Dear INFORMS Annual Meeting Participant

We are looking forward to your participation at the 2015 INFORMS Annual Meeting in a few days in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Thanks to you this will be one of the largest and best meetings yet!  It is important to build in time to register and navigate the facility and arrive at desired sessions early to get a good seat. In an effort to ensure everyone gets this important information, it is possible that you may receive this more than once. Another quick way to see the information is at: http://meetings2.informs.org/wordpress/philadelphia/.

What you need to know before you go…

Local Transportation to Hotels from the Airport (PHL)

Estimated Charges:
Taxi: $26 (one way)
Subway/Rail (SEPTA): $8.00 (one way) http://www.septa.org/

More information regarding the conference hotels and/ or travel: http://meetings2.informs.org/wordpress/philadelphia/travel/.

Presenters: AV, Bring Your Laptop, Courtesy to Speakers

Computer projectors will be available in every technical session room. You must bring your own laptop (or plan to share with another presenter), MAC adaptor, Slide Advancer, and AC power adaptor. Technical assistance will be available for any AV problems. During technical sessions, please turn off cell phones and other mobile devices. Also note that the use of camera and recording devices is prohibited unless you have received prior permission from the speaker.

Registration Hours and Location

Registration will be located in the Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A. Hours: Saturday, 7:00am-5:30pm; Sunday-Tuesday, 7:00am-5:00pm; and Wednesday, 7:00am-4:30pm. New this year:

*NEW* Express On-site Registration

 

Avoid the lines and make use of the two express kiosks that are available for express on-site registration in Exhibit Hall A, 200 Level, Convention Center (near INFORMS Registration.)

*NEW* Ribbon Wall

Are you a Session Chair, Cluster Chair or an attendee that is “Going Green” and need your ribbons? New this year we have a ‘ribbon wall’ where you can select a ribbon(s) that can be added to your badge holder.

*NEW* Receipts on Demand

Need a copy of your conference receipt? Print your receipt on demand with the receipt Kiosk located in near the INFORMS registration, Exhibit Hall A, 200 Level, Convention Center

25 Year and 35 Year Member Ribbons

If you have been an ORSA-TIMS-INFORMS member for 25 or more years, stop by INFORMS Center in the Exhibit Hall to pick up a ribbon designating your 25 or 35+ year membership. We salute our long-time members!

Print-Ready Program Now Available Online

If you chose not to receive a printed program in Philadelphia or if you want to print out sections before you travel, the PDF can be found here: http://trayinc.cld.bz/2015-Informs-Annual-Meeting.

You can also use the itinerary tool in the Program Search and plan your day.

All registrants will receive a Quick Reference Guide, which includes the master track schedule, maps and floor plans, and other key information.

Saturday Workshops & Events

INFORMS CIST-Conference on Information Systems & Technology

Saturday-Sunday, October 31-November 1

Go to INFORMS Registration in the Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A, beginning at 7:00am on Saturday for your badge and registration materials. A separate registration fee is required for this event unless you have already pre-registered.

INFORMS Data Mining & Analytics Workshop

Saturday, October 31

Go to INFORMS Registration in the Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A, beginning at 7:00am on Saturday for your badge and registration materials. A separate registration fee is required for this event unless you have already pre-registered.

Vendor Workshops: In-Depth Training in Software Solutions

Saturday, October 31, 9:00am-5:00pm

Free when you registered for the meeting. Choose from 16 vendors in three time slots for sessions that are 2 ½ hours long. Click here for more information, including the workshop schedule.

Interactive/ Poster Sessions: Competition Winners Announced Each Day

Be sure to stop by the interactive sessions on Monday and Tuesday, 12:30-2:30pm in the Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A. On display will be 75+ posters each day on diverse OR/MS topics. Authors will be on hand to describe their work during this time. Three prizes will be awarded each day to competition participants.

Plenary/ Keynote Presentations

An impressive list of plenary speakers includes Margaret Brandeau, Stanford University; Michael Jordan, UC Berkeley; Bill Rouse, Stevens Institute of Technology; and Alfred Spector, Google (retired). Keynotes will be presented by Mihai Anitescu, Argonne; Alper Atamturk, UC Berkeley; John Glaser, Cerner; Sanjay Mehrotra, Northwestern University; Kavita Ramanan, Brown University; and Steve Wright, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Enhanced Mobile App

INFORMS is pleased to offer a free mobile app. Use the app to access the conference information on the go, including the schedule of talks, maps showing meeting locations, exhibit details and much more. As this is a native app, you do not need an internet data connection to use it once downloaded.

The app is available for both Apple and Android devices. Simply search for “INFORMS Meetings” in your app store.

When you click on the program button in the app you can either browse through the parallel sessions and special events or search for a specific speaker or keyword. As you locate the events, sessions and presentations that you are interested in, click on the star button and those items will be bookmarked into the My List itinerary.

