AV: BRING YOUR LAPTOP
LCD (computer) projectors will be available in every technical session room. Please note that you must bring your laptop (or share with another presenter) and AC power adaptor. Technical assistance will be available for any AV problems.
LOCAL TRANSPORATION TO HOTELS
Complete information on transportation from the airport to local hotels is here. Cab service from the airport to downtown is $25.00 for one or two people. $2.00 for each additional person. There is no shuttle service (such as Super Shuttle) operating out of the Charlotte airport. You can save money by arranging to meet colleagues at the airport and sharing a cab. If you take a taxi, be sure to specify the full name of your hotel because INFORMS is using several downtown hotels with similar names. Another transportation option is the Sprinter Bus, operated by the Charlotte transit authority, which runs 20 minutes from the airport to Charlotte Center City and costs $1.75. Click here for map showing the location of the Transit Center. You can either walk to your hotel or transfer to the light rail at no charge to a station closer to your hotel.
AVOID THE LINES: REGISTER NOW!
If you haven’t registered yet, do it now and avoid lines at on-site registration. Online registration is open through Friday, November 11 at 11:59pm EST; after that, you must register onsite. Please note: if you have a balance due when you arrive, please go to the Balance Due counter to submit your payment and pick up your registration materials.
REGISTRATION HOURS, LOCATION
Registration will be located at the Charlotte Convention Center, Concourse C. Hours are: Saturday – 2:00-7:00pm; Sunday-Tuesday, 7:00am-5:00pm; and Wednesday 7:00am-4:30pm. Guest registration is available for $100.
GOING GREEN? PRINT-READY PROGRAM ONLINE
If you chose to not receive a hard-copy printed program in Charlotte, you can print out sections of interest before you travel. You can also use the ITINERARY tool in the Program Search. Details here. Select “Print PDFs of the Program.” This year we have added tracks with 30 or more sessions to the list of printable PDFs. All registrants will receive a summary brochure in Charlotte. This “Quick Reference” includes the master track schedule, maps and floor plans, speaker information, and listings of special events and community business meetings.
ADDENDUM: UPDATES TO TECHNICAL SESSIONS
This year, the Addendum containing updates to the technical sessions will be available through a variety of mechanisms: daily updates in each morning’s eNews, postings on monitors at the INFORMS Registration Desk, and on the conference web page. For current Addendum information, check here.
SATURDAY WORKSHOPS: VENDOR, DM-HI, DSS
Registration for these events takes place in the Convention Center, 7:00am-1:00pm, Concourse C. The Vendor Workshops are free; a separate fee is required for the DM-HI and DSS workshops. If you have not pre-registered for these workshops and wish to do so onsite, stop by the INFORMS registration desk to see if space is available. Descriptions are here, click on the workshop buttons.
SATURDAY: COLLOQUIA, CIST
Registration for these events takes place in the Westin, 7:00am-12:00pm, Grand Ballroom Promenade, Level 2 (Colloquia registration on Friday is also in this location).
MEMBERSHIP MEETING -SATURDAY
The INFORMS Board encourages members to bring your ideas, opinions and suggestions: Saturday, 5:00-6:00pm, Westin, Providence II- III (Lobby Level).
NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION
New INFORMS members are invited to attend a welcome and orientation session, Sunday, 4:30-5:50pm, Westin, Grand C (Level 2). INFORMS leaders will provide information on membership benefits, communities/subdivision services, and tips on how to navigate the INFORMS meeting.
WELCOME RECEPTION- SUNDAY
The perfect venue to meet colleagues, visit the exhibits and enjoy some good food: Sunday, 7:30-9:00pm, Convention Center, Exhibit Hall.
Celebrate the achievements of your colleagues: Sunday, 8:30-9:45pm, Convention Center, Room 217. A dessert reception will be served following the ceremony, open to guests who attend the Ceremony. Doors will close at 8:45pm.
