Transportation to Hotels
There are three ways to get from the airport to the Convention Center and downtown hotels: Valley Metro Light Rail, shuttle, or taxi. Valley Metro is $1.75 (one-way), Super Shuttle $13, and taxi approximately $18. Complete information, including hours of operation, ishere.
From Your Hotel to Convention Center
Click to view a map showing the location of the Convention Center, Hyatt, Renaissance and additional hotels. Signage at the Second Street entrance of the Convention Center (West Building) will indicate how to get to INFORMS registration and other events.
Presenters: AV-Bring Your Laptop, Courtesy to Speakers
Computer projectors will be available in every technical session room. Please bring your own laptop (or plan to share with another presenter) 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 use of cameras and recording devices is prohibited unless you have received prior permission from the speaker. Click here for additional speaker information.
Avoid the Lines: Register Now!
If you haven’t registered yet, do it now and avoid lines at on-site registration. Online registration is open through Thursday, October 11 at 11:59pm EST; after that, you must register onsite. Please note if you have a balance due when you arrive, be sure to stand in one of the “On-site” registration lines.
Registration Hours, Location
Registration will be located in the Phoenix Convention Center, West 301 BCD (West Building, 300 Level). Hours are: Saturday, 7am-7pm; Sunday-Tuesday, 7am-5pm; Wednesday, 7am-4:30pm.
Thanks to Our Sponsors!
Our great thanks to these organizations who so generously gave their support. Leadership Sponsors: Singapore University of Technology and Design, Arizona State University, GAMS and Wiley. Corporate and University Sponsors: AIMMS, Purdue University, the Seth Bonder Foundation, the University of Arizona, SAS, Texas A&M University (Mays Business School), UT Dallas, Iowa State University and Texas A&M University (Industrial & Systems Engineering).
NEW! Mobile App for INFORMS Annual Meeting
In collaboration with Wiley, INFORMS is offering a free web-based mobile appfor smart phone and tablet users. Attendees can use the app to access conference information on the go, including the schedule of sessions and talks, maps of meeting locations, exhibit details, links to Wiley and INFORMS journal information, and more. Information on downloading the app will be available soon. This app represents INFORMS’s first venture into the world of mobile web applications.
INFORMS TV – Another New Conference Feature
Tune in to INFORMS TV during the meeting to catch the latest conference highlights, enjoy “behind the scenes” interviews with meeting speakers and INFORMS leaders, and hear reactions and interviews with attendees like you. Programs from these organizations will be featured in the broadcasts: Carnegie Mellon University, InterContinental Hotels Group, Lockheed Martin, Naval Postgraduate School, Northeastern University, Purdue University, University of Alabama, University of Louisville.
Where and when to tune into INFORMS TV:
- Check out the video displays in the registration area/exhibit hall and in the Interactive Session foyer.
- Hyatt or Renaissance hotel guests can view Informs TV broadcast in your hotel room on channel 2 (Renaissance) or channel 42 (Hyatt)
If you chose not to receive a hard-copy printed program in Phoenix, you can print out sections of interest before you travel. Click here to print pdfs of all daily sessions and the entire front matter of the program. You can also use the ITINERARY tool in the Program Search and plan your day. All registrants will receive a “Quick Reference” summary brochure in Phoenix. This includes the master track schedule, maps and floor plans, speaker information, listings of special events and community business meetings, and abbreviated information about the major social events.
Saturday Workshops & Events
- INFORMS CIST-Conference on Information Systems & Technology
Go to the INFORMS registration counters in the Convention Center beginning at 7am on Saturday. CIST sessions begin in the Renaissance at 8:30am (Salons 2 and 3); breakfast at 7:30am (Salons 6-8). A registration fee is required for this conference unless you pre-registered.
- DM-HI Workshop
Go to the INFORMS registration counters in the Convention Center beginning at 7am on Saturday. DM-HI begins at 8:30am in the Hyatt, Borein room. A registration fee is required for this workshop unless you pre-registered.
- Vendor Workshops: In-Depth Training in Software Solutions
Saturday, October 13, 9am-5:30pm
Free when you register for the meeting. Choose from three time groups – each workshop is 2Â½ hours long. Click here for descriptions of the workshops. If you have already registered and want to add workshops, call 800-446-3676, ext. 591.
Membership Meeting – Saturday
The INFORMS Board encourages members to bring their ideas, opinions, and suggestions, Saturday, 5-6pm, Hyatt, Regency AB.
New Member Orientation
New INFORMS members are invited to attend a welcome and orientation session, Sunday, 4:30-5:30pm, Hyatt, Regency C. INFORMS leaders will provide information on membership benefits, communities/subdivisions services and tips on how to navigate the INFORMS Annual Meeting.
