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Welcome to San Francisco!

by David Morrison on November 9th, 2014

When I learned last year that INFORMS was going to be in San Francisco, I got really excited: firstly, because it meant that it was within driving distance of my home.  Though, it did take me almost as long to cross the Bay Bridge as it did for me to drive to San Francisco in the first place, due to this fun parking lot:

Secondly, though, I was excited because San Francisco is one of my favorite cities on the planet (it follows closely behind Paris in my book), and I was super-excited to get to spend time there with friends and colleagues.  The icing on the cake was when I was asked to blog about the experience, so, uh, here I am!

Now, instead of using this platform to talk about how awesome I am (which would be a pretty short blog post), I’ve decided to write about the awesome other people who are here at INFORMS, and promote some of the really great research and opportunities that are here. To that end, over the next four days I’m going to be running a series called “INFORMS Perspectives”: a series of interviews with people at INFORMS to learn about their experiences in OR/MS, and what it is that they’re excited about for the future of INFORMS. My first entry in this series will be up later this evening, so keep your eye out for that.

In the meantime, however, enjoy the conference! And do take some time to explore this awesome city, while you’re at it. Take the BART down to the Embarcadero, or walk over to Ghiradelli Square to get some chocolate, or have a meal in Chinatown, or take a walk through Golden Gate Park, or spend an afternoon at the Exploratorium, or go on a tour of Alcatraz—these are all amazing opportunities, and they’re all close by! And, especially if you’re from colder environs, make sure to spend some time in the nice weather. 🙂

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