Sir Alan Wilson, CEO of The Alan Turing Institute, has been awarded a lifetime honorary membership to the Operational Research Society during its annual Blackett Memorial Lecture held at IET London today.
The award recognises his more than 50 years research and leadership related to operational research (OR), which is the science of making better decisions through the use of logic, mathematical modelling and analytical methods, and welcomes him to the OR community.
The OR Society awarded the honorary membership in recognition of Sir Alan’s contribution to OR, both methodologically, with his exploration of modelling non-linear complex systems using an extended range of approaches from the OR toolkit, and philosophically, with his emphasis on systems, multi-disciplinarity, and the socio-technical ‘wicked’ nature of important real-world problems.
OR Society President Ruth Kaufman said of his award: “This is an excellent moment for us to be recognising Sir Alan’s many achievements with honorary membership of the OR Society. He was part of the OR community during the early part of his career; his work on urban analytics fits perfectly into the OR canon; and although his eminence has been achieved largely outside the OR field, his leadership of the Alan Turing Institute represents yet another way that his work overlaps and interfaces with OR, and one that is likely to continue to grow.”
Sir Alan Wilson commented: “I am delighted and privileged to be made an honorary Member of the Society. I have always believed in the importance of OR and I think this is particularly so in the age of ‘big data’, data science and AI. I will look forward to helping the Society in responding to these new challenges and opportunities, not least in my current role in The Alan Turing Institute.”
The OR Society is the professional home of the operational research and analytics community. OR practitioners and academics are people trained and experienced in using mathematical, analytical and scientific approaches to real-world problems. The OR Society promotes the understanding and use of operational research in all areas of life, including industry, business, government, health, and education. The society is a registered charity which offers OR training and accreditation, encourages students to engage with STEM subjects, and facilitates pro bono consultancy services.
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The OR Society is the professional home of the operational research and analytics community. OR practitioners are people trained and experienced in finding effective approaches to real-world problems by using maths and science. The OR Society promotes the understanding and use of operational research in all areas of life, including industry, business, government, health, and education. The society is a registered charity which offers OR learning, encourages students to engage with STEM subjects, and facilitates pro bono consultancy services. See more at www.theorsociety.com.