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Upcoming Webinar

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Past Webinars

ABW Webinar #8

Topic: Space Technology for Social and Environmental Impact

Thursday, January 28, 2020

Speakers:  Lisa Broekhuizen and Elke Sauter (Space4Good, Den Haag, The Netherlands)

This session explores the use of remote sensing, geospatial analysis and artificial intelligence to provide novel geospatial insights for increased operational efficiency and data-driven transparency. We focus on two projects A) Illegal Logging Detection and Prediction, a service to prevent unmanaged extraction of timber resources from protected and unprotected regions.

Satellite data is processed to deliver actionable insights for rapid responses as well as detection of risk zones for strategic actions. B) Big Data NO2 Observatory, aplatform that visualizes and explores how tropospheric nitrogen dioxide (NO2) can be used as a proxy to assess differences in socio-economic development and human activity. It takes the pandemic as a unique analysis period and presents patterns and behaviours of this pollutant in a way that is accessible and meaningful to sub national governments, citizens and policy-makers.

ABW Webinar #7

Topic: Redesigning Sample Transportation in Malawi Through Improved Data Sharing and Daily Route Optimization

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Speaker: Emma Gibson (MIT, Cambridge, USA)

Centralized diagnostic networks play a critical role in the delivery of essential healthcare services in resource-limited settings.
These large-scale diagnostic networks depend on sample transportation (ST) systems to move medical samples (e.g. blood, sputum) between healthcare facilities and laboratories. Operational inefficiencies in these transportation systems contribute to unnecessary delays in the communication of diagnostic results to patients, leading to worse health outcomes. Our work is focussed on improving the efficiency of a national transportation system operated by Riders For Health in Malawi. We propose a two-part system that uses a low-cost, feature phone data sharing platform to monitor sample volumes at healthcare facilities, and an optimized sample transportation model to generate efficient routes for ST couriers on a daily basis. This system has been operating continuously in three districts in Malawi since August 2019. Since implementation, the proportion of unnecessary courier trips has been reduced by 55% and average ST delays have been shortened by an estimated 25%.

ABW Webinar #6

Topic: Analytics for the Design of Gravity-Driven Water Distribution Systems for Poor Rural Communities: the NeatWork Tool

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Speakers: Jean-Philippe Vial (Geneva University, Geneva, Switzerland)

NeatWork is an optimization and simulation tool for the design of water-distribution systems with the aim of providing clean water to poor rural communities. The management of such systems must be cheap and simple, a requirement which prohibits power-driven equipment, such as pumps, and man-operated devices, such as regulators.
Joint work with: Frédéric Babonneau, Gilles Corcos, Laurent Drouet

ABW Webinar #5

Topic: Analytics-Enabled Health System Innovation

Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 11:00 – 12:00 Eastern

Speakers: Retsef Levi (MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA)

This talk described the implementation of data- and analytics-driven innovation in health systems. In particular, it is focused on innovation around operations, system design, and optimization of large delivery systems. The talk will describe several projects done in collaboration between Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management. Additionally, talk will highlight general principles and key success drivers that enable field implementations of high impact, analytics-driven projects.

ABW Webinar #4

Topic: Analytics to improve mobility for elderly and disabled citizens

Wednesday, June 24, 2020, CET 17.00-18.00PM

Speakers: Frans de Ruiter, CQM, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

In this webinar, we highlight the benefits of analytics in assisted door-to-door travel on long distances for elderly and disabled people. Hundreds of thousands of Dutch citizens are eligible for subsidized taxi rides in the “Valys” mobility system. 

ABW Webinar #3

Topic: Analytics in the fight against cancer – the radiation therapy example

Wednesday, June 24, 2020, CET 17.00-18.00PM

Speakers: Thomas Bortfeld (Harvard Medical School / Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA).
Jennifer Pursley (Harvard Medical School / Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA).

In this webinar we discussed analytics contributions to address the main challenges in cancer diagnosis and treatment: 1. Localizing the tumor, 2. hitting the tumor but not the surrounding healthy organs-at-risk (OAR), and 3. individualizing the treatment approach and “optimal stopping”. We focusd on radiation therapy, one the main pillars of cancer treatment and arguably the most quantitative cancer specialty.

ABW Webinar #2

Topic: “Dear mathematician: why are you here? We need to move tonnages and help hungry people!”

Wednesday May 27, 2020, CET 17.00 PM

Speakers: Koen Peters, Head of Development for Supply Chain Planning at WFP and PhD at Zero Hunger Lab
Hein Fleuren, Professor in applying Business Analytics at Tilburg University and director Zero Hunger Lab

In this webinar we highlighted Tilburg University’s (The Netherlands) work at the United Nations – World Food Programme (WFP) headquarters in Rome. WFP is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, reaching around 90 million people with food assistance in 80 countries each year. By connecting traditional supply chain elements to nutritional objectives, we made significant breakthroughs in the operational excellence of WFP’s most complex operations, such as Iraq and Yemen. We showed how we used optimization to reduce the operational costs in Iraq by 12%, without compromising the nutritional value of the ration. Finally, we highlighted some of the typical aspects in working as a mathematician in these teams.

ABW Webinar #1


Wednesday April 29, 2020, CET 17.00 PM

Speaker: Dimitris Bertsimas (MIT, Cambridge)

This webinar covered the ongoing work of Professor Dimitris Bertsimas and his group of 20+ PhD and Master students and colleagues at MIT Center on COVID-19 data. The emphasis of this work has been rapid prototyping and implementation. This talk also represents an invitation to researchers around the world to contribute with ideas and analyses of their own in a collaborative spirit with the objective to address this pandemic using analytics.