INFORMS Pre-Meeting Events

2017 Combined Colloquia

2018 INFORMS Combined Colloquia

Friday, November 2 – Saturday, November 3

The 2018 INFORMS Combined Colloquia will be held on November 2-3, the Friday and Saturday preceding the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ. This Combined Colloquia will feature the:

All three colloquia are designed to provide the attendees with technical material, career experiences from senior and junior OR/MS professionals, and an environment for networking.

Registration Fee





Check each colloquium for its individual Online Application Form.

All colloquia participants are required to register for the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix. The registration fee for the colloquia does NOT include the registration fee for the INFORMS Annual Meeting. The colloquia has an ONLINE APPLICATION.

Click here to register for the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix.


The agenda is TBD, and the directory of participants will be available by September.

Directory Agenda

Agenda Coming Soon!

Friday Hotel Availability

There are limited hotel rooms for Friday evening, November 2. All group rates will expire on October 4, 2018. We anticipate that the rooms will sell quickly and advise you to make reservations early, well before the cut-off date. After that date, reservations will be accepted at prevailing rates based on room availability. Please visit the hotel page for information on contracted hotels.

Intended Colloquia Participants – Choosing the Right Colloquia for you!

The 2018 Doctoral Student Colloquium is intended for doctoral students who need guidance choosing their future path. The colloquium suits the needs of doctoral students who are deciding between a career as an academic or as a practitioner. It will include sessions dedicated to examining both career options and comparing/choosing between the two. It also addresses topics like navigating the job hunt, dealing with work-life balance issues, and suggestions concerning job market preparation and positioning. It has been organized with current doctoral students 2-3 years from graduation in mind; however, nominations will be accepted from students in their final year of a doctoral program as well.

The 2018 New Faculty Colloquium was introduced for the first time in 2014 and is specially tailored to meet the needs of academics at the beginning of their career. It gives faculty in their first three years insight into successfully navigating the tenure process, including how to build and maintain a research program, advise students, balance research and teaching and service, write successful proposals, and more. Nominations of faculty in their first or second year are preferred.

The 2018 Teaching Effectiveness Colloquium is designed to address the needs of graduate students about to enter the academic job market as well as faculty looking to stay abreast of the “best practices” regarding OR/MS/Analytics pedagogy. This year’s colloquium will explore some of the latest technology-driven trends in education, including in-depth looks at (1) designing and implementing a face-to-face MBA accessible Data Science course, (2) running high-engagement synchronous online case-based class sessions, and (3) designing and delivering an asynchronous online Project Management course.

Combined Colloquia Activities

The colloquia will begin on Friday at 7pm with a welcome cocktail reception and continue all day Saturday. Participants will also have opportunities to interact with each other and with the colloquia speakers during breakfast, lunch, and several refreshment breaks.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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Participant Nomination

Due to increased demand and limited capacity, consideration for participation in the colloquia is by departmental nomination only. A department can nominate more than one eligible individual to each colloquium using the online application tool (insert hyperlink), but only a limited number of applicants will be accepted. In addition, nominations of one person to multiple colloquia are not permitted and will not receive consideration.

Burcu B. Keskin chairs the Combined Colloquia committee. All colloquia related questions should be addressed to Dr. Keskin via

She is joined by the individual colloquium chairs listed below.

Combined Colloquia Committee Chair
Burcu B. Keskin
University of Alabama
Information Systems, Statistics, and Management Science
300 Alston Hall
361 Stadium Drive
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0226
Phone: +1 (205) 348-8442

Teaching Effectiveness Colloquium

To be eligible for consideration, an individual must be a:

  • member of INFORMS or have applied for membership at the time of the nomination;
  • faculty member or instructor in one of INFORMS’ constituent disciplines or be within one year of completing all degree requirements for a PhD in one of INFORMS’ constituent disciplines.

