ACT OR is a company of math and engineers dedicated to improving customer businesses by creating Executive Decision Support systems based on forecasting, mathematical optimization and statistical models and using “big data.” The purpose of our software toolsets and solutions are to assist customers in improving, processes, assets and labor – utilization by optimization or simulation models, that can offer the most efficient policies or systems to help customers cut operating costs. Our tools are “prescriptive and predictive” analytical by design, for risk reduction capabilities for business investments.
AIMMS is an innovative technology company with offices in Europe, the US and Asia. Half of the global Fortune top 20 corporations rely on AIMMS because of its unique analytics, modeling and optimization platform that supports complex business decision making at every organizational level. AIMMS customers can quickly create high business impact with optimization apps to support both strategic and daily operational challenges on a single platform that works seamlessly with your ERP system. AIMMS is trusted by companies like Alstom, BP, Kroger, Nike, Unilever, Shell and many others. Visit www.aimms.com to learn more.
Workshop: Join our Hackathon at the INFORMS Annual Meeting
Saturday, 9-7:30pm, Room 103a
It’s time to roll up your sleeves and show off your skills! AIMMS, Southwest Airlines and Booz Allen Hamilton are providing a unique hackathon experience during this year’s conference. The hackathon will tackle a real world problem from Southwest Airlines, encouraging students and recent grads to use modeling and optimization in order to solve pressing business challenges. There will be a prize, snacks, networking, coffee, t-shirts, and a lot of fun! The hackathon will take place on October 31, 2015 from 9am to 7:30pm.
To register, please complete the form on this page. You will receive a confirmation email with details including an AIMMS license and short tutorial so you can get familiar with the software.
Software Tutorial: Experience Optimization Modeling in Real Time | Deanne Zhang, AIMMS Optimization Specialist
Monday, 1:30-2:15pm, Room 302
What can you do in 45 minutes? Attend a lecture? Watch a TED Talk online? Maybe go on a 5-mile run? There is a lot that can be accomplished in 45 minutes that can provide both a sense of achievement and generates new ideas. We invite you to experience this same kind of feeling in a 45-minute journey with AIMMS! We are going to build an optimization model in real time and publish it on AIMMS PRO, an enterprise level app store. This 45-minute software demo will provide you with a fresh view of how AIMMS delivers broader usage and greater benefits for business users.
AMPL’s modeling language and system give you an exceptionally powerful and natural tool for developing and deploying the complex optimization models that arise in diverse business applications. AMPL lets you formulate problems the way you think of them, while providing access to the advanced algorithmic alternatives that you need to find good solutions fast. It features an integrated scripting language for automating analyses and building iterative optimization schemes; access to spreadsheet and database files; and application programming interfaces for embedding within larger systems. AMPL works with over 30 powerful optimization engines including all of the most widely used large-scale solvers.
Software Tutorial: Developing Optimization Applications Quickly and Reliably with Algebraic Modeling | Robert Fourer, President | AMPL Optimization Inc. | firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, 11-11:45am, Room 302
Can you negotiate the complexities of the optimization modeling lifecycle, and deliver a working application before the problem owner loses interest? Algebraic languages were invented to streamline the key steps of model formulation, testing, and revision. Today they are supported by powerful facilities for embedding models into larger systems and deploying them to users. This presentation introduces algebraic modeling for optimization through examples using classic and recently introduced features of the AMPL language and system.
Booth #22 & 23
The AnyLogic Company along with AnyLogic Software is a global organization Headquartered in Chicago, with Consulting, Sales and Marketing professionals. Founded in 1992, the AnyLogic team that design, develop and market AnyLogic Software – the first and only tool that brings together System Dynamics, Process-centric (Discrete Event), and Agent Based methods within one modeling language and one model development environment have been the leading provider of dynamic simulation tools, technologies and consulting services for business applications. The language of AnyLogic has unmatched flexibility enabling modelers to capture the complexity of business, economy and social systems at any level of detail to gain deeper insight into interdependent processes inside and around an organization.
Technology Workshop: AnyLogic 7.2, Built-in Database | Arash Mahdavi, Simulation Modeling Consultant | Tom Baggio, Sr. Solutions Architect
Saturday, October 31, 3-5:30 pm, Room 103c
During the workshop, we will build a logistics model and show the unique capabilities of AnyLogic 7.2, the leader in simulation modeling technology. The model will include mining, rail, and sea transportation. We will use agent-based modeling technology; the agents will be created and parameterized directly from the built-in AnyLogic database. To demonstrate AnyLogic’s extensibility:
- The transportation part of the model will use AnyLogic GIS maps for both routing and visualization.
- We will also show how to convert shape files into GIS sea routes.
- The mining part of the model will use the new AnyLogic Fluid Library.
At the end of the workshop, we will showcase powerful new features of the upcoming AnyLogic 7.3 release.
Software Tutorial: anyLogistix – Every supply chain is unique, capture yours! | Timofey Popkov, Director of Business Development and Co-owner
Monday, 8:45-9:30 am, Room 302
Supply chain optimization software must capture the uniqueness of your supply chain as well as produce results quickly. The supply chain is the backbone of your business, it is what distinguishes you from competitors and enables you to win business. Experience a complete solution, anyLogistix, which allows you to design carefully, continuously analyze, and adjust to environmental changes. Learn how to maintain a competitive advantage in your industry through supply chain optimization.
GAUSS is a powerful, highly adaptive suite of analytical software and tools that maximize the probability of success, giving analysts the ability to dig deeper into data to unlock actionable results. GAUSS is the product of decades of innovation and enhancement by Aptech Systems, a supportive team of experts dedicated to the success of the worldwide GAUSS user community. From physics to finance, Aptech is committed to helping people achieve their goals by offering flexible products and applications that define the leading edge of statistical analysis capabilities.
Artelys is internationally known as an expert in the field of optimization and analytics and continues its growth with the recent acquisition of Ziena Optimization, author of KNITRO.
Dedicated to provide sound decision-making through technology, operations research, and statistics with top international engineers, Artelys also develops, distributes, and supports a comprehensive portfolio of efficient and robust tools: Artelys Kalis, FICO® Xpress Optimization suite, KNITRO, AMPL. Relying on these tools and a high level of expertise in quantitative methods, Artelys has been successful in delivering 100+ efficient solutions to the most complex business problems. Located in France, United States, and Canada.
