Selected presenters register at a 20-35% discount

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Selection notification: February 3
Soft-Copy for Review: March 3


You are invited to submit a proposal to present a poster at the 2014 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and O.R. Presenters selected through this process receive a 20-35% discount off regular registration rates.


Poster presentations will be scheduled in two sessions, held after lunch on Monday and Tuesday (dessert will be served during the poster sessions). The Poster display will be the only event on the program during these times, so that presenters receive useful feedback from colleagues and all attendees can learn from the presentations.  

This visual, brief-presentation format lends itself to:

  • Descriptions of analytics projects that are still in progress,
  • Examples of successful work that may not be extensive enough for a 50-minute formal presentation but still offer useful learning points for analytics professionals,
  • New, cutting-edge topics and projects on which you’re looking for feedback,
  • Case studies of projects that were NOT successful, and what you learned from the experience,
  • Corporate or consulting work subject to nondisclosure restrictions that can still be presented at a high level,
  • Your experience and advice on “soft” topics, such as selling analytics to internal or client decision-makers, working with non-technical users, etc.

We welcome Poster Presentations on the full range of analytics and O.R. work, including all applications areas, industries and methodologies.


Benefits of Presenting

  • A discounted registration rate of $775 – 20-35% off regular rates.
  • Registration covers the full conference program, plus the Edelman Awards banquet, the Sunday Welcome Reception and breakfast, lunch and breaks for two days.
  • The prestige of being selected to present a poster at an INFORMS top-quality conference.
  • The opportunity to receive feedback on your work from colleagues.
  • An opportunity to participate fully in the conference, networking with industry practitioners, academics and consultants.


Poster Review and Presentation

  • If your poster is accepted, you will be asked to submit a soft-copy of the poster by March 3 for review by the committee. Your poster will have already been accepted, and this final review is simply to assure a consistent level of quality in appearance of the posters.  
  • You will be expected to present your poster during a session on either Monday, March 31, or Tuesday, April 1.  Please indicate your availability – preference will be given to presenters who are available both days.
  • Questions? Contact Terry Cryan (


To Submit a Proposal

Information you will need to provide:

  • Contact information; biographical information
  • An “elevator pitch” – a summary in seven sentences that gives the narrative for your poster.  Your summary should include a description of the problem solved, your contribution to the project, why it was important, anything novel, etc.
  • Answer the following questions (no more than three sentences for each question):
    • How could your problem/methodology be applicable in industry, government and/or nonprofit organizations?
    • How is the project innovative?
    • What type of analytics or O.R. did you use (if applicable)?


Instructions for the Online Form:

  • On the “Contributing Author Abstract Submission” page, please ignore the sections related to co-authors.
  • On the “Abstract Submission” page,  please:
    • Enter or copy/paste your elevator pitch and answers to the three questions in the  “Abstract” text box.
    • Upload a PDF with your biographical information (a resume, CV or brief bio).


Production & Presentation Guidelines

  • Posters must be produced as a single-sheet exposition that can fit on the bulletin board provided by INFORMS. The bulletin board measures 96” wide by 48” tall. We recommend a poster size of 72” wide by 36” tall, or 48” wide by 36” tall. However, other sizes are acceptable as long as they do not exceed the bulletin board dimensions of 96” wide by 48” tall.
  • In preparing your poster, you may want to reference these online sites that provide templates as well as printing services. Please see below for our guidelines on poster content and design.
    Poster Presentation
    Make Signs
  • You must submit an electronic copy of your poster no later than March 3 for review by the committee.  Your poster will have already been accepted, and this final review is simply to assure a consistent level of quality in appearance of posters.
  • Printing: we strongly recommend that you have your poster printed locally or by an online site before you travel to the meeting, rather than attempt to have it printed onsite in Boston.  See above for names of production/printing services.
  • In addition to the bulletin board for your poster, INFORMS also supplies a table positioned in front of your board. You can use this for additional materials and/or for a laptop. The table measures 6 feet wide by 18 inches deep. Electrical connection will not be provided, so be sure your laptop is fully charged for the 45-minute duration of the session. Projection is not possible due to space constraints.


Poster Content & Design

  • Maintain a good contrast between background and foreground text.
  • Avoid acronyms and extensive mathematical notation as much as possible.
  • Overview information should include the poster title and full names of all contributors, their affiliations, addresses and an email and/or web link. The overview should also include one or more of the following: a short description of the problem, objectives of the work, the methodology utilized, conclusions, relevant diagrams, graphs and charts in order to present an overview for the application.

If you have questions about poster presentation, contact Terry Cryan


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