Faculty members who have attended a previous year’s TEC may be nominated again, but preference will be given to first-time nominees should there be a capacity constraint. A complete nomination by the department will include:

  1. letter of recommendation from the department chair;
  2. list of OR/MS courses taught or expected to be taught by the nominee;
  3. list of INFORMS Teaching Effectiveness Colloquia and workshops that the nominee has attended in the past;
  4. full mailing address, email address, and phone number of the nominee. 

Teaching Effectiveness Colloquium Nomination process involves an ONLINE APPLICATION.  
Click here to access the TEC Online Application form

2018 Teaching Effectiveness Colloquium Chair

Robert Carraway
Darden School of Business
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Phone: +1 (434) 924-4828

All TEC questions should be directed to Dr. Carraway.

CIST 2017

INFORMS 10th Conference on Information Systems & Technology (CIST 2018)

Sponsored by INFORMS INFORMATION Systems Society
Saturday, November 3 – Sunday, November 4
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The INFORMS 10th Annual Conference on Information Systems & Technology (CIST 2018) will take place on Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4 in conjunction with the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ.

For more information on the Call for Papers, submission details, and more go to:

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INFORMS Conference on Service Science (CSS2018)

Sponsored by INFORMS Service Science Section
Saturday, November 3
Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel
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CSS2018: INFORMS 1st Conference on Service Science will be held on Saturday, November 3 preceding the INFORMS Annual Meeting at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

The program committee is committed to organizing a quality program with diverse participants sharing their vision, knowledge and experience in Service Science Research, Education, and Applications.

Registration Fees

Register Now for Early Bird Pricing! Early Registration cut-off is September 1, 2018.


Early Bird Price – $100
After Sept.1 – $125


Early Bird Price – $120
After Sept.1 – $145


Early Bird Price – $75
After Sept.1 – $100

Retired Member*

Early Bird Price – $75
After Sept.1 – $100

Retired Non-Member

Early Bird Price – $87
After Sept.1 – $112

*Must be a current member of Service Science. All non-member categories include a one-year membership to Service Science.

All CSS2018 participants are required to register for the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix. The registration fee for CSS2018 does NOT include the registration fee for the INFORMS Annual Meeting. Click here for registration.

For more information on the list of topics, important dates and the submission site go to:

Organizing Committee

Conference Co-chairs: Robin Qiu and Hui Yang
Program Chair: Weiwei Chen,
Publication Chair: Hui Yang,
Publicity Chair: Chiehyeon Lim,

All questions about submissions should be emailed to Prof. Weiwei Chen,

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INFORMS 2nd Workshop on Data Science

Sponsored by INFORMS College on Artificial Intelligence
Saturday, November 3
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The INFORMS 2nd Workshop on Data Science is a premier research conference dedicated to developing novel data science theories, algorithms, and methods to solve challenging and practical problems that benefit business and society at large. The conference invites innovative data science research contributions that address business and societal challenges from the lens of statistical learning, data mining, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. The conference invites original research addressing challenges ranging from marketing and finance problems to problems in health care, energy, cybersecurity, fraud detection, social network services, talent analytics, privacy, credibility, etc. Contributions on novel methods may be motivated by insightful observations on the shortcomings of state-of-the art data science methods in addressing practical challenges, or may propose entirely novel data science problems. Research contributions on theoretical and methodological foundations of data science, such as optimization for machine learning and new algorithms for data mining, are also welcome.

For detailed information about the program and call for papers go to

Registration Fees





All Workshop on Data Science participants are required to register for the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix.   The registration fees for this workshop does NOT include the registration fee for the INFORMS Annual Meeting. Click here for registration.

