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LASEORS Xmas Quiz

Venue: Ye Olde Watling pub
Speaker: 
Date: Wednesday, 13 December 2017 at 18:00 - 23:00

LASEORS popular annual quiz night is back please sign up early, for this year's festive event. All profits from the event will go to charity.  Teams should comprise 3 - 5 people. As last years winners will be able to tell you there will be lots of exciting prizes etc.

There is limited space, so entries will be accepted until capacity is reached. The entry fee is still £40 per team this will include a buffet. Please contact to book a place Sandra Weddell  Tel: 020 3054 8693,  Email: Sandra.Weddell@tube.tfl.gov.uk

 In the upstairs bar of Ye Olde Watling, on the Corner of Bow Lane and Watling Street nearest stations are Mansion House (Bow Lane exit) and Bank (exit 8) for tube, or Cannon Street and City Thameslink for rail.

 

 

 


Summer Science Festival Event

Venue: The Royal Society
Speaker: Various
Date: Tuesday, 04 July 2017 at 18:00 - 00:00

At the Summer Science Exhibition 2017, hosted by the Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG.

Every year, LASEORS arranges a summer get-together as a chance for everyone to get out and about and experience some of the fantastic sites, tours and festivals of London and the South East, all while spending time with like-minded and passionate Operational Researchers.

There will be talks and exhibits on a range of topics from quantum computing, dinosaur forensics, DNA origami, smart surfaces, mixed reality and more see their website for details https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2017/summer-science-exhibition/talks-and-activities/

We will all meet at 18:15 at the pop-up café, situated on the covered terrace on the ground floor, get to know each other over a quick drink and then head into the exhibitions at 18:30. After exploring the wonders of science for a few hours, the remaining crowd will then head to the pub for a nightcap and a chance to chat about the wonders of the exhibition or just unwind with friends.

Let us know you are coming either through our Meet Up account https://www.meetup.com/Operations-Research-Meetup-London-and-South-East/or send an email to Matthew.


DoctOR will see you now – how OR is putting new life into the NHS

Venue: Ye Olde Watling pub
Speaker: Charles Tallack, Head of Operational Research and Evaluation, NHS England
Date: Tuesday, 09 May 2017 at 18:00

“… we will expand NHS operational research, RCT capability and other methods to promote more rigorous ways of answering high impact questions in health services redesign.“ 

OR doesn’t often get a mention in a national government strategy document, so this statement from the 2014 NHS Five Year Forward View, the blueprint for redesign of the NHS, is both exciting and daunting.  Charles was subsequently appointed to set up and lead the NHS England Operational Research and Evaluation Unit.  His team is contributing to the transformation of the NHS, and evaluating the impact that new models of care being piloted are having.  They are modelling how the changes are supposed to work, and testing these models using advanced analytical techniques.

Charles will talk about the pioneering approaches the team are taking and the impact that they are having on the issues and challenges facing the NHS, and how he’s come to see OR and evaluation as natural bed fellows.

 

Date and Time: Tuesday 9th May, 6.00pm (for 6:30pm start)

Location: In the upstairs bar of Ye Olde Watling, on the Corner of Bow Lane and Watling Street nearest stations are Mansion House (Bow Lane exit) and Bank (exit 8) for tube, or Cannon Street and City Thameslink for rail. The event is open to all and with a free buffet of sandwiches available afterwards.

For further details contact: Sandra Weddell Tel: 020 3054 8693, Email: Sandra.Weddell@tube.tfl.gov.uk or Suchi Collingwood Tel: 0113 825 1948, Email: Suchi.Collingwood@nhs.net


AGM & Social - Talk postponed

Venue: Ye Olde Watling
Speaker: Sandra Weddell
Date: Tuesday, 07 March 2017 at 18:00 - 20:00

 

Unfortunately Jonathan Sedar is unable to join us to talk about Predicting with Bayesian Hierarchical GLMs We will re-arrange this talk for another day. However we will have a short AGM, which is your opportunity for you to vote for new committee members for LASEORS. Followed by a discussion on what London needs from OR with audience contribution. All are welcome and we will have a social event after in the pub!

 

Location: In the upstairs bar of Ye Olde Watling, on the Corner of Bow Lane and Watling Street nearest stations are Mansion House (Bow Lane exit) and Bank (exit 8) for tube, or Cannon Street and City Thameslink for rail. The event is open to all and with a free buffet of sandwiches available afterwards and if you can buy the drinks from the upstairs bar they will bring real ale up, that would be great.

