Note that the 2019 Anna Valicek Competition details will be posted on April 15th, 2019.

2018 Anna Valicek Award

2018 Anna Valicek Winner

Nuno Antunes Ribeiro, from the University of Coimbra Pólo II, Coimbra, Portugal, as been recognized by AGIFORS as Winner of the 2018 Anna Valicek Award and was presented with the Silver Anna Valicek Medal for the paper “An optimization approach for airport slot allocation under IATA guidelines”.

  • Nuno Antunes Ribeiro (right)
    and Richard Cléaz, VP AGIFORS

2018 Anna Valicek Second Place

Adam Bockelie, from MIT ICAT, USA, has been recognized as Second Place Winner of the 2018 Anna Valicek Competition and Winner of the Bronze Medal for the paper: “Total Revenue Optimization with the Ancillary Marginal Demand and Ancillary Marginal Revenue Transformation Heuristics

Adam Bockelie (left)

and Richard Cléaz, VP AGIFORS

Honorable Mentions 

Given the exceptional quality of the articles submitted this year, 2 Honorable Mentions have been awarded to the following candidates to recognize their contributions:

  • Alexander Estes, University of Maryland, College Park: “Unsupervised prototype reduction for data exploration and an application to air traffic management initiatives
  • Jane Lee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: “Dynamic Airline Disruption Management under Airport Operating Uncertainty

On behalf of AGIFORS, we wish to thank all the candidates for their submissions, testimony of the fruitful state of activity in the Operational Research field applied to Air Transportation.

Rules for the 2018 competition

Submissions are invited for the 2018 Anna Valicek graduate student paper award competition sponsored by the Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS).  

The Anna Valicek award recognizes original and innovative research in the application of operations research to airline and/or airline related business problems. The award honors the late Anna Valicek who served for many years as a member of the AGIFORS council. Up to two finalists will be selected and will receive air transportation, accommodations, and registration fees to attend the Annual Symposium to be held in Tokyo, Japan to present their work. The winner will be awarded a silver medal and a U.S. $2,500 prize.  The other finalist will be awarded a bronze medal and a U.S. $1,000 prize.

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 airline and/or airline related business 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, 2017

To be considered, the following should be submitted:

  • a paper written in English with a maximum of 25,000 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.

The submission deadline for the 2018 Anna Valicek Award was on June 1st, 2018 and submissions are currently being reviewed. 

Richard Cléaz-Savoyen

Vice President, AGIFORS

Chair, Anna Valicek Award Committee

Contact us

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Phone: +1 (404) 385-6634


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