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Meeting Preview: ‘Engineering the Future’

September/October 2010

2010 INFORMS Metting set for Nov. 7-10 in Austin, Texas

By Jonathan Bard

The Texas State Capitol Building is one of the many landmarks in Austin.

The Texas State Capitol Building is one of the many landmarks in Austin.

The 2010 INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) Annual Meeting will be held Nov. 7-10 in the vibrant city of Austin, Texas. The conference theme is “Engineering the Future.” The conference will feature four educationally rich days and four nonstop nights, including plenty of opportunities for networking at the INFORMS Membership Meeting on Saturday evening, the Welcome Reception on Sunday and a multitude of smaller get-togethers during the conference.

The General Reception will be held on Nov. 9 at the newly renovated Austin Convention Center and will have a Wild West theme. Don’t miss the country-western dancing and the high-octane armadillo races. Several plant tours and a spouse/guest program are also scheduled, including the Welcome Reception, General Reception and continental breakfasts.

The venue for all these events is the Convention Center and the brand new Hilton Hotel, both steps way from Austin’s renowned nightlife and the charms of Lady Bird Lake, a jogger’s paradise. With more than 4,000 scheduled presentations, the conference promises four highly educational and professionally rewarding days.

The plenary and keynote speakers listed below are set to offer a variety of talks that should stimulate the interest and curiosity of all attendees no matter what their specialty.

• John R. Birge, University of Chicago (Omega Rho Distinguished Lecture)
• Edward H. Kaplan, Yale University (Philip McCord Morse Lecture)
• Joan B. Woodard, Sandia National Laboratories
• Gerald G. Brown, Naval Postgraduate School
• Charles G. Groat, University of Texas at Austin
• Paul A. Jensen, University of Texas at Austin
• Chung-Yee Lee, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
• 2010 Edelman Award Winning Presentation: Indeval
• John Weyant, Stanford University

In addition, a group of distinguished scholars with extensive experience in practice will present 20 tutorials on decision technologies and innovative applications. Eleven of these tutorials will be published in TutORials in OR 2010 and will be available in electronic format to all conference attendees.

The meeting is fortunate to have received generous support, including “Leadership Sponsors” IBM, GAMS and Microsoft and “Corporate and University Sponsors” RSG Media, AIMMS, the University of Texas at Austin, Gurobi Optimization, the University of Texas at Dallas, BNSF, the University of Southern California, Georgia Tech and Texas State University. Additional sponsorships are, of course, welcome.

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Jonathan Bard is general chairman of the 2010 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.



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