Auckland Feb 2014

OptALI Optimisation in Industry Workshop, 24-26 February 2014, Auckland

The Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland is proud to announce the OptALI Industry Workshop held at the University of Auckland.

The workshop will bring together industry representatives and researchers. Monday afternoon of the workshop will run in conjunction with the New Zealand Analytics Forum. Among other topics, sessions will be themed around transport, health and energy. Everyone is invited to present their research or practical industry experience, and we are especially looking forward to topics with industry relevance. There will be sessions of most interest to researchers, and industry focused sessions to which we will invite industry representatives.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided between sessions, but lunches are not provided as there are many local restaurants to choose from.

Download the workshop flyer here.


Registration: If you would like to attend the workshop please let Olga know by email at

Speakers: If you intend to give a talk, please email your title and abstract to Olga by the 24th of January 3rd of February.

Fee: Thanks to generous ORSNZ sponsorship the event is free for all attendees and speakers.
$60 for speakers. Or drop in free of charge to attend the talks you are interested in. If you send us your contact details we will keep you posted on the workshop programme.
Where: Department of Engineering Science, University of Auckland. Sessions are held in G10 on the ground floor of Building 439 (70 Symonds St). Coffee breaks are in the common room on level 2.

When: Feb 24 – 26, 2014



Monday 24.02.2014

Session 1: Applied Optimisation Room: G10 Chair: Andrea Raith
12:30 Jesper Larsen Rostering Ground Crew with Work Patterns | Abstract Download Presentation Technical University of Denmark
12:55 Tiru Arthanari Applied Optimisation – What Practice Teaches Download Presentation University of Auckland
13:20 Caillor Woon Analytics at Fonterra Fonterra
13:45 Oliver Weide Challenges of Optimisation in Practical Applications Download Presentation Merlot
Analytics Forum: War stories from Analytics
Note that the Analytics Forum event is full; we cannot accept new registrations due to limited space at OGH.
Room: Main Dining Room, Old Government House
15:00 Katherine Davies Big Company Analytics: Vodafone, Telecom and The Warehouse | Abstract Telecom New Zealand
Graeme Everett Norske Skog: Selling Analytics within a Multinational | Abstract Norske Skog
Per Thorlacius Why Good Projects Go Bad and What You Can Do About It | Abstract Danish State Railways and the Technical University of Denmark


Tuesday 25.02.2014

Session 2: Software for Optimisation Room: G10 Chair: Andrew Mason
9:00 Andrew Mason OpenSolver and SolverStudio: Better Optimisation using Excel University of Auckland
9:25 Geoff Leyland OpenStreetMaps for Transport Modelling Incremental
9:50 Jonas Harbering LinTim as a Toolbox for Integrative Public Transportation Planning | Abstract Download Presentation Georg-August University Göttingen
10:15 Stuart Mitchell Pulp Easy Linear Programming in Python View Presentation Stuart Mitchell Consulting
Session 3: Multi-criteria Optimisation Room: G10 Chair: Olga Perederieieva
11:00 Horst Hamacher Improved Box Representation of Pareto Sets and Application to Bicriteria Multicommodity Network Flows | Abstract Download Presentation Technical University Kaiserslautern
11:25 Siamak Moradi A Bi-Objective Decomposition Method for Solving the Bi-Objective Multi-Commodity Minimum Cost Flow Problem | Abstract Download Presentation University of Auckland
11:50 Morten Tiedemann Competitive Analysis for Multi-Objective Online Optimization Problems | Abstract Georg-August University Göttingen
12:15 Olga Perederieieva Modelling the Behaviour of Drivers: Bi-objective Traffic Assignment | Abstract View Presentation University of Auckland
12:40 Andrea Raith Biobjective Shortest Path Problems With Applications in Transport Download Presentation University of Auckland
Session 4: Emergency and Evacuation Room: G10 Chair: Horst Hamacher
14:00 Paul Rouse Understanding outputs in health Download Presentation University of Auckland
14:25 Philipp Heßler Evacuation by Bus with Integrated Location Decisions | Abstract Download Presentation Technical University Kaiserslautern
14:50 Marc Goerigk Robust Evacuation Planning with Buses | Abstract Technical University Kaiserslautern
15:15 Quan (Spring) Zhou Coordination of Stock Rotation Policies in a Medical Inventory Systems for Emergency Response | Abstract University of Auckland
Session 5: Integer Programming and Applications Room: G8 Chair: Jesper Larsen
16:00 Theuns Henning Using Optimisation to Manage Infrastructure more Cost Effective | Abstract University of Auckland
16:25 Oliver Sinnen Tools and Resources for Task Scheduling Research | Abstract Download Presentation University of Auckland
16:50 Sarad Venugopalan Integer Linear Programming formulations for Optimal Task Scheduling with Communication Delays on Parallel Systems | Abstract Download Presentation University of Auckland
17:15 Antony Phillips Optimisation methods for practical University Course Timetabling | Abstract University of Auckland
17:40 Lin Chen The Applications of Optimisation in Decision Making of Road Maintenance | Abstract University of Auckland


Wednesday 26.02.2014

OptALI site leader meeting Room: G10
10:30 – 11:30
Session 6: Electricity Room: G10 Chair: Golbon Zakeri
12:30 Golbon Zakeri Analytics of Demand Participation | Abstract University of Auckland
12:55 Tony Downward Multi-node Offer Stack Optimisation over Electricity Networks | Abstract University of Auckland
13:20 Steve Poletti Renewable intermittency and investment | Abstract Download Presentation University of Auckland
Session 7: Health Room: G10 Chair: Andrea Raith
14:00 John Simpson Knowledge Based Treatment Planning – Evaluating Plan Quality Using Data Envelopment Analysis | Abstract Radiation Oncology, Newcastle Calvary Mater Hospital, Australia
14:25 Ali Broadbent Stakeholder Engagement in Capital Budgeting at Counties Manukau District Health Board | Abstract Catalyze Ltd.
14:50 Michael O’Sullivan Optimisation and Simulation for Improving Healthcare | Abstract Download Presentation University of Auckland
15:15 llze Ziedins Patient Flow and Priorities University of Auckland


Social Programme:

Monday afternoon: New Zealand Analytics Forum event followed by drinks and nibbles.

Tuesday evening: A BBQ dinner will be provided on the Level 2 balcony at the Department of Engineering Science.

Wednesday evening: We will catch a ferry across the Auckland harbour to Devonport for dinner, and an optional short walk up to the Mt Victoria lookout. Dinner will be at The Patriot bar. Participants pay for their own ferry ticket and dinner.



Several hotels nearby to the Department are listed below.

Index Name Room Type Rate Address Note Website
Q Quest Standard Studio Apartment $159 3 Whitaker Place
B Bianco off Queen Deluxe Queen Apartment
One Bedroom Classic Apartment
2 White St Mention coming to a conference at the University of Auckland
C Copthorne Hotel $113 150 Anzac Avenue Quote “#95080” when booking
P Pullman Auckland $175 Corner Waterloo Quadrant & Princes Street Enter “ACPC” as Preferential Code


We look forward to seeing you in Auckland! Feel free to get in touch if you have any queries.

-Andrea Raith and the Industry Workshop Organising Committee


Organising Committee