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Past Meetings

Granting Credit in a Galaxy Far Far Away

Venue: C60-Seminar Room, School of Computer Science, Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham, NG8 1BB
Speaker: Dan Kellett is Director of Decision Sciences at Capital One (UK) with over 13 years of experience in the field.
Date: Thursday, 21 November 2013 at 18:00

Statistics, data mining and analytics are key to the success of Capital One (top 10 US bank in the US & one of the largest lenders of UK credit cards in the UK). This talk will explore the world of credit scoring: what is it, how does it work & what are the benefits? 

Networking & Project Showcase Evening

Venue: Loughborough University
Date: Wednesday, 01 May 2013 at 17:00 - 19:30

The East Midlands OR Group are pleased to invite you to our first “Networking & Project Showcase event” on 1st May 2013, in the Foyer of the School of Business and Economics (Richard Morris Building  on the map:, Loughborough University, starting at 5pm until approximately 7.30 pm.  We have 8 participants coming along to present posters on their work on a range of topics from a number of industries, including Workforce scheduling and routing problems, Simulation in NHS, Insightful Thinking, Analytics and Conceptual modelling.

We anticipate that the order of events will be as follows:

  • Initial welcome
  • Short 2 minute call out from each presenter to raise interest into his/her poster.
  • Attendees (as well as the judging committee) will wonder around and look at the posters. You will need to stand close to your poster as some questions may be asked.
  • Prizes – the winner and one runner up will be announced approximately at 7pm.

 Light refreshments & drinks will be provided throughout the evening.

 We do hope you can find the time to join us.  To assist us with catering could you please email Gillian Groom ( to confirm your attendance, no later than Friday 26th April 2013 

 Gillian Groom and Antuela Tako

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Sports Analytics at Leicester Tigers

Venue: Room BE1.42, Business School, Loughborough University
Speaker: Andy Shelton
Date: Tuesday, 12 March 2013 at 18:00

Andy Shelton, Head of Sports Science at Leicester Tigers, will be outlining how the Tigers have been making use of predictive analytics to improve performance of the team.

"There is tremendous value to be gained by retaining experienced players within the squad and we are confident that, by adopting predictive analytics, our team will be able to leverage data about the physical condition of players for the first time and considerably enhance our performance."

Transport Analytics for the 2012 Games

Venue: Room BE1.42, Business School, Loughborough University
Speaker: Jemima Poole, London Underground
Date: Wednesday, 13 February 2013 at 18:00

The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (the Games) were widely seen as a triumph for Public Transport in London. This wasn’t achieved without a large amount of work both prior to and during the Games which ensured Public Transport was not only sufficient within London but that UK wide Public Transport for the Games was coordinated.

This talk will focus on the transport planning and analytics activities undertaken by London Underground prior to and during the Games. There will be a particular emphasis on how the needs of persons with reduced mobility were considered throughout the process.

Annual General Meeting

Venue: Burleigh Court, Loughborough University
Date: Wednesday, 23 January 2013 at 20:00
The EMORG Annual General Meeting will follow the talk on "Learning OR on the job: recent experience in the local NHS".  We will move from the Business School to Burleigh Court at the University for the AGM where we can have a drink in more comfortable surroundings.
As well as electing a new committee, receiving the accounts etc, the majority of the meeting will be devoted to discussing the programme for next year.  What events would you like to see?  What are the new subject areas or visits that would attract you to meetings?  Come along and share your ideas and suggestions (or if you can’t make it, let me know your thoughts by e-mail

Learning OR on the job: recent experience in the local NHS

Venue: Room BE0.40, Business School, Loughborough University
Speaker: David Gilding
Date: Wednesday, 23 January 2013 at 18:00
Over £8 billion is spent on the NHS in the East Midlands each year. The processes to decide the best way to spend this money would seem to be fertile ground for OR, yet the application of formal modelling, simulation and other OR techniques in local NHS commissioning is extremely rare. In this talk, David Gilding describes recent projects in which NHS Nottinghamshire County has started to use OR methods and reflects on the added value that has resulted.
David has worked in the NHS for ten years and now heads up the Public Health Intelligence team for Nottinghamshire County. Before joining the Public Sector he worked in community development and voluntary sector support for local and national charities. With a degree in Mathematics-with-Engineering, he suspects that he has been 'doing OR' for most of his career, it's just that no one told him so!

Simple Models for a Complex World

Venue: Lecture Theatre SMB.0.14 (Stewart Mason Building), Loughborough University
Speaker: Stewart Robinson
Date: Wednesday, 14 November 2012 at 17:00
EMORG members have been invited to attend Professor Stewart Robinson's inaugural lecture "Simple Models for a Complex World" at Loughborough University. Booking is required.


Abstract: Computer models provide simplified representations of the real world which are useful for understanding and predicting the future; but how simple should they be?

Models are widely used in, for example, forecasting weather, predicting climate change and projecting economic trends. In developing such models there is a tension between obtaining approximate results quickly from a simple model and making extended efforts to generate models with a high level of fidelity.

In this lecture we discuss why simple models are generally better. In doing so we shall demonstrate some simulation models that have been applied by business and the public sector, showing how they were used and the benefits that were obtained.

Although set in a business context, the lessons have much wider applicability for the use of models in other fields.

O.R. - a virtual reality?

Venue: Loughborough University Business School, room BE1.42
Speaker: Dr Geoff Royston
Date: Tuesday, 09 October 2012 at 17:30
The talk “O.R. – a virtual reality?” will be aimed at stimulating discussion by considering some of the realities of operational research  -  what its practitioners and academics do and how they can effectively relate, how O.R. is seen and used -  or not seen and not used – by managers, and at the role of the OR Society in giving – or not giving - its members really useful support.
Dr Geoff Royston

Dr Geoff Royston is former Head of Strategic Analysis and Operational Research in the Department of Health for England, where for almost two decades he was the professional lead for a large group of health analysts. He is now an independent analyst and researcher and is the current President of the Operational Research Society.  

Loughborough University Business School.  The meeting will commence at 6.00 pm in BE1.42 .  Tea and Coffee will be available from 5.30 pm.

Annual General Meeting

Venue: La Zouch, Kilwardby Street, Ashby de la Zouch.
Date: Wednesday, 25 January 2012 at 20:00

Abstract: As well as electing a new committee, receiving the accounts etc, the majority of the meeting will be devoted to discussing the programme for next year.  What events would you like to see?  What are the new subject areas or visits that would attract you to meetings?  Come along and share your ideas and suggestions (or if you can’t make it, send me an e-mail).  Some members will be stopping for a drink and a chat after the meeting. x

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