For further details contact:

Sandra Weddell          Tel: 020 3054 8693,  Email: Sandra.Weddell@tube.tfl.gov.uk


Diversity and identity: challenges and opportunities for UK OR

Venue: Ye Olde Watling pub
Speaker: Ruth Kaufman OBE, FORS, FIMA, President of the OR Society
Date: Tuesday, 10 January 2017 at 18:00 - 21:00

People engaged in an activity like O.R., can be described on countless dimensions. For example, personal characteristics (the 'protected characteristics' of ethnicity, gender etc. that are part of formal diversity initiatives, but also values, preferences, personality), daily work activities, customer, owner, career path, whether they have ever heard of O.R.  Diversity can be a strength; but so can uniform identity. This talk reviews some significant dimensions of diversity and identity in UK OR, to consider what we might need to do to overcome the challenges of too much or too little diversity, and where we can exploit the enormous potential benefits of the glorious variety of ways of 'being an O.R. person'.

 

In the upstairs bar of Ye Olde Watling, on the Corner of Bow Lane and Watling Street nearest stations are Mansion House (Bow Lane exit) and Bank (exit 8) for tube, or Cannon Street and City Thameslink for rail. The event is open to all and with a free buffet of sandwiches available afterwards and if you can buy the drinks from the upstairs bar they will bring real ale up.


Christmas Quiz

Venue: Ye Olde Watling pub
Speaker: Last years winners
Date: Tuesday, 13 December 2016 at 18:00 - 23:00

LASEORS popular annual quiz night is back please sign up early, for this year's festive event. All profits from the event will go to charity.  Teams should comprise 3 - 5 people. As last years winners will be able to tell you there will be lots of exciting prizes etc.

 There is limited space, so entries will be accepted until capacity is reached. The entry fee is still £40 per team this will include a buffet. Please send cheques payable to LASEORS, the team name, a contact phone number, email and name along with the expected number in your team, before 2nd December to ensure a place. Post to Sandra Weddell, Transport for London, 5G7, 5th Flr, Palestra, 197 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1H 8NJ


Recent Operational Research and Decision Sciences activity at LSE and nearby

Venue: LSE near Lincolns Inn Fields
Speaker: Various LSE Management Science Showcase
Date: Tuesday, 22 November 2016 at 17:30 - 20:30

 LSE presents a series of short talks discussing applications of OR and DS from practitioners, academics, and recently graduated MSc students at our third annual event. Talks will be followed by informal networking over drinks and light refreshments. Please register in advance as space is limited using this link:
https://lse.ut1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cSXsRP2rweM0Voh

 Registration from 5.30
Talks starting at 6pm:
- MSc student projects: Maria Smediou (simulation at Network Rail) and Sophie Spring (behavioural impact at Food Standards Agency)
- Dr Valentina Ferretti, LSE: Combining Multi Criteria Analysis with interactive visualization and real time sensitivity simulations to support regeneration
- Dr Katerina Papadaki, LSE: Patrolling Strategies for securing vulnerable places
- Alec Waterhouse, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Climate change modelling
Drinks and nibbles: 7.45-8.30

 


Musings on a career in Optimisation and AI

Venue: Watling
Speaker: James Humphreys, Head of Core Analytics Tech at BP (Trading Division)
Date: Tuesday, 18 October 2016 at 18:00 - 21:00

James has a long career in optimisation and AI. He studied CS, AI and Optimisation at Durham, publishing work on tracking multiple objects in CCTV footage using neural networks. He then spent many years working on and leading various cutting-edge routing and optimisation projects at Ocado, and now heads-up the optimisation and machine learning teams for BP’s commodities trading arm. His talk will focus on the trials and tribulations of running successful AI and optimisation projects (at a high level), touching on both broad algorithmic trends/gotchas, some of the frustrations, the soft-skills necessary to deliver value, along with topics that James finds of particular interest. The talk will end with an informal forward look/discussion of AI/optimisation.


Our Lives in Data

Venue: The Science Museum
Speaker: Sandra Weddell
Date: Wednesday, 31 August 2016 at 19:15 - 11 August 2016 - 22:00

Our Lives in Data

At the Science Museum

Wednesday 31st August 18:45

 

Join us to see a special feature exhibit at the Science Museum about Analytics and big data. At the Science Museum’s Late this month there is a focus on big data, analytics and how that data is used to shape our lives. There will be a number of TfL’s analyst and Operational Researchers (amongst others) talking through in more detail how big data and analytics are used in their work and an opportunity to play some models not in the main exhibit.

