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Wednesday, 16 Dec 2015
Sayara Beg

Analytics Network visits Cranfield University

Venue:  Building 53 Seminar Room, Cranfield University
Speaker: Sayara Beg and Daniel Sanders
Date: Wednesday, 06 January 2016 at 14:00 - 16:45

Visit of Sayara Beg (chair) and other members of the Operational Research Society’s Analytics Network ( ) to Cranfield University
6th January Building 53 Seminar Room, Cranfield University
Host Daniel Sandars (
  • 14:00-14:30 Arrivals
  • 14:30-14:40 Introductions
  • 14:40-14:55 Sayara Beg, Analytics Network = Presentation & Discussion:
    • 'A picture can say a thousand words; what can (Big) data tell us?'
  • 14:55-15:10 Dr. Stan Maklan, Reader in Strategic Marketing, School of Management, Discussion: Making sense of “big data”
  • 15:10-15:30 Dr Nikolaos Tapoglou, Hongmei He, School of Aerospace, Transport, and Manufacturing = Presentations & Discussions:
    • 1.Through-Life Data Analysis and Visualisation
    • 2.Secure Cloud and Big data analytics
  • 15:30-16:20 Dr Simon Jude, Professor Jim Harris, Dr David Parsons, Dr Ron Corstanje, Daniel Sandars, School of Energy, Environment, and Agrifood = Presentations & Discussions:
    • 1.Data, Risk And Environmental Analytical Methods (DREAM) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)
    • 2.Agriecological Informatics
    • 3.Harnessing the Cattle Tracing Service and other big datasets to develop better disaggregated structural models of farming for better greenhouse gas inventory estimation
  • 16:20-16:30 Dr Jörn Mehnen, School of Aerospace, Transport, and Manufacturing Presentations & Discussions:
    • 1.“Mind Palace”
    • 2.National EPSRC Centre for Through-Life Services
  • 16:30-16:40 Sayara Beg/ Daniel SandarsSumming up –ideas to take forward
  • 16:40 Close
?Joining Instructions
Instructions for finding Cranfield Campus are here and the campus address is College Road, Cranfield, MK43 0AL, Bedfordshire.
Once on campus
A map of the central campus:
If you have a car then please go to the main reception in building 26 to obtain a car parking permit. Building 26 lies at the top left of grid D3 on the campus map
The meeting will take place in the seminar room of building 53 (The Bullock Building), which is located on the corner at c/d 3/4 coordinates. In building there is a phone in the stair well to call the host Daniel Sandars on 2757 or on his 07412 926024 to gain access to the seminar room.

Saturday, 5 Dec 2015
Sayara Beg

The Data Science Speakers club has five O.R.Society sponsored membership spaces remaining before we reach a total of 20 founding members of the first Data Science Speakers Club to formally charter with Toastmasters International.

If you want to go down in history, as one of the 20 founding members of the first ever Data Science Speakers club then this is your chance now.

The Data Science Speakers club has been formed to help specialists who need to master the art of delivering technical presentations to both non-technical audiences and technical audiences. This could be anything from delivering a technical proposal to secure funding, explaining technical detail (of a fault to be fixed or a opportunity to be exploited) to a non-technical audience from whom approval to proceed is needed.

You may be in anyone of these careers:

* Psychologist
* Physicist
* Biologist
* Chemist
* Statistician
* Data Engineer
* Computer Scientist
* Entrepreneur
* Innovator
* Financial Analyst

and so on.......

If you are on of the above, or similar and need to frequently deliver technical information and present data in a way that must be immediately understood, then this club is for you.

The Data Science Speakers club is specifically for people like you, like above, to practice communication and leadership skills in a safe and constructive environment, in order to find that unique style unique and apply in the professional environment.

Join now and be one of the 20 founding members of the first ever Data Science Speakers Club.

Simply fill out the contact details of this membership form, and sign the second page (ignore the financial bit, we do that for you) and hand it to the VPM at the next club meeting or email the scanned version of the form and confirmation of a transfer £60* to the Data Science Speakers Club account using these details: and a new members pack will be given you to get you started with your speaking and leadership roles at the next club meeting.

The Club meets near Old Street, in the Crypt of St Johns Church of Hoxton on Pitfield Street, N1 every Monday fortnight from 18:30 - 20:30, and the next meeting is on 7th December.

