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Passengers offset schedule delay costs increase, even in very unreliable systems.

There is evidence that salmon use the Earth's magnetic field to perform extraordinary feats of navigation.
Study suggests Pacific salmon are born with a "magnetic map" that helps them to migrate.

How Pisa became the world's most important exam.
Education standards across the world revealed with OECD's Programme known as the "Pisa tests"

Try, try and try again!
Information Visualisation used by Performance Analysts for Rugby Union.

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A window on the world of O.R.?
The “invisibility cloak” of science fiction is now fact, albeit with limitations. O.R. could claim to have had the power of invisibility for years, though not by desire; what we want is the opposite - a high-visibility jacket! Indeed, part of the mission of the OR Society is to help make our presence more visible. But perception involves both the observed and the observer. And all of us have open and hidden parts.

YOR18 – OR – A Twenty Twenty Vision
The 18th Young [to] OR Conference got off to a great start with the plenary session given by the President of the OR Society, Dr Geoff Royston. Antuela Tako, the chair of the organising committee, began the proceedings by telling the audience what had been planned for them and how to find out more about streams.

The Education & Research Committee
- Roles and Responsibilities: Brian Dangerfield (Liaison with ESRC)
Ruth Kaufman, Inside OR February 2013

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June 2014
28  Jun
There is evidence that salmon use the Earth's magnetic field to perform extraordinary feats of navigation.
Study suggests Pacific salmon are born with a "magnetic map" that helps them to migrate.
25  Jun
How Pisa became the world's most important exam.
Education standards across the world revealed with OECD's Programme known as the "Pisa tests"
08  Jun
Try, try and try again!
Information Visualisation used by Performance Analysts for Rugby Union.
May 2014
31  May
We know where you are going
Relatively few companies with physical venues employ advanced analytics solutions that track customer behaviours in their physical spaces – until now that is!
20  May
You want it WHEN?
How is Ocado competing with giants? The answer appears to be in its software.
12  May
Mathematics: Why the brain sees maths as beauty
Brain scans show a complex string of numbers and letters in mathematical formulae can evoke the same sense of beauty as artistic masterpieces and music from the greatest composers.
08  May
The Modelling Unit, ABCi
An exciting recent initiative in the School of Mathematics, Cardiff University, is the creation of a Mathematical Modelling Unit funded by the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB) and the University.
April 2014
19  Apr
Sale of the Century
The days of obtaining bargains in clothing sales may be numbered.
15  Apr
Shale gas pioneer plans world’s first offshore wells in Irish Sea
The founder of shale gas firm Cuadrilla is planning a venture to frack in the Irish Sea. Dr Chris Cornelius believes there are large volumes of offshore shale gas that could be extracted.
12  Apr
Tweet, Tweet!
Researchers at the University of Limerick have developed a mathematical model to examine how information gets re-tweeted, with some surprising results.
06  Apr
It is on its way
A new approach to the application of data analytics can help retailers improve customer delivery.
March 2014
28  Mar
Wolfram’s numerical analysis middleware
A new data language transfer driver may assist analysts looking to streamline operations concerning their input, integration and analysis from a wide number of data sources.
22  Mar
Big Data and Chips, to go!
A problem with big data is getting bigger so taking longer to analyse; Can this be changed?
17  Mar
Volunteers and clients happy with the Pro Bono O.R. project
The TSOR group is developing very successfully, under the management of Felicity.
02  Mar
Steak-holders!
Keeping animals healthy is a labour-intensive yet fundamental requirement of livestock farming.
February 2014
25  Feb
Now is the time to say goodbye!
Statistics published reveal that people are remaining in paid employment for longer.
18  Feb
Google overseas tax bill rises as UK sales hit $5.6 billion
Google said its overseas tax bill rose sharply in 2013, while sales in Britain, its biggest foreign market, hit a record $5.64 billion.
10  Feb
Are UK Companies missing a trick?
Despite almost worldwide adoption of data analytics and cloud computing, companies in the United Kingdom appear to be resistant to adopting their own big data analytics systems.
07  Feb
PhD papers concerning hacker culture
According to an article published in January in the Guardian newspaper, Dstl, part of the MOD, is sponsoring PhD papers concerning hacker culture, crowd behaviour and social networking sites.
January 2014
31  Jan
Booming in Bangalore – India’s date with data!
Big Data is only just emerging in the Indian region and businesses are now realising the potential it can offer. Traditionally the Indian market has invested in technologies from solution providers, it is only now though, that organisations are building their own Data Science departments.
