IFORS Prize for OR in Development



The competition aims at promoting the practice of OR for development. Past Winners and finalsts include works that have improved health, wellness, education, public investments and other issues in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The submission process consists of two stages:

– First stage. Entries should be submitted by email to the Chair of Judges by 24th October 2022. Each entry should comprise a maximum 5-page summary of the work.

– Second stage. Entrants who are successful in the first evaluation will be invited to submit, by the 19th December 2022, a full-length manuscript.

After these two stages, the panel of judges will select the finalists who will present their work in a special session of the competition at the 2023 IFORS Triennial conference. The winner will receive a grand prize of US $4,000 and the runner-up a prize of US $2,000.


Inquiries and submissions should be sent by email to the Prize Chair:

Mario Guajardo

Professor at the Department of Business and Management Science,

NHH Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen, Norway.

Email: mario.guajardo@nhh.no

Indoor email submission please add in Cc’ the chair of the IFORS’ OR for Development committee:

Francis Miranda

Email: franzmiranda@yahoo.com


Submission deadline summary (first stage): October 24, 2022

Submission deadline full paper (second stage): December 19, 2022

Finalists will be notified by: January 31, 2023

Date of oral presentation: July 10-14, 2023

Submission guidelines and more information about the competition can be found here: https://ifors2023.com/prizes

Conference Prize Chair/Panel Winner Title of Paper
2020, XXII, Seoul, Korea
Mario Guajardo (Norway) – Chair Guillermo Duran (Argentina)
Song-Hee Kim (USA)
Youn Sung Kim (Korea)
Janny Leung (Hong Kong)
Sue Merchant (UK)
Annette Van Der Merwe (South Africa)
Mikael Rönnqvist (Canada)
Maristela Oliveira dos Santos (Brazil)
Roman Slowinski (Poland)
First Place: Nikhil Hooda, Om Damani, Ashutosh Mahajan JalTantra: Impacting the practice of rural water network design in India
Runner Up: Jose Correa, Rafael Epstein, Juan Escobar, Ignacio Rios, Bastian Bahamondes, Carlos Bonet, Natalie Epstein, Nicolas Aramayo, Martin Castillo, Andres Cristi, Boris Epstein, Felipe Subiabre School choice in Chile

Mikael Rönnqvist (Canada) – Chair
Peter Bell (Canada)
Guillermo Duran
Mario Guajardo
Dick Larson
Ke Liu
Sue Merchant
Victor Parada
Roman Slowinski
Jan Van Vuuren
(South Africa)

First Place: Sepideh Abolghasem,
Felipe Solano, Claudia D. Bedoya,
Lina P. Navas, Ana Paola Ríos,
Edwin A. Pinzón,
Andrés L. Medaglia,
Olga L. Sarmientoc
A Robust DEA-Centric Location Based Decision Support System for
Expanding Recreovia Hubs in
Runner Up: Guo Tian-de,
Han Cong-ying, Zhao Tong,
A Yong, Bai Chao-chao,
Tang Si-qi, Wu Min
Optimization Models and Algorithms
For Fingerprint Recognition
2014 XX Barcelona Andres Weintraub (Chile) – Chair
Subhash Datta
Guillermo Duran
Ke Liu
Sue Merchant
( UK)
Tatsuo Oyama
Mikael Rönnqvist
( Quebec)
Elise del Rosario
Jan van Vuuren
(South Africa)
Leroy White
First Place: Luiz Augusto Canito
Gallego de Andrade,
Claudio Barbieri da Cunha
Optimizing Ambulance Moveable
Station Location and Vehicle
Repositioning to Reduce Response
Times for the
City of São Paulo
Runner Up: Zheng Yu-jun,
Ling Hai-Feng, Xu Xin-Li,
and Chen Sheng Yong
Emergency Engineering Rescue
Scheduling and its Application
in Disaster Relief Operations in
2011, XIX,Melbourne Subhash Datta (India)
Jan Van Vuuren (South Africa)
Celso Carneiro Riberio
Arjan Shahani
Elise del Rosario
Theodor Stewart
(South Africa)
Hugo Scolnik
(Argentina-DC Chair)
Leroy White
First Place: Joao Neiva de
and Miguel Angel
Marca Barrientos

A Decision Support Methodology for
Increasing School Efficiency in
Bolivia’s Low-Income Communities

