6th International Workshop on “Efficiency in Education”, September, 2018, UK

6th International Workshop on “Efficiency in Education, Health and other Public Services”

Huddersfield Business School, Huddersfield, England, September 6th and 7th, 2018

We are writing to circulate the Programme (provisional) for the 6th International Workshop on “Efficiency in Education, Health and other Public Services”. Please find attached the same.


If you have not already registered for the conference you can still do. The ‘early bird’ registration fees is £175 up to 15th July 2018 and £225 thereafter. The payment includes the cost of the conference dinner on 6th September. Payment information and registration is available via this link. Should you encounter any difficulties or have any queries please do get in touch at s.virmani@hud.ac.uk

We look forward to welcoming you to Huddersfield in September.

Best wishes

Dr Swati Virmani, s.virmani@hud.ac.uk

Professor Jill Johnes, j.johnes@hud.ac.uk

2nd International Conference on Computer Science and Application Engineering, China, October, 2018

Call for Papers:

2nd International Conference on Computer Science & Application Engineering

Website: http://www.csaeconf.org/

When: October 22-26, 2018

Where: Hohhot, China

Submission Deadline: August 20, 2018


All submissions will be peer reviewed 2-3 reviewers, and the accepted papers after registration will be published in the International Conference Proceedings Series by ACM, which will be archived in the ACM Digital Library, and indexed by Ei Compendex and Scopus and submitted to be reviewed by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI Web of Science).

Conference Chair & Keynote:

Big Data Performance Management

Prof. Ali Emrouznejad
Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

17th International Conference on Operational Research, September 26-28, 2018 Zadar, Croatia

Call for Papers:

17th International Conference on Operational Research, Croatian Operational Research Society

Website: http://hdoi.hr/koi2018/

When: September 26-28, 2018

Where: Zadar, Croatia

Submission Deadline: July 15, 2018


KOI 2018:

17th International Conference on Operational Research, September 26-28, 2018 Zadar, Croatia

Conference will take place at the Hotel Falkensteiner Club Funimation Borik in the city of Zadar, a city of exceptional history and rich cultural heritage, a city of tourism. Situated in the heart of the Adriatic, Zadar is the administrative, economic, cultural and political center of the northern Dalmatia with 75,000 inhabitants. The coast is particularly indented, the islands and the untouched nature allures many boaters to this regions. The archipelago counts 24 bigger and about 300 smaller islands and rocks, 3 nature parks and 5 national parks classifying Zadar and its surroundings at the very top of the Croatian tourist offer.


Prof. Ali Emrouznejad, Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

Paper submission Deadline: July 15, 2018


12th Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, Ankara, September 2018.

Dear Researcher,

You are invited to submit your abstract to the 12th Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, Ankara, Turkey, 11-12 September 2018.

 Main Reasons to Participate in NCM Conference

  1. The keynote speakers of the conference are: Ali Emrouznejad &Serkan Eryilmaz.
  2. The full papers of the conference will be reviewed (double-blind review) and published in one of the followingjournals based on the aim and scope of the journals and the papers’ quality (design, methodology, analysis, discussion, and language and style):
    3- The conference is held in collaboration with Ankara Y?ld?r?m Beyaz?t University.


–  Heliyon (Abstracted and Indexed in Scopus and Thomson Reuters-ESCI)

–  International Journal of Mechanical and Production Engineering Research and Development (Scopus)

–  International Journal of Supply and Operations Management (ISC)

–  Journal of Turkish Operations Management

–  Conference Proceedings: The proceedings of the conference will be freely accessible in the SSRN eLibrary published by Elsevierhttp://ssrn.com/link/12th–NCM- 2018.html
You may submit your abstract to NCMSubmissions@gmail.com

You can find more information at the conference website: WWW.NCMCONFERENCES.COM


Conference Organizer

special issue of “CEJOR- Central European Journal of Operations Research”

On behalf of the editors I like to inform you that deadline for submission to the special issue of “CEJOR- Central European Journal of Operations Research” is extended to end of October.

All manuscripts should be submitted online at https://www.editorialmanager.com/cjor , when submitting the manuscript please select the article type “SI: Performance and Efficiency Evaluation”.

