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INFORMS Annual Meeting in S.F. to bridge data, decisions


INFORMS Annual Meeting in S.F. to bridge data, decisionsThe 2014 INFORMS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, set for Nov. 9-12 and whose theme is “Bridging Data and Decisions,” promises to be one of the largest ever, with more than 5,000 technical presentations. Whether you are interested in pressing societal needs, including healthcare, energy and climate change, new developments in supply chain management and logistics, cutting-edge methodologies for optimization, or advances in stochastic processes and risk analysis, you will find hundreds of presentations to match your interests. Special practice-oriented tracks will offer a view into how companies, large and small, have successfully implemented various analytics approaches to improve the bottom line.

Also featured are diverse plenary and keynote talks spanning a lecture by Nobel laureate Alvin Roth to a presentation on the Google Driverless Car Project. Other highlights include special lectures and sessions to commemorate what would have been the 100th birthday of the late George Dantzig.

The conference will take place in two adjacent hotels, the Hilton San Francisco Union Square and the Parc 55 Wyndham, in close proximity to the city’s prime shopping district and near major tourist sites, major cultural attractions and world-class restaurants.

Nearly 50 years ago, Scott McKenzie sang, “If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.” The conference will offer still another suggestion: Be sure to come to the 2014 Fall INFORMS Meeting. It will be an exceptional venue for reconnecting with your professional colleagues and making new ones.

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– Candi Yano


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INFORMS Annual Meeting
Nov. 13-16, 2016, Nashville, Tenn.


Foundations of Modern Predictive Analytics
Nov. 17-18, 2016, Nashville, Tenn. 


The Arithmetic of Uncertainty: A Cure for the Flaw of Averages
A one-day (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) workshop with optional hands-on computer lab
Sept. 14: Washington, D.C. (Crystal City)
Sept. 20: Houston
Sept. 21: Dallas
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