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Research Excellence Framework 2021 Panel Membership Announced

Impartiality in AI and Machine Learning
The Global Future Councils held in Dubai in 2017 discussed the effect of large-scale adoption o...

Women in Mathematics
Only 4% of mathematics professors in the UK are female

Humans are not fooled
Humans are not fooled when they get called by software bots that can convincingly mimic the hum...

The musical mood of the nation
Examine the musical mood of the nation when contemplating changes to the Bank’s interest rate


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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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News Archive

June 2018
18  Jun
Research Excellence Framework 2021
Research Excellence Framework 2021 Panel Membership Announced
12  Jun
Impartiality in AI and Machine Learning
The Global Future Councils held in Dubai in 2017 discussed the effect of large-scale adoption of artificial intelligence
06  Jun
Women in Mathematics
Only 4% of mathematics professors in the UK are female
02  Jun
Humans are not fooled
Humans are not fooled when they get called by software bots that can convincingly mimic the human voice
02  Jun
The musical mood of the nation
Examine the musical mood of the nation when contemplating changes to the Bank’s interest rate
May 2018
26  May
Integer programming to identify optimal sets of exchanges
The Alliance for Paired Donation adopted integer programming to identify optimal sets of disjoint exchanges.
18  May
Serious chip bugs
Security researchers have found eight novel flaws in computer chips that are similar to the "serious" bugs found earlier this year.
13  May
Brain-Computer Interfaces
Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) allow the direct communication of the brain with a computer.
02  May
JORS April 2018
Articles Published in JORS Vol 69 Issue 4
April 2018
24  Apr
Chinese police have used facial recognition technology
Chinese police have used facial recognition technology to locate and arrest a man who was among a crowd of 60,000 concert goers.
20  Apr
The right to be forgotten
A businessman fighting for the "right to be forgotten" has won a UK High Court action against Google.
16  Apr
Student loan repayment threshold rises
Former students will be able to earn more before they have to start paying back their tuition fee loans.
09  Apr
Forest Harvest Scheduling
Forest Harvest Scheduling with Endogenous Road Costs
04  Apr
Facebook revamp
Details of the Facebook changes were announced in a blog.
March 2018
30  Mar
Women in Mathematics Days 2018
Women in Mathematics Days 2018
23  Mar
Blocked takeover of chipmaker
US President Donald Trump has blocked a planned takeover of chipmaker Qualcomm
21  Mar
JORS Volume 69, Issue 4
JORS Volume 69, Issue 4
21  Mar
An Inspector Calls?
Not surprisingly, the government is looking to use AI/ML to prioritise which schools are to be visited by inspectors
16  Mar
System dynamics
OR Essentials Series
16  Mar
Horizon 2020
Government position on UK Participation in Horizon 2020
13  Mar
Degree online for £5,650 per year
Degree online for £5,650 per year
13  Mar
Internet-connected devices safer
The UK government has announced guidelines to make internet-connected devices safer
10  Mar
CATONSVILLE, MD, February 13, 2018
03  Mar
A growing proportion of student debt will never be repaid
More than 70% of students who left university last year are never expected to finish repaying their loans
February 2018
25  Feb
Hybridised NLP systems
NLP systems have now been developed which can add the human component
21  Feb
ORS calls for applications for Brexit working group
Apply to be a part of our Brexit working group today!
20  Feb
New ultrafast broadband services from BT
Consumers are being guaranteed minimum speeds of 100Mbps in two new ultrafast broadband services from BT.
16  Feb
HORAF represents organisations from across the UK economy
12  Feb
Algorithms for Decision-making
Select Committee on Science and Technology called for evidence
07  Feb
Problem Solving Algorithm
An algorithm that is able to simulate and enhance human problem-solving capabilities
January 2018
31  Jan
School children struggle to achieve maths potential
Many primary school children in the UK are struggling to achieve their potential, according to new research
22  Jan
Goodbye to Ruth Kaufman
This month we have to say goodbye to Ruth Kaufman, after two highly eventful years.