Best regards,
Ali Emrouznejad

Innovative applications of data envelopment analysis, Dubai, November 2017

1st AUE International Research Conference: “Creative Business and Social Innovation”
15th-16th November, 2017, Dubai

Website: http://aueirc.aue.ae/

Submission: https://easychair.org/cfp/AUEIRC2017 (deadline 1st October)


Session title: Innovative applications of data envelopment analysis
Session organizer: Dr Panagiotis D. Zervopoulos, Department of Management, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Email: pzervopoulos@sharjah.ac.ae

Session details: The emphasis of this session is on the application of data envelopment analysis (DEA) to real-world cases aiming to shed light on operational/managerial perspectives. DEA is a widely used technique for measuring the relative performance of units and benchmarking. Since its inception (1978), thousands of theoretical and empirical works have been published. DEA-based empirical studies provide insightful managerial implications and facilitate decision making. This session welcomes real-world DEA-based empirical studies from a wide range of areas, such as banking, finance, health care, government, education, energy, environment, and tourism. A particular aim of this session is to attract empirical studies from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and other geographical locations to ensure the broadest possible range of contributions. Cross-country applications also lie within the scope of this session

DEA40: International conference of DEA [Celebrating 40th Anniversary of DEA]

Please visit:



A course on Benchmarking and productivity analyses with economic applications


Benchmarking and productivity analyses with economic applications  – PhD courses in Denmark  

PhD School in Economics and Management at CBS

Course dates: 25 September 2017 – 29 September 2017
Lecturer: Professor Peter Bogetoft, Department of Economics, CBS
Place/Venue:Porcelænshaven 18B
City: Frederiksberg
ECTS: 5 points
Link: https://ssl1.peoplexs.com/Peoplexs22/Candidat…


A basic knowledge of quantitative methods and statistics is desirable, but the course will refresh the participants’ prior knowledge as we go along. During the course, we will also train the use of opens source software like R. Participants are encouraged to bring their own notebooks to facilitate subsequent usage.
The aim of this course is to introduce the participants to the theory and practice of performance evaluations and their usages in research, policy analyses, incentive schemes and regulation.
Specifically, the objectives are
1. To provide a basic understanding of state-of-the-art benchmarking, efficiency and productivity analyses methods using Data Envelopment Analyses (DEA), Stochastic Frontier Analyses (SFA) and related methods.
2. To provide training in the actual usage of such methods and associated software on different applications
3. To discuss the usage of performance evaluations to evaluate economic systems and to design decision support, reallocation mechanisms and incentive systems.Background: Productivity and efficiency analysis is a rapidly growing, interdisciplinary field of research in economics, management sciences, and statistics. In addition to the empirical research on the magnitude, direction, and sources of productivity growth, this literature has produced quantitative methods such as data envelopment analysis (DEA) and stochastic frontier analysis (SFA), which have diffused beyond their traditional confinement to production settings. These tools are used in many different application areas including environment, development studies, education, finance, health care studies, natural resource management, public economics, and sports studies, among other fields. The tools and approaches of productivity analysis are equally well suited for micro-level analyses of firms and other decision-making units as well as macro-level cross-country comparisons. Integration with incentive theory, mechanism design and decision support systems makes the tools relevant also in normative applications
Course content
The course comes in two parts.

Base course
Day 1 : Welcome * Introduction and overview ?* Production and costs models ?* Firm behavior ?* Efficiency concepts * Exercises *Installation of software
Day 2 : Data Envelopment Analyses (DEA) * Non-discretionary, environmental, quality etc variables * Dual models * Game interpretations * Exercises.
Day 3 : Statistical inference in DEA * Bootstrapping * Two stage models * Stochastic Frontier Analyses (SFA) * Exercises
Day 4 : Reallocation, market and merger analyses * Decision Support Systems * Network models * Exercises
Day 5 :Efficiency and Incentives, * Contracts * Regulation * Yardstick competition, * Auctions * Exercises

Add-on course (Optional)
Individual advice ?* Participants work on own projects * Individual advise on methods, analyses and interpretation of results
Day 6 & 7 : Participants present preliminary results * Additional topics covered depending on interests of participants (e.g. Indices, rational inefficiency, dynamic efficiency, advanced SFA, advanced bootstrapping, regulatory practices, etc).

