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Increasing bike-share efficiency: Researchers from Cornell University, Lyft, and Uber recognized with INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize

Increasing bike-share efficiency: Researchers from Cornell University, Lyft, and Uber recognized with INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize

Catonsville, MD, November 21, 2018 – INFORMS, the leading association for operations research (O.R.) and analytics professionals, has awarded the 2018 INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Practice of Advanced Analytics and Operations Research to researchers from Cornell University, Lyft, and Uber for their work to increase the efficiency of bike-sharing programs. The award was presented at the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting held in Phoenix, AZ on November 4-7. 

How reliable are search terms for SEO and SEM results?

How reliable are search terms for SEO and SEM results?

CATONSVILLE, MD, November 1, 2018 – With billions of dollars spent each year on search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM), the power of search terms holds more value than ever. But more than a few digital marketing professionals have become frustrated over the years over the limits just how much can be assumed and predicted based on the search terms themselves. 

Even with the latest innovations in kidney exchange, most planned transplants cannot actually be carried out: A new study introduces an approach th...

Even with the latest innovations in kidney exchange, most planned transplants cannot actually be carried out: A new study introduces an approach th...

CATONSVILLE, MD, September 5, 2018 – Patients with terminal kidney failure require either frequent dialysis or a new, donated kidney to survive. Donor kidneys can be found via cadavers or by finding a willing and compatible living donor – usually a family member. Then, medical and psychological work is done to determine whether that donor is indeed compatible.  If tests determine that, for example, the donor’s kidney is not likely to be accepted by the patient’s body, then the process halts and restarts.

A study of 175 years of stock market activity reveals innovation and speculation drives bubble activity

A study of 175 years of stock market activity reveals innovation and speculation drives bubble activity

CATONSVILLE, MD, August 1, 2018 – A group of data scientists conducted an in-depth analysis of major innovations and stock market bubbles from 1825 through 2000 and came away with novel takeaways of their own as they found some very distinctive patterns in the occurrence of bubbles over 175 years. The study to be published in the August edition of the INFORMS journal Marketing Science is titled “Two Centuries of Innovations and Stock Market Bubbles,” and is authored by Alina and Sorin Sorescu of Mays Business School at Texas A&M University; Will Armstrong of the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University; and Bart Devoldere from the Vlerick Business School in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Digital vs. print publications: New study shows playing favorites can hurt overall book sales

Digital vs. print publications: New study shows playing favorites can hurt overall book sales

CATONSVILLE, MD, June 21, 2018 – Since the first e-book platform launched in 2007, e-book sales grew to comprise 20 percent of all book sales by 2015. To ensure the increasing popularity of e-books do not undermine the success of their printed counterparts, publishers frequently delay the digital publication date for several weeks after the print edition has been released. However, new research in the INFORMS journal Management Science found that delaying the sale of the e-version of a new book does not lead to increased print sales, and can result in significantly fewer e-book sales once the digital version is made available.

New Recognition and Development department creates lasting support for current and future INFORMS programs

New Recognition and Development department creates lasting support for current and future INFORMS programs

CATONSVILLE, MD, May 22, 2018 – INFORMS, the leading international association for operations research (O.R.) and analytics professionals, is pleased to announce the launch of its new Recognition and Development department, which will promote charitable giving opportunities to support the profession, INFORMS programs, the robust INFORMS awards program as well as a new focus on scholarship opportunities. This new initiative invites INFORMS members to designate donations to support existing INFORMS awards and programs, as well as identify and cultivate new award and scholarship opportunities.

INFORMS Announces General Motors As Title Sponsor of the 2019 O.R. & Analytics Student Team Competition

INFORMS Announces General Motors As Title Sponsor of the 2019 O.R. & Analytics Student Team Competition

CATONSVILLE, MD, May 15, 2018 – INFORMS, the leading international association for operations research and analytics professionals, announced that General Motors will be the title sponsor of its 2019 Operations Research and Analytics Student Team Competition, to be held on April 14-16, 2019 in Austin, Texas.  The competition provides students the opportunity to solve the kinds of real-world workplace challenges they will face during their careers.

