INFORMS in the News
Using analytics to predict the 2016 elections
Starting with the 2000 presidential elections, INFORMS member Sheldon Jacobson, professor with the University of Illinois, and a team of fellow researchers and students, have used a combination of poll numbers, algorithms, and analysis to make a state-by-state assessment of who is most likely to be elected in the upcoming presidential and senate elections.
Why we ignore security alerts
Naked Security, the online news room for data security company Sophos, highlighted an article in the INFORMS journal, Information Systems Research, addressing the effectiveness of system-generated computer security warnings. As much as 87% of these warnings are simply ignored, due to a combination of badly timed interruptions and our inability to multitask.
Maximizing 2016 Olympics’ coverage
Press covering the Olympic Games in Rio this summer faced multiple challenges in their efforts to attend as many events as possible, including event timing and location, weather, and travel logistics. Carnegie Mellon professor and INFORMS member Michael Trick helps a New York Times reporter create a plan to approach his coverage of the 2016 games.
The Secret Indicator of a Bad CEO: His Golf Game
Any investor wants an edge — knowledge about how a specific company will do. Insider trading could leave you confined in jail. Instead, take a walk out to the golf course. According to a recent report in the [INFORMS] journal Management Science, when the CEO plays too many rounds, corporate performance drops.
Clarkson University recognized by INFORMS Rothkopf Rankings
The “Rothkopf Rankings,” published in May 2016 in the INFORMS journal Interfaces, recognized Clarkson University as a top U.S. school for contributions to operations research practice literature.
Using Twitter to predict TV program ratings
INFORMS members Professor Xiao Liu of New York University and Professors Param Vir Singh and Kannan Srinivasan of Carnegie Mellon University conducted a study on which digital platforms are the most effective at gauging the success of a TV program. The study, which will be published in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science, found that Twitter is significantly more effective than other platforms, including Google Trends, Wikipedia, IMDB, and the Huffington Post, at predicting TV ratings.
Kuwaiti healthcare reforms maximize efficiency
According to Nicos Savva, INFORMS member and associate professor at the London Business School, the reforms to the Kuwaiti healthcare system outlined in the Kuwait Development Plan for 2015-2020 could result in one of the most efficient healthcare systems in the world. In particular, investments in specialization and preventative care hold the key to improving both patient outcomes and hospital productivity.
Smart technology, not body cameras, leads to less lethal force by police
Using data from a Washington Post comprehensive report, two INFORMS members investigated the impact of technology on police performance and practice. Professors Min-Seok Pang and Paul Pavlou, both from Temple University’s Fox School of Business, found that the use of analytics and smartphones to access intelligence led to decreased instances of lethal force by police, whereas wearable video cameras were linked to an increase in lethal force on civilians by police.
Researchers Say RFID-Related Process Improvements Require Managerial Commitment
A study published in the INFORMS journal Management Science, "Motivating Process Compliance Through Individual Electronic Monitoring: An Empirical Examination of Hand Hygiene in Healthcare," was highlighted for the insight it provided on the efficiency of radio frequency identification (RFID) systems in monitoring hand-hygiene compliance in healthcare facilities.
Optimizing Monday Night Football
Two INFORMS members from the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business, doctoral student Bhupesh Shetty and Associate Professor Jeffrey Ohlmann, in conjunction with Professor Gary Gaeth, developed an optimization model to improve Monday Night Football schedules. By analyzing every Monday night game played between 1993 and 2008, the researchers discovered three factors that have the greatest impact on generating high ratings: games played by Super Bowl champions, teams with high profile players or coaches joining the team, and teams with high-powered offenses.
Revolutionizing promotional pricing
Georgia Perakis, INFORMS member and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, led a team of Ph.D. students, in partnership with Oracle, to develop a model approach to determining optimal promotional retail pricing. Compared to current methods, the newly developed model was able to identify the potential for between 3-10% improvement in profits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.