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Saturday, October 13

INFORMS Membership Meeting & Reception
5:00pm-6:00pm, Hyatt – Regency AB

The INFORMS Board of Directors encourages all members to bring their ideas, opinions and suggestions to this annual meeting. Current business and future directions for INFORMS are on the agenda. Wine and cheese will be served.

Sunday, October 14

New Member Welcome & Annual Meeting Orientation Session
Sunday, 4:30pm-5:30pm, Hyatt – Regency C

Don’t miss this informative session. All new members and first-time meeting attendees are invited to attend. The session will feature a brief presentation on member benefits, including communities, from key INFORMS leaders, an orientation to navigating the meeting, and a chance to network with colleagues by technical interest, geographic location or other professional interest.

INFORMS Online & Social Networking Reception
6:00pm-7:00pm, Hyatt – Cassidy

What's your social networking strategy for yourself or for INFORMS? We invite all contributors to IOL (the INFORMS website) and INFORMS social networking sites to come and meet face to face. Join us for refreshments and drinks - we are your INFORMS Online community!

Welcome Reception & Exhibits

7:30pm-9:00pm
Convention Center – Exhibit Hall, West 301

INFORMS and the Phoenix Organizing Committee welcome you to the 2012 INFORMS Annual Meeting with an evening of fellowship and fun. The Welcome Reception is the perfect venue to meet with colleagues and visit the exhibits. Light snacks will be served. Soft drinks are complimentary, with a cash bar for other beverages.
Your badge is your ticket: Wear your badge for admission. If your guest would like to accompany you, a guest registration must be purchased (guests will receive a special badge). The $75 guest fee includes the Sunday Welcome Reception, Sunday Awards Ceremony and the Tuesday General Reception.

Minority Issues Forum Reception
8:00pm-9:00pm, Hyatt – Cowboy Artists

Come meet old friends and make new ones while talking about minority issues and other intellectual issues and opportunities. Posters submitted to the Minority Issues Forum Poster Competition will be on display during the reception. Sponsored by North Carolina State University, Edward P. Fitts Dept. of Industrial & Systems Engineering; Clemson University, Dept. of Industrial Engineering;  Cornell University, School of Operations Research & Information Engineering; Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College; North Carolina A&T State University, Dept. of Industrial & Systems Engineering.

INFORMS Awards Ceremony & Dessert Reception

8:30pm-9:45pm (Doors close at 8:45pm*)
Convention Center - West 101

Your badge is your ticket: Wear your badge for admission. If your guest would like to accompany you, a guest registration must be purchased (guests will receive a special badge). The $75 guest fee also includes the Sunday Welcome Reception and the Tuesday General Reception.

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 escalators down to Level 1 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. These prestigious awards will be presented during the ceremony.

INFORMS Expository Writing Award
The late Uriel G. Rothblum, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

INFORMS President’s Award
Andrés Weintraub, Universidad de Chile

INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of ORMS Practice
David Rogers, University of Cincinnati

George E. Kimball Medal
Susan Albin, Rutgers University
Don N. Kleinmuntz, Strata Decision Technology, LLC

John von Neumann Theory Prize
George L. Nemhauser, Georgia Institute of Technology
Laurence A. Wolsey, Université Catholique de Louvain

INFORMS Impact Prize
The 2012 awardees are the primary originators of the five most important algebraic modeling languages:
Johannes Bisschop, AIMMS and GAMS
Kevin Cunningham, LINDO/LINGO
Robert Fourer, AMPL
David M. Gay, AMPL
Brian W. Kernighan, AMPL
Bjarni Kristjansson, MPL
Alexander Meeraus, GAMS
Linus Schrage, LINDO/LINGO

Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services
Amin Khademi, University of Pittsburgh

Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Military Applications
Mehmet Ertem, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Four student awards will also be announced during the ceremony: the George E. Nicholson Student Paper Competition, the George B. Dantzig Dissertation Prize, the Doing Good with Good O.R. Student Competition, and the INFORMS Undergraduate Operations Research Prize.

Thanks to Our Sponsor

GAMS 

 

Monday, October 15

COIN-OR Members & Users Meeting - Bag Lunch
12:15pm-1:15pm, Center - West 212B

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 www.coin-or.org.

Junior Faculty Interest Group Luncheon
12:30pm-1:30pm, Offsite – Kincaid’s Classic American Restaurant, 2 South Third St., Phoenix

$25 ($15 students) A limited number of tickets may be available on-site. Go to the INFORMS registration desk for information on availability. No tickets will be sold at the door.

The winners of the 2012 JFIG Paper Competition will be presented with awards. All junior faculty are invited to participate. This event gives junior faculty in engineering and business schools the opportunity to discuss career development and exchange ideas. Sponsored by University of Arkansas and Wichita State University, Dept. of Industrial Engineering.

SPPSN Lunch
12:30pm-1:30pm, Hyatt - Regency D

$10, SPPSN Section member ($15 nonmember) - A limited number of tickets may be available on-site. Go to the INFORMS registration desk for information on availability. No tickets will be sold at the door.

