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SAS Secures Technology Patent for Better Fraud Detection Performance

SAS, leader in business analytics software and services, recently received patent approval for “Computer-Implemented Predictive Model Generation Systems and Methods” (US patent 7,788,195 B1) related to technology at the heart of SAS® Fraud Management, an integral component of the SAS Enterprise Financial Crimes Framework for Banking.

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IBM Business Analytics Software Helps BJC Healthcare and Washington University Improve Healthcare Through Better Research

IBM announced that BJC Healthcare (BJC) and Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) are using IBM business analytics software to quickly extract key data from more than 50 million documents in medical records, speeding up research to ultimately provide better care for patients worldwide.

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Survey: Data Miners Reflect on Their Work, Tools and Challenges

Rexer Analytics recently released results from its 2010 survey of 735 data miners from 60 countries who were asked a series of 50 questions regarding their work, their favorite tools and their biggest challenges.

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Melissa Moore Named New INFORMS Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®) announced that INFORMS has named Melissa Moore as the new Executive Director of the professional association for experts in analytics and related fields.

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Health and Humanitarian Logistics Conference in March

What role does logistics play in reducing the impact of communicable diseases? How might solutions for water and sanitation be delivered? What technology is available to improve logistics decisions?

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Big data, analytics and the path from insights to value

In every industry, in every part of the world, senior leaders wonder whether they are getting full value from the massive amounts of information they already have within their organizations.

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Upcoming Analytics Conferences

The INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research will be held April 10-12 in Chicago at the Marriott Downtown, located in the heart of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

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FICO Patents 100th Analytic Innovation

FICO, a provider of analytics and decision management technology, has been awarded eight new patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, bringing its portfolio total to 100. The breakthroughs covered by these patents are behind FICO’s solutions in credit scoring, credit account management, credit fraud management, insurance fraud management and other areas.

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Northwestern University Launches Online Master of Science in Predictive Analytics Program

Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies is launching an online Master of Science in Predictive Analytics (MSPA) program to meet the increasing marketplace demand for expertise in all aspects of data management and business intelligence. More than ever, organizations emphasize the value of data-driven decision making, and the school is responding with a program that cultivates leadership in this growing field.

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INFORMS Data Mining Contest Attracts 894 Participants Representing 147 Teams from 27 Countries

Cole Harris of Exagen Diagnostics (www.exagen.com) won the 2010 Data Mining Contest that required participants to develop a predictive analysis solution to predict stock price movement (increase or decrease) in “the next 60 minutes” in five-minute intervals.

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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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