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All Genders Invited: WORMS Dessert Social Tonight at 8pm, Frothy Monkey, 235 5th Ave N

Open bar, yummy desserts, the best cappuccino in town…  

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Healthcare takes center stage

Both Guru Banavar’s plenary on Sunday and Margaret Brandeau’s today put health(care) center stage. Exciting area to be working in these days – from cognitive computing to data-driven public health decision making, the future looks promising! Many challenges remain, however, and yesterday, several very successful researchers offered their tips for …

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A new engagement era for INFORMS conferences

We did it! #informs2015 registered a new record for an ORMS conference on Twitter! In 2015 the number of tweets has reached the same order as the number of participants: 1,651 tweets in a month; 1,541 tweets for the past week; 1,074 tweets just in the last 3 days. Beyond …

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Optimal Student Volunteer Scheduling for the 2015 INFORMS Annual Meeting

When we sat down to begin scheduling student volunteers for this year’s Annual Meeting, we recognized an opportunity to use OR methods to make the task more manageable. We realized that the problem consisted of scheduling 59 students across eight shifts (two shifts per day, four days), with each student …

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Vendor Exhibits

The vendor exhibits could sometimes be helpful for students using particular software. Last year I had some technical issues with my GAMS code and I stopped by their booth in San Francisco. They were helpful and really knew how to resolve the issue. It is a good chance to talk …

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Systematic Parameter Tuning

Anyone who has used any algorithm with more than a couple of user-selectable parameters knows that “tuning” those parameters can be both important and NP-weird. One of the tutorials at this year’s meeting, “Meta-algorithms: From Algorithm Tuning and Configuration to Algorithm Portfolios” (presented by Meinolf Sellmann of IBM), demonstrated several …

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Celebrating Accomplishments of INFORMS Fellows, WORMS Award Recipient, Robert Herman Award Recipient, and of Our Students

In addition to the great technical sessions and talks this INFORMS conference has been a truly celebratory one in which the accomplishments of members have been recognized. Below,  through photos, I highlight just some of the celebrations that I managed to attend. On Monday, the 2015 INFORMS Fellows were inducted …

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How Green is my Conference?

One of the aspects of INFORMS conferences that I’ve been following eagerly over the last several years is the development of the mobile conference app and the effort to move to paperless programs. I’ve been a holdout for all this time, but I think I’m about to take the green …

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2015 COIN-OR Cup Celebration

The celebration of the winners of the 2015 COIN-OR Cup was held on Monday evening at the Field House bar on Filbert Street. This year’s winners are the developers of JuMP. The citation reads:   Congratulations to the winners! They each receive a tacky Philadelphia souvenir cup filled with COIN-OR …

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My multi-start strategy for INFORMS meetings

This is my third annual meeting and I can tell for sure that each experience has been unique. Except for some key events (like the social-turned-into-suicidal media reception), every year I arrive with different goals and that makes me always willing to come back. It is one thing to see …

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#INFORMS15 TutORial 11 (today 1:30pm): Discrete optimization models for homeland security and disaster management

This tutorial will be given by Laura Albert McLay from the Industrial Engineering & Systems Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Room 108A at the Convention Center. Preparing for and responding to disasters, including acts of terrorism is an important issue of national concern. Recent disasters underscore the need to …

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Places to eat nearby

Probably the best place to go for lunch is the Reading Market Terminal next door to the Marriott and the Convention Center. My friends from Philly say this, and I agree with them after going there both Sunday and Monday. I could see Italian artisan meat shops, Indian food, Chinese food, …

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#INFORMS15 TutORial 9 (today 8am): Applying Machine Learning in Online Revenue Management

Title: Applying Machine Learning in Online Revenue Management Speaker: David Simchi-Levi, Professor of Engineering Systems, MIT Abstract: In a dynamic pricing problem where the demand function is unknown a priori, price experimentation can be used for demand learning. In practice, however, online sellers are faced with a few business constraints, …

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And the Winner is …

… going to be announced today in Room 201 Convention Center at 3:10 pm. Yesterday, five excellent presentations were given in the Wagner Prize track, but there can only be one winner.  At this keynote, the winner will be announced and will give a reprise of the winning presentation.  Don’t …

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Thanks to INFORMS and to the Volunteers for the Energy and Enthusiasm!

