2018 eNews Daily
Day 2: Monday, November 5


3figuresWelcome to Day 2 of the INFORMS Annual Meeting

I hope everyone is enjoying the meeting so far!

I am delighted to share that we are able to report record attendance of more than 6,000 people here in Phoenix! Please let an INFORMS Board or staff member know if you need help to optimize your value from the meeting.

As discussed in numerous communications from the INFORMS Board, this year we started an Advocacy initiative that involves an annual Policy Summit in Washington, DC and ongoing communications with leading policymakers.

A meeting session will be held to provide members with an update on these activities. Details follow.

Session: MA 61: Advocacy & Elections: A Discussion about the INFORMS Advocacy Initiative and the 2018 Mid-Term Elections

Speakers: Jeff Cohen (INFORMS Director of Public Affairs & Marketing) and Charles Cooper (Signal Group, consultants working with INFORMS)

Time: Monday, 8-9:30 am

Location: West Building 102C

Please attend this session that is of critical importance for the future growth and success of INFORMS. Thank you for your support.




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 Wrap-up and Winner Announcements
Congratulations to all winners. We hope you had chance to join us in celebrating the profession.INFORMS_Awards_Ceremony_Color_Logo

  • Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Military Applications 
    Phillip Jenkins, United States Air Force
  • Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services 
    Gian-Gabriel P. Garcia, University of Michigan
  • Saul Gass Expository Writing Award 
    Richard CottleStanford University
  • INFORMS Case Competition
    Maxine Cohen
    NYU Stern
    Daniel Guetta, Columbia Business School
    Wenqiang Xiao, NYU Stern
  • Prize for the Teaching of OR/MS Practice
    Sanjay Ahire, University of South Carolina
  • John von Neumann Theory Prize 
    Dimitri P. BertsekasMIT
    John N. Tsitsiklis, MIT
  • George E. Kimball Medal 
    Bruce GoldenUniversity of Maryland - College Park 
    Check out an exclusive interview
    Candace Arai Yano, University of California, Berkeley
    Check out an exclusive interview
  • INFORMS Impact Award
    Laura Albert
    University of Wisconsin - Madison
    Kenneth C. Fletcher, Kestrel Hawk Consulting Inc.
    Sheldon H. Jacobson, University of Illinois
    Adrian J. Lee, Central Illinois Technology and Education Research Institute
    Alexander Nikolaev, University at Buffalo (SUNY)
  • INFORMS President’s Awardpresaward
    James Cochran
    , University of Alabama
    Check out an exclusive interview
  • Four special student awards:
    • Undergraduate Operations Research Prize
      Kayla Cummings
      , Pomona College
    • Doing Good with Good O.R. Student Competition
      Ignacio Rios
      , Stanford University
    • George B. Dantzig Dissertation Prize
      Daniel Freund
      , Cornell University
    • George E. Nicholson Student Paper Competition
      Viet Anh Nguyen
      , École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Student Chapter Awards & Reception
Monday, November 5
Hyatt Regency Phoenix, Regency Ballroom, 1st 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 Awards. 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.

  • Judith Liebman Award in recognition of outstanding student volunteers who have been "moving spirits" in their universities, their student chapters, and the Institute
  • Student Chapter Annual Awards in recognition of performance and achievements of student chapters


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.

2 peopleDaniel H. Wagner Prize Presentations

All presentations will take place in the Phoenix Convention Center, Room 211A, West Building.

Analytics and Bikes: Riding Tandem with Motivate to Improve Mobility

What's Wrong with My Dishwasher: Advanced Analytics Improve the Diagnostic Process for Miele Technicians

Primal-Dual Algorithms for Order Fulfillment at Urban Outfitters, Inc. 

Centralized Admissions for Engineering Colleges in India

Combinatorial Exchanges for Trading Fishery Access Rights

Collaborative Human-UAV Search and Rescue for Missing Tourists in Nature Reserves

Tuesday, November 6
Phoenix Convention Center, West 301C, 300 Level
2018 Winner Reprise


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.

Advocacy & Elections: A Discussion about the INFORMS Advocacy Initiative and the 2018 Mid-Term Elections (MA61)
Monday, November 5
Phoenix Convention Center, West Building 102C
INFORMS launched a new advocacy initiative in early 2018 to raise policymakers' awareness and interest in the O.R. and Analytics fields, build strategic relationships between INFORMS and the Washington, D.C. policy community, and enable INFORMS to become a trusted source of expertise.

Join INFORMS Director of Public Affairs & Marketing Jeff Cohen and Signal Group Executive Vice President Charles Cooper for a session to discuss INFORMS' advocacy activities to date, plans for 2019, and ways that INFORMS members can become active participants in this important effort. The session will also include a discussion about the overall current state of Washington, an analysis of the 2018 mid-term election polls and predictions, and the practical impacts and implications of different election day outcomes.

Interactive Poster Presentations
Monday, November 5
Phoenix Convention Center, North Exhibit Hall E, 300 level
Poster Sessions allow presenters to benefit from the interactive critique, suggestions, and encouragement from colleagues working in similar areas, with three prize winners selected each day. E-Poster Walk Sessions feature electronic versions of competition semi-finalist posters from 12:30-2:30pm on both Monday and Tuesday in the Phoenix Convention Center, North Exhibit Hall E, 300 level. 

