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Can social media data be used to predict threats or identify fake news?

Can publicly available data from large-scale social media networks be used to help predict catastrophic events within the country’s infrastructure, such as threats to national security, the energy system or even the economy? Conrad Tucker, associate professor of engineering design and industrial engineering, has received funding from the U.S. Air Force to investigate whether crowd-sourced data from social media can be used to not only detect threats but also prevent catastrophic events from happening in the future. Read more →

Journal collection explores the origins of strategy science

Where do great strategies come from? How can opportunities be maximized? How can the most successful strategies be identified? These questions and more are explored in a one-of-a-kind collection of essays by prominent thought leaders in strategy science. This one-of-a-kind collection began with a collaborative workshop hosted by Apple and was ultimately published by INFORMS, the largest international association of operations research (O.R.) and analytics professionals. Read more →

Study: The magic of animated movies not tied to latest technology

In the nearly 60 years between the 1939 release of Hollywood’s first full-length animated movie, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and modern hits like “Toy Story,” “Shrek” and more, advances in animation technology have revolutionized not only animation techniques, but moviemaking as a whole. However, a new study in the INFORMS journal Organization Science found that employing the latest technology doesn’t always ensure creative success for a film. Read more →

Six finalists named for Edelman Award

INFORMS selected a diverse group of six finalists for the 47th annual Franz Edelman Award for Achievements in Operations Research and Management Science, the world’s most prestigious award for achievement in the practice of analytics and O.R. The 2018 finalists, who will present their work before a panel of judges at the INFORMS Conference on Analytics & Operations Research in Baltimore on April 15-17, included innovative applications in broadcasting, healthcare, communication, inventory management, vehicle fleet management and alternative energy. Read more →

Are Super Bowl ads worth it? New research suggests benefits persist

On Feb. 4, more than 40 percent of U.S. households will watch the 2018 Super Bowl game on TV. Advertisers will pay up to $4 million for a 30-second spot during the telecast. Is the high cost of advertising worth it? A new study finds that the benefits from Super Bowl ads persist well into the year with increased sales during other sporting events. Further, the research finds that the gains in sales are much more substantial when the advertiser is the sole advertiser from its market category or niche in a particular event. Read more →

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Jack Levis

Analytics Society looking forward to a productive analytics conference

The 2018 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research is approaching and Analytics Society officers are looking forward to seeing many of our members in Baltimore on April 15-17. The Society’s Prize Committees are working hard in preparation for the Innovative Applications in Analytics Award and the Syngenta Crop Challenge. I am grateful for the professionalism and hard work of these committees. It shows the power of our great membership. Read more →

Pro bono analytics

Innovative and Pro Bono Analytics: a winning combination

When Wes Chaar, José Antonio Carabajal, CAP, and Peter Williams from Turner Broadcasting won the 2017 Caterpillar and INFORMS Analytics Society Innovative Applications in Analytics Award (IAAA) for their application entitled “Audience Targeting Solutions Powered by Advanced Analytics,” they knew that they wanted to do some good with their $2,000 in prize money. Fortunately, they did not have to look far; they decided to team up with the INFORMS Pro Bono Analytics (PBA) program to support two important initiatives. Read more →

Nominations due soon for Early Career Professionals’ Network event

Nominations are due Feb. 28 for graduate students or recent graduates seeking industry positions who are interesting in attending the Early Career Professionals’ Network (ECPN) event to be held April 15 during the INFORMS Business Analytics Conference in Baltimore. ECPN combines the former INFORMS Professional Colloquium (IPC) and Early Career Connections (ECC) events. Read more →

Industry News

INFORMS Initiatives

Valuable content, contacts await analytics conference attendees

Considering attending the 2018 INFORMS Conference on Analytics & Operations Research? Nowhere else in the world will you find the analytics and operations research expertise and experience across so many industries coming together for a three-day event. On April 15-17, a thousand professionals from more than 400 companies and essentially all industries will convene in Baltimore to hear 150 carefully chosen talks from the best in the business. Read more →

