OR61: Annual Conference

3-5 September 2019

University of Kent
Sibson Building, Park Wood Rd, Canterbury CT2 7FS

Our OR61 conference in 2019 picked up momentum from the 2018 diamond anniversary and proved to be a fun, memorable and fascinating conference.

Hosted at the University of Kent, OR61 promoted debate and future-thinking to focus the OR profession on how it needs to evolve to deliver benefits to business, the economy and wider society.

OR61 was co-chaired by Professor Said Salhi and Dr Kathy Kotiadis from the University of Kent and featured three prominent plenary speakers:

  • Professor Erhan Erkut, Vice Rector, MEF University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Professor Grazia Speranza, IFORS President and former EURO president. Professor of OR, University of Brescia, Italy
  • Professor Panos Pardalos, Distinguished Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Florida, USA

Social Programme at OR61

What connects OR and Pinot Noir? The OR61 social programme, of course, which includes the option of a visit to a vineyard

OR61 Social Events

Making an Impact sessions

Find out what is in store for those attending the Making an Impact sessions at OR61

MAI sessions

Meet our Plenary Speakers

Get to know this year's Plenary Speakers by reading about their topics and biographies

Plenary Speakers at OR61
The Telecom Team winners of 2016 President's Medal with Ruth Kaufman

President's Medal

The President’s Medal is awarded for the best practical application of OR submitted to the competition (a wide definition of OR is used).

Submission now closed

Sibson Building, Kent University


Talks from OR61

Kernel Search: A General Heuristic Approach to MILP Problems

Professor Grazia Speranza, IFORS President, treated OR61 to a highly detailed plenary on Kernel Searches (KS), a “general and simple” heuristic framework for the solution of MILP problems.

Grazia Speranza at OR61

Optimising the Teaching of OR

OR61 began with a dynamic, uplifting and amusing opening plenary from Professor Erhan Erkut, Vice Rector of MEF University, Istanbul, on ‘Optimising the Teaching of OR’.

Erhan Erkut on education at OR61