Software Tutorial: See the Artelys KNITRO 10.0 Optimization Solver in Action | Richard Waltz, Senior Scientist, Artelys Corp., email@example.com
Sunday, 4:30-6pm, Room 302
KNITRO is the premier solver for nonlinear optimization and recent winner of the GECCO 2015 black-box optimization competition, finishing first among 28 solvers. This software demonstration will highlight the latest KNITRO features, including a new object-oriented interface and new SQP algorithm for derivative-free optimization (DFO). The demo will also provide an overview of how to effectively use KNITRO in a variety of environments and applications, and present recent benchmarking results for DFO and nonlinear optimization.
Cambridge’s publishing in books and journals combines state-of-the-art content with the highest standards of scholarship, writing and production. Visit our stand to browse new titles, available at a 20% discount, and to pick up sample issues of our journals. Visit our website to see everything we do: www.cambridge.org/us/academic.
The Computational Infrastructure for Operations Research publishes high quality, free, open source tools for O.R. professionals and students, suitable for commercial, educational and personal use. COIN-OR is the place to go when you need a “white box” for algorithm research and development. COIN-OR is a strategic partner of the INFORMS Computing Society.
Booth # 15
Darden Business Publishing produces and markets case-based materials written by the renowned faculty at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Darden maintains a catalogue of student-centered learning materials that energize classrooms around the world with dynamic interactive multimedia cases, innovative simulations, and thought-provoking paper cases.
OPTEX MATHEMATICAL MODELING SYSTEM (http://www.doanalytics.net/Documents/OPTEX-Presentation.pdf) represents the new paradigm to make mathematical models. OPTEX separates the algebraic formulation from the source code of the models, and generates computer programs in multiples optimization technologies (C, GAMS, IBM-OPL, MOSEL, AIMMS, and AMPL). It is based on its own unique database algebraic language that supports MS-EXCEL algebraic formulation. OPTEX supports every stage of mathematical modeling process (data model definition, data validation, SQL connection, graphic user interface generation, algebraic model formulation, numerical model generation, problem solution and results visualization). Easy and Fast, OPTEX represents the new generation to DO ANALYTICS.
Workshop: Easy and Fast, Optext Mathematical Model System Represents the New Way for Do Analytics
Saturday, 9-11:30am, Room 105b
You will learn about:
- Make mathematical models without programming
- Information systems: the alternative to make complex mathematical models
- EXCEL as interface for “any” optimization technology
- Connect SQL databases without knowing SQL
- A real complex model: The Optimization Model of the Economic Dispatch Operation for the National Plan of Electricity Transmission in Peru.
- OPTEX Optimization Server
Software Tutorial: OPTEX Mathematical Modeling System: The New Paradigm | Jesus Maria Velasquez, Chief Scientist, Do Analytics LLC
Monday, 5:15-6pm, Room 302
DO ANALYTICS presents OPTEX Mathematical Modeling System, a powerful expert system that is changing the way to make large scale mathematical programming models. OPTEX:
- Generates programming codes in the most powerful optimization technologies, including the SQL statements to connect any DBMS.
- Mixes the power of an optimization technology with the easiness of EXCEL.
- Works as a client & as an optimization server in the cloud.
- Easy and Fast, OPTEX represents the new generation to DO ANALYTICS
Dynamic Ideas is a publisher of scientific books that have quality and originality in the areas of Operations Research and Applied Mathematics. The key objective of our titles is to “educate the next generation.” Many of our books are currently being used as the main textbook in academic courses in some of the finest universities and research institutions in the world.
Elsevier is a leading publisher in the Operations Research and Decision Sciences fields, with over 25 high-quality peer-reviewed journals, including European Journal of Operational Research, Omega, and the newly launched Operations Research Perspectives. Elsevier’s OR/MS journals occupy 8 of the Top 10 positions in the Operations Research & Management Science category of Thomson Reuters’ Science Citation Index.
Visit us to sign up for one-to-one feedback on your research from top journal editors.
For more information, visit www.elsevier.com/decisionsciences.
Booth # 55 & 56
FICO is a leading analytics software company, helping businesses around the world make better decisions that accelerate growth, profitability and customer satisfaction. FICO’s optimization tools, which include FICO® Xpress Optimization Suite, feature high-performance solvers, flexible modeling and application development tools. FICO’s optimization capabilities are now available on the FICO® Analytic Cloud and the FICO® Decision Management Suite, providing an easy, cost-effective way to evaluate, customize, deploy and scale state-of-the-art analytics and decision management solutions.
Join us for the workshop to learn about the latest Xpress features and visit our exhibition area booth.
Learn more at www.fico.com.
Workshop: Advances to modeling and deploying optimization applications with FICO Xpress
Saturday, 12-2:30pm, Room 104a
FICO® Xpress Optimization Suite helps organizations develop and deploy optimization applications that solve the biggest real-world challenges faster than ever, leading to the best possible business decisions. It combines high-performance linear, mixed-integer and nonlinear solvers, an easy to learn and flexible modeling language and rapid application development capabilities. Learn about the modeling and solver improvements, such as R connectivity, model encryption, solution accuracy, robust modeling and non-linear multi-start capabilities.
Software Tutorial: Turnkey Optimization on the Cloud |Oliver Bastert, Ph.D., firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, 11:45-12:30pm, Room 302
In this workshop, we will demonstrate enhancements for modeling and solving linear, mixed integer and nonlinear optimization problems using the latest release of FICO® Xpress version 7.9. We will show how to rapidly turn optimization models into collaborative applications deployed on the FICO® Analytic Cloud. Also, learn how these capabilities can be combined with analytic modeling and decision rules to deliver powerful cloud-based or on-premises decision management solutions via the FICO® Decision Management Suite.
Forio builds and hosts online business simulation games used by Harvard Business School, Wharton, MIT Sloan, and other universities and major corporations. Learners are actively engaged because they play a role. They’re not just reading and analyzing. Over 60% of all MBAs currently enrolled at business schools worldwide will play a Forio simulation game before they graduate. We also build multiplayer collaborative or competitive simulation games with several Fortune 500 clients.Forio Epicenter, our simulation development software, allows for the rapid creation of simulation front-ends, as well as dashboards and data visualizations.
