President's Medal

The President’s Medal is one of The OR Society’s most prestigious awards, and we’re inviting entries for the competition.

The President’s Medal is awarded for the best practical application of OR submitted to the competition (a wide definition of OR is used). Entries are welcomed from both industry based OR workers and consultants as well as from academics. One of the main qualifications for entry is that the work has been implemented before submission. If you’re thinking of giving a case study based paper at our annual conference, why not consider aiming a bit higher and going for the President’s Medal?

Criteria for judging include:

  • The level of demonstrable benefit
  • The intellectual and novel content of the solution
  • The likely longevity of the solution
  • The excellence of the OR process
President's Medal of The OR Society

Citation for President's Medal 2020

Harminder Mann, Jordan Low, Kim Brett, Lizzie Baggot, Mary McKee, Sara Smith, Sam Rose      

Creating new population movement insight to shape the UK Government’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic

The judges were very impressed by this project’s rapid development approach that delivered previously unavailable mobility information to policy makers and managers against the intensely demanding timescales of the pandemic crisis, with the first results coming through only 48 hours after a new unit was established to produce them. The solution combined existing modal mobility data with mobile telecoms and additional open source or government data sets, and results from the analytics were critical in highlighting movement patterns around hotspots of infection.  

The project went on to produce evidence to support significant decisions at the national and local levels as the crisis has unfolded. In addition, while meeting the mobility information needs of the crisis would be impressive enough, the team has ensured that the benefits of improved insight into mobility will be sustainable, meeting the longer-term needs of Government.

The President’s Medal 2020

Runner-up (1): Nav Mustafee and John Powell from the University of Exeter Business School

Project Title: NHSquicker: shaping demand for urgent care through real time data and digital nudges – presented by 

The President’s Medal 2020

Runner-up (2): Stefan Sadnicki (Copperleaf Technologies) and Sri Rao (National Grid)

Project Title: Electric transmission circuit optimisation


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