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Update on the Analytics Section’s focus areas for 2015

The Analytics Section of INFORMS will provide regular updates to the INFORMS community on five primary focus areas for 2015, each being coordinated and reported on by the Section’s officers: Capabilities (Jim Williams, VP), Recognition (Glenn Wegryn, President), Visibility (Polly Mitchell-Guthrie, Secretary), Conferences (Tarun Mohan Lal, Treasurer) and Outreach (Wegryn).

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Communicate with analytics peers through INFORMS Connect

The Analytics Section listserv is transitioning from its existing software platform to the new and improved community platform: INFORMS Connect ( Existing members of the Analytics Section have been automatically migrated to the Analytics Section Community page within INFORMS Connect and will receive daily digest emails when messages are posted in the community. If you are not currently a paid member of the Analytics Section, you’re missing out! Don’t get left behind – join now!

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Call for analytics volunteers!

As 2014 is winding down and the Analytics Section looks forward to building on 2014’s successes next year, there are opportunities in a number of areas to provide even greater service to the Analytics Section’s membership. Based on the member survey taken in September, a significant number of respondents offered to volunteer some of their time to help move the agenda forward.

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Innovative Applications in Analytics Award finalists announced

The Analytics Section’s flagship prize is the Innovative Applications in Analytics (IAA) Award, which recognizes creative and unique developments, applications or combinations of analytical techniques used in practice. This prize has garnered significant interest in its brief life. For the 2015 IAA Award, 24 applicants submitted their work, from which six semi-finalists were chosen at the end of September. After a two-month verification process, the judging committee identified two finalists that will be presenting their work at the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research in Huntington Beach, Calif., in April 2015.

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INFORMS Healthcare Conference seeks session, abstract ideas

The Analytics Section will sponsor an invited session cluster at the INFORMS Healthcare Conference in Nashville, Tenn., July 29-31, 2015. The Section welcomes submissions regarding ideas for sessions. As a session chair you will be responsible for inviting/soliciting other speakers and selecting topics/themes for your sessions. Each session is 90 minutes long and usually consists of three to five presentations.

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Student Analytical Scholar Case Study Competition

INFORMS will once again offer the SAS/INFORMS Analytics Section Student Analytical Scholar Competition, a scholarship program that will send the winning recipient to the 2015 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research. Supported by SAS and sponsored by the Analytics Section of INFORMS, the competitive program will recognize one outstanding student who would like to learn more about the practice of analytics at the conference in Huntington Beach, Calif., on April 12-14, 2015. The scholarship covers the cost of attending the event and additional networking opportunities.

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Analytics Section continues to grow, hosts lively reception

The Analytics Section of INFORMS has continued to develop in 2014, both increasing the membership base and expanding its scope of activities, all of which were reviewed at a lively reception and business meeting at the 2014 INFORMS Annual Conference in San Francisco earlier this month.

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Midwest Practice of Analytics Conference

The second annual INFORMS Midwest Practice of Analytics Conference (IMPAC) was hosted by the University of Chicago Graham School’s Master of Science in Analytics program l on Sept. 4. The conference attracted a diverse group of analytics practitioners from the private, government and academic sectors.

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2014 update on Analytics Section activities

The Analytics Section of INFORMS has continued to develop in 2014, both increasing membership base and expanding its scope of activities.

Early in the year, the Analytics Section merged with the Spreadsheet Research Productivity Research Interest Group (SPRIG), another section of INFORMS, which was a factor in helping to boost total membership of the Analytics Section to almost 1,000. The spreadsheet has been and is likely to continue to be an important, commonly used tool for performing analytics; the Analytics Section welcomes all SPRIG members to our ranks.

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INFORMS Midwest Practice of Analytics Conference

The second annual INFORMS Midwest Practice of Analytics Conference, a half-day event for industry professionals in the field of analytics, will be held Sept. 4 at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago.

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Using machine learning and optimization to improve refugee integration

Andrew C. Trapp, a professor at the Foisie Business School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), received a $320,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop a computational tool to help humanitarian aid organizations significantly improve refugees’ chances of successfully resettling and integrating into a new country. Built upon ongoing work with an international team of computer scientists and economists, the tool integrates machine learning and optimization algorithms, along with complex computation of data, to match refugees to communities where they will find appropriate resources, including employment opportunities. Read more →

Gartner releases Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 rankings

Gartner, Inc. has released its 10th annual Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 ranking. The rankings recognize organizations across the healthcare value chain that demonstrate leadership in improving human life at sustainable costs. “Healthcare supply chains today face a multitude of challenges: increasing cost pressures and patient expectations, as well as the need to keep up with rapid technology advancement, to name just a few,” says Stephen Meyer, senior director at Gartner. Read more →

Meet CIMON, the first AI-powered astronaut assistant

CIMON, the world’s first artificial intelligence-enabled astronaut assistant, made its debut aboard the International Space Station. The ISS’s newest crew member, developed and built in Germany, was called into action on Nov. 15 with the command, “Wake up, CIMON!,” by German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, who has been living and working on the ISS since June 8. Read more →



INFORMS Computing Society Conference
Jan. 6-8, 2019; Knoxville, Tenn.

INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research
April 14-16, 2019; Austin, Texas

INFORMS International Conference
June 9-12, 2019; Cancun, Mexico

INFORMS Marketing Science Conference
June 20-22; Rome, Italy

INFORMS Applied Probability Conference
July 2-4, 2019; Brisbane, Australia

INFORMS Healthcare Conference
July 27-29, 2019; Boston, Mass.

2019 INFORMS Annual Meeting
Oct. 20-23, 2019; Seattle, Wash.

Winter Simulation Conference
Dec. 8-11, 2019: National Harbor, Md.


Advancing the Analytics-Driven Organization
Jan. 28–31, 2019, 1 p.m.– 5 p.m. (live online)


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