Many, many thanks to the organizers of this great INFORMS conference in Philadelphia as well as to the INFORMS professionals who make our society and its great conferences run so smoothly! The energy and enthusiam that I am seeing and feeling at this conference are fabulous. Frankly, I don’t know …

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OR vs. analytics – what’s in a name?

“Operations Research? Management Science? Analytics? What’s in a brand name? How has the emerging field of Analytics impacted the Operations Research Profession? Is Analytics part of OR or the other way around? Is it good, bad, relevant, a nuisance or an opportunity for the OR profession? Is OR just Prescriptive …

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Suicidal Networking Reception

Yesterday, there was ‘social’ networking reception. and Mike Trick tweeted about the reception as following. “Big crowd at suicidal networking reception at #informs2015 . Should have checked twitter handles at door. ” @miketrick We all know what happened.  Autocorrection on smartphones. I also have enough incidents to hate autocorrect on my iPhone. …

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20th Anniversary of WORMS Recap

Yesterday afternoon, the Forum for Women in OR/MS held a panel session recognizing how WORMS started, and where we’re hoping to go in the future. I think there was some really great discussion that came out of that session, and I’d like to publicly document some of these ideas (and …

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Happy 20th anniversary WORMS! You’ve come a long way, baby.

Yesterday I was on a panel celebrating the 20th anniversary for Women in OR/MS with Candi Yano, Margarit Khachatryan, and student liaison Paula (I cannot find her last name!). It has been a great 20 years. I had the pleasure of serving as the VP of Meetings and President over …

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Congratulations to the Newly Elected 2015 INFORMS Fellows!

Every year the announcement of the newly elected INFORMS Fellows is eagerly awaited. I was expecting to see the announcement of the 2015 INFORMS Fellows online but it had not yet been posted on the INFORMS Fellows page as of this morning. Then Peter Horner, our great Editor of OR/MS …

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SpORts Flash Fun Run/Walk

Did you ever dream of being Rocky? Did you plan on running or walking Tuesday morning? If you answered yes to both of these questions then run or walk whatever distance you want and plan on meeting at the Philadelphia Museum steps on Tuesday morning at 7:15 am. We will …

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Growing INFORMS as a Professional Society Through Student Chapters

One of the best ways of growing INFORMS is through student chapters. The community that such student chapters create and build continue as the students graduate and assume professional roles as academics, practitioners, policy makers or even entrepreneurs. I have had the pleasure of being the Faculty Advisor to the …

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Wagner Prize Day

Room 112B in the Convention Center Monday is a full day for me as Chair of the Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice.  That’s a mouthful, so let’s just say the Wagner Prize.  Regardless of whether you are familiar with the Wagner Prize or not, you …

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Operations research sour spot

Making an Impact

Impact, that’s a word I hear too rarely at ORMS conferences. I’ve listened to endless talks where the cleverness of the solution has been the focus, the technical details the highlight. What’s the point in solving a problem if there’s no resulting impact? Is the fact that the opening plenary …

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The 2015 State of Analytics Report

Monday Nov 02, 16:30 – 18:00 Room 403, Marriott Join me for the 2015 State of Aanlytics Report, brought to you by the INFORMS Analytics Maturity Model Committee INFORMS’ members and cadre of credentialed analytics professions from across academia, business, and government now update, govern, and operate the new standard …

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The INFORMS Body of Knowledge, Practice, and Opportunity

By the end of day 2 here at #INFORMS2015 I have already had multiple conversations with excited young colleagues who are looking to make the leap upward from academia or current employment. Here in Philadelphia, where our nation began, I expect bright new careers in Analytics to similarly begin, develop, and become further differentiated as eager …

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How Can Blogging Add Professional Value?

Blogging is easy to downgrade at times, given its perceived similarity (and inferiority) compared to published research. After all, “No one ever got tenure from publishing in the Journal of WordPress Studies.” However, I’d like to point out three ways in which blogging can create value in research, teaching, and …

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WORMS at INFORMS

So, I’ll get one thing out of the way at the start: I’m a guy, and I’m an officer (Jr. VP of Communications) for the Women in OR/MS Forum at INFORMS. Did you do a double-take at that? I know a lot of people do. In fact, I met a …

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Taming the Rigor “Animal” in Required Operations Research Classes

“It’s going to be a tough class today,” you think as you walk to your Operations Research class for non-Operations Research majors. “This method is more intense than what they are used to.” Most of us have some particular method of handling this type of class. Maybe we try to …