GENERAL RECEPTION TUESDAY EVENING- 7:30PM-10:00PM
Convention Center, Crown Ballroom & NASCAR Hall of Fame (only entrance to NASCAR is through the convention center). Join us for a meal of real Southern cooking plus all the excitement and fun of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
INFORMS Communities encourage members and interested attendees to attend their meetings and receptions. Click here for a complete listing.
STUDENT RECEPTION & NETWORKING
Students will find food, drink and networking opportunities at a special career-focused student reception on Monday, 7:30-9:00pm, Westin, Grand C (level 2). Practitioners and academics will share advice in a panel discussion.
FREE INTERNET ACCESS IN EXHIBIT HALL
Free wireless Internet and an email center will be located in the Exhibit Hall in the Convention Center. Name badges must be worn for admittance. Email access will be available Sunday-12:00pm-5:00pm; Monday & Tuesday – 9:00am-5:00pm; Wednesday – 9:00am-3:00pm. Please note: Hilton has wireless access on the third floor Piedmont Promenade. Â Westin has wireless in the lobby.
WIN A KINDLE FIRE – BY VISITING THE EXHIBITS
Enter the exhibit hall raffle to have a chance at winning the new Kindle Fire, a 7-inch tablet that Amazon is releasing November 15. Watch for information in Charlotte.
2011 TUTORIALS – FREE ACCESS TO MEETING REGISTRANTS, AVAILABLE NOW
Free access to the INFORMS 2011 TutORials online book is available here to meeting registrants. Log in using your INFORMS username and password. Non-member meeting attendees: use the username and password you selected as part of the online registration process. For more information, visit INFORMS booth #121, 125, & 127.
INTERACTIVE SESSIONS & FOCUSED TOPIC POSTER SESSIONS
Be sure to stop by the General Interactive Sessions on Monday and Tuesday, 12:30-2:30pm in the Convention Center, Ballroom Foyer. On display will be 50+ posters and laptop demonstrations each day on diverse ORMS topics. Authors will be on hand to describe their work during these times. Two subdivisions have incorporated poster sessions into their tracks: Health Applications, Monday, 8:00-9:30am (MA31), Convention Center, Room 217A; Quality, Statistics and Reliability, Monday, 11:00am-12:30pm (MB33), Convention Center, Room 217D.
JOB PLACEMENT SERVICES
Be part of the largest gathering of O.R. and analytics job seekers and employers. The Job Fair takes place Sunday, 12:00-5:00pm, and the Job Placement Service is open Monday-Wednesday. Check here for more information. In addition, panel discussions in the technical program focus on the academic job search (Tuesday, 8:00-9:30am) and industry job search (Tuesday, 11am-12:30pm).
PRINT-READY PROGRAM ONLINE
You can print out sections of the program before you travel to Charlotte here. You will find PDF files for all four days of the meeting, plus other important information.
DAILY ENEWS COMING TO YOUR INBOX
Each morning of the meeting, attendees will receive an electronic copy of ENews Daily with feature articles, preview of the day’s key events, photos, reminders and more! Updates to the technical program will also be available each day through eNews.
ENGAGE WITH ONLINE TOOLS, VIDEO CONTEST
Blogs, tweets and LinkedIn – INFORMS is using all the online tools to keep you connected before, during and after the meeting. Check the meeting website for commentary from our bloggers, let us know what you are seeing and doing at the meeting by tweeting about it, and join the Annual Meeting LinkedIn group. Attendees are also encouraged to take photos and video - in fact, the best Annual Meeting video will win an Apple iPad2!
BADGE REQUIRED FOR TECHNICAL SESSIONS
Your Charlotte 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 Registration Desk ($5 fee).
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!
CHARLOTTE VISITOR INFORMATION
You can stop by the visitor information booth at the Convention Center, near the College Street entrance, for brochures and advice on what to see and do in Charlotte.
Charlotte in November can be warm during the day and cool in the evening. Get the latest forecast here. Be sure to bring a sweater or light jacket, since meeting rooms are often cool.
We look forward to seeing you in Charlotte!
1-800-446-3676 or 1-443-757-3500.
print pdfs of the program.