Abstracts Submissions

All submitters for the SELECT Speaker Category will be notified whether they were accepted by February 15, 2016.

abstractsYou are invited to submit a proposal to present at the 2016 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and O.R. Speakers selected through this process receive a discount off regular registration rates. 

We welcome proposals in all areas and all topics within the business analytics and O.R. arena. We encourage you to submit a proposal for review by the Selection Committee. Both presentation content and speaking expertise will be considered in selection, with priority given to real-world business topics and high-quality academic work geared to real situations.

Benefits of Presenting

blue-checkmark Discounted conference registration rate.

blue-checkmark Registration covers the conference program, the Edelman Awards Banquet, Welcome Reception and breakfasts, lunches and breaks for two days.

blue-checkmark The prestige of being selected to present at an INFORMS high quality conference.

blue-checkmark An opportunity to participate fully in the conference and network with industry practitioners, academics and consultants.

Requirements of Presenting

blue-checkmark A 50-minute presentation by one speaker (multiple presenters and panels not accepted).

blue-checkmark Final presentation slides submitted 4 weeks before the conference.

blue-checkmark Willingness to tailor a presentation for a listener audience and to accept direction from the Selection Committee.

blue-checkmark Willingness to serve as a discussion leader for small group roundtables, if requested.

blue-checkmark Full participation in the conference (both the education and social program), for at least the day of the presentation and preferably the entire conference.

Selection Criteria and Guidelines

The review and acceptance process is highly selective, with two primary criteria.

Presentation Content

blue-checkmark Real-world business topics, with technical content included.

blue-checkmark High quality academic work geared to real situations.

blue-checkmark Applications reports, case studies, best practice examples, emerging topics and tutorials with a practice-orientation.

blue-checkmark All application areas of analytics and OR/MS considered.

blue-checkmark Presentations directed to a “listener” audience (most members of the audience attend the conference to listen to high quality presentations, not to present), of which approximately 80% are practitioners.

To Submit a Proposal

Information you will need to provide when you submit:

blue-checkmark Contact information; biographical information

blue-checkmark Presentation title

blue-checkmark Abstract: a 500-word extended abstract written with the listener’s perspective in mind. Your abstract should answer the listener’s basic question: “What will I learn from this session? What information/knowledge/ideas will I come away with?” It’s important that you describe in as much detail as possible what you will cover in your presentation. A bulleted list of topics, points, examples and issues can be an effective technique for doing this.

blue-checkmark Presenters must have demonstrated speaking experience.

blue-checkmark Speaking references are requested during the submission process.

blue-checkmark Potential speakers could be interviewed by phone.