23  Jan
Murder by Numbers
A mathematical formula has been developed which could predict how many murders will occur as populations increase.
22  Jan
Disaster Logistics
According to management sciences Professor Ann Campbell at the University of Iowa, mathematics and logistics can improve relief efforts, like those under way after Typhoon Haiyan.
14  Jan
Desktop 3D scanner goes on sale
A desktop device that can quickly scan objects so they can be replicated using a 3D printer has gone on sale. The Makerbot Digitizer device takes around 12 minutes to scan a small, simple object.
11  Jan
Attention!
The British Army has saved £770m by applying SAS analytics tools to reduce data errors, integrate disparate sources of data and more efficiently allocate manpower.
09  Jan
Tesco saves millions with supply chain analytics
Tesco modelling buying patterns, to plan stock, cut waste and optimise retail operation.
December 2013
14  Dec
Survey: More resources needed to fight fraud
Half of executives lack resources and skills to implement enterprise fraud and misuse management
10  Dec
Small dip in teenage dropout rate hailed
Slight dip in the proportion of teenagers not in education, employment or training in England.
November 2013
20  Nov
Is Operational Research in UK Universities Fit-for-Purpose for the Developing Field of Analytics?
ORATER projects primary aim is to determine the role of OR education and research in analytics
04  Nov
Paris Tech's Balinski Wins INFORMS von Neumann Theory Prize
The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®), the leading association for professionals in analytics, today announced that Michel Balinski of C.N.R.S. and the École Polytechnique/Paris Tech in France was named the 2013 recipient of the association’s John von Neumann Theory Prize.
01  Nov
Jean-Pierre Bourguignon is the new President of the European Research Council
French mathematician Jean-Pierre Bourguignon is to become the next president of the European Research Council. Bourguignon has been selected to take up the role from January 2014.
October 2013
26  Oct
Science grades drop the biggest
There was a big fall in pupils getting top grades in all the sciences, following the introduction of new syllabuses and exams.
06  Oct
Killing me softly
Mathematical modelling is being used to devise strategies to make cancer cells “exquisitely sensitive” to virus infection, in order to kill them without affecting normal healthy cells.
September 2013
27  Sep
Win friends and influence advertisers
Yahoo has filed a patent that uses a measure of your social media influence to determine how much advertisers will have to pay to annoy/reach you. The higher your “influence” the more advertisers may have to pay to target you.
20  Sep
Is Google's Chromecast the future of television?
Chromecast, a little USB-stick-sized device, streams Netflix, YouTube and other sites to your TV.
09  Sep
Customers and performers benefit from improved targeting
Ticketmaster, the company which claims to provide all our entertainment needs under one virtual roof (with tickets for theatre, concerts, sport, family events, clubs and more), have added analytics to their tool box to ensure customers and performers alike can benefit from improved targeting and venue choice.
August 2013
30  Aug
Predictive, prescriptive analytics may decide what jobs future generations will do
IBM’s India Research lab has developed a predictive, prescriptive analytics platform for application in the education sector. This new platform is by no means restricted to users in Asia though; it has so far proved so successful that it may one day be applied globally to assist educators in providing the best possible career foci for students.
26  Aug
Yahoo overtakes Google in web traffic
For the first time in two years, Yahoo has beaten Google in comScore’s monthly ranking of top web properties.
24  Aug
Details about security requests
Apple, Google and dozens of other technology companies have urged US authorities to let them divulge more details about security requests. The companies want to be able to report regular statistics about the nature and scope of what data is being asked for.
14  Aug
Mastering Analytics
Business analysts are one of the fastest-growing jobs of 2013 in the US. You can find them in a variety of organisations, including Fortune 100 companies, small businesses, universities, non-profit and government organisations around our world. The Harvard Business Review has labelled the position of business analyst or data scientist as the “sexiest” job of the 21st century.
12  Aug
IMF launching courses on online university
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is set to join an online university network and will run finance courses which will be available free to students around the world. The IMF wants to raise public understanding of economic problems facing governments around the world.
July 2013
29  Jul
Yogurt Analytics
The Danone Company, a subsidiary of Groupe Danone, uses IBM Smarter Commerce to support yogurt market gains with Big Data Analytics. Analytics ensures it has the right product mix delivered at the right time to satisfy consumers in the highly competitive $7 billion U.S. yogurt market.
25  Jul
Disney’s Crazy Invention
Disney’s Crazy Invention Lets You Feel Phantom Objects Floating in the Air. Using Microsoft’s Kinect, any motion made will be tracked virtually, allowing your real body to interact with an invented world and the Aireal will allow you to feel objects and textures in mid-air --no special controllers or gloves required.