INFORMS International Conference set for Taipei on June 17-20

The 2018 INFORMS International Conference will be held in Taipei, Taiwan, on June 17-20. The theme of the conference is “A Better World through O.R., Analytics and A.I.” The conference will showcase advancing trends in deep learning and their impact on business and society. Anyone interested in learning the latest technological advancements and industry trends from a global line-up of experts should attend. With more than 400 speakers and attracting about a thousand researchers and practitioners, the INFORMS International Conference is one of the largest international conferences in operations research and management science. Read more →

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Essential practice skills workshop

Patrick Noonan, a former management consultant, business owner and college professor, will lead two-day workshops in Denver and the Washington, D.C., area later this year as part of INFORMS’ Professional Development and Continuing Education program. The workshops, entitled, “Essential Practice Skills for High-Impact Analytics Projects,” will be held June 20-21 at the University of Denver in Denver and Sept. 19-20 at the AMA Washington D.C. Area Executive Conference Center in Arlington, Va. Read more →

INFORMS announces 2018 UPS Prize finalists

INFORMS has selected two finalists for the 2018 UPS George D. Smith Prize, which recognizes excellence in preparing students to become practitioners of operations research and analytics. The 2018 finalists are the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering, MEng Programs, Cornell University; and the Haslam College of Business MSBA, University of Tennessee. Read more →

Recent Features

AI anxiety

Forum: Anxiety over artificial intelligence

Operations research (O.R.) has had it easy. From its earliest days, the discipline harnessed the incredible power of mathematical algorithms to drive efficiency without drawing undue public attention. Militaries have relied on O.R. ever since World War I to better move around supplies or to ensure strike missions reach their target. In business, just the Franz Edelman Award finalist projects alone have brought home the tidy sum of $250 billion in cost savings. Read more →

Effectively integrating disparate data from different systems and devices requires a complete understanding of the organization’s “data map.”

The rise of self-service analytics

With the rise of big data – and the processes and tools related to utilizing and managing large data sets – organizations are recognizing the value of data as a critical business asset to identify trends, patterns and preferences to drive improved customer experiences and competitive advantage. The problem is, users too often can’t find the data they need to perform desired analytics. Data tends to be buried in different systems or siloed in departments across the organization. Read more →

Corporate Profile: Advanced analytics at Kroger

Back in 1883 when Barney Kroger invested his life savings of $372 to start his first store, the second purchase he made was a horse and carriage so he could deliver goods to his customers. One could make the argument that Barney knew the importance of delivery before Domino’s, Amazon or Blue Apron ever existed. Innovation has long been a tradition at Kroger. In the early part of the 20th century, Kroger was the first grocery store to include a bakery so customers didn’t have to travel to two stores, the first to introduce self-shopping and the first to surround its stores with parking lots. As technology evolved, it became the first company to test electronic scanners in the 1970s and one of the first to formalize consumer research. In the 1990s, it was one of the first stores to test self-checkouts, and by the start of the 21st century, it had spawned an industry-leading loyalty program. Read more →

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Artificial intelligence a game changer for personal devices

Emotion artificial intelligence (AI) systems are becoming so sophisticated that Gartner, Inc. predicts that by 2022, personal devices will know more about an individual’s emotional state than his or her own family. AI is generating multiple disruptive forces that are reshaping the way we interact with personal technologies. Read more →

FICO predicts AI and blockchain will meet in 2018

Scott Zoldi, chief analytics officer at FICO, in his AI predictions for 2018, predicts the rise of “defensive AI” and manipulative chatbots. Blockchain will use AI to search through relationship data, Zoldi says, and defensive AI will be used to protect systems from malicious AI and machine learning. Adds Zoldi: Chatbots will get so good at understanding us they will learn how to manipulate us. Read more →

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