Beale Lecture

27 February 2020

Royal Society, London

Come to The OR Society’s Beale Lecture

The OR Society's Beale Medal is awarded in memory of the late Martin Beale and gives formal recognition to a sustained contribution over many years to the theory, practice or philosophy of OR in the UK, or to some combination of those areas.

The OR Society is pleased to announce the main speaker for this forthcoming lecture is their 2018 Beale Medal award winner, Professor Russell Cheng, Emeritus Professor within Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

We also welcome to the event The OR Society’s 2017 Doctoral (PhD) Award Winner, (Yvonne) Jeeu-Fong Sze, Assistant Professor of International Business School (IBS) at Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), China. Yvonne's shorter talk will precede that of Professor Cheng.

The event is open to members and non-members of the society.  There is no charge to attend however, all attendees are required to register in advance.

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What to expect

Not only will you listen to two great talks:

  • you will also have the opportunity to network with your peers;
  • meet senior figures in OR who have made many contributions to its practice;
  • and those interested in the lives of those who make OR what it is today.

Lectures start at 14:30

14:00 Registration and refreshments
14:30 Lectures begin
16:30 Network and close

If you have any queries, please contact Hilary Wilkes on [email protected]

Beale Medal Winner 2018

Title: The Enigma of Choice – When is a Good Decision Possible?

In recognition of increasing use in OR of computer-intensive simulation approaches, such as data-driven analysis and AI, I shall examine my own mathematical interests by asking the question ‘Is modelling using classical mathematics therefore obsolescent?’.

Not, I argue, without clearly agreeing right at the outset the purpose of an OR study.  ‘Enigma’ in my talk title highlights in our old slogan ‘The Science of Better’, the question this slogan so clearly begs: ‘Better What?’

Professor Russell Cheng  

Russell C.H. Cheng is Emeritus Professor of Operational Research at the University of Southampton.

2017 Doctoral (PhD) Award Winner

Title: Hybridisation Search for a class of Vehicle Routing Problems

The Vehicle Routing Problem (VRP) is one of the most extensively studied combinatorial optimisation problems due to its high practicability in transportation logistics. Given the rising price of global oil, reducing the transportation cost provides a great impact in stabilizing the global economic system and adds a competitive advantage. The classical VRP focuses on this line of research.

Jeeu-Fong Sze (Yvonne)

Jeeu-Fong Sze is Assistant Professor in the International Business School at Beijing Foreign Studies University, China.

Martin Beale

Memorial Lecture for one of OR's true greats.

The OR Society’s Beale Medal is awarded each year in memory of the late Martin Beale.

Evelyn Martin Lansdowne Beale FRS (8 September 1928 – 23 December 1985) was an applied mathematician and statistician who was one of the pioneers of mathematical programming.

Most of Beale’s papers on particular calculations and on particular techniques are noted by amongst others, The Royal Statistical Society, the ORS and the Royal Society as “substantial contributions to knowledge”

Known as Martin Beale, he is probably best remembered for his constant and active interest in the development of mathematical programming systems for applying optimisation algorithms in OR practice.

He once said of OR, that. “The most important part of Operational Research is educated common sense, and computers have absolutely no common sense”, but he planned his systems so well that this defect of computers was negligible.

He was one of the first scientists to encourage open publication of useful discoveries.

More details can be found in this short biography of Martin Beale.

Previous Beale Lectures

If you have never been to a Beale Lecture or missed a previous lecture, we have listed some of them here.  

Last year we had two great lectures, a short talk from our 2016 PhD winner, Itamar Megiddo, which was followed by our main speaker and 2017 Beale Medal award winner, Mike C Jackson OBE.

We also have many more videos on our YouTube channel.

Visit YouTube Channel Here

The future of OR is present

Mike C Jackson OBE, Emeritus Professor at the University of Hull, gave the 2019 Beale Lecture on The future of OR is present.

View Mike Jackson's lecture here

The fitness and survival of the OR profession in the age of artificial intelligence

Richard Ormerod delivers the Beale Lecture for 2018 on The Fitness and Survival of the OR Profession in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.

View Professor Ormerod's Beale Lecture

Opening talk: Heterogeneous location and pollution-routing problems

Dr Çağri Koç gave the opening talk entitled Heterogeneous Location and Pollution-Routing Problems but, before he did so, President John Hopes presented him with his award.

View Dr Çağri Koç's Beale lecture here
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Thursday 27 February 2020, 14:30

Royal Society
6-9 Carlton Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

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