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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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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 →


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

Managing Large Data Sets

Managing Large Data Sets: Companies don’t need more customer data – they need the ‘right data’

Companies and enterprises love to be called “data-driven.” Their business intelligence teams don’t refrain from including it in their strategy. But do they really know the meaning of being a “data-driven organization”? Though organizations succeed in generating and collecting a humongous amount of customer data, having big databases does not serve as the key enabler in making a business data-driven and digital. It’s a sad state that companies invest millions of dollars in building and managing large data sets, but Forrester research suggests that these organizations analyze only about 12 percent of this data, whereas the rest of the 88 percent of data lives in silos of systems and departments. Lack of data management and analytics expertise, analytic solutions and “brutal” data silos are the reasons companies ignore a vast majority of their own data. Read more →

Autonomous Systems

Autonomous Systems: Big data in your products, services and operations

Businesses are greatly expanding the autonomous capabilities of their products, services and manufacturing processes to better optimize their reliability and efficiency. The processing of big data is playing an integral role in developing these prescriptive analytics. As a result, data scientists and engineers should pay attention to the following aspects of working with big data as they move from “conceptualization” to “operationalization” of their designs: accessing data stored in various formats and systems; finding and deriving relevant information in data; using tools that scale to big data for both development and operationalization. By remaining mindful of when, where and how these challenges arise during the big data design process, data scientists and engineers will be better able to complete their projects on time and on budget. Read more →

artificial intelligence

Artificial Intelligence: Machines, man and intelligence

Discussions of artificial intelligence often veer in strange directions. On the one hand, you have the sort of doomsday scenarios that are staples of science fiction – a disobedient Hal 9000 goes on a killing spree, for instance. Or, at the other end of the spectrum, you have marketing departments adding “A.I.” to the most pedestrian of electronic devices in an attempt to capitalize on media hype. Thank you, but my toaster does not need A.I. Read more →





















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 →



2018 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research
April 15-17, 2018, Baltimore


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