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Solutions to Increase Efficiency in the Ride-Hailing Marketplace: Researchers Recognized with INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize

Solutions to Increase Efficiency in the Ride-Hailing Marketplace: Researchers Recognized with INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize

CATONSVILLE, MD, November 7, 2019 – INFORMS, the leading association for operations research (O.R.) and analytics professionals, has awarded the 2019 Daniel H. Wagner  Prize for Excellence in the Practice of Advanced Analytics and Operations Research to researchers from DiDi Research America and Didi Chuxing