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The EURO Working Group on Operational Research Applied to Health Services (ORAHS) was formed in 1975 as part of a programme for developing special interest groups within the European branch, EURO of the International Federation of Operational research Societies, IFORS.
ORAHS provides a network for researchers involved in the application of systematic and quantitative analysis in support of planning and management in the health services sector. The meeting is open to anyone with a quantitative background and those who have interest in the subject area. For more information about ORAHS please visit the website: ORAHS website . For more information about EURO please visit the website: EURO website .

The Keynotes

Get inspired by domain experts and innovative thinkers.

Martin Schuster

MD, MA, is a Professor of Anesthesiology at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and head of the Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Pain Therapy at the Fürst-Stirum-Hospital Bruchsal and Rechbergklinik Bretten

Martin Schuster, MD, MA, is a Professor of Anesthesiology at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and head of the Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Pain Therapy at the Fürst-Stirum-Hospital Bruchsal and Rechbergklinik Bretten, both academic teaching hospitals of the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg.

He studied medicine, philosophy and history in Hannover, Germany and Baltimore and New York City, USA and graduated in 1997. Afterwards he spend a year in lung immunology research on a stipend of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and started his residency in anesthesiology at the Medical School Hannover in 1998. From 2000 to 2002 he interrupted his clinical education and worked at McKinsey & Co. in business consulting as senior associate in the healthcare sector. From 2002 to 2005 he finished his residency in anesthesiology at the university hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf and was appointed as consultant. From 2007 to 2011 he worked at the Charité University Medicine in Berlin as consultant in anesthesiology and intensive care until he obtained his current position.

His main academic interest is in Health Economics, Operations Management and Quality Improvement in hospitals. He especially focused on Process Optimization in clinical medicine, steering of clinical departments and operating room management. He leads the working group on process-, cost- and operating room management in the German Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care and authored over 50 peer reviewed articles and book chapters. He is section editor for quality management and economics at Der Anästhesist, the leading German journal in anesthesiology and serves as reviewer for Anesthesia and Analgesia, British Journal of Anesthesia, Anesthesiology and Anästhesie und Intensivmedizin. He is also member in the scientific advisory board of the largest German operating room benchmark program.



Dolores Romero Morales

Professor in Operations Research at Copenhagen Business School

Dolores Romero Morales is a Professor in Operations Research at Copenhagen Business School. Her areas of expertise include Supply Chain Optimization, Data Mining and Revenue Management. In Supply Chain Optimization she works on environmental issues and robustness. In Data Mining she investigates interpretability and visualization. In Revenue Management she works on large-scale network models. Her work has appeared in a variety of leading scholarly journals, including European Journal of Operational Research, Management Science, Mathematical Programming and Operations Research, and has received various distinctions. Currently, she is an Associate Editor of Omega and TOP.

She has worked with and advised various companies on these topics, including IBM, SAS, KLM and Radisson Edwardian Hotels, as a result of which these companies managed to improve some of their practices. SAS named her an Honorary SAS Fellow and member of the SAS Academic Advisory Board. She currently leads the EU H2020-MSCA-RISE NeEDS project, which has a total of 14 participants and a budget of more than €1.000.000 for intersectoral and international mobility, with the aim to improve the state of the art in Data Driven Decision Making.

Dolores joined Copenhagen Business School in 2014. Prior to coming to Copenhagen Business School she was a Full Professor at University of Oxford (2003-2014) and an Assistant Professor at Maastricht University (2000-2003). She has a BSc and an MSc in Mathematics from Universidad de Sevilla and a PhD in Operations Research from Erasmus University Rotterdam.



Matthias Reumann

Researcher in Sustainable, Resilient Health Systems at IBM Research – Zürich

Matthias Reumann studied Electronics at the University of Southampton, UK, and received the Master of Engineering First Class with Honours in 2003. He continued his studies in Biomedical Engineering at the Universität Karlsruhe (TH), Karlsruhe, Germany, and was awarded his PhD for his thesis on modelling atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure and their non-pharmacological treatment.

In 2007, he joined the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, NY, USA, as Post Doctoral Fellow to implement multi-scalar whole heart models on the worlds fastest and largest supercomputers. This expertise brought him to join the IBM Research Collaboratory for Lifesciences in Melbourne, Australia, in 2010 where he further established a research group in healthcare at the IBM Research – Australia laboratory from 2011 – 2013. During this period, he expanded his research interests into sustainable, resilient health systems research including a project in Africa. Since December 2013, he has been working at the IBM Research – Zurich Laboratory on numerous client projects aiming to get patients to the right health service provider at the right time. He was awarded a second PhD from the University of Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands, in Oct. 2017 for his work on Big Data in Public Health: from Genes to Society. He holds several national and international awards and has published over 100 articles, book chapters and conference proceedings.

