2019 eNews Daily
Day 2: Monday, October 21


3figuresWelcome to Day 2 of the INFORMS Annual Meeting

Check out a recap of the previous day's events, as well as a look ahead to today's meeting activities!


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Everything You Need to Know for Your Time in Seattle!
Click here for everything you need to know the moment you arrive in Seattle, including hotel and transportation information, tips for presenters, registration locations and guidelines, the INFORMS Center, and much more.

Newcomer Tips
New to INFORMS or the Annual Meeting? Click here for helpful tips!



award2019 INFORMS Annual Meeting Awards

2019 INFORMS Awards Ceremony Wrap-up and Winner Announcements
INFORMS_Awards_Ceremony_Color_LogoCongratulations to all winners! We hope you had a chance to join us in celebrating the profession.

  • Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services 
    David Mildebrath, Rice University
  • Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Military Applications
    Nicholas Shallcross, University of Arkansas
  • INFORMS Case Competition 
    Saurabh Bansal, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Prize for the Teaching of the OR/MS Practice
    Patrick Noonan, Emory University
  • Saul Gass Expository Writing Award
    Sunil Chopra, Northwestern University
  • Philip McCord Morse Lectureship Award 
    Peter Glynn, Stanford University
  • John von Neumann Theory Prize 
    Dimitris Bertsimas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Jong-Shi Pang, University of Southern California
  • Frederick W. Lanchester Prize 
    Tim Roughgarden, Stanford University
    Omar Besbes, Columbia University
    Yonatan Gur, Stanford University
    N. Bora Keskin, Duke University
    Assaf Zeevi, Columbia University
  • George E. Kimball Medal
    Peter C. Bell, Western University
    Edward Kaplan, Yale University
  • INFORMS President’s Award
    Dimitris Bertsimas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Click here for video.
  • Four special student awards:
    • Undergraduate Operations Research Prize
      Milan Preet Kaur, University of Waterloo
    • George E. Nicholson Student Paper Competition
      Yilun Chen, Cornell University
    • Doing Good with Good O.R. Student Competition
      Somya Singhvi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • George B. Dantzig Dissertation Prize
      Sebastien Martin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Student Chapter Awards & Reception
Monday, October 21

Sheraton Grand Seattle, Metropolitan Ballroom, Third Floor

All students registered for the meeting are invited to attend the Student Awards Ceremony. The Chapters/Fora Committee will present the winners of the Student Chapter Annual Awards and the Judith Liebman Award. Join us in recognizing the great contributions of our most dynamic student volunteers. Plan to stay for the Student Reception, which immediately follows the ceremony.


Subdivision Awards
Throughout the Annual Meeting, the INFORMS subdivisions will be presenting their own awards, beginning the Saturday before the meeting. Click here for the full list of awards.

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2 people-2 Daniel H. Wagner Prize Presentations

All presentations will take place on Monday, October 21 in the Washington State Convention Center, Room 6C, Level 6.

Daily Tutor Scheduling Support at Hopeful Journeys Educational Center

Empowering Denver Public Schools System to Optimize School Bus Operations

Pricing Analytics for Rotable Spare Parts

London Heathrow Airport Uses Real-Time Analytics for Improving Operations

Ride-haling Order Dispatching on DiDi via Reinforcement Learning

The winning reprise will be presented on Tuesday, October 22 at 3:40pm in the Washington State Convention Center, Room 6A, Level 6.


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Come See the New Video, Inspired by the 2019 Winning Team!
Join us at this evening's Student Awards Ceremony for the unveiling of the new INFORMS student video! Inspired by the winning submission for the OR What? Student Video Competition from the Virginia Tech INFORMS Student Chapter. After the meeting, INFORMS, faculty, and student communities will use this video to reach undergraduates around the world, creating awareness of the field and the career opportunities in O.R. and analytics that await STEM students who want to make a difference.

Student Awards Ceremony & Reception
Monday, October 21, 7:30-9:30pm
Sheraton Grand Seattle, Metropolitan, 3rd Floor


presentationCheck Out the Exciting Lineup of Sessions 

Plenaries & Keynote Speakers
Click here to check out the exciting lineup of plenary and keynote speakers who will be addressing attendees at the Annual Meeting.

Interactive Poster Presentations
Monday, October 21
Washington State Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 4AB, Level 4
Poster sessions allow presenters to benefit from the interactive critique, suggestions, and encouragement of colleagues working in similar areas, with three prize winners selected today. E-Poster Walk Sessions feature electronic versions of competition semifinalist posters

Each poster presenter will also have three Golden Tickets to share with attendees of their choosing who attend their poster presentation. Anyone who receives a ticket can turn it in at the INFORMS Center for a special prize drawing. Five swag bags will be given out today, and another five bags will be handed out on Tuesday.

