eNews Daily :: Day 1 :: Sunday, October 22, 2017

2017 eNews Daily
DAY 1: Sunday, October 22


Welcome to the Annual Meeting! 

Dear INFORMS Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to the 2017 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Houston. Houston offers moderate costs, excellent travel connections, and the George R. Brown Convention Center offers a layout for our technical tracks that is very convenient. Houston was battered by Hurricane Harvey, but fortunately was quickly open again for business. The Convention Center and downtown hotels never flooded or lost power and the Houston water supply was never compromised.

That said, many in greater Houston suffered flooding, which persists as I write. Fortunately, noble efforts of assistance were very much in evidence during the storm. The city needs help in recovering and rebuilding. INFORMS is supporting the Houston economy by keeping the meeting here.

Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States. It is diverse in its people and activities. The three main areas of the Houston economy are the energy sector, healthcare, and the space program. We focused on these areas for the meeting. The space program, coupled with the operations research and management science history of excellent solutions, prompted our slogan, “Houston, we solve problems.”

We have a superb lineup of plenary speakers: Michael Trick will deliver the Omega Rho Distinguished Lecture at the opening plenary session; Richard Tapia, Rice University professor and Director of the Richard Tapia Center for Excellence & Equity, will speak at our second plenary session on Sunday; Bob Bixby, Gurobi Chief Strategy Officer and Co-founder, is scheduled for Monday; and Bob Phillips, Uber Director of Data Science, will be our final plenary speaker on Tuesday.

Our excellent keynote speakers were selected to cover both our meeting focus topics as well as the breadth of our field. They are Victoria Jordan, Emory Healthcare, Vice President – Quality; Nancy Currie-Gregg, retired NASA astronaut now on the Texas A&M faculty; the IFORS Distinguished Lecturer Celso Ribeiro, Universidade Federal Fluminense; Cassandra McZeal, ExxonMobil; Andy Boyd, University of Houston; Rich Baraniuk, Rice University; David Shmoys and Shane Henderson, Cornell University; and Tuomas Sandholm, Carnegie Mellon University. Other excellent keynotes will be provided by the Edelman Award, Wagner Prize, and UPS Smith Prize reprises.

Please take advantage of the networking opportunities, including the Welcome Reception on Sunday evening, the General Reception on Tuesday evening, and the areas among the conference exhibits and the Career Center during the meeting. Also, check out the "In and Around Houston" section of the conference website (under "Venue") to see what sights the Houston area has to offer.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the INFORMS Meetings Department for their professionalism, hard work, and diligence. I’d also like to thank the INFORMS leadership, both elected and professional staff who contributed to the meeting success. The INFORMS Meetings Committee has served as a great partner in organizing the meeting. Leadership of the INFORMS communities and the cluster and session chairs have organized valuable tracks and sessions. Finally, and most importantly, I am grateful to the following members of the Organizing Committee, for their creativity and hard work that put together a high-quality program: Program Chair Gino Lim, University of Houston; Invited Session Chairs Justin Yates, CAP, Applied Systems and Technology Transfer, and Eric Bickel, University of Texas at Austin; Contributed Session Chairs Erick Moreno-Centeno, Texas A&M University, and Jaeyoung Cho, Lamar University; Sponsored Session Chairs Ed Pohl, University of Arkansas, and Illya Hicks, Rice University; Plenary and Keynote Chairs Andrew Schaefer, Rice University, and Laura Albert, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Tutorials Chairs Rajan Batta, University at Buffalo, and Jiming Peng, University of Houston; Poster (Interactive) Session Chairs Sergiy Butenko, Texas A&M University, and Jeffrey Herrmann, University of Maryland; Practice Chairs Margery Connor, CAP, Chevron, Kevin Furman, ExxonMobil, and Victoria Jordan, Emory Healthcare; Arrangements Chairs Randal Sitton, University of Houston, and Xin (David) Ding, Pennsylvania State University – Behrend. Sarah Williamson, University of Houston, served as the Teacher Program Liaison.

