Special interest groups (SIGs)

Special Interest Groups bring together members of ORSSA with a shared interest in a topic area. SIGs develop workshops, webinars, conferences, and much more. Join a SIG to network with operations researchers in your field! Explore our list of SIGs to and join today to get in contact with representatives.

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Membership is encouraged but not required to join.  Review the options below and join or update your preferences.

SIG: Data Science

Artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, precision medicine and quantum computing hold the promise of radically changing all aspects of society. At the core of these advances are the rapidly developing fields of data science and computational thinking.

Head of SIG: Prof Kanshukan Rajaratnam

Prof Kanshukan Rajaratnam is the Director of the School for Data Science and Computational Thinking at Stellenbosch University. His research interest is in the intersection of operations research, data science, finance and banking. His collaborations include academics at Harvard, MIT and Mbarara University. He is currently rated by the NRF as an Internationally Acclaimed Scientist.

SIG: Quantitative Finance

Financial mathematicians use tools like probability, statistics, stochastic processes, and economic theory to predict and plan for the dynamics of financial markets.

Head of SIG: Dr Mesias Alfeus

Dr Mesias Alfeus is the  Head  of Financial Risk Management at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He obtained his PhD from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) with a dissertation entitled “Stochastic Modelling of New Phenomena in Financial Markets”. His current research interests focus on Computational and Mathematical Finance, more specifically in the area of numerical methods for pricing of options and model calibration (Optimisation) including model  empirical analysis for financial risk management.

SIG: System Dynamics

System dynamics is a methodology and mathematical modeling technique to frame, understand, and discuss complex issues and problems. Originally developed in the 1950s to help corporate managers improve their understanding of industrial processes, SD is currently being used throughout the public and private sector for policy analysis and design

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Head of SIG: Pending

A biography of the Head of this Special Interest Group will be available soon. 

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