15  Jan
JORS: Volume 68, Issue 11
JORS: Volume 68, Issue 11, November 2017
03  Jan
REF 2021
Most of the important decisions have already been taken regarding the next Research Excellence Framework
December 2017
28  Dec
Universities "mis-selling" courses
Universities could be accused of "mis-selling" courses to teenagers
28  Dec
Artificial intelligence program has triumphed at chess
Google's AlphaGo Zero artificial intelligence program has triumphed at chess
24  Dec
Degrees in two years
Students in England are going to be offered degrees in two years
15  Dec
JORS Volume 68, Issue 9
JORS Volume 68, Issue 9
15  Dec
Certified Analytics Professional
The OR Society now offers Certified Analytics Professional
November 2017
13  Nov
Artificial intelligence can outsmart Captcha
Computer scientists have developed artificial intelligence that can outsmart the Captcha website security check system.
08  Nov
NEW SIG – Information and Cyber Security
NEW SIG – Information and Cyber Security
02  Nov
Large scale object recognition
Deep learning has been achieved in large scale object recognition with CNNs
October 2017
30  Oct
AI and analytics
Artificial intelligence has become mainstream
25  Oct
Google stopped its Home Mini speakers
Google has stopped its Home Mini speakers responding when users touch them.
20  Oct
Home Office’s new Chief Scientific Adviser
RSS fellow and former secretary of the Society's Research Section, Professor John Aston, has been appointed as the Home Office’s new Chief Scientific Adviser
11  Oct
GCSE in computer science has failed
The new GCSE in computer science has failed to attract much interest from students
06  Oct
General Data Protection Regulation
A new EU law changes the way organisations interact with personal data
01  Oct
Modelling to combat crop disease
Mathematical modelling in the fight against plant diseases
September 2017
21  Sep
Panel members and assessors for the Teaching Excellence Framework
HEFCE wishes to appoint high-calibre individuals to work as panellists and assessors for the Teaching Excellence Framework
20  Sep
Six areas in the UK will have data at one gigabit per second
Six areas in the UK will soon be trying out broadband technology that provides data at speeds approaching one gigabit per second
17  Sep
Disruptive innovation
“Disruptive innovation” is an innovation that creates a new market eventually disrupting an existing market
16  Sep
Blockchain: The University of Surrey
Blockchain The University of Surrey has won funding for three distributed ledger technology
12  Sep
Science council appointment
Professor David Croisdale-Appleby OBE, FACSS has been appointed Chair of the Science Council
07  Sep
Pass marks for GCSEs in England need to be pushed upwards
Pass marks for GCSEs in England need to be pushed upwards to catch up with high performing education systems in Asia, say researchers from the Education Policy Institute.
August 2017
29  Aug
AI Heads to wall street
Financial institutions have slowly been introducing elements of AI
23  Aug
Machine Intelligence on the march
Machine Intelligence (MI) is forecast to reach $31.3 billion by 2019
17  Aug
Post-16 maths to get government cash boost
Maths education for 16- to 19-year-olds in England will gain a £16m boost over two years, ministers have announced.
08  Aug
Adobe to kill off Flash plug-in by 2020
Adobe Systems has said that it plans to phase out its Flash Player plug-in by the end of 2020.
04  Aug
Tackling university drop-out rate 'is vital'
More must be done to tackle a steady rise in the number of students dropping out
July 2017
25  Jul
Students seek postgraduate study to shelter from Brexit
Sharp falls in the proportion of final-year university students applying for jobs
18  Jul
Rubik’s cube is officially hard
Rubik’s cube is officially hard. It’s not you – solving a Rubik’s cube quickly is officially hard. Tricky, even if you are a genius at maths
12  Jul
Subs held constant
The OR Society Board has decided not to increase fees
01  Jul
How past societies responded to climate change
New research uses agent-based simulation to learn how past societies responded to climate change
June 2017
15  Jun
Models that can predict and influence the behaviour of social groups
Algorithms and mathematical models that can predict and influence the behaviour of social groups
01  Jun
Google and Facebook fell victim to an alleged $100m scam
Google and Facebook have confirmed that they fell victim to an alleged $100m (£77m) scam.
