On 13th of October, in a well-attended workshop at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, the Operational Research (OR) community engaged with professionals in industry and the public sector, and, with them, took steps towards identifying and meeting the challenges of providing on-demand services in energy, transport and healthcare. This industry and public sector outreach workshop was organised by the Knowledge Transfer Network for Industrial Mathematics as part of the LANCS Initiative of the Operational Research community in the UK*.
The workshop presentations surveyed the high level challenges faced by the energy, transport and health sectors, and also reviewed of the impact of recent applications of OR methods. A lively panel discussion session articulated the sector challenges and their synergies, with a view to determining how new OR research themes, initiatives and collaborative activities might be directed towards meeting those challenges.
Copies of the presentations are available at the links below, for those who have registered and are logged in to _connect. (To register, go to the Login panel on the top-left of this web page.)
Welcome & Introduction
Kevin Glazebrook, Director, LANCS
Forward looks - high level challenges
Energy Sector: Grid Operation in 2020 and the role of demand side response
Nigel Fox, Contracts & Settlements Manager, Transmission Network Operations, National Grid
Transport Sector: Managing logistics for social economic and environmental needs
Professor Brian Collins, Chief Scientific Adviser, DfT and BIS
Health Sector: Strategic challenges in a substantially transformed health landscape
David Bensley, Operational Research Programme Manager, Department of Health
State of the art – case studies in the application of OR
Estimating the Potential Contribution from Management of Electricity Demand
David Anelli, E.ON
Integrating the airport: fully integrated centres of excellence or silos of inefficiency?
Jason Atkin for Peter Tomlinson, NATS
OR applications and their impact in the Department of Health
Peter Bennett, Department of Health
Notes of the event including the panel discussion and questions arising from the presentations are in preparation.
*Operational Research in the UK
The Operational Research (OR) community in the UK is well placed to gain insight into and help meet the challenges of providing on-demand services in energy, transport and healthcare. Operational Research uses advanced mathematical, computational and other analytical methods to improve the efficiency and quality of operations and processes. It is a technology which plays a key role in ensuring the efficient use of resources, desired levels of operational performance and the delivery of cost effective services. The LANCS Initiative in Foundational OR (http://www.lancs-initiative.ac.uk) represents an unprecedented programme of expansion in the capabilities of the UK’s leading universities in this area of crucial economic importance.