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Upcoming Webinar

Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 12:00 PM Eastern
Speaker: Jean-Philippe Vial (Geneva University, Geneva, Switzerland)

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

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

Past Webinars

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.