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.
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.
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.
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.
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.