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International Conference to spotlight O.R., analytics and AI

By Grace Lin

The 2018 INFORMS International Conference will be held in the world-class Taipei International Convention Center (TICC) and the Grand Hyatt Taipei in beautiful Taipei City, Taiwan, on June 17-20. The conference theme is “A Better World Through Operations Research, Analytics and Artificial Intelligence.”

The conference offers excellent opportunities to learn about the emerging O.R. and AI technologies and applications from more than 40 invited, sponsored and contributed clusters featuring more than 600 talks. Along with plenary and keynote speeches, attendees will hear presentations in the areas of service science, supply chain, energy, sustainability, autonomous vehicles, smart healthcare, financial technology and digital economy transformation delivered by top researchers and industry leaders from around the world, including eight INFORMS Fellows and six National Academy of Engineering members.

The conference also features 12 tutorials in key areas of data science, deep learning, data integrated stochastics, model-based optimization, smart healthcare, smart manufacturing, logistics, the sharing economy and fintech, along with insightful case studies. Special panels on “Industry 4.0,” “Education Transformation through Analytics,” “Science and Engineering,” “Meet the Editors” and “Women in Technology” will also be offered.

In addition, the conference will hold the first INFORMS’ “Hackathon in Healthcare and FinTech,” with a top prize of $10,000 to encourage rising talents’ contributions to O.R., analytics and AI. Other special events include a poster session and proceedings with awards sponsored by IBM and others. Networking opportunities at the welcome reception, a women’s reception sponsored by BNYM and a Chinese banquet dinner will round out the program.

After hours, conference attendees can enjoy stunning evening views from the landmark skyscraper, Taipei 101, and get a taste of the night market snacks and the famous xiaolongbao (Chinese steamed bun) in Din Tai Fung, as well as experiencing the vibrant night life of Taipei with its welcoming people, easy public transportation system and natural beauty while being helped along by helpful English signage infrastructure. Known as “Formosa in the Age of Discovery,” Taiwan also offers unparalleled ecological diversity such as the magnificent Taroko Gorge in Hualien, the vibrant corals and marine life in Kenting and the tranquility of Sun Moon Lake.

For more information and to register, visit the 2018 INFORMS International Conference website ( and join 800 other international professionals at this must-attend international conference of the year. Sign up now and plan to visit Taiwan – a place for you to discover and be amazed.

Grace Lin is the general chair of the 2018 INFORMS International Conference and vice president of Asia University, Taiwan.


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