Flash Session
Monday, October 21
Washington State Convention Center 
Check out the first of these stimulating rapid-fire sessions followed by Q&A’s with the session's presenter. Click the link below to learn more:
Inaugural Flash Session I (Decision Analysis)

National Science Foundation Funding Opportunities
Monday, October 21, 4:30-6pm
Washington State Convention Center, Room 303
Rance Cleaveland, Director, Division of Computing and Communications Foundations (CCF), will provide an overview of the  Computing and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) directorate. Through CISE, NSF provides over 85% of federal funding for basic computing research. Dr. Cleaveland will describe how CISE is organized and then spend time describing the research activities in the CCF and Intelligent Information Systems (IIS) divisions of CISE, which are where topics of most interest to the INFORMS community are most likely to find support.

Practitioner & Student Pages
Check out a special webpage that collates sessions and events to help practitioners and students better navigate the Annual Meeting and attend sessions with the most impact for them. Click here to learn more about the Practitioner Page and
here to learn more about the Student Page

briefcase-1INFORMS Career Fair Interview Days

Attention Jobseekers: Don't Miss Your Chance to Interview!
Monday-Wednesday, October 21-23 
8am–5pm (8am–1pm on Wednesday)
Washington State Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 4A, Level 4
By Appointment Only
Job seekers who have scheduled interviews can meet with recruiters at their scheduled times. Please come to the ‘Interview Waiting Area’ in Hall 4A for your interviewer to call you. Check out the available jobs posted here and don't forget to upload your resume to the Career Center. 

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Industry Job Search Panel (MB94)
Monday, October 21
Sheraton Grand Seattle, Grand C

Warren Hearnes, VP, Analytics & Data Sciences


  • Mark Gallagher, Professor of Practice at Air Force Institute of Technology
  • Nabil Raad, VP, Data Science at GM Financial
  • Abelardo Mayoral-Fierros, Managing Consultant at Fraser Health Authority
  • Russ Philbrick, Co-Founder at Polaris Systems Optimization
  • Anne Robinson, Chief Strategy Officer at Kinaxis
  • Je Sang Sung, Manager, Operations Research & Advanced Analytics at BNSF
  • Kathryn Walter, Analytics & Optimization Consultant at ORTEC
This panel discusses the industry interview process and do’s and don’ts associated with the job search. In addition to comments by current and former search chairs, time will be provided for questions and answers.

Academic Job Search Panel (MC94)
Monday, October 21
Sheraton Grand Seattle, Grand C

Warren Hearnes, VP, Analytics & Data Sciences


  • Priyank Arora, Assistant Professor, Operations & Information Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Thiago Serra, Assistant Professor, College of Management, Bucknell University
  • Opher Baron, Professor of Operations Management, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
  • Karmel S. Shehadeh, Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Haifeng Wang, Assistant Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Mississippi State University
  • Dr. Kejia Hu, Assistant Professor, Owen Business School, Vanderbilt University
This panel discusses the academic interview process and do’s and don’ts associated with the job search. In addition to comments by current and former search chairs, time will be provided for questions and answers.


bookAnnual Meeting Blog Roundup

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

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Plenary: Seeking Perfection: Reflections on the Journey
By Violet Chen
In the morning of Sunday, October 20, INFORMS 2019 President Dr. Ramayya Krishnan opened the Welcome & Plenary session by welcoming everyone to Seattle. Dr. Krishnan shared the exciting news that INFORMS 2019 has a record breaking participation count of 7,200 registrants. He thanked the city of Seattle for hosting the OR/MS community, and recognized that the continuous growth and expansion of the Annual Meeting signals the constant progress of our field. Dr. Krishnan then passed the stage to Dr. Archis Ghate, General Chair of INFORMS 2019, to introduce this year’s organizing committee and sponsors. After recognizing and thanking the volunteers and organizations which make the conference possible, Dr. Ghate introduced the plenary speaker, Dr. Gary S. Kaplan. Read More.

Immigration Policy
By Amira Hijazi
Available data regarding the flow of undocumented immigrants is subject to an extreme physical bias. To correct this bias, Dr. Edward Kaplan, William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Operations Research, Professor of Public Health & Professor of Engineering at Yale University, uses probability to model the migration flow of undocumented Mexican immigrants to the United States since 1980. In his model, he distinguishes between two types of immigrants—solitary and circular migrants—and shows that before 2005 there was a high level of circular migration due to lax border security. However, after 2005 and the intensive security, the circular migration level decreased but the solitary migration has increased. Read More.