Conference Time Schedule

The ORAHS Event will beginn with the Doctoral Consortium (DC) and the Hackathon from Wednesday, July 24th till Saturday, July 27th. The ORAHS Conference will officially start with a Welcome Reception at the International Department of Karlsruhe on Sunday, July 28th and will end on Friday, August 2nd in the afternoon.
In case of any question relating the conference schedule, please contact the organizing team at orahs2019@ksri.kit.edu.


PRE-CONFERENCE EVENTS
  • starting at 9:00-20.00
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    Hackathon

  • starting at 10:00-20.00
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    Doctoral Consortium

  • starting at 09:00
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    Doctral Consortium


  • ORAHS 2019 - CONFERENCE
  • 16:00-19:00
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    Reception

  • starting at 09:00
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    Opening Session

  • 10:00-11:00
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    Keynote

  • 11:00-12:00
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    Parallel Sessions

  • 12:00-13:00
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    Lunch

  • 13:00-14:30
    ...

    Parallel Sessions

  • 14:30-15:00
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    Coffee

  • 15:00-16:00
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    Parallel Sessions

  • 16:00-18:30
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    Tours

  • starting at 09:00
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    Keynote

  • 10:00-10:30
    ...

    Coffee

  • 10:30-12:00
    ...

    Parallel Sessions

  • 12:00-13:00
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    Lunch

  • 13:00-14:30
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    Parallel Sessions

  • 14:30-15:30
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    Coffee + Poster

  • 15:30-17:00
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    Parallel Sessions

  • 17:00-18:00
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    GOR AG HCM Meeting

  • 18:00-20:30
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    BBQ

  • starting at 09:00-21.00
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    Day Trip

    On Wednesday, we will start the day with the obligatory boat trip. We will go along the Rhine to Speyer, which was founded by Romans and is one of the oldest cities in Germany. Before we have lunch you have time to explore the city and the Speyer Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There might also be the possibility for a swim in a public swimming pool, if weather permits. After lunch a bus will take us to the Hambach Castle that is located on the German Wine Route in the Palatinate region. It is considered a symbol of the German democracy movement because of the Hambacher Fest which occurred here in 1832. We will have enough time to explore the castle, for example in a guided tour. The large terrace is ideal for those who want to relax and order a coffee and cake, as many Germans do in the afternoon. We will end the day with a typical dinner from the Palatinate region and fine drinks at the winery Marienhof.


  • starting at 09:00
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    Keynote

  • 10:00-10:30
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    Coffee

  • 10:30-12:00
    ...

    Parallel Sessions

  • 12:00-13:00
    ...

    Lunch

  • 13:00-14:30
    ...

    Parallel Sessions

  • 14:30-15:00
    ...

    Coffee

  • 15:00-16:30
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    Parallel Sessions

  • 18:30-21:00
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    Conference Dinner

  • starting at 09:30
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    Parallel Sessions

  • 11:00-11:30
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    Coffee

  • 11:30-13:00
    ...

    Parallel Sessions

  • 13:00-14:00
    ...

    Lunch

  • 14:00-15:30
    ...

    Parallel Sessions

  • 15:30-16:30
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    Business Meeting

  • Accompanying Programme

    As ORAHS is like a big family, we want to go back to the tradition that the conference offers an accompanying programme for your loved ones! So we set up a potential programme that is flexible and can accommodate your wishes and suggestions. We might also adapt it once we know the number of people and the children’s ages. If you have any questions or remarks, please do not hesitate to contact us: orahs2019@ksri.kit.edu!
    Monday is all about playing! We will go to Edenkoben and explore the big playground. At lunchtime, we will gather for a nice picnic.
    The first stop on Tuesday will be at the State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe with plenty of time to discover all the exhibitions and artefacts. We will spend the afternoon in the Palace Gardens.

    Centre
    Are you up for a train ride?

