Surpassing my expectations
I have found that a useful strategy at INFORMS conferences is to not have too great an expectation of the quality of the talks. Today, I was pleasantly surprised. I went to three technical sessions where the speakers gave good talks, and where I felt that I learned something of value. I also met some new people today and touched base with some old friends.
The one plenary talk I went to was Salah E. Elmaghraby, who gave a talk on project networks. I hope that I look that cute when I’m his age. Salah was scheduled to give a talk from 10 AM to 10:50 AM. I think that he misunderstood the schedule, and he seemed to think it was scheduled to 11:30. Under the circumstances, he decided that he needed to compromise, so he ended the session promptly at 11, just in time for the 11 AM sessions to start.
At dinner I saw a colleague who complained about the quality of presentations in the technical sessions. It was my time to show my experience and my acquired wisdom. I said, “Compared to talks from 25 years ago, today’s talks are eloquence par excellence.” Actually, I didn’t say that. Instead, I said something that meant the same thing, but it wasn’t as eloquent.
To summarize, I had an enjoyable day. I hope you enjoyed yourself too.