19  Jul
Ford Wins 2013 INFORMS Prize
Ford Motor Company has been awarded the 2013 INFORMS prize for its long-running, company-wide effort to use data science and predictive analytics to improve overall operations and performance.
12  Jul
Hacker targets flight deck computer
The hack attack let a security researcher guide a simulated aircraft. Aviation agencies in Europe and the US are keen to quiz a hacker who targeted flight deck computers.
05  Jul
Memorial planned for code-breaker
An unsung hero of Britain's wartime Bletchley Park code-breaking operation is set to be honoured with a memorial 70 years after he helped turn the tide of the conflict.
04  Jul
String theory: a series of abstract puzzles, or a useful prediction tool?
Recently “string theory”, or at least what some economists are calling string theory, has been applied to stock market prediction. Essentially it has been applied to states where the more severe a pullback in the economy or the equity markets the more intense will be the recovery or rally.
June 2013
19  Jun
Hawk-Eye's inventor eyes football expansion
Hawk-eye is due to be installed at 20 Premier League grounds as well as Wembley Stadium. The UK-based Hawk-Eye is aiming to expand into other football leagues after agreeing a deal with the Premier League on Thursday.
19  Jun
Advanced analytics to ease supply chain worries
IBM has announced a predictive analytics system that averts supply chain disruption. In the field of analytics, IBM are releasing new products for new analytics markets at a fast rate.
06  Jun
Record investment planned for North Sea
Record levels of investment will flow into the North Sea this year as 14 new oilfields come into production, triggering a historic rise in oil and gas output after more than a decade of decline.
May 2013
21  May
Artificial intelligence makes commercial sense
Advances in AI and analytics could result in the creation of successful business products with little human intervention.
07  May
Boom time ahead for high end analytics professionals
According to the Harvard Business Review, the 21st century’s sexiest job is the data scientist. It suggested that such employees were “a hybrid of data hacker, analyst, communicator and trusted adviser”, but therein lies a problem; this combination of skills is extremely rare.
April 2013
26  Apr
How does cancer spread within the body?
According to a new study published in the journal Cancer Research, the same type of mathematical model used to predict which websites people are apt to visit is showing promise in mapping how lung cancer spreads in the human body.
23  Apr
Predictive analytics could reduce unnecessary lab tests
Predictive modelling could reduce unnecessary lab tests for intensive-care patients with gastrointestinal bleeding, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Medical Informatics.
11  Apr
Maths skills add up to higher earnings
People who were good at maths as young children go on to earn more than other similar children by the time they are 30, a study has found.
03  Apr
Goo calculates fastest travel routes
A blob of “virtual” goo can now calculate the fastest travel routes, which could help drastically cut the time it takes for couriers to make deliveries in the future.
March 2013
20  Mar
Universities will be swept away by global competition
Complacent British universities that fail to respond to the rise of online universities will be swept away by global competition, says a report into the future of higher education.
13  Mar
Maths used to maximise bee pollination rates
One in three mouthfuls of food we eat is dependent on pollination, according to the British Beekeepers Association, yet bee pollination rates are falling.
13  Mar
The cost of postgraduate university courses could become an extra obstacle to social mobility
Postgraduate numbers have trebled since the 1990s, but the cost of postgraduate university courses could become an extra obstacle to social mobility, warns a study from the Sutton Trust charity.
February 2013
26  Feb
Orange juice and analytics
Coca-cola build a “flight simulator” to ensure consistent orange juice.
26  Feb
Algorithms to replace authors, well not really!
Sophisticated programming mimicking the thought process behind formulaic writing may replace authors in the not too distant future.
18  Feb
Driving further and faster, in Motorsport
Analytics appears to be gathering momentum in velocity driven sports! Speed combined with agility has long been a hallmark of F1 racing, so it is no surprise that advanced data analytics has been applied by some teams to exploit the new technologies available and raise performance levels.
12  Feb
ACME is now seeking 3 new members
The Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME) provides advice to the Government and its agencies, and other policy makers on mathematics education issues in English schools and colleges between the ages of 5 to 19. It is seeking 3 new members to start in Sep 2013.
06  Feb
Predictive Analytics Gains in Insurance Industry
The OR Society, News, predictive analysis, insurance predictions, risk predictions, Insurance Networking News, analytics solutions, improving performance in insurance
04  Feb
Young mathematicians are being let down in England
According to the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME), England is failing to develop able maths students and the situation is reaching a critical point.