*The subscription is £10 per month (£4 subs to Toastmasters Headquarters, £5 room hire fee for two meetings per month, £1 exchange rate/commission charges as payments are made in $ to Toastmasters International). Founding members will not have to pay the new members joining fee of £15, as this has been paid for by The O. R. Society.

See more: or

Tuesday, 27 Oct 2015
Sayara Beg

An Educational Workshop provided by a Distinguished Toastmaster

Possibly the most important role in your career is the role of the evaluator. By encouraging and motivating the person speaking to you, you give them the tips and ideas on how they can improve their communication and be even more effective. However, it is also one of the most difficult roles to get right. Perhaps you find it difficult to identify the key issues you need to comment on? Perhaps you struggle to finish and find yourself droning on? Perhaps you find it difficult if the person speaking to you is more experienced than you are? Perhaps you simply want to find that extra polish that will help you leave the person speaking to you, wanting to hear more from you?

No matter where you are in your career, this Toastmasters International workshop is for you.

On 23rd November 2015, Freddie Daniells will bring his highly interactive workshop, Exceptional Evaluations, to The Data Science Speakers Club. 

This workshop has been well received by over 1300 Toastmasters throughout Great Britain and Ireland. This will be a unique opportunity to hear it at The Data Sciences Speakers club, a Toastmasters International club.

Freddie will share his own experience starting out, and his journey of evaluations since. He will share the tips and secrets that he has learned first hand from some of the best evaluators including past District Toastmaster Competition Champions. Most importantly, he will share with you the process that he has learned to make sure that you will deliver the best evaluation and feedback every time.

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

1. Pick the best content to include in your evaluations 
2. Structure your evaluations more effectively 
3. Make your points so that both the speaker and the listening audience get maximum benefit

The workshop will take place at 18:15 at our Data Science Speakers Club venue; St Johns Church of Hoxton, Pitfield Street, London, N1 6NP, near Old Street, the silicon roundabout. 

About Freddie Daniells 
Freddie Daniells is a member of Holborn Speakers and Excalibur Speakers, London’s advanced Toastmasters Club. He is a past Division B Governor for London. Today he is District 91 Governor, responsible for the 7500 members and 260 Toastmasters clubs in Great Britain and Ireland.

Professionally, he coaches senior executives and professionals on how to improve their most critical presentations and public speeches. He has spoken at and worked with companies and organisations like Google, Ernst and Young and the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

He believes that giving feedback is one of the most important life skills that you can learn and has embarked on a one man mission to raise the quality of feedback across District 91!


Tickets cost £2 for Toastmasters and £3 for Non-Toastmasters. This will contribute towards the venue hire costs and provision of refreshments during the event.

Thursday, 22 Oct 2015
Sayara Beg

Big Data and Spatial Analytics

Venue: The Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol Street, London, EC1Y 8LX

Speaker: Claudia Vitolo (Imperial College) & Daqin Chen (London South Bank University)

Date: Wednesday, 18 November 2015 at 16:00 - 18:00

Big Data & Spatial Analytics

16:00 - 16:45 - Claudia Vitolo (Imperial College) "Improving access to geospatial Big Data in the hydrology domain"

There is a trend of increasing transparency, based on which information produced at public expense is gradually been made open and freely available to improve public involvement in the process of decision and policy making. For hydrologists, this translates into free access to an increasing volume of climate and hydrometric information. However, "free access" is not synonymous of "easy access" and there are many challenges arising when trying to obtain information for hundreds of sites. This talk will focus on the need for interfaces to facilitate programmatic access to data, also touching on reproducible processing workflows and efficient use of distributed computing facilities.

16:45 - 17:00 - Coffee Break

17:00 - 17:45 - Daqing Chen (London South Bank University) "Big Data Analytics Ssytem for Fact/Data-driven Decision Making'

Big Data analytics system has been developed for the London Borough of Lambeth to assist its activities in fact/data driven decision making. The system integrates various historical data from both internal and external sources to provide timely and accurate profiles on multiple measures that the borough council would be concerned.

The data integrated from multiple sources includes demographics (Census: Population, ethnicity, disability, gender, tenure, household composition), employment (NOIMS, census, and annual business survey: Working age, unemployment by age and gender, employment by industry, year-on-year change in unemployment, NEETs), deprivation (NOIMS, IMD, census, and school survey: Child and working tax credits, free school meals, IMD scores, DLA claimants), health care (Health stats: Childhood obesity, percentage of people with respiratory problems, number of hospital admissions, live expectancy, deaths), transport ( Road accident instances, year-on-year change in road accident instances), crime (Met police: Average monthly total crimes, year-on-year change in total crimes), etc.

