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INFORMS 2018 Annual Meeting set for Nov. 4-7 in Phoenix

By Young-Jun Son

2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting heading to PhoenixThe 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting will be held Nov. 4-7 at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Phoenix, which are in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. The Hyatt is just across the street from the Convention Center and both venues are surrounded by an entertainment district replete with music and drama theaters, sports arenas, restaurants and museums. The Desert Botanical Garden, American Indian arts and cultures experience of the Heard Museum, and the Musical Instrument Museum with everything from the piano on which John Lennon composed “Imagine” to the collections of handmade instruments of indigenous cultures from around the world are local experiences you won’t want to miss. 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.

The theme of this year’s meeting is “Smart City and Sustainable Communities.” Smart cities are the new paradigm when it comes to urban sustainability. They make sustainable urban solutions such as public transit, renewable energy systems and resource-efficient buildings more attractive and efficient by adding information and communications technologies (ICTs). They enable us to track arrival times of trains, regulate the temperature at home with our smart phones, and balance supply and demand of renewable energy in smart grids. A smart city uses ICTs to enhance its livability, workability and sustainability. The light rail transportation system in Phoenix was built to spur urban development along its 20-mile corridor and is a perfect example of this. Another example is the Central Arizona Project, which was designed to bring approximately 1.5 million acre-feet of Colorado River water annually to Pima, Pinal and Maricopa counties.

The INFORMS Annual Meeting offers unique opportunities to connect and network with the more than 5,500 INFORMS members, students, prospective employers and employees, as well as academic and industry experts who compose the INFORMS community. You can listen to intriguing plenary and keynote presentations, panel discussions, tutorials and some of the thousands of oral and poster presentations.

We have a superb lineup of plenary and keynote speakers. Cornell University’s Brenda Dietrich will give the opening plenary talk on “Riding Technology Waves: Perspectives and Opportunities for Operations Research.” Other confirmed plenary and keynote speakers include Kenneth Fletcher of Kestrel Hawk Consulting, Inc., Anna Nagurney of University of Massachusetts, Éva Tardos of Cornell University, Jorge Calzada of National Grid, Erica Plambeck of Stanford University, Mario Veiga Pereira of PSR, Russell Allgor of Amazon and Garrett van Ryzin of Lyft and Cornell Tech. Other excellent keynotes will be provided by the Edelman Award, Wagner Prize and UPS Smith Prize reprises.

Other noteworthy events include the Pro Bono Analytics program, which has partnered with St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, a food bank and distribution network in the Phoenix area. In Arizona, nearly 30 percent of the population is considered working poor, living on wages that barely cover housing and other basic necessities and have little money to spare on food. This difficult standard of living has left more than 36,000 people homeless and unsure of where their next meal will come from. INFORMS has coordinated a volunteering initiative for Annual Meeting attendees to build meal bags for Phoenix’s homeless population and make a positive impact on our host city. You can register for this initiative on the Annual Meeting website. Your support helps INFORMS purchase the necessary items and build the meal bags that will be distributed on the streets of Phoenix to those who need them the most.

Pre-conference workshops will include the INFORMS Combined Colloquia, INFORMS 10th Conference on Information Systems & Technology, INFORMS 1st Conference on Service Science, INFORMS 13th Workshop on Data Mining & Decision Analytics, QSR 20th Anniversary Celebration Workshop, INFORMS Workshop on Data Science and numerous technology workshops. All of these events will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3 and some require a separate registration.

The INFORMS group rates have sold out at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, Sheraton Grand Phoenix Downtown Hotel, Renaissance Phoenix Downtown, Residence Inn by Marriott Phoenix Downtown and the Courtyard by Marriott Phoenix Downtown. However, INFORMS has partnered with Stay22 to provide you with all available accommodations (hotels, Airbnb, hostels) at the lowest price online. This pricing is equal to or better than what you will find on any discount travel or hotel website. You can book directly on the Annual Meeting website.

We hope you will join the thousands of academics, industry experts, students and government agency representatives for the OR/MS event of the year. The early registration deadline is Oct. 8. For more information regarding the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting please visit meetings.informs.org/phoenix2018.

Young-Jun Son chairs the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix.

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