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Analytics at the 2016 INFORMS Annual Meeting

2017 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics offers $5,000 prize

Don’t miss the Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics.

It’s an exciting time to be in INFORMS, and Nashville, Tenn., site of the 2016 INFORMS Annual Meeting on Nov. 13-16, is going to be a great time to learn about the state of the art in our rapidly changing profession, connect with colleagues and meet new ones. If you search under “Analytics” in the conference program, you will find more than 200 individual presentations.

While we recommend that you use the excellent INFORMS applications to build your own tailored program, here are a few that we think are particularly noteworthy for Analytics Society members:

Sunday, Nov. 13: SD14 – “Big Data Analytics and E-commerce,” featuring talks about nonparametric tests for online experiments and tailored base-surge inventory policies.  Both of these are applied to Walmart.

Monday, Nov. 14: MB-14 – “Data Analytics” focused on different applications of the growing and changing data, and how professionals best use it; and  MC-14 – “Emerging Applications of Optimization in Industry,” chaired by Juan Ma of Turner Broadcasting System.

Tuesday, Nov. 15: TD14 – “Predictive Analytics – Big Data with a Purpose,” including talks on volatility-based metrics, security and multi-directional prediction problems, smart strategies for matching big data and predicting return abuse with data analytics.

Wednesday, Nov. 16: WC14 – “Transportation and Disaster Analytics,” which will cover topics such as social networks during Hurricane Sandy, taxi demand forecasting using spatio-temporal correlations, and traffic state estimates using license plate recognition.

In addition to these (and many other sessions), the following two are “must see” (both on Sunday): SB 06: “What Industry Wants Analytics Graduates to Know,” a panel discussion led by Thomas Tiahrt of the University of South Dakota that promises to be interesting, particularly to our younger members; and SC 14: “The Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics.” For more on the crop challenge session, click here.

Finally, don’t miss the Analytics Society business meeting at 6:15 p.m. on Monday (MCC – 104D, level 1).

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Nashville!

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