The information is presented in an interactive, hierarchical and comparative way by using a map-based visualization dashboard. For a given measure, the borough average value can be obtained and compared with the value of each ward/LSOA code within the borough. The system is available in both Tableau-based and SQL Server-based platforms.

17:45 - 18:00 - Discussion & Networking

You can register to attend via the page

or you can email:, or

Similar details can also be found on the RSS events page

Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015
Sayara Beg

Data Science Speakers Club, London, UK: The O. R. Society's very own Toastmasters International Club.

In October 2014, I took the decision to join and actively participate in the newly formed Data Science Speakers Club, a Toastmasters International Club, at an important stage of my professional career, when I wanted to switch from academic research in biology to data science in the corporate world. Apart from very useful communication techniques, the Toastmasters Educational programme and its supporting meeting environment, it gave me a tremendous boost in self-confidence when having to stand up and speak in front of a diverse audience. This proves to be extremely useful in the company environment, where I need to communicate efficiently with colleagues from different teams as well as with clients. 

I am a Data Scientist at the ai Corporation (Guildford, Surrey), and my work involves developing new solutions to detect and prevent fraudulent card payments for card issuers and payment acquirers. In our research team we implement machine learning methods such as Neural or Bayesian Networks but also unsupervised pattern detection methods to identify card transactions done by criminals, which would result in substantial net chargeback losses for financial institutions, if not prevented.

I was introduced to Toastmasters by Sayara Beg (FORS), in the Autumn of 2014, by attending a MeetUp event which was organised through the Analytics Network, a Special Interest Group of The O. R. Society.  As an advanced Toastmaster, Sayara’s next Toastmaster leadership project was to initiate and create a new Toastmasters club. That is how the Toastmasters Data Science Speakers Club started in autumn 2014, with the precious sponsorship of the ORS Analytics Network. Toastmasters International clubs function as a not-for-profit organisation and are managed by a nominated club committee, which change each Toastmaster Year. I volunteered to be the Club's first President, from November 2014 to July 2015, because I wanted to make the club known to Data Scientists and Analytics Networkers and work with Sayara to set up and organise the fortnighlty agenda for each Toastmaster meeting, because I gained so much confidence from it, so quickly, that I wanted others to know about it too and also learn how to gain confidence.

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organisation with clubs in 135 countries. The purpose through its thousands of member clubs is to offer an educational program of communication and leadership projects designed to help members improve their communication, public speaking, and leadership skills.

Every session, is split into two sections.  The first section is composed of short prepared speeches by club members, who are following the competent communication educational programme, and they are formally evaluated by another club member, who gives constructive as well as supportive feedback to their speaker to improve the efficiency of their communication skills.

 The second section, following a short networking break, is the fun part of impromptu speaking and everybody gets involved.  Questions of any kind of topics (usually broadly related to analytics or data science) are asked by a ‘Table topics master’.  A random member of the audience is invited to answer the question and they have 60 second to formulate their thoughts and come up with a coherent and structured response to the question.  The questions are usually a combination of fun and challening, designed to give the speaker a chance to practice thinking quickly and on their feet.  This fun exercise not only trains the capacity of impromptu speaking; it often reveals a humorous side of the speakers, that they didn't know they had.

To date the Toastmasters Data Science Speakers club encountered great positive echo. Guests who came ‘just to see’ for one session, saw the benefits they could gain in training their public speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, safe, environment in the company of like-minded data science and analytics-minded people. Our club members elected a new committee in July 2015, with Matthew Robinson, as the current President, of the club. Matthew currently works as Business Analytics Specialty Architect at IBM and is member if the ORS Analytics Network committee, and I provide support, as the Immediate Past President, sharing my knowledge and experience, as President. 

 It is inspiring to see how willingly everyone invests their personal time to run and develop this club, in turn developing their own interpersonal skills. I have no doubt it is the profound gains in self-confidence and public speaking capacities are key in driving the motivation to get involved and participate. . Finally, for me, I think the best thing is meeting and learning from so many differently skilled and experienced people at the Toastmasters sessions.

 The Data Science Speakers Toastmasters sessions take place fortnightly on Monday evenings from 6.30pm to 8.30pm close to Old Street Station in London.  Feel free to contact us through the Toastmasters International club portal site:

or through the MeetUp site:

From these webpages you can contact the committee, sign up to attend a meeting and get detailed information about the venue and session dates.  I hope you will visit the club soon, and even consider signing up to become a member.