Software Tutorial: Publishing Interactive Analytics or Operations Research Models on the Web | Michael Bean | Co-Founder and President
Sunday, 11:45-12:30pm, Room 302
Forio’s web platform makes your analytic model available to hundreds of people within your organization through the browser. We will start with an introduction to the platform and example analytics applications. Then we’ll divide the workshop into two parts. In the first part we will teach you how to get your analysis on a server so it can be shared. In the second part we’ll focus on creating a user interface for your model.
Frontline Systems is democratizing analytics, enabling business analysts and managers to get results quickly — without expensive enterprise software and steep learning curves. See how easily you can solve optimization, simulation/risk analysis, and predictive analytics models in Excel Online, Google Sheets, and Apple’s iPad — starting for free. See new Analytic Solver® Platform V2016 for desktop Excel, the easy-to-use integrated software that builds on Excel’s Solver, Tableau, Power BI and other tools. See our developer SDKs for data mining, simulation and optimization, and our new RASON® modeling language and REST API. You’ll be surprised by how little this costs, and how quickly you can get results.
Technology Workshop: Analytics in Your Browser, Your Spreadsheet, and Your Own Application
Saturday, 3-5:30pm, Room 107a
If you build analytic models for your company or clients, or use analytics in your own applications, don’t miss this workshop — and prepare to be surprised by how much easier your work can be. We’ll cover analytics in Excel Online and Google Sheets, analytics leveraging Microsoft Excel, Tableau and Power BI, analytics in your web browser, and analytics models in your own desktop, web or mobile application — including data mining and predictive analytics, simulation and risk analysis, conventional and stochastic optimization. We’ll show how you can solve the largest industrial-strength problems, while spending less time and money than you expected.
Software Tutorial: Analytic Solver® Platform: Integrated Data Mining, Simulation and Optimization in Microsoft Excel
Tuesday, 2:15-3:00pm, Room 302
Analytic Solver Platform in Microsoft Excel has everything you need for forecasting and data mining, Monte Carlo simulation and risk analysis, conventional and stochastic optimization – with data from Apache Spark and visualization of results in Excel, Tableau and Power BI. See how you can use it to build your own analytic expertise and teach others, leveraging what you already know, build and solve industrial-scale models with the world’s best Solvers, and effectively communicate business results.
The General Algebraic Modeling System (GAMS) is a high-level modeling system for mathematical programming and optimization. It consists of a language compiler and a stable of integrated high-performance solvers. GAMS is tailored for complex, large scale modeling applications, and allows you to build large maintainable models that can be adapted quickly to new situations.
Technology Workshop: Introduction to Modeling in GAMS | Lutz Westerman, email@example.com
Saturday, 3-5:30pm, Room 104a
We demonstrate many of the capabilities of the GAMS software as we start with a simple optimization model and build it out by adding nonlinear and integer variables to the model and connecting it with a GUI in a sample application.
Software Tutorial: GAMS – An Introduction | Steve Dirkse, Director of Optimization, Steve Dirkse, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, 5:15-6:00pm, Room 302
This workshop will show you how to use the General Algebraic Modeling System (GAMS) in an efficient and productive way. There will be an introduction to the system and a presentation of the key concepts in GAMS. The largest part of the workshop consists of hands-on exercises.
Amongst others, it will be demonstrated how GAMS interacts with other applications and you will see how to analyze and debug problems using the tools available within GAMS.
Gurobi Optimization, Inc.
Gurobi Optimization provides high performance math programming solvers using the most advanced implementations of the latest algorithms. We offer best-in-class performance, support a broad range of interfaces and modeling languages, and offer flexible licensing together with transparent, no surprises pricing, all backed by outstanding, easy-to-reach support.
Technology Workshop: Recent Developments in the Gurobi Optimizer | Dr. Robert Bixby, Chief Strategy Office and Co-Founder, Gurobi Optimization | Dr. Chris Maes, Senior Developer, Gurobi Optimization | Dr. Renan Garcia, Optimization Support Engineer, Gurobi Optimization
Saturday, October 31, 3:00-4:30pm, Room 105b
In this workshop we’ll talk about the latest developments in the Gurobi Optimizer. We’ll discuss the new Gurobi Instant Cloud, a signifcant enhancement to our Cloud offering which makes it very easy to launch one or more Gurobi machines when you need them. We’ll also talk about our new Gurobi 6.5 release, which includes unusually large performance enhancements and several new features.
Software Tutorial: Modeling with the Gurobi Python Interface | Dr. Renan Garcia, Optimization Support Engineer, Gurobi Optimization
Monday, November 2, 11:45am-12:30pm, Room 302
Are you looking for an environment that combines the expressiveness of a modeling language with the power and flexibility of a programming language? The Gurobi Python interface allows you to build concise and efficient optimization models using high-level modeling constructs. Moreover, Python itself has a vast ecosystem of packages designed to increase your productivity, such as a notebook-style interface (iPython Notebook), data access capabilities and web development tools. This tutorial will provide an overview of these features, including detailed examples that show how to use the Python interface to build models that can be turned into full optimization applications.
The Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies is one of the three departments in the Faculty of Business, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. We take a multi-disciplinary approach to establishing an area of excellence in logistics, supply chain, and operations management. We would like to enhance and accelerate through the recruitment of ambitious, high-calibre candidates to join our academic team (http://www.lms.polyu.edu.hk/en/footer/careeropportunities/). You are welcome to join our tea reception, which will be held on 2 November 2015 at 5 – 6pm and 3 November 11am-12nn in the Three Bay Hospitality Suite of Marriott Philadelphia.
IBM is paving the way to the next generation of analytics solutions and platforms, combining descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics with the power of cloud and cognitive insights. IBM Decision Optimization, which includes the market-leading IBM CPLEX Optimizer, has helped more organizations drive performance improvements from Prescriptive Analytics than any other company, including 4x as many Edelman Award finalists. Visit the IBM Analytics booth to learn more about prescriptive analytics with IBM Decision Optimization, as well as the IBM Academic Initiative offering for all fields of analytics.
