8th IMA Conference on Quantitative Modelling in the Management Of Health and Social Care

Challenges and Opportunities in a Big Data Era

Date: 21 – 23 March 2016
Location: Asia House, London W1G 7LP

Aim and Scope

Health and Social Care systems are facing major challenges worldwide, due in part to changes in demography and advances in technology and in part to changes in the structure and organisation of the system whether they are hospitals, general practitioners or long-term care settings. Yet running health and social care systems efficiently and effectively is crucial to improving or even maintaining our quality of life.

Over the years, extensive research has been conducted to find immediate and long-term solutions to issues that are routinely faced by health and social care professionals, such as waiting lists and bed capacity, hospital redesign, workforce planning and scheduling, patient flow, performance management, disease monitoring, and health care technology assessment. In addition, there has been an exponential growth in the generation of data whether routinely for administrative or financial purposes or more specifically for clinical or research purposes including through devices and sensors.

Quantitative modelling and computer simulation techniques have been shown to be increasingly valuable in providing useful information to aid planning and management however studies have often been limited in their attempts to exploit the wealth of data.

The aim of the conference is to bring together health care managers, clinicians, management consultants, and mathematicians, operational researchers, statisticians, health economists, computing and data scientists from across the world with a view to bridging the gap between the respective communities and to exploring recent developments in quantitative modelling and identifying fruitful avenues for further research.

Invited Speakers

As usual the conference will feature a blend of internationally recognised academics, policy advisors, and decision makers from the health and social care sector. To date, these include:

Prof Jeremy Wyatt, Director of the Wessex Institute for Health, Southampton University, UK
Prof Michael Carter, Director of the Centre for Research in Healthcare Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada
Sasha Karakusevic, Director of Strategy and Transformation, North Bristol NHS Trust and Visiting Senior Fellow, Nuffield Trust
Prof Terry Mills, Honorary Statistician at Bendigo Health, and Emeritus Professor in Mathematics at La Trobe University, Australia
Geraint Lewis, Chief Data Officer, NHS England

Conference Fees

Early Bird Fees*

IMA Member


Non-IMA Member


IMA Student


Non-IMA Student


Early Bird Fees* will be available until Monday 7 March 2016, after which the fees will be:

IMA Member


Non-IMA Member


IMA Student


Non-IMA Student


*Early Bird Fees must be paid by Monday 7 March 2016 otherwise the higher price will be implemented.

Day Delegate rate 21 OR 22 March £210
Day Delegate rate 23 March £145

Conference Dinner (22 March) £50

Conference fees include refreshments and lunches throughout the conference, facilities hire and a drinks reception on evening of Monday 21 March.

Organising Committee

Thierry Chaussalet, University of Westminster – Chair
Christos Vasilakis, University of Bath – Co-Chair
Sally Brailsford, University of Southampton
Sonya Crowe, University College London
Simon Jones, New York University & University of Surrey
Naoru Koizumi, George Mason University
Paul Lisboa, Liverpool John Moores University
Martin Pitt, University of Exeter: Medical School

Contact information

For scientific queries please contact: Thierry Chaussalet, chausst@westminster.ac.uk
For general conference queries please contact Lizzi Lake, Conference Officer
E-mail: conferences@ima.org.uk              Tel: +44 (0) 1702 354 020
Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Catherine Richards House, 16 Nelson Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1EF, UK.


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