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30 April 2014 9am to 5.30pm

BMA House,
Tavistock Square London WC1H 9JP

Fee £150+VAT Includes buffet lunch



Operational Research – adding value in analytics.


Operational Research – adding value in analytics. Over the last 75 years, Operational Research (O.R.) professionals have developed mature methodologies to analyse and use data that can add significant value in big data analytics. This third annual event will demonstrate, by way of case examples, how developments in Analytics are leading to increased competitive advantage.

Chairs: Stewart Robinson President, The OR Society and John Hopes Vice President, The OR Society and Chair of its Analytics Working Group

There’s a pdf of a flyer for this event.

Confirmed Speakers:

Details of remaining speakers will be available shortly on this page

Don N. Kleinmuntz - Principal, Kleinmuntz Associates LLC and President of INFORMS Section on Analytics
Analytics and O.R. in the US: Making the Connection
In his presentation – Analytics and O.R. in the US: Making the Connection – Don will provide us with an overview of the Analytics scene in the US – where the Analytics/Big Data revolution first began – as well as drawing on his extensive experience in the use of advanced analytics in healthcare.
Don will also describe the various initiatives being undertaken by INFORMS to support the Analytics community, including professionalism and certification

Sayara Beg - Consultant, The Operational Research Consultancy and Chair of the OR Society’s Analytics Network O.R
Best Practice and Governance in Analytics Consulting
Data Science: O.R. Best Practice and Governance in Analytics Consulting – will describe how the Analytics/Big data revolution has given rise to the new role of Data Scientist and some examples of the tasks required will be illustrated via case studies

Sir Mark Walport - Government Chief Scientific Adviser
The Age of Analytics: how Government can make the most of the data opportunity

The world is being shaped by the digital revolution: the internet of things is upon us; Moore’s law has jumped from transistors to data; and the UK government itself is fuelling the information economy as it pursues an enthusiastic open data agenda.  What role then should government play as we navigate the opportunities and risks of the age of analytics?

Sir Mark is the Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government and Head of the Government Office for Science. Previously, Sir Mark was Director of the Wellcome Trust, which is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health by supporting the brightest minds.   Before joining the Trust he was Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Medicine at Imperial College London. 

He has been a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology since 2004.   He has also been a member of the India UK CEO Forum, the UK India Round Table and the advisory board of Infrastructure UK and a non-executive member of the Office for Strategic Coordination of Health ResearchHe is a member of a number of international advisory bodies.

He has undertaken independent reviews for the UK Government on the use and sharing of personal information in the public and private sectors:  ‘Data Sharing Review’ (2009); and secondary education:  ‘Science and Mathematics: Secondary Education for the 21st Century’ (2010).

He received a knighthood in the 2009 New Year Honours List for services to medical research and was elected as Fellow of The Royal Society in 2011.

Alan Hambrook - CEO Zoral Labs
Behavioural Data and its use in Predictive Analytics
The use of behavioural and social data in predictive Analytics, a topic of major current interest in the Analytics community.


Russell Hodge - Principal Consultant, Capgemini Consulting
Embedding Analytics to improve Asset Maintenance and Renewal Decisions
In this session Russell will provide an overview of the Intelligent Asset Management approach and focus on a recent case study; supporting Network Rail deliver improvements in the Asset Management function. In this case study Russell will provide insight on Network Rail’s shift from a paper based ‘find and fix’ approach to asset maintenance and renewal to a technology enabled ‘predict and prevent’ approach that includes:
-deploying a new data management solution that allows consolidation of diverse data sets and presents that data in one place
-developing analytics solutions and capabilities to visualise that data and deliver greater insight such as asset degradation and failure predictions
-enabling the workforce through mobile access that puts that data and insight in the hands of the engineers when and where they need it to support them in making better, evidence based decisions
Russell will also outline the impact this is having on the business in terms of greater efficiency and improved performance.

Russell is an experienced leader in Business Analytics Consulting. His primary focus is helping clients deliver


Dan Kellett - Director of Decision Sciences, Capital One UK
Developments and Challenges in Credit Scoring
Dan reviews how his team is responding to current challenges in the field of credit and risk scoring, mainly concerning the ever increasing amounts of data and the competitive pressures of speed to market.
He also has a remit to identify innovation through data insight. Maybe he will be able to tell us why so few of the many credit and risk analysts in the UK have not identified with the O.R. community?

Cono Ariti - Senior Trust Analyst, Nuffield Trust
Advanced Analytics in Health and Social Care
Con will be discussing in his talk – The application of Analytics in health and social care – the use of Advanced Analytics in health and social care of which he has much experience. Coincidentally, Don Kleinmuntz will be referring to his extensive experience of analytics in the US health service.


Arne K. Strauss- Associate Professor of Operational Research, Warwick Business School
Pricing Analytics: what can Retailers learn from Airlines?
Associate Professor of O.R., Warwick University, is rapidly gaining an international reputation for his research in the field of revenue maximisation, having been awarded the OR Society prize for the best doctoral dissertation in 2009 and the Goodeve Medal for the best paper in JORS in 2012 - the latter for collaborative work with Lufthansa Systems on network revenue maximisation. He is now applying similar techniques in collaboration with a major e-retailer where significant benefits are being achieved. His presentation – Pricing Analytics: What can retailers learn from airlines? – will review the current state of revenue maximisation, illustrated by case studies from his own experience.