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Smart technology, not body cameras, leads to less lethal force by police

Security Magazine, August 1, 2016

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. 

Revolutionizing promotional pricing

The Huffington Post, July 26, 2016

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. 

Optimizing Monday Night Football

Science 2.0, July 26, 2016

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.

Minimizing food waste is especially important for meat products

The Huffington Post, July 25, 2016

The global demand for meat is continuing to rise, and with meat waste accounting for 21 percent of food waste's global carbon footprint, it is more important than ever to limit how much of our meat leftovers go to waste. Ronald McGarvey, INFORMS member and assistant professor at University of Missouri's Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department, discusses the impact that food waste, particularly meat, has on the environment.  

Employing the traveling salesman problem to optimize Pokémon Go

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

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

Insights Weekly, June 30, 2016

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.

The analytics of airport lines

Live at Four, May 31, 2016

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

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

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.

Virginia Tech honors industrial & systems engineers

Roanoke Times, May 12, 2016

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. 

ASU honors leader in engineering education

ASU News, May 12, 2016

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.

What can predictive analytics do for airlines?

Business Wire, May 11, 2016

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.

CAP in the U.K.

Impact, May 10, 2016

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.

Libraries are reducing clutter, increasing environmental sustainability

Huffington Post, April 29, 2016

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.”

Syngenta and INFORMS award Crop Challenge winners

Farm Futures, April 26, 2016

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. 

ROI for UPS’ ORION project decreases costs with predictive analytics

Data Informed, April 19, 2016

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.”

INFORMS Analytics Conference

Orlando Business Journal, April 8, 2016

The Institute for Operations Research & Management Sciences (INFORMS) is hosting an Analytics Conference in Orlando in April 2016. The event is expected to bring in more than 1,000 business professionals and owners — many who specialize in analytics. Big names in business are expected to make an appearance, too. Ford's Chief Analytics Officer Paul Ballew and Uber's lead Director of Operations Research Samuel Elderesveld will both speak at the event, along with plenty of others who have helped the U.S. Army, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, BNY Mellon, NYPD and UPS. In addition to the speakers, there will be dozens of workshops, consultations and networking opportunities. In total, there will be more that 120 events for attendees to schedule.

Break into data science with CAP certification

Infoworld, February 25, 2016

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.

Career Boost: INFORMS CAP Certification

CIO, February 25, 2016

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.