Runner Up: Angel Luis Udias, David Rios Insua, Javier Cano and Hocine Fellag (Algeria) Cost Efficient Equitable Water
Distributionin Algeria: A
Bi-Criteria Fair Division
ProblemWith Network
2008, XVIII, Sandton Paul Fatti (South Africa)
Irene Loiseau
Joao Neiva de Figueiredo
Theo Stewart
(South Africa – DC Chair) Arabinda Tripathy (India)
Leroy White
First Place: Haouari M., Aissaoui N., Berrima K., Sherali H.D. and
Mansour F.Z.
Integrated aircraft fleeting and
routing at TunisAir.
Runner Up: Raad D., Sinske A. and Van Vuuren J. (South Africa) Robust multi-objective optimization
for water distribution system design
using a meta-meta-heuristic.
XVII, 2005, Hawaii Paul Fatti (South Africa)
Subhash Datta
Rafael Epstein
David Smith
Theo Stewart
(South Africa)
John Vande Vate
First Place: L. Melgarejo, J. Neiva
de Figueiredo and C.E. Fries
A decision support methodology for
increasing public investment
efficiency in Brazilian agrarian
Runners Up: M. Osman, H. Zaher
and D. El-Iraqi
Cultural Heritage Management –
A goal programming application
to Wadilmeluk
Yindong Shen and J. Xia (China) Integrated bus transit scheduling
for Beijing bus group based on
regionalized operation mode
M. Negreiros Gomez, A.E. Xavier,
N. Maculan, A.F. Sampaio Xavier
and P. Michelon
A framework of computational
systems and optimization models
for the prevention and combat of
XVI, 2002, Edinburgh Goutam Dutta (India)
Robert Abrams
Elise del Rosario
(Philippine, DC Chair)
Paul Fatti
(South Africa)
Xiaoming Pan
Dominique de Werra
First Place: Rafael Epstein, Lysette Henriquez, Jaime Catalan,
Gabriel Y. Weintraub,
Cristian Martinez
A Combinational Auction Improves
School Meals in Chile Network
Service Scheduling and Routing
Second Place: G. Groves, J Le Roux
and Jan H Van Vuuren
(South Africa)
Network Service Scheduling
& Routing
XV, 1999, Beijing Goutam Dutta (India)
Robert Abrams
Elise del Rosario
(Philippines, DC Chair) Xiang Sun Zhang (China)
Theo Stewart
(South Africa)
Nelson Maculan
Jan Weglarz
First Place: Xikang Chen,
Xiaoming Pan, Cuihong Yang
Study of China Grain Output
Runners Up: JH Van Vuuren,
Werner Grundling
(South Africa)
An Active Decision Support System
for Optimality in Open Air Reservoir
Release Strategies
Qingzhen Zhao (China) Application of OR in Agriculture
Management in China
XIV, 1996, Vancouver Jonathan Rosenhead (UK)
Claudio Bornstein
Goutam Dutta
Sung Joo Park
Elise Del Rosario
(Philippines- DC Chair) Arabinda Tripathy (India)
Andres Weintraub
First Place: X-S Zhang and J-C Cui (China) A Project Evaluation System in the
State Economic InformationSystem
of China: An Operations Research
Practice in the Public Sector
Runners Up: RK Chaturvedi, K Bhattacharya and J Parikh (India) Transmission Planning for Indian
Power Grid: A Mixed Integer
Programming Approach
G Liu, J Xu, C Hi, B Zhou and
Q Ren
Operational Research and
Economic Development:
The Optimization of the
Ecological,Economic Development
for the Upper Reaches of the
Yangtze River (Changjiang)
XIII, 1993, Lisbon Jonathan Rosenhead (UK)
Roberto Galvao
A.K. Shahani
RVV Vidal
Andres Weintraub
Nitin Patel
(DC Chair-India)
First Place: Goutam Dutta (India) A Linear Programming Model for
Distribution of Eliectrical Energy in
a Steel Plant
Runners Up: N.D. Pizzolato
School Location: A Real Application
of the P-Median Model
A. Tripathy (India) Using OR/MS in Third World
Countries: Some Cases from
XII, 1990, Athens Roberto Galvao(Brazil) No winner  

XI, 1987, Buenos Aires

Bob Kavanagh (Australia) Nicolas Majluf (Chile) The National Assessment of Education in Chile