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2022 INFORMS Business Analytics Conference

Houston, TX
April 3-5, 2022

While Houston may be the seat of space discovery in the United States, in 2022 it will be host to a new group of innovators with their eyes on the horizon: the analytics professionals and industry leaders of the 2022 INFORMS Business Analytics Conference!

Join us April 3-5, 2022, to share ideas and real-world success stories of how analytics is saving lives, saving money, and solving problems around the world.

In addition to a conference lineup of cutting-edge sessions and face-to-face networking opportunities, the city of Houston is home to a variety of fun events and attractions, an award-winning restaurant scene, and an exciting nightlife. Needless to say, the 2022 conference will be an experience you won’t soon forget!

As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas, and we hope that our return to an in-person conference will be the biggest and best INFORMS Business Analytics Conference yet!

We look forward to welcoming you to explore, connect, and celebrate analytics in Houston in 2022!

Why Attend #2022Analytics?

Help shape the future growth and global impact of analytics!

Join us for the 2022 INFORMS Business Analytics Conference, April 3-5, to connect with hundreds of  leading analytics professionals and industry leaders. We will explore the best practices and leading insight into groundbreaking applications, including healthcare, robotics and AI, data ethics, and the role of data science in the media and workplace.

Explore top analytics content from across the globe.

The conference features content from leading analytics professionals that share and showcase the top analytics applications that are saving lives, saving money, and solving problems. The Business Analytics Conference will be structured to have  tailored content for professionals at any stage of their career.

Grow your professional network at the 2022 INFORMS Business Analytics Conference!

In addition to cutting-edge analytics content, the analytics conference recognizes and prioritizes the need for quality “face-to-face” interactions, networking and collaboration. Regardless of your career stage, the Business Analytics conference will provide unique opportunities to interact with presenters, fellow attendees, and more, whether through live Q&A, break-out sessions, topic-focused discussion, or one-on-one conversations.

The past year has served as a reminder of the power of analytics in tackling our greatest problems, providing life-saving solutions that maximize resources and investments. Join a community of like-minded, dedicated professionals who have been inspired by these contributions to continue to grow the impact of analytics.

Plenary Speaker

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INFORMS Roundtable Sponsored Plenary Speaker

Dr. Talithia Williams

Big Data Expert, Math Professor & Host of NOVA Wonders

A host of the PBS series, NOVA Wonders, Dr. Talithia Williams is a groundbreaking professor, popular TED speaker, inspiring author and passionate STEM/STEAM advocate. She has made it her life’s work to get people of all ages and backgrounds excited about the bold possibilities of a STEM education and to “STEMpower” women and minorities to enter these professions. Her latest book, Power in Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics reflects Williams’ passion to re-brand the field of mathematics as anything but dry, technical or male-dominated. Renowned for her popular TED Talk, “Own Your Body’s Data,” she advocates for all of us to deploy data as a way of taking charge of our own health. A vibrant, engaging and energizing speaker, Dr. Williams demystifies data, statistics, probabilities and the mathematical process in amusing and insightful ways. She also passionately champions the contributions of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians and their vital role in transforming our future.

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Organizing Committee

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General  Chair

Dr. Erick D. Wickum

Analytics Consultant
Wikalytics, LLC

Dr. Erick D. Wikum has dedicated his nearly 30-year career to helping clients to achieve superior results by making better, data driven decisions. He is currently an analytics consultant for Wikalytics, LLC. Erick’s previous work experience included diverse technical and leadership roles and industry applications working for Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), IBM, Schneider, Norfolk Southern and the U.S. Air Force. Erick earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Operations Research from Georgia Tech and a B.S. in Operations Research and Mathematics from the United States Air Force Academy. He is an active member of INFORMS, having recently served as president and Subdivisions Council representative of the Analytics Society. He is an associate editor of the INFORMS Journal on Applied Analytics. He has served on the organizing committee for the INFORMS Business Analytics Conference for a number of years and is general chair for the 2022 conference.

Emerging Tracks Committee

Zahir Balaporia, CAP

Senior Director, Solutions Consulting

Nathaniel D. Bastian

Chief Data Scientist
Army Cyber Institute

Tudor Bodea

Advisor: Analytics, Strategy & Execution

Aaron Burciaga, CAP

Vice President of Data & Artificial Intelligence

Shaun Doheney, CAP

Senior Data and Analytics Strategy Advisor 
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Manish Garg

Senior Director, Data Science
Westrock Company

Jon Higbie

Managing Director

Mani Janakiram

Intel Corporation

Juan Jaramillo

Associate Professor, Robert Willumstad School of Business
Adelphi University

James Mansfield

Global Quantitative Science & Commercial Analytics

Tarun Mohan Lal

Vice President, Analytics and Operations Excellence
Atrium Navicent Health

Hua Ni, CAP

Principal Data Scientist & Associate Partner

Pelin Pekgün

Associate Professor
Darla Moore School Of Business, University Of South Carolina

Jennifer Priestley

Associate Dean, The Graduate College
Director, Analytics and Data Science Institute
Kennesaw State University

Nancy Pyron

Analytics, Strategic & Organizational Consultant
NMP Consulting, LLC

Les Servi

Chief Scientist
The MITRE Corporation

Zohar Strinka

Analytics Strategies LLC

Yan Xu


Selects Committee

Chair Jim Williams, CAP

Retired Analytics Professional 

Darin England

University of Minnesota

Fatma Garza

University of Waterloo

Mary Helander

Center for Policy Research, Syracuse University

Shrikant Jarugumilli


Ed Pohl

University of Arkansas

Poster Committee

Alan Taber, CAP

Systems Engineer Senior Staff
Lockheed Martin

Matthew Lanham, CAP

Purdue University