Workshop: IBM Watson Analytics Workshop | IBM Academic Initiative Group
Saturday, 12-2:30pm, Room 107b
The IBM Watson Analytics Workshop is a workshop designed for professors and students as a way to introduce you to the revolutionary approach to analytics that is smart data discovery. Industry is demanding strong analytical communication skills with leading edge technologies. Here is an opportunity to learn from Watson Analytics experts how you and your students can benefit from learning about guided exploration, automated predictive analysis, and effortless dashboard creation. Watson Analytics is a cloud based analytics tool that provides quick guided data exploration, automated predictive analysis, and effortless dashboard creation that is unique in its predictive capabilities. Attendees will be given complimentary licenses of IBM® Watson™ Analytics Professional Edition for up to 100 users.
Workshop: Prescriptive Analytics with IBM Decision Optimization and CPLEX Optimizer | IBM Optimization Group
Saturday, 3-5:30 pm, Room 107b
You will learn about:
- IBM’s vision for Advanced Analytics, combining descriptive, predictive, prescriptive, and cognitive insights (including leveraging optimization in platforms such as Watson Analytics)
- The latest on CPLEX Optimization Studio, Decision Optimization Center, and DOcloud
- Leveraging DOcloud to solve models on cloud (sign up for the free trial at ibm.co/trydocloud)
- IBM Decision Optimization for Python, including quick prototyping with Python Notebooks
- The SPSS-Decision Optimization connectors for end-to-end analytics solutions
Follow us on twitter @IBMoptimization
Software Tutorial: IBM Decision Optimization for Python | IBM Optimization Group
Sunday, 4:30-5:15pm, Room 204b
In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the new CPLEX Modeling API for Python with standard development tools. You will learn how to install this open source library, configure your environment to use it and write optimization models in few minutes. At the end of the session, you will be able to write your own optimization model and solve them with the free IBM Decision Optimization offers (either with the DOcloud trial or with the Community Edition of CPLEX Optimization Studio). The hands-on part of the tutorial requires a 64-bit machine (Windows, Linux, or Max) and access to wifi, but all participants will be able to follow along. Follow us on twitter @IBMoptimization
Software Tutorial: IBM Academic Initiative for Cloud…Building Next-generation Skills | IBM Academic Initiative Group
Wednesday, 11-11:45pm, Room 302
Digital transformations are requiring students, no matter what their major, understand how to leverage and build solutions on the cloud. With the new Academic Initiative for Cloud offer, faculty and students can have hands-on cloud-based experiences to propel radical ideas and innovation using IBM Watson, Internet of Things, big data, analytics, mobile and more. Join us to collaborate on best practices to empower innovation in the classroom and beyond! http://ibm.biz/aiforcloud
IdeaConnection provides a full suite of Open Innovation services to help accelerate your R&D initiatives and speed your products to market. Whether it’s finding licensing opportunities, searching for collaboration partners, solving technical problems, crowdsourcing, or giving you the tools and help to make your open innovation portal successful, our model ensures that you are using the right tool for the job.
IdeaConnection uses multidisciplinary teams of highly qualified, hand-picked experts to solve your technical challenges. The result is an unparalleled level of confidentiality, lower burden on your technical staff, and highest success rate in the industry. Better yet, you only pay for success.
IEOM Society promotes and encourages critical thinking in the field of Industrial Engineering (IE) and Operations Management (OM), provides means to communicate and network among people enthused with similar interests through conferences, seminars, workshops membership, student and professional chapters across the globe, and illustrative research publications to disseminate the earned knowledge and experience.
IEOM Global Engineering Education addresses challenges and opportunities for readiness of engineering graduates from various parts of the world. IEOM Society focuses on how to reduce the readiness gap around the world. IEOM Industry Solutions showcases industrial case studies and their impacts using IE/OM tools and techniques.
Recognized among the nation’s premier research universities, Lehigh offers a rigorous academic community for nearly 7,000 students. Lehigh’s SESQUICENTENNIAL celebrations are shining light on the people, places, breakthroughs and traditions of the 150 years that made Lehigh a prime institution. The ISE department pursues excellence and national prominence in OR, analytics, IT, and related fields through innovative teaching, distinguished research, and professional leadership. Building on its unique strength and reputation, ISE strives for leadership in educational innovation, multidisciplinary cutting edge research, and industrial partnership. Our ultimate mission is to produce leaders who have learned to think critically and analytically, have the skills to comprehend and create new knowledge, and are willing to serve and inspire others.
LINDO Systems, Inc.
LINDO Systems offers three products hooked to industrial strength solvers for linear, integer, stochastic, NLP and global optimization. LINGO includes a powerful modeling language and convenient data options to make building models faster and easier. What’sBest! allows you to build large optimization models in Excel. Models are easy to build and understand for anyone comfortable within Excel. LINDO API allows you to plug the power of the LINDO solvers right into customized applications that you have written. Find out about the latest solver enhancements and pick up a full capacity evaluation license to try or a free educational research license.
Technology Workshop: How to Add Optimization to Planning Under Uncertainty with Scenarios | Linus Schrage, President, LINDO Systems, Inc.
Saturday, 3-5:30pm, Room 105a
Business models can be fraught with uncertainties such as demand, product prices, R&D success, etc. Scenarios are an intuitive way of representing these uncertainties. Come learn how to easily apply a wide ranging tools for making decisions under uncertainty — from the sophisticated (stochastic optimization, robust optimization) to the simple and intuitive (parametric analysis, K-best solutions, and tornado diagrams). Through real world based examples, we will show you which tool is best for each situation.
Software Tutorial: Software Tutorial: Optimization Modeling Made Easy | Mark Wiley, VP Marketing, | Gautier Laude, Software Development Manager
Monday, 4:30-5:15pm, Room 302
Come and learn how easy it is to: • Quickly build linear, nonlinear, quadratic, conic and integer optimization models, • Incorporate uncertainty into optimization models, • Easily access data from Excel and databases, • Seamless ly embed a solver into your own application. Come and see a demonstration of the power and flexibility of the new releases of: • LINDO API – a callable solver engine, • LINGO – an integrated modeling language and solvers, • What’sBest! – a large-scale solver for Excel.
