June 1996 € Volume 23 € Number 3


Call for Papers


Special Issue of Interfaces

The journal Interfaces seeks papers for a special issue on AIDS. The issue will focus on application of OR/MS techniques for decision making on AIDS. This includes, but is not limited to, such diverse areas as policy analysis of preventive interventions (for example, screening and counseling programs, educational programs, condom availability programs, needle exchange and bleach programs, and substance abuse prevention and treatment programs), analysis of therapies and vaccines, models for allocation of HIV/AIDS resources, and models for individual decision making by HIV-infected individuals.

Implementation in this context will be construed broadly. Although the results of the analysis need not have been implemented directly in an organization, the common theme is that the work aims to promote better decision making regarding HIV/AIDS. Thus, for example, a paper describing a purely theoretical epidemic model would not fit within the aims of the special issue, whereas a paper describing an epidemic model that uses actual data, that addresses an HIV/AIDS policy question, and that has been communicated to those concerned with policies would fit within the aims of the special issue.

All papers submitted for consideration will be refereed within four months of receipt. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 1, 1996.

Interested authors should send four copies of their manuscript to: Margaret L. Brandeau, Industrial Engineering Department, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-4024; Phone: (415) 725-1623; Fax: (415) 725-8799; E-Mail: brandeau@leland.stanford.edu



EURO/INFORMS Joint International Meeting

The 1997 joint international meeting between EURO and INFORMS will be held in Barcelona, July 14-17, 1997. Preliminary invited sessions are being arranged. We welcome further suggestions for topics of invited sessions. These proposals should contain the title of the session, a list of five speakers and titles of their papers, together with abstracts completed according to the general instructions. Suggestions for panel discussions are also welcome, especially those that relate to the theme of the meeting, e.g., OR/MS Education in the 21st Century. We will endeavour to provide facilities for groups to work together on topics of interest, and to include these in the program. If you are willing to organize one of these, please contact the Conference Secretariat by Nov. 30, 1996.

Special presentations are being solicited from prominent researchers. Also, tutorials on current OR/MS advances are being arranged; we welcome suggestions for tutorial topics and tutorial speakers.

The conference will give particular attention to the following topics (list is not all inclusive):
  • Capacity Planning
  • Data Envelopment Analysis
  • Decision Modeling and Theory
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Economic Modeling
  • Engineering Management
  • Global Networking
  • Innovation
  • Large Scale Optimization
  • Service Operations
  • Materials Requirements Planning
  • Mathematical Programming
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis
  • OR and AI
  • Transportation Planning
Authors wishing to contribute papers are requested to submit an abstract of no more than 100 words not later than November 30, 1996. A paper will only be considered if a fee of $75 is included with the abstract.

Abstracts of all papers to be presented at the conference will be published in advance of the conference. Issues of the European Journal of Operational Research, the International Transactions in Operations Research, and the Journal of the Spanish OR Society will be reserved for publication of the most relevant papers presented at the conference. Authors are encouraged to prepare full papers for submission to these journals. All submitted papers will be refereed. Submission details and deadlines will be included in the Invitation Program.

For paper submission, send three copies of a single page, in English, with the following information (do not include any mathematical notation): 1. Paper title; 2. Abstract (50 word limit); 3. Author(s) family name(s), first name(s), organization(s) and full mailing address(es). The author presenting the paper should be listed first or underlined.

Send the copies with a check or money order for $75 payable to EURO/INFORMS-97 to the Conference Secretariat, Jaime Barceló, Dept. of Statistics and Operations Research, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Pau Gargallo 5, 08028 Barcelona, Spain; Phone: 34 3 401 6947; Fax: 34 3 401 5881; E-mail: barcelo@eio.upc.es



Special Issue of Transportation Science

Maritime transportation is vitally important for global international trade and the development of world economies. It is also a cost-effective and environmentally friendly mode of transport. Technological innovation in areas such as satellite communication, electronic data interchange, and global positioning systems, as well as institutional changes such as increased deregulation worldwide pose new challenges for maritime transportation, on both a regional and global basis.

Transportation Science plans to have a focused issue on maritime transportation, and is seeking papers in this area for publication. High quality scientific contributions are sought on the following topics (list is not all inclusive):
  • maritime transportation networks and logistics
  • ports and the land-sea intermodal interface
  • fleet operations and management
  • shipping economics and competitiveness
  • ship investment and portfolio analysis
  • vessel traffic management
  • shortsea shipping (passengers and freight)
  • inland waterway shipping
  • maritime risk and safety analysis
Papers (4 copies) should be sent to the Guest Editor for this issue: Professor Harilaos N. Psaraftis, Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 9 Iroon Polytechneiou St., 15773 Zografou, Greece; Phone: +30-1-7721403; Fax: +30-1-7721408; E-mail: hnpsar@deslab.ntua.gr

Deadline for submission: June 30, 1996.



Transition '97

Transition '97: Transition to Advanced Market Institutions and Economies: Systems and Operations Research Challenges -- an international conference to be held June 18-21, 1997, in Warsaw, Poland, is seeking papers dealing with the strategic choices, obstacles to and alternatives involved in modeling such transition. Subject areas include macroeconomic modeling, restructuring, public and social sectors, international stability, microeconomic modeling and analysis, sectoral issues and models, institutional framework.