Raphael Zollinger

Friday, 21 Aug 2015
Mrs Louise Allison

The Analytics Network is coming to Manchester

3 September 2015, 2-5pm

Room 2.42, Manchester Business School, Booth Street West, M15 6PB

Please put the afternoon of Thursday 3 September in your diary for the ‘Analytics in the North’ event organised jointly by the OR Society's Analytics Network and Decision Analysis Special Interest Group (DASIG), and the Government OR Service (GORS), featuring speakers from the public and private sectors, and academia.


Claire Potter (HMRC) will talk about the challenges of using predictive analytics to influence customer behaviour as early as possible, for example by reducing opportunities for error, fraud or non-compliance.

Matthew Robinson (IBM) will explain the journey that takes businesses from statistics and business intelligence, through predictive analytics to cognitive analytics.

Professor John Keane (University of Manchester) will discuss the development of Decision Support System (DSS) tools and algorithms and their role in “value added data systems”.

Mike Tanner (Mitan Ltd) will discuss how changing business, legal, and technological factors affect the nature of OR solutions, and the need for clear objectives. This will be illustrated by why and how a non-simulation model was developed for complex queuing systems.


There will also be an opportunity to network with professionals working in different sectors and organisations during the event. Refreshments will be provided.

See the Future meetings page for further details.


The event is free to attend, please register to secure your place:

For more information, please contact Anna Nikiel (

Thursday, 21 May 2015
Michael Mortenson

With just over three weeks to go to the deadline for submissions, just a gentle reminder about the YoungOR conference and its analytics stream.

If you are in the first 10 years of a career in analytics and OR, and you have an interesting story to tell or piece of research to share, the YoungOR conference is the place to do it! 

Deadline is 12th June 2015 for submissions - abstract and title only - and the conference itself is 22-24 September. Full details below.

Hope to see you in Aston!




Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015
Michael Mortenson

In the First 10 Years of Your Analytics / OR Career? Then the Young OR Conference, 22-24 Sept, is the conference for you. Whether you're a practitoner or an academic, come share your experiences & learn from your peers.

We would like to welcome you to this popular conference for practitioners and also academics who are in the first ten years of their career in O.R. and analytics. See

Abstract submissions are welcome for any of the numerous streams until the 12th June 2015. Alongside such topics as optimisation, supply chain and consultancy we are also pleased to announce an analytics stream to which submissions would be most welcome. To find out more about these streams and how to submit your paper then please visit the YOR19 page at the OR Society .

Please pass this note onto any practitioners or to academics or students who you feel may find this conference of interest. Any queries can be sent to Vicky Forman (, conference chair, or Michael Mortenson (, analytics stream leader.

The conference will also include plenaries, keynotes and social activities for delegates. We warmly look forward to welcoming you to Aston and the YoungOR community. 


Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015
Michael Mortenson

In the First 10 Years of Your Analytics / OR Career? Then the Young OR Conference, 22-24 Sept, is the conference for you. Whether you're a practitoner or an academic, come share your experiences & learn from your peers.

We would like to welcome you to this popular conference for practitioners and also academics who are in the first ten years of their career in O.R. and analytics. See

Abstract submissions are welcome for any of the numerous streams until the 12th June 2015. Alongside such topics as optimisation, supply chain and consultancy we are also pleased to announce an analytics stream to which submissions would be most welcome. To find out more about these streams and how to submit your paper then please visit the YOR19 page at the OR Society .

Please pass this note onto any practitioners or to academics or students who you feel may find this conference of interest. Any queries can be sent to Vicky Forman (, conference chair, or Michael Mortenson (, analytics stream leader.

The conference will also include plenaries, keynotes and social activities for delegates. We warmly look forward to welcoming you to Aston and the YoungOR community. 

Saturday, 14 Mar 2015
Michael Mortenson

18th September 2015 10.00am – 4.00pm 
School of Business & Economics, Loughborough University


The growth of big data has meant demand for specialist talent in quantitative analysis, information management and business decision making has never been greater. But what skills and experience is required in the 21st Century jobs market? What are the challenges businesses are facing in building the teams capable of managing these new opportunities? How well are we preparing our graduates to meet these challenges?

