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Four undergrads receive scholarships to INFORMS Annual Meeting

Four promising young scholars were recipients of 2018 INFORMS Undergraduate Student Scholarships for travel to the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix. The scholarships, which included travel expenses along with conference badges, were awarded to Vinny Ahluwalia of the University of Michigan, Dipayan Banerjee of Northwestern University, Caroline Johnston of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Hemeng Li of Harvey Mudd College.

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WSC 2018: ‘Simulation for a Noble Cause’

  WSC 2018: ‘Simulation for a Noble Cause’

The Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) is the premier international forum for disseminating recent advances in the field of dynamic systems modeling and simulation and has been for 50 years (2017 was the 50th anniversary!). In addition to a technical program of unsurpassed scope and quality, WSC is the central meeting place for simulation researchers, practitioners and vendors spanning all disciplines and working in industry, government, military, service and academic sectors. WSC 2018 will be held Dec. 9-12 in Gothenburg, Sweden, at the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre. The theme for WSC 2018 is “Simulation for a Noble Cause.”

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Using machine learning and optimization to improve refugee integration

  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.

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Gartner releases Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 rankings

  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.

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Meet CIMON, the first AI-powered astronaut assistant

  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.

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Changing of the guard: accomplishments and future priorities

  Changing of the guard: accomplishments and future priorities

The Analytics Society held its business meeting during the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix earlier this month. It was a great event, and I was happy to see so many engaged members. We presented the Society’s achievements over the last year, and incoming President Erick Wikum went over his priorities for the upcoming year. Great discussion ensued, and I think all who attended enjoyed the event. I’d love to see these discussions continue.

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Judges named for 2019 Syngenta Crop Challenge

  Judges named for 2019 Syngenta Crop Challenge

Syngenta and the Analytics Society of INFORMS have assembled a panel of esteemed experts with diverse backgrounds from industry and academia to judge the 2019 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics Award. This year’s challenge addresses the tolerance of various corn hybrids to stresses that might be encountered during the growing season.

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Yale research on immigration, aging runners makes news

  Yale research on immigration, aging runners makes news

A recent study by Yale University professor and former INFORMS President Edward H. Kaplan (photo) and Yale colleague Jonathan Feinstein and Mohammad M. Fazel-Zarandi of MIT suggests that the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States is nearly twice as many as experts previously thought. Since its publication last month, the study, which estimates the number of such immigrants at 22.1 million instead of 11.3 million, has garnered worldwide attention from major media outlets including the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, Fox News, Bloomberg News and the Daily Mail.

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Looking forward to the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix

  Looking forward to the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix

I am looking forward to seeing our Society members at the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix next month, Nov. 4-7. It is hard to believe a year has passed since our last time together. Our awards program remains strong, and the volunteer members who oversee the awards have made sure the program is managed with integrity and that it exudes quality.

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In order to attract conference attendees, get creative

  In order to attract conference attendees, get creative

With the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix fast approaching, here is a question to consider. Which of the following talks would you rather attend?

“An Inventory Model with Highly Variable Lead Times”
“YAIM featuring Delivery by Tortoise and Hare”

These fictitious titles are intended to refer to the same presentation. The first is what we would expect from a technical writer. The second is rather curious. What does YAIM mean and how does one of Aesop’s Fables enter in?

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Headlines

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 →

UPCOMING ANALYTICS EVENTS

INFORMS-SPONSORED EVENTS

INFORMS Computing Society Conference
Jan. 6-8, 2019; Knoxville, Tenn.

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

INFORMS International Conference
June 9-12, 2019; Cancun, Mexico

INFORMS Marketing Science Conference
June 20-22; Rome, Italy

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

INFORMS Healthcare Conference
July 27-29, 2019; Boston, Mass.

2019 INFORMS Annual Meeting
Oct. 20-23, 2019; Seattle, Wash.

Winter Simulation Conference
Dec. 8-11, 2019: National Harbor, Md.

OTHER EVENTS

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

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