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline – July 3, 2018
Notification of Acceptance – August 20, 2018

Research contributions may include

  • Novel predictive modeling approaches
  • Novel performance measures of data science methods that account for important practical implications
  • Data science methods for health care: chronic disease management, preventative care, etc.
  • Prediction of rare events and anomaly detection
  • Methods for induction and inference with missing values
  • Data science for industrial applications: energy, education, finance, supply chain, e-commerce, etc.
  • Data-driven methods for effective risk management
  • Data-driven methods for cyber security
  • Data acquisition, integration, cleaning, and best practices
  • Visualization analytics for business data
  • Novel methods for social network analysis
  • Mobile analytics
  • Large-scale recommendation systems and social media systems
  • Novel methods for text analytics and natural language processing
  • Experiences with big data project deployments
  • Deep learning and AI business applications
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INFORMS 13th Data Mining & Decision Analytics Workshop

Sponsored by INFORMS Data Mining Section
Saturday, November 3
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The Data Mining Section of INFORMS is organizing the 2018 INFORMS Workshop on Data Mining and Decision Analytics on November 03, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ in conjunction with the 2018 INFORMS Annual Conference.

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All DMDA workshop participants are required to register for the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix.   The registration fees for the DMDA Workshop does NOT include the registration fee for the INFORMS Annual Meeting. Click here for registration.

These fees listed above include full-day meal courses (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) for the day of November 03. Only the registered participants (both to the INFORMS Conference and to the DMDA Workshop itself) would be eligible to present, participate, and audit the event.

Copyright: The DMDA workshop will not retain the copyrights on the papers; so, the authors are free to submit their papers to other outlets. The papers will be shared to participants on a CD, but they will not be posted online.

Best Paper Presentation Contest

Authors of all papers which are accepted after a rigorous one-round review process AND after an in-person presentation at the workshop would be eligible for this contest. The contest is focused on coherence between the content of the paper as well as the presentation. It will be judged by a panel of DMDA Workshop chair and session chairs on any topic related to data mining & decision analytics. In addition to a name-engraved plaque, following monetary awards would be presented to the winners:
Best Student Paper: $250; Best Non-student Paper: $250.

Editors’ Panel: How to publish in Top journals?

Top-tier premier outlets of the leading journals in the field of data mining and decision analytics would be represented by their respective editors.  After a short presentation of the editors (5 minutes each), there will be a Q&A session, in which the audience would have chance to ask questions to the editors. The following list of editors (and the corresponding journals they would represent in alphabetical order) will be participating at this panel:
Information Systems Research —Dr. Sudobha Kumar
Productions and Operations Management —Dr. Saravanan Kesavan
Management Science —Dr. Manel Baucells
Journal of Operations Management — Dr. Suzanne de Treville
Management Science —Dr. Hamid Nazarzadeh

Keynote Speakers of the DMDA Workshop:

Dr. Subodha Kumar: is Dr. Subodha Kumar joins the Fox School as a Full Professor within the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management. He will hold secondary appointments within the Management Information Systems and Statistical Science departments. Kumar also will serve as the Director of Fox’s Center for Data Analytics. Kumar arrives at Fox after holding the Carol and G. David Van Houten Professorship at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School. He has held appointments at the University of Washington and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He also holds a Visiting Distinguished Professorship at the Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in China and a Visiting Professorship at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India. His research and teaching interests include healthcare analytics, social-media analytics, web analytics, and cybersecurity, among others. Kumar has published numerous papers in high quality journals and conferences. In addition, he has authored a book, and co-authored book chapters, Harvard Business School cases, and Ivey cases. He also holds a patent. Kumar serves as the deputy editor of Production and Operations Management and a senior editor of Decision Sciences. Kumar studied at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he earned his PhD and MBA. He also received a Master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from BIT Sindri, both in India.

Dr. Roger Chiang is a Professor of Information Systems at Department of Operations, Business Analytics, and Information Systems, Carl H. Lindner College of Business, University of Cincinnati.  Chiang’s research interests are in big data and analytics, data and knowledge management, and intelligent systems.  He has articles published by journals such as ACM Transactions on Database Systems, ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, Communications of the ACM, Data & Knowledge Engineering, Decision Support Systems, Journal of American Society for Information Science and Technology, Journal of Management Information Systems, Marketing Science, MIS Quarterly, and Very Large Data Base Journal. He has served as the senior editor of The DATA BASE for Advances in Information Systems, Decision Sciences, and Journal of the Association for Information Systems, and the associate editor of Information & Management, Journal of Database Management, and MIS Quarterly.  He has been the reviewer for more than twenty journals of computer science and information systems.

