The Smith Institute are proud to announce that they have been shortlisted for the Operational Research (OR) Society’s prestigious President’s Medal.

The President’s Medal is awarded to outstanding practical application of operations research and is one of the OR Society’s most esteemed commendations.

This year, the Smith Institute has been recognized for their innovative work on the United States’ Broadcast Incentive Auction (BIA), supporting the reorganisation of radio spectrum allocation across the US and repurposing into to high-value spectrum via a ground-breaking auction and advanced optimisation mechanisms. Working in close collaboration with FCC, who won this year’s Franz Edelman Award in Operations Research for their landmark achievement on the BIA, the Smith Institute ensured that all algorithms and optimisation models that underpinned the auction were fit for purpose and implemented to ensure optimal accuracy and speed. Read the published whitepaper here.

“Working with the FCC to reshape the most commercially attractive part of the radio frequency spectrum and pave the way for 5G telecommunications in the US has been a fantastic experience. The foundation of the Broadcast Incentive Auction is mathematics and operations research, and I am pleased with the way we used our mathematical expertise to ensure that the methodologies were fit for purpose and implemented correctly.  The President’s Medal has been awarded to high-impact projects through the years, and I am honoured to have our work recognised by being a finalist for this year’s President’s Medal.”

Jakob Blaavand
Director of Mathematics at the Smith Institute

First created in 1948, the OR Society is the oldest learned society dedicated to operations research in the world and, with members across 53 countries, is also one of the largest. The institution seeks to develop and disseminate the pioneering sciences that solve complex business problems and continually revolutionize the way we live.

The winner of the 2018 President’s Medal will be announced at the OR Society’s annual conference at Lancaster University on 12th September 2018.