May 2017
23  May
Fake news
The RSS has contributed to an inquiry into 'fake news'.
06  May
Annual increases to tuition fees until 2020
Almost all universities in England will be able to introduce annual increases to tuition fees until 2020, in a deal pushing legislation through Parliament before the general election.
April 2017
22  Apr
ZTE cancelled a crowd-funding campaign
The Chinese phone manufacturer ZTE has cancelled a crowd-funding campaign for a smartphone design based on ideas submitted by the public.
20  Apr
Ford developing pothole alert system for drivers
Carmaker Ford has said it is experimenting with technology to detect potholes and warn drivers of their locations.
March 2017
16  Mar
University applications 'depends heavily on where you live'
Teenagers' likelihood of applying to university depends heavily on where they live, according to new figures.
08  Mar
SmartDrive Systems use data from road and interior facing cameras to predict accidents
03  Mar
JORS January 2017
Volume 68, Issue 1, January 2017
February 2017
15  Feb
England's new GCSE grading system
There is widespread confusion about England's new GCSE grading system, says the exams regulator Ofqual.
11  Feb
The impact of Uber on traffic congestion, travel time, and fuel usage
The study calculated the value of the associated savings that could be made at more than $1 billion nationwide since 2011, including 66 million hours and 30 million gallons of fuel.
07  Feb
Society president and council members
President elect and new GC members
January 2017
26  Jan
Worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics (BDA) will grow to more than £160 billion in 2020.
20  Jan
A new programme of research is being funded by an EPSRC grant of £2.75M for ‘StatScale
19  Jan
Whiz famously beat former winners on Jeopardy in 2011
IBM's question-answering whiz, the Watson computer system, famously beat former winners on Jeopardy in 2011 — and now it's digging into aerospace research.
15  Jan
Asian educational superpowers take all the top places
Asian educational superpowers take all the top places and everyone else goes in for bouts of doubt and recrimination.
02  Jan
Increase the intake of disadvantaged students
A leading university is to increase its intake of disadvantaged students by offering places with reduced grades
December 2016
28  Dec
School in London could be among the world best
A school in north London could be among the best in the world after scoring better in international rankings than even top performers like Singapore.
23  Dec
Mobile holes
More than 1.4 million homes in the UK cannot get decent broadband.
10  Dec
People tend to tweet when they are most excited rather than later when they have had time to consider
November 2016
29  Nov
IBM is now able to produce more reliable weather forecasts
IBM now has the capability of isolating and analysing the outcomes of location-specific impacts of storms, hurricanes and typhoons.
27  Nov
Taxiing need not be taxing
The University of Lincoln has secured a £1m EPSRC grant to develop a new aircraft routing and scheduling system
25  Nov
The risk posed by projected climate change on the world's ability to grow enough food.
A US team of researchers found that forecasted shifts in climate by 2070 would occur too quickly for species of grass to adapt to the new conditions.
20  Nov
Improving clinical care for cancer and intensive care patients and those with chronic wounds
12  Nov
The world's biggest technology companies are joining forces to consider the future of artificial intelligence.
Amazon, Google's DeepMind, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft will work together on issues such as privacy, safety and the collaboration between people and AI.
04  Nov
The UK's information commissioner has called for the country to adopt EU data protection laws
The UK's new information commissioner has called for the country to adopt forthcoming EU data protection laws, despite its plan to leave the Union.
October 2016
20  Oct
The way price comparison websites work is to be examined by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).
The CMA says it will look at whether consumers should be made more aware of how such sites earn their commission.
08  Oct
Tuition fees rise
A second wave of tuition-fee rises has been signalled, which will apply to all standards of university in England.
