INFORMS Workshop on Data Science

Hosted by INFORMS College on Artificial Intelligence

Houston, Texas
October 21, 2017

INFORMS Workshop on Data Science, sponsored by the INFORMS College on Artificial Intelligence, is a premier research conference dedicated to developing novel data science theories, algorithms, and methods to solve challenging and practical problems that benefit business and society at large. The conference invites innovative data science research contributions that address business and societal challenges from the lens of statistical learning, data mining, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. The conference invites original research addressing challenges ranging from marketing and finance problems to problems in health care, energy, cybersecurity, fraud detection, social network services, talent analytics, privacy, credibility, etc. Contributions on novel methods may be motivated by insightful observations on the shortcomings of state-of-the art data science methods in addressing practical challenges, or may propose entirely novel data science problems. Research contributions on theoretical and methodological foundations of data science, such as optimization for machine learning and new algorithms for data mining, are also welcome.

Research contributions may include:

  • Novel predictive modeling approaches
  • Novel performance measures of data science methods that account for important practical implications
  • Data science methods for health care: chronic disease management, preventative care, etc.
  • Prediction of rare events and anomaly detection
  • Methods for induction and inference with missing values
  • Data science for industrial applications: energy, education, finance, supply chain, e-commerce, etc.
  • Data-driven methods for effective risk management
  • Data-driven methods for cyber security
  • Data acquisition, integration, cleaning, and best practices
  • Visualization analytics for business data
  • Novel methods for social network analysis
  • Mobile analytics
  • Large-scale recommendation systems and social media systems
  • Novel methods for text analytics and natural language processing
  • Experiences with big data project deployments
  • Deep learning and AI business applications 

Important Dates:

April 10th, 2017: Paper submission Open at
June 20th, 2017: Paper submission Deadline
August 20th, 2017: Notification of Acceptance 

We look forward to receiving your paper submissions, and to seeing you at the conference!

Registration Rates:

Regular: $150 
Student: $75

Information to authors:

  • Maximum of 15 pages (excluding abstract, references, tables and figures), printable on 8.5 x 11-inch paper
  • 12-point font with one-inch margins on four sides
  • Double-spaced
  • Indicate on the front cover whether the bulk of the work was done by a student
  • Blind submissions are encouraged but not required

Organizing Committee:

Honorary Chairs

Olivia Sheng, University of Utah
Alexander S. Tuzhilin, New York University

Conference Chairs

Xiao Fang, University of Delaware
Hui Xiong, Rutgers University
Zhiqiang (Eric) Zheng, University of Texas, Dallas

Program Chairs

Ahmed Abbasi, University of Virginia
Weiguo (Patrick) Fan, Virginia Tech
Maytal Saar-Tsechansky, University of Texas, Austin

Publicity Chairs

Leman Akoglu, Carnegie Mellon University
Shawn Mankad, Cornell University
Paul Pavlou, Temple University
Nachiketa Sahoo, Boston University
Qiang Ye, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Kang Zhao, University of Iowa

Web Chair

Harry Wang, University of Delaware

Finance Chair

Alan Wang, Virginia Tech