The conference is coming to an end, which for me means it’s time to reflect upon what happened. The Good There were lots of good (and great) things happening. For starters, I loved the more expedited check-in process. One comment I heard repeatedly was “Even though the lines at first looked long, they moved really […]
There are a lot of optimizers at the INFORMS meeting, so I suppose it should not be surprising that difficult problems get solved here. Nonetheless, I have seen a few results I would not have anticipated. The shortest path problem is well known to be easy, but I thought the longest path problem was NP-hard(ish). […]
The student award reception had a special taste for me because the three winners of the Judith Liebman Award are friends that I have known for years and I witnessed their hard work towards this recognition. This is an award given to student volunteers that did excellent work on behalf of INFORMS student chapters and […]
It’s the last day of the conference, the day where often new members make their first INFORMS presentations. Many of us know someone whose training is not in ORMS per se, but whom we’d enjoy seeing at the conference because of their related work. I decided to interview someone whom I have encouraged to attend […]
Give Back while in Phoenix
INFORMS Pro Bono Analytics has partnered with St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, a food bank and distribution network, and coordinated a volunteering initiative for INFORMS Annual Meeting Attendees to build meal bags for Phoenix’s homeless population helping make a positive impact in our host city. Your support will allow us to purchase necessary items and build meal bags that will be distributed on the streets of Phoenix to those who need them most.