This lunch and business meeting is open to members of the INFORMS Section on Public Programs, Service and Needs and also those who are interested in joining the section. Sponsored by Georgia Tech, School of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

INFORMS Analytics Section Business Meeting & Reception
6:15pm-7:15pm, Center – North 224B

The Analytics Section invites all attendees to participate in the business meeting and reception. Enjoy light refreshments and listen to the officers discuss recent accomplishments of the section. Help chart the course of the future of the section. Sponsored by SAS.

CPMS Isolated Practitioner Workshop & Reception
6:15pm-7:15pm, Center - North 225A

CPMS, The Practice Section of INFORMS, sponsors this workshop on topics of interest to isolated practitioners, the “Lone Rangers” of OR/MS. This 29th workshop will address timely issues that affect isolated practitioners. All are welcome to participate. Wine and cheese will be served.

Student Awards Ceremony & Student Reception
Awards Ceremony: 7:30pm-8:00pm
Reception: 8:00pm-9:30pm
Hyatt - Regency A

All students registered for the meeting are invited to attend the first-ever Student Awards Ceremony. The Chapters/Fora Committee will present the winners of the Student Chapter Annual Awards and the Judith Liebman Awards. Join us to recognize the great contributions of our most dynamic student volunteers. Plan to stay for the Student Reception, which immediately follows the ceremony. The reception that follows the Awards Ceremony is open to all students – join us for an evening of food and drink, fun and networking. Come relax after a busy day of sessions and mingle with fellow students from universities around the world.

Thanks to Our Sponsor
Seth Bonder Foundation

Screening of Travelling Salesman Movie
Monday, October 15, Hyatt, Regency A
Following the Student Awards Ceremony

Introduction by William J. Cook, author of In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman: Mathematics at the Limits of Computationand the Concorde TSP app.


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Tuesday, October 16

Women in OR/MS Forum Luncheon
12:30pm-1:30pm, Hyatt - Regency C

$18 ($8 students) A limited number of tickets may be available on-site. Go to the INFORMS registration desk for information on availability. No tickets will be sold at the door. All those interested in issues related to women professionals in OR/MS are invited to join us. Sponsored by Georgia Tech, Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering; SAS, Inc.; Texas A&M University, Dept. of Industrial & Systems Engineering; University of Alabama, College of Business; University of Massachusetts, Isenberg School of Business; University of Arizona, Systems & Industrial Engineering; Northwestern University, Dept. of Industrial Engineering & Management Science; Virginia Commonwealth University, Dept. of Statistical Sciences & O.R; University of Texas-Arlington; Penn State University-Erie; University of Texas-Austin, Operations Research & Industrial Engineering.

Analytics Certification Reception Tuesday, 6:15pm-7:15pm, Hyatt - Regency A

Members of the INFORMS Certification Task Force will make a short presentation and answer questions relating to INFORMS-conducted analytics certification to be launched in 2013.

 

Route 66General Reception:
Get Your Kicks on Route 66

7:30pm-10:00pm
Convention Center- North Ballroom, Level 1 (Street level)

Your badge is your ticket: Wear your badge for admission If your guest would like to accompany you, a guest registration must be purchased (guests will receive a special badge). The $75 guest fee also includes the Sunday Welcome Reception and the Sunday Awards Ceremony.

It began in 1926 as a roadway to bridge Chicago and the coast of California – a two-lane highway that rolled through Arizona and the vast Southwest, winding 2,400 miles through eight states and ending at the Santa Monica pier.  In the 1930s, Dust Bowl victims of the Depression traveled Route 66 to forge new lives in California; in the 1950s and 60s, American families made it their preferred route to see the country.  Route 66 became famous for its quirky roadside attractions, including teepee-shaped motels, frozen custard stands, Indian curio shops and reptile farms.  It has been memorialized and celebrated in songs, a hit TV series, and – most recently – Pixar’s animated film, Cars.

You can travel the famous road yourself at our Tuesday General Reception.  We’ll have our own quirky and fun things to do: a teepee putting hole, tequila bowling, tomahawk toss, and beach ball basketball.  The Rave, a classic rock band, will showcase a broad spectrum of musical styles, from pre-50s to current hits, including soul, Motown, blues and country.

And, of course, we'll be serving up a hearty menu that features food from stops along the highway – including St. Louis style ribs, Arizona vegetarian fajitas, New Mexican three-cheese enchiladas, Texas beef strip steaks, California avocado salad and topped off with a great Oklahoma pecan pie!  

Thanks to Our Sponsor

Arizona State University

 

SPECIAL EVENT!

Screening of Travelling Salesman, The Movie

Travelling Salesman Movie

Monday, October 15

Hyatt, Regency A, Following the Student Awards Ceremony

Introduction by William J. Cook, author of In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman: Mathematics at the Limits of Computation and the Concorde TSP app.

TRAVELLING SALESMAN is an intellectual thriller about four of the world's smartest mathematicians hired by the U.S. government to solve the most elusive problem in computer science history -- P vs. NP. The four have jointly created a "system" which could be the next major advancement for humanity or the downfall of society.

As the mathematicians are about to sign documents that will give the government sole and private ownership of their solution, they wrestle with the moral dilemma of how their landmark discovery will be used.


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