To help answer these questions and explore these issues further, we are pleased to present a one-day event, bought to you by the OR Society, featuring the latest research in this area. With talks focusing on operational research, analytics, data science and information systems, this one-day event is designed to give employers, educators and specialists cutting edge insights into the skills needed for 21st Century business.

We are pleased to announce the following talks for the conference:

Is Operational Research in UK Universities ‘Fit-for-Purpose’ for the Growing Field of Analytics?
Loughborough University, Speaker: Michael Mortenson

Training to Practice or Training to Research? – An Assessment of Postgraduate OR Education
The University of Portsmouth, Speaker: Dr Jana Reis

Investigating Information Systems (IS) Graduate Skills in the UK
The University of South Wales, Speaker: Dr Angelos Stefanidis

Creating Business Value from Big Data Analytics
The University of Hull, Speaker: Professor Richard Vigden

Full details of the timetable will be released closer to the date. Full details of the location and travel options are available here.

Registration is open now, but tickets are strictly limited and available on a first-come first-served basis. The cost of the event is £20 per person + VAT, to cover lunch, tea/coffee and refreshments. To book, please visit the event's webpage and for further information or special requests please email


Friday, 6 Mar 2015
Nigel Phillips

Big data is enabling companies to gain new insights into areas ranging from customer behaviour to how their businesses function. These data-driven findings can have profound results on the bottom line. As we enter a new period of cognitive computing history, what role can artificial intelligence play in analysing data to help business make better decisions?

The School of Business and the Data Scientists from the School of Engineering at London South Bank University are getting together to address the growing need for digital skills throughout the workforce. To get us started down this road we have organised a social get-together with two engaging speakers from opposite ends of the spectrum.

Join us for a glass of wine and some fresh Venezuelan arepas to hear Robert Pratt lead data scientist from Ipsos MORI explain how big data analytics is changing the way business works and Paul Fryer of IBM will introduce Watson there stunning new technology that is putting advanced analytics abilities at every managers fingertips.

 Keynote speakers: Robert Pratt: Data Science Lead (Ipsos MORI)

 Ipsos MORI is one of the UK’s leading market research companies in the UK and Ireland specialising in advertising, loyalty, marketing, media and technology. With a focus on data science and big data analytics, Robert helps Ipsos’ clients take advantage of new technology. Find out how data science and big data can be crucial to the an organisation’s marketing plan, what is required to build Data Science teams and learn from live showcase demonstrations.

Paul Fryer: Academic Initiative Leader, Cloud ecosystem (IBM Europe) You will hear about the latest developments of IBM's natural language system 'Watson'. Watson is a cognitive technology that processes information more like a human than a computer—by understanding natural language, generating hypotheses based on evidence and learning as it goes. Paul will explain some of the initial applications of this exciting technology and how could it change entire industries and professions.

 Please register here to ensure your seat - we have a generous but finite number of places available.


Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015
Michael Mortenson

EMORG & Analytics Joint Event, Using Big Data to Improve Efficiencies in Logistics

Please put 25th February at 6pm in your diary for an EMORG and the Analytics Network Joint Event at Loughborough University at 6pm (room BE0.41 in the School of Business and Economics).

Matt Hague from Microlise to talk on how they are starting to use Big Data in the transport industry to benchmark operations, manage risk and make drivers and their managers lives better.

Microlise is one of the world's leading telematics solutions providers, with customers in over 130 countries. @Microlise monitor some of the world’s largest distribution fleets as well as providing white label solutions into OEMs including MAN, DAF and JCB, as well as Tata Motors in India.

In the UK, Microlise track the usage, location, fuel economy and health of over 60,000 HGVs, with Microlise systems processing 4.5 billion miles of driving data per annum. Whilst customers use this data within their operations to more efficiently manage their fleets, Microlise recognises there is a huge potential in leveraging the aggregated and anonymised big data to provide our customers and other third-party organisations with value-added information.

Matt Hague graduated from university in Manchester in 1994. Hopes of joining the RAF were not realised on medical grounds so Matt undertook postgraduate studies and spent a short time in academia, before joining Microlise as a teaching company associate.

Matt has worked for Microlise ever since and was responsible for Microlise's move into telematics and transport management systems nearly 15 years ago. A director of the company for approaching a decade, Matt is now responsible for product strategy, consultancy and marketing. Matt is married with two sons and lives in Ampthill where, when he's not ferrying his boys to various sporting events, attempts to play the occasional game of rugby.

For more information please contact Micheal Mortenson (


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