 

 

The Late exhibition opens at 18:45 but there can be long queues to get in via the main entrance to the Science Museum on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD. Nearest tube is South Kensington. Entrance is free to main exhibits and you must be over 18.

 

 

More details on the exhibit below (which runs till next year)

http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/plan_your_visit/exhibitions/our-lives-in-data

 

 

 

More details on the Late opening of the Science Museum below:

http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/plan_your_visit/lates

 

 To arrange to meet up contact Matthew Gwynne: matthew@mgwynne.me.uk. Meet up inside the Museum at 7:15 at the bar on the balcony on 1st floor near the entrance near the Challenge of Material exhibit


ACROSS THE DIVIDE

Venue: LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS, LSE New Academic Building (NAB), Lincolns Inn Fields
Speaker:  A mix of practitioner and academics of the OR/MS community
Date: Tuesday, 01 March 2016 at 17:30 - 20:30

London School of Economics (LSE) and the London & South East Group of the OR Society (LASEORS) present: 

Across the divide A mix of talks and informal networking, illustrating and promoting the interplay between practitioner, academic and student members of the OR/MS community

OR (including management science, decision sciences, and advanced analytics) is flourishing, with exciting applications in the world of practice, extensions in the world of research, and more students than ever studying the topic. There are great opportunities afforded by big data, technology advances, and the pressing need for better decision-making in a complex and interconnected world.

'Across the Divide' has been organised to help practitioners, academics and students connect, learn and keep in touch.

Programme

5.30pm            Registration (NAB 1.04) LSE New Academic Building (NAB), Lincolns Inn Fields

6.15pm            Short talks from practitioner/academic and recently-graduated student members of the OR/Management Science community: details to be confirmed (NAB 1.04)

7.30-8.30pm   Informal networking, drinks and snacks (NAB 8th floor)

This event is organised jointly by the London School of Economics (LSE) and the London and South East Group of the OR Society (LASEORS). It is free and open to all, but you are asked to register in advance by signing up here.


Health and social care workforce modelling at a national level

Venue: Ye Olde Watling, 29 Watling Street, London, Greater London, EC4M 9BR
Speaker: Dr Siôn Cave, from Decision Analysis Services (DAS)
Date: Tuesday, 23 February 2016 at 18:00 - 20:00

Dr Siôn Cave, of Decision Analysis Services (DAS) will talk about how System Dynamics has been integrated with methodologies such as scenario generation, horizon scanning and formal elicitation protocols to inform national workforce strategy. This approach will be described using examples from projects carried out by the Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI). The CfWI is a key contributor to the planning of future workforce requirements for health, public health and social care in England. One project that will be described is Horizon 2035. Horizon 2035 is a project commissioned by the Department of Health which takes a whole system view of how challenges across the health and care system may unfold over the next 20 years in terms of workforce skills. Workforce in this programme has a broad definition that includes paid professionals such as doctors and nurses, as well as rarely considered informal workforces such as unpaid carers and volunteers.

Location: In the upstairs bar of Ye Olde Watling, on the Corner of Bow Lane and Watling Street nearest stations are Mansion House (Bow Lane exit) and Bank (exit 8) for tube, or Cannon Street and City Thameslink for rail.

Start Time: 6:00pm (for 7:00pm start)

For further details contact:
Sandra Weddell Tel: 020 3054 8693, Email: Sandra.Weddell@tube.tfl.gov.uk


Florence Nightingale: early Operational Researcher?

Venue: Ye Olde Watling, 29 Watling Street, London, Greater London, EC4M 9BR
Speaker: Noel-Ann Bradshaw
Date: Wednesday, 20 January 2016 at 18:00 - 20:00

Noel-Ann Bradshaw, Faculty Senior Lead, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Greenwich

This talk will demonstrate that the art of data visualisation and power of analytics have been around for longer than you might think!  Florence Nightingale might be best known for her nursing skills but, after her time in the Crimea, she used her mathematical and statistical knowledge to lobby parliament regarding the conditions in military hospitals presenting data in interesting and unusual ways.

Location: In the upstairs bar of Ye Olde Watling, on the Corner of Bow Lane and Watling Street nearest stations are Mansion House (Bow Lane exit) and Bank (exit 8) for tube, or Cannon Street and City Thameslink for rail.

