Anna Valicek Medal

Innovative Research in Airline Operations Research

The Anna Valicek Medal recognizes original and innovative research in the application of operations research to airline and/or airline related business problems. This annual award is sponsored by the Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS) and honors the late Anna Valicek who served for many years as a member of the AGIFORS council.


Applicants must be registered graduate students pursuing either a masters of science, masters of business administration, or doctoral degree with a research thesis in the area of operations research, engineering systems, air transportation or management science. Previously published work is acceptable, provided that the submitting author was a graduate student at the time the work was submitted for publication. The submitter will be asked to grant AGIFORS the right to publish the work on the AGIFORS website or secure such permission from the copyright holder.


After the paper submission is closed, the award committee will select two papers as finalists for the Anna Valicek Medal. Both finalists are invited to present their work at the AGIFORS Symposium (air transportation, accommodations and symposium fees are sponsored). The AGIFORS Community, represented by the symposium attendants, will get opportunities to ask questions at the symposium. The AGIFORS Council will then select the winner who will receive the Silver Anna Valicek Medal and a US $2,500 award. The other finalist will receive the Bronze Anna Valicek Medal and a US $1,000 award.


Rules

The following criteria will be used in judging the candidate papers:

  • fundamental contribution and originality of the ideas or methods
  • practical importance or applicability in solving important real problems
  • methodological content and appropriateness of methods used in analysis
  • clarity and excellence of the exposition

To be eligible, the applicant must:

  • have written the paper while pursuing a graduate degree, specifically either a master of science, master of business administration, or doctoral degree with a research thesis in the area of operations research, engineering systems, air transportation or management science
  • be the major contributor of the paper
  • have been a registered student on or after June 1, 2015

To be considered, the following should be submitted:

  • a paper written in English with a maximum of 15,000 words. The document format must be Microsoft Word or Acrobat PDF
  • an abstract with a maximum of 300 words
  • the resume of the applicant

In addition, the applicant is expected (to be likely able) to attend the coming annual symposium to present her/his work. Interacting with the AGIFORS symposium participants is considered an important part of the Anna Valicek competition, and high priority will be given in selecting finalists who are able to commit to attending the Annual Symposium.


Contact us

Address: AGIFORS President, Georgia Institute of Technology, 790 Atlantic Drive, Atlanta, GA 30332

Phone: +1 (404) 385-6634

Email: president@agifors.org

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