The MATLAB and Simulink product families are fundamental applied math and computational tools adopted by more than 5000 universities and colleges. MathWorks products help prepare students for careers in industry, where the tools are widely used for data analysis, mathematical modeling, and algorithm development in collaborative research and new product development.
Software Tutorial: MATLAB: An Environment for Operations Research and Data Analytics | Seth DeLand, Data Analytics Product Manager, MathWorks, email@example.com
Tuesday, 8:45-9:30am, Room 302
MATLAB is a platform for analysis, visualization, simulation, and optimization. You can access and analyze real-world data and develop customized algorithms that scale to your largest problems. Join us to see how MATLAB can help you explore data, develop algorithms, and integrate analytics into enterprise applications. You’ll also learn about new features including mixed-integer linear programming, machine learning, and working with Big Data.
Booth # 54
Maximal Software will be introducing the new release 5.0 of the MPL Modeling System and the OptiMax Component Library during the conference. This new release represents a major milestone for MPL, and offers numerous new features and enhancements. We also will be introducing both the MPL Academic Program and the MPL Free Development Program, which provide access to free full-size development versions of the MPL software for academic faculty, students, and even commercial users and consultants. To sign up for your free copy of MPL, please visit us at our Exhibit Booth anytime during the conference, or attend our Software Demonstration session on Wednesday at 8:00am, Room 302, Convention Center.
Workshop: Introducing New Release 5.0 of the MPL Modeling System and the OptiMax Component Library | Bjarni Kristjansson, President, Maximal Software, Inc., Bjarni@maximalsoftware.com
Saturday, 9-11:30am, Room 105a
Maximal Software recently came out with a new major release 5.0 of the MPL Modeling System. This new release represents a major milestone for MPL, and offers numerous new features and enhancements to the software. Among the highlights are: new modern directory structure for the MPL installation, completely redesigned documentation with 24 separate user/reference guides in multiple formats, new solver updates, new Reverse Hessian algorithm for faster solving of nonlinear models, and enhanced support for formulating stochastic models. Major updates were also implemented for both the MPL OptiMax Component Library and the MPL Callable Library for deployment, including new callbacks, new exception handlers, and enhanced multi-threaded support.
Software Tutorial: Introducing New Release 5.0 of the MPL Modeling System and the OptiMax Component Library | Bjarni Kristjansson, President, Maximal Software, Inc., Bjarni@maximalsoftware.com
Wednesday, 8-8:45am, Room 302
Maximal Software is introducing a new major release 5.0 of the MPL Modeling System, which represents a major milestone for MPL. We will be demonstrating the many new features and enhancements of MPL, including new directory structure, redesigned documentation, new solver updates, Reverse Hessian for nonlinear models, and enhanced Stochastic support. Major updates for the MPL OptiMax Library and the MPL Callable Library, include also new callbacks, new exception handlers, and enhanced multi-threaded support.
At Microsoft our mission and values are to help people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential. We are striving to empower a culture of data by visualizing any data, any place, in any way. Our Power BI solution allows everyone in an organization to become data-driven decision makers. Power BI simplifies complex analytics and provides proactive alerting on all kinds and sizes of data from structured and unstructured to real-time streaming data.
Software Tutorial: Power BI: Bring Your Data To Life | Jen Underwood | Microsoft Sr. Program Manager | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 8:45-9:30am, Room 302
In this tutorial session, you will explore Power BI with Microsoft engineering product team members. Feel free to bring a sample of your own data to create your own personalized dashboards. You will learn:
- Data preparation: Discover, transform and combine data from various sources.
- Data models: Create relationships, categorize your data and author business calculations.
- Interactive visual reports: Author professional reports to slice/dice data to discover insights.
- Power BI Dashboards: Ask language questions, create real-time dashboards and share insights.
- Power BI Mobile Apps: Interact with dashboards from iOS, Android or Windows devices.
MOSEK ApS provides optimization software which helps customers to make better decisions. The customer base consists of financial institutions and companies, engineering and software vendors, among others.
MOSEK ApS was established in 1997 by Erling D. Andersen and Knud D. Andersen and it specializes in creating advanced software for solution of mathematical optimization problems. In particular, the company focuses on solution of large-scale linear, quadratic, and conic optimization problems. For more details visit our web site www.mosek.com
Software Tutorial: Using MOSEK At Its Best | Andrea Cassioli, Product Manger
Monday, 2:15-3:00pm, Room 302
MOSEK provides high-quality software for conic optimization. The software tutorial focuses on:
- the key features and benefits of our objected-oriented API called FUSION API: speed, expressiveness and simplicity;
- modeling issues and best practices that may be helpful in many cases;
- insight on the upcoming new release will be presented.
Customer inspired examples will be used to show how to use MOSEK at its best.
The Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at NC State University is among the top ranked programs in the country. The department features educational and research programs in optimization, stochastic processes, simulation, systems analysis and analytics, quality and reliability, logistics, and health systems. We offer Masters (resident and on-line) and Doctoral degrees in Industrial Engineering as well as a Master of Supply Chain Engineering and Management. With external from NSF, NIH, DoD and industry and location near Research Triangle Park, the department provides a vibrant environment for over 200 graduate students.
The College of Engineering at North Carolina State University has 12 academic departments and more than 20 centers, institutes and laboratories. Professional engineers and computer scientists can participate in the College’s Engineering Online program and take classes for professional development or towards the completion of one of the 16 online master degree programs available for distance students. For more information, visit these websites: www.engr.ncsu.edu and http://EngineeringOnline.ncsu.edu.
Booth # 9
Optimization Direct Inc., co-founded by Dr. Robert Ashford, a pioneer in the field of optimization, and Dr. Alkis Vazacopoulos, a leader in the industry, markets IBM® ILOG® CPLEX Optimization Studio®, the world’s leading software product for modeling and optimization. CPLEX Optimization Studio solves large-scale optimization problems and enables better business decisions and resulting financial benefits in areas such as supply chain management, operations, healthcare, retail, transportation, logistics and asset management. It has been applied in sectors as diverse as manufacturing, processing, distribution, retailing, transport, finance and investment.
Workshop: CPLEX Optimization Studio, Modeling, Theory, Best Practices and Case Studies | Dr. Robert Ashford, Alkis Vazacopoulos, Optimization Direct, Inc.
