Share with your friends


Analytics Magazine

Society gearing up for INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics


Jack Levis

Jack Levis

By Jack Levis

Officers of the Analytics Society of INFORMS are looking forward to seeing Society members at the 2018 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research, April 15-17, in Baltimore. Please come by and say hello. Just as important, encourage others to join the society of more than 1,800 analytics professionals.

At the conference we will showcase our Innovative Applications in Analytics Award and the Syngenta Crop Challenge. I’m looking forward to meeting the participants at a breakfast hosted by the society. Analytics Society members are welcome to attend the breakfast event, but an RSVP is needed. Please log into INFORMS Connect and respond to the appropriate thread.

Speaking of Connect, a number of thought-provoking threads have been started there. I believe our membership can help each other by responding to the threads and asking additional creative questions. I enjoy that collaboration, and it shows the power of our members.

We feel our members’ power can also be shown through the creation of regional meetings. We have done this in Chicago and a meeting is planned later this year in the Pacific Northwest. Be on the lookout for information about that event.

These events are coordinated by both INFORMS and the Analytics Society to provide more avenues for collaboration and information sharing. We are working on creating additional conferences, and if anyone wants to organize one, please contact me.

A thank you to all who have contributed to our efforts. Let’s give each other high fives in Baltimore.

Jack Levis is president of the Analytics Society of INFORMS.

Related Posts

  • 89
    The Analytics Society of INFORMS sponsors the following awards: the Innovative Applications in Analytics Award, the Student Analytical Scholar Case Study Competition and the Syngenta Crop Challenge.
    Tags: analytics, challenge, syngenta, informs, crop, society, award, applications, conference, innovative
  • 78
    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…
    Tags: analytics, society, informs, award, conference, crop, challenge, syngenta
  • 77
    The Analytics Society of INFORMS continues to move forward with its priority initiatives of awards, local meetings and engaging members. The purpose is to provide value to our more than 1,800 members.
    Tags: analytics, members, informs, forward, society, applications, conference, business, award, innovative
  • 77
    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…
    Tags: analytics, syngenta, challenge, crop, informs, business, conference, award, society
  • 76
    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 demonstrate how data can be used to feed the future world for a chance to share in prize money of $5,000…
    Tags: crop, challenge, analytics, syngenta, informs, conference, society, award, business


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 →



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.


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


CAP® Exam computer-based testing sites are available in 700 locations worldwide. Take the exam close to home and on your schedule:

For more information, go to