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Babies, laundry detergent, and more in San Francisco

by Polly Mitchell-Guthrie on November 8th, 2014

My colleagues have begun heading toward San Francisco, and by Sunday a crowd of us from SAS will be there to talk about operations research as it relates to babies, laundry detergent, and many many more things.


On Sunday Emily Lada’s work with James Wilson (from North Carolina State University) and our colleague Anup Mokashi will be highlighted in a presentation on “Effective Simulation Warm-up for a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.” (Session SB75). Jim Wilson will talk about how they used SAS Simulation Studio for discrete-event simulation in some incredibly exciting work with the neonatal intensive care unit at Duke Hospital. Emily is quite versatile – she blogged recently about how SAS has helped the North Carolina Sentencing Commission in using discrete-event simulation to help project prison populations.

On Monday Ivan Oliveira will be speaking on behalf of SAS in a Wagner Prize competition talk. The team also includes Rob Pratt and Ming Zhao from SAS, along with Nats Esquejo, Kevin Miller, Kevin Norwood from Procter & Gamble. Their presentation, “Statistical and Optimization Techniques for Laundry Portfolio Optimization at P&G” (Session MC29–Wagner Prize competition), will talk about use of statistical visualization and advanced mathematical programming to determine ingredient levels and product and process architecture for laundry detergents. We are all wishing them the best of luck in this competition.

I am chairing a session on Monday on the Whys, Hows, and Whats of Analytics Certification and another on Wednesday on Exposing Students to Practice with a Case Competition (where colleague Jeff Day is also speaking), but I will write more about those later, since those are both dear topics to me.

I look forward to catching up with friends from INFORMS at the Welcome Reception Sunday and General Reception on Tuesday, but in between I plan to attend receptions for the Analytics Section and the Certified Analytics Professional Program, since I’ve been very involved with both groups. The Analytics Section organized its largest-ever cluster of sessions, and I’ll start my conference off attending one jointly organized with CPMS on “Making the Connection Between Analytics and OR.” I look forward to checking out the new Analytics Maturity Model at their reception.

Down the hall from me Imre Pólik posted that the most important talk is on Wednesday, called “New Features and Improvements in SAS/OR 13.2” (Session WB43). Guess who the author is? 😉

If you want to see even more sessions to choose from, Ed Hughes has blogged about the full schedule of SAS-related talks at INFORMS on our spanking-new Operations Research with SAS blog, where you can stay tuned for topics like optimal wedding seat assignments to deal with Uncle Louie and other, more serious topics.

If you see my boss Radhika Kulkarni while there, be sure to congratulate her on having been named a 2014 INFORMS Fellow. We’re tickled pink for her!

SAS will have a booth in the exhibit hall if you’re there, so come by and see us. Looking forward to a great conference!

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