Welcome Reception – Sunday
The perfect venue to meet colleagues, visit the exhibits and enjoy light refreshments, Sunday, 7:30-9:00pm, Convention Center, Exhibit Hall, West 301.
Awards Ceremony – Sunday
Celebrate the achievements of your colleagues on Sunday, 8:30-9:45pm, Convention Center, West 101. A dessert reception will be served following the ceremony, open only to guests who attend the ceremony. Doors will close at 8:45pm.
General Reception – Tuesday Evening, 7:30-10pm
Convention Center, North Ballroom, Level 1
Featuring a hearty menu, including St. Louis style ribs, Arizona vegetarian fajitas, New Mexican three-cheese enchiladas, Californian avocado salad and Oklahoma pecan pie. Fun things to do include a teepee putting hole, tequila bowling, beach ball basketball and music from the Rave, a classic rock band. Plus, you will receive a festive hat compliments of Arizona State University.
INFORMS Community Meetings
All are welcome to these meetings featuring business meetings, receptions, and networking. For a complete listing click here.
Free Internet Access & Email Center in Exhibit Hall
Free wireless Internet is available in the Exhibit Hall in the Convention Center, West 301 BCD, along with an email center with computers at the back of the hall. Name badges must be worn for admittance. Email center access will be available Sunday, 7am-5pm; Monday and Tuesday, 7am-5pm; Wednesday, 7am-4:30pm.
Be sure to stop by the General Interactive Sessions on Monday and Tuesday, 12:30-2:30pm, in the Convention Center, Ballroom 301 Foyer. On display will be 50+ posters each day on diverse ORMS topics. Authors will be on hand to describe their work during these times. Three prizes will be awarded each day to competition participants. Three subdivisions will also hold focused poster sessions: Energy, Natural Resources & the Environment, Sunday, 4:30-6pm, Convention Center, North Foyer; Transportation Science & Logistics, Monday 4:30-6pm, Convention Cener, North Foyer; and Health Applications, Wednesday, 11am-12:30pm, Convention Center, West 200 Foyer.
Plenary and Keynote Presentations
An impressive list of plenary speakers includes Richard O’Lear, Defense Science Board; William Pulleyblank, U.S. Military Academy (Philip McCord Morse Lecture); Edward Prescott (Omega Rho Distinguished Lecture); and a joint SMDM-INFORMS plenary on Wednesday afternoon. Keynotes will be presented by George Poste, Arizona State University; the 2012 Edelman Award winner TNT Express; Alan Gara, Intel Corp.; Wallace Hopp, University of Michigan; Christopher Lofgren, Schneider National; Paolo Toth, University of Bologna (IFORS Distinguished Lecture); the 2012 UPS George D. Smith Prize Winner, University of Michigan, Tauber Institute for Global Operations; Caryl Brzymialkiewicz, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and the 2012 Daniel H. Wagner Prize winner. Click here for abstracts.
Joint SMDM-INFORMS Program
Open to all INFORMS meeting attendees at no additional charge, this program is held in conjunction with the Society of Medical Decision Making, followed by the SMDM Annual Meeting October 17-20 at the Hyatt. The Wednesday afternoon program features two joint sessions and a plenary at 5pm, a panel session with moderator Mark Roberts (University of Pittsburgh), “What Pilots and the Airline Industry can Teach Clinicians and Hospitals about Patient Safety.” Click here for details.
Plant Tour and Guest Tours – Space Still Available
The plant tour to the Santan Generating Station still has space available (note: no on-site registration available). A downtown Phoenix walking tour is planned for guests. Click here for all details. If you have already registered, call 800-446-3676 or 443-757-3500, ext. 591 to add tours. In addition, Southwest Discovery Tours (offering tours to the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and more) will have a tour desk near the registration area.
2012 TutORials – Free Access to Meeting Registrants
All attendees receive free access to the INFORMS 2012 TutORials in Operations Research online book concurrently with the meeting. For access, click here and enter your INFORMS member username and password. Your username and password are printed on your conference registration receipt; you can also request that information when you go to the online tutorials site. You can order the 2012 book and previous volumes (CDs 2005-2009) through the TutORials website. For more information, visit INFORMS booths #58-60 in the exhibit hall.
JFIG Luncheon Tickets Available
The Junior Faculty Interest Group (JFIG) will host its annual luncheon and meeting on Monday, October 15, 12:30pm at Kincaid’s Classic American Restaurant, which is located a short walking distance away from the meeting site at 2 South Third Street in Phoenix. A buffet luncheon will be served and the JFIG Paper Competition winners will be announced. All are welcome to attend. Tickets are $25 ($15 for students). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Win an iPad2
Enter the exhibit hall raffle on Monday and Tuesday to have a chance at winning an iPad2. Watch for information in Phoenix.
