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.
The Analytics Section of INFORMS continued to progress in 2015, both increasing its membership base and expanding its scope of activities, all of which were reviewed at a lively reception and business meeting at the 2015 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. As of this writing, the Section has 1,171 registered members and 1,724 engaged with its LinkedIn community.
The Innovative Applications in Analytics Award, inaugurated in 2012 by the Analytics Section of INFORMS, recognizes creative and unique application of analytical techniques. As stated on the award website, the prize “promotes the awareness and value of the creative combination of analytics techniques in unusual applications to provide insights and business value.” To win the award, implementations must integrate theoretical advances and innovative applications in order to create value.
As the Analytics Section of INFORMS looks toward the back half of 2015, we are proud of the positive impact the Section has had thus far this year. The Section has focused on five key areas: capabilities (primarily through promoting and supporting the CAP® and Maturity Model efforts), visibility (communicate on analytics-related topics via webinars, discussion forums and articles), recognition (highlight outstanding achievements in analytics through support of awards), conferences (enhance the presence of the Section at all INFORMS conferences) and outreach (supporting the analytics ecosystem through coordination with other INFORMS subdivisions, volunteering and building awareness with decision-makers).