INFORMS in the News

University of Arkansas recognized for academic contribution to the operations research practice

An article in the INFORMS' journal Interfaces sharing the Rothkopf Rankings that recognize practice-oriented operations research was highlighted for its recognition of the University of Arkansas.

University of Arkansas, News, July 15, 2016

STEM Ph.D.s are more lucrative in industry careers than academia

A growing surplus of Ph.D.s in the math and science fields is creating more and more competition among individuals with an advanced degree to obtain tenured positions.

The New York Times, July 14, 2016

Employing the traveling salesman problem to optimize Pokémon Go

With the location-based augmented reality game Pokémon Go exploding in popularity, [INFORMS Fellow] William Cook, professor at the University of Waterloo, applies the traveling salesman problem to create the most efficient routes in several U.S. cities and universities for Pokémon players to reach all the game stops in that area. 

University of Waterloo, Faculty of Mathematics, The Traveling Salesman Problem, July 13, 2016

Understanding sports analytics

An article in the June issue of OR/MS Today, by [INFORMS members] Gary Cokins, Walt DeGrange, Stephen Chambal and Russell Walker, was highlighted for demonstrating that sports analytics can be more easily understood by applying classification techniques. This includes analytics for major league players and managers, as well as individual and amateur sports, and franchise and venue management.

Insights Weekly, June 30, 2016

Making a purchase? Not doing research can cost you

Ayelet Israeli of Harvard Business School, and Eric Anderson and Anne Coughlan, both of Northwestern University, share data from their research published in an article in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science regarding whether the manufacturer’s minimum advertised price (MAP) is in fact the lowest price for which an item can be purchased

INFORMS.org, June 10, 2016

The analytics of airport lines

Laura McLay, an associate professor of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and INFORMS vice president of marketing, provides insight on the scientific and analytical perspective that can help minimize the frustration of airport lines.

Live at Four, May 31, 2016

University of Wisconsin-Madison welcomes INFORMS student chapter

After attending several INFORMS conferences and recognizing the opportunities that they provide for communicating and collaborating with peers, a group of graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison established an INFORMS student chapter on campus.

“Being a part of INFORMS is a really good opportunity to step back from what you’re doing specifically in your research, and learn about what other students are doing, learn new methods, and be social with other graduate students,” said Erkin Otles, an industrial and systems engineering graduate student.

University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Engineering, May 24, 2016

ASU honors leader in engineering education

Arizona State University, a leader in engineering education, honors [INFORMS member] Ron Askin for his role as a dedicated, driving force behind ASU’s rise and recognition.

ASU News, May 12, 2016

Virginia Tech honors industrial & systems engineers

The Grado Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISE) honored three distinguished alumni, including [INFORMS member] Dr. Janis P. Terpenny, for her contributions as an academic in the analytics and operations research industry. 

Roanoke Times, May 12, 2016

What can predictive analytics do for airlines?

Data scientists from PROS, the revenue and profits realization company, showcased the new application of operations research methodology for the airline industry at the AGIFORS Revenue Management Conference.

Business Wire, May 11, 2016

Libraries are reducing clutter, increasing environmental sustainability

Following business models similar to those of AirBnB and Uber, libraries are beginning to allow people to check out useful items.  

“Economy-wide, there is significant waste associated with these cheaper items, as they tend to be poorly maintained and frequently replaced,” [INFORMS member] Saif Benjaafar said. “The concept of Library of Things has the potential of significantly reducing such waste.”

Huffington Post, April 29, 2016

Syngenta and INFORMS award Crop Challenge winners

INFORMS and Syngenta named a team from Stanford University as the winners of the inaugural Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics. Their entry, “Hierarchy modeling of soybean variety yield and decision making for future planting plan,” received the $5,000 prize at the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research. 

Farm Futures, April 26, 2016

ROI for UPS’ ORION project decreases costs with predictive analytics

At the INFORMS 2016 Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research, UPS was presented the Franz Edelman Award for its ORION project. 

“What does ORION do? It’s basically prescriptive analytics for UPS’ 55,000 drivers in the United States (the international rollouts will come soon). Instead of following the same route every day, ORION analyzes the packages to be delivered that day and determines an optimal routing for the ‘package cars.’ The drivers are told where to go next by their handheld computers.”

Data Informed, April 19, 2016

Twitter identifies if your brand image is green or healthy

An article in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science finds that Twitter fans of brands like Toyota, Aveda and Clif Bar are more likely to follow accounts that tweet about the environment. This in turn creates a greener image than other brands in their sectors.

Management Science, April 18, 2016

CAP in the U.K.

The O.R. Society investigates the possibility of providing INFORMS’ Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) certifications to its members and the U.K.’s  O.R. community and provides positive feedback.

Impact, April 2016

Career Boost: INFORMS CAP Certification

Certifications are a well-known option for career advancement in IT, and data science is no different.

“The certified analytics professional [CAP] credential tells employers that an individual has independently verified knowledge and experience in analytics,” explains Polly Mitchell-Guthrie, senior manager at SAS and chair of the Analytics Certification Board at the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the organization that runs the CAP program. Since the program launched in 2013, 300 professionals have earned the CAP certification.

CIO, Feb. 25, 2016

Break into data science with CAP certification

Certifications are a well-known option for career advancement in IT, and data science is no different.

“The certified analytics professional [CAP] credential tells employers that an individual has independently verified knowledge and experience in analytics,” explains Polly Mitchell-Guthrie, senior manager at SAP and chair of the Analytics Certification Board at the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the organization that runs the CAP program. Since the program launched in 2013, 300 professionals have earned the CAP certification.

Infoworld, Feb. 25, 2016

Riders on Crowded Trains Key on Mobile Ads: Marketing Science Study

A recent university study on the effect of hyper-contextual targeting and physical space found that passengers on crowded subway cars shop and buy more in response to mobile ads than those in less crowded cars.  

A key takeaway is that riders in crowded subway trains are good targets for mobile advertising...

The study is published in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science.

Mobile Marketer, Feb. 24, 2016

Mobile Ads Move Passengers on Crowded Subway

What do irritable, squished riders on a crowded train do? According to a forthcoming study in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science, they often immerse themselves in their mobile phones to escape the crowd. And they shop and buy more in response to mobile ads in the crowded train.

Media Street, Feb. 19, 2016

Analytics Manager, Data Scientist Top 2016 List of Best Jobs

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Glassdoor, Feb. 2, 2016

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