    On Wednesday we will join the main programme for the boat ride and a fun day in the Palatinate region.
    The theme for Thursday is up and up. The Turmbergbahn will take us up the only hill we have in Karlsruhe. If you are very sporty, you can also opt for taking the 529 steps.
    Centre
    Turmbergbahn in Karlsruhe

    The hill offers great views on Karlsruhe, a 28 m high tower und a large adventure playground. After lunch, another adventure awaits at the high ropes course next to the playground. It offers many different courses, including one for little adventurers from the age of 4. We saved the best for last, the Karlsruhe Zoo is always a guarantee for a fun day out. Be ready to see elephants, penguins, wallabies and many more!

    Doctoral Consortium

    The ORAHS Doctoral Consortium (DC) provides an opportunity for doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests under the guidance of a panel of distinguished researchers. We invite students who feel they would benefit from this kind of feedback on their research to apply for this unique opportunity to share their work with students in a similar situation as well as with senior researchers in the field. The strongest candidates will be those who have a clear topic and research approach, and have made some progress, but who are not so far along that they can no longer make changes.


    IMPORTANT DATES

      DC Submission deadline: March 25, 2019 extended deadline
      DC Notification of Acceptance: April 15, 2019
      DC Submission extended Version: May 25, 2019
      Doctoral Consortium: July 27 - 28, 2019

    ORAHS Hackathon

    The Hackathon will consist of two parts. On Wednesday we will offer tutorials that will help participants with the interdisciplinary challenges from practice. From Thursday morning, the teams can work on those challenges, and they will have to present their results to a jury on Friday afternoon.

    ORAHS Committees

    Local Organisers

    In case of any question relating to the conference, please contact the organizing team at orahs2019@ksri.kit.edu


    Melanie Reuter-Oppermann
    Local Chair
    Michael Ertel
    Stefan Nickel
    David Olave-Rojas
    Anne Zander

    Programme Committee
    Stefan Nickel, Karlsruher Institute of Technology, Germany (Programme Chair)
    Roberto Aringhieri, University of Turin, Italy
    Sally Brailsford, University of Southampton, UK
    Maria Captivo, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
    Mike Carter, University of Toronto, Canada
    Tuğba Çayirli, Ozyegin University, Turkey
    Leonid Churilov, Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health, Australia
    Evrim Didem Güneş, Koc University, Turkey
    Fermin Mallor, Universidad Publica de Navarra, Spain
    Inês Marques, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
    Teresa Melo, HTW Saar, Saarbrücken, Germany
    Marion Rauner, University of Vienna, Austria
    Melanie Reuter-Oppermann, KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany
    Katja Schimmelpfeng Uni Hohenheim, Germany
    Patrick Soriano, HEC Montreal, Canada
    Christos Vasilakis, University of Bath, UK
    Joe Viana, Akershus Universitetssykehus, Oslo, Norway

    Travel and Accomodation

    There are several options to travel to Karlsruhe:

    BY PLANE
    Reaching Karlsruhe by plane is easiest from Frankfurt International Airport. Other airports near Karlsruhe are Stuttgart Airport or Baden-Airpark.

    FROM FRANKFURT AIRPORT
    Frankfurt International Airport has its own long-distance train station from where ICE trains to Karlsruhe leave approx. every hour. The journey takes about an hour and travel expenses are around € 35. Frankfurt International Airport train station is well posted within the airport and is connected with Terminal 1. Normally customs clearance, immigration and baggage claim takes some time, so do not plan to take a train in less than 45 minutes after landing.

    FROM STUTTGART AIRPORT
    The airport does not have a train station yet, so it is necessary to go to Stuttgart main station by local train or subway (for other options see the homepage of Stuttgart Airport). From Stuttgart main station there are different trains which leave approximately every hour during the day. Depending on the connection the trips to Karlsruhe take between 45 minutes and 90 minutes and cost between € 16 and € 20.

    FROM BADEN AIRPARK
    Baden Airpark is close to Karlsruhe, but not well connected, since there is no public transportation available to Karlsruhe. By car the trip will take around 30min. For other options, see the homepage of Baden-Airpark.


    BY TRAIN
    From Frankfurt: The ICE connects Frankfurt and Karlsruhe at least every hour. Changing trains in Mannheim might be necessary. From Stuttgart: There is an hourly IC/EC fast train service to Karlsruhe. You can get all the necessary information from the Deutsche Bahn website.


    BY CAR
    Take the A5 motorway to Karlsruhe. Leave the motorway at the Karlsruhe-Mitte exit and take the next exit to Oststadt. Continue on Wolfartsweierer street and take the second exit Ludwig-Erhard-Allee at the roundabout. Turn right into Fritz-Erler-Straße and continue on Waldhornstraße. The parking garage is located on the right-hand side next to the Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC) (address for the navigation system Zirkel 2, 76131 Karlsruhe).