Each poster presenter will also have two 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 on Monday and another five bags will be handed out on Tuesday.

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

Introducing the newest Editor's Cut 
Military O.R.: The Science of a Secure Nation
So many of the tools and techniques that are ubiquitous in the general practice of operations research (O.R.) come from Military Applications. The techniques originally developed in the context of military conflict have found additional applications in our everyday lives. For example, you have probably experienced its impact if you have flown on a commercial airplane or purchased goods from a major retail chain. 

This volume of Editor’s Cut provides a primer to those new to the field of military O.R., and establishes a touchstone of truly great, even classic, examples of military O.R. done right.

Please join the Military and Security Society on Monday at 6:15pm in the Phoenix Convention Center West, Room 106 to celebrate the launch! There will be cake!


briefcase-1INFORMS Career Fair & Interview Days

Attention Job Seekers: Don't miss your chance to interview!

Monday-Wednesday, November 5-7 
9am–5pm (9am–3pm on Wednesday)
By Appointment Only
Meet at the Career Fair on Sunday (only) or contact employers prior to the conference to pre-schedule an interview. Check out the available jobs posted here.

manwithbriefcaseAcademic and Industry Job Search Panels

Industry Job Search Panel (MB18)
Monday, November 5
Phoenix Convention Center, North Building 128A

Warren Hearnes, VP, Analytics & Data Sciences


  • Linda Burtch, Founder & Managing Director, Burtch Works 
  • Bill McDaniel, PhD, Senior Systems Analyst, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
  • Jon Petersen, Head of Data Science, Aviation, Uber
  • Sricharan Poundarikapuram, Principal Data Scientist, SAP America
  • Iris Singhania, Director Space Optimization/Data Science, The Home Depot
  • Darren Xu, Senior Data Scientist, Walmart Labs

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.

Academic Job Search Panel (MC18)
Monday, November 5
Phoenix Convention Center, North Building 128A

Warren Hearnes, VP, Analytics & Data Sciences

  • Dr. Susan Hunter, Assistant Professor, School of Industrial Engineering, Purdue
  • Dr. Nan Kong, Associate Professor, School of Agricultural & Biomedical Engineering, Purdue
  • CDR Gary Lazarro, Associate Chair and Professor, Mathematics Department, United States Naval Academy
  • Dr. Shawn Mankad, Assistant Professor, College of Business, Cornell
  • Dr. Charles Sox, Professor, Department of Operations, Business Analytics, & Information Systems, Cincinnati
  • Dr. Soheil Sibdari, Associate Professor, Decision & Information Sciences, UMass Dartmouth

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 Phoenix. Feel free to post your own comment! 




pen and paper2018 Student Writers

MCDM Junior Research Best Paper Award Finalists
By Yeawon Yoo
The MCDM Junior Researcher Best Paper Award recognizes outstanding papers in the field of multicriteria decision making written by a junior researcher or a team of junior researchers. After the thorough reviewing process, three junior academic researchers are selected as finalists of the award. Read More.

Plenary: Riding Technology Waves: Perspectives and Opportunities for Operations Research
By Victoria Nneji
Dr. Brenda Dietrich is the Arthur and Helen Geoffrion Professor of Practice the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering (ORIE) at Cornell University. On Sunday morning, she presented the first plenary talk of the meeting on riding technology waves over the course of history. Her message began in the 1960s. During that period, there was an interest in back office computing as many managers identified this as an opportunity to reduce labor costs and human error. Over the next few decades, personal computing and client service brought about a new wave of opportunity. However, information systems were divided by departments and this created “islands of automation” in which each computer was not utilized for about 20 hours a day. Read More.

Plenary: Networks to Save the World: O.R. in Action
By Zulqarnain Haider
The 2018 Omega Rho distinguished lecture was all about an individual’s absolute love for and faith in the power of operations research (O.R.) to deliver public good. This year’s speaker, Dr. Anna Nagurney, began her talk by describing her journey of falling in love with O.R., her decision to pursue a PhD, her trail-blazing PhD supervisor, and her academic pedigree that stretched all the way to Galileo. Her talk was about her life-long work in network optimization. The audience listened intently as Dr. Nagurney went over the multifarious applications of networks and graph theory in healthcare, food security, disaster relief, and cybersecurity. Read More

Joint Session Integer Programming/O.R. Frontiers: Machine Learning and Discrete Optimization II
By Zulqarnain Haider
The marriage between machine learning and mixed integer programming (MIP) has recently been the talk of the town. Researchers around the world are imagining new ways of combining and merging the two powerful fields of machine learning and MIP. The joint session on machine learning and discrete optimization was second in a three-part series spanning multiple days and many speakers. Soon after the session started, the room was filled to capacity. It started with a talk by Anirbit Mukherjee who, dressed in traditional Indian garb, described his recent research in trying to understand the underlying mathematics of neural networks. In a wide-ranging survey of the field, the speaker described his work formalizing the connections between neural networks and sparse coding. 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 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

Click here to learn more about exciting social events!

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.

Monday, November 5, 9am-5pm
Tuesday, November 6, 9am-4pm


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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.