Analytics Section of INFORMS NewsStudent Analytical Scholar Case Study Competition
INFORMS will once again offer the Student Analytical Scholar Competition, a scholarship program that will send the winning recipient to the 2016 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research. Supported by SAS and sponsored by the Analytics Section of INFORMS, the competitive program will recognize one outstanding student who would like to learn more about the practice of analytics at the conference in Orlando, Fla., April 10-12, 2016. The scholarship covers the cost of attending the event and additional networking opportunities.Read More
Analytics Section of INFORMS NewsSyngenta Crop Challenge
A new award for 2016, the Syngenta Crop Challenge addresses the need to feed an increasing world populationwith decreasing land devoted to agriculture. To improve the productivity of the agricultural land available, farmers need to make good seed variety planting decisions, taking into consideration local soil conditions and unpredictable weather patterns.Read More
Analytics Section of INFORMS NewsInnovative Applications in Analytics Award
The IAA Award recognizes creative and unique developments, applications or combinations of analytical techniques used in practice. The 2015 winner, Mayo Clinic, gave a reprise of their winning presentation entitled “Intelligent Surgery Scheduling” at the INFORMS Annual Meeting. During the business meeting, Pooja Dewan, 2015 Award Chair, presented the award to Dr. Kalyan Pasupathy, representing Mayo Clinic.Read More
FICO: Counterfeit card fraud falls in Europe
FICO, leading provider of analytics and decision management technology, released its analysis of data showing that major shifts have occurred in European card fraud patterns. Analysis done on 55 million active credit cards represented in the FICO Falcon Fraud Consortium for Europe showed that counterfeit fraud fell 60 percent between March 2009 and March 2011.
FICO’s data also shows that card-not-present fraud accounted for 69 percent of all accounts victimized by fraud and 72 percent of all fraud losses. The top 10 merchant categories accounted for 30 percent of the total fraud losses, led by hotels/lodging, travel agencies and ATMs.
“Our analysis of the data shines a spotlight on the tremendous change that has occurred in Europe's fraud landscape,” says Martin Warwick, FICO’s fraud chief in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “Chip and PIN technology has radically driven down counterfeit and other forms of ‘card present’ fraud in the U.K., which just three years ago accounted for some 60 percent of Europe’s credit card fraud. In response, criminals are operating across borders, targeting countries such as Germany that have weaker detection and prevention capabilities, and shifting their attention to card-not-present schemes such as online fraud.”
FICO’s data comes from card issuers in Germany, the U.K., Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland and Turkey.