Call for Papers

Dear Colleagues,

We have the great pleasure of inviting you to participate in the DEA45: International Conference on Data Envelopment Analysis to be held September 4-6, 2023 at Surrey Business School, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

DEA: 45 years on
In the seminal paper, Charnes, Cooper, and Rhodes (European Journal of Operational Research 2, 429-444, 1978) introduced DEA as a linear programming based method for measuring the comparative efficiency of decision making units (DMUs). Since then DEA has seen exponential growth in both theoretical development and applications. Thousands of papers have been published extending the methodology to address numerous aspects of real life problems. Applications though lagging behind theory are nevertheless well established, ranging from the regulation of utilities to the delivery of financial, health, education and other public and private sector services. Following the DEA40 conference at Aston University in 2018, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of the seminal paper on DEA,  we are now organizing the DEA45 conference in 2023 on the 45th Anniversary of that, the most frequently cited paper in Operational Research journals.

University of Surrey
The University of Surrey is located on a landscaped campus on the outskirts of Guildford. London is only 35 minutes away by train and its major airports of Heathrow and Gatwick are both within easy reach, giving ready access from all over the world.

Surrey Business School
Surrey Business School is one of the largest and most successful Business Schools in Europe. Surrey Business School is in the top 20 business schools in the UK for world-leading research that is having a real-world impact. In the Research Excellence Framework 2021, the School achieved an overall ranking of 19th for research quality, 10th for research outputs and 16th for research impact. It is among the elite 1% of Business Schools worldwide who have achieved triple accreditation from AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB, the standard accrediting bodies of the UK, Europe and the US. The School is within University of Surrey, located in Guildford, Surrey.  

Centre for  Business Analytics in Practice
The centre for  Business Analytics in Practice (CBAP) is a multi-disciplinary research Centre with the vision of using analytics for better decision-making.  The focus of this Centre is to investigate how data of any size can help organizations succeed through fact-based, data-driven, proactive decision-making. We are focused on theoretically driven empirically rigorous research in these fields, particularly around their applications outside academia.  Our Centre brings together research into the methods and applications in key areas, including:  
·        business analytics 
·        AI and big data 
·        health analytics 
·        operations and supply chain analytics 
·        sustainability and net-zero analytics. 

The need for data-driven, better and faster solutions is more critical now than ever before.   Using analytics for better decision-making has grown exponentially over the past decade. Driven by business and societal needs, decision analytics has become one of the most active research areas in academics and in industry.   The tools, techniques, and algorithms used for big data projects leverage the most current, state-of-the-art methods applied in a wide variety of fields that include business and management science, computer science, statistics, data science, engineering, and mathematics.  

Outline of the Conference
The conference will feature:
·        Papers on the latest research in the field;
·        Applications focused tracks including on Regulation, Agriculture, Education, Financial and Health Services;
·        Round table discussions aimed at early career researchers where former or  current Editors of Journals in the field, including the European Journal of Operational Research and the Journal of Productivity Analysis will offer advice on getting published.
      
CONFERENCE PROGRAM:
September 4            Opening Ceremony + Full Day Conference + Welcome Reception
September 5            Full Day Conference + Gala Dinner
September 6            Half Day Conference + Closing Ceremony
More information about the scientific and social program of the conference as well as paper submission can be found at www.dataenvelopment.com/dea45 .

We look forward to seeing you at the DEA45 Conference in Guildford, UK!!
Ali Emrouznejad
Professor and Chair in Business Analytics,
Director, Centre for Business Analytics in Practice,
Surrey Business School,
Guildford, UK
Emmanuel Thanassoulis,
Emeritus Professor,
Aston Business School,
Aston University,
Birmingham, UK