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Challenges facing supply chain execs: leadership, labor, legacy technology

  Challenges facing supply chain execs: leadership, labor, legacy technology

While most companies recognize the value of a digitally enabled supply chain – empowered by new technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data and analytics – many chief supply chain officers (CSCOs) are not leveraging their C-suite counterparts to help reinvent the supply chain function and transform it into an engine of new growth models and customer experiences, according to new research from Accenture.

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Data Science Bowl: Using AI to accelerate life-saving medical research

  Data Science Bowl: Using AI to accelerate life-saving medical research

Imagine unleashing the power of artificial intelligence to automate a critical component of biomedical research, expediting life-saving research in the treatment of almost every disease from rare disorders to the common cold. This could soon be a reality, thanks to the fourth Data Science Bowl, a 90-day competition in which, for the first time, participants trained deep learning models to examine images of cells and identify nuclei, regardless of the experimental setup – and without human intervention.

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FCC wins 2018 INFORMS Edelman Award

  FCC wins 2018 INFORMS Edelman Award

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) won the 2018 Franz Edelman Award for its use of operations research (O.R.) as part of a revolutionary approach to address the rapidly growing need for additional wireless spectrum in the United States and Canada.

The prestigious award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in advanced analytics, O.R. and management science, was presented by INFORMS at the Edelman Gala held April 16 in Baltimore in conjunction with the 2018 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research.

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BNSF Railway receives 2018 INFORMS Prize

  BNSF Railway receives 2018 INFORMS Prize

BNSF Railway was awarded the 2018 INFORMS Prize for its pioneering and enduring integration of operations research (O.R.) and analytics programs throughout the organization. The prize was presented at the Edelman Gala held April 16 in Baltimore in conjunction with the 2018 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research.

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Ethics article earns Mission Award from Notre Dame

  Ethics article earns Mission Award from Notre Dame

An article co-authored by Scott Nestler and David Hunt, both longtime and active members of INFORMS, was named a winner of the Mission Award from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. The article, “Using INFORMS ethics guidelines in the classroom,” appeared in the February 2017 issue of OR/MS Today (the INFORMS membership magazine). The Mission Award recognizes one or more Notre Dame faculty members for a specific research work that contributes to the common good.

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University of Tennessee receives UPS George D. Smith Prize

  University of Tennessee receives UPS George D. Smith Prize

The University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business received the 2018 UPS George D. Smith Prize from INFORMS for Haslam’s innovative curriculum, taught in the context of a true business environment, that prepares students to become effective practitioners.

Featuring the first analytics master’s program launched within a business school, Haslam employs award-winning faculty members who share their extensive real-world analytics experience with their students.

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Survey finds deep consumer anxiety over data privacy and security

  Survey finds deep consumer anxiety over data privacy and security

A new survey shows that 78 percent of U.S. respondents say a company’s ability to keep their data private is “extremely important” and only 20 percent “completely trust” organizations they interact with to maintain the privacy of their data. The poll underscores the public’s view of the obligation that organizations have to handle data responsibly and protect it from hackers.

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Georgia Tech presents Professional Education Award

  Georgia Tech presents Professional Education Award

Pinar Keskinocak, director of Georgia Tech’s Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems (CHHS), has been selected for the Outstanding Professional Education Award. The awards committee recognized her leadership of the CHHS and her efforts to promote health and humanitarian services through the certificate program for Health and Humanitarian Supply Chain Management (HHSCM).

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Survey says CRM is largest software market and will continue to grow

  Survey says CRM is largest software market and will continue to grow

At the end of 2017, worldwide customer relationship management (CRM) software revenue overtook that of database management systems (DBMSs), making CRM the largest of all software markets, according to Gartner, Inc.

Worldwide CRM software revenue amounted to $39.5 billion in 2017, overtaking DBMS revenue, which reached $36.8 billion in the same year.

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Finalists for 2018 Syngenta Crop Challenge announced

  Finalists for 2018 Syngenta Crop Challenge announced

Syngenta and the Analytics Society of INFORMS this week announced the finalists for the 2018 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics. Now in its third year, the competition aims to address the challenge of achieving global food security by fostering cross-industry collaboration between agriculture and advanced analytics experts.

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Fighting terrorists online: Identifying extremists before they post content

New research has found a way to identify extremists, such as those associated with the terrorist group ISIS, by monitoring their social media accounts, and can identify them even before they post threatening content. The research, “Finding Extremists in Online Social Networks,” which was recently published in the INFORMS journal Operations Research, was conducted by Tauhid Zaman of the MIT, Lt. Col. Christopher E. Marks of the U.S. Army and Jytte Klausen of Brandeis University. Read more →

Syrian conflict yields model for attrition dynamics in multilateral war

Based on their study of the Syrian Civil War that’s been raging since 2011, three researchers created a predictive model for multilateral war called the Lanchester multiduel. Unless there is a player so strong it can guarantee a win regardless of what others do, the likely outcome of multilateral war is a gradual stalemate that culminates in the mutual annihilation of all players, according to the model. Read more →

SAS, Samford University team up to generate sports analytics talent

Sports teams try to squeeze out every last bit of talent to gain a competitive advantage on the field. That’s also true in college athletic departments and professional team offices, where entire departments devoted to analyzing data hunt for sports analytics experts that can give them an edge in a game, in the stands and beyond. To create this talent, analytics company SAS will collaborate with the Samford University Center for Sports Analytics to support teaching, learning and research in all areas where analytics affects sports, including fan engagement, sponsorship, player tracking, sports medicine, sports media and operations. Read more →

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