September 2016
14  Sep
Cambridge is urging schools to enter students for the AS exams
Cambridge University has written to schools and sixth forms urging them to continue to enter students for AS-level exams at the end of Year 12.
05  Sep
The biggest investment in the railways since the Victorian era
The UK's last train maker Bombardier has been awarded a £1bn contract as part of "the biggest investment in the railways since the Victorian era".
July 2016
31  Jul
Simulating sustainability in the Amazon Rainforest
For three years, Stanford biologist Jose Fragoso and his collaborators have worked with people who inhabit the Amazon rainforest
June 2016
24  Jun
TeamViewer accounts hacked
'Significant' number of TeamViewer accounts hacked
19  Jun
Forest Fire Prevention
Wild, forest fires are inevitable but analytics is starting to make them a little less unpredictable
09  Jun
Hybrid car can be turned off via security bugs
The alarm on Mitsubishi's Outlander hybrid car can be turned off via security bugs in its on-board wi-fi, researchers have found.
03  Jun
Curtailment of 30,000 student visas each year sparks row
More than 30,000 non-EU students a year have had their visas curtailed by the Home Office in the past three years, figures obtained by BBC News show.
May 2016
30  May
General Motors Awarded 2016 INFORMS Prize for Operations Research
General Motors is using big data and advanced analytics to predict failure of components and systems before customers are affected.
24  May
Dali helps scientists crack our brain code
Scientists at Glasgow University have established a world first by cracking the communication code of our brains.
13  May
EE is aiming to bring 4G to 95% of the UK
Mobile phone operator EE is aiming to bring 4G to 95% of the UK landmass by 2020 as well as relocating its customer services to the UK and Ireland.
09  May
World Leaders
The UK provides world-leading courses in 8 of the 42 subjects featured
02  May
EU referendum: Statistics boss vows to resist pressure
The statistics watchdog has vowed to resist any political pressure over the release of migration statistics in the run-up to June's EU referendum.
April 2016
29  Apr
How many trees
Counting trees is both difficult and rather tedious
27  Apr
Scottish Power is to pay £18m for customer service failings
The energy regulator, Ofgem, said the firm failed to treat its customers fairly, with inadequate call handling, complaint resolution and billing.
18  Apr
The OR Society is formally sponsoring two of the UKMT’s 2016 Summer Schools.
March 2016
13  Mar
A maths teacher from London has reached the top 10 global finalists
A maths teacher from a London comprehensive has reached the top 10 finalists for a global teaching prize.
February 2016
25  Feb
A smartphone that costs just £2.50
An Indian company has launched a smartphone that costs just £2.
19  Feb
Numbers of part-time students hit a new low
Numbers of part-time students hit a new low
05  Feb
Global list of hotels hit by malware
The Hyatt hotel chain has posted a global list of hotels hit by malware that was found on its customer payments system last year.
January 2016
08  Jan
Android smartphones leak lots of users' information to third parties
Apps on Apple and Android smartphones leak lots of users' information to third parties, research has suggested.
05  Jan
Feed the World
The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and Syngenta (winners of the prestigious Edelman award) are collaborating to bring a new award to the world of OR.
December 2015
13  Dec
BBC has new online store
The BBC has launched a new online store where viewers can download recent programmes as well as ‘lost gems’ from the Beeb’s extensive archive.
01  Dec
Great feedback from Diabetes UK
A team of volunteers has recently finish a project with Diabetes UK.
November 2015
27  Nov
Mobile Wallets
Payments made via mobile devices in the United States are expected to total $90 billion by 2017, a big jump from the $12.8 billion spent in 2012.
12  Nov
Report on the 'people pipeline' into mathematical sciences in the UK.
The Council for Mathematical Sciences (CMS) has produced a report on the 'people pipeline' into mathematical sciences in the UK.
05  Nov
More funding earmarked for ‘digital economy’ research
New research centres addressing a number of issues relating to data and evidence based policy were announced in the government’s summer budget.
