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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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INFORMS 2018 Board of Directors unites industry and academic leaders

  INFORMS 2018 Board of Directors unites industry and academic leaders

Leaders in industry and academia from around the world are among those who will be joining the INFORMS Board of Directors in 2018. INFORMS is the leading international association for operations research and analytics professionals (and the publisher of Analytics magazine).

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Certified Analytics Professional program earns ANSI accreditation

  Certified Analytics Professional program earns ANSI accreditation

The Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) program, the only global professional certification for analytics practitioners, has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the American member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), furthering CAP’s distinction to what CIO Magazine earlier this year called one of the top “big data certifications that will pay off.”

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Headlines

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 →

UPCOMING ANALYTICS EVENTS

INFORMS-SPONSORED EVENTS

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

Winter Simulation Conference
Dec. 9-12, 2018, Gothenburg, Sweden

OTHER EVENTS

Applied AI & Machine Learning | Comprehensive
Starts Oct. 29, 2018 (live online)


The Analytics Clinic
Citizen Data Scientists | Why Not DIY AI?
Nov. 8, 2018, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Advancing the Analytics-Driven Organization
Jan. 28–31, 2019, 1 p.m.– 5 p.m. (live online)


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