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Analytics Magazine

Spring 2009 Table of Contents

sell analytic servicesFEATURES

HOW TO SELL ANALYTICS TO SKEPTICS

By Warren Lieberman
A consultant’s guide to finding business, managing projects and succeeding in a difficult environment.

THE ABCs OF SIMULATION PRACTICE

By Jerry Banks and Randall R. Gibson
From “Arrivals” to “Z-values,” an alphabet soup of key components for applying knowledge and judgment to simulation problems.

LONG WAY FROM FLIP CHARTS

By James J. Swain
Survey of statistical software highlights growing list of capabilities. Comparison of products and vendor directory just a click away.

TAMING HARD PROBLEMS WITH SOFT O.R.

By John Mingers
“Soft” methodologies tackle messy problems that traditional operations research/management science can’t touch, so why isn’t it promoted in the U.S.?

HUMANITARIAN LOGISTICS

By Özleam Ergun, Pinar Keskinocak, Julie Swann and Monica Villarreal
Uncertainty in demand and political conditions on the ground illustrate the top-10 challenges facing analysts during a disaster.

UNLEASH THE POWER OF ANALYTICS

By Terry Cryan
All-star line-up of speakers, presentations scheduled for INFORMS Practice Conference set for Phoenix.

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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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