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SAS endorses STEM recommendations for boosting math and science outcomes

Business analytics company SAS has endorsed the new “Vital Signs” reports that offer state-by-state recommendations on strengthening K-12 math and science to prepare students to compete globally. SAS CEO and founder Jim Goodnight urged state leaders to resist political pressure to lower expectations.

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New York State recovers $83 million in tax debt with IBM technology

New York State recovered $83 million in delinquent taxes last year thanks in large part to the deployment of the IBM Tax Collections Optimizer. The $83 million represents an 8 percent increase from 2009 and is double the average increase in prior years before the new technology was introduced.

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Midwest ISO earns Edelman honors

  Midwest ISO earns Edelman honors

Moments after Midwest ISO, which manages one of the world’s largest energy markets, won the 2011 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences, company CEO and President John Bear was asked how many people comprise his O.R. group.

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The secret to better credit-risk management: economically calibrated models

As the banking sector gradually rebounds from the global recession, many bank executives and boards are focused on incorporating the painful lessons learned during the past three years into their business operations.

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MIT professor predicts banner year for Red Sox

  MIT professor predicts banner year for Red Sox

After a productive winter in which Boston acquired All-Stars Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, Red Sox baseball fans eagerly awaited Opening Day at Fenway Park. Dimitris Bertsimas, a professor of operations research at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, gives fans another reason to cheer…

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Gartner: Data warehousing approaching significant inflection point

2011 will be the year when data warehousing reaches what could well be its most significant inflection point since its inception, according to Gartner Inc.

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Street smarts: IBM researching personalized travel routes for commuters

At a recent “smarter transportation” event in Washington, D.C., IBM announced a new research initiative to build personalized travel routes for commuters to avoid traffic gridlock. IBM researchers are using advanced analytics to develop adaptive traffic systems that will intuitively learn traveler patterns and behavior to provide more dynamic travel safety and route information to travelers than is available today.

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March’s Mad(ness) Scientists

  March’s Mad(ness) Scientists

The 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships, a three-week office pool party better known as “March Madness,” tips off March 15-16 with the “First Four” play-in games and concludes April 2 and 4 with the “Final Four” and the crowning of the national champion.

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Survey: Data Miners Reflect on Their Work, Tools and Challenges

Rexer Analytics recently released results from its 2010 survey of 735 data miners from 60 countries who were asked a series of 50 questions regarding their work, their favorite tools and their biggest challenges.

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Melissa Moore Named New INFORMS Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®) announced that INFORMS has named Melissa Moore as the new Executive Director of the professional association for experts in analytics and related fields.

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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 →

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Jan. 6-8, 2019; Knoxville, Tenn.

INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research
April 14-16, 2019; Austin, Texas

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June 9-12, 2019; Cancun, Mexico

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June 20-22; Rome, Italy

INFORMS Applied Probability Conference
July 2-4, 2019; Brisbane, Australia

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July 27-29, 2019; Boston, Mass.

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Oct. 20-23, 2019; Seattle, Wash.

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