Conference Information & Tips

by on February 28th, 2011

Thanks to you, we are expecting our largest, most successful meeting ever! We’re delighted that you will be joining us for the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and O.R. in Chicago, April 10-12. Please review this important information below to help make the most of the conference.

Getting from the Airport to the Hotel

For complete information on travel from O’Hare Airport and Midway Airport, including discounted rates on Airport Express shuttle service, click here.

Registration Opens Sunday, 8:00am-7:00pm

When you arrive, please come to the INFORMS registration desk at the Marriott, 7th floor, to pick up your badge and registration materials. Registration hours on Monday are 7:00am-6:30pm; and Tuesday, 7:00am-3:00pm.

Final ProgramConference Schedule & Full Program Book

You can download and print out a PDF of the final conference schedule, showing the dates and times of all sessions and events, and/or the full program brochure; go here. For the schedule, click on “Program Matrix.” For the full brochure, click on the picture of the brochure. Click here for information on speakers.

Online Proceedings

Online proceedings, featuring presentation slides for almost every session in the conference, is a great resource for selecting the talks you want to attend. The proceedings will also be available to attendees after the conference. To access, click on “Online Proceedings.” You will need your user name and password to log in. Your user name and password will be printed on the conference receipt you receive when you pick up your badge and registration materials.

New Attendee Reception

If this is your first INFORMS Analytics Conference, we encourage you to stop by the New Attendee Reception for a brief orientation to the conference and the opportunity to connect with other first-timers and conference “veterans” in a small setting. Watch for the reception ticket in your registration packet. This event is on Sunday, 6-7pm, Indiana, 6th floor, and is immediately followed by the Welcome Reception with exhibits,7:00-8:30pm in Grand Ballroom III, 7th floor.

Pre-Conference Technology Workshops

Seventeen technology companies will offer workshops on Sunday; these are free to conference registrants. If you haven’t signed up yet and would like to attend, come by the INFORMS registration desk (7th floor) to see if space is still available. Details are here.

Soft-Skills Workshop, Sunday

This full-day program provides information and practice in using the “soft skills” needed to work with business decision makers and analytics users. If you haven’t signed up yet and would like to attend, come by the INFORMS registration desk to see if space is still available. Details are here.

High-Level Panel on Growing an Analytics Capability

Thornton MayIn this special session on Monday afternoon, top executives examine the challenges and rewards of building an analytics capability. Our moderator is noted futurist Thornton May, Executive Director, IT Leadership Academy. Panelists include Larry Rosenberger, Analytics Research Fellow, former President & CEO, FICO; Scott Friesen, Senior Director of Analytics, Customer Insights, Best Buy; Bill Hostmann, VP Distinguished Analyst, Gartner; and Kaiser Fung, Statistician, Sirius XM Radio, and author of Numbers Rule Your World.

Poster Sessions

We’re serving up a delectable afternoon dessert each day…along with real-world case studies of O.R. in action. Twenty-five poster presentations each day will give you an inside look at analytics work across a wide range of industries, problems, and solutions.

Networking Events

networkingMany opportunities for networking are built right into the program. Roundtable discussions, facilitated by INFORMS leaders and conference speakers, will be held during lunch on Monday and Tuesday. A birds-of-a-feather session on Monday afternoon focuses on specific topics (this is one of the most popular aspects of the conference). Bring plenty of business cards!

Edelman Award Ceremony and Banquet

Edelman AwardThis gala celebration on Monday evening will honor the very best in applied operations research as we salute past Edelman competitors and the 2011 finalists, and announce the 2011 winner. The INFORMS Prize and Daniel H. Wagner Prize winners will also be honored. All seating will be reserved. You will receive a voucher in your registration packet, which you must exchange for a ticket during the day on Monday. At that time, you’ll also be asked to select a table. We’ll provide all the details on how to do this at the conference.

Exhibits and Software Tutorials

Check out the listing of exhibitors and abstracts for 21 software tutorials here.

What to Wear

Dress during the day and for the Sunday receptions is business casual. For the Edelman Awards Gala & Banquet on Monday evening, jacket and tie is preferred for men; women should dress for fine restaurant dining. We recommend that you check the weather online before traveling to Chicago – it could be spring…or a return of winter! No matter how warm it may be outside, hotel meeting rooms are often chilly – so bring a sweater or light jacket.

Take Advantage of the Analytics Connect Job Fair

analytics connectIf you are in the market for a new position or simply want to discuss the profession’s job outlook, be sure to stop by the Analytics Connect job fair reception on Sunday, 5:30-7pm in Grand Ballroom II, 7th floor. At Analytics Connect, you can mingle with representatives from the following employers on Sunday and then set up private meetings for Monday or Tuesday:

Aspen Marketing Services
Booz Allen Hamilton
Cardinal Health
Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
Experian Interactive Media
Exxon-Mobil Research and Engineering
FedEx Express
Ford Motor Company
Innovative Scheduling
Institute for Defence Analyses
Level 3 Communications
Marketing Analytics
PROS Revenue Management
Waste Management

Employers, it is not too late to register for Analytics Connect. You’ll enjoy access to and a chance to speak with top analytics talent. Click here for more information about Analytics Connect. Analytics Connect is sponsored by Analytics Magazine.

Calling Top Executives to the Second Annual Executive Forum

The invitation-only Executive Forum networking reception takes place on Sunday evening. We invite the top brass who normally wouldn’t attend the INFORMS Analytics Conference to this great event. Executives will get an invaluable behind-the-scenes look at the power and utility of operations research and analytics. Click here for more information. Registration for the overall meeting covers the Executive Forum.

Stay in Touch with Practice Meeting Social Networking Tools

analytics connectConference Blog

Keep up with the official Analytics Meeting Blog featuring conference commentary from fellow attendees, and subscribe to its RSS feed. Agree or disagree? Be sure to comment. This year’s bloggers include:

Allen Butler
Adam Clark
Michael Gorman
Sabi Horvat
Lisa Jenkins
Lisa Kart
Barry List
Jennifer Leong
Vijay Mehrotra
Anne Robinson
Paul Thompson
Michael Trick


Tells us what you’re up to and about great talks you’ve heard by Tweeting and using hashtag #analytics2011. Didn’t bring your laptop? Stop by the INFORMS booth to view blogs and tweets and post your own comments. Stay up to date on important meeting announcements using Twitter.

Do you love the INFORMS Analytics Conference? Share the love on Twitter and win free registration to the Conference in 2012 in beautiful Huntington Beach, CA! We are looking for the one tweet that best sums up the conference experience in 140 characters or less. Only tweets posted by midnight April 12 will be considered.

LinkedIn Group

Join the Analytics Meeting Linkedin group to participate in discussions on hot topics of the day. Connect with other attendees and set up in-person meetings.


Share your conference photos with other attendees by e-mailing them to so we can post them in our Flickr album and on the conference blog.

INFORMS Booth Specials

Stop by the INFORMS booth in the exhibition area to take advantage of special offers: Add Interfaces to your membership FREE for the rest of 2011. Pick up a FREE copy of the 2009 Tutorials CD and learn how to access your free online copy of the 2010 Tutorials book. Add a College on the Practice of Management Science (CPMS) membership FREE for rest of year. Purchase Tutorials in Operations Research and other books or CDs at huge discounts.

Edelman AwardAuthor Signing at INFORMS Booth

The Optimization Edge: Reinventing Decision Making to Maximize All Your Company’s Assets

Purchase a copy of Steve Sashihara’s latest book at the INFORMS booth (#34). Meet Steve on April 11 to sign and discuss his book.

Apply for the 2011 Wagner Prize; Information at INFORMS Booth

Applications are now being accepted for the 2011 Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice. Deadline is midnight on May 1, 2011. The Wagner Prize rewards the coherence and quality of a paper analyzing O.R. used in practice. Stop by the INFORMS booth for more information and make an appointment with 2011 Committee Chair,
Allen Butler, for more information.

2011 Edelman Competition: The Best of the Best

Edelman AwardCome to Chicago Ballroom FG on 5th floor on Monday to enjoy all of the Edelman presentations. This year we have a particularly eclectic group of competitors to shine the brightest spotlight on the profession. One of these teams will walk away with the prestigious Edelman Award on Monday night:

9:10-10am – InterContinental Hotels Group

10:30-11:20am – Fluor Corporation

11:30am-12:20pm – Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator

1:50-2:40pm – Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

2:45-3:35pm – CSAV

3:40-4:30pm – State of New York

BE FORWARNED: Due to filming, entry to the presentations will not be allowed once the door closes.

2011 Edelman Presentations to Stream Shortly After the Meeting

Of course you should attend the Edelman presentations on Monday in person to get the most out of the experience. But if you can’t, we have you covered. All six Edelman presentations will be streamed on the Web a few weeks after the meeting. Presentations will appear on the INFORMS Video Learning Center. Visit the site now to see INFORMS other great practice-oriented products – the 2010 Wagner Prize presentations and 2010 Edelman Award presentations. No log in is needed.

Catch the Edelman Gala in Its Entirety on YouTube After the Conference

Relive all the best moments from our annual celebration of O.R. and analytics in industry and government. Tune into YouTube after the Gala to experience all the fun and excitement over again. Show your friends, family, and colleagues that operations researchers know how to do it right! Just log onto YouTube and search for “2011 Edelman Award” a few days after the 2011 ceremony. Haven’t seen the 2010 Ceremony? Log onto

College on the Practice of Management Science (CPMS) – The Practice Section of INFORMS

All Conference attendees who do not already belong to CPMS will receive a free membership for the rest of 2011. CPMS pursues a mission of directly managing some activities, and enthusiastically supporting other activities, that advance the practice of OR/MS in general (i.e., not focused on a particular method or application). Take advantage of your free membership and get involved. Stop by the INFORMS booth and make an appointment to speak with CPMS Chair, Dr. Randall Robinson.

Credentialing Focus Group By Invitation Only

If you were selected for the credentialing focus group, please report to the Denver Room on 5th floor on Monday at 12:30pm. Credentialing consultant Michael Hamm will lead this important discussion.


Please let us know if you have questions. We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!; 800-446-3676 or 443-757-3591.

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  1. Very exciting conference lineup

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