January 2013
30  Jan
INFORMS to Offer Analytics Professional Certification
The shortage of data analytics professionals forecast for the next few years means enterprises may be hiring people without knowing if they can do the job. INFORMS hope the organization’s new certification program will be the industry’s proverbial gold seal of approval for analytics professionals.
21  Jan
O.R. vital for firms in today's climate
Operational research is vital for firms in today's climate, says leading Warwick Business School professor Juergen Branke. Professor Branke believes the field of operational research is becoming more and more popular with employers after a new study put the subject in the top 10 biggest earning degrees in the UK.
14  Jan
Cyber thieves pose as Google+ social network
The lapse let cyber thieves trick people into thinking they were Google+. Web browser makers have rushed to fix a security lapse that cyber thieves abused to impersonate Google+
08  Jan
Toyota previews self-drive car
Toyota gives sneak preview of self-drive car ahead of tech show in a video clip.
04  Jan
Mathematical science research is worth £208 billion
According to the study 'Measuring the Economic Benefits of Mathematical Science Research', the value added to the economy by MSR directly is £208billion – around 16% of the UK’s total Gross Value Added.
December 2012
21  Dec
IFORS News December issue 2012
The IFORS News December issue is now available
19  Dec
Marketing Analytics
Companies Using Marketing Analytics Increase Return on Assets by 8%, says study analyzing Fortune 1000 Co’s
17  Dec
O.R. Academic awarded Nobel Prize
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has announced Alvin Roth as a Nobel Laureate in Economics
11  Dec
Bee brains help to make robots smarter
Studying how bees sense the world could help robots become more autonomous
03  Dec
Keeping cool, the smart way
Switzerland's largest retailer is working with IBM’s business analytics to turn its refrigerated warehouses into part of a future, smart, electricity grid.
November 2012
26  Nov
New mathematical weapon against pandemics
University of Warwick researchers have created a mathematical model to predict the impact of future pandemics in real-time as they strike.
19  Nov
Social Analytics in extremis
British Physicist Stephen Wolfram once described as “The Man Who Cracked the Code to Everything”, and the genius behind Wolfram Alpha, Mathematica and the Computational knowledge engine, has now taken a step in the direction of social media enthusiasts.
16  Nov
Warning over shortage of engineering graduates
Firms across the UK are struggling to recruit engineers. The UK needs to increase by as much as 50% the number of science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) graduates it is creating.
06  Nov
How much home insurance should you be paying?
Predictive Analytics is allowing insurers fighting for a share of an increasingly competitive marketplace to increase profitability without sacrificing insurance cover to its insureds
October 2012
29  Oct
Analytics provides O.R. with fashion industry foothold
According to information obtained from a recent SAP Performance Benchmarking analysis, fashion companies on average are able to track fewer strategic Key Performance Indicators and less able to use analytics than their peers in the retail and consumer products industries.
24  Oct
Credit card debt landscape changes
Credit card debt landscape has altered, says CCCS charity. The number of borrowers seeking help from a charity over credit card debts has fallen, but problems are starting earlier.
22  Oct
Hard problems at OR54
At OR54, this year’s annual conference held 4-6 September in Edinburgh, NP hard problems were very much in evidence. One of the papers was given by Guido Diepen who has used a constraint programming approach to the problem which is apparently particularly good at solving Sudoku type problems.
01  Oct
Data analytics application available free for academic research
Datameer, Inc., a data analytics company providing applications that discover insights and trends in data, is offering free licenses of its data analytics application for qualifying academic research.
September 2012
26  Sep
Google is changing the way it calculates search results
Google is changing the way it calculates search results in an effort to make sure legal download websites appear higher than pirate sites. The world's biggest search engine announced the change in a blog post on its website.
19  Sep
40% graduates to come from two countries
By the end of this decade, four out of every 10 of the world's young graduates are going to come from just two countries - China and India.
12  Sep
Elderly people could spend less time in hospital
Elderly people would need to spend less time in hospital if care in England were better organised, experts say. A review by the King's Fund found there was scope to reduce the number of overnight stays by 2.3 million.
11  Sep
EU: split risky trading from banks
The EU says banks should split risky trading from retail banking. Europe's biggest banks would be affected, should these changes be brought about.
07  Sep
Campaign group has attacked plans for maths teaching
A campaign group promoting maths has attacked plans to overhaul maths teaching in primary schools in England as "undeliverable". In a letter to the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, National Numeracy says the draft curriculum is "overloaded" and relies too much on rote learning.