I would also like to thankfully acknowledge the sponsors generous contributions that make the success of our meeting possible. They include at the Platinum Level DiDi Chuxing and University of Houston Industrial Engineering. At the gold level Cardinal Operations, Caterpillar, Gurobi Optimization, IBM, and The Seth Bonder Foundation. At the silver level AIMMS, Chevron, Monsanto, and SAS. At the bronze level AMPL, GAMS, Lyft, Penn State University – Behrend Black School of Business, Penn State University, Texas A&M Industrial & Systems Engineering, Universidad Galileo, University of Texas at Austin Graduate Program in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering, University of Texas Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management, and Youhualin Information Technology Co., Ltd.

It is my great pleasure and privilege to welcome you to INFORMS 2017! I hope you enjoy the conference and find it professionally rewarding.
William “Bill” Klimack, General Chair
Decision Analysis Functional Manager
Chevron Corporation

Key: GBCC - George R. Brown Convention Center   |  Hilton - Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel


Join us in the Exhibit Hall for infORmational sessions about exciting new topics in INFORMS. Here is a list of today's sessions.


Ever wonder what this thing called CAP is? And now there’s an aCAP to boot. Find out what they are, why they’re important, and get answers to any other questions about the certification program.

2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting: Phoenix
Meet committee members for the 2018 Annual Meeting Phoenix and find out why you should attend. Get your free gift while supplies last.

Editor's Cut: Feeding the World through Analytics
Editors Saurabh Bansal and Robin Lougee want to meet with you to discuss challenges and opportunities around the world’s largest industry — Agriculture — and explore how operations research and analytics can address the need of sustainable nutritional security for the world. Stop by the INFORMS booth for a lively and interactive exchange on the current state, recent research findings, success stories, and lessons learned around one of the most interesting and complex systems-of-systems we’ve know: our agri-food system.

INFORMS 2018 International Conference in Taipei
Meet committee members for the 2018 International Conference Taipei and find out why you should attend. Get your free gift while supplies last.


Meet the INFORMS Board

Click here to see a current list of infORmational sessions.
Stop by to renew your 2017 membership and receive a free t-shirt
or click here to renew online. 

Need to know for #informs2017

All Conference Sessions will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, with special events being held at the Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar Street.

Accessing WiFi in the Exhibit Hall
Network: INFORMS
Password: houston2017

Conference registration is located in GBCC - Exhibit Hall B3, Level 3 on Sunday from 7am-5:30pm.

Express Check-in/Badge Printers
Express kiosks with name badge printers will be available for pre-registered attendees in GBCC, Exhibit Hall B3, Level 3 near INFORMS Registration.

Receipt Kiosk
Print your conference receipt on demand by going to GBCC - Exhibit Hall B3, Level 3 located near INFORMS Registration.

Download the Annual Meeting program book
Click here to download the program and save to your tablet, computer desktop, etc.

Technology Center 
The Technology Center is located in GBCC - Exhibit Hall B3, Level 3. A limited number of computers will be available. Name badges must be worn for admittance. The Technology Center will be open today, Sunday, 12noon-5pm.

Badge Required for Technical Sessions & Meeting Events
Badges MUST be worn to all meeting events. All attendees, including speakers and session chairs, must register and pay the registration fee. 

Mobile App
Use the INFORMS Meetings App to access detailed information, including the schedule of sessions, session abstracts, meeting locations, maps, exhibit details, and much more.

Passport Raffle
Your Passport can be stamped starting today at 12noon, when the Exhibit Hall opens. This will continue throughout the conference and you must have at least 40 exhibitor stamps, including the IBM booth (Booth #21), to be eligible. Turn in your passport to the INFORMS Center by 10:45am on Tuesday for the 1:45pm prize drawing and by 5pm Tuesday for the 9:20am drawing on Wednesday. You must be present at the time of the drawing for either prize. 