Teaching style
The base course (5 ETCS) stretches over five days. Each day will consist of lecturing in the morning and conceptual discussions and data exercises in the afternoon.
The optional add-on course (5 ETCS) consists of advise to individuals or groups on specific research projects during a one month period combined with two days of final lecturing and presentations of the participants’ research work.
Lecture plan
Learning objectives
A course certificate for the base course is granted based on attendance and active participating.
A course certificate for the add-on course is granted based on progress with individual projects and active participation in the in class activities.
When registering for the course please write a few lines on your background in ‘comments’

Call for PAPERS: DEA at OR59 Conference, September, UK

Call for PAPERS: DEA at OR59

Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) stream at the OR Society Annual UK Conference

12th – 14th, September 2017, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK


I would like to issue an invitation to take part in the Data Envelopment Analysis and Performance Measurement Stream of the OR59 Conference. This conference will be held at the University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK from 12th to 14th September 2017. Contributions from both the academic and the non-academic communities are welcome.


This stream covers papers on the theme of efficiency and productivity analysis and performance management. Both parametric and non-parametric papers will be considered. We especially welcome papers on the theory, methodology and application of Data Envelopment Analysis and econometric methods in performance management. Of particular interest are successful applications of performance and efficiency analysis in the real world, for example in banking, healthcare, education, transportation, and so on.


If you are interested in making a presentation, please submit a title of your talk no later than 30th June 2017 at www.theorsociety.com/or59.


Further details about the DEA stream is available at http://www.DEAzone.com/en/or59


Deadline for submission abstract:         July 21, 2017

Deadline for early registration fee:         July 26, 2017

Conference date:                                       September 12-14, 2017

Conference Venue:                                    Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK

Kind regards,

Ali Emrouznejad

Professor of Business Analytics
Operations & Information Management Group

Aston Business School
Aston University
Birmingham B4 7ET, UK

[Data Envelopment | DEA Software | Research Gate]

Special issue of Socio-Economic Planning Sciences on “Indices for the Betterment of the Public”

Socio-Economic Planning Sciences: The International Journal of Public Sector Decision-Making

Special issue on Indices for the Betterment of the Public

Guest editors: 

Vincent Charles, Director of Research (Intl. Affairs), CENTRUM Católica Graduate Business School, Peru

Ali Emrouznejad, Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

Michael P. Johnson, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA, USA

Further details: please click here.

Over the years, the quest for a better society has led to the birth of a variety of composite indices of development, from the gross domestic product to the happiness index. These indices usually integrate various social, cultural, psychological, and political aspects and are considered of vital importance for evaluating a country’s level of development and for assessing the impact of policy specially in public sector. Overall, they consist of numerical measures that describe the well-being of both the individual and the society as a whole.

The Special Issue of Socio-Economic Planning Sciences encourages original research articles of high quality that provide innovative quantitative and qualitative methodologies based on optimization/non-optimization, statistical learning, econometrics, and heuristics.

Topics include but are not limited to:

•             Big Mac Index

•             Competitiveness Index

•             Corruption Perception Index

•             Country Risk Index

•             Democracy Index

•             Doing Business Index

•             GINI Index

•             Global Entrepreneurship Index

•             Global Marketing Index

•             Happiness Index

•             Human Development Index

•             Index of Economic Freedom

•              Social Progress Index, and so on

As such, the Special Issue focuses on the conceptualization and development of new indices for the betterment of the public and/or novel algorithms/approaches that integrate or refine the above indices and/or novel ways of using the existing indices to improve the public policies that serve the greater good. Moreover, this special issue is intended for articles that go beyond purely suggesting a new/modern/revised index with the economics view and conceivably validating it using real life vital data sets; hence, articles that eventually help policy-makers to not only gain an advanced understanding of the ways that would unleash greater long-term social success, but also propose strategies that would create the conditions for the betterment of the public are encouraged.

Contributions from both the academic and the practitioner communities are encouraged. Submitted articles should include a separate section on implications for public policy and, among others, the section should discuss the tie between the proposed indices and the decision strategies in view of public policy.

Important Dates

31 January 2018 : Submission Deadline
30 April 2018 : Notification of first round of review results
30 September 2018 : Final acceptances after second round of review

Editorial Process

Manuscripts need to be submitted via https://www.journals.elsevier.com/socio-economic-planning-sciences by choosing Article Type “Indices”. Early submission recommended, referee process starts once the paper received, accepted papers will be published individually online as they are accepted.  Submitted papers will be peer-reviewed in the same manner as any other submission to a leading international journal. The major acceptance criterion for a submission is the quality and originality of the contribution.

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