Optimization-based Approaches to Housing Allocation
By Aida Rahmattalabi
Sunday morning started with a series of great talks. The session “Optimization-based Approaches to Housing Allocation,” hosted four talks, each addressing the problem of housing allocation from a different angle. The first presentation was given by Sanmay Das, an associate professor in computer science and engineering at the University of Washington in St. Louis. The talk was centered on the issue of homelessness and how one can use analytic tools in order to improve the allocation of homelessness services. He posed an interesting problem on using historical data to predict intervention outcomes which can be further used in the design of better interventions. Read More.

Humanitarian Analytics
By Violet Chen
The technical session “Humanitarian Analytics” began on Sunday, October 20, at 11am. The session was chaired by Dr. Elisa Long, who is an Associate Professor of Decisions, Operations, and Technology Management at UCLA Anderson School of Management. The first talk was given by Elnaz Kabir, a PhD student in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Elnaz’s talk was titled “Hurricanes, Power Outages, and Utility Response,” which is joint work with Chengwei Zhai and Seth Guikema. In this work, they developed a statistical model for predicting power outages resulted by hurricanes. Read More.

2019 INFORMS Awards Ceremony
By Amira Hijazi
“It has been quite a night to remember!” quoting Prof. Dimitris Bertsimas, the recipient of the Informs President’s Award and the John von Neumann Theory Prize along with Dr. Jong-Shi Pang, at the awards ceremony last night. Prof Bertsimas’s research is sustained, multidimensional, and highly impactful. On behalf of all of us in the optimization and operation management society, we thank him for his great contributions to the field and for his motivational words at the awards ceremony where he quoted Steve Jobs as saying “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” Read More.

Keynote: Structured Optimization for Dexterous Robots
By Aida Rahmattalabi
Russ Tedrake from MIT gave a keynote talk on “Structured Optimization for Dexterous Robots.” As the talk started, the crowd gradually gathered, and shortly after, the room was packed with enthusiastic listeners. Russ Tedrake introduced the shortcomings in the present robotics research and how he proposed to address them by “embracing learning and optimization.” Read More.


peopleoncloudINFORMS Communities & Subdivisions

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

Join a Community!
Whether you are a new or existing member of INFORMS, take some time while in Seattle to sign up for a Community (also known as Subdivision) of your choice. There is no better way to maximize your membership and build your network. As a new 2019 or 2020 member, you qualify for one free Community! Click here to learn more.

socialeventsCan't-Miss Social Events

Click here to learn more about exciting social events!


probono-1Pro Bono Analytics

Homelessness, joblessness, poverty, and hunger… they are some of the colossal hurdles facing our society. This year, at our Annual Meeting, INFORMS Pro Bono Analytics is partnering with a Seattle-based nonprofit organization to put an end to some of the heartache being felt by the local community.

FareStart is an organization providing people who are struggling with the skills they need to get a job in the field of food services and culinary arts, while also taking away some of their fears by helping to provide necessities like clothing and food.

How can you help? The INFORMS volunteer initiative will aid the Seattle community by building hygiene kits and making “no-sew” blankets for homeless students. The cost for each hygiene kit is just $5 and the blankets are $18. Any further donations will fulfill the FareStart wish list, consisting of items like clothing and gift cards.

Together, we can help people overcome their obstacles and create and achieve new dreams.

Please consider a monetary donation to assist INFORMS and its members in their continued efforts to support the communities of our conference host cities.

The Pro Bono Analytics Micro-Volunteering activity will be located at the INFORMS Center in the Washington State Convention Center, Exhibit Hall, AB, Level 4, Monday, October 21, 9am-5pm.


loudspeaker-2INFORMS Annual Meeting Survey

INFORMS is asking for your feedback on a mini two question survey that also enters you in the running for a special prize! The printed survey, which will be available at INFORMS Registration and the INFORMS Center, is asking for your feedback on the meeting day pattern, as well as your preference of which days you would prefer to present. Your completed survey must be turned in at the INFORMS Program Information Desk, Level 4, Atrium by Tuesday, October 22, by noon to be entered into the drawing.

The grand prize drawing for a pair of Bose Headphones will take place on Tuesday, October 22, at 1:45pm in the Washington State Convention Center, INFORMS Center, Exhibit Hall, 4AB, Level 4. You must be present at the time of the drawing to win.

thumbsupShare Your Experience

Share your photos and video using #informs2019, and follow @INFORMS2019 on Twitter for official conference updates. Engage with INFORMS on Instagram and check out real-time conference videos and the INFORMS Seattle Geofilter (available in the Washington State Convention Center and the Sheraton Grand Seattle) on Snapchat at @INFORMS_ORMS. 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.