 You're Invited to The 2017 INFORMS Awards Ceremony & Dessert Reception

Sunday, October 22INFORMS Awards Ceremony
Hilton - Lanier Grand Ballroom ABDE, Level 4

Your MC for the evening: 
2017 INFORMS President
Brian Denton

Join us to celebrate the winners of several key INFORMS awards: 
  • Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Military Applications to promote the development and application of process modeling and operations research analyses to military issues 
  • Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services to promote the development and application of process modeling and operations research analyses to health care design, delivery, and operations
  • Saul Gass Expository Writing Award for an operations researcher/ management scientist whose publications demonstrate a consistently high standard of expository writing
  • Philip McCord Morse Lectureship Award for pioneering contributions to the field of operations research and the management sciences
  • John von Neumann Theory Prize for scholars who have made fundamental, sustained contributions to theory 
  • George E. Kimball Medal in recognition of distinguished service to the Institute and to the profession of operations research and the management sciences
  • INFORMS President's Award for important contributions to the overall welfare of society
  • Four special student awards:
    • Undergraduate Operations Research Prize
    • Doing Good with Good OR Student Competition
    • George B. Dantzig Dissertation Prize
    • George E. Nicholson Student Paper Competition
Celebrate the profession at the Awards Ceremony while enjoying dessert and coffee.

 Subdivision Awards for Sunday

The majority of the Subdivision Awards will be presented at the corresponding Community meetings, or as otherwise noted.

Aviation Applications Section
GBCC - 351C, Level 3

Dissertation Award
This prize is awarded for the best dissertation in any area related to aviation O.R. (air traffic management O.R. and airline O.R.). The award includes a plaque and $500 cash prize. 
Decision Analysis Society (DAS)
GBCC - 310A, Level 3

Publication Award

This award is given annually to the best decision analysis article or book published in the second preceding calendar year, as judged by a panel of Society members. The award includes a plaque and $750 cash prize.

Student Paper Competition Award
This award is given annually to the best decision analysis paper by a student author, as judged by a panel of Society members. Student papers need not be sole-authored or first-authored. This award includes a plaque and $500 cash prize.

Frank P. Ramsey Medal
The Frank P. Ramsey Medal is the highest award of the DAS. It was created to recognize distinguished contributions to the field of decision analysis. The medal is named in honor of Frank Plumpton Ramsey, a Cambridge University mathematician who was one of the pioneers of decision theory in the 20th century. The Ramsey Medalists are recognized for having made substantial further contributions to that theory and its application to important classes of real decision problems. The medal is accompanied by a $1,000 cash prize.

Energy, Natural Resources & the Environment Section
GBCC - 381B, Level 3

ENRE Student Best Paper Award

This award is given annually to the best paper dealing with energy, environmental, or natural resource issues by a student author who is presenting at the INFORMS Annual Meeting, as judged by a panel of the Energy, Natural Resources, and the Environment Section. Award finalists will present their submitted papers in the ENRE award session at the INFORMS Annual Meeting. This award was formerly known as “Student Travel Award” and “Student Paper Award.”

Best Publication Award
The ENRE Best Publication Awards are given annually to the best refereed journal articles (in the areas of energy and forestry) published two calendar years prior to the year in which the award is given. The objective of the award is to recognize the contributions of ENRE members to the research areas of forestry and energy. Therefore, separate awards will be given in each area, and membership during the year of the nomination will be a requirement for the nominator. Nominated publications will be judged by three ENRE members in each area (three from forestry and three from energy) with respect to impact and originality. The award will consist of a plaque.

Young Researcher Award
This prize recognizes an outstanding paper on the application of OR/MS to an important problem in energy, natural resources, and/or the environment.

Forum on Education (INFORM-ED)
GBCC - 370A, Level 3

Case Competition Award

The purpose of this annual competition is to encourage the creation, dissemination, and classroom use of new cases in operations research and the management sciences. The recipient of First Prize shall receive a $500 cash prize. There will also be up to three runners-up who shall receive a $100 cash prize.