Membership Meeting – Saturday Evening

Saturday, October 31, 5:00-6:00pm, Marriott, Salon H, Level 5

The INFORMS Board encourages all members to stop by the Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday. Get a snapshot of 2015 accomplishments and 2016 plans. Bring your ideas, opinions and suggestions.

Welcome Reception – Sunday

Sunday, November 1, 7:30-9:00pm, Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A, 200 Level

The Welcome Reception is the perfect venue to meet colleagues, visit the exhibits and enjoy light refreshments.

Awards Ceremony- Sunday: Honor Your Colleagues and the Profession

Sunday, November 1, 8:30-9:45pm, Marriott, Salon G/H, Level 5

Celebrate the achievements of your colleagues. Doors will close at 8:45pm. A dessert reception, open only to guests who attend the ceremony, will follow.

General Reception

Tuesday, November 3, 7:30-9:30pm, Convention Center, Grand Hall, 200 Level

Philadelphia is the home of many culinary institutions, both gourmet and local. Join us as we serve up a fun, locally inspired menu including the infamous Philly cheesesteaks created in Philadelphia in the 1930s. This year’s general reception will also feature a traditional Mummers string band for entertainment. Complimentary soft drinks and a cash bar will be available. This reception provides the perfect atmosphere for fellowship and networking, while also having a bit of fun after a long day of sessions.

 

INFORMS Community Meetings

All are welcome to these meetings featuring business meetings, receptions, and networking sessions. For a complete listing please click here.

Technology Center- Wireless Internet

Free wireless internet is available in the Technology Center in the Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A. A limited number of computers will also be available. Name badges must be worn for admittance. The Technology Center will be open Sunday, 12:00-5:00pm; Monday-Tuesday, 9:00am-5:00pm; and Wednesday, 9:00am-3:00pm.

Certified Analytics Professional Reception

Tuesday, November 3, 5:00-6:30pm, Marriott, Salon K, Level 5

We welcome all those attendees who would like more information about the Certified Analytics Professional (CAP ®) program. Please join us.

Badge Required for Technical Sessions & Meeting Events

Badges MUST be worn to all meeting events. All attendees, including speakers and sessions chairs, must register and pay the registration fee. Lost badges can be replaced at INFORMS Registration for a $5.00 fee.

Come Check Out the New INFORMS Center

This dynamic space is the hub for your Annual Meeting activities. Be sure to stop by and see key INFORMS leadership and staff, and learn more about the many programs and activities taking place both at the Annual Meeting and throughout the year. Make sure to check the Mobile App or the website for an up-to-date schedule of the INFORMS Center activities.

Participate in Social Networking!

  • Guest Bloggers

Be sure to check the Annual Meeting web site frequently for insightful posts from our team of guest bloggers.  Feel free to post your own comment. See the blogs from last year.

  • Tweeters

All attendees are encouraged to tweet by adding hashtag #informs2015. Tweets will be displayed in the Attendee Twitter Feed on the homepage, along with official conference tweets that will alert you to late-breaking information. See what others are saying already! Follow @INFORMS2015 for official conference updates. Pick up your tweeter ribbon at the INFORMS Center.

  • Join the Annual Meeting LinkedIn Group

Click here to join the Annual Meeting LinkedIn Group and connect with fellow attendees, discuss key topics of the day, and set up appointments.

  • Pinterest

Check out the INFORMS Annual Meeting Board on Pinterest for interesting places to visit, eat, and enjoy Philadelphia. Follow the board for updates.

Don’t Miss the Career Center Job Fair

Be a part of the largest gathering of O.R. and Analytics job seekers and employers. The Job Fair is free to meeting registrants but please register in the INFORMS Career Center so employers know you are there. Employers must register in the INFORMS Career Center to participate. Questions should be directed to careers@informs.org for more details. The job fair includes employer/job seeker meet and greet, on-site interviews and panel discussions.

Renew your Membership for 2016 at the INFORMS Center

Get ahead of the crowd and cross one thing off your list.  Stop by the INFORMS Center and renew your membership for 2016.  Your membership dues show your support for our vitally important field and guarantee uninterrupted access to member benefits.

Weather

Philadelphia average temperatures rest in the lower 60s this time of year. High temperatures with be near 60F during the day but fall into the 40s by evening hours. Bring a jacket or coat for outdoors and sweater for indoors. Click here http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/philadelphia-pa/19107/weather-forecast/350540 for weather updates.

Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Thank you to these organizations for their generous support:

Platinum Sponsors: AIMMS, IBM, Lehigh University, and the Seth Bonder Foundation

Gold Sponsors: Caterpillar, GAMS, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and SAS

Individual Sponsors: Lehigh University Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, Georgia Tech Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Texas Dallas, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Business, Saint Joseph’s University, Bucknell University, and Drexel University LeBow College of Business