Analytics Certification Reception
We welcome all those attendees who would like more information about analytics certification, which INFORMS will offer in 2013. Please join us at this reception on Tuesday, 6:15-7:15pm, Hyatt, Regency A. A brief presentation will be given by members of the INFORMS Certification Task Force.
Badge Required for Technical Sessions & Meeting Events
Your Phoenix registration badge must be worn to all meeting events. All attendees, including speakers and session chairs, must register and pay the registration fee. Lost badges can be replaced at the INFORMS Registration Desk ($5 fee).
25+ Year Member Ribbon
If you have been an ORSA-TIMS-INFORMS members for 25 or more years, stop by the INFORMS booth in the Exhibit Hall to pick up a ribbon designating your 25+ year membership. We salute our long-time members!
Phoenix Visitor Information
The Convention Center has two information desks, one in the West building lobby and the other in the North building lobby. Venue hosts can assist with directions and tourist information.
Phoenix has beautiful clear skies and warm temperatures (upper 70s) during the day and cool temperatures in the evening. Bring a light jacket or sweater.
INFORMS Annual Meeting Booth #58-60
Visit our booth/bookstore to talk with INFORMS staff about our journals, magazines, membership benefits and services, continuing education, communities, networking opportunities, and our new journal Service Science. INFORMS staff is available to assist you with purchasing print and electronic products, adding a subdivision, or renewing memberships. Go to the booth to learn more about our Certification program, INFORMS Continuing Education, and for the latest information on all INFORMS products and services, as well as our newest member benefits. We look forward to seeing you!
INFORMS Annual Meeting Bookstore #58-60
The 2012 INFORMS Bookstore will be displaying select OR, MS, and analytics-related books. The bookstore is an added benefit for both the speakers and attendees, delivering increased exposure and accessibility to important content via the INFORMS booth located in the conference exhibition area. Attendees have the advantage of a one-stop shop bookstore to browse, order, and purchase discounted books. Click here for more information.
Upload a Brief Video, and We’ll Send You a Cool INFORMS T-shirt
Shoot a brief 1- to 3-minute video telling us or showing us why you are excited to attend the 2012 Annual Meeting in Phoenix, and we’ll send you a fun INFORMS T-shirt, no questions asked! Click here for more information. T-shirts will also be available for sale at the INFORMS Booth.
Watch Tallys Yunes’ video for inspiration and a laugh!
Going to the Annual Meeting? We Need You to Participate in Social Networking!
- Guest Bloggers
Veterans or “newbies” needed to provide commentary for attendees. Blog posts appear on the front page of Annual Meeting website. If interested, contact Gary Bennett. See the blogs from last year.
All attendees are encouraged to tweet by adding hashtag #informs2012. Tweets will be displayed on front page of the Annual Meeting website and on video monitors. See what others are saying already!
Also, follow @INFORMS2012 for official conference updates.
- Join the Annual Meeting LinkedIn Group
Let everyone know you’re attending by adding your RSVP. Use our LinkedIn Group as your personal Annual Meeting rolodex to set up meetings.
Check out the Pinterest Annual Meeting Board for fun things to do and see while in Phoenix!
- Bringing O.R. into the 21st Century with Social Networking and Web 2.0 Tools
Join us in Phoenix, Monday, 11am-12:30pm, Convention Center, North 222 A, for a brief “who, what, where, how, and why” on major social networking sites for operations researchers, and a synopsis of activity by INFORMS in the social media, the panel will address questions on the current state and future of social media in our field, including how best to use it for personal and professional advancement.
Don’t Miss Job Fair at Annual Meeting
Be a part of the largest gathering of O.R. and analytics job seekers and employers. The Job Fair is free to meeting registrants. Employers must register for the Job Placement Service to participate. Direct questions email@example.com for more details.
Certification Information at Annual Meeting
The first INFORMS Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) exam is scheduled for April 7, 2013, at the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research in San Antonio, TX. Make your plans now to attend. Want to learn more? Come to the Certification Reception at the Annual Meeting, Tuesday, October 16, at 6:15pm at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom A, or send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Read the article by Scott Nestler, Jack Levis, and Bill Klimack in the September issue of Analytics magazine.
September/October Analytics Magazine – Pick-up a Copy at INFORMS Booth #58
See the cover story on Retail Science and other great articles on predicting the presidential election, successfully operationalizing analytics, and leveraging big data around customers. Scott Nestler brings us all up to date on what’s happening with analytics certification. Visit Booth #58 to pick-up a print copy.
Listen to INFORMS Podcasts As You Travel to Conference
Want to get into the conference mood? Then before you leave, make sure to download a podcast for listening on your MP3 players while you take that plane, train, and automobile. Choose from a new podcast about U.S. Presidential forecasting, evergreen discussions from INFORMS annual meetings past, and a range of interviews with newsmakers, analytics experts, and operations researchers who apply their training in a myriad of fascinating specialties.