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Recognizing analytics excellence

Stefan Karisch

At the recent INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research, the Analytics Society hosted a recognition breakfast for the winners and participants in competitions that the Society sponsors. The awards included the Innovative Applications in Analytics Award (IAAA), the Student Analytical Scholar Award and the Syngenta Crop Challenge. As these awards have grown in reputation and reach, we use this annual event to recognize and celebrate analytics excellence.

Congratulations to the winner of IAAA, “Audience Targeting Solutions Powered by Advanced Analytics” from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. More information of this year’s competition is provided below in a separate article by Scott Grasman.

As announced in an earlier issue of this newsletter, Trilce Encarnación, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in transportation engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was named the winner of the Student Analytical Scholar Competition sponsored by the Analytics Society of INFORMS and supported by SAS.

The winner of the 2017 Syngenta Crop Challenge was “Portfolio Optimization for Seed Selection in Diverse Weather Scenarios” from the BioSense Institute of University of Novi Sad, Serbia. For more information, I refer to the separate article below by Robin Lougee.

As part of the conference, the Analytics Society once again supported the INFORMS Professional Colloquium to help practice-oriented graduate students transition into successful real-world careers. I want to thank all society members who volunteered to mentor these students throughout the conference. The students appreciated the valuable time they could spend with their mentors.

It was great seeing many of you in Las Vegas, and I hope you enjoyed the event as much as I did.

Stefan Karisch, president, Analytics Society of INFORMS (stefan.e.karisch@boeing.com)

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