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Operational Research and Design





Operational Research and Design
– Developing the Dialogue

Tuesday 10th March 2015
10.30am – 4.00pm
RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London


Last year, the OR Society and the Design Society held a joint workshop to explore connections and synergies between the worlds of design and of operational research and to consider how these links might be usefully developed. Following the success of that workshop this second joint event aims to develop the dialogue, through a range of presentations from both communities on topics of mutual interest, including some practical case studies.


1000-1030   Arrival and coffee


1030-1045   Welcome and Introduction to the day.
Geoff Royston, former President, the Operational Research Society.
1045-1115   “From Analysis to Design: Why So Difficult?”
Robert O’Keefe, Vice Principal and Dean of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London.
1115-1145   “Design Research: Three Illustrations”
Chris McMahon, Professor of Engineering Design, University of Bristol and former President, the Design Society.
1145-1215   “Applying Design Principles and Problem Structuring Methods to the Design of Public Policy“
Camilla Buchanan, Policy Advisor Insight, Design Council and Rob Solly, Senior Principal Analyst, DSTL.
1215-1245   “Using Soft Systems Methodology to Support the Design and Innovation of Business Models and Service Systems“
Giles Hindle, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Systems Studies, University of Hull.
1245-1330   LUNCH


1330-1400   “From Observation to Method: the Example of Engineering Change Prediction”
Claudia Eckert, Professor of Design, Open University.
1400- 1430   “System Thinking for Design: A perspective from the System Dynamics field”
Martin Kunc, Associate Professor of Management Science, Warwick Business School.
1430-1500   “Applying a Design Process to a Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Unit: The Role of Systems Modelling and Simulation”
Alexander Komashie, Research Associate, Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge.
1500-1530   “Employing Design Principles and Analysis to Challenge the Policing Response to People in Mental Health Crisis”
Ian Newsome, Head of Organisational Development, West Yorkshire Police and Matthew Grainger, Principal Business Change Officer, West Yorkshire Police.
1530-1600   Panel Discussion
“ Where next for Design and Operational Research”?
1600   Tea and Close

Refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided.

The event is free and open to all on a registration basis. Early registration is advised, as numbers will be limited.