The International Symposium on Military Operational Research



Updated outline programme now available!

Version 5 (25th June) of the outline programme for 32 ISMOR has now been issued.  Please note that this still subject to change.

Welcome to ISMOR

ISMOR, the world's foremost international conference on defence operational research, was founded in 1984 by the late Professor Ronnie Shephard, who at that time held the chair of operational research (OR) at the UK's Royal Military College of Science at Shrivenham. It has been held annually ever since.

ISMOR is officially endorsed and sponsored by the UK Ministry of Defence.  Strong support is also provided by the Defence Special Interest Group of the OR Society in the UK and by the Military Operations Research Society in the US.

Each year, at the Symposium Dinner, a distinguished guest speaker delivers the Ronnie Shephard Memorial Address.

Papers and presentations from the 2014 and earlier symposia are available online.

The ISMOR website also hosts other online resources likely to be of interest to the defence and security analysis community.

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The 32nd International Symposium on Military Operational Research

will be held from

21st to 24th July 2015


Royal Holloway, University of London

Egham, Surrey, United Kingdom

Updated versions of the following documents are now available:

Announcement and call for papers (11th June)

Guidelines for authors (16th May)

Outline programme (25th June)

Key date:

6th July: Presentations and papers to be emailed to

Online booking

Click the button to access the 32 ISMOR online booking system.  For details of the options available, prices and methods of payment, please see the announcement and call for papers.

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This year's
Ronnie Shephard Memorial Address
will be given by

Dr Frances Saunders CB FREng

Frances Saunders held many important scientific posts within the UK Ministry of Defence and wider Government.  In particular, she was Director of the Centre for Defence Analysis;  Director, Research Councils;  and Chief Executive of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.

Having retired from Government Service in 2012, she is currently President of the Institute of Physics.

The 2015 programme

For 32 ISMOR, papers and posters are sought on all aspects of the application of analysis to defence and security.

We welcome practice-based papers that explore case studies, demonstrate new techniques, shed light on our most important issues or that bring a multi-disciplinary approach to solving today's problems (complementing OR with disciplines such as management science, risk, economics and human sciences).  We especially seek practical modelling and simulation papers, case studies showing impact and lessons learned, and examples that illustrate the strengths and weaknesses of different techniques.

There will be special sessions addressing conflict resolution and management of OR, and also one or more sessions with fewer papers but with greater time to allow in-depth exploration of issues.

On the Wednesday there will be workshops, a dedicated poster session and tutorials covering techniques and case studies.  These will include briefings and workshops for less-experienced analysts, covering what OR is, current techniques and their applications, and the history and evolution of defence and security OR.  Early-career analysts giving presentations or posters will be able to attend that day at a specially reduced rate.


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