Share with your friends










Submit

Analytics Magazine

AIMMS-based decision support tool addresses Europe’s refugee crisis

AIMMS, Nyenrode University and PwC announced the creation of a decision-support application for municipalities and other government offices that are responding to the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. The application leverages PwC’s Business Simulator, a modeling solution built with AIMMS software, to analyze the impact of municipality decision scenarios on actual socio-economic policies. With this tool, government officials can access meaningful insights based on scientific sources, available data and expert opinions in order to make decisions that are no longer based on gut feelings. They can now test, evaluate the impact and tune their decisions to better address the refugee crisis in Europe.

Europe is facing a large inflow of refugees from the Middle East and Africa. Authorities at the municipal, national and regional level are struggling to deal with this inflow. There is a strong need to understand the impact of government decisions on immigration and socio-economic policies. With the Simulator, government institutions can evaluate different scenarios using financial and non-financial indicators. So far, the tool has been used to assess decisions regarding refugees with asylum seeker permits but it has many other uses. It also is being leveraged by a chemical company that aims to reduce its carbon footprint and has been used to tackle questions about malaria control, waste management and healthcare.

The model behind the simulator was created by Jacques de Swart (partner at PwC and professor at Nyenrode Business University), Annemieke Roobeek (professor at the same university) and Myrthe van der Plas (PwC specialist in the field of data analysis). It takes into account the so-called triple bottom line, going beyond profit to incorporate people and planet.

Several Dutch municipalities participated in interactive sessions to validate the model and test their policy decisions regarding refugees. The final version of the model was presented during a round table session in March. The project, which has been in a pilot phase since December 2015, is being conducted by PwC Advisory and the company’s Corporate Responsibility office. The team is currently approaching the international PwC network to extend the application of the modeling tool.

PwC is a longtime AIMMS partner. Both companies are committed to using innovative technologies to solve pressing global issues. Said AIMMS Chief Revenue Officer Patrick van Gent: “We are thrilled to work with PwC on this initiative. Our mission at AIMMS is to bring the benefits of prescriptive analytics and optimization to society, and it’s great to see a powerful application solving serious challenges our community is facing today.”

Related Posts

  • 38
    Decision support is a crucial function for decision makers in many industries. Typically, decision support systems help decision-makers to gather and interpret information and build a foundation for decision-making. Such systems may range from simple software systems to complex knowledge-based and artificial intelligence systems.
    Tags: support, decision, systems
  • 37
    The mission of Google, Inc. is “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” This has spawned efforts as diverse as optical fiber to the home (gFiber), longevity research (Calico), smart home automation (Nest), YouTube, glucose-detecting contact lenses (Verily), self-driving cars and many others. Such broad-reaching…
    Tags: support, decision
  • 36
    May/June 2012 By John Toczek Workforce management is central to efficient operations and good customer service. Proper scheduling of employees can mean the difference between profitability and business failure. As the manager of a Popsicle stand, you are required to hire and set the weekly work schedule for your employees.…
    Tags: business, university, decisions, decision, support
  • 31
    The Johns Hopkins Hospital has launched a state-of-the-art, advanced hospital control center. The Judy Reitz Capacity Command Center, designed and built with GE Healthcare Partners (GE), combines the latest in systems engineering, predictive analytics and innovative problem-solving to better manage patient safety, experience, volume and the movement of patients in…
    Tags: systems, business

Analytics Blog

Electoral College put to the math test


With the campaign two months behind us and the inauguration of Donald Trump two days away, isn’t it time to put the 2016 U.S. presidential election to bed and focus on issues that have yet to be decided? Of course not.

Headlines

Stereotypes hold back girls’ interest in STEM subjects

New research from Accenture reveals that young people in the United Kingdom and Ireland are most likely to associate a career in science and technology with “doing research” (52 percent), “working in a laboratory” (47 percent) and “wearing a white coat” (33 percent). The study found that girls are more likely to make these stereotypical associations than boys. Read more →

Gartner: Connected ‘things’ will jump 31 percent in 2017

Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2017, up 31 percent from 2016, and will reach 20.4 billion by 2020. Total spending on endpoints and services will reach almost $2 trillion in 2017. Regionally, China, North America and Western Europe are driving the use of connected things, and the three regions together will represent 67 percent of the overall Internet of Things (IoT) installed base in 2017. Read more →

U.S. News: Analytics jobs rank among the best

When it comes to the best business jobs, analytics- and operations research-oriented disciplines dominate the list, according to U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the “2017 Best Jobs.” In order, the top five “best business jobs” listings include: 1. statistician
, 2. mathematician
, 3. financial advisor, 
4. actuary, and 
5. operations research analyst. Read more →

UPCOMING ANALYTICS EVENTS

INFORMS-SPONSORED EVENTS

CONFERENCES

2017 INFORMS Business Analytics Conference
April 2-4, 2017, Las Vegas

2017 INFORMS Healthcare Conference
July 26-28, 2017, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

CAP® EXAM SCHEDULE

CAP® Exam computer-based testing sites are available in 700 locations worldwide. Take the exam close to home and on your schedule:


 
For more information, go to 
https://www.certifiedanalytics.org.