Saturday, 9-11:30am, Room 104a
Recent advancements in Linear and Mixed Programing give us the capability to solve larger Optimization Problems. CPLEX Optimization Studio solves large-scale optimization problems and enables better business decisions and resulting financial benefits in areas such as supply chain management, operations, healthcare, retail, transportation, logistics and asset management. In this workshop using CPLEX Optimization Studio we will discuss modeling practices, case studies and demonstrate good practices for solving Hard Optimization Problems. We will also discuss recent CPLEX performance improvements and recently added features.
Software Tutorial: Solving Large Scale Optimization Problems using CPLEX Optimization Studio | Dr. Robert Ashford, Alkis Vazacopoulos, Optimization Direct, Inc.
Wednesday, 8:45-9:30am, Room 302
Recent advancements in Linear and Mixed Programing give us the capability to solve larger Optimization Problems. CPLEX Optimization Studio solves large-scale optimization problems and enables better business decisions and resulting financial benefits in areas such as supply chain management, operations, healthcare, retail, transportation, logistics and asset management. In this tutorial using CPLEX Optimization Studio we will discuss modeling practices, case studies and demonstrate good practices for solving Hard Optimization Problems. We will also discuss recent CPLEX performance improvements and recently added features.
Booth # 34
Maker of the world’s leading risk and decision analysis software, @RISK & the DecisionTools Suite.
We’re the difference between taking a guess and taking control. At Palisade, we turn the art of decision-making into a science that works for you. Our innovative software solutions create usable insights from uncertain situations. As the leading provider of risk and decision analysis software for three decades, Palisade enables companies and organizations to evaluate risk at any level and decide what step comes next. With offices around the world, Palisade offers a truly global presence. And, with over 150,000 decision makers using our products at top research universities and Fortune 500 companies, Palisade has a diverse client base that spans a broad range of industries and organizations.
Software Tutorial: Introduction to Risk and Decision Analysis using Palisade @RISK and The DecisionTools Suite | Jose Raul Castro
Wednesday, 12:45-2:15pm, Room 302
This event is designed to provide an entry-level introduction into probabilistic analysis and will show how Monte Carlo simulation, decision trees, and optimization can be applied to your everyday business analyses. If you build models in Excel then Palisade solutions can almost certainly help you to make more informed decisions, right from your desktop.
The webinar will explore some of the ways in which organizations are applying Palisade tools. From oil and gas, insurance and finance to healthcare, defense and construction, the DecisionTools Suite improves decision making at many of the world’s most successful companies.
A longtime member of the INFORMS Roundtable, Princeton Consultants helps organizations integrate advanced analytics into core business processes. For analytics leaders, we review and validate optimization and predictive analytics models to uncover ideas for improvement, benchmark models and groups against best practices, give business leaders more confidence in solutions, and help specialists improve development skills. This quality assurance service is led by CEO Steve Sashihara, author of The Optimization Edge (McGraw-Hill), the first non-technical introduction to optimization for the busy business executive, and Optimization Principal Irv Lustig, former IBM/ILOG/CPLEX executive and Certified Analytics Professional.
Provalis Research is a leading developer of text analytics software with ground-breaking qualitative and quantitative analysis programs, such as QDA Miner, an innovative mixed-methods qualitative data analysis software; WordStat, a powerful add-on module for computer assisted content analysis and text mining; and Simstat, an easy yet powerful statistical software. One of the most distinctive features of these tools is their interoperability, allowing researchers to integrate numerical and textual data into a single project file and to seamlessly move back and forth between quantitative and qualitative data analysis, as well as to easily explore relationships between numerical and textual data.
Software Tutorial: How to Analyze Big Text Data with Provalis Text Analytics Tools | Normand Peladeau, CEO of Provalis Research
Sunday, 1:30-2:15pm, Room 302
Provalis Research will showcase its integrated collection of text analytics software. QDA Miner is an easy to use qualitative and mixed methods software that meets the needs of researchers performing qualitative data analysis and would like to code more quickly and more consistently larger amounts of documents. It offers high level computer assistance for qualitative coding with innovative text search tools that help users speed up the coding process as well as advanced statistical and visualization tools. Users with even bigger text data, can also take advantage of WordStat. This add-on module to QDA Miner can be used to analyze huge amounts of unstructured information, quickly extract themes, find trends over time, and automatically identify patterns and references to specific concepts using categorization dictionaries.
Responsive Learning Technologies develops online competitive exercises used to teach Operations Management and Supply Chain Management in business and industrial engineering programs. Our games provide a dynamic context for teaching concepts like capacity management, lead time management, inventory control, supply network design and logistics. Beginning with our first game, Littlefield Technologies developed at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 1999, our simulation games have been widely used with all levels of students from undergraduate to post-graduate and executives. In addition, we offer Business Foundations, an online adaptive learning system designed to help students prepare for beginning their MBA studies.
Software Tutorial: Online Games to Teach Operations and Supply Chain Management | Sam Wood, President
Tuesday, 5:15-6 pm, Room 302
Learn about online competitive exercises that are used in Operations Management courses and Supply Chain Management courses to teach topics like capacity management, lead time management, inventory control, supply chain design and logistics. These games are typically used as graded assignments
Founded in 2000, River Logic is a privately held technology firm with a mission to establish prescriptive analytics (optimization) as the leading scientific approach to business planning and decision support. Its focus is on helping customers and business partners increase their performance, decision-making agility and ability to predict business outcomes. River Logic provides a prescriptive analytics platform, Enterprise Optimizer®, on a service-oriented architecture that supports SaaS and on-premise deployments. This is complemented by an Integrated Business Planning application that simplifies customer adoption of the solution and platform into their business. These solutions enable customers and partners to quickly configure scalable, high-ROI white space planning and decision support applications.
Sotware Tutorial: Code-free modeling for large-scale LP and MIP problems using Enterprise Optimizer | Eric Kelso, VP Product Management, River Logic, Inc.
Tuesday, 11:45am-12:30pm, Room 302
Enterprise Optimizer is a code-free, visual LP and MIP optimization modeling platform. Using EO’s intuitive drag-and-drop interface, learn how to rapidly create integrated process and financial models. Also learn about EO’s wizard-driven data integration, query designer, user-defined schema, dashboard builder, VBA integration, APIs and job automation component. Outputs demonstrated include detailed unit costs and audit-quality P&L, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow statements. The entire session will be spent discussing major features and showing real-world applications.
