Baby, it’s (finally) cold outside, but spring will be here soon enough. With spring comes the INFORMS Analytics Conference, to be held April 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in sunny Orlando, Fla. The Analytics Section is organizing a number of exciting events for the conference.
We look back at another successful year for the Analytics Section of INFORMS, and your section officers and I want to thank all members for your contributions.
With 1,171 active members as of September 2015 (an 18 percent increase this year), we have not only become one of the largest subdivisions of INFORMS, but we are also connected with key INFORMS initiatives to promote the use of data-driven analytics and fact-based decision-making in practice.
INFORMS will once again offer the Student Analytical Scholar Competition, a scholarship program that will send the winning recipient to the 2016 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research. Supported by SAS and sponsored by the Analytics Section of INFORMS, the competitive program will recognize one outstanding student who would like to learn more about the practice of analytics at the conference in Orlando, Fla., April 10-12, 2016. The scholarship covers the cost of attending the event and additional networking opportunities.
A new award for 2016, the Syngenta Crop Challenge addresses the need to feed an increasing world populationwith decreasing land devoted to agriculture. To improve the productivity of the agricultural land available, farmers need to make good seed variety planting decisions, taking into consideration local soil conditions and unpredictable weather patterns.
The IAA Award recognizes creative and unique developments, applications or combinations of analytical techniques used in practice. The 2015 winner, Mayo Clinic, gave a reprise of their winning presentation entitled “Intelligent Surgery Scheduling” at the INFORMS Annual Meeting. During the business meeting, Pooja Dewan, 2015 Award Chair, presented the award to Dr. Kalyan Pasupathy, representing Mayo Clinic.