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Analytics at the 2016 INFORMS Annual Meeting

  Analytics at the 2016 INFORMS Annual Meeting

It’s an exciting time to be in INFORMS, and Nashville, Tenn., site of the 2016 INFORMS Annual Meeting on Nov. 13-16, is going to be a great time to learn about the state of the art in our rapidly changing profession, connect with colleagues and meet new ones. If you search under “Analytics” in the conference program, you will find more than 200 individual presentations.

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2017 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics offers $5,000 prize

  2017 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics offers $5,000 prize

Put your analytics skills to the test and win $5,000 in the 2017 “Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics” administered by INFORMS and sponsored by the Analytics Society of INFORMS.

As the world population increases and arable land decreases, it becomes vital to improve the productivity of the agricultural land available. Companies such as Syngenta strive to provide varieties of their crops to meet this need.

Every year farmers have to make decisions about which soybean seeds to plant given information about different soybean varieties and knowledge about the soil and climate at their respective farms. These annual decisions are critical; after a variety is planted, the decision is irreversible. Unusual weather patterns can have disastrous impacts on crops.

A highly desirable variety may be in short supply and unavailable for farmers. To ensure there is enough seed of the desired varieties for farmers, it is critical to evaluate which variety or varieties are more likely to be chosen by farmers from a growing region.

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Preparations underway for Annual Meeting in Nashville

  Preparations underway for Annual Meeting in Nashville

The upcoming 2016 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., seems like quite a ways off (Nov. 13-16), but preparations are well underway. In recent years, this meeting has demonstrated significant growth of both attendees and speakers. Although the deadline for speaker abstract submissions has passed, there is still capacity available for poster presentations.

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Analytics Society launches mentor experience for students

In addition to financially supporting the INFORMS Professional Colloquium (IPC), the Analytics Society decided to support participating students at the recent IPC by matching them with a volunteer from the Society. The IPC was held in conjunction with the INFORMS Conference on Analytics & Operations Research in Orlando, Fla.

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Stanford team wins Syngenta Crop Challenge

  Stanford team wins Syngenta Crop Challenge

Syngenta and the Analytics Society of INFORMS named Xiaocheng Li, Huaiyang Zhong and associate professors David Lobell and Stefano Ermon – a team from Stanford University – as the winners of the inaugural Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics. The team was awarded a $5,000 prize for their entry, “Hierarchy modeling of soybean variety yield and decision making for future planting plan,” which modeled a system for predicting soybean seed variety selection.

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Innovative Applications in Analytics Award

The Innovative Applications in Analytics Award (IAAA), which recognizes creative and unique developments, applications or combinations of analytical techniques used in practice, has garnered significant interest in its brief life. The IAAA for 2016 was awarded to an MIT-led team for its submission entitled, “An Analytics Approach to the Clock Drawing Test for Cognitive Impairment,” during the recent INFORMS Conference on Analytics & Operations Research in Orlando. Fla.

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Welcome to the Analytics Society!

The Analytics Section has become INFORMS’ newest society, and we are now the Analytics Society of INFORMS. Achieving society status recognizes our significantly increased membership base and our vastly expanded scope of activities, all of which were on display at the 2016 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research in Orlando, Fla. We are still the fastest growing subdivision of the Institute!

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Looking forward to Orlando analytics conference

The momentum is quickly building toward another successful and inspiring INFORMS Conference on Analytics & Operations Research on April 10-12 in Orlando, Fla. It promises to be a great venue to meet other practitioners and to hear carefully selected speakers and competition finalists describe analytics in action.

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Student Analytical Scholarship winners announced

  Student Analytical Scholarship winners announced

Maya Bam, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan, was named the winner of the 2016 Student Analytical Scholar Competition sponsored by the Analytics Section of INFORMS and supported by SAS. Bam’s application earned her 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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IPC to provide taste of analytics practice for grad students

The INFORMS Professional Colloquium (IPC), to be held Sunday, April 10, during the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research in Orlando, Fla., will provide real-world career guidance for a select group of 20 practice-oriented graduate students representing 16 universities. During the all-day IPC, the students will receive career advice from veteran practitioners through presentations, a case study and a panelist discussion.

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Analytics Blog

Electoral College put to the math test


With the campaign two months behind us and the inauguration of Donald Trump two days away, isn’t it time to put the 2016 U.S. presidential election to bed and focus on issues that have yet to be decided? Of course not.

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Stereotypes hold back girls’ interest in STEM subjects

New research from Accenture reveals that young people in the United Kingdom and Ireland are most likely to associate a career in science and technology with “doing research” (52 percent), “working in a laboratory” (47 percent) and “wearing a white coat” (33 percent). The study found that girls are more likely to make these stereotypical associations than boys. Read more →

Gartner: Connected ‘things’ will jump 31 percent in 2017

Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2017, up 31 percent from 2016, and will reach 20.4 billion by 2020. Total spending on endpoints and services will reach almost $2 trillion in 2017. Regionally, China, North America and Western Europe are driving the use of connected things, and the three regions together will represent 67 percent of the overall Internet of Things (IoT) installed base in 2017. Read more →

U.S. News: Analytics jobs rank among the best

When it comes to the best business jobs, analytics- and operations research-oriented disciplines dominate the list, according to U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the “2017 Best Jobs.” In order, the top five “best business jobs” listings include: 1. statistician
, 2. mathematician
, 3. financial advisor, 
4. actuary, and 
5. operations research analyst. Read more →

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