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Monday, 23 Apr 2018

John Hopes President of The OR SocietyPresident of The OR Society, John Hopes, will deliver his presidential address at our annual conference,OR60, which will be held 11-13 September 2018 at Lancaster University. This talk will consider the rapidly changing environment of operational research (OR), look at its recent successes and growth, and explore how OR can raise its profile to take its rightful place at the heart of AI and big data.

The diversity of The OR Society’s research publications, events, training and other activities reflects 60 years of expansion and development in the field of OR, all of which will be highlighted during our annual conference, OR60.  But the world is changing rapidly and OR must continue to adapt accordingly.

In an era of fake news, it has never been more important to base decisions on sound evidence from high quality modelling and analytics.  Also, with the rapid growth in computer power and the explosion in available data, the ability to provide such decision support has never been greater.  Indeed, the UK Government has recognised that it is essential to our future productivity and competitiveness. It has also highlighted the importance of AI and big data in its industrial strategy along with the need to address an ongoing shortage of skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

OR has a key role to play in all of this, being central to effective modelling and analytics.  The challenges for OR and The OR Society are to ensure that this key role is recognised, to keep OR in the vanguard of research and innovation flowing from technology-driven change, to differentiate itself through the techniques it has brought to the world over the past 60+ years, to demonstrate the value of the OR approach in the world of AI and big data, and to play a full part in meeting the skills needs of the 21st century.  Are we in the OR community doing our best to pave the way for the next generation?

See full OR60 information and register to attend. 

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