06  Sep
Food price fears prompt plans for emergency talks.
There are widespread concerns about the impact of the dry weather in the US. The US, France and Mexico are planning talks to consider whether an emergency meeting is needed to tackle the soaring price of grain.
August 2012
29  Aug
Layoffs expected as Google aims to streamline unprofitable business
Google Inc. (GOOG) recently said it will reduce Motorola Mobility's work force by about 20% to help streamline the money-losing wireless phone maker.
29  Aug
Mobile phone coverage in peril
A George Osborne-led plan that aims to deliver full mobile phone coverage, including voice and 3G, to rural areas may be in peril after Three announced that it is considering backing out of the £150 million project.
17  Aug
The Midlands OR Society (MORS) has been re-launched
The Midlands OR Society (MORS) has been reinvigorated and was re-launched on Tuesday 22nd May with a stimulating talk by OR Society President Geoff Royston on the practicalities of delivering OR that has impact. The talk was held in the Club Room of the Old Joint Stock in central Birmingham.
02  Aug
MoD £50m order for flight simulator
The MoD has placed a £50m order for a flight simulator to be based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. The contract for the Airbus A400M simulator was signed at the opening of the Farnborough Air Show in Hampshire.
July 2012
26  Jul
Mathematics - Made to Measure
According to a recent survey undertaken by Ofsted, Maths teaching must improve and more must be done to help both weaker and stronger pupils in maths.
23  Jul
British Airways flies into privacy storm
British Airways today faced a backlash from privacy campaigners after it revealed plans to use the internet to create “dossiers” on passengers. The airline said it wanted to be able to deliver a more personal touch by researching passengers.
16  Jul
Heathrow passport control queues unacceptable, says BAA
BAA, the airport operator, tells the Home Office to tackle problem as Keith Vaz makes snap visit less than three weeks before the Olympic Games
06  Jul
Wolfram expands into system modelling
Wolfram Research launches a new entrant in the simulation software market place as they unveil their SystemModeler
05  Jul
Voice algorithms spot Parkinson's disease
Parkinson's symptoms can be detected by computer algorithms that analyse voice recordings. In a blind test of voices, the system was able to spot those with Parkinson's with an accuracy of 86%.
05  Jul
SIMUL8 Corporation Announces New CEO
SIMUL8 Corporation’s Board of Directors recently announced that Laura Reid, their Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed to the role of CEO. She will be taking over from Mark Elder who has moved from CEO to chairing the board of directors. These leadership appointments are effective immediately and follow Mark’s decision to retire.
June 2012
28  Jun
Neural networks outperform meteorologists
Artificial intelligence (AI) software is outperforming the bureau of meteorology in Australia, by accurately predicting long-term rainfall – AI could soon provide useful daily forecasts from a weather station near you.
27  Jun
EU committees vote against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.
Three key EU committees have voted against the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta).
12  Jun
Greenhouse gases from the European Union rose more than 2 percent
A cold winter drove up energy use, breaking a multi-year pattern of emissions declines.
12  Jun
Franz Edelman Award 2012
Given to those organisations who have outstandingly applied the disciplines of advanced analytical methods.
12  Jun
Wi-Fi access on the London Underground
During the Olympics, Wi-Fi access will come to the London Underground system.
May 2012
28  May
An operating system designed to power the smart cities of the future will be put through its paces in London.
Living Plan IT has developed its Urban OS to provide a platform to connect services and citizens. With partners including Hitachi, Phillips and Greenwich council, it aims to use the Greenwich peninsula as a test bed for new technologies running on the system.
24  May
Exam boards face fines
Exam papers sat by 140,000 students last summer included unanswerable questions and printing errors
24  May
Number theory grant could lead to advances in wireless communications
The EPSRC has awarded a £1.6 million grant to two of the country’s leading mathematics researchers.
14  May
Government broadband plans face £1bn funding shortfall
A £1.1bn funding gap means the government's targets for broadband are unlikely to be met, says a report by the London School of Economics.
08  May
Setback for UK nuclear power
There has been a setback to the government's plan to attract investment in new nuclear power stations.
08  May
Analytics certification program
INFORMS has decided to develop a new certification program for individuals in the analytics field.
02  May
Environmentally efficient routes the algorithmic way
Sergio Úbeda Munárriz, a graduate from the Public University of Navarre (UPNA), has devised an algorithm that enables the generation of environmentally-efficient (cleaner and less contaminant) road vehicle routes.
