Ailsa Land Prize

The Ailsa Land Prize

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Professor Ailsa Land (1927-2021) was an Emeritus Professor of Operational Research at the London School of Economics. She received her PhD in 1956 under the supervision of George Morton. In a pioneering work with Alison Doig, in 1960 she introduced the branch-and-bound method, which is to this day at the heart of all commercial solvers, and one of the most widely known methods in optimisation. 

You can find out more on Professor Ailsa Land here and see recent interview for INFORMS Oral History archive here.

You can also read her obituary here.

The prize is awarded annually for the best overall performance by a student on the MSc Operations Research & Analytics. The prize consists of £250 and a book chosen by the Department. The winner(s) of the prize are selected by the Sub-Board of Examiners.

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