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#INFORMS TutORial 4 (today 4:30pm): Robust multi-stage decision-making

This tutorial is by Erick Delage, HEC Canada and Dan Iancu, Stanford in Room 108A today Sunday at 4:30pm. The key underlying philosophy behind the robust optimization modeling paradigm is that, in many practical situations, a complete stochastic description of the uncertainty may not be available. Instead, one may only have …

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#INFORMS15 TutORial 3 (today 1:30pm): Uncertainty in demand response – identification, estimation and learning

This tutorial is by Joshua Taylor of the University of Toronto and Johanna Mathieu of the University of Michigan in Room 108A today Sunday at 1:30pm. Abstract: Demand response from flexible electric loads such as electric vehicles, air conditioners, and smart home appliances represents a vast, clean, and potentially high-performance …

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Informs Annual Conference: where Industry meets Academia

The Informs Annual Conference in Philadelphia has begun. As a long-time OR practitioner,  I personally like this forum for the practical perspectives it brings from a variety of application areas and industries. These project findings, best practices, and novel working ideas are presented by knowledgeable professional engineers and scientists, and equally importantly, by professors and …

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#INFORMS15 TutORial 2 (today 11am): How Analytics can Impact Promotion Pricing

How Analytics can Impact Promotion Pricing This tutorial will be given by Professor Georgia Perakis, William F. Pounds Professor of Management Science, MIT in Room 108A at Convention Center. Joint work with Lennart Baardman (ORC PhD student), Maxime Cohen, (ORC PhD student), Swati Gupta (ORC PhD student), Jeremy Kalas (EECS Undergraduate), Zachary Leung (recently …

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Running Around at the Conference

In preparation for all the running around I know I will do in the next four days, I decided to run in the American Association for Cancer Research Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon on Saturday.  The race was awesome, with beautiful crisp Fall weather, live music every few miles, …

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Pro Bono Analytics Comes to INFORMS

About three years ago, the Operational Research Society in the UK created a Pro Bono Analytics initiative, pairing volunteer analysts with “third sector” (nonprofit) organizations seeking help. It has been a roaring success. INFORMS has now started its own Pro Bono Analytics program. There are several related sessions at the …

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#INFORMS15 TutORial list and schedule

This is the list in the Tutorials track, co-chaired by Dionne Aleman and myself. All tutorials are in Room 108A – CC Sunday  SA (8am) Data-driven stochastic programming using Phi-divergences, Guzin Bayraksan, Ohio State University SB (11am) Pricing inspired by data and practice, by Georgia Perakis, MIT SC (1:30pm) Uncertainty …

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INFORMS15 Undergraduate OR Prize Competition Sessions

Both sessions on Sunday (11am and 1:30pm) will be held at the Marriott in Room 403. They provide a fantastic opportunity to discover the work today’s best undergraduates do in operations research – those students will certainly be among tomorrow’s best graduate students or best young practitioners of O.R. The talks …

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Day 0: NFC

I had the pleasure of attending the New Faculty Colloquium today. It was extremely informative, full of many nuggets of wisdom, coming from a great set of panelists across the IE/ OR/ MS spectrum. From Mark Daskin paraphrasing Churchill, to the collection of poems on supply chain that Elif Akcali started …

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What will I learn at Informs?

I love conferences. I love the chance to meet new people, meet our users, see new technology, learn, explore (and sleep I have a son who loves to get up at 5am, I am not a morning person!). There are so many conferences to go to, and they all sound …

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Spooky Ideas for INFORMS 2015

Welcome to Philly! I am excited to be a part of INFORMS Annual Meeting here at Philadelphia as a student volunteer, doctoral colloquium attendant, presenter and session chair. You may just be getting into the mood, but we have been feeling the increasing excitement in the air since a few months at Lehigh. …

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Repeating #ismp2015 tweeting experience at #informs2015? Challenge accepted!

ISMP is a big thing in the mathematical programming community: a triennial conference bringing together the experts in the field. In 2015 it was also a big thing for the OR/MS academic community on Twitter: we experienced unprecedented levels of live tweets describing what was going on in parallel sessions. …

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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 …

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“Fall Back” — Standard Time Returns With INFORMS

Don’t forget that Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 1st, at 2AM.  Please remember to set your watch back one hour before going to bed on Saturday night (or at the time, if you are still awake). So, on Sunday morning for the technical sessions, we will all (hopefully) …

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