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INFORMS Initiatives

New look for PubsOnLine, same great content

INFORMS has updated its PubsOnLine platform and design to better align with INFORMS’ storytelling mission – to lead with our content and the work being done by our members in operations research and analytics. The update takes advantage of new advances in UX design – as did the overhaul of www.informs.org (IOL) in April 2017 – to include more intuitive navigation, bold graphics and an overall more enjoyable reader experience in a completely mobile responsive environment.

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New member of Education & Industry Outreach Department

  New member of Education & Industry Outreach Department

INFORMS recently welcomed Heather Trusty (photo) to the Education & Industry Outreach team as the new CAP certification manager. Trusty comes from the Association of Clinical Research Professionals where she was the director of certification responsible for four global certification programs including the new Certified Professional program that she developed to meet the needs of the clinical research professional industry.

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Proposals sought for inaugural INFORMS Security Conference

INFORMS is requesting proposals to organize the initial INFORMS Security Conference. In a continuing effort to promote the development and use of operations research and analytics in the government sector, INFORMS aims to have the conference bring together researchers and practitioners to ensure security in not only government, but industrial and personal activities as well.

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2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting heading to Phoenix

  2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting heading to Phoenix

The 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting will be held Nov. 4-7 at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Phoenix in the heart of downtown Phoenix. The Hyatt is just across the street from the Convention Center and both venues are within walking distance to many popular attractions.

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WSC 2018 set for Gothenburg, Sweden, on Dec. 9-12

  WSC 2018 set for Gothenburg, Sweden, on Dec. 9-12

The 2018 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC 2018) will be held Dec. 9-12 at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden. The 2018 conference seeks to highlight applications of simulation for noble causes in addition to continuing to report leading developments and applications in other fields.

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Essential practice skills workshop scheduled for Washington, D.C.

  Essential practice skills workshop scheduled for Washington, D.C.

Patrick Noonan, a former management consultant, business owner and college professor, will lead a two-day workshop in the Washington, D.C., area as part of INFORMS’ Professional Development and Continuing Education program. The workshop, entitled, “Essential Practice Skills for High-Impact Analytics Projects,” will be held Sept. 19-20 at the AMA Washington D.C. Area Executive Conference Center in Arlington, Va.

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INFORMS launches Recognition and Development Department

  INFORMS launches Recognition and Development Department

INFORMS recently launched the Recognition and Development Department to promote charitable giving opportunities to support the profession, INFORMS programs, the robust INFORMS awards program, as well as a new focus on scholarship opportunities. This new initiative invites INFORMS members to designate donations to support existing INFORMS awards and programs, as well as identify and cultivate new award and scholarship opportunities.

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The INFORMS Analytics Body of Knowledge

“The INFORMS Analytics Body of Knowledge” (ABOK) is a comprehensive compilation of the core concepts and skills with which a professional in analytics should be familiar. It is being produced and will be maintained by members of INFORMS and published by Wiley. ABOK will serve as the means by which the academic society or professional association communicates its vision, both internally and externally. It will do so by providing those interested in the development and application of the tools of analytics with a means for understanding what analytics is and how analytics can be used to solve complex problems, make better decisions and formulate more effective strategies.

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Optimizing investments: Student team competition

  Optimizing investments: Student team competition

Balancing risk to achieve a high-performing investment portfolio is a challenge for the most seasoned investment manager. Student teams from around the world showed that they are more than ready for the challenge at the second annual O.R. & Analytics Student Team Competition held during the recent 2018 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research in Baltimore. A group of students from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, successfully used O.R. and analytics to create a competitive equity portfolio to win this year’s event following a daylong series of presentations.

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INFORMS International Conference set for Taipei on June 17-20

  INFORMS International Conference set for Taipei on June 17-20

The 2018 INFORMS International Conference will be held in Taipei, Taiwan, on June 17-20. The theme of the conference is “A Better World through O.R., Analytics and A.I.” The conference will showcase advancing trends in deep learning and their impact on business and society. Anyone interested in learning the latest technological advancements and industry trends from a global line-up of experts should attend. With more than 400 speakers and attracting about a thousand researchers and practitioners, the INFORMS International Conference is one of the largest international conferences in operations research and management science.

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Does negative political advertising actually work?

While many potential voters dread campaign season because of pervasive negative political advertising, a new study has found that negative political advertising actually works, but perhaps not in the way that many may assume. The study “A Border Strategy Analysis of Ad Source and Message Tone in Senatorial Campaigns,” which will be published in the June edition of INFORMS’ journal Marketing Science, is co-authored by Yanwen Wang of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Michael Lewis of Emory University in Atlanta and David A. Schweidel of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Read more →

Meet Summit, world’s most powerful, smartest scientific supercomputer

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory on June 8 unveiled Summit as the world’s most powerful and smartest scientific supercomputer. With a peak performance of 200,000 trillion calculations per second – or 200 petaflops – Summit will be eight times more powerful than ORNL’s previous top-ranked system, Titan. For certain scientific applications, Summit will also be capable of more than three billion billion mixed precision calculations per second, or 3.3 exaops. Read more →

Employee engagement a top concern affecting customer experience

Employee engagement has surfaced as a major concern in delivering improvements in customer experience (CX), with 86 percent of CX executives in a Gartner, Inc. survey ranking it as having an equal or greater impact than other factors such as project management and data skills. “CX is a people issue,” says Olive Huang, research vice president at Gartner. “In some instances, the best technology investments have been derailed by employee factors, such as a lack of training or incentives, low morale or commitment, and poor communication of goals." Read more →

UPCOMING ANALYTICS EVENTS

INFORMS-SPONSORED EVENTS

INFORMS Annual Meeting
Nov. 4-7, 2018, Phoenix

OTHER EVENTS

Making Data Science Pay
July 30-31, 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m.


Predictive Analytics: Failure to Launch Webinar
Aug. 18, 11 a.m.


Applied AI & Machine Learning | Comprehensive
Sept. 10-13, 17-20 and 24-25


Advancing the Analytics-Driven Organization
Sept. 17-20, 12-5 p.m. LIVE Online


The Analytics Clinic: Ensemble Models: Worth the Gains?
Sept. 20, 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

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