Aaron Burciaga is a data scientist and leader in Booz Allen’s defense business, focusing on the application of descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive forms of analysis to drive strategic decision making and millions of dollars in cost savings for his clients. In his more than 15 years of experience, Aaron has shaped commercial, federal, and Department of Defense strategies in data analytics, inventory management, requirements forecasting, maintenance planning, transportation networks, energy planning, organizational analytics maturity assessments, and much more.

Aaron is a sought-after speaker, sharing thought leadership and training at the crossroads of his technical interests: advanced analytics, machine intelligence, global logistics, and information management.

Prior to joining Booz Allen, Aaron worked at Accenture Digital—Advanced Analytics as an analytics executive. Before turning his attentions to commercial and public sectors, Aaron was a Marine Corps officer and Iraq war veteran, and was the head operations research analyst and director of an operations analysis activity at the Pentagon, supporting the Marine Corps Headquarters. He is currently a Marine reservist, supporting the Chief Information Officer at Headquarters Marine Corps-Pentagon as the Big Data Analytics Architect.

Aaron graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2003 and earned his M.S. in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2010. He is also a Certified Analytics Professional.

For inquiries, please contact Workshop Chairs

Ali Dag, University of South Dakota, Decision Science and Operational Analytics Department,
Shouyi Wang, University of Texas at Arlington, Industrial Engineering Department,

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QSR 20th Anniversary Celebration Workshop - Past, Present and Future

Sponsored by INFORMS Quality, Statistics, and Reliability (QSR) section
Saturday, November 3
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As Quality, Statistics, and Reliability (QSR) is turning 20 this year, we are proud to announce the QSR 20th Anniversary Workshop to celebrate the past accomplishments, assess the present status, and plan for the future.

The Quality, Statistics, and Reliability (QSR) is an interdisciplinary section, comprised of members from industrial and systems engineering, statistics and business communities. The purpose of the QSR Section is to encourage discussion and interaction among individuals having an interest in Quality, Statistics and Reliability research. With the continuous efforts of members from 50+ countries/regions all over the world, QSR has made significant progresses, and has become the home for many academicians.

We would like to invite you to join us in the pre-INFORMS workshop to celebrate the QSR’s 20th anniversary in Phoenix on Saturday, November 3, 2018. The workshop includes various daytime activities including keynote speeches, panel discussions, town-hall meeting, and an evening reception. This will be a great opportunity for QSR members to get together, and enjoy a memorable day with old friends and make new friends. All current and former QSR members and guests that are interested in interacting with the QSR community, are welcome to join!

Registration Fees

Register Now for Early Bird Pricing! Early Registration cut-off is September 1, 2018.

Member & Non-Member

Early Bird Price – $150
After Sept.1 – $200


Early Bird Price – $75
After Sept.1 – $100

Retired Member & Non-Member

Early Bird Price – $150
After Sept.1 – $200

All QSR Workshop participants are required to register for the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix.The registration fee for the QSR Workshop does NOT include the registration fee for the INFORMS Annual Meeting. Click here for registration..

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Technology Workshops

Saturday, November 3

Technology Workshops

Join us on Saturday, November 3 for complimentary, in-depth technology workshops offered by conference exhibitors. These hands on demo style presentations provide a unique opportunity to learn new ideas and network with real companies in the industry.

Check back here for the workshop schedule and descriptions.  Register for these workshops when registering for the conference or by calling customer service at 443-757-3500. Remember that these occur on Saturday before the conference begins, so you’ll need to adjust your travel to attend.

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