All of the aforementioned subject areas should be presented from the point of view of decision making analysis and support methods, optimization, modeling theory and techniques, systems analysis and operations research. Software intended to assist in the solving of real-life problems is also welcome for presentation.

Short versions (4 pages) of proposed papers are due by Aug. 31, 1996.

For more information, contact Systems Research Institute, Newelska 6, 01-447 Warszawa, Poland; Phone: +(48-22) 36 41 03; Fax: +(48-22) 37 27 72; E-mail: trans97@ibspan.waw.pl.



Special Issue of Decision Support Systems

Decision Support Systems will publish a special issue on Intranets and Intranetworking that will report on original research on the use of Internet technology (i.e., TCP/IP and higher-level protocols, such as SMTP and HTTP) over leased lines for purposes of internal planning, control and administration.

Topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Intranet design methodology
  • Intelligent agents on the Internet
  • Internal and external security on the Intranet
  • The Intranet/Internet interface
  • Incorporating non-Internet software and protocols into the Intranet
  • New non-Internet services and protocols for the Intranet
  • Intranets and the virtual organization
  • Virtual collaboration and group support on the Intranet
  • Telecommuting and the Intranet
  • Conflict resolution using the Intranet
  • Pricing for and allocation of Intranet services
Send five copies of your manuscript by Aug. 31, 1996, to either Robert W. Blanning, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37203; Phone: (615) 322-2534; Fax: (615) 343-7177; E-mail: blannirw@ctrvax.vanderbilt.edu; or David R. King, Comshare, 555 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor, MI 48108; Phone: (313) 994-6132; Fax: (313) 994-5895; E-mail: dave@comshare.com.



Operations and Quantitative Management Conference

Papers are sought for the International Conference on Operations and Quantitative Management (ICOQM) -- Operations and Quantitative Management in the 21st Century: A Global Perspective -- to be held January 5-8, 1997, in Jaipur, India. Subjects are open to all facets of operations management, operations research, quantitative management and management science.

Deadline for submissions is June 30, 1996. Completed articles will be considered for inclusion in a special issue of the International Journal of Operations and Quantitative Management.

For more information, contact Omprakash K. Gupta, Indiana University Northwest, 3400 Broadway. Gary, IN 46408-1197; Phone: (219) 980-6901; Fax: (219) 980-6579; E-mail: icoqm@iunbus1.iun.indiana.edu.



Software Quality Engineering

Papers are sought for the First International Conference on Software Quality Engineering (SQE 97), May 5-7, 1997, in Udine, Italy -- the first in a planned series designed to bring together scientists, engineers, academic professionals and industrialists interested in software engineering quality and education.

Topics include software quality engineering issues such as design, methodologies, CASE technology, testing and validation, software maintenance, application experience and risk assessment; educational issues such as philosophy of computer-based learning course design, choice of support software, teaching techniques and development, and industrial collaboration; and software engineering issues such as innovative teaching schemes, human computer interfaces, natural language understanding and processing, laboratory data visualization, specialist teaching programs, and pattern and speech recognition.

Submit four copies of a draft paper (not more than 10 pages long in 12-point type) by September 23, 1996, to Clare Shepherd, SQE 97 Conference Secretariat, Wessex Institute of Technology, Ashurst Lodge, Ashurst, Southampton, U.K. SO40 7AA; Phone: 44 1703 293 23; Fax: 44 1703 292 853; E-mail: c.shepherd@witcmi.ac.uk



Viennese Workshop

Papers are sought for the Sixth Viennese Workshop on Optimal Control, Dynamic Games and Nonlinear Dynamics -- Theory and Application in Economics and OR/MS, to be held May 21-23, 1997. Topics of interest include optimal control theory, dynamic programming, differential games, evolutionary games, learning, economic modeling, chaos theory, complex systems and related fields.
Contact Prof. Gustav Feichtinger, Department of Operations Research and Systems Theory, Vienna University of Technology, Argentinierstrasse 8/119, A-1040 Vienna, Austria; Fax: + 43 1 5054524; E-mail: we_vie97@e119ws1.tuwien.ac.at; WWW: http://www.math.tuwien.ac.at:1063/OR/ws_vie97.html.



Special Issue of Omega

A special issue of Omega is planned which will be devoted to the role and effectiveness of management science in the Asia-Pacific countries. This special issue will focus on methods of performance evaluation, including data envelopment analysis (DEA) and its variants. Papers which combine the methods of evaluation employed in an intrinsically interesting field would be particularly welcomed. Examples of such papers might include a combined use of the analytic hierarchy process and DEA to evaluate textile manufacturing performances in China, or a combined use of DEA and stochastic frontier regressions to evaluate the performances of water districts in Japan.

Papers must be submitted by Dec. 31, 1996, and should be prepared according to Omega guidelines as illustrated in "Instructions to Authors" in each issue of the journal.

Send papers to Professor W.W. Cooper, Dept. of Management Science and Information Systems, College and Graduate School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin, CBA 5.202, Austin, TX 78712-1175; or Professor Toshiyuki Sueyoshi, Department of Industrial Administration, Faculty of Science and Technology, Science University of Tokyo, 2641 Yamazaki, Noda-shi, Chiba-ken 278, Japan; or Professor Kaoru Tone, Saitama University, Graduate School of Policy Science, Urawa, Saitama 338, Japan.


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