Start Time: 6:00pm (for 7:00pm start)

For further details contact:
Sandra Weddell Tel: 020 3054 8693, Email: Sandra.Weddell@tube.tfl.gov.uk


Christmas Quiz

Venue: Ye Olde Watling, 29 Watling Street, London, Greater London, EC4M 9BR
Date: Monday, 07 December 2015 at 18:00

LASEORS popular annual quiz night is back please sign up early, for this year's festive event. All profits from the event will go to charity. Teams should comprise 3 - 5 people. As last years winners will be able to tell you there will be lots of exciting prizes etc.

There is limited space, so entries will be accepted until capacity is reached. The entry fee is still £40 per team this will include a buffet. Please send cheques payable to LASEORS, the team name, a contact phone number, email and name along with the expected number in your team, before 30th November to ensure a place. Post to Sandra Weddell, Transport for London, 5G7, 5th Flr, Palestra, 197 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1H 8NJ

Location: In the upstairs bar of Ye Olde Watling, on the Corner of Bow Lane and Watling Street nearest stations are Mansion House (Bow Lane exit) and Bank (exit 8) for tube, or Cannon Street and City Thameslink for rail.

Start Time: 6:00pm (for 7:00pm start)

For further details contact:
Sandra Weddell Tel: 020 3054 8693, Email: Sandra.Weddell@tube.tfl.gov.uk


OR in the Age of Big Data

Venue: Ye Olde Watling, 29 Watling Street, London, Greater London, EC4M 9BR
Speaker: Stewart Robinson - President of the OR Society & Professor of Management Science, Loughborough University
Date: Wednesday, 11 November 2015 at 18:00

What does ‘big data’ mean for O.R?  For many Operational Researchers our education was founded on ‘small data’ techniques.  This carried over into our O.R. practice, where we were pleased if we could find reasonable samples of data to support our models.  Big data may be changing all of that.  In this talk we shall explore how big data could impact on our models and our modelling practice.  In doing so we shall try and answer the following questions: What is big data?  How does the world of O.R. fit with the world of big data, analytics and data science?  What role might big data play in our modelling efforts?  And, does big data challenge our very conception of the ‘O.R. methodology’?

Location: In the upstairs bar of Ye Olde Watling, on the Corner of Bow Lane and Watling Street nearest stations are Mansion House (Bow Lane exit) and Bank (exit 8) for tube, or Cannon Street and City Thameslink for rail. The event is open to all and with a free buffet of sandwiches available afterwards.

Start Time: 6.00pm (for 6.30pm start)

For further details contact:
Sandra Weddell Tel: 020 3054 8693, Email: Sandra.Weddell@tube.tfl.gov.uk


What's so special about the Third Sector?

Venue: Ye Olde Watling, 29 Watling Street, London, Greater London, EC4M 9BR
Speaker: Ruth Kaufman - President Elect, The OR Society
Date: Tuesday, 13 October 2015 at 18:00

The OR Society’s Third Sector initiative has two main components: a Special Interest Group, and a Pro Bono scheme, matching O.R. volunteers with third sector organisations needing their input. But is there really any difference between doing OR in the third sector and doing it with a government or private sector organisation? Is “it’s for charity” really a good enough reason to work for free? This talk explores these challenges, taking charities as an example of third sector organisations.

Location: In the upstairs bar of Ye Olde Watling, on the Corner of Bow Lane and Watling Street nearest stations are Mansion House (Bow Lane exit) and Bank (exit 8) for tube, or Cannon Street and City Thameslink for rail. The event is open to all and with a free buffet of sandwiches available afterwards.

Start Time: 6.00pm (for 6.30pm start)

For further details contact:
Sandra Weddell Tel: 020 3054 8693, Email: Sandra.Weddell@tube.tfl.gov.uk


Forecasting demand for London 2012 and what really happened then and since

Venue: 25 Gordon Street, UCL, London
Speaker: Sandra Weddell
Date: Wednesday, 04 February 2015 at 18:00 - 19:30

A meeting with the London Branch of the Institute of Mathematics for those who missed Neil Bichard's presentation on this topic last year. At Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre E28 at 25 Gordon Street
(for location information, visit www.ucl.ac.uk/maps)


A presentation on the demand forecasts developed for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. This process covered the London Underground, London Overground and Dockland Light Railway networks, bringing together multiple data sources to represent the overall transport system. With the Games now over, the presentation will also focus on the rare opportunity to use actual data to review the accuracy of a complex forecasting process, and thus highlight lessons to be learned. I will also talk about work we have been doing with the same models since then on major impacting projects.

There will be an opportunity for further discussion after the talk, in the Marquis Cornwallis on Marchmont Street.
No charge is made to attend meetings; non-IMA members are welcome.

www.ima.org.uk/activities/branches/london.cfm.html