October 2015
15  Oct
Smartphone health apps leak data
Many NHS-accredited smartphone health apps leak data that could be used for ID theft and fraud, a study has found.
12  Oct
Chinese smartphones in massive attack
More than 650,000 Chinese smartphones have been unwittingly enrolled in a massive attack that overwhelmed a web server.
September 2015
22  Sep
Ollerenshaw Charity
A £1.75m fund to support “visionary and pioneering pure mathematics” at the University of Manchester will be funded from the Estate of Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw
20  Sep
Business Analytics courses will continue to grow
There are now over 100 business schools in the U.S with degrees or certificates in Business Analytics.
11  Sep
GORS is blooming
How the Government O.R. Service influences decision making.
01  Sep
Increasing data analytics skills in the UK
Nesta and Universities UK have put forward a number of recommendations for schools, universities and industry, to increase data analytics skills in the UK, in two reports launched recently.
August 2015
22  Aug
What will people want to eat ?
How do you decide what people will want to eat and when they will want to eat it?
18  Aug
Maths Saves Lives!
Modelling is helping the NHS match capacity to demand
July 2015
30  Jul
O.R. to be at the heart of science, technology and mathematics celebrations
This year, the British Science Festival will be taking place between 7 – 10th September. The University of Bradford, supported by Siemens, will be hosting the Festival’s exciting free events, talks and performances.
22  Jul
Facial recognition to verify online purchases
Mastercard is testing a smartphone app that uses facial recognition to verify online purchases.
08  Jul
Shell expected to begin drillingl in the Arctic
Oil and gas giant Shell is expected to begin drilling for oil in the Arctic within the next two weeks.
02  Jul
Butterflies in the chest
Scientists have combined the principles of the butterfly effect and computer simulation to explore new ways of predicting heart disease.
June 2015
25  Jun
Graduate salaries fall
Graduates in England have seen a fall in their median salary of more than £1,000 in the past five years, according to official statistics.
17  Jun
Artificial intelligence to predict deforestation
Artificial Intelligence techniques can, when applied to satellite imagery, assist in the prediction of where deforestation will occur.
16  Jun
Cities that enjoy an economic advantage
Cities that actively promote physical activities enjoy an economic advantage, research has suggested.
11  Jun
Football and rugby matches in 4K quality
BT has announced it will be offering football and rugby matches in 4K quality from August.
03  Jun
Germany's birth rate has slumped to the lowest in the world
A study says Germany's birth rate has slumped to the lowest in the world, prompting fears labour market shortages will damage the economy.
May 2015
28  May
A new £2.8 million project is to find ways to address the UK’s airport congestion without relying solely on new airport building and expansion.
22  May
All at sea
Predictive analytics is coming to the aid of the shipping industry with the introduction of a new version of a tool called RightShip.
19  May
Digitally influenced sales soar in brick-and-mortar stores
Digital interactions are expected to influence 64 cents of every dollar spent in retail stores in the US, by the end of 2015, or $2.2 trillion, according to Deloitte Digital’s latest study, “Navigating the New Digital Divide.”
12  May
BBC's iPlayer and Sky's Now TV across Europe.
EU officials want the public to be able to continue using catch-up services, such as the BBC's iPlayer and Sky's Now TV, as they travel across Europe.
05  May
Forecasting Academy Schools
Academy status affects the school’s funding, and as this is provided from central sources rather than local authority so forecasts are needed for budgeting.
April 2015
28  Apr
Magnetic levitation train broke its own world speed record
A Japanese magnetic levitation train has broken its own world speed record, hitting 603km/h (374mph) in a test run near Mount Fuji
19  Apr
WORDS discusses childhood obesity
Obesity in children has been on the increase for many years and is considered to be a major health risk which, in turn, means it will be a major factor affecting NHS costs.
15  Apr
Behavioural Operational Research: a new Special Interest Group
A new Special Interest Group held its inaugural meeting in December, hosted by Tony O’Connor at the Department of Health, London.
