Press Releases

Gender pay gap shrinking for some female university presidents

Gender pay gap shrinking for some female university presidents

While serious economic and societal issues continue to swirl around the gender pay gap, new research published in the INFORMS journal Organization Science shows one area where this inequality is starting to disappear—higher education. Researchers have found that the gender pay gap disappears at more prestigious universities.

Measuring impact of product placement

Measuring impact of product placement

CATONSVILLE, MD, June 3, 2019 – Researchers from Indiana University and Emory University published new research in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science, which reveals the impact of product placement in television programming.  The findings indicate that prominent product placement embedded in television programming does have a net positive impact on online conversations and web traffic for the brand.

Is piracy helping or hurting online word of mouth buzz around motion picture releases?

Is piracy helping or hurting online word of mouth buzz around motion picture releases?

CATONSVILLE, MD, May 14, 2019 – Researchers from the University of Houston and Western University in London, Ontario, published new research in the INFORMS journal Management Science that has found that the power of word of mouth (WOM) is effective at boosting demand for counterfeited copies of motion pictures, but it depends on when the copies are made available.

INFORMS joins new professional society consortium to fight sexual harassment in STEMM

INFORMS joins new professional society consortium to fight sexual harassment in STEMM

CATONSVILLE, MD, May 6, 2019 – INFORMS, the leading international association for professionals in operations research and analytics, announced today that it has joined the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine). The mission of the Societies Consortium is to advance professional and ethical conduct, climate and culture across STEMM fields.

Airbnb v. hotels: New research sheds light on how they can compete and benefit in the sharing economy

Airbnb v. hotels: New research sheds light on how they can compete and benefit in the sharing economy

CATONSVILLE, MD, May 6, 2019 – Researchers from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University published new research in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science which sheds new light on the impact Airbnb and similar “sharing economy” companies are having on the hospitality industry.  The findings suggest that in some cases, the presence of Airbnb can help attract more demand in some markets while challenging the traditional hotel pricing strategies. 

Paving the way for autonomous vehicles: Student teams use operations research and analytics to help GM introduce new vehicles to fleet

Paving the way for autonomous vehicles: Student teams use operations research and analytics to help GM introduce new vehicles to fleet

Austin, TX, April 16, 2019 – Student teams around the world have shown they are more than ready for the challenges they will face in their professional careers, with a group of students from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea successfully using operations research (O.R.) and analytics to help GM analyze how autonomous vehicles may change the finished vehicle delivery and operating processes to win the 2019 O.R. & Analytics Student Team Competition.

Improving water quality with operations research: Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District and Tetra Tech awarded the 2019 INFORMS Edelman Award

Improving water quality with operations research: Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District and Tetra Tech awarded the 2019 INFORMS Edelman Award

AUSTIN, TX, April 15, 2019 – INFORMS, the leading international association for operations research and analytics professionals, announced it has awarded Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District and Tetra Tech its 2019 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Advanced Analytics, Operations Research, and Management Science for its use of operations research (O.R.) to maximize all aspects of its wastewater collection and treatment facilities to better protect the environment and realize hundreds of millions in savings.

University of Cincinnati awarded the 2019 UPS George D. Smith Prize

University of Cincinnati awarded the 2019 UPS George D. Smith Prize

Austin, TX, April 15, 2019 – INFORMS, the leading international association for operations research and analytics professionals, has awarded the Department of Operations, Business Analytics and Information Systems at the University of Cincinnati’s (UC) Carl H. Lindner College of Business its 2019 UPS George D. Smith Prize for an innovative curriculum, taught in the context of a true business environment, that prepares students to become effective practitioners. 

Does live tweeting while watching TV distract from the ads?

Does live tweeting while watching TV distract from the ads?

CATONSVILLE, MD, April 2, 2019 – Researchers from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and at Goizueta Business School at Emory University published new research in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science which reveals that advertisers can see a boost in online shopping when television viewers multitask and engage in social media activity while watching certain programs.

Crisis management: When your celebrity advertising endorser generates negative publicity

Crisis management: When your celebrity advertising endorser generates negative publicity

 CATONSVILLE, MD, March 25, 2019 – Researchers from the University of Connecticut and Free University of Berlin published new research in the INFORMS journal Management Science that provides companies with substantiated, actionable insights on strategies for effectively responding to situations where their highly compensated celebrity endorsers generate negative publicity.

Researchers identify method to prioritize treatment strategies in hepatitis C in U.S. prison system

Researchers identify method to prioritize treatment strategies in hepatitis C in U.S. prison system

CATONSVILLE, MD, March 21, 2019 – There are currently more than three million people in the United States with hepatitis C, a condition that can lead to serious and even deadly liver complications. 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. However, 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?

CATONSVILLE, MD, March 20, 2019 – Researchers from Northwestern University and Facebook in March 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.

Egon Balas: 1922–2019

Egon Balas: 1922–2019

INFORMS is saddened to learn of the passing of INFORMS Fellow and esteemed member of the Carnegie Mellon University faculty, Egon Balas, who overcame an early life in the shadow of the volatile political dynamic of World War II-era Romania to become a leader in the field of operations research.

INFORMS Student Team Competition challenges students from around the world to solve complex real-world business challenges

INFORMS Student Team Competition challenges students from around the world to solve complex real-world business challenges

CATONSVILLE, MD, March 7, 2019 – Six student teams from around the world have been selected as finalists in the third annual INFORMS O.R. & Analytics Student Team Competition. The competition highlights impressive young talent and provides O.R. and analytics students the opportunity to solve the kinds of real-world workplace challenges they will face during their careers. 

Military O.R.: New Editor’s Cut captures the past, present and future of operations research in the military

Military O.R.: New Editor’s Cut captures the past, present and future of operations research in the military

CATONSVILLE, MD, March 5, 2019 – From the very first moment the term operations research (O.R.) was created during World War II, it has been indelibly connected to the development of modern military warfare. And while today, O.R. sees applications in every industry around the world, it continues to serve an integral role in military operations, from manpower and equipment, to strategy and intelligence.

Can machine learning deliver critical market insights on consumer needs faster and cheaper?

Can machine learning deliver critical market insights on consumer needs faster and cheaper?

CATONSVILLE, MD, February 7, 2019 – Consumer brands have long used old-fashioned focus groups, interviews and surveys to best gauge consumer wants, desires and needs as part of processes that range from product development, to marketing and sales. As machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) have emerged, there is an increasing interest in the ability to harness these solutions to save time and money, and to yield more reliable consumer insights.

When the insurance company monitors your driving in real time does it help?

When the insurance company monitors your driving in real time does it help?

CATONSVILLE, MD, February 6, 2019 – The traditional model for setting auto insurance premiums has been to base rates on the motorist’s driving history, age, gender and even marital status (in some states). Thanks to new technological options, insurance companies and motorists have started to work together to give the insurance companies access to better data on an individual driver’s risk level, and give the same driver a sense of greater control over how much he or she will pay in insurance premiums.

2019 INFORMS Franz Edelman Award: World’s leading operations research and analytics applications selected as finalists

2019 INFORMS Franz Edelman Award: World’s leading operations research and analytics applications selected as finalists

CATONSVILLE, MD, January 3, 2019 – INFORMS, the leading international association for professionals in operations research and analytics, has selected six finalists for the 48th annual Franz Edelman Award for Achievements 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.).