    MOBILITY IN KARLSRUHE
    We recommend to walk short distances within Karlsruhe or to take public transport and to use bike sharing. The KIT Campus South as the main location of the conference has good tram connections from the Karlsruhe main station.

    Your connections to the event locations:

  • International Department (Welcome Reception):
      „Marktplatz“ is the closest station to the International Department of the KIT. Bus 10 provides a direct connection between Karlsruhe main station and „Marktplatz“. You can walk the rest within 7 minutes.
  • Palace of Karlsruhe (Schloss Karlsruhe) :
      „Marktplatz“ is the closest station to the Palace of Karlsruhe. Line 4 in the direction „Waldstadt“ provides a direct connection from Karlsruhe main station to Palace of Karlsruhe. The International Department is in a walking distance of 8 minutes.
  • Höpfner Burggarten/Schalander (Conference Dinner):
      If you want to reach the Höpfner Burggarten/Schlander from the ORAHS at „Kronenplatz“, we recommend taking Line 5 until “Hauptfriedhof“. (We will be offering a guided transport.) You can walk the rest within 2 minutes.



    Recommended Accommodations

    There are several hotels located in the Karlsruhe inner city with short distances to the event locations. If you have special needs, if you are looking for a family room or an apartment and need assistance please send an email to orahs2019@ksri.kit.edu.

    You can reserve a room in the Hotel “Hoepfner Burghof” next to the conference dinner location be using the code “ORAHS2019”. Please send an email for reserving a room.
    We have reserved 8 single rooms in the Guest House on campus. You can reserve a room by writing an email to and stating the code word “ORAHS2019”. The price is 66 € per night for up to 9 nights and 45 € per night for 10 nights or more. Breakfast is 9 € per night.

    For your pleasant stay, we can also recommend the following hotels:

  • Hotel am Markt (Kaiserstraße 76, 76133 Karlsruhe)
  • Leonardo Hotel Karlsruhe (Ettlinger Str. 23, 76137 Karlsruhe)
  • Hotel IBIS Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof (Poststr. 1, 76137 Karlsruhe)
  • Novotel Karlsruhe City (Festplatz 2, 76137 Karlsruhe)
  • Hotel Kaiserhof (Karl-Friedrich-Str. 12, 76133 Karlsruhe)
  • Acora Hotel and Living (Sophienstr. 69-71, 76133 Karlsruhe)

  • If you have any further questions, please contact us at: orahs2019@ksri.kit.edu


    Conference Submission



    ORAHS2019 will offer oral as well as poster presentations. Submissions are restricted to one per person – one talk OR one poster. If you want to submit an abstract for a poster, please use the invitation code 9d97d9c8.


    Submission deadline oral presentations: 25.03.2019 extended deadline
    Submission deadline posters: 10.04.2019
    Acceptance info oral presentations: 05.04.2019
    Acceptance info posters: 20.04.2019

    Conference Registration

    Registration opens soon
    End early bird rate: 30.04.2019

    Full Conference Early
    (until 30.04.2019)
    Normal
    (from 01.05.2019)
    Regular 525 € 600 €
    Student 350 € 425 €


    Accompanying Early
    (until 30.04.2019)
    Normal
    (from 01.05.2019)
    Adult 350 € 425 €
    Child (3-12) 200 € 250 €
    Child (0-2) free free


    Additional
    Rates
    Early
    (until 30.04.2019)
    Normal
    (from 01.05.2019)
    Practitioner Day
    (30.7.)
    150 € 150 €
    DC 50 € 50 €
    Hackathon tbd tbd

    The regular and student registrations include:
  • Admittance to all sessions
  • The abstracts/program book
  • Welcome reception on Sunday
  • City tour on Monday
  • BBQ on Tuesday
  • Coffee and tea during the breaks
  • Lunches
  • Day trip / boat trip on Wednesday
  • Conference dinner on Thursday

  • In order to get the student price, a (signed) document must be uploaded during the registration.
    This can show the immatriculation as a student or state that the participant is a PhD student with less than half a position.

    The accompanying registrations include:
  • Activities on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Welcome reception on Sunday
  • BBQ on Tuesday
  • Day trip / boat trip on Wednesday
  • Conference dinner on Thursday

  • In order to better plan the capacities, participants are asked which activities they want to attend during registration.
    Please note that no reductions are possible if participants do not want or cannot attend all activities.

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