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Analytics Section welcomes new members from SPRIG

At the close of 2013, the officers of the INFORMS Analytics Section and the Spreadsheet Productivity Research Interest Group (SPRIG) agreed that SPRIG would merge into the Analytics Section. SPRIG’s officers evaluated membership trends and activities, and came to a difficult conclusion that the group was not likely to be viable in its current form. They approached the Analytics Section, which welcomed any and all SPRIG members.

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IBM, UNICEF team up to win Innovative Applications Award

For members of the INFORMS Analytics Section, one of the many highlights of the recent INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research were the excellent presentations by the finalists in the Third Annual Innovative Applications in Analytics Award competition.

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Boardman wins SAS/INFORMS Student Scholarship

Daniel Boardman, an MBA student from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, was named the winner of the Student Analytical Scholar Competition sponsored by the Analytics Section of INFORMS and supported by SAS. Boardman’s application earned him free registration, lodging and travel to the upcoming INFORMS Business Analytics & Operations Research Conference, as well as participation in the Professional Colloquium at the conference.

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Section’s website adds new analytics videos

Several new analytics videos have been added to the Analytics Section website. These videos were recorded at the INFORMS 2013 Annual Meeting. Enjoy talks from semi-finalists for the Innovative Applications in Analytics Award competition.

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Call for presentations: ‘Analytics Applications and Practice’

Analytics Section President Don Kleinmuntz is organizing a stream of sessions on “Analytics Applications and Practice” for the upcoming 20th Triennial Conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS 2014) to be held July 13-18 in Barcelona, Spain (http://www.ifors2014.org). Anyone interested in making a presentation on any topic related to analytics applications and practice in business or government should contact Kleinmuntz (don@kleinmuntzassociates.com) for further information.

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Section sponsors Spreadsheet Guru Contest

In conjunction with the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research, the Analytics Section of INFORMS will sponsor the 3rd Annual Spreadsheet Guru Contest. A test of head-to-head spreadsheet skills in data analysis and presentation, the Spreadsheet Guru Contest will kick off on March 21 via the Internet.

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Looking forward to conference, analytics award competition

The Analytics Section of INFORMS is looking forward to the upcoming INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research, to be held in Boston March 30-April 1. Highlights of Section-sponsored events include presentations by the three finalists – Ford, IBM and Fiserv – in the Section’s Innovative Applications in Analytics Award (IAA) competition. The award recognizes creative and unique developments, applications or combinations of analytical techniques used in practice.

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Section update, highlights, new officers

  Section update, highlights, new officers

At the recent INFORMS Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, the Analytics Section of INFORMS held its annual business meeting, jointly chaired by outgoing President Zahir Balaporia and incoming President Don Kleinmuntz. During this meeting, with more than 100 members in attendance, Zahir announced the results of the section’s recent elections. The officers serving until the 2014 INFORMS Annual Meeting include: President Don Kleinmuntz (Strata Decision Technology), VP/President-Elect Glenn Wegyrn (Analytic Impact), Secretary Veena Mendiratta (Alcatel-Lucent) and Treasurer Tarun Mohan Lal (Mayo Clinic).

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Semi-finalists named for Innovative Applications in Analytics Award

The Analytics Section of INFORMS announced that nine semifinalists for its 2013 Innovative Applications in Analytics Award will make presentations at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Minneapolis in October. Three finalists will be selected in November, leading up to the finalists’ presentations and the naming of the winner at the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research in March 2014.

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Innovative Applications in Analytics Award

The Innovative Applications in Analytics Award, sponsored by the INFORMS Section on Analytics, recognizes creative and unique developments, applications or combinations of analytical techniques used in practice. The prize promotes the awareness of the value of analytics techniques in unusual applications or in creative combination to provide unique insights and/or business value.

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Headlines

FCC wins 2018 INFORMS Edelman Award

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) won the 2018 Franz Edelman Award for its use of operations research (O.R.) as part of a revolutionary approach to address the rapidly growing need for additional wireless spectrum in the United States and Canada. The prestigious award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in advanced analytics, O.R. and management science, was presented by INFORMS at the Edelman Gala held April 16 in Baltimore in conjunction with the 2018 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research. Read more →

BNSF Railway receives 2018 INFORMS Prize

BNSF Railway was awarded the 2018 INFORMS Prize for its pioneering and enduring integration of operations research (O.R.) and analytics programs throughout the organization. The prize was presented at the Edelman Gala held April 16 in Baltimore in conjunction with the 2018 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research. Read more →

Ethics article earns Mission Award from Notre Dame

An article co-authored by Scott Nestler and David Hunt, both longtime and active members of INFORMS, was named a winner of the Mission Award from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. The article, “Using INFORMS ethics guidelines in the classroom,” appeared in the February 2017 issue of OR/MS Today (the INFORMS membership magazine). The Mission Award recognizes one or more Notre Dame faculty members for a specific research work that contributes to the common good. Read more →

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