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INFORMS 2018 Government & Analytics Summit

The first annual INFORMS Government & Analytics Summit was held on May 21 in Washington, D.C. INFORMS President Nicholas G. Hall (The Ohio State University) seized a unique opportunity for INFORMS to host an event that could improve understanding within government of the value of operations research (O.R.) and analytics work for solving important societal problems. O.R. and analytics is already used in many government-related areas such as national security and military logistics, scheduling flights and bus routes in transportation, and epidemic preparedness in healthcare. Read more →

New study reveals personal predispositions may drive choice

New study reveals personal predispositions may drive choice

Imagine you are choosing between two resorts for your island vacation. The factors driving your decision will be “quality” and “price,” but “quality” can be more difficult to define. In the end, this will come to represent all factors beyond price, such as service, amenities, proximity to the ocean and other things that are important to you. So, how will you decide? Read more →

Challenges facing supply chain execs: leadership, labor, legacy technology

While most companies recognize the value of a digitally enabled supply chain – empowered by new technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data and analytics – many chief supply chain officers (CSCOs) are not leveraging their C-suite counterparts to help reinvent the supply chain function and transform it into an engine of new growth models and customer experiences, according to new research from Accenture. Read more →

Data Science Bowl: Using AI to accelerate life-saving medical research

Imagine unleashing the power of artificial intelligence to automate a critical component of biomedical research, expediting life-saving research in the treatment of almost every disease from rare disorders to the common cold. This could soon be a reality, thanks to the fourth Data Science Bowl, a 90-day competition in which, for the first time, participants trained deep learning models to examine images of cells and identify nuclei, regardless of the experimental setup – and without human intervention. Read more →

Analytics Society of INFORMS

Jack Levis

Society looks ahead to conferences, volunteers and adding value

With the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research behind us and everyone getting ready for summer, our attention is turning to what’s next. Past President Stefan Karisch is finalizing plans for a local conference in the Pacific Northwest. By collaborating with INFORMS and a local chapter of INFORMS, the Analytics Society can create additional meeting opportunities that help invigorate all three organizations. Read more →

Analytics Society seeks volunteers to fill leadership roles

INFORMS staff members are extremely capable and willing to help, but it takes the time and effort of volunteers like you and me to make the Analytics Society of INFORMS successful. The society, which was founded seven years ago as a “section,” now boasts a membership of 1,800 and a growing agenda to provide value to its members. To support that agenda, the society is seeking volunteers to fill the leadership roles described below. Read more →

2018 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics winner announced

2018 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics winner announced

Syngenta and the Analytics Society of INFORMS are proud to recognize a team from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia as the winner of the 2018 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics. The competition, hosted by the Analytics Society of INFORMS, concluded during the 2018 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research in Baltimore, where five finalist teams presented their submissions to the Crop Challenge Prize Committee. Read more →

Industry News

Frontline launches Solver.Academy, surpasses analytics tool milestone

Frontline Systems, developer of the Solver in Microsoft Excel, has launched Solver.Academy, its online learning platform for predictive and prescriptive analytics. Frontline also announced that it has surpassed 500,000 users of its cloud-based advanced analytics tools, aimed at spreadsheet-literate business analysts who aren’t expert data scientists. Read more →

AIMMS announces release of new R-link

AIMMS recently announced the release of a new R-link feature that allows app developers to leverage the power of R, including R libraries, to add statistical and other specialized number-crunching features to their AIMMS apps. Read more →

INFORMS Initiatives

2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting heading to Phoenix

The 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting will be held Nov. 4-7 at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Phoenix in the heart of downtown Phoenix. The Hyatt is just across the street from the Convention Center and both venues are within walking distance to many popular attractions. Four other area hotels are offering an INFORMS group rate, all within a five-minute walk of the conference venues. Sky Harbor International Airport is just 3.5 miles away from the heart of downtown Phoenix, making travel to and from the airport a breeze. Read more →

WSC 2018 set for Gothenburg, Sweden, on Dec. 9-12

The 2018 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC 2018) will be held Dec. 9-12 at The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden. The 2018 conference seeks to highlight applications of simulation for noble causes in addition to continuing to report leading developments and applications in other fields. The track sessions will feature uses of simulation in efforts analyzing and addressing issues facing humanity including, but not limited to, reducing poverty and world hunger, social causes, social problems, improving natural environment and disaster response. Read more →

Recent Features

By combining key technologies – AI, big data, advanced analytics, autonomous systems – smart technology can achieve far more than the unassisted human mind could ever accomplish. Photo Courtesy of ThinkStock.com

Key Technologies: The direction of smart automation

Tomorrow’s most vexing problems will be solved with smart automation. By combining key technologies – artificial intelligence (AI), big data, advanced analytics and autonomous systems – smart technology can achieve far more than the unassisted human mind could ever accomplish. Smart automation represents the next frontier in improving the human condition, but it has been in the works for decades. The automotive industry, for instance, was an early adopter of increasingly smart automation. Read more →

Proof of implementation takes on the lens of an engineer. The big question to address: Is the solution implementable? Photo Courtesy of ThinkStock.com

Return on Investment: Turbocharging analytics project adoption

Analytics has gone mainstream in large enterprises. Walking around the office halls, you hear talk of tensor flow, DNN, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), but there is still a large gap between expected and realized ROI from analytics projects. While you might think technology is the hardest part of an enterprise analytics project, most don’t fail due to inefficient neural networks or bad machine-learning models. They fail because of people. Read more →

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FCC wins 2018 INFORMS Edelman Award

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) won the 2018 Franz Edelman Award for its use of operations research (O.R.) as part of a revolutionary approach to address the rapidly growing need for additional wireless spectrum in the United States and Canada. The prestigious award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in advanced analytics, O.R. and management science, was presented by INFORMS at the Edelman Gala held April 16 in Baltimore in conjunction with the 2018 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research. Read more →

BNSF Railway receives 2018 INFORMS Prize

BNSF Railway was awarded the 2018 INFORMS Prize for its pioneering and enduring integration of operations research (O.R.) and analytics programs throughout the organization. The prize was presented at the Edelman Gala held April 16 in Baltimore in conjunction with the 2018 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research. Read more →

Ethics article earns Mission Award from Notre Dame

An article co-authored by Scott Nestler and David Hunt, both longtime and active members of INFORMS, was named a winner of the Mission Award from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. The article, “Using INFORMS ethics guidelines in the classroom,” appeared in the February 2017 issue of OR/MS Today (the INFORMS membership magazine). The Mission Award recognizes one or more Notre Dame faculty members for a specific research work that contributes to the common good. Read more →

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