Information Systems Society
CIST Lunch & Awards
Hilton - Ballroom of Americas DE

CIST Best Conference Paper 

This award is given for the best paper presented at the INFORMS Conference on Information Systems and Technology. The award includes a plaque and $500 prize.
CIST Student Paper 
This award is given for the best student-authored paper presented at the INFORMS Conference on Information Systems and Technology. The award includes a plaque and $500 cash prize.

Hilton - 329, Level 3

Distinguished Fellows Award

The primary aim of the award is to recognize individuals who have made outstanding intellectual contributions to the information systems discipline.
Nunamaker-Chen Dissertation Award
The NCDA is named in honor of two University of Arizona professors, Jay Nunamaker and Hsinchun Chen, who have made significant contributions to the field of Information Systems over the past several decades. The NCDA has been created to recognize and reward outstanding dissertation research by scholars in the field of Information Systems. The winner of the 2017 Nunamaker-Chen Dissertation Award will receive a USD $1,000 prize.
Junior Faculty Interest Group Forum
To be announced at the Junior Faculty Interest Group Luncheon
Hilton - Lanier GJ, Level 4

Paper Competition Award

The goals of the paper competition are to encourage research among junior faculty and increase the visibility of research conducted by junior faculty within the fields of operations research and management science. First place carries a cash award of $500, second place $300, and each honorable mention $100.

Location Analysis Section
GBCC - 362C, Level 3

Chuck ReVelle Rising Star Award

This award is a biannual honor awarded to a person within eight years of receiving his or her PhD who has made a significant contribution to location analysis research and displays the potential to continue to do so. The award is generally given every other year at the SOLA business meeting at the INFORMS Annual Meeting.

Manufacturing & Service Operations Management Society
GBCC - Grand Ballroom A, Level 3

Student Paper Competition Award

Two awards are given annually for papers judged to be the best in the field of operations management. The first prize is accompanied by a $400 cash award. The second prize is accompanied by a $200 cash award. All finalists will be invited to submit extended abstracts of their paper for publication in Manufacturing & Service Operations Management.

Distinguished Service Award
The MSOM Distinguished Service Award was created to recognize individuals whose distinguished service to MSOM has helped advance significantly the goals and objectives of the Section.

MSOM Distinguished Fellow Award
The Distinguished Fellow Award was approved by the MSOM members at the Spring Business Meeting in 1999 in Cincinnati. By the election of a limited number of MSOM Fellows, MSOM recognizes outstanding research and scholarship in operations management. Election as an MSOM Fellow should be considered a rare distinction, comparable with membership in Omega Rho. Teaching and service contributions are not considered in the selection process.

M&SOM Best Paper Award
The Best Paper Award recognizes the one paper, published in one of the prior three volumes of Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (M&SOM), as most deserving for its contribution to the theory and practice of operations management. The recipient of the award is announced in M&SOM and is accompanied by a $2,000 honorarium.

M&SOM Journal Best Paper Award     
The Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (M&SOM) Service Management SIG (Special Interest Group) invites nominations for the best published paper(s) on service management.
MSOM Young Scholar Prize
Starting in 2013, the annual MSOM Young Scholar Prize recognizes exceptional young researchers who have made outstanding contributions to scholarship in operations management. Scholars of age 40 years or younger on January 31st of the year in which they are nominated are eligible.
Best OM Paper in Management Science
MSOM iFORM SIG Best Paper Award
The Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (M&SOM) iFORM (Interface of Finance, Operations, and Risk Management) SIG (Special Interest Group) invites nominations for the best published paper(s) on an iFORM subject award. This is the third year that the M&SOM iFORM SIG Best Paper Award will be given.

