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As the largest city in both the south and southwest, Houston is proof that everything in Texas is bigger. Houston is considered the healthcare and energy center of the U.S., as well as home to the hub of human spaceflight, NASA’s Johnson Space Center, which has become synonymous with the now infamous message, “Houston, we have a problem.” Now more than four decades later, INFORMS will be sharing an entirely different message with the city, “Houston, we SOLVE problems,” when analytics and operations research professionals and academics from around the world will gather to share research and ground breaking ideas at the 2017 INFORMS Annual Meeting.
We invite you to join us on October 22-25, 2017 to at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston for unique opportunities to connect and network with the more than 5,000 INFORMS members, students, prospective employers and employees, and academic and industry experts who compose the INFORMS community. We look forward to seeing you in 2017!
ALL SPEAKERS must be registered by September 8, 2017. If speakers are not registered by September 8, 2017, the speaker will be notified that the presentation will be removed from the program.
Message from the Chair
I’ve been involved in INFORMS since before it was created from its predecessor organizations. The meetings form part of the fabric of the organization. Meetings provide for professional development, open interchange of information, and support INFORMS communities. It has been my privilege to lead a great organizing committee dedicated to providing a superb Annual Meeting in 2017.
Houston is the fourth largest city in the US. Called by some the global oil and gas upstream capital, most oil and gas companies have a presence in Houston. Another major segment of the Houston economy is healthcare. And greater Houston is also home to the Johnson Space Center. We’ve drawn on Houston as an inspiration for our 2017 Annual Meeting themes: operations research in energy, healthcare, and space. And we’ve added leadership as a theme with the addition of a new symposium.
Houston is a unique blend of traditional Texas charm with global cosmopolitan influence. It has been said that any style of cuisine can be found in Houston. Houston is home to excellent museums, art galleries, and other attractions. Houston is also only a few minutes away from America’s “Third Coast.”
So for both inside the Annual Meeting and outside, you’ll find the great experiences you’ve come to expect plus the unique Houstonian environment. I look forward to seeing you in Houston.