2018 eNews Daily
Day 1: Sunday, November 4


3figuresWelcome from the Annual Meeting Chair

Dear INFORMS Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix. The Phoenix Convention Center offers a layout for our technical tracks that is very convenient. Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, the convention center is surrounded by an entertainment district replete with music and drama theaters, sports arenas, restaurants, and museums.

The theme of this year's meeting is Smart City and Sustainable Communities. Smart cities are the new paradigm when it comes to urban sustainability. They make sustainable urban solutions such as public transit, renewable energy systems, and buildings more attractive and efficient by adding information and communications technologies.

Click here to read more. 


directionalNeed to Know for #informs2018

Click here for everything you need to know throughout your time in Phoenix, 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!


award2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting Awards

2018 INFORMS Awards Ceremony & Dessert Reception
INFORMS_Awards_Ceremony_Color_LogoSunday, November 4
Phoenix Convention Center, West 301C, 300 Level

Your MC for the evening:
2018 INFORMS President Nicholas G. Hall

Join us for dessert and coffee 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 analysis 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 healthcare design, delivery and operations
  • Saul Gass Expository Writing Award for an operations research/management scientist whose publications demonstrate a consistently high standard of expository writing
  • INFORMS Case Competition for the creation, dissemination, and classroom use of new, unpublished cases in operations research and the management sciences
  • Prize for the Teaching of OR/MS Practice for excellence in teaching the practice of OR/MS 
  • John von Neumann Theory Prize for scholars who have made fundamental, sustained contributions to theory
  • George E. Kimball Medal in recognition of distinguished services to the Institute and to the profession of operations research and the management sciences
  • INFORMS Impact Award for widespread impact in the practice of operations research
  • 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 O.R. Student Competition
    • George B. Dantzig Dissertation Prize
    • George E. Nicholson Student Paper Competition

Subdivision Awards
Throughout the Annual Meeting, the INFORMS subdivisions will be presenting their own awards. Click here for the list of awards that will be presented today.


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.

Practitioner & Student Pages
New this year is 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

Career Fair Networking Meet & Greet
Sunday, November 4
Phoenix Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E, North Building
Job seekers - don’t miss Sunday’s Career Fair where over 80 companies are expected to be recruiting.
At this one-day event attendees will be able to:

  • Gather materials and make vital connections
  • Meet one-on-one with representatives of top employers
  • Research the postings of the over 100 top employers
  • Drop off your resume if you are unable to connect in person

View the current job descriptions from the participating employers by logging into INFORMS Connect as a registered meeting attendee.

bookAnnual Meeting Blog Roundup

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




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 Phoenix 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 2018 or 2019 member, you qualify for one free Community! Click here to learn more.


socialeventsCan't Miss Social Events

Member Meeting, Receptions, Awards and More!
Come meet and form lasting connections with your fellow attendees at several social events. Today's events include:

  • Welcome Reception 
    Sunday, November 4, 7:30-9:30pm
    Phoenix Convention Center, North Exhibit Hall E, 300 Level
    INFORMS and the Phoenix Organizing Committee welcome you to the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting with an evening of fellowship and fun. The Welcome Reception is the perfect venue to meet with colleagues and visit the exhibits.

Click here to learn more about other exciting social events!

New Member Breakfast
Sunday, November 4 
Phoenix Convention Center, West 301C, 300 Level
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. Click here to learn more.


probono-1Pro Bono Analytics

INFORMS Pro Bono Analytics has partnered with St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, a food bank and distribution network, and coordinated a volunteering initiative for the INFORMS Annual Meeting attendees to build snack packs for Phoenix’s homeless population, helping make a positive impact in our conference host city. This effort is made possible by the financial support of our members, sponsors and exhibitors, and conference community. 

We invite all Annual Meeting attendees to visit the INFORMS Center and volunteer a few minutes of their time to help build the snack packs that will be donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank in support of their efforts. We hope that you take a moment to stop by, build a kit, and learn more about how Pro Bono Analytics is making an impact in underserved communities through analytics.

The Pro Bono Analytics Micro-Volunteering activity will be located at the INFORMS Center in the Phoenix Convention Center's Exhibit Hall: 300 Level, North Building, Exhibit Hall E.

Sunday, November 4, 12noon-5pm and 7-9:30pm
Monday, November 5, 9am-5pm
Tuesday, November 6, 9am-4pm


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thumbsupShare Your Experience

Share your photos and video using #informs2018, and follow @INFORMS2018 on Twitter for official conference updates. This year INFORMS will be sharing from the meeting on Instagram and Snapchat at @INFORMS_ORMS for real-time conference videos and the INFORMS Phoenix Geofilter, which will be available in the Convention Center and Hyatt. 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.