Minority Issues Forum
To be announced at the Minority Issues Forum Reception, Sambuca, 909 Texas Avenue

Minority Issues Forum Student Poster Competition

The MIF student poster competition is to highlight and promote the research of underrepresented students, student advisors, and members of MIF. The competition takes place during the MIF Reception at the INFORMS Annual Meeting. The first place winner and honorable mentions are announced at the end of the reception. The first place winner receives a monetary award.
MIF Early Career Award
The INFORMS Minority Issues Forum (MIF) Early Career Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the theory or practice of OR/MS and service made by early career, active members of MIF. The award recognizes exceptional researchers who have shown promise early in their academic or industrial career. Scholars who are pre-tenure and within eight years of receiving their doctorate (or equivalent) degree are eligible to apply. The topic of the nomination and the underlying work must be related to the field of OR/MS.
MIF Paper Competition
The purpose of the paper competition is to promote and bring visibility to recent contributions of MIF members in the field of operations research, management science, or information systems. The paper competition has been in place since 2016. Submissions must have been accepted or published within the past two years of the award year and are judged on the basis of the originality of the research, technical rigor, relevance, and impact to future theory or applications. The first place winner receives a monetary award. The first place winner and finalists present their work in a dedicated session at the Annual Meeting. 

Optimization Society
GBCC - Grand Ballroom B, Level 3

Optimization Society Khachiyan Prize 

The Khachiyan Prize of the INFORMS Optimization Society was established in 2010 and is awarded annually at the INFORMS Annual Meeting to an individual or a team for lifetime achievements in the area of optimization. The award recognizes a sustained career of scholarship from nominees who are still active during the year of the nomination. The prize serves as an esteemed recognition of innovativeness and impact in the area of optimization, including theory and applications. Recipients of the INFORMS John von Neumann Theory Prize or the MPS/SIAM Dantzig Prize in prior years are not eligible for the Khachiyan Prize.

Optimization Society Farkas Prize
The G. Farkas Prize of the INFORMS Optimization Society was established in 2006, and is administered by the Optimization Society (OS) of INFORMS. The Farkas Prize is awarded for the most significant contribution to the field of optimization by a researcher, or a team of researchers. It is awarded bi-annually at the INFORMS Annual Meeting.

Distinguished Service

Optimization Society Student Paper Prize
The Student Paper Prize recognizes the most outstanding paper in optimization that is submitted to and received, or published in a refereed professional journal no more than three years before the closing date of the nomination.

Optimization Society Young Researchers Prize
The Optimization Prize for Young Researchers, established in 1998 and administered by the Optimization Society of INFORMS, is awarded in even-numbered years at the INFORMS Annual Meeting to one (or more) young researchers for the most outstanding paper in optimization that is submitted to or published in a refereed professional journal. The prize serves as an esteemed recognition of promising colleagues who are at the beginning of their academic or industrial career.

Railway Applications Section
GBCC - 362F, Level 3

Railway Applications Section Student Paper Award
This award is given to recognize the best student research paper on analytics and fact-based decision making in railway applications. The First Place paper will be considered for publication in Networks.
Distinguished Member Award
This award is given to recognize distinguished contributions that have far reaching impacts and help significantly advance the goals and objectives of the Section.

Winners of the Subdivision Awards from Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday will be announced in the Wrap-Up edition of the Annual Meeting eNews Daily.

Annual Meeting Blog Roundup 

Be sure to frequently check the Annual Meeting website to read commentary from your peers about their experiences in Houston. Feel free to post your own comment! 

Pro Bono Analytics at INFORMS: Thanks to the generosity of our members and the hard work of the INFORMS marketing staff, we raised $7,000 or so for our “microvolunteering” activity this year. We are partnering with Star of Hope, a local nonprofit, to provide small toiletry kits, along with cards of encouragement, to their clientele, who are homeless. The cards provide a personal touch that, we are told, means a great deal to the recipients. Read More.

