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Speakers Program is alive and getting better

Mark Twain is purported to have said, “The report of my death was exaggerated.” This quip applies to the INFORMS Speakers Program. Originally launched by ORSA (a forerunner of INFORMS) more than 35 years ago, the program was designed to allow INFORMS chapters and student chapters to invite INFORMS members as speakers to their meetings. The program assembled a star-studded collection of potential speakers (all of them INFORMS members), covering topics as varied as the areas in which operations research and analytics can be applied.

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Regional meeting, Annual Meeting and officer elections on tap

  Regional meeting, Annual Meeting and officer elections on tap

With the end of summer here, Hurricane Florence reared its ugly head. I hope our members in the affected areas remained safe and were able to escape damage. Our members continue to work to provide value to our society. Last week we held a regional conference in Seattle, and we will hold another in Chicago on Oct. 11, with more coming next year. We’re striving to make these conferences an ongoing activity, because not only do they allow our members to showcase their work, but they also provide additional avenues for professionals to interact and focus on practice, which benefits our profession and society.

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Women in Operations Research—Bayer Scholarship applications due

Are you a female graduate student interested in the practice of operations research or analytics who would like to attend the INFORMS Annual Meeting to be held Nov. 4-7, 2018 in Phoenix? Apply now to be considered for the Women in Operations Research-Bayer Scholarship brought to you by the Analytics Society of INFORMS. One well-qualified individual will be selected to receive $1,300 to cover registration and travel expenses to attend the conference.

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Syngenta Crop Challenge offers a chance to win up to $5,000

  Syngenta Crop Challenge offers a chance to win up to $5,000

The 2019 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics, brought to you by the Analytics Society of INFORMS, is now open. By accepting the crop challenge, you and your team will be asked to demonstrate how data can be used to feed the future world. The winning team will receive $5,000, while $2,500 be awarded second place and third place will receive $1,000.

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Fighting terrorists online: Identifying extremists before they post content

  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.

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Syrian conflict yields model for attrition dynamics in multilateral war

  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.

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SAS, Samford University team up to generate sports analytics talent

  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.

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Algorithmic matching may double success rates of kidney transplants

  Algorithmic matching may double success rates of kidney transplants

Patients with terminal kidney failure require either frequent dialysis or a new, donated kidney to survive. Donor kidneys can be found via cadavers or by finding a willing and compatible living donor – usually a family member. Then, medical and psychological work is done to determine whether that donor is indeed compatible. If tests determine that, for example, the donor’s kidney is not likely to be accepted by the patient’s body, then the process halts and restarts.

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Survey: Consumers would use AI to save time and money

  Survey: Consumers would use AI to save time and money

A recent Gartner survey reveals that saving time and money are the top reasons why consumers would use artificial intelligence (AI). “AI is among the technologies that consumers consider using for tangible and more ‘serious’ benefits, as opposed to socializing, projecting self-image and having fun – three common reasons for using other personal technologies,” says Stephanie Baghdassarian, research director at Gartner.

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Regional conferences, volunteerism top Society’s agenda

  Regional conferences, volunteerism top Society’s agenda

It’s hard to believe Labor Day is almost upon us. The hard work this year of our members and volunteers is paying off. We will soon see regional conferences in both Seattle and Chicago. I’m often asked by managers I meet from other organizations where they can go to learn more about operations research and analytics. These regional conferences not only allow our members to showcase their work before an interested audience, but the conferences provide additional opportunities for Analytics Society leaders to learn more about our profession, our members and society.

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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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