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World’s best analytics teams selected for  2016 INFORMS Franz Edelman Award competition

World’s best analytics teams selected for 2016 INFORMS Franz Edelman Award competition

CATONSVILLE, MD, December 14, 2015 – INFORMS, the largest international association of professionals in analytics and operations research, announced today that six expert teams from around the world have been selected to participate in its 2016 Franz Edelman Award competition, which recognizes outstanding examples of real-world advanced analytics and operations research projects that are transforming industries, companies, and people’s lives.

Analytical model helps eMarketers reach mobile devices related to you

Analytical model helps eMarketers reach mobile devices related to you

CATONSVILLE, MD, November 17, 2015 – Researchers have found a privacy-friendly way to connect the same and similar mobile users based on examining location visitation data, thus allowing e-marketers to target the smart phones and mobile devices of the same person and of those with related interests. 

INFORMS presents Wagner Prize for optimizing vaccine effectiveness

INFORMS presents Wagner Prize for optimizing vaccine effectiveness

PHILADELPHIA, PA, November 4, 2015 – The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®), the leading professional association in analytics and operations research, today announced a team of researchers that created a model using genetic signatures to predict the efficacy of vaccines on an individual by individual basis is the winner of the Daniel H. Wagner Prize.

INFORMS to launch Pro Bono Analytics initiative to connect nonprofits with analytics experts

CATONSVILLE, MD, October 19, 2015 - The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the leading professional association in analytics and operations research, today announced it is launching a new initiative -- Pro Bono Analytics – in an effort to connect analytics experts with non-profit organizations seeking to improve how they achieve greater results by leveraging data and information.

Philadelphia area university presidents to host panel discussion on Analytics in higher education

PHILADELPHIA, PA, October 15, 2015 – How can higher education leverage analytics to enhance outcomes for both students and college/university operations? A panel of four Philadelphia area university presidents will tackle this and other questions related to how universities can utilize new techniques in Big Data and math modeling to respond to student debt, globalization, and other problems.

Syngenta and INFORMS Analytics Section announce new Crop Challenge Award

CATONSVILLE, MD, October 1, 2015 – The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the leading professional association in analytics and operations research, and Syngenta, announce a new, joint award, the Syngenta Crop Challenge, which will focus on ways that analytics can address the problem of feeding millions of people throughout the world who face hunger every day.

Companies increase profits by creating multichannel shoppers

CATONSVILLE, MD, September 25, 2015 – Companies can increase profits by getting customers to buy through more than one channel, for example the bricks-and-mortar store andthe Internet rather than the store alone.  However, this strategy requires a well-honed marketing campaign that combines the right message and incentive, according to a new study being published in Marketing Science, a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). 

Supermarkets and "Mom & Pop" shopts battle in emerging markets

CATONSVILLE, MD, September 21, 2015 – A study of early-stage supermarket adoption in India  finds that upper and lower middle class consumers are most likely to favor new, modern groceries while the “middle” middle class is more likely to patronize mom and pop “kirana” stores, a phenomenon illustrated by an unusual V-shaped curve for modern retail adoption, according to a new study published in Marketing Science, a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). 

Friends’ online influence increases ecommerce purchases by over 60%

CATONSVILLE, MD, August 25, 2015 – A study on peer influence in ecommerce shows a 60% higher chance of buying an online service if it’s purchased by friends, according to research that appears in the current issue of Management Science, a publication of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the leading professional association in analytics and operations research.

Sales staff: Setting prices centrally, with optimization yields higher profits than local pricing

CATONSVILLE, MD, August 13, 2015 – A study on granting local sales people pricing discretion shows that profits improve by up to 11% when local sales forces are empowered to negotiate with customers. However a centralized system that uses optimization techniques and limits local sales discretion improves profits still further, by an additional 20%. The research appears in the current issue of Management Science, a publication of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the leading professional association in analytics and operations research.

2015 Doing Good with Good OR Student Competition finalists

CATONSVILLE, MD, July 23, 2015 – The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®), the leading international association for professionals in analytics and operations research, today announced the finalists in its student math competition that sets contestants to finding solutions to major societal and humanitarian problems.

6th grade student presents among PhDs at INFORMS Healthcare Conference

NASHVILLE, TN, July 16, 2015 – The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®), the leading professional association in analytics and operations research, is hosting its third Healthcare Conference with a far reaching series of presentations about the growing importance of analytics in healthcare. INFORMS Healthcare 2015 takes place July 29-31 at the Omni Nashville Hotel. It will feature 450 talks that span academia and business, helping decision makers better understand the value of analytics as a competitive driver in healthcare.

INFORMS 2015 Healthcare Conference highlights growing importance of analytics in healthcare

NASHVILLE, TN, July 10, 2015 – The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®), the leading international association for professionals in analytics and operations research, is hosting its third Healthcare Conference with a far-reaching series of presentations about the growing importance of analytics in healthcare. INFORMS Healthcare 2015 takes place July 29-31 at the Omni Nashville Hotel. It will feature 450 talks that span academia and business, helping decision makers better understand the value of analytics as a competitive driver in healthcare.

INFORMS journal study: Learning early about late flights

CATONSVILLE, MD, June 25, 2015 - A new study published in the Articles in Advance section of Transportation Science, a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), improves how air traffic managers cope with unexpected delays and provides them with more predictable ways to manage arrival traffic at airports with adverse weather.

Brands, patents can protect firms from bankruptcy, new INFORMS journal study finds

CATONSVILLE, MD, June 19, 2015 – If a firm faces troubled times during a stable market, strong advertising can carry it through. But when the market is turbulent, a firm’s Research and Development is more likely to help save it from bankruptcy. A new study published in the Articles in Advance section of Marketing Science, a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), shows that “intangible assets” built with advertising (such as brands) and R&D (such as patents) can help protect firms from bankruptcy, but the effectiveness of each depends on the market climate.

Microsoft develops flexible routing engine for Bing Maps

CATONSVILLE, MD, June 9, 2015 - Did the cross-country drive that you planned using an online mapping service take twice as long as expected? In a new study published in the Articles in Advance section of Transportation Science, a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), Microsoft researchers working on a project for Bing Maps explain how they developed the first routing engine that satisfies a large number of algorithmic requirements that overcome barriers to generating directions on multi-stage trips like coast-to-coast drives.