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Two ISyE PhD students receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Two ISyE PhD students receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Georgia Tech News, May 14, 2019

INFORMS member Arden Baxter has been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF) by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Baxter, a PhD student with Georgia Tech's H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) received one of only four grants given by the NSF in the industrial engineering/operations research category. Baxter, who has a bachelor’s degree from Rollins College in math and computer science, is advised by William W. George Chair and Professor Pinar Keskinocak, who also directs the Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems, and is an INFORMS Fellow and the INFORMS President-Elect.

How pattern recognition and machine learning helps public safety departments

How pattern recognition and machine learning helps public safety departments

State Tech, May 3, 2019

The world is awash in data, and police departments are no exception. Now, they are beginning to make better use of that data. Police departments are starting to use machine learning and layering on artificial intelligence to make smarter, more informed policing decisions. Although the technology is still in its infancy, public safety agencies like the New York Police Department see significant potential in pattern recognition algorithms, AI and the ability to turn unstructured data into structured data that supports and informs police work.

Lindner wins industry award for innovative teaching

Lindner wins industry award for innovative teaching

University of Cincinnati News, April 17, 2019

The Carl H. Lindner College of Business Department of Operations, Business Analytics and Information Systems (OBAIS) at the University of Cincinnati was awarded the 2019 UPS George D. Smith Prize for the department’s innovative approach to curriculum that effectively prepares students to be successful operations research and analytics professionals after graduation.

Crisis management research: When your brand’s celebrity endorser misbehaves

Crisis management research: When your brand’s celebrity endorser misbehaves

Muck Rack , April 16, 2019

New research in the INFORMS journal Management Science took an in-depth look at 128 events of negative publicity tied to a celebrity endorser between 1988 and 2016. These events affected sponsors in 230 actual cases. What gives the research its punch is that it evaluated the effectiveness of company responses to celebrity endorsers’ misbehaviors using those companies’ daily abnormal stock returns. In other words, if a brand encountered a celebrity endorser crisis, as Nike did when Tiger Woods made news over his notorious marital problems, the study authors took into account the surrounding negative publicity’s impact on the company’s stock price.

How mathematicians are trying to make NFL schedules fairer

How mathematicians are trying to make NFL schedules fairer

ESPN, April 15, 2019

INFORMS member, professor with the University of Buffalo and Buffalo Bills football fan Mark Karwan's research to outline a mathematical approach by which the NFL could potentially produce a materially fair and largely disparity-free schedule, has led to a three-year research grant with the NFL to provide year-round method development and schedule testing. 

Who should receive priority for hepatitis C care? Researchers suggest shift

Who should receive priority for hepatitis C care? Researchers suggest shift

Addiction Professional, April 2, 2019

The limited resources available for correctional health services guarantees that many incarcerated individuals with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) will not have access to the newer drug treatments that have revolutionized HCV care. A study in the INFORMS journal Operations Research suggests that the method many prison systems have used to decide who will get HCV treatment and who won't does not represent the most effective use of limited treatment capacity.

Low-cost airlines are unlikely to dump the Boeing 737 MAX

Low-cost airlines are unlikely to dump the Boeing 737 MAX

Barron's, March 28, 2019

The two fatal accidents involving the Boeing 737 MAXX in five months have left airlines with an expensive problem: balancing passengers’ lack of trust in the Boeing 737 MAX carrier versus the cost of cancelling orders and/or reconfiguring their fleet. In their recent research in the INFORMS journal Organization Science, INFORMS member and INSEAD professor Henrich Greve, with colleague Vibha Gaba, have found that although successful airlines are generally ahead on the safety front, less profitable airlines are more likely to respond to aviation incidents by selling off aircraft and buying those perceived to be more reliable.

Negative publicity response can boost brand value

Negative publicity response can boost brand value

O'Dwyers, March 27, 2019

It happens all the time: a brand’s celebrity spokesperson finds him/herself at the center of a controversy, which unwittingly generates negative publicity for the endorsing brand. While currently one of marketers’ preferred avenues for driving brand awareness and boosting sales, celebrity endorsement remains a practice area also wrought with challenges, chief among them being the liabilities they present when celebrities behave poorly, and what disastrous effects these crises can have on a company’s reputation and stock returns. Now, new research in the INFORMS journal Management Science sheds some light on what economic effects a company’s reaction to these unforeseen events might have.

NYPD's big artificial-intelligence reveal

NYPD's big artificial-intelligence reveal

Governing, March 26, 2019

The NYPD has developed new technology called Patternizr, an algorithmic machine-learning software that sifts through police data to find patterns and connect similar crimes. Developed by the New York Police Department, Patternizr is the first tool of its kind in the nation. It's been in use by NYPD since December 2016, but its existence was first disclosed by the department this month.

Eva Lee Inducted into the AIMBE College of Fellows

Eva Lee Inducted into the AIMBE College of Fellows

Georgia Tech News, March 25, 2019

INFORMS Fellow Eva Lee, professor with Georgia Tech's H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has been inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows. Lee is the first I.E./O.R. engineer to be nominated and elected for this honor. 

Data debunks tired old myth that women are “too emotional” for leadership

Data debunks tired old myth that women are “too emotional” for leadership

Marketing Magnified, March 25, 2019

Jennifer Merluzzi discusses her work, "Gender and Negative Network Ties: Exploring Difficult Work Relationships Within and Across Gender," published in the INFORMS journal Organization Science, which explores the impact of strong relationships among female coworkers and how it impacts success in the workplace. 

New protocol could reduce hepatitis C in the U.S. prison system by 95%

New protocol could reduce hepatitis C in the U.S. prison system by 95%

Healthcare Purchasing News, March 22, 2019

In the U.S. prison system, the prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is currently 10 times higher than the national average. And while new HCV treatment drugs are very effective, their high cost along with very limited healthcare budget in prisons impedes universal treatment in prisons. Now, new research in the INFORMS journal Operations Research, has identified new protocols that could substantially decrease HCV infection in the U.S. prison system. 

How measurable is online advertising?

How measurable is online advertising?

Phys.org, March 21, 2019

Researchers from Northwestern University and Facebook published new research in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science that sheds light on whether common approaches for online advertising measurement are as reliable and accurate as the "gold standard" of large-scale, randomized experiments.

Research: Why struggling airlines spend more on safety

Research: Why struggling airlines spend more on safety

Harvard Business Review, March 21, 2019

INFORMS member and INSEAD professor Henrich Greve, with colleague Vibha Gaba, discuss their upcoming research in the INFORMS journal Organization Science, which explores how airlines balance the often-conflicting imperatives of safety and profitability, and in particular, how financial performance affects an airline’s focus on safety. 

How New Technology Is Helping NYPD Fight Crime: 'This Is About Keeping New York City Safe'

How New Technology Is Helping NYPD Fight Crime: 'This Is About Keeping New York City Safe'

Inside Edition, March 19, 2019

What started as a peculiar crime quickly turned more sinister when a syringe-wielding man caught trying to steal power drills from a Home Depot in the Bronx attacked an employee with the hypodermic needle. The NYPD quickly realized the suspect, who got away from the scene, had likely done this before. In another incident, a man caught shoplifting a drill had also waved around a hypodermic needle to threaten an employee at a Home Depot in Manhattan. The pattern was detected not by an officer combing through records, but by an analyst utilizing computer software, Patternizr, developed by the NYPD to better fight crime.

Bracketology isn't just for March Madness. It can save lives, save money and solve problems

Bracketology isn't just for March Madness. It can save lives, save money and solve problems

Fox News, March 17, 2019

In a new editorial, Sheldon Jacobson, INFORMS member and professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, discusses how the sophisticated mathematical modeling that is used to increase the odds of having a perfect – or even good – basketball bracket is the same technique used to solve the most complex challenges in both industry and government. 

NYPD's Patternizr crime analysis tool raises AI bias concerns

NYPD's Patternizr crime analysis tool raises AI bias concerns

Search Business Analytics , March 14, 2019

The New York Police Department has touted the successful use of its homegrown crime analysis tool to identify potential criminals, but while the pattern recognition tool highlights the widespread potential for advanced analytics, it also raises questions around AI bias. Patternizr, a set of machine learning models developed in-house at the NYPD, is the first crime analysis tool of its kind to be used in law enforcement. It searches through hundreds of thousands of crimes across all 77 precincts in the department's database to find patterns.