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Nerds, Suits & Geeks: Will the real data scientist please stand up?

Data science has seen a dramatic rise in the last decade. The LinkedIn 2017 U.S. Emerging Jobs Report revealed the two fastest growing jobs as “machine learning engineer” and “data scientist.” Universities are struggling to keep up with this trend, assembling new programs to address the growing need for data science professionals. Many schools are even offering accelerated, online programs to make the investment more manageable and appealing for potential candidates. Read more →

Data scientists, change leaders and clinicians are getting down to the difficult work of solving problems with real-time data. Source: ThinkStock

Halting the Hype: Humility and other trends in health analytics

Our team at GE Healthcare uses analytics to help caregivers improve outcomes and efficiency. Our work includes retrospective analytics to assess performance and monitor KPIs, simulation analytics to align leaders with a strategy by testing alternative futures, and actionable analytics to support real-time decisions with predictive and prescriptive information. Here are some recent trends we observe in health analytics:... Read more →

Is Power BI a threat to Tableau’s “king of the hill” throne?

Market Domination: Power BI vs. Tableau

As a kid, we used to play a game on the playground called “king of the hill.” We played it in the winter when the playground was plowed, leaving large snowbanks at its perimeter. Someone would race to the top of the snowbank and claim to be king, willing to take on all who dared to take him down. In our bulky winter coats and gloves, we would attempt to push, pull, drag and tackle the king off the summit so we could lay claim to the throne. Read more →

Project teams frequently struggle with optimally combining the inputs from stakeholders, experts and models to reach decisions. Source. ThinkStock

Software Survey: Decision analysis

In 2018, the introduction and rapid adoption of once futuristic technologies has become the norm, unfortunately and frequently leaving the numerous hours of design, testing, fabrication and analysis – most importantly decision analysis - without much or any consideration. Prior to becoming realities, these technologies were items of imagination, so much so that they were utilized in movies to add to the “futuristic” element. Going back to “Space Odyssey” (2001), Facetime-like video and Siri-like artificial intelligence were introduced. Facebook took a page out of “The Minority Report” (2002) by using individual’s interests and history to drive personalized advertisements. Perhaps the most important technological advancement of our time, predicted in “The Net” (1995), was online pizza ordering and delivery [1]. Read more →


Inside story: Analytics extravaganza

As I write this on Oct. 20, I know that fall has arrived in the Atlanta area where I live because overnight lows have finally dipped into the 40s, college football dominates the news, and I’m getting ready to attend the INFORMS Annual Meeting. Turns out the 2018 conference, set for Nov. 4-7 in Phoenix, may offer one last blast of summer (predicted high of 86 on Oct. 29 according to today’s 10-day forecast), but the real heat will be generated inside the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Phoenix where about 5,700 attendees from the around the world will gather for a four-day analytics extravaganza. Read more →

Executive Edge: Data and analytics job market: a recruitment view

As the global leader in data and analytics recruitment, we make it our business at Harnham to always be aware of the state of the marketplace. From the hottest roles and technologies, to the most sought-after benefits, we pride ourselves on our understanding of the industry. And, in 2018, it’s looking stronger than ever. Read more →

ANALYZE THIS!: Who needs a data scientist?’s annual Dreamforce conference recently descended upon downtown San Francisco featuring 171,000 registered attendees. Because my campus is just a few blocks from the site of the conference, this event regularly hits my calendar. And for the past few years, machine learning and artificial intelligence have been a huge topic at Dreamforce. Read more →

Conference Preview — WSC 2018: ‘Simulation for a Noble Cause’

The Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) is the premier international forum for disseminating recent advances in the field of dynamic systems modeling and simulation and has been for 50 years (2017 was the 50th anniversary!). In addition to a technical program of unsurpassed scope and quality, WSC is the central meeting place for simulation researchers, practitioners and vendors spanning all disciplines and working in industry, government, military, service and academic sectors. WSC 2018 will be held Dec. 9-12 in Gothenburg, Sweden, at the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre. The theme for WSC 2018 is “Simulation for a Noble Cause.” Read more →

Five-Minute Analyst: World economic growth

I am not an economist, but I am interested in the performance of the economy. At work last week, my colleague wanted to know if we could build a model that considered the growth and interaction of some of the world’s biggest economies, based on data from the USDA Economic Research Office. Specifically, he wanted to see if he could extrapolate the data that was in the set out to the future. Read more →











Meet CIMON, the first AI-powered astronaut assistant

CIMON, the world’s first artificial intelligence-enabled astronaut assistant, made its debut aboard the International Space Station. The ISS’s newest crew member, developed and built in Germany, was called into action on Nov. 15 with the command, “Wake up, CIMON!,” by German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, who has been living and working on the ISS since June 8. Read more →

Yale research on immigration, aging runners makes news

A recent study by Yale University professor and former INFORMS President Edward H. Kaplan (photo) and Yale colleague Jonathan Feinstein and Mohammad M. Fazel-Zarandi of MIT suggests that the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States is nearly twice as many as experts previously thought. Since its publication last month, the study, which estimates the number of such immigrants at 22.1 million instead of 11.3 million, has garnered worldwide attention from major media outlets including the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, Fox News, Bloomberg News and the Daily Mail. Read more →

New salary survey paints optimistic picture for analytics professionals

Harnham, a global leader in data and analytics recruitment, recently released the 2018 editions of its salary guides for the United Kingdom, the United States and Europe. Having heard from thousands of data and analytics professionals across the globe, Harnham has gained an invaluable insight into key industry salaries and trends across a wide variety of analytics specialties and sectors. Read more →



Winter Simulation Conference
Dec. 9-12, 2018, Gothenburg, Sweden

INFORMS Computing Society Conference
Jan. 6-8, 2019; Knoxville, Tenn.

INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research
April 14-16, 2019; Austin, Texas

INFORMS International Conference
June 9-12, 2019; Cancun, Mexico

INFORMS Marketing Science Conference
June 20-22; Rome, Italy

INFORMS Applied Probability Conference
July 2-4, 2019; Brisbane, Australia

INFORMS Healthcare Conference
July 27-29, 2019; Boston, Mass.

2019 INFORMS Annual Meeting
Oct. 20-23, 2019; Seattle, Wash.

Winter Simulation Conference
Dec. 8-11, 2019: National Harbor, Md.


Applied AI & Machine Learning | Comprehensive
Dec. 3, 2018 (live online)

Advancing the Analytics-Driven Organization
Jan. 28–31, 2019, 1 p.m.– 5 p.m. (live online)


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