Board).
Published electronically through the IFORS Website
Frequency: quarterly
IFORS News
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Elise del Rosario
Quarterly electronic issues appeared on schedule
March 2010 issue introduced the new AC
June 2010 issue is devoted to the 2009 Annual
Report
Regular features include book reviews, events and
conferences, feature articles from various IFORS
personalities., rre
IFORS News
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Assignment of IFORS correspondents
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Elise del Rosario
Annibal Parracho (ALIO)
Degang Liu (APORS)
Gerhardwilhem Weber (EURO)
Dave Evans (Africa)
Obtained an ISSN to indicate that the publication is serious
about being a regular, easily identified unique publication,
hopefully stimulating more contributions, quantity and
quality-wise.
March 2010 issue started regular feature on Developing
Countries Section featuring work of the IFORS Prize
finalists.
IFORS News
Elise del Rosario
Future plans:
 Stimulate more contributions
 Recruit more correspondents
 Regularly feature regional OR work
 Enrich the Developing Countries section edited by
Arabinda Tripathy
 Ensure circulation among all members of the
member society
3i. Regional Reports
ALIO Activities
ELAVIO 2012 (the 16th edition): the Summer School of ALIO
(Bento Gonçalves, Brazil) on February, 6-10, 2012.
Chairperson: Luciana Buriol, Federal University of Rio
Grande do Sul.
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CLAIO 2012: (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) on September 24-28,
2012. This event will be devoted to Nelson Maculan, Andrés
Weintraub and Hugo Scolnik, in commemoration of their
70th birthday.
Societies Members of ALIO/IFORS
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Mexican Institute of Systems and OR has been inactive since 2009 and we
have heard that the Mexican researchers are in the process of organizing a
new society.
SOBRAPO (Brazil), SOPIOS (Peru) and IORUA (Uruguay) are up to
date with their payments.
Marcela Araya (President of ALIO) to contact all the societies that still
have not paid their dues of 2010, urging them to settle this with IFORS as
soon as possible.
APORS Report
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Xiang-Sun Zhang
APORS (Asia-Pacific Operational Research
Societies) established in 1985 currently has 11
member societies.
Its current President is Yaxiang Yuan (ORSC)
Good news:
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IFORS XIX visits APORS for the third time.
New society joining IFORS: The Operational Research
Society of Nepal (November 5, 2011 ballot deadline).
APORS Report
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Xiang-Sun Zhang
APORS 2010 was organized by MSORSM in
Penang, Malaysia, in 12, 5-8, 2010.
The 9th Triennial APORS will be held in Xi’an,
China next year hosted by ORSC.
Geographical dispersion remains a major obstacle in
terms of participation from all members.
Attract more members from the APORS region
APORS Report
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ORSC celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2010 in
Beijing
Recent APORS Council Meetings:
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Xiang-Sun Zhang
2009 December in India,
2010 October in China,
2010 December in Malaysia,
Shows an increasing cooperation within APORS.
APORS Report
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Xiang-Sun Zhang
APORS official journal: Asia-Pacific Journal of
Operational Research (APJOR), sponsored by
ORSS.
ISORA (International Symposium on Operations
Research and Applications) sponsored by ORSC
will hold its 10th meeting in August 2011in
Dunhuang, China.
ISORA proceedings: “Lecture Notes in Operations
Research”, indexed by ISTP.
EURO Regional Report
Elena Fernández
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30 national OR societies within or nearby
Europe.
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10000 OR specialists.
EURO
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President: M. Grazia Speranza
Executive Committee:
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(Italy)
Past President: Valerie Belton
VP1:
Gerhard Wäscher
VP2:
José Fernando Oliveira
Secretary:
Jesper Larsen
(UK)
(Germany)
(Portugal)
(Denmark)
Treasurer:
Marino Widmer
IFORS VP from EURO: Elena Fernandez
(Switzerland)
(Spain)
EURO activities: Conferences
EURO Conference organized every year except
those of the IFORS Triennial conference
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EURO XXIV Lisbon (July 11-14, 2010)
EURO XXV Vilnius (July 8 - 11, 2012)
EURO/INFORMS Rome (July, 2013)
EURO activities: Workshops & WGs
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28 EURO Working Groups.
European-wide networks on all major topics of OR.
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Most EURO Working Groups had a meeting in 2010.
Members exchanged ideas, and research results.
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EURO WGs organize invited sessions at the EURO
Conferences & publish featured issues in OR journals
EURO activities: Young researchers
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Summer and Winter Institutes.
