INFORMS Annual Meeting Seattle 2007 - The Spirit of Technology
November 4-7, 2007 || Washington State Convention & Trade Center || Seattle, WashingtonSeattle
About Seattle

Everything you need to know before you go!

Getting from the Airport to Your Hotel
Taxi service from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to downtown hotels is approximately $35 one-way. The GrayLine Downtown Airporter offers service every 30 minutes from 5:30am to 11:00pm, with stops at the major hotels: Sheraton, Hyatt, Crowne Plaza, Hilton, Madison Renaissance, Fairmont, Westin and Warwick. Other downtown hotels are served via a connector service. Price is $10.25 one-way, $17 roundtrip. Advance reservation is advised: or call 800-426-7532 (206-626-6088).

As another option, King County Transit operates an excellent service from the airport terminal bay 2 to the downtown transit tunnel. The route number is 194, the frequency is every 15 minutes, and the fare is $2.00. The travel time is about 30 minutes door to door.

Onsite Registration Hours/Location
Registration will be located in the Seattle Convention Center, Level 6. Hours are: Saturday, 3:00-7:00pm; Sunday – Wednesday, 7:00am-5:00pm. These are also the on-site registration hours.

Saturday Workshops & Other Events
If you are arriving early, take advantage of the workshops scheduled for Saturday: AI & Data Mining ($50) and complimentary workshops presented by 14 software vendors. For descriptions: and click on the workshop buttons. If you have not registered for a workshop and wish to do so, stop by the INFORMS table at the Sheraton Seattle on Saturday. All Saturday programs will be held at the Sheraton (Level 2); this includes CIST, Combined Colloquia and the Organization Science program.

NEW! NSF Workshop Saturday
This workshop will help the ORMS community prepare for its response to the new NSF program, CDI: Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation. The workshop will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, 1:00-7:00pm, Sheraton Seattle, Virginia Room. Pre-registration is not required. For more information on CDI, go to: and Questions can be directed to Suvrajeet Sen, Ohio State Univ.,

Membership Meeting/Reception Saturday
The INFORMS Board encourages members to bring your ideas, opinions and suggestions: Saturday, 5:00-6:00pm, Convention Center, Room 603, Level 6.New Member Breakfast Sunday New INFORMS members will receive a ticket in their registration packets for admission to this continental breakfast, Sunday, 7:00-8:00am, Sheraton, Grand Ballroom C, Level 2. Representatives of INFORMS communities/subdivisions will be on hand to provide information about their member services.

A Spirited Welcome Reception-Sunday
We’ll have an array of entertainers on hand – from stiltwalkers to jugglers—to help welcome you to the “Spirit of Seattle” and exhibits grand opening.  Sunday, 7:30-9:00pm, Convention Center, Exhibit Hall, Level 6. More information.

Awards Ceremony & Dessert Reception
Celebrate the achievements of your colleagues at this annual ceremony: Sunday, 8:30-9:45pm, Convention Center, Ballroom 6E, Level 6. You can attend the Welcome Reception first and then walk down the hall for the Awards Ceremony. A special dessert reception will be served following the ceremony. More information. 

General Reception Tuesday –
Experience Music Project Museum

This year the General Reception will be held on Tuesday evening at Experience Music Project, an interactive museum showcasing American popular music: Tuesday, 7:30-9:30pm (buses begin departing from the Convention Center at 7:15pm for the 15-minute trip).  Information on bus transportation and event details will be in your printed program. More information.

NEW! Wednesday Plenary & Reception
Join us for a great way to wind up the INFORMS meeting -- a light-hearted plenary and reception on Wednesday, 5:10-7:00pm, in the Convention Center, Ballroom 6E. Doug Samuelson, author of the popular “Oracle” column in ORMS Today, Principal Scientist for Serco and President of InfoLogix, will lead a fun discussion on “HumOR in OR.” Snacks and beer/wine will be served. More information.

Community/Subdivision Meetings
The INFORMS subdivisions encourage members and interested attendees to attend their meetings and receptions. For a complete listing. 

25+-Year Member Ribbon
If you have been an ORSA-TIMS-INFORMS members for 25 or more years, stop by the INFORMS booth in the Exhibit Hall to pick up a ribbon designating your 25+-year membership. We salute our long-time members!

New Boeing Tour Added
The Boeing Everett plant tour is sold out. We are not able to offer another customized tour, but have scheduled a new Boeing tour that is open to the general public (Tuesday, 9:00am-1:00pm). The tour includes the Everett facility (showcasing the 747, 767, 777 and new 787) and the Future of Flight Center, a new interpretive facility where you can digitally design your own jet, try out the next generation of in-flight entertainment systems, and touch the high-tech “skin” of the Boeing 787. Fee is $55. A limited number of tickets are available; register in Seattle at the INFORMS Registration Desk. More information.

Email Center-Wireless Access
There are several options for Internet access in our Email Center (Convention Center, Exhibit Hall). If you bring your laptop, you can use a wired connection or the wireless access. If you do not have a laptop, a limited number of computers will be available. Name badges must be worn for admittance. The Center will be open Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm; Monday & Tuesday, 7:00am-5:00pm; Wednesday, 9:00am-3:30pm.

TutORials 2007: Registration Gift
All registrants will receive a complimentary copy of TutORials 2007 on CD, with nine of the tutorials being presented at the meeting. You can purchase extra copies of the CD or the volume in book form at a special conference rate of $25. Stop by the INFORMS booth in the Exhibit Hall to make that purchase.

AV for Technical Sessions: Bring Your Laptop
Both LCD (computer) projectors and overheads will be available in every technical session room. If you plan to use an LCD, note that you must bring your laptop (or share with another presenter) and AC power adaptor. We encourage all speakers to arrive ½ hour before your session beginsto confer with the session chair and other presenters and test the connection to the projector.  Technical assistance will be available for any AV problems. More information.

Print-Ready Program Online
All registrants will receive a printed program at the meeting. If you would like to print out the entire program before arriving in Seattle, go here (click on the “Program” button). You will find PDF files for all four days of the meeting.

Badge Required for Technical Session Attendance
Your Seattle 2007 registration badge must be worn to all meeting events. All attendees, including speakers and session chairs, must register and pay the registration fee. Lost badges can be replaced at the INFORMS registration desk, at $5 fee.

Weather: Umbrella--Registrant Gift!
Temperatures for early November in Seattle are cool (40-55° Fahrenheit). Seattle is famous for light, but regular, rain and clouds – so the Seattle Committee, with sponsorship assistance from ILOG, will provide an umbrella for all registrants! Be sure to bring a jacket or sweater for the walk between the Center and Sheraton and for meeting rooms, which can sometimes be cold. INFORMS will provide a complimentary coat/luggage check room in the Convention Center. For weather updates. 

Turn Back the Clock: Sunday, Nov. 4
Sunday, November 4, returns to standard time…remember to turn back the clock and get that extra hour of sleep!

We look forward to seeing you in Seattle! Questions?, 800-343-0062 or 401-722-2595.

Leadership Sponsors
University of Washington
Corporate & University
Microsoft Research
University of Oregon


HP The Boeing Company

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