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Analytics Society of INFORMS News

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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Student Analytical Scholar winner announced

Oleksandr Akulov, a management grad student studying operations research at the University of British Columbia, was named the winner of the Student Analytical Scholar Competition sponsored by the Analytics Section of INFORMS and supported by SAS.

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Organizing analytics functions for maximum impact

Is the organizational structure in your company, or at the clients you support, enabling or hindering the successful implementation of analytics? Bring your experiences and share your opinion on this often asked question and contribute to a lively discussion at the “Birds of a Feather” session hosted by the Analytics Section of INFORMS on April 8 as part of the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research in San Antonio, Texas.

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Join the Analytics Section of INFORMS in S.F.

The Analytics Section of INFORMS invites you to join us at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Nov. 9 to 12.  Tarun Mohan Lal (Mayo Clinic) and Felipe Aros-Vera (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) have organized an outstanding sponsored cluster of sessions on all aspects of analytics.

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Headlines

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 →

UPCOMING ANALYTICS EVENTS

INFORMS-SPONSORED EVENTS

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.

OTHER EVENTS

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

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