Micro Events

This initiative hosts a series of bite-sized events, which provide virtual venues for members of the Canadian OR community to meet and exchange on OR-based research and applications. The events and details are listed below. We look forward to seeing you at these events.

Upcoming Micro-Events


Past Micro-Events


May 2022
“Information design for load balancing”
This event was organized by the CORS Queueing Theory Special Interest Group, and Professor Kuang Xu from Stanford Graduate School of Business presented the following research.
Abstract: Information has long played a crucial, if somewhat understated, role in dynamic resource allocation and control for queueing networks. I will discuss some recent results, as well as open questions, in understanding how to perform efficient inference and information exchange in load balancing systems. In the first part of the talk, we will examine the problem of using empirical operational data to perform statistical inference. We ask what types of observables provide the most information and how dynamic control policies may impact the inferential power of the data produced. In the second part, we will look at the problem of load balancing under a limited communication budget by using approximations of the system state. Our goal is to obtain conditions under which quality approximation leads to strong performance guarantees, and to generate desirable state approximations using the least amount of communication possible. Based on joint work with Gal Mendelson (Stanford).

March 2022
“HCOR SIG Micro-event: Student Presentation Prize followed by a seminar by Professor Gilbert Laporte”
The CORS Health Care Operational Research SIG oral presentation competition for graduate students emphasizes the importance of presentation skills and provides an opportunity for students to receive formal feedback, learn best practices from their peers, and be recognized for excellence in this area. The goal is to have students demonstrate mastery of coherent and engaging presentations describing a completed research project on a significant healthcare topic within a ten-minute time limit. This year's competition was held during an online CORS micro-event organized by the HCOR SIG and was followed by a seminar by Professor Gilbert Laporte who discussed the design of effective scientific presentations, including some tips and tricks.

January 2022
“Data & Intelligence Maturity Model”
In this event, Dr. Anirvan Basu, Managing Director Europe at Accenture Strategy Consulting, spoke about a comprehensive methodology that helps corporate leaders to choose the required level of maturity for achieving their business vision, to determine the path step-by-step towards the destination maturity level, and, throughout the journey, to measure the success of the transformation. This event was organized by Masoud Chitsaz from Kinaxis.

November 2021
“Building and Leading Analytics Teams”
In this event, analytics strategy expert Jeremy Adamson discussed challenges in building and leading analytics teams, how to overcome them, and how to gain competitive advantages by investing in analytics. This event was organized by Masoud Chitsaz from Kinaxis.

October 2020
"Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare"
The inaugural event was a workshop organized by the CORS HCOR SIG and chaired by Majid Taghavi. The event featured a set of invited talks and a plenary on this timely topic.

November 2020
"New OR PhDs"
This event was organized by CORS Council and chaired by Jules Comeau. The event featured a set of short submitted research talks from graduating PhD students and a round-table discussion.