14  Apr
01  Apr
Pro Bono O.R. collaborates with Career Volunteer
From now on Pro Bono O.R. will be working with the organisation Career Volunteer.
March 2015
24  Mar
Dozens arrested in cybercrime 'strike week'
Dozens were arrested in “cybercrime strike week”. One raid led to the arrest of a man thought to be involved with an attack on Yahoo in 2012
February 2015
23  Feb
Better late than never!
Plans for world class research centre in the UK
19  Feb
U.K. spies acted illegally
U.K. spies acted illegally when they scooped up data about Britons' electronic communications gathered by the U.S. National Security Agency.
14  Feb
Health insurer scam targeted members
Health insurer Anthem Inc on Friday warned U.S. customers about an email scam targeting former and current members whose personal information was suspected to have been breached in a massive cyber attack.
12  Feb
O.R in support of services to young people
The Seminar will include a range of speakers who provide O.R. support to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Elfrida Rathbone, The Childhood Trust, and others.
04  Feb
Analytics and You
The Government Digital Service is looking to establish a dedicated advanced analytics team within the Cabinet Office.
January 2015
29  Jan
Europe votes to break up Goggle
The European Parliament has voted in favour of breaking Google up, as a solution to complaints that it favours its own services in search results.
26  Jan
Climate change risk to old people
Climate change and population growth will hugely increase the risk to people from extreme weather, a report says.
22  Jan
MIT first place in rankings
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is in first place in the latest league table of the world's best universities.
17  Jan
We have ways of making you pass
An “early alert” system based on predictive analytics is being implemented by a growing number of colleges and universities across the US, to improve retention and pass rates.
14  Jan
Piracy websites blocked
The High Court has ordered the biggest batch yet of piracy websites to be blocked.
07  Jan
Ebola and analytics
The West African Ebola virus outbreak has claimed more than 10,000 lives. Emergency response teams struggle to provide aid, but big data analytics could provide help.
December 2014
22  Dec
Internet of Things Standards
Devices will only be able to talk to one another if there are standards.
19  Dec
Counterfeit Goods
If a ‘bargain’ is too good to be true, the chances are it is a fake.
11  Dec
Don’t even think about it
Selling or even giving proprietary data to outside sources is not easy to detect, but a Tokyo-based company called UBIC may have the answer, at least when it is done electronically.
03  Dec
Analytics Revolution Required
Faced with the “Internet of things”, there may be a need to take a new look at how we structure analytics procedures.
November 2014
27  Nov
Centre for Advanced Business Analytics
KPMG is investing more than £20 million in a collaboration project with Imperial College London (IC) which will create the 'KPMG Centre for Advanced Business Analytics'.
19  Nov
SD Card with 512 gigabytes
Specialist has created a card with 512GB of storage space - the highest capacity ever released
18  Nov
Intelligent music computers
New software aims to give music producers the power to manipulate sounds more intuitively.
October 2014
30  Oct
Brand wars
Game-theory can provide indicators to when brands should be advertised next to rival brands
10  Oct
Graduate economy
UK has passed a significant milestone towards becoming a graduate economy
September 2014
29  Sep
A2B beautifully
Yahoo Labs have devised an algorithm that will give the “prettiest” route from A to B.
21  Sep
Yahoo threatened with fine
Yahoo said the US government threatened fine if the search giant failed to hand over user data.
12  Sep
In the Clouds
Warwick Business School campus to open at The Shard
August 2014
19  Aug
Buzz for help
Results from a new study reveals product performance forecasts months before product release.
July 2014
30  Jul
Madingley model capturing and depicting structure and function of ecosystems around the world.
15  Jul
Rowing for Gold
SAS and UK sport keeping UK rowers ahead. Using analytics to improve performance
08  Jul
Prevent long delays rather than reduce the average delay
Passengers offset schedule delay costs increase, even in very unreliable systems.
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
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
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
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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.