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Analytics Society looking forward to a productive analytics conference

  Analytics Society looking forward to a productive analytics conference

The 2018 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research is approaching and Analytics Society officers are looking forward to seeing many of our members in Baltimore on April 15-17. The Society’s Prize Committees are working hard in preparation for the Innovative Applications in Analytics Award and the Syngenta Crop Challenge. I am grateful for the professionalism and hard work of these committees. It shows the power of our great membership.

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Innovative and Pro Bono Analytics: a winning combination

  Innovative and Pro Bono Analytics: a winning combination

When Wes Chaar, José Antonio Carabajal, CAP, and Peter Williams from Turner Broadcasting won the 2017 Caterpillar and INFORMS Analytics Society Innovative Applications in Analytics Award (IAAA) for their application entitled “Audience Targeting Solutions Powered by Advanced Analytics,” they knew that they wanted to do some good with their $2,000 in prize money. Fortunately, they did not have to look far; they decided to team up with the INFORMS Pro Bono Analytics (PBA) program to support two important initiatives.

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Nominations due soon for Early Career Professionals’ Network event

Nominations are due Feb. 28 for graduate students or recent graduates seeking industry positions who are interesting in attending the Early Career Professionals’ Network (ECPN) event to be held April 15 during the INFORMS Business Analytics Conference in Baltimore. ECPN combines the former INFORMS Professional Colloquium (IPC) and Early Career Connections (ECC) events.

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Moving forward: award finalists, local meetings, engaging members

  Moving forward: award finalists, local meetings, engaging members

The Analytics Society of INFORMS continues to move forward with its priority initiatives of awards, local meetings and engaging members. The purpose is to provide value to our more than 1,800 members.

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Society turns its attention to awards and regional meetings

  Society turns its attention to awards and regional meetings

With the 2017 INFORMS Annual Meeting behind us, the Analytics Society is turning its sights to its awards and regional meetings. The Society’s Prize Committee has been very busy analyzing entries for the Innovative Applications in Analytics Award. The committee received 29 high-quality entries and is doing due diligence in analyzing each one. The Society is looking forward to presentations by six finalists at the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & O.R. in Baltimore in April 2018. The judges will have a tough decision picking a winner.

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Thanks to 2017 leadership team and welcome to 2018 leaders

  Thanks to 2017 leadership team and welcome to 2018 leaders

It was great seeing many of the Analytics Society members at our business meeting in Houston, where we discussed our strong membership and financial picture, and also recognized winners of our keystone awards. In addition, we thanked our 2017 leadership team and introduced our 2018 leaders.

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Get in the game: coach a champion IAAA team

The 2018 Caterpillar and INFORMS Analytics Society Innovative Applications in Analytics Award (IAAA) competition is underway. By Nov. 15, the award’s judging panel will select six finalists from among 28 submissions. Each finalist team will be assigned a coach.

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Passing the torch at the Houston INFORMS conference

  Passing the torch at the Houston INFORMS conference

I look forward to the upcoming INFORMS Annual Meeting in Houston on Oct. 22-25, and I invite you to attend the business meeting of the Analytics Society on Monday, Oct. 23 from 6-7 p.m. At this meeting, we will review recent accomplishments, recognize the winners of our society-sponsored awards and hand over the leadership of the Analytics Society to the newly elected officers.

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Looking forward to the INFORMS conference in Houston

  Looking forward to the INFORMS conference in Houston

Another INFORMS Annual Meeting is fast approaching, set for Oct. 22-25 in Houston. It promises to be a great venue to meet other practitioners. The program is shaping up to be very interesting. Several plenary and keynote presentations will be given by industry representatives, and there will be a number of practice-oriented sessions spanning a diverse set of application areas.

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IAAA and Interfaces: a winning combination

The six finalists of the 2018 Innovative Applications of Analytics Award (IAAA) competition, sponsored by Caterpillar and the INFORMS Analytics Society, will receive expedited consideration for the publication of their winning work in a special issue of Interfaces, INFORMS premier journal of applied 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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