02  May
Universities will have fewer places
Most universities in England are going to have fewer places to offer students this year, as the funding changes in higher education are implemented.
April 2012
18  Apr
The OR Society launches a new interdisciplinary journal on health systems
The first Health Systems paper has now been published and is available online. We will be publishing more papers from the first issue over the next few weeks, and all papers will be published in advance online.
17  Apr
Britain's financial sector is continuing its bounceback
Despite widespread concerns about the rest of the country's economy, the CBI will say today that Britain's financial sector is continuing its bounceback from the recent downturn.
17  Apr
Lancaster graduate gets top role with Virgin Atlantic
Stephen King, a graduate from Lancaster University Management School in 2002 with a BSc in Operational Research and Operations Management, has been appointed as General Manager-India for Virgin Atlantic
17  Apr
IBM designing most powerful computer in history
The new IBM machine will process more than an 'exabyte' of data every day - more than the entire internet, and enough to fill 15 million 64GB iPods every day.
17  Apr
Computer models used to prove Turing’s last hypothesis
Alan Turing cracked the Nazi Enigma code, helped end the Second World War and is recognised as the father of computer science.
03  Apr
Warwick Business School researchers get £1.6 million boost
Professor Nick Chater of Warwick Business School, Warwick University, has secured a grant of more than £1.6 million to find out whether people behave rationally.
02  Apr
OR benefitting stroke victims
According to a report published by researchers from the University of Exeter, OR techniques have recently been applied with considerable success to reducing the time it takes from the start of a stroke to the administration of vital ‘clot-busting’ drug treatment.
March 2012
27  Mar
Carelessness still main cause of data loss
Shoddy staff and careless contractors were the commonest cause of data loss by businesses last year, according to a survey by an online security firm.
27  Mar
Boost to UK university research
Chancellor George Osborne has announced a £100m fund to boost university research in the UK through private sector involvement.
20  Mar
Motherhood and maths don't add up
Although you’d never guess it if you looked at the delegate dispersal at any of our conferences – a large number of women make up our number - some new research suggests that Motherhood and maths don't add up
20  Mar
Education News Round
The University of Southampton (UK) has launched a new programme - BSc MORSE (mathematics, operational research, statistics and economics) - to provide students with a broad-based programme covering topics in mathematics, operational research, statistics and economics.
14  Mar
Campaign calls for new teacher-training 'infrastructure'
The UK needs a new "infrastructure" to support the teaching of computing in schools, the Chancellor has been told.
07  Mar
Professor Peter Scott warns of the impact of the Research Excellence Framework
Writing in The Guardian recently, Prof. Scott, professor of Higher Education at the Institute of Education, contrasts the new system coming in 2014 with the existing system.
05  Mar
Blackett Lecture 2011
The ORSoc’s Blackett Lecture this year was given by Professor Rolf H. Möhring, Fakultät II - Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften, Institut für Mathematik, Sekr. MA 5-1,Technische Universität, Berlin
05  Mar
Judging panel unveiled for £1m engineering prize
Organisers have announced the judging panel for a new £1m prize, billed as a "Nobel" for engineers.
01  Mar
Operational Research considered 1 of 6 disciplines in Social Sciences
UK universities score well in world rankings
01  Mar
Future looking good for a career in Analytics
A report on ‘big data’ published by the McKinsey Global Institute predicts that by 2018, there will be a shortage of at least 1.5 million business analytics professionals/managers who can make data driven decisions.
February 2012
24  Feb
Very Fast Fourier Transform
Dina Katabi and colleagues, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), have developed a new Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) that is orders of magnitude faster than the previous FFT.
24  Feb
Growth of UK search engine market
Research from Hitwise shows Google still dominates the UK Web search market, with over 90 percent share.
21  Feb
London Metropolitan University may be fined £6 million
A London university is facing a fine of just under £6m for over-recruiting UK undergraduates this year.
17  Feb
Simulating fire fighting operations on a PC
It is now possible to use computer simulation powered by artificial intelligence which anticipates fire fighter behaviour in a wide variety of risk laden scenarios.
16  Feb
IBM pushes analytics education
IBM is collaborating with universities in India and the rest of the world to promote the teaching of analytics.
10  Feb
Fukushima disaster increases green house gases
Japan will be emitting more greenhouse gases, as a direct result of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, caused by the tsunami last year.
06  Feb
Olympics could cause travel chaos
The Transport for London commissioner has said there could be extra congestion, and commuters should go down the pub.
03  Feb
Wagner prize awarded by INFORMS
The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) has awarded the Daniel H. Wagner Prize by CPMS, the association’s Practice Section, to a team from Intel.