Successful organizations today rely heavily on analytics to guide and support operational, tactical, and strategic decision-making. Many of the most successful rely on SAS, which provides a full spectrum of coordinated analytic capabilities, including data integration, statistics, data and text mining, econometrics and forecasting, and operations research (optimization, simulation, and scheduling). SAS helps organizations around the world build analytic models, populate them with relevant data and insights, communicate recommended decisions effectively, and surface these capabilities within accessible, business-oriented interfaces. Visit us to see how SAS can help you understand the past and present, anticipate the future, and make better decisions.
Workshop: Solving Business Problems with SAS Analytics and OPTMODEL | Ed Hughes, Principal Product Manager | Rob Pratt, Senior R&D Manager | David Kraay, Senior Operations Research Specialist
Saturday, 3:00-5:30pm, Room 104b
SAS provides diverse analytic capabilities, integrated with OPTMODEL’s optimization modeling and solution capabilities. OPTMODEL provides unified support for many model types and methods, including an expanding suite of standard solvers and support for customized algorithms.
We’ll demonstrate OPTMODEL’s power and versatility in building and solving optimization models, including the significant improvements resulting from newer features. We’ll emphasize integration with SAS data, analytic, and reporting capabilities, focusing primarily on case studies from a broad range of industries.
Software Tutorial: Building and Solving Optimization Models with SAS | Ed Hughes, Principal Product Manager | Rob Pratt, Senior R&D Manager
Tuesday, 4:30-5:15pm, Room 302
SAS provides a broad spectrum of data and analytic capabilities, including statistics, data and text mining, econometrics and forecasting, and operations research—optimization, simulation, and scheduling. OPTMODEL from SAS provides a powerful and intuitive algebraic optimization modeling language and unified support for building and solving LP, MILP, QP, NLP, CLP, and network-oriented models. We’ll demonstrate OPTMODEL for basic and advanced problems, highlighting its newer capabilities and its support for both standard and customized solution approaches.
JMP is desktop statistical discovery software from SAS that links interactive graphs with deep statistics. In the classroom, its visual approach to data exploration and analysis promotes understanding and collaboration. JMP reveals context and insight not seen in a table of numbers. The academic version of the software includes the same comprehensive and extensible capabilities that are used in the industry version. JMP is available for both Macintosh and Windows systems.
Technology Workshop: Interactive and Visual Data Analysis with JMP 12 Pro | Darryl Revenew, JMP Academic Ambassador
Saturday, 3-5:30pm, Room 106b
JMP®, developed by SAS Institute, is dynamic and interactive desktop software for data analysis, visualization and Predictive modeling. In this workshop we’ll demonstrate JMP tools for data preparation, interactive exploratory data analysis and statistical modeling. We’ll build logistic and least squares regression models with stepwise regression, generalized regression, develop classification and regression trees, and build flexible neural networks. We’ll explore bootstrapped forests and boosted trees, illustrate methods for model validation, and visualize results using the Graph Builder®, Data Filter, and the Prediction Profiler. Finally, we’ll compare competing models using JMP Pro’s Model Comparison.
Software Tutorial: Interactive and Visual Data Analysis with JMP 12 Pro | Darryl Revenew, JMP Academic Ambassador
Monday, 8-9:30am, Room 302
JMP Statistical Discovery Software is interactive and visual desktop software for Windows and Mac, with a complete array of integrated graphical and statistical procedures. We will demonstrate JMP tools for data analysis, visualization and exploration, including, Graph Builder®, bubble plots, the data filter, and our popular mapping tools. In addition to interactive techniques for Univariate and Bivariate analysis we will look at methods for Multivariate analysis including Clustering, Principal Components and Data Mining.
SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative analytics, business intelligence and data management software and services, SAS helps customers at more than 75,000 sites make better decisions faster. Since 1976, SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®.
Software Tutorial: Introduction to SAS Data Mining | F. Michael Speed, Ph.D., Analytical Consultant, SAS, email@example.com | Tom Bohannon, Pd.D., Analytical Consultant, SAS, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, 2:15-3pm, Room 302
This introduction covers the skills required to assemble analysis flow diagrams using the rich tool set of SAS Enterprise Miner for both pattern discovery and predictive modeling. In this Introduction, students will learn how to: define a SAS Enterprise Miner project ; modify data for better analysis results; build and understand predictive models; and compare and explain complex models.
Visit the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM, Booth #8) to check out our new publications, including recent titles in the MOS-SIAM Series on Optimization such as Evaluating Gas Network Capacities (Koch et al.), Arc Routing: Problems, Methods, and Applications (Corberán and Laporte), Introduction to Nonlinear Optimization: Theory, Algorithms, and Applications with MATLAB (Beck) and other bestselling SIAM books, all available at a conference discount. You’ll also find sample issues of SIAM’s renowned journals, including SIOPT, along with information and applications for anyone interested in becoming a SIAM member. And don’t forget to pick up a copy of SIAM News for the road.
Established in 1998, SigmaXL, Inc. is a leading provider of user friendly Excel Add-ins for Lean Six Sigma graphical and statistical tools and Monte Carlo simulation. Our customers include market leaders like FedEx, Microsoft, Motorola and Shell. Our flagship product, SigmaXL®, was designed from the ground up to be a cost-effective, powerful, but easy to use tool for Process Improvement, Quality and Statistics. DiscoverSim™ enables you to quantify your risk through Monte Carlo simulation and minimize your risk with global optimization. Version 2 is now bundled with MIDACO-SOLVER, one of the world’s strongest evolutionary solvers for mixed discrete-continuous-constrained optimization.
Technology Workshop: Variation Reduction and Robust Design Using DiscoverSim™ | John Noguera, CTO & Co-founder, SigmaXL, Inc.
Saturday, 3-5:30pm, Room 103b
DiscoverSim is a user friendly Excel Add-In for Monte Carlo Simulation and Stochastic Global Optimization. Version 2 is now bundled with MIDACO-SOLVER, one of the world’s strongest evolutionary solvers for mixed discrete-continuous-constrained optimization. MIDACO (Mixed Integer Distributed Ant Colony Optimization) was developed in collaboration with the European Space Agency. We present two case studies: Variation Reduction of Catapult and Robust Design of Shut-Off Valve.
