Following our successful initial event, we’re gathering together again on 21 May at the Auckland Business School.

The theme of this event will be ‘What’s happening in the world of analytics?’. Kevin Ross will report back from the INFORMS Conference on OR and Business Analytics in San Antonio, Texas in April. Professor Tava Olsen will provide insights from Operations Management and her experience with the Supply Chain Research Centre.


This event is open to anyone who uses analytical models to make decisions in their workplace

Where and when?

2:30 – 5:30pm Tuesday, 21 May 2013

The University of Auckland Business School

Room 260-310, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland

Parking under the building is available at $5 per hour

OGG Map – Parking Directions


Kevin Ross is Chief Scientist of Optimization Modeling at Fonterra, the world’s largest exporter of dairy products, where he develops the analytics capability across the value chain from milk collection to global sales. Prior to returning home to New Zealand to join Fonterra in 2012, he was an Associate Professor of Technology and Information Management at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where his research and consulting focused on scheduling and queueing models for communication networks, call centers and air traffic control. He earned his Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University in 2004.

Professor Tava Olsen holds the Ports of Auckland chair in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the University of Auckland Business School. Prior to joining Auckland, she was Professor of Operations and Manufacturing Management in the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, which she joined after serving in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Tava received her BSC (honours) from The University of Auckland and her PhD from Stanford University. Tava’s research interests include supply-chain management, pricing and inventory control and stochastic modelling of manufacturing, service and healthcare systems. Tava is a Past President of the Manufacturing and Service Operations (MSOM) society.





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