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Finalists for 2018 Syngenta Crop Challenge announced

    Finalists for 2018 Syngenta Crop Challenge announced

Syngenta and the Analytics Society of INFORMS this week announced the finalists for the 2018 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics. Now in its third year, the competition aims to address the challenge of achieving global food security by fostering cross-industry collaboration between agriculture and advanced analytics experts.

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International Conference to spotlight O.R., analytics and AI

    International Conference to spotlight O.R., analytics and AI

The 2018 INFORMS International Conference will be held in the world-class International Convention Center (TICC) and the Grand Hyatt Taipei in beautiful Taipei City, Taiwan, on June 17-20. The conference theme is “A Better World Through Operations Research, Analytics and Artificial Intelligence.” The conference offers excellent opportunities to learn about the emerging O.R. and A.I. technologies and applications from more than 40 invited, sponsored and contributed clusters featuring more than 600 talks.

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How math education can catch up to the 21st century

    How math education can catch up to the 21st century

Big data analytics is increasingly becoming a trending practice that society is adopting, and Daniel Kunin, a scholar at Stanford University and the creator of the online platform, Seeing Theory, is using creative and innovative ways to teach statistics and probability relevant to a changing world. In a recent interview with CMRubinWorld, Kunin discusses math education today and how he believes it can be improved in order to both foster curiosity and be more relevant now and going forward.

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INFORMS International Conference set for Taipei on June 17-20

    INFORMS International Conference set for Taipei on June 17-20

The 2018 INFORMS International Conference will be held in Taipei, Taiwan, on June 17-20. The theme of the conference is “A Better World through O.R., Analytics and A.I.” The conference will showcase advancing trends in deep learning and their impact on business and society. Anyone interested in learning the latest technological advancements and industry trends from a global line-up of experts should attend. With more than 400 speakers and attracting about a thousand researchers and practitioners, the INFORMS International Conference is one of the largest international conferences in operations research and management science.

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Essential practice skills workshop

    Essential practice skills workshop

Patrick Noonan, a former management consultant, business owner and college professor, will lead two-day workshops in Denver and the Washington, D.C., area later this year as part of INFORMS’ Professional Development and Continuing Education program. The workshops, entitled, “Essential Practice Skills for High-Impact Analytics Projects,” will be held June 20-21 at the University of Denver in Denver and Sept. 19-20 at the AMA Washington, D.C. Area Executive Conference Center in Arlington, Va.

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Analytics Society looking forward to a productive analytics conference

    Analytics Society looking forward to a productive analytics conference

The 2018 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research is approaching and Analytics Society officers are looking forward to seeing many of our members in Baltimore on April 15-17. The Society’s Prize Committees are working hard in preparation for the Innovative Applications in Analytics Award and the Syngenta Crop Challenge. I am grateful for the professionalism and hard work of these committees. It shows the power of our great membership.

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Innovative and Pro Bono Analytics: a winning combination

    Innovative and Pro Bono Analytics: a winning combination

When Wes Chaar, José Antonio Carabajal, CAP, and Peter Williams from Turner Broadcasting won the 2017 Caterpillar and INFORMS Analytics Society Innovative Applications in Analytics Award (IAAA) for their application entitled “Audience Targeting Solutions Powered by Advanced Analytics,” they knew that they wanted to do some good with their $2,000 in prize money. Fortunately, they did not have to look far; they decided to team up with the INFORMS Pro Bono Analytics (PBA) program to support two important initiatives.

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Nominations due soon for Early Career Professionals’ Network event

Nominations are due Feb. 28 for graduate students or recent graduates seeking industry positions who are interesting in attending the Early Career Professionals’ Network (ECPN) event to be held April 15 during the INFORMS Business Analytics Conference in Baltimore. ECPN combines the former INFORMS Professional Colloquium (IPC) and Early Career Connections (ECC) events.

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Valuable content, contacts await analytics conference attendees

    Valuable content, contacts await analytics conference attendees

Considering attending the 2018 INFORMS Conference on Analytics & Operations Research? Nowhere else in the world will you find the analytics and operations research expertise and experience across so many industries coming together for a three-day event. On April 15-17, a thousand professionals from more than 400 companies and essentially all industries will convene in Baltimore to hear 150 carefully chosen talks from the best in the business.

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Can social media data be used to predict threats or identify fake news?

    Can social media data be used to predict threats or identify fake news?

Can publicly available data from large-scale social media networks be used to help predict catastrophic events within the country’s infrastructure, such as threats to national security, the energy system or even the economy? Conrad Tucker, associate professor of engineering design and industrial engineering, has received funding from the U.S. Air Force to investigate whether crowd-sourced data from social media can be used to not only detect threats but also prevent catastrophic events from happening in the future.

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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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