Ellis Johnson Symposium

A symposium honoring Ellis Johnson on the occasion of his 70th birthday will take place in Grand Cayman from July 24-26, 2008. The symposium will celebrate the life and accomplishments of Ellis Johnson, a giant in applied mathematics and operations research with great contributions to aviation applications. Click here for details.

Travel Grants for INFORMS 2008

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Industry Studies Program invites submissions for special organized sessions at the 2008 INFORMS Annual Meeting, which will be held in Washington, D.C., October 12-15, 2008. The Industry Studies Program will award travel grants on the basis of successful proposals. Click here for details.

AGIFORS 2008 Anna Valicek Award

AGIFORS Anna Valicek Medal is for original and innovative research in the application of operations research to civil airline and/or civil airline related business problems. Submissions for working papers are now accepted (due April 30th, 2008) for recent student work. Click here for details.

AGIFORS 2008 Airline Operations Conference

AGIFORS' annual Airline Operations Conference is being hosted and organized in conjunction with Air France-KLM in Amsterdam, the Netherlands between 18-22 May 2008. Click here for details. 

Student Scholarships

A Graduate Research Award Program on Public-Sector Aviation issues is available.  Students who complete a research paper on airport-related aviation issues are eligible to receive $10,000.  The awards are sponsored by the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program.  Application deadline is June 3, 2008. Click here for program flyer.

2007 INFORMS Annual Meeting Panel Discussion: Research Challenges in Aviation

The panel discussion addressed current research challenges in aviation. Representatives from industry, regulators, suppliers, and academia presented current and future challenges for the research community, and engaged the audience in a discussion. Click here for presentations.

Dissertation Prize


The Aviation Applications Section of INFORMS awards a prize for the best dissertation in any area related to aviation OR (air traffic management OR and airline OR). The winner will receive a plaque and an honorarium of $500. Other finalists will receive an honorable mention and a certificate. Doctoral dissertations meeting the following criteria are eligible for consideration:

  • The dissertation must be completed and submitted between June 1, 2007 and May 31, 2008;
  • The dissertation must be in an area relevant to aviation research or practice.

Application Process 

Submit the following documents in portable document format (PDF) via email to the Secretary of AAS, Greg Coldren (, before midnight on July 15, 2008:

  • the completed dissertation;

  • an extended abstract (4 to 5 pages) describing the work and its relevance;

  • a letter of nomination from the dissertation supervisor supporting the submission and highlighting the importance of the research;

  • a short paper (20 to 25 pages, double spaced) that is based on the dissertation (if such a paper is available).


Committee Chair: Francois Soumis, Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal 

Other Committee Members:  Diego Klabjan, Northwestern University; Mirela Stojkovic, Northwest Airlines; David Ryan, University of Auckland

Past Winners

First Place
Anne Mercier, Universite de Montreal, Montreal, Canada

Decomposition Methods for the Integrated Aircraft Routing and Crew Scheduling Problem

Anne Mercier receives the award from the Prize Committee Chair, Barry Smith

First Place
Mattias Grönkvist, Chalmers University of Technology, Goteborg, Sweden

The Tail Assignment Problem

Mattias Grönkvist receives the award from the Prize Committee Chair, Mark Hansen

First Place
Gregory Coldren, Northwestern University
Modeling the Competitive Dynamic among Air travel Itineraries with Generalized Extreme Value Models

Coldren receives Dissertation Prize
Gregory Coldren receives the award from the Prize Committee Chair, Michael Ball

First Place
Laurie Anne Garrow, Northwestern University
Comparison of Choice Models Representing Correlation and Random Taste Variation: An Application to Airline Passengers’ Rescheduling Behavior

Garrow receives Dissertation Prize
Laurie Garrow receives the award from the Prize Committee Chair, Cindy Barnhart

First Place
Milind G. Sohoni, Georgia Institute of Technology
A Robust Optimization Approach to Reserve Crew Manpower Planning in Airlines

Sohoni receives Dissertation Prize
Milind Sohoni receives the award from the Prize Committee Chair, John-Paul Clarke

Honorable Mentions
Amy Mainville Cohn, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Composite-Variable Modeling for Large-Scale Problems in Transportation and Logistics

Sanne Vincent de Boer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Advances in Airline Revenue Management and Pricing

Thomas Vossen, University of Maryland
Fair Allocation Methods in Air Traffic Management

Internship Program

Our Aviation Applications Section is proud to instate an Internship program. This program aims to help Operations Research students obtain internship positions with air transport optimization providers. The program also aims to help operations research practitioners in aviation find qualified interns. Several well known companies in North America participate in our program.

Currently there are no open internship positions. However, we encourage you to participate in our program either as a student or as an internship provider in the aviation industry.








  • INFORMS annual meeting, Pittsburgh, November 5-8, 2006.
    Aviation Applications Sponsored Sessions
  • AGIFORS meetings
    • Schedule and Strategic Planning Study Group, May 11,2006, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom.
    • Airline Operations Study Group, May 7, 2006, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
    • Crew Management Study Group, April 9, 2006, Honolulu, Hawaii.
    • Reservation and Yield Management Study Group, June 1, 2006, Miramar, FL.
    • Cargo, June 1, 2006, Miramar, FL.
    • Symposium, September 1, 2006, Rome, Italy.


  • INFORMS annual meeting, New Orleans, November 13-16, 2005.
    Aviation Applications Sponsored Sessions

    Presentations from the Aviation Applications Research Clinic: Expert Perspectives on Aviation
  • Mathematical Models for Optimizing Transportation Services, University of Auckland, April 19-22, 2005.
  • AGIFORS meetings
    • Schedule and Strategic Planning Study Group, May 19-20,2005, Seattle, WA
    • Airline Operations Study Group, May 18-21, 2005, Mainz, Germany
    • Crew Management Study Group, May 15-18, 2005, Mainz, Germany
    • Reservation and Yield Management Study Group, May 15-19, 2005, Cape Town, South Africa
    • Symposium, September 5, 2005, Brazil
  • IFORS, Honolulu, HI., July 11-15, 2005.