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Strategic priorities of Analytics Society in 2017

  Strategic priorities of Analytics Society in 2017

The Analytics Society’s leadership team is now launching its strategic priorities for 2017. As described last month, we are going to focus on three areas to add more value for our members and profession, and I would like to invite you to participate.

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Analytics Society reviews 2016 and shares plans for 2017

  Analytics Society reviews 2016 and shares plans for 2017

The Analytics Society of INFORMS enjoyed a successful year in 2016, when it not only received society status within INFORMS, but it also again grew in membership and expanded its scope of activities, all of which were reviewed at a lively reception and business meeting at the 2016 Annual Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

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Overview of Analytics Society sponsored awards

The Analytics Society of INFORMS sponsors the following awards: the Innovative Applications in Analytics Award, the Student Analytical Scholar Case Study Competition and the Syngenta Crop Challenge.

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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 2017 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research.

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Analytics Section announces new officers

  Analytics Section announces new officers

Stefan Karisch (photo) of Boeing was elected president of the Analytics Society of INFORMS, and he formally took the gavel from outgoing President Jim Williams of FICO at the Society’s business meeting in Nashville, Tenn., on Nov. 14.

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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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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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Gartner: AI technologies to be pervasive in new software products

Market hype and growing interest in artificial intelligence (AI) are pushing established software vendors to introduce AI into their product strategy, creating considerable confusion in the process, according to Gartner, Inc. Analysts predict that by 2020, AI technologies will be virtually pervasive in almost every new software product and service. Read more →

Drone delivery: Professor develops solution to minimize delays in operations

When delivery companies like FedEx, Amazon and UPS launch drones to deliver packages in the near future, one Kennesaw State University computer science professor may be at the crux of solving one of its most complicated problems. Donghyun (David) Kim, assistant professor of computer science and an expert in computer algorithm optimization, is designing a fast-running algorithm to tackle simultaneous coordination problems among multiple delivery trucks and the drones launched from them. Read more →

Tech spending growth limited to about 5 percent through 2018

Forrester predicts U.S. business and government tech spending will continue to grow by 4.8 percent through 2017 and increase to 5.2 percent in 2018. While these forecasts are higher than Forrester’s projections following the 2016 presidential election, they are lower than the expected numbers from a year ago. Read more →

UPCOMING ANALYTICS EVENTS

INFORMS-SPONSORED EVENTS

Essential Practice Skills for High-Impact Analytics Projects
Sept. 26-27, Executive Conference Center, Arlington, Va.

Foundations of Modern Predictive Analytics
Oct. 2-3, VT Executive Briefing Center, Arlington, Va.

2017 INFORMS Annual Meeting
October 22-25, 2017, Houston

2017 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC 2017)
Dec. 3-6, 2017, Las Vegas

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