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ESI10:
Nonlinear Methods in Combinatorial Optimization
Klagenfurt (Austria)
Organizer:
Franz Rendl
ESI 2012: Maritime Logistics
Bremen (Germany). June
Organizer:
Christian Bierwirth
OR Peripatetic Post-graduate Program
Promoting scientific exchanges among the future OR generation
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ORP3 2011 Cadiz (Spain) September 13-17
Organizer: Antonio Rodríguez-Chía
EURO: Awards
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The EURO Gold Medal 2010
Rolf Möhring
Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
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EURO Distinguished Service Medal
Maurice Shutler.
London School of Economics, UK.
EURO: Awards
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The EURO Excellence in Practice Award
Pinar Keskinocak, Georgia Tech, USA, Fararnroze Engineer and Larry
Pickering.
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EURO Doctoral Dissertation Award
Claudia D'Ambrosio.
Universitá di Bologna, Italy.
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Management Science Strategic Innovation Prize
Ioannis Gamvros
IBM and S.Raghavan, The Robert H. Smith School of Business,
University of Maryland, USA
EURO: Cooperation with IFORS
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EURO Summer and Winter Institutes - ELAVIO
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IFORS-EURO Scholars
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ESI 2012: EURO Summer Institute on “Maritime
Logistics” Bremen, Germany. June 3 – 15, 2012
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Development of OR in Africa
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IFORS Education Resources Web-Based Project
EURO NEW JOURNALS
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EURO Journal on Computation Optimization.
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Martine Labbé
EURO Journal on Transportation and
Logistics.
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Editor in Chief:
Editor in Chief:
Michel Bierlaire
EURO Journal on Decision Processes.
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Editor in Chief:
Ahti Salo
NORAM (CORS/SCRO & INFORMS)Regional Report
Karla Hoffman
CORS Publications:
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Quarterly Bulletin
Journal: Information Systems and Operations Research (INFOR)
CORS Meetings:
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The 2011 annual CORS/SCRO meeting took place in St. John’s, the
provincial capital of Newfoundland and Labrador, May 30-June 1, 2011.
Plenary Speakers: Edward Coffman (Columbia Univ.) and Vedat Verter (Mc
Gill University)
Co-sponsor of the INFORMS Healthcare 2011 conference in Montreal,
Canada on June 20-22, 2011.
The 2012 CORS/MOPGP International Conference in Niagara Falls Ontario.
NORAM (CORS/SCRO & INFORMS)Regional Report
Karla Hoffman
2010 CORS award recipients:
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Arnold Lardner Prize: John D.C. Little (MIT)
CORS Award of Merit: Bernard Gendron (Universite de
Montreal)
CORS Service Awards: Neil Barnes (IT Consultant), Vihn
Quan (Ryerson University), and Neil Robinson (TransCanada
Pipelines Ltd.)
CORS 2010 Practice Prize: Burcin Bozkaya (Sabanci
University), Erhan Erkut (Ozyegin University), Dan Heaight
(University of Alberta), and Gilbert Laport (HEC Montréal).
NORAM (CORS/SCRO & INFORMS)Regional Report
Karla Hoffman
INFORMS (USA) Meetings:
 ALIO-INFORMS Joint International Meeting Buenos
Aires, June 2010
 2010 Annual Meeting: Austin, TX 2010
9 plenary speakers, 74 concurrent sessions
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2011 Annual Meeting: Charlotte, NC
9 Other Special Interest Meetings in 2011
Summer 2012 Meeting: Joint with China OR Society
NORAM (CORS/SCRO & INFORMS)Regional Report
Karla Hoffman
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INFORMS AWARDS:
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INFORMS Publications:
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The John von Neumann Theory Prize: Søren Asmussen & Peter Glynn
INFORMS President’s Award :
Jonathan Caulkins
11 members became INFORMS Fellows;
The George E. Kimball Award:
James Bean and Lawrence Wein;
INFORMS Impact Award:
Fred Glover
12 Journals, 2 magazines, tutorial & book series
INFORMS Communities:
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10 societies, 22 sections, 5 fora, 31 regional chapters,
Many student chapters
4. Nominating Committee Report
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Reported by Elise del Rosario
Nominee for IFORS President
(2013-2015)
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Nelson
Maculan
Full Professor of Optimization,
Graduate School of Engineering
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Former President of the Brazilian
Society for Operations Research,
Vice-President of IFORS and
President of ALIO
Served as State Secretary for
Education, Rio de Janeiro State,
National Secretary of Higher
Education and President, Federal
University of Rio de Janeiro
Nominee for IFORS Vice President
(2013-2015)
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Sue
Merchant
Former Director of Consultancy and
Information Services, Metropolitan
Police London
Independent management consultant for
a range of public and third sector clients
Interests: Problem Structuring Methods,
Strategy Development, MCDA,
promotion of ORS methods in Criminal
Justice and charity sectors.
Former VP and President of the UK OR
Society
5. Open Forum
6. Adjournment
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