Updates on GAMS: GAMS is my favorite modeling language. Here’s some updates from the developers: On Sunday, October 22, from 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm folks at GAMS will give a talk on “High Performance Computing with GAMS” in session SD77 – room 372F. BEAM-ME is a project addressing the need for new and improved solution approaches for energy system models of vast size. The folks will show some extensions to the GAMS language and new solution algorithms that exploit the block structure and utilize HPC environments (e.g. supercomputers with ten thousands nodes). Read More.

Annual Meeting Newcomer Tips: If you’ve never been to the INFORMS Annual Meeting before, it’s big. There’ll be almost 6,000 attendees and more than 80 concurrent sessions. So here are some tips to help you get the most out of attending the Annual Meeting. If you are giving a talk, make sure to double-check which session you’re scheduled in. Read More.

INFORMS Community Meetings 

All are welcome to these meetings featuring business meetings, receptions, and networking sessions. For a complete listing please click here and select the Community Meetings tab.


New Member Breakfast This Morning
Sunday, October 22, 7-8am
Hilton - Lanier CF, Level 4
New INFORMS members are invited to attend. The session will feature brief presentations on how to navigate the meeting and how to get the most from your membership. Representatives from INFORMS communities will host tables where you can meet other new members who share your professional interests. INFORMS veteran members will facilitate informal networking with discussion prompts. Enjoy coffee, tea, and continental breakfast.

Start your INFORMS Journey!
Stop by the Registration Desk or the INFORMS Center and learn how to get started.

Join a Community 
Whether you are a new or existing member, take some time while in Houston to sign up for a Community (also known as Subdivision) of your choice. There is no better way to maximize the utility of your membership. As a new 2017 or 2018 member, you qualify for a free Community!

Plenaries & Keynotes

Sunday, October 22
Welcome & Plenary
The Final Step in the Remarkable Journey of the Isoperimetric Problem: The Completion of Euler's Approach
GBCC - General Assembly B, Level 3

Richard Tapia, Rice University

Omega Rho: Sports Scheduling Meets Business Analytics
GBCC - General Assembly B, Level 3

Michael Trick, Carnegie Mellon in Qatar

Leave Your Mark on Houston!

ColORing Wall
Wall murals are a thing in Houston. If you have the opportunity to take a self-guided tour of Houston's best paint walls and graffiti murals, make sure you take plenty of colorful selfies tagged with #informs2017! If you are feeling inspired to create your own mural, join us in the Exhibit Hall to help us make our own INFORMS Houston mural. Coloring is the new meditation, so take a brain break and show Houston some love!

Pro Bono Analytics
INFORMS Pro Bono Analytics has partnered with Star of Hope Mission, a community dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless men, women, and children. They encourage positive life changes through structured programs focusing on education, employment, life management, spiritual growth, and recovery from substance abuse.

We invite all Annual Meeting attendees to visit the INFORMS Center and volunteer a few minutes of their time to help build toiletry and hygiene kits that will be donated to Star of Hope Mission in support of their efforts. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, it's just one more way for us to give back and help make a difference in Houston as they rebuild after the storm. We're grateful for the opportunity to assist Houston's homeless population on their road to recovery - every bit helps. We hope that you take a moment to stop by, build a kit, and learn more about how INFORMS is making an impact in underserved communities through analytics.

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What's Your StORy? Sticky Wall
We LOVE our members and their amazing stories! Share a little something with your fellow members by adding to our "What's Your StORy?" wall in the Exhibit Hall. Based on the popular monthly feature highlighting our members, answer one of several questions about yourself. We can't wait to see the diversity of members and answers! Also, it's a great photo op for your #informs2017 posts.

Can't-Miss Social Events!

INFORMS Connect and Social Networking Reception
Hilton - 338, Level 3
What’s your social networking strategy for yourself or for INFORMS? We invite all contributors to INFORMS social networking sites to come and meet face-to- face. Join us for refreshments. Your social media post with #INFORMS2017 is your ticket to the event.

