49th Annual Conference

of the

Operations Research Society of South Africa

19 - 21 October 2020

Welcome

David Clark

2020 ORSSA LOC Chair

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A warm welcome to the 49th Annual Conference of the Operations Research Society of South Africa. It is a privilege to welcome you to our first digital conference!

 

We are honoured to have professor Tshilidzi Marwala (Vice-chancellor of the University of Johannesburg), professor Hatem Masri (Dean of the College of Business Administration, University of Bahrain and President of the African Federation of Operations Research Societies), and professor Pascal van Hentenryck (Associate Chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and A. Russell Chandler III Chair and Professor) as our conference keynote speakers along with  Dr Berndt Lindner who presents a special session on the 2019 Tom Rozwadowski Medal winning paper. 

Apart from the scientific aspect of the conference programme, the programme includes a special social event for catching up with old Operations Research colleagues and for meeting some new ones.

 

This year’s banquet gala is replaced by a digital award ceremony where top practitioners are honoured during the National Student Competition Medal ceremony, the recognition awards ceremony, and the Tom Rozwadowski Medal ceremony.

 

A special word of thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible, and to the members of the Local Organising Committee for their hard work in pulling the rabbit out of the hat. Welcome all, and I hope that you will have a memorable conference experience!

Programme at a glance

All events take place on the Zoom video conferencing platform 

Pre-conference social
18 October 2020
17:30 - 19:00 (SAST)

Pour yourself a lovely sundowner and join us for ORSSA's first virtual home pub quiz. Compete in teams to find out how much you would know in a post-Google apocalypse. Click through to the quiz channel on our Discord server here.

Morning meetup
19 October 2020
08:00 - 10:00 (SAST)

This forum is hosted jointly by the Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Western Cape Chapters and serves as a platform for making contact with others who share a curiosity and passion OR. The format is based on a lightweight meeting structure called Lean-Coffee which require no formal preparation by participants. We simply discuss the issues raised by those attending. So bring your topics and join us, whether you are professional, a student, or simply curious about the science of making things better.

Digital onboarding
19 October 2020
15:45 - 16:00 (SAST)

During this onboarding time, members of the LOC will be available live to assist with any connection issues you may be experiencing, answer any technical queries you might have regarding your audio and visual setup, and give directions for navigating the evening's session. 

19 October 2020
2019 TR Medal winning paper
16:00 - 17:30 (SAST)

The Tom Rozwadowski medal is the Society's premier award for the best written contribution to Operations Research made by a member of the Society during the previous year. Dr Berndt Lindner presents the 2019 winning paper during this session. View programme details.

National Student Competition
Honours/fourth year project division
19 October 2020
17:30 - 18:30 (SAST)

The prestigious Gerhard Geldenhuys Medal is awarded to the winner of the best honours or fourth-year project completed during the previous year. Two finalists have been appointed by a panel of adjudicators to compete for the Medal by presenting their work during this session.  View programme details.

Digital onboarding
20 October 2020
15:45 - 16:00 (SAST)

During this onboarding time, members of the LOC will be available live to assist with any connection issues you may be experiencing, answer any technical queries you might have regarding your audio and visual setup, and give directions for navigating the evening's session. 

National Student Competition
Master's thesis division
20 October 2020
16:00 - 17:00 (SAST)

The prestigious Theodor Stewart Medal is awarded to the winner of the best masters thesis completed during the previous year. Two finalists have been appointed by a panel of adjudicators to compete for the Medal by presenting their work during this session. View programme details.   

Tuesday keynote address
20 October 2020
17:00 - 18:30 (SAST)

Keynote address by professor Hatem Masri. View programme details.

Digital onboarding
21 October 2020
15:45 - 16:00 (SAST)

During this onboarding time, members of the LOC will be available live to assist with any connection issues you may be experiencing, answer any technical queries you might have regarding your audio and visual setup, and give directions for navigating the evening's session. 

Wednesday keynote address
21 October 2020
16:00 -  17:15 (SAST)

Keynote address by professor Tshilidzi Marwala. 

Presidential address
21 October 2020
17:15 - 18:00 (SAST)

The annual presidential address is presented by Society President, Gemma Dawson during this session. 

Award ceremony
21 October 2020
18:00 - 18:30 (SAST)

The Society awards a number of prizes and awards annually to recognise outstanding achievements in the field of Operations Research. Award winners are announced during this session. 

Closing keynote address
21 October 2020
18:30 - 20:00 (SAST)

Closing keynote address by professor Pascal Van Hentenryck. View programme details.

 
 

Speakers

Prof Tshilidzi Marwala

Vice-Chancellor and Principal at University of Johannesburg and Trustee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation

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Prof Hatem Masri

Dean of the College of Business Administration, University of Bahrain and President of the African Federation of Operations Research Societies

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Prof Pascal van Hentenryck

Associate Chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and A. Russell Chandler III Chair and Professor

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Gemma Dawson

President of ORSSA

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Dr Berndt Lindner

2019 Tom Rozwadowski Medal Winner

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Sponsors

A warm thank you to our generous sponsors without whom this event would not have been possible. 
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About ORSSA

What is ORSSA

The Operations Research Society of South Africa (ORSSA) is the national, professional body tasked with furthering the interests of those engaged in, or interested in, Operations Research (OR) activities. ORSSA is continually involved in matters which concern operations researchers, such as

  • organising conferences at which papers on OR-related topics are delivered,

  • drawing up guidelines for OR education,

  • presenting short courses on specialist topics in OR,

  • marketing OR at secondary school level,

  • providing information to the public on the nature of OR, and

  • providing information to students at tertiary level on career opportunities in OR.

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Members

6

Chapters

10

Industries

5

Universities
 

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