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The four C's of winning with IoT

The four C's of winning with IoT

Forbes, June 12, 2018

Jack Levis, INFORMS member and senior director of process management for UPS, a winner of the INFORMS Edelman Award, discusses the company’s On-Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation (ORION) system, which uses IoT technology to allow more control over its operations. This ORION system is constantly collecting information from several sources, including drivers, vehicles and packages, and data from all sources is integrated and analyzed to create a full picture of the operation. With IoT technology, UPS has cut the miles driven per year by 100 million, ultimately cutting CO2 emissions by 100,000 metric tons, using 10 million fewer gallons of fuel and saving the company $350 million to $400 million per year.

Behind the research: Mary Beth Kurz

Behind the research: Mary Beth Kurz

Clemson University News, June 12, 2018

Mary Beth Kurz, INFORMS member and professor with Clemson University, talks about the little things her grandfather did with her that made a huge impact on her as an engineer and as a person.

A new economic indicator is saying there's no sign of a U.S. recession

A new economic indicator is saying there's no sign of a U.S. recession

Market Watch, June 5, 2018

INFORMS member George Skiadopoulos shares new research in the INFORMS journal Management Science, which discusses a new economic indicator, based on stock index options prices, that predicts the U.S. economy is poised to expand robustly with no sign of a recession in sight. 

Negative advertising in politics works

Negative advertising in politics works

Marketing Daily, June 5, 2018

While many may dread campaign season because of the bad energy associated with negative political advertising, a new study has found that such ads actually work. Negative advertising in politics works, but it’s more effective if the advertising comes directly from a candidate or candidate’s campaign. That’s according to a new study in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science

Stopping Ebola before the virus goes viral

Stopping Ebola before the virus goes viral

The Conversation, May 28, 2018

Brock University professor and INFORMS member Michael Armstrong analyzes data from the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and discusses the difference between linear growth and exponential growth, using that information to explain why it's important to stop the current outbreak in the Congo before it spreads.  

Consumers focus on food types, not portions, when it comes to perceived healthiness

Consumers focus on food types, not portions, when it comes to perceived healthiness

Medical Xpress, May 21, 2018

It's an age-old question: Is it healthier to focus on the type of food you eat or the portion size? Whatever the correct answer is, consumers tend to be more influenced by the perceived healthiness of a food (nuts over chocolate, for example), than a food's portion size. That's one of the findings in new study, to be published in the INFORMS journal Management Science, that also finds that this tendency to neglect food quantity in favor of food type can partly be mitigated by encouraging consumers to compare different portion sizes of food side-by-side.

Politico: On The Calendar

Politico: On The Calendar

Politico, May 18, 2018

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences will sponsor a summit Monday to encourage better use of data among government agencies. The summit, which will take place at the Reserve Officers Association building, will feature former Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden.

Selling distrust

Selling distrust

Boston Globe, May 11, 2018

Critics say capitalism erodes institutions and relationships. Turns out, working in sales might, according to a new study in the INFORMS journal Organization Science. A survey of people from different countries revealed that working in a sales-related job was associated with being less trusting, even controlling for other factors. To confirm this experimentally, participants here and abroad were randomly assigned to generate a positive review of a low-quality product. Compared to generating an honest review, generating an artificially positive review caused participants to see people as less honest.

Cultural brokers boost the creative performance of diverse teams

Cultural brokers boost the creative performance of diverse teams

INSEAD KNOWLEDGE, May 4, 2018

Collective creativity in diverse teams is a kind of black box: We have a good idea of what goes in it (e.g. team composition) and what comes out of it (e.g. creativity), but we know very little about the process – what actually happens when people from different cultures work together. In order to illuminate this process, a new study published in the INFORMS journal Organization Science, examines how the cultural backgrounds of team members interact to shape team dynamics and outcomes.

Alternative endings to the first aircraft carrier battle

Alternative endings to the first aircraft carrier battle

The Conversation, May 3, 2018

With the 76th anniversary of the 1942 Battle of the Coral Sea on May 7-8, 2018, Brock University professor and INFORMS member Michael Armstrong describes his mathematical modeling research on this battle between American and Japanese aircraft carriers, in particular how the battle could have turned out differently if the officers had made different decisions. 

Marathon optimization tool wins INFORMS Business Analytics prize

Marathon optimization tool wins INFORMS Business Analytics prize

Northwestern News & Events, May 2, 2018

A team from Northwestern University that included Chicago Marathon personnel were presented the Innovative Applications in Analytics Award at the 2018 INFORMS Business Analytics Conference for their project SAFE (Situational Awareness for Events) system, which incorporates critical data into one user-friendly dashboard to provide leaders of large-scale events like marathons a centralized information source. 

Rady School Professor Terry August’s research featured in Editor’s Cut INFORMS series

Rady School Professor Terry August’s research featured in Editor’s Cut INFORMS series

Rady School News, April 29, 2018

The research of Terry August, associate professor of Innovation, Technology and Operations at Rady School of Management is featured in an INFORMS Editor’s Cut series. Titled “Securing Information in a Digital World,” the goal of this edition of the Editor’s Cut series is to enable researchers to quickly understand and take action to improve information security. The series shares a robust collection of leading journal and industry articles, video, and interviews in a variety of areas impacting data security including employee compliance, cloud vulnerability, cyber security risk and policy guidelines. 

OR, analytics make government more efficient

OR, analytics make government more efficient

Stars and Stripes, April 25, 2018

A new editorial by INFORMS President Nicholas Hall discusses how a robust, holistic approach to the use of data would enable the federal government to achieve more efficient and effective outcomes. 

Sponsorship programs could actually widen the gender gap

Sponsorship programs could actually widen the gender gap

Quartz, April 25, 2018

Key aspects of corporate sponsorship programs, while designed to advance women’s careers, may end up widening the gender gap rather than narrowing it, according to new experimental research. The findings are published in the INFORMS journal Management Science

Trick, a member of FCC team, honored for operations research

Trick, a member of FCC team, honored for operations research

CMU News, April 19, 2018

Michael Trick, dean of Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar and INFORMS Fellow, was part of a Federal Communications Commission team that was awarded the 2018 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Advanced Analytics, Operations Research and Management Science from INFORMS, the leading international association for operations research and analytics.

2018 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics winner announced

2018 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics winner announced

Syngenta, April 18, 2018

Syngenta and the Analytics Society of INFORMS are proud to recognize a team from The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia as the winner of the 2018 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics.

Advancing wireless communication: FCC awarded the 2018 INFORMS Edelman Award, the leading award in analytics and operations research

Advancing wireless communication: FCC awarded the 2018 INFORMS Edelman Award, the leading award in analytics and operations research

The Buffalo News, April 16, 2018

INFORMS, the leading international association for operations research and analytics professionals, announced it has awarded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) its 2018 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Advanced Analytics, Operations Research, and Management Science for its use of operations research (O.R.) to create a revolutionary approach to meeting the rapidly growing need for the spectrum used for wireless communication in the United States and Canada.

Half mobile apps are clones

Half mobile apps are clones

Tehran Telegram, April 12, 2018

One out of two mobile apps released is a clone of an existing app. However, new research in the INFORMS journal Information Systems Research shows the success of the original app is not always adversely affected by these clone apps. The study found that whether the copycat app increases or decreases the number of downloads of the original is dependent upon the quality of the copy.