Welcome Reception
GBCC - Exhibit Hall B3, Level 3
The Welcome Reception is the perfect venue to meet with other colleagues and visit the exhibits. Light fare will be served. Soft drinks are complimentary, with a cash bar for other beverages.

Industry Job Search Panel Today!

Industry Job Search Panel 
GBCC - Room 351A

Warren Hearnes, Vice President, Analytics & Data Science, Cardlytics

Shrikant Jarugumilli, Operations Research Lead at Monsanto
Nasser Salmasi, Operations Research Analyst at Corning Incorporated
Antonio Carbajal, CAP, Principal, Operations Research and Advanced Analytics at Turner

This panel discusses the industry interview process and do's and don'ts associated with the job search. In addition to comment from current and former recruiters, time will be provided for questions and answers.

INFORMS Career Fair

Be a part of the largest gathering of O.R. and analytics job seekers and employers by visiting the Career Fair and other professional development events. Preview job openings on INFORMS Connect. 
Breakfast and Panel Discussion (By Invitation Only)
Hilton - Lanier GJ, Level 4

Scott Nestler, University of Notre Dame
Shabbir Ahmed, Georgia Institute of Technology

Career Fair (All Welcome) & Resume Review (By Appointment Only)
GBCC - Exhibit Hall B3, Level 3

Introducing the Newest INFORMS Editor's Cut!

Check out Wisdom of the Crowd: Crowdsourcing Analyticsthe newest volume in INFORMS Editor’s Cut, which offers open access to INFORMS journal and magazine articles, podcasts, and videos.

Whether it is crowdsourcing, prediction markets, inducement prize problem-solving contests, or citizen science, there exist many methods that attempt to find or improve solutions to problems by utilizing the contributions of many diverse individuals. These techniques underlie the study of collective intelligence, which combines diverse ideas, information, procedures, and technologies to produce better predictions, strategies, and outcomes. This volume provides researchers, industry professionals, and curious users an introduction to how crowdsourcing and collective intelligence work with big data and analytics to produce cutting-edge research, discoveries, and solutions to real-world problems. It highlights many applications, methods, and examples to illustrate the benefits of collective intelligence and provides a foundational understanding of the subject.

Visit the INFORMS Booth today at 3:30pm for an infORmational session to hear from the Editor's Cut editors. Meet current Editor’s Cut volume editors Richard McGrath (Wisdom of the Crowd: Crowdsourcing Analytics) and Robin Lougee and Saurabh Bansal (Feeding the World Through Analytics), as well as former volume editors Sheldon Jacobson (Elections: Analytics and Beyond), Renata Konrad (Ending Human Trafficking with Analytics), and Paul Messinger (Transforming Retail through Analytics).

Sunday's TutORials

Designed for students, faculty, and practitioners, TutORials in Operations Research provide in-depth instructions on significant operations research specialties and practices. All tutorials are located in GBCC - Room 310A, Level 3.

An Introduction to Two-Stage Stochastic Mixed-Integer Programming
Simge Küçükyavuz, University of Washington

Operations Research Approaches for Building Demand Response in a Smart Grid
Miguel Anjos, Polytechnique Montreal

Easy Affine Markov Decision Processes: Properties and Applications
Matthew J. Sobel, Case Western Reserve University

Metabolic Networks and Modern Research Problems in Operations Research
J. Paul Brooks, Virginia Commonwealth University

For a full list of TutORials, click here.

Share your Experience

Share your photos and video using #INFORMS2017, and follow @INFORMS2017 on Twitter for official conference updates. This year INFORMS will be live streaming from the meeting on Instagram and follow us on Snapchat at @INFORMS_ORMS for real-time conference videos and the INFORMS Houston Geofilter, which will be available in the Convention Center and Hilton. Be sure to check out conference photos on the INFORMS Flickr account.

Join the Annual Meeting LinkedIn Group and the Annual Meeting Connect Group to virtually connect with fellow attendees and discuss key topics of the day. 

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