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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. Four other area hotels are offering an INFORMS group rate, all within a five-minute walk of the conference venues. Sky Harbor International Airport is just 3.5 miles away from the heart of downtown Phoenix, making travel to and from the airport a breeze.

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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. The track sessions will feature uses of simulation in efforts analyzing and addressing issues facing humanity including, but not limited to, reducing poverty and world hunger, social causes, social problems, improving natural environment and disaster response.

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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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Essential practice skills workshop

  Essential practice skills workshop

Patrick Noonan, a former management consultant, business owner and college professor, will lead two-day workshops in Denver and the Washington, D.C., area later this year as part of INFORMS’ Professional Development and Continuing Education program. The workshops, entitled, “Essential Practice Skills for High-Impact Analytics Projects,” will be held June 20-21 at the University of Denver in Denver and Sept. 19-20 at the AMA Washington D.C. Area Executive Conference Center in Arlington, Va.

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Valuable content, contacts await analytics conference attendees

  Valuable content, contacts await analytics conference attendees

Considering attending the 2018 INFORMS Conference on Analytics & Operations Research? Nowhere else in the world will you find the analytics and operations research expertise and experience across so many industries coming together for a three-day event. On April 15-17, a thousand professionals from more than 400 companies and essentially all industries will convene in Baltimore to hear 150 carefully chosen talks from the best in the business.

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INFORMS announces 2018 UPS Prize finalists

INFORMS has selected two finalists for the 2018 UPS George D. Smith Prize, which recognizes excellence in preparing students to become practitioners of operations research and analytics. The 2018 finalists are the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering, MEng Programs, Cornell University; and the Haslam College of Business MSBA, University of Tennessee.

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Certification program adds new testing vendor, enhancements for 2018

  Certification program adds new testing vendor, enhancements for 2018

As of January 2018, PSI, a globally recognized leader in certification testing, will be serving Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) candidates. INFORMS is working closely with the provider to finalize new procedure for registering those interested in taking the CAP exam.

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INFORMS members donate, prepare comfort kits for Houston’s homeless

  INFORMS members donate, prepare comfort kits for Houston’s homeless

For the homeless men, women and children of Houston still struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, a helping hand came from an unexpected source – a thousand comfort kits with essential toiletries and hygiene items assembled by the attendees of the INFORMS 2017 Annual Meeting, held in Houston, Oct. 22-25.

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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. Read more →

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. Read more →

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. Read more →

UPCOMING ANALYTICS EVENTS

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2018 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research
April 15-17, 2018, Baltimore

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