INFORMING THE GLOBE - INFORMS Annual Meeting San Diego 2009 bkgd INFORMS Annual Meeting San Diego, October 11-14, 2009
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INFORMS Membership Meeting & Reception
Hilton – Sapphire A, 4th Floor
Come and see a demonstration of the newly redesigned INFORMS website at this annual membership meeting. Other current business and future directions for INFORMS are also on the agenda. The INFORMS Board of Directors encourages all members to bring their ideas, opinions and suggestions.


New Member Breakfast
7:00am-8:00am (Ticket Required)
Hilton – Indigo GH, 2nd Floor
The INFORMS Membership Committee will host this breakfast to welcome and orient people who are new to INFORMS. Representatives from several INFORMS communities will be on hand to provide information about their services. Continental breakfast will be served. New members received a ticket with their registration materials.
Sponsored by San Diego State University

IOL Launch Party
Hilton – Room 206, 2nd Floor
Come and see a demonstration of your new website. Slated to launch to the world in late November, the new IOL has been completely redesigned and re-architectured to serve both members and visitors better. Tell us what you think over refreshments and meet IOL Editor-in-Chief Mohan Sodhi.

Chapter Meet-and-Greet
Convention Center – Exhibit Hall H
It's a big meeting - make it personal and come introduce yourself to the members of your local INFORMS chapter! Various geographical chapters will host a table during the Welcome Reception. You're invited to stop by, have a drink, enjoy some refreshments, chat about chapter events and meet new friends in your area.

Welcome Reception & Exhibits
Convention Center – Exhibit Hall H
INFORMS and the San Diego Organizing Committee welcome you to the 2009 Annual Meeting with an evening of fellowship and fun. The Welcome Reception is the perfect venue to meet with colleagues, visit the exhibits and enjoy some great food. Soft drinks and water are complimentary, with a cash bar available for other beverages.

INFORMS Awards Ceremony & Dessert Reception
8:30pm-9:45pm – Convention Center
Room 28A-D, Upper Level
The INFORMS Board of Directors invites you to honor and celebrate the achievements of our colleagues at the annual Awards Ceremony. You can attend the Welcome Reception first and then take the escalator up to the Upper Level for the Awards Ceremony. Following the ceremony, you’ll have an opportunity to congratulate the awardees at a special dessert reception. Please note that the reception is part of the ceremony event, open to the awardees, their friends and colleagues, and all those who attend the Award Ceremony itself. We are sorry we cannot accommodate guests to the reception who do not also attend the ceremony.

INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of OR/MS Practice Award
James K. Lowe, U.S. Air Force Academy

INFORMS Expository Writing Prize Dimitri Bertsekas, Massachusetts Institute
of Technology

Philip McCord Morse Lectureship Award
Edward H. Kaplan, Yale University

John von Neumann Theory Prize
Yurii Nesterov, Catholic University of Louvain
Yinyu Ye, Stanford University

George E. Kimball Medal
Mark S. Daskin, Northwestern University
Michael A. Trick, Carnegie Mellon University

INFORMS President’s Award
Ralph L. Keeney, Duke University

Three student paper awards will also be announced during the ceremony: the George E. Nicholson Student Paper Competition, the George B. Dantzig Dissertation Awards, and the Doing Good with Good O.R. Student Competition. In addition, the winners of the Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Science and in Military Applications will be presented.

Minority Issues Forum Reception
Hilton – Indigo C, 2nd Floor
Come meet old friends and make new ones while talking about minority issues and other intellectual issues and opportunities.
Sponsored by Cornell University; North Carolina State University, Industrial & Systems Eng. Dept.; and Rice University, Dept. of Computational and Applied Math.


