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Analytics at the Barcelona IFORS Conference

The 20th Conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies was held in Barcelona, Spain from July 13-18. Held once every three years, this conference brings together approximately 3,300 operations research (O.R.) academics and practitioners from all over the world. This particular IFORS conference was notable for several reasons – one obvious virtue was a venue within sight of the Mediterranean and close to every artistic, cultural and culinary delight that Barcelona has to offer.

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2015 Innovative Applications in Analytics Award

Applications for the 2015 Innovative Applications in Analytics Award, sponsored by the INFORMS Section on Analytics, are due Aug. 25. The purpose of the award is to recognize creative and unique developments, applications or combinations of analytical techniques used in practice. The prize promotes the awareness of the value of analytics techniques in unusual applications, or in creative combination to provide unique insights and/or business value.

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Analytics cluster set for INFORMS Annual Meeting in S.F.

The Analytics Section of INFORMS will present the analytics cluster of sessions and presentations at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in San Francisco Nov. 9-12. The cluster encompasses 20 sessions featuring the most renowned analytics practitioners and leaders. Nine additional sessions will be jointly organized in collaboration with the Health Applications Society (HAS), CPMS (the Practice Section of INFORMS) and the Section on O.R. in Sports (SpORts).

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Analytics Section welcomes new members from SPRIG

At the close of 2013, the officers of the INFORMS Analytics Section and the Spreadsheet Productivity Research Interest Group (SPRIG) agreed that SPRIG would merge into the Analytics Section. SPRIG’s officers evaluated membership trends and activities, and came to a difficult conclusion that the group was not likely to be viable in its current form. They approached the Analytics Section, which welcomed any and all SPRIG members.

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IBM, UNICEF team up to win Innovative Applications Award

For members of the INFORMS Analytics Section, one of the many highlights of the recent INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research were the excellent presentations by the finalists in the Third Annual Innovative Applications in Analytics Award competition.

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Boardman wins SAS/INFORMS Student Scholarship

Daniel Boardman, an MBA student from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, was named the winner of the Student Analytical Scholar Competition sponsored by the Analytics Section of INFORMS and supported by SAS. Boardman’s application earned him free registration, lodging and travel to the upcoming INFORMS Business Analytics & Operations Research Conference, as well as participation in the Professional Colloquium at the conference.

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Section’s website adds new analytics videos

Several new analytics videos have been added to the Analytics Section website. These videos were recorded at the INFORMS 2013 Annual Meeting. Enjoy talks from semi-finalists for the Innovative Applications in Analytics Award competition.

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Call for presentations: ‘Analytics Applications and Practice’

Analytics Section President Don Kleinmuntz is organizing a stream of sessions on “Analytics Applications and Practice” for the upcoming 20th Triennial Conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS 2014) to be held July 13-18 in Barcelona, Spain ( Anyone interested in making a presentation on any topic related to analytics applications and practice in business or government should contact Kleinmuntz ( for further information.

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Section sponsors Spreadsheet Guru Contest

In conjunction with the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research, the Analytics Section of INFORMS will sponsor the 3rd Annual Spreadsheet Guru Contest. A test of head-to-head spreadsheet skills in data analysis and presentation, the Spreadsheet Guru Contest will kick off on March 21 via the Internet.

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Artificial intelligence a game changer for personal devices

Emotion artificial intelligence (AI) systems are becoming so sophisticated that Gartner, Inc. predicts that by 2022, personal devices will know more about an individual’s emotional state than his or her own family. AI is generating multiple disruptive forces that are reshaping the way we interact with personal technologies. Read more →

FICO predicts AI and blockchain will meet in 2018

Scott Zoldi, chief analytics officer at FICO, in his AI predictions for 2018, predicts the rise of “defensive AI” and manipulative chatbots. Blockchain will use AI to search through relationship data, Zoldi says, and defensive AI will be used to protect systems from malicious AI and machine learning. Adds Zoldi: Chatbots will get so good at understanding us they will learn how to manipulate us. Read more →



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