Software Tutorial: What’s New in SigmaXL® Version 7 | John Noguera, CTO & Co-founder, SigmaXL, Inc.
Tuesday, 8-8:45am, Room 302
SigmaXL is a user friendly Excel Add-In tool for Process Improvement, Six Sigma Quality and Statistics. We introduce SigmaXL and the new features in Version 7: “Traffic Light” Automatic Assumptions Check for T-tests and ANOVA, Automatic Normality Check for Pearson Correlation and Small Sample Exact Statistics for One-Way Chi-Square, Two-Way (Contingency) Table and Nonparametric Tests. Exact statistics are appropriate when the sample size is too small for a Chi-Square or Normal approximation to be valid.
Simio Simulation and Scheduling Software (www.simio.com) is the most advanced solution on the market. With simulation, it is the only software that is fully object oriented with process and objects being defined graphically with no programming. Unlike other scheduling software, Simio allows you to introduce risk into your production schedule with its patented Risk Based Planning and Scheduling. This dual function in Simio not only helps you improve your business performance from a facility design perspective, but also helps you maximize business results by optimizing the use of critical resources and assessing the risk associated with operational decisions.
Sunday, 11-11:45am, Room 302
Simio is a premier simulation and scheduling software that allows you to expand traditional benefits of simulation to improve daily operations. In this tutorial, we will demonstrate Simio’s 3D rapid modeling capability to effectively solve real problems. Explore how a single tool can be used to not only optimize your system design, but also provide effective planning and scheduling. Come explore the Simio difference and see why so many professional and novice simulationists are changing to Simio.
For over 20 years SIMUL8 Corporation has been producing powerful, intuitive simulation software. From strategic to operational, our powerful simulation software can handle as much complexity as you need it to, meaning you get the results you need to make decisions fast.
SIMUL8’s Educational Software is used in colleges worldwide and gives tutors the ability to teach simulation, not software thanks to its intuitive interface. Students are able to build their first simulation in less than an hour, and learn the power that simulation can bring to the decision making process.
Drop by our booth or learn more at SIMUL8.com.
Saturday, 3pm, Room 106a
Software Tutorial: SIMUL8 Software Demonstration | Sander Vermeulen, Head of Services, email@example.com
Wednesday, 2:45-4:15pm, Room 302
For over 20 years SIMUL8 Corporation has been producing powerful, intuitive discrete event simulation software. From strategic to operational, SIMUL8 can handle as much complexity as you need it to, meaning you get the results you need to make decisions fast.
Come along to our tutorial and learn how you can quickly use SIMUL8 to get the answers you need to understand complex processes, make effective decisions and use simulation as a tool to communicate with key stakeholders.
Booth #2 & 3
Looking to publish your research? Discover Springer’s print and electronic publication services, including open access! Get high‐quality review, maximum readership and rapid distribution. Visit our booth or www.springer.com/authors. You can also browse key titles in your field and buy (e)books at discount prices. With Springer you are in good company.
The Institute for Statistics Education at Statistics.com offers 100+ courses in statistics, analytics, data mining, text mining, social network analysis, optimization, risk management, biostatistics, etc., plus courses that focus on tools like Python, R, SAS, SQL, and Hadoop. Our typical course is 4 weeks long and organized into weekly lessons that include readings, short videos, instant feedback exercises, homework due weekly, and a project.Courses are attended every day by an expert instructor, staffed by TA’s who help the instructor with posting content and grading homework – participants do not need to be online at particular times.
Software Tutorial: A Survey of Data Analytics Methods | Peter Bruce, Founder and President, The Institute for Statistics Education at Statistics.com
Tuesday, 11-11:45am, Room 302
This workshop will survey the field of data analytics, reviewing both traditional statistical methods and machine learning methods, including predictive modeling, unsupervised learning, text mining, statistical inference, time series forecasting, recommender systems, network analytics, and more. It will be a broad brush treatment aimed at newcomers, as well as those with knowledge in one area who wish to understand where other analytic methods fit into the picture.
Syncopation Software is a leading provider of business analytic tools for decision & risk analysis, Monte Carlo simulation, real option valuation, and portfolio management. Our range of software solutions, backed by our responsive support and variety of efficient training courses, can help you tackle a wide variety of decision problems with inherent uncertainty. From quick risk assessments within a spreadsheet (DPL Direct), to complex decision support applications (DPL Professional), to the prioritization of a demanding portfolio (DPL Portfolio and DPMX), Syncopation has robust tools grounded in solid management science principles that are sure to lead you to better outcomes and enhanced value creation.
Software Tutorial: DPL Portfolio and DPMX™ : A Decision Analysis based System for Better Portfolio Decisions | Chris Dalton, CEO, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, 1:30-2:15pm, Room 302
This demonstration will show how the DPMX™ System can serve as the analytical backbone for an effective portfolio analysis process. We’ll start with an overview of DPL Professional, a proven modelling environment for decision analysis, risk analysis and Monte Carlo simulation. Next, we’ll cover DPL Portfolio, the modelling environment for portfolio analysis, visualization and prioritization. Finally we’ll show DPMX, a web-based based system for managing project data and presenting portfolio results in attractive, management-friendly charts. The motivating examples will be drawn from the prioritization of an R&D portfolio in the pharmaceutical industry.
Taylor & Francis boasts an excellent portfolio of journals specialising in Operational Research and Management Science. Our journals are edited by leading academics and offer several accommodating options for prospective authors. Visit our booth to talk to us about your work and browse our Operational Research and Management Science journals.
Cogent OA is an open access publisher of peer-reviewed research. Part of the Taylor & Francis Group, Cogent OA publishes original academic research article across different subject areas, including engineering, mathematics, business and management.
Discover the benefits of open access and submit your manuscript: http://cogentoa.tandfonline.com/
Wiley is the leading society publisher. We publish on behalf of more societies and membership associations than anybody else, and offer libraries and individuals 1250 online journals, thousands of books and e-books, reviews, reference works, databases, and more. For more information, visit www.wiley.com, or our online resource: onlinelibrary.wiley.com.