First-of-its-Kind Capitol Hill Summit on May 21 Will Showcase How Policymakers Can Best Use Operations Research and Analytics to Save Lives, Save M...

First-of-its-Kind Capitol Hill Summit on May 21 Will Showcase How Policymakers Can Best Use Operations Research and Analytics to Save Lives, Save M...

CATONSVILLE, MD, May 10, 2018 – In Washington, opportunities exist to better leverage data and analytics to enable the government to achieve more efficient and effective outcomes for the American people.

The Administration’s recently released Management Agenda noted that, “Government agencies do not consistently apply data-driven decision-making practices. Smarter use of data and evidence is needed to orient decisions and accountability around service and results.” Democrats have echoed similar sentiments, stating, “Government cannot rely on outdated systems to meet today’s rapidly changing needs and critical challenges,” and reforms can be taken to “provide more effective and responsive solutions.” 

As consumers, how do we decide what’s “best” when it’s not clear? New study reveals our personal predispositions may drive choice

As consumers, how do we decide what’s “best” when it’s not clear? New study reveals our personal predispositions may drive choice

CATONSVILLE, MD, May 1, 2018 – Imagine you are choosing between two resorts for your island vacation.  The factors driving your decision will be “quality” and “price,” but “quality” can be more difficult to define.  In the end, this will come to represent all factors beyond price, such as service, amenities, proximity to the ocean and other things that are important to you. So, how will you decide?

Optimizing investments: Student teams compete to create equity portfolios with analytics and operations research

Optimizing investments: Student teams compete to create equity portfolios with analytics and operations research

Baltimore, MD, April 17, 2018 – Balancing risk to achieve a high performing investment portfolio is a challenge for the most seasoned investment manager. Student teams around the world have shown they are more than ready for the challenge, with a group of students from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel successfully using operations research (O.R.) and analytics to create a competitive equity portfolio to win the second annual O.R. & Analytics Student Team Competition.

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

BALTIMORE, MD, 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.

BNSF Railway presented with the 2018 INFORMS Prize for Operations Research

BNSF Railway presented with the 2018 INFORMS Prize for Operations Research

Baltimore, MD, April 16, 2018 - INFORMS, the leading international association for operations research and analytics professionals, announced that BNSF Railway has been awarded the 2018 INFORMS Prize for their pioneering and enduring integration of operations research (O.R.) and analytics programs into their organization.

Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, unless you are an app developer

Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, unless you are an app developer

CATONSVILLE, MD, April 9, 2018 – For every two mobile apps released, one is a clone of an existing app. However, new research published in the INFORMS journal Information Systems Research shows the success of the original app is not always adversely affected by the creation of clone apps. In fact, the study, which was conducted by Carnegie Mellon University researchers, found that whether the copycat app increases or decreases the number of downloads of the original is dependent upon the quality of the copy.

INFORMS to host leading international analytics conference in hometown of Baltimore

INFORMS to host leading international analytics conference in hometown of Baltimore

Baltimore, MD, April 6, 2018 – Nearly 1,000 of the world’s leading analytics professionals will arrive in Baltimore for the 2018 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research on April 15-17 to share groundbreaking applications for analytics and how it is transforming nearly every industry around the world. INFORMS, the largest international association for operations research and analytics professionals, has been based in the Baltimore region for more than two decades, and the analytics applications of organizations from the Baltimore-Washington area will be showcased in myriad ways throughout the Conference. In addition, the economic impact of conference should reach nearly $1 million for the city of Baltimore.

Consumers who engage with trends may be less open to advertising than others. New study results may surprise you

Consumers who engage with trends may be less open to advertising than others. New study results may surprise you

CATONSVILLE, MD, April 2, 2018 – One common assumption in digital marketing is that individuals who are mindful of what’s trending on social media, and propagate these trends, will be responsive to social media advertising and marketing, thus sharing branded messages with their network on a wide scale. As a result, firms increasingly try to mesh their brand or product with an emerging trend to get the attention of those who propagate these trends. A new study conducted by researchers from London Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Cass Business School at City, University of London, may change that assumption.