OR61: Annual Conference

3-5 September 2019

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

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Now in its 61st year, the conference picks up momentum from the 2018 diamond anniversary which saw a record number of delegates in attendance. Whether you work as a practitioner or an academic, OR61 is the place to come and learn about how OR and analytics are transforming the workplace through delivering productivity improvements.

This must-attend conference also promotes 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 is co-chaired by Professor Said Salhi and Dr Kathy Kotiadis from the University of Kent and will feature 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

The University of Kent is one of the country’s leading academic institutions producing world-class research, rated internationally excellent and leading the way in many fields of study. It is a forward-thinking research institution, committed to the transformative power of education and research and to the development and support of our students and staff.


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

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Plenary Speakers at OR61

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).

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From recent annual conferences:

The Transformative Discipline for the 21st Century

OR60, our Diamond Anniversary conference, was launched with a plenary from Professor Anna Nagurney, who is the John F Smith Memorial Professor in the Department of Operations and Information Management in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Watch Anna Nagurney's Plenary at OR60

40 years of engagement with ‘social’ and ‘management’ science, including OR ‘hard’ and ‘soft’

Peter Checkland delivers a Parthian shot upon retiring from operational research at OR60.

View Peter Checkland's talk at OR60

New challenges for operational research in the age of AI and big data

John Hopes discusses how innovation creates new disciplines, such as analytics, data science and AI which overlap with one-another and with established disciplines such as operational research, statistics and computer science. 

John Hopes' Presidential Address at OR60