02  Feb
Internet economy has biggest share in the UK
The internet contributes to 8.3% of the UK economy, a bigger share than for any of the other G20 major countries, a new study suggests.
January 2012
30  Jan
The world is sitting on roughly $8 trillion worth of goods held for sale
According to the 22nd annual State of Logistics Report , the world is sitting on roughly $8 trillion worth of goods held for sale, and nearly $2 trillion in the U.S. alone.
30  Jan
Operational research and statistic placements for students available
The Department of Health is advertising opportunities for placement students to work in its Operational Research and Statistical teams in Leeds and London for 9 to 12 months.
24  Jan
New editors for JOS
John Fowler (Arizona State University, USA) and Lee Loo Hay (National University of Singapore) have joined Simon J.E. Taylor (Brunel University, UK) as Joint Editors of Journal of Simulation.
24  Jan
Analytics and Big data to be ‘Hotter’ than ever in 2012
The past few years has seen enormous growth in the use of Business Intelligence, advanced analytics and "so-called" big data applications.
19  Jan
Optimization used to determine flu vaccination strategies
Methods from engineering have been used to decide on the composition and timing of flu vaccinations.
19  Jan
Royal Society suggests ways to improve ICT teaching
The Education Secretary Michael Gove has promised to overhaul ICT teaching in schools.
13  Jan
Commission calls for more bus competition
The Competition Commission has called for more competition in the local bus market.
13  Jan
Trends in science publication
Traditional scientific coverage is slowing due to a fall in the number of professional science media working today.
10  Jan
IFORS News December issue 2011
The IFORS News December issue is now available
04  Jan
World’s largest refuse dump closed
One of the world’s largest open-air landfills, in Mexico City, has been closed. At its peak, hundreds of lorries were dumping more than 12,000 tons of waste each day.
04  Jan
Paper on Supply Chain Performance Under Disruptions
Academics at Penn State University Malvern have been developing quantitative tools and metrics for supply chains in humanitarian operations and healthcare.
December 2011
19  Dec
Population models predict effects of environmental change
Scientists at UCLA have produced the most comprehensive mathematical model ever devised to track the health of populations exposed to environmental change.
19  Dec
Brain on a Chip
Scientists at MIT and the University of Texas have created a computer chip that mimics how a mammalian brain learns.
13  Dec
Numerical model could predict geopolitics
A new model which can be used predict which European countries are likely to become united, or more likely to break up, has been developed by international research group Science 2.0 based in Madrid.
13  Dec
O.R. Society Doctoral Prize 2011
The O.R. Society is inviting people to submit entries for the best doctoral dissertation in O.R.
13  Dec
3D printer makes first body part
3D printers are hi-tech ways of manufacturing an object by “copying” it in three dimensions. This can now be done in the health area.
09  Dec
Insurers limit data sharing
Insurance companies share a good deal of data, but will restrict this for motor insurance after criticism from a trading watchdog.
01  Dec
O.R. helps business manage complexity
Global business is increasingly finding complexity a problem, but operational research helps to deal with difficult problems.
November 2011
30  Nov
New Chair in engineering at Cambridge
A new professorship in fluid dynamics has been set up at Cambridge University.
25  Nov
Ministers to change health targets
The target that requires patients to be seen within 18 weeks provides no incentive to see patients already past that target time.
23  Nov
Cardiff University studies aircraft lightning strikes
Key research will be about lightning strikes directly hitting aircraft, especially jets made of composite materials, such as the new Airbus A350.
22  Nov
UK "Nobel" for engineering
The Prime Minister recently announced a prize for groundbreaking advances in engineering. The prize will be worth £ 1 million.
18  Nov
Win £1000 for the best industry-based student projects in OR
The OR Society funds its annual awards for student projects from a generous bequest from the estate of Mrs May Hicks, wife of Donald Hicks, OBE.
18  Nov
Britain to have “best broadband in Europe”
The government wishes Britain to have the best broadband in Europe by 2015, and BT is working hard to achieve this.
18  Nov
New internet addressing system
The internet needs a new addressing system to deal with the large number of addresses required.
11  Nov
Extension to Street View
An extension to Google Street View allows Google users to see inside buildings.
11  Nov
Top universities say no to more places
Although the government has offered 10,000 extra places in higher education, some of the top universities have said no.
10  Nov
Malawian named outstanding O.R. scientist
Malawian Hannock Tweya has been named Junior Outstanding African Scientist by the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP).
10  Nov
Statistical translation techniques unravel ancient ciphers
Scientists from Sweden and the United States have deciphered a handwritten enciphered manuscript dating from the mid-18th century, written by a secret society known as “the Occultists”, obsessed with eye surgery and spying on the Freemasons.
10  Nov
New weather satellite
The US Space Agency has built a new kind of satellite, which will collect data that could help forecasters predict major storms. It was launched a couple of weeks ago.
08  Nov
Free Money!
Well, not quite, but if you fancy a challenge, you may be in line for receiving all or part of a prize worth over £30,000!
08  Nov
Soft hardware
Computers will repair and restructure themselves.
08  Nov
New predictive analytics software launched
A new predictive analytics tool has been launched by Predixion Software; it is among the first predictive analytics applications to feature integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
08  Nov
Competition Commission to look at UK Audit
The Competition Commission is considering looking at whether the Big Four are strangling competition.
October 2011
28  Oct
Growth of Online Sales
Ten per cent of all sales transactions happen online.
28  Oct
Machine Intelligence can save millions lives
According to new research from MIT, artificially intelligent health monitoring applications could save millions of lives.
27  Oct
IBM now bigger than Microsoft again
The market valuation of IBM is now £137.4bn, greater than Microsoft’s £136.8bn.
27  Oct
City “operating systems”
Cities could soon have “operating systems” which automatically control many services.
13  Oct
Artificial leaf turns sunlight into fuel
US scientists have developed an "artificial leaf" that converts sunlight into a chemical fuel that could be stored and used later, according to a study published earlier this month.
12  Oct
EURO 2012
Next year’s EURO conference will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania from 8-11 July, 2012
11  Oct
Angoss Analytics Software upgraded
Angoss Software has introduced new features to its predictive analytics.
10  Oct
OR53 President’s Medal
The OR Society’s most prestigious award was given at this years’ national OR conference – for those not present – here is a run down of the contestants
10  Oct
Cross-Domain Heuristic Search Challenge
The results of the Cross-Domain Heuristic Search Challenge (CHeSC) were revealed at the OR53 conference in Nottingham on 8th September 2011
08  Oct
Global Warming Could Cost Canada Billions, Study Warns
A report by an advisory board to the government of Canada estimates that the effects of global warming could cost the country’s economy 5 billion Canadian dollars a year by 2020, and that those costs will rise substantially afterward.
07  Oct
O.R. identifies problems and improves health for South Pacific Islanders
News in from Fiji concerns a symposium about work done on improving information quality on diseases in the country.
05  Oct
New space project to rival Virgin Galactic
A Formula One tycoon has teamed up with the Dutch airline, KLM, in a project which is set to rival Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic.
05  Oct
Outsourced Logistics
Capgemini Consulting, Penn State University, Heidrick & Struggles and global logistics provider Panalpina, have announced the findings of the 16th Annual Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Study
01  Oct
Shakespeare was written by monkeys
The thought experiment in which millions of monkeys hitting a keyboard at random eventually write Shakespeare, has been simulated on Amazon...
September 2011
29  Sep
EasyJet founder starts new airline
The founder of EasyJet, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, has issued a notice that he intends to launch a new airline, called FastJet...
29  Sep
Is no place left sacred?
Scientists can now see, more accurately than ever before, how the human brain processes information...
26  Sep
Survey Launched on Predictive Analytics in the Cloud
A California based company, Decision Management Solutions, has launched a survey to study the emerging intersection of predictive analytics and cloud technologies
25  Sep
Google launch social network
Google opened up its social network Google+ to everyone, after 12 weeks of testing to a limited number audience.
24  Sep
Government borrowing up, tax gap down
Mixed news on the economy, with the government borrowing more, but collecting a higher proportion of tax.
23  Sep
Lloyd’s of London lose £697m in half-year
A higher than usual number of natural disasters has pushed Lloyd’s of London into its worst half-year in its 323-year history.
23  Sep
New Special Interest Group, O.R. in the Third Sector, ORiTS, inaugurated
A new OR Society Special Interest Group started work today, helping to provide support to the Third Sector.
23  Sep
Monte Carlo simulation used to improve plane boarding times
A physicist from Fermilab, Jason Steffen, has done some interesting research on improving existing airplane boarding procedures.
22  Sep
Mathematicians slam UK government on Maths research funding
Mathematicians across the UK have written to David Cameron protesting that plans to restrict Maths research funding to Statistics and Applied Probability is a short-sighted approach that will strip the UK of a generation of science leaders.