OR for the public good
The INFORMS Section on Public Programs, Services, and Needs awarded its best paper award at the SPPSN business meeting on Monday. This is an excellent opportunity to highlight papers that are used to apply operations research methodologies to areas that can make a difference. The application areas include elections, air traffic management, pollution, public defibrillation, and drugs in sub-saharan Africa.
- Jeremie Gaillen (London Business School), Zachary Leung (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Prashant Yadav (University of Michigan): “Rationality and Transparency in the Distribution of Essential Drugs in Sub-Saharan Africa: Analysis and Design of an Inventory Control System for Zambia” [Winner!!]
- Krishnan Anand and Francois Giraud-Carrier (University of Utah): “Pollution Regulation and Production”
- Luyi Gui, Atalay Atasu, Ozlem Ergun, L. Beril Toktay (Georgia Institute of Technology): “Fair and Efficient Implementation of Collective Extended Producer Responsibility Legislation”
- Prem Swaroop, Michael Ball (University of Maryland): A Consensus-Building Mechanism for Setting Service Expectations in Air Traffic Flow Management”
- Douglas King, Sheldon Jacobson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Edward Sewell (Southern Illinois University): The Geo-Graph in Practice: Creating United States Congressional Districts from Census Blocks”
- Timothy Chan, Derya Demirtas, Roy Kwon (University of Toronto): “Optimizing the Deployment of Public Access Defibrillators”