COIN-OR Members & Users Meeting - Bag Lunch
Convention Center – 25A
Anyone interested in open-source software tools, open standards, and data and model repositories for any aspect of operations research is encouraged to attend this Computational Infrastructure for OR (COIN-OR) meeting. Please bring your own lunch and ideas. For more information, visit

CPMS Isolated Practitioner Workshop & Reception
Convention Center – 31B
CPMS, The Practice Section of INFORMS, sponsors this workshop on topics of interest to isolated practitioners, the “Lone Rangers” of OR/MS. This 26th workshop will address timely issues that affect isolated practitioners. All are welcome to participate. Wine and cheese will be served.

Student Reception
Hilton – Indigo GH, 2nd Floor
All students registered for the meeting are encouraged to attend this special reception for an opportunity to socialize and network with other students.
Sponsored by UC San Diego


Women in OR/MS Forum Luncheon
Hilton – Indigo GH, 2nd Floor
$10 ($5 students) – A limited number of tickets may be available on-site. Go to the INFORMS registration desk for information on availability. All those interested in issues related to women professionals in OR/MS are invited to join us.
Sponsored by: Raytheon Missile Systems; University
of Massachusetts, College of Engineering; University of Massachusetts, School of Management; SAS; Northwestern University, Dept. of IMSE; University of Portland, Pamplin School of Business Administration; University of Texas-Arlington, Dept. of IMSE; Harlan Crowder Photography.

General Reception – SeaWorld San Diego
7:00pm-9:30pm (buses depart beginning at 6:30pm. See detailed bus information below.)
Come celebrate the wonders of the sea at SeaWorld San Diego. Some of the park’s most popular attractions will be open to us for this exclusive event:

Wild Artic - A voyage aboard helicopter simulators to a remote research station where you can observe beluga whales, polar bears and walruses.
Penguin Encounter – Seven species of penguin, making up the most extensive exhibit of Antarctic birds in the world, will entertain you as they swim, dive and interact with one another.
Journey to Atlantis – A combination water ride and roller coaster (including a 60-foot drop), guaranteed to get you wet.
Shamu Rocks Show – A private showing of this sound and light extravaganza, featuring SeaWorld’s famous killer whale, Shamu, and friends. The show is scheduled for 9:00-9:30pm.

We’ll be serving great food during the evening, with salads, barbecue and fajitas (including vegetarian choices), and dessert. Non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary; a cash bar will be available for other beverages.

Important Advice for SeaWorld Fun

  • Bring a light jacket or sweater, since evenings can be cool.
  • Wear comfortable shoes – the SeaWorld park is extensive and you will be doing some walking.
  • Backpacks and bags are subject to inspection when you enter the park.
  • When you arrive at SeaWorld, you will receive a program agenda and map showing the attractions open to us, where food will be served, etc. Please note: only selected attractions will be open for our party.
  • If you sit in the “soak zone” for Shamu Rocks or ride on the Journey to Atlantis, you WILL get wet! Rain ponchos will be available for the Atlantis ride. We recommend that you do not sit up front at the Shamu show if you don’t want to get wet.
  • Shamu Rocks will begin at 9:00pm. Be sure to time your activities so you don’t miss the show.

To SeaWorld from Hotels

Schedule: Buses will leave beginning at 6:30pm. The last bus will leave the hotels at 7:00pm.

Departure Locations:

  • Hilton Bayfront: Promenade East Foyer on the ground level. Take the escalator down from the Lobby Level (front desk side) to the Promenade East Foyer.
  • Marriott Gaslamp Quarter and Hotel Solamar: two pick-up locations.
    Marriott-outside front entrance.
    Solamar-exit hotel & walk left to corner of 6th & J Sts.
  • Embassy Suites: exit hotel and walk right, to Pacific Ave.

Trip: The drive to SeaWorld is about 30 minutes.

Return from SeaWorld

8:30pm: If you wish to return early (before the Shamu show), buses will depart SeaWorld for the three hotel locations at 8:30pm. Note: 8:30pm is the ONLY early departure time. After the 8:30 buses depart, there will be no buses running until 9:40pm.

9:40pm: (at the conclusion of the Shamu show) – Buses will depart for the three hotel locations. Look for signs indicating the location you wish to return to. The last bus will leave SeaWorld at 10:00pm.


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