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
IBM to help Rochester Police Department fight crime
The Rochester Police Department will use advanced analytics software from IBM to mine, share and extract intelligence from critical data in order to improve police investigative and prevention programs. By identifying incident patterns the police department can forecast crime “hot spots” and proactively allocate resources accordingly.
The project in Rochester is part of a growing trend among local governments around the world to establish Smarter Cities where safety and services for citizens are improved through new technologies while preserving government budget resources.
Schaumburg, Ill.-based Alpine Consulting will work with the Rochester Police Department to deliver a sophisticated police analytics platform that utilizes the IBM Smarter Cities framework. Alpine was chosen because of its substantial background working with public safety, state and local governments and commercial organizations with Identity Insight to mitigate threat and fraud.
The IBM InfoSphere Identity Insight software allows its first responder team to expand proactive, community-driven approaches to police work by enabling staff to drill down on information that resides within the city’s databases to quickly identify and respond to issues.
“One of the most effective ways to reduce crime in cities is to apply analytics technology to public safety to identify crime patterns,” says Mark Cleverley, director, IBM Global Public Safety. “Law enforcement is able to gain valuable insight and focus resources on proactive policing efforts to improve citizen services.”
The Rochester Police Department's goal is to provide more effective police services to the community through the adoption of intelligence-led policing methods. “With increased and more meaningful access to information, our officers will be able to respond to incidents more effectively than ever before,” says Lt. Tim Heroff. “Working with IBM technology we are able to better manage performance and risks and gain greater insight across operations to improve public safety for our citizens.”
The Rochester Police Department project demonstrates the enormous promise of new technologies to help public officials better manage their vast array of data, leading to the creation of Smarter Cities. IBM has more than 2,000 Smarter Cities engagements underway around the world, helping municipalities manage public services such as emergency response, crime, traffic and water systems more efficiently.