Poster Presentations

INFORMS Poster Sessions

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Important Dates
Competition and Awards
Poster Sessions FAQs
Presentation Guidelines & Instructions
Winners from Past Years

Poster Sessions at the INFORMS Annual Meetings provide excellent visibility for posters, with prominent display in well-attended areas of the meeting. Posters Session presenters benefit from the interactive critique, suggestions, and encouragement from colleagues working in similar areas.

Important Dates

  • Submissions for the Poster Competition are due by August 1, 2015. A complete submission includes an abstract and a pdf version of the poster.
  • General Poster Abstracts are due by September 1, 2015. Only abstracts are needed to ensure being scheduled.
  • Presentations and the Poster Competition will be held November 2-3, 12:30-2:30pm, at the Philadelphia meeting.



Presenters have the choice to participate in the general, non-competitive schedule or in the Poster Competition.  To be part of the general schedule an abstract is required by September 1, 2015.  To enter the competition, both an abstract and a pdf version of the poster are required by August 1, 2015.


Competition and Awards

Three winners will be selected on each of Monday and Tuesday of the conference, with awards given for first place ($350), second place ($250), and third place ($150).  Winners will receive a certificate and be recognized in OR/MS Today and on the INFORMS web site.

Before the Annual Conference

Step 1.  Abstract Submission: Only one abstract is permitted per presenting author. Have the following information ready: contact information for yourself and any co-authors, the title, and an abstract (500 characters this includes blank spaces).  All participants must submit an abstract.  Participants in the Poster Competition must submit an abstract by August 1, 2015.  Participants in the general sessions must submit an abstract by September 1, 2015.

Step 2.  Poster Submission: Only participants in the Poster Competition are required to submit their poster for review.  A pdf version of the poster must be submitted between June 15 and August 1, 2015, using the following submission procedure:

  • A complete entry consists of an electronic pdf file of your poster – please see the guidelines at the end of this page. Only minor changes are permitted prior to entering the on-site competition.
  • Send your pdf file to Ellen Tralongo at

Step 3.  Round 1 of the Poster Competition: Judges will select semi-finalists to enter the on-site competition.  Up to 50 posters will be selected for judging at the conference.  Posters not selected as semi-finalists will be scheduled in the general sessions.

The Poster Competition at the Annual Meeting

Step 4.  Round 2 of the Poster Competition: Semi-finalists will give two 5-minute presentations to two different judges. The time limit of 5-minutes will be strictly enforced.

Step 5.  Round 3 of the Poster Competition: 5 or 6 finalists will be determined each day of the competition. A second round of presentations and judging will decide the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

Step 6.  Awards Ceremony: Winners will be announced after the competition and will receive certificates and checks.

After the Annual Conference

Step 7. Further Recognition:  Winners of the Poster Competition will be announced on the INFORMS web-site and in OR/MS Today.


Poster Sessions FAQs

Question: What are the benefits of a poster presentation over an oral presentation?
Answer: Poster presentations are less formal, and allow presenters to discuss their research interactively with individuals or small groups, typically resulting in more feedback to a presenter than a typical oral presentation.

Question: How many posters can I submit?
Answer: Each author can submit only one poster to the Poster Sessions.

Question: Can I submit the same abstract both as a poster and as a regular oral presentation?Answer: No. You need to submit it either as a regular paper for an oral presentation or a poster in Poster Sessions.

Question: If I attend the general poster presentation, will my poster automatically enter the competition?
Answer: No. If you want to participate in the competition, you will need to submit the soft copy of the actual poster (in .pdf format) between the dates of June 15 and July 15, 2015. After an initial screening, you will be notified if your poster is selected for competition at the conference. The details about the competition can be found at the end of this page.

Question: How do I create my poster?
Answer: The exact format of the poster is flexible. Please see the INFORMS poster presentation guidelines below for specific requirements. High-quality posters can be developed easily using software such as Microsoft Powerpoint. Print shops (e.g. Kinkos) will print posters at a relatively low cost.

Question: When and where are general poster sessions held during the conference?
Answer: The general poster sessions are scheduled for Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 3 from 12:30pm-2:30pm. They will be held in an open area of the conference center, close to the plenary rooms, exhibits, session rooms, email center and other areas where attendees congregate. Please check the conference program for the specific location.

Question: When do I set up my poster at the display area?
Answer: Posters can be set up at the display area after 10am on the day of the poster presentation.

Question: Do I need to give an oral presentation with my poster?
Answer: If you participate in the competition, you will give a 5-minute oral presentation to the judges in the second and possibly the third rounds of the process. Otherwise, an oral presentation is by request from interested visitors. You are required to be present at your poster during the full length of the session from 12:30pm-2:30pm.

Question: How will the posters be judged in the competition?
Answer: Given the interactive nature of the sessions, the presentations will be judged on the display design and presentation effectiveness, as well as on the ability of the participant to address the following questions:

  1. What is the main research question that you have addressed?
  2. What is the novelty of your research?
  3. What is the contribution to the theory and/or practice of ORMS?
  4. What insights have been gained through your research?


Poster Presentations Guidelines & Instructions

Minimal Requirements

  • Each presenter should bring either a poster display in the form of (1) a printed single large sheet of paper/plastic that can be mounted on a bulletin board (board will be provided by INFORMS), or (2) a three-panel display that you provide to stand on a table (table will be provided by INFORMS).
  • The bulletin board provided by INFORMS measures 8 feet wide by 4 feet high. Your overall poster must fit within that space.
  • The display table provided by INFORMS measures 6 feet wide by 18 inches deep. Your display must be constructed to stand alone on this table.
  • Each poster should include the poster title and full names of all contributors, their affiliations, addresses and an email and/or web link.
  • For the three-panel display, the title, names of authors and their contact information should be placed on the middle panel, with other information on the left and right panels.

Printing Your Poster

We strongly recommend that you have your poster printed locally or by an online site before you travel to the meeting, rather than attempt to have it printed onsite in Philadelphia. These online sites offer design and printing services:

Suggested Best Practices

For all posters, please follow these guidelines:

  • Maintain a good contrast between background and foreground text.
  • Avoid acronyms and extensive mathematical notation as much as possible.
  • Include one or more of the following: a short description of the problem, objectives of the work, the methodology utilized, conclusions, relevant diagrams, graphs and charts in order to present an overview for the application.
  • Organize your poster into sections, e.g., Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, and Literature Cited. (Avoid using too many citations.) You may wish to use numbers to help sequence sections of the poster.
  • Arrange the material into columns.
  • The title should be readable from 15 – 20 feet (approximately 4.5-6 meters) away
  • The text should be large enough to be read easily from at least 6 feet (approximately 2 meters) away.
  • The poster should not rely upon your verbal explanation to link together the various portions.
  • Avoid densely packed, high word-count posters. Posters with 800 words or less are ideal.
  • Self-explanatory graphics should dominate the poster.
  • Below are web pages that provide more guidelines and free poster templates:


Winners from Past Years

Masood Jabarnejad
Operations Research to Reduce the Cost of Electricity
Auburn University
Yuanhui Zhang
Optimization of Treatment Decisions for Chronic Diseases: An Application to Type 2 Diabetes
Mohammad Marufuzzaman
Impact of Different Carbon Regulatory Policies in Biofuel Supply Chain Network under Uncertainty
Mississippi State University
Mehrnaz Abdollahian
A MDP Model for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Intervention Strategies for BRCA1/2 Mutation Carriers
University of South Florida
Irem Sengul
Modeling for Equitable Allocation of Food Distribution in North Carolina under Capacity Constraints
North Carolina State University
Sara Shashaani
A Simulation Optimization Approach to Epidemic Forecasting
Virginia Tech
Apurva Samudra
Optimization-Based Design of Novel Molecules with Desired Properties
Carnegie Mellon
Nico M. Van Dijk
Blood Platelet Optimization for Blood Banks
University of Amsterdam
John Gunnar Carlsson
Map Segmentation Algorithms for Geographic Resource Allocation
University of Minnesota
Kelly Bartlett
Asset Allocation and Routing in a Recruiting Organization
Georgia Institute of Technology
Turgay Ayer
Operations Research for Early Diagnosis of Breast Cancer
University of Wisconsin
Durai Sundaramoorthi
A Data-Integrated Simulation-based Optimization of New Patient Assignments
Missouri Western State University
Burcu Aydin
Optimization over Tree Structured Objects