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OR55 - Plenary Speakers

We are very pleased to announce that Jérémie Gallien from London Business School, Colin Shearer from Advanced Analytic Solutions at IBM and Michael Sanders, Policy Advisor at the Cabinet Office, have kindly agreed to be Plenary Speakers for our OR55 conference. Please see their details shown in alphabetical order below.

Jérémie Gallien,

London Business School

Abstract :

OR Research in Global Health

Today’s world is marked by a shocking disparity between the global distributions of health care needs and resources: Average life expectancy at birth is currently almost 40 years lower in Central Africa than in Western Europe, and global disparity of health indicators is even more pronounced for vulnerable segments of the population such as children under 5 and pregnant women. At the same time, total annual health spending per capita is around $50 in Central Africa but $2,350 in Western Europe and $3,700 in North America. The reality behind these numbers is that millions in low-income countries die each year for lack of access to essential medicines and health care which are fairly well-known to be widely available in the northern hemisphere. In this talk, I will review a number of operational challenges associated with the improvement of global health, focusing on the design, planning and control of health care delivery systems in resource-limited settings. I will also present several examples of past or current OR research in this area, and describe opportunities for further impactful work.

Short biography

Jérémie Gallien is an Associate Professor in the Management Science and Operations area of the London Business School. His research focuses on pushing the frontier of supply chain management through collaborations with commercial firms including Amazon, Dell and Zara and global health organizations including the World Bank, the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Global Fund. Solutions developed by his research group have been implemented by several global corporations, and for this work he was inducted a laureate of the INFORMS Edelman Academy. Dr. Gallien has published, consulted and taught extensively in the areas of operations management, supply chain management, system optimization and simulation and he serves on the editorial boards of the journals Management Science, Operations Research and Manufacturing and Service Operations Management. He is a native of France but has been living in the United States and Great Britain since 1996. Dr. Gallien holds a PhD in Operations Research from MIT and an Engineering Degree from the École des Mines de Paris.


Michael Sanders
,

Cabinet Office

Abstract :

Evidence, Behavioural Science, and Policy

"Applying Behavioural Science to Policy", the goal of the Behavioural Insights Team, was, when first introduced by the government, viewed as a vogueish, wacky thing for a government team to be doing, or even a distraction from the proper business of government. Many of those decrying it, perhaps most famously Dr Ben Goldacre, of the Guardian's Bad Science column, were those most supportive of the use of research in the development of government initiatives - of evidence based policy.

In the intervening three years since the formation of the Behavioural Insights Team, things have changed slightly. The team's commitment to using, wherever possible, Randomised Controlled Trials to evaluate different initiatives has shown how, and where, this voguish method of policy making is effective, by building its own evidence base. Ben Goldacre even co-wrote the team's paper on randomised controlled trials, Test, Learn, Adapt, while the team's director, David Halpern, is now the national advisor on "What Works".

In this talk, Michael Sanders will discuss why the team uses randomised controlled trials, how they can, and why they should be used elsewhere in policy, and how these trials are developed, implemented, and used in policymaking."

Short biography

Michael Sanders
is an Economist working in the Behavioural Insights Team. He leads the team's work on charitable giving, and is involved in work on economic growth, crime, and experimental methodology. He is also a PhD Student and Research Fellow at the University of Bristol's Centre for Market and Public Organisation, researching Charitable Giving, Behavioural Economics & Experimental Methodology.

 

 



Colin Shearer
,

IBM

Abstract :

The ‘Analytical Revolution’: the Industrialisation of Advanced Analytics

Incorporating predictive technologies with roots in Artificial Intelligence, statistics and database research, advance analytics has progressed over the course of the last twenty five years from an area of academic research, to a leading-edge capability brought in to businesses by visionary early adopters, to its position today as a competitive necessity. However, there has remained a perception that a limiting factor is the availability of highly-trained individuals with deep analytical skills. The huge interest in Big Data, bringing with it the emergence of the “data scientist” role, has reinforced the impression that the discipline is bottlenecked on the availability of highly skilled – and very expensive – specialists who hand-craft and refine each and every predictive model. This raises a very serious question as to how the use of advanced analytics can scale to be applied as broadly and universally as required. In this talk, I will discuss how the area of advanced analytics has evolved. While core algorithms have continued to multiply, we have also seen the emergence of best practices and the tools to support them; focus has shifted from the central techniques of building models to support of the entire analytic process, including the integration of multiple data sources and types, and, crucially, “deployment” – putting the results of analysis to use – and automation. I will discuss technology developments that enable the “industrialisation” of advanced analytics, with case studies illustrating how these approaches are being used to make much more efficient use of analytical resources, and in some cases to address application areas which simply could not be tackled by the “hand-crafted” approach. The session will end with a look to the future – with “analytical factories” supporting the burgeoning analytical demands of all types of businesses and organisations.

Short biography

Colin Shearer
is Global Executive, Advanced Analytic Solutions at IBM. He has a background in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, and since 1984 has been involved in applying advanced software solutions to business problems. He was co-founder, in 1989, of Integral Solutions Ltd. (ISL). A pioneer of data mining in the early 1990s, he was the creator and architect of the award-winning Clementine system (now IBM SPSS Modeler) and co-author of the CRISP-DM methodology for advanced analytics projects. Following the acquisition of ISL in 1998, Colin held various positions at SPSS including global head of Product Marketing and Senior Vice President for Market Strategy. SPSS was acquired by IBM in October 2009, and Colin moved to his current position in January 2012.