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New Research Says Millions of Dollars Saved Daily When Scheduled Travel Providers Adapt to On-Demand Service Scheduling Based on Commuter and Traff...

New Research Says Millions of Dollars Saved Daily When Scheduled Travel Providers Adapt to On-Demand Service Scheduling Based on Commuter and Traff...

CATONSVILLE, MD, July 20, 2021 – Uber and Lyft are popular on-demand ways to travel, but does that mean trains and buses are a thing of the past? Travelers prefer different modes of transportation at different times. So how can all these modes co-exist and do so successfully? New research in the INFORMS Journal Transportation Science has created a model and an algorithm to redistribute transit resources based on commuter preferences resulting in millions in savings.

Direct Flights Save Lives! New Airline Routes Can Increase Kidney Sharing by More than 7%

Direct Flights Save Lives! New Airline Routes Can Increase Kidney Sharing by More than 7%

CATONSVILLE, MD, July 12, 2021 – It’s a supply and demand problem, it’s a transportation problem, it’s a donor problem – and that just scratches the surface. According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, every 9 minutes a new patient is added to the organ waiting list. Every day 17 people die waiting for a kidney transplant. New research in the INFORMS journal Management Science tackles the transportation part of this problem. 

INFORMS Endorses Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Modernize STEM Education

INFORMS Endorses Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Modernize STEM Education

CATONSVILLE, MD, July 1, 2021 – INFORMS has endorsed new legislation introduced in the U.S. Congress last month that, if enacted, would modernize science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the United States to attract more young people into these studies and fields to enhance the nation’s pipeline of STEM talent. 

Do “Made in USA” Claims Make a Difference in Marketing Results?

Do “Made in USA” Claims Make a Difference in Marketing Results?

CATONSVILLE, MD, June 30, 2021 – Pick up any product in just about any store and you’re likely to find information that indicates the country of origin of the product. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires this for any imported product, but not for products made in the United States. When you see the words “Made in USA” on a product, it’s purely for marketing purposes. So, does it work?

Do Customer Loyalty Programs Really Help Sellers Make Money?

Do Customer Loyalty Programs Really Help Sellers Make Money?

CATONSVILLE, MD, June 7, 2021 – Customer loyalty programs have been around for decades and are used to help businesses, marketers and sellers build a sustainable relationship with their customers. But do they work? A recent study sought to find out and researchers learned that while yes, customer loyalty programs do work, perhaps not in ways most may assume.

New Research Shows Ridesharing Services Reduce Sexual Assault

New Research Shows Ridesharing Services Reduce Sexual Assault

CATONSVILLE, MD, May 24, 2021 – Contrary to portraits painted in popular media, new research involving ridesharing services shows they provide an additional level of protection for potential sexual assault victims, particularly in neighborhoods with inadequate public transportation or in circumstances that are more prone to sex crimes.

The Impact of Real-Time Feedback in Employee Reviews

The Impact of Real-Time Feedback in Employee Reviews

CATONSVILLE, MD, May 20, 2021 – To deliver real-time feedback to support employee development and rapid innovation, many companies are replacing formal, review-based performance management with systems that enable frequent and continuous employee evaluation. New research in the INFORMS journal Information Systems Research examines the role of these applications to understand the effects on employee performance appraisals.

Study Finds that Limited Access to Paid Video Streaming Services Contributes to Piracy Growth

Study Finds that Limited Access to Paid Video Streaming Services Contributes to Piracy Growth

CATONSVILLE, MD, May 4, 2021 – Paid video streaming services on your television, smart phone or other devices are increasingly replacing traditional video entertainment platforms of cable, satellite and broadcast TV. The growth of these services, known in the industry as over-the-top (OTT) media services, may be accompanied by a rise in pirated content, particularly where access to those services may be restricted, a group of researchers has found.

Food Assistance Amid Emergency Responses: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Awarded the 2021 INFORMS Edelman Award

Food Assistance Amid Emergency Responses: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Awarded the 2021 INFORMS Edelman Award

CATONSVILLE, MD, April 13, 2021 – INFORMS, the leading international association for operations research and analytics professionals, announced it has awarded The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) its 2021 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Advanced Analytics, Operations Research and Management Science for its use of operations research (O.R.) to master food assistance amid emergency responses.

Consumers are Searching Online but Not Buying. Why?

Consumers are Searching Online but Not Buying. Why?

CATONSVILLE, MD, April 1, 2021 – Online marketers have seen the pattern: 95%-98% of online visitors search for something, but the search never converts into a purchase and they leave the site without buying. For marketers, this results in speculation and assumptions that can lead to wasted time and investments in ineffective marketing programs.

New Research Finds Seating Assignments on Airplanes Can Reduce the Spread of COVID-19

New Research Finds Seating Assignments on Airplanes Can Reduce the Spread of COVID-19

CATONSVILLE, MD, March 24, 2021 – COVID-19 has been shown to spread on airplanes by infected passengers, so minimizing the risk of secondary infections aboard aircraft may save lives. New research in the INFORMS journal Service Science uses two models to help solve the airplane seating assignment problem (ASAP). The models can lower the transmission risk of COVID-19 more so than the strategy of blocking the middle seats, given the same number of passengers. 

Management Science Paper Among Finalists for Prestigious NIHCM Awards in Journalism and Research

Management Science Paper Among Finalists for Prestigious NIHCM Awards in Journalism and Research

CATONSVILLE, MD, March 22, 2021 – Authors of a paper examining how information systems can abate racial and other biases in technology, published in the INFORMS journal Management Science, have been chosen as one of five finalists in a prestigious competition for the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Award. The winner is recognized with a prize of up to $20,000. 

Can the Digital Advertising Market Achieve Privacy without Regulation?

Can the Digital Advertising Market Achieve Privacy without Regulation?

CATONSVILLE, MD, March 8, 2021 – It’s a common assumption among marketers that if you can customize any form of marketing, particularly mobile advertising, you’ll get better results. With this in mind, mobile marketing relies significantly on user tracking data as a cornerstone advertising strategy.

New Research Shows Unpredictable Work Schedules Impact Restaurant Revenue

New Research Shows Unpredictable Work Schedules Impact Restaurant Revenue

CATONSVILLE, MD, February 25, 2021 – Short notice versus no advance notice makes a huge difference when it comes to employee scheduling in the restaurant industry. New research in the INFORMS journal Management Science finds checks for parties handled by servers who were asked (with no advance notice) to stay longer than their scheduled shift dropped by 4.4%, on average. 

New Research Finds Drive-Through Mass-Vaccination Clinics Could Alter COVID-19 Trajectory

New Research Finds Drive-Through Mass-Vaccination Clinics Could Alter COVID-19 Trajectory

CATONSVILLE, MD, February 17, 2021 – Policymakers at all levels of government are racing to vaccinate hundreds of millions of people to save lives and blunt the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. New research published in the INFORMS Journal on Applied Analytics provides a simulated model for drive-through clinics that can be used for mass COVID-19 vaccinations based on the successful use of such a clinic to address H1N1. 

Three INFORMS Members Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Three INFORMS Members Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

CATONSVILLE, MD, February 10, 2021 – Three INFORMS members –Russell Allgor, chief scientist at Amazon, Hani Mahmassani, William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation at Northwestern University, and Jong-Shi Pang, Epstein Family Chair of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California – have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. They join more than 100 new members recently elected. 

Finalists Selected for the World’s Leading Operations Research and Analytics Award: 2021 INFORMS Franz Edelman Competition Elevates Research that i...

Finalists Selected for the World’s Leading Operations Research and Analytics Award: 2021 INFORMS Franz Edelman Competition Elevates Research that i...

CATONSVILLE, MD, January 14, 2021 – INFORMS, the leading international association for operations research and analytics professionals, has selected six finalists for the 50th annual Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Advanced Analytics, Operations Research and Management Science, the world’s most prestigious award for achievement in the practice of analytics and operations research (O.R.). 

When AI is Used to Set Prices, Can Inadvertent Collusion be a Result?

When AI is Used to Set Prices, Can Inadvertent Collusion be a Result?

CATONSVILLE, MD, January 12, 2021 – Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are perfectly suited to help companies and marketers monitor and set prices based on real-time dynamic pricing. But new research has identified some possible unintended consequences of AI in this area.