Upcoming Regional Society & SIG Events

WORAN Lightning Talks: Women making a difference with OR and analytics

Date: 28 April 2022, 13.30 - 14.30

Be inspired and stimulated by our lightning talk presenters, who will be showcasing just some of the ways that women are making a difference with OR and analytics, and take the opportunity to discuss and explore further. 

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ANNE SPRING CONFERENCE: Analysis for the environment in the north east

Date: 4 May 2022, 13:00-16:30
Location: Ted Theatre, The Catalyst, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5TG

We at Analyst Network North East are delighted to invite you to the return of our Spring Conference - our first in-person event since 2019! This year we’ll be exploring analysis for the environment in the north east.

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OR and Strategy SIG: Supporting Strategy: Frameworks, Methods and Models

Date: 5 May 2022, 11.30 - 13.30

This year is the 15th anniversary of the publication of the book “Supporting Strategy: Frameworks, Methods and Models”, editors: Frances O’Brien and Robert Dyson, publisher Wiley & Sons. The book has been widely used as a text in courses teaching OR methods applied to strategy. The framework depicting “The Strategic Development Process” integrates the role of OR methods within traditional strategic development process and originates from lively discussions among the two editors, Jim Bryant and John Morecroft. The book has 14 chapters organised in six parts.

The editors have invited Martin Kunc and Giles Hindle to edit together a new edition of the book. Potential authors, who can be academics, practitioners or users of the book, are invited to the inaugural workshop in order to share your ideas for new chapters or updates to the original chapters with their recent research. We aim to develop the book through a series of workshops in-person and online to discuss ideas in order to shape the content of the chapters.

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PSM Event: Online Facilitated workshops during COVID: Our experience

Date: 6 May 2022, 16.00 - 17.00

This talk provides an overview of our experience of participative problem structuring in the synchronous online workshop environment. In 2020, due to the outbreak of the Covid19 pandemic and government-posed restrictions, where possible many organisations moved to remote working. This rendered all face to face workshops and meetings a health hazard. It has meant that we had to adapt our facilitation practice to support stakeholder groups in the online environment. At the time, many organizations needed to make crucial decisions in remote environments but lacked the expertise to manage the process and interactions in an effective way. We discuss our experience as facilitators in working with organizations involving key workers in the online environment. Based on our experience we offer guidance to those interested in transitioning to online facilitation.

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OR in the Third Sector event: How organisations get better with data

Date: 10 May 2022, 14.00 - 15.00

Engaging and motivating people in organisations to focus, plan and invest in getting better with data is a big challenge. Especially if many of those people have little time or interest in data to start with. The Data Orchard Data Maturity Assessment tool has been used by thousands of people including both those who love data and those who loath it.

With experience of measuring data maturity in non-commercial organisations like Scottish Government, Prostate Cancer UK, Citizens Advice, Ambitious about Autism, and Kent County Council, Sian will reflect on the positive impact of assessment and benchmarking on learning and catalysing leaders into action. 


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Western RS Event - Reinforcement Learning Applications in the Healthcare and Pharma Industry

Date: 11 May 2022, 17.15 - 18.15
Location: School of Management, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath and virtually on Zoom

The Western Regional Society is delighted to invite you to join them for our first regional event of 2022. We are hosting a hybrid event both at the University of Bath and on zoom so we hope you can join us.

Reinforcement Learning (RL) is an approximate solution approach for stochastic and dynamic programming models that usually suffer from the curse of dimensionality. Instead of a backward dynamic approach, RL algorithms utilize simulation and aim to learn the structure of the objective function. This talk will be about two applications of RL on cases from pharmaceutical and healthcare management.

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WORAN & People Analytics joint event - The gender pay gap.

Date: 19 May 2022, 13.30 - 14.30

The gender pay-gap is an indication of deep-rooted differences in earning power between men and women. It is also a measure that must by law be calculated and reported-on annually by employers with a headcount of 250 or more. But the read-across from measure to how socially-responsible an employer is and how equitable a society is, is not straightforward. This event will explore some of the issues.

Speakers include Harminder Mann, talking about how her work on the pay-gap answered the particular questions being asked by the senior leadership team at Department for Transport and provided evidence to build an action plan on.

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19 May 2022, 13.30 - 14.30: WORAN & People Analytics Event - The Gender Pay Gap
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24 May 2022, 14.00 - 15.00: ICN Event: Mental Health, there is always light at the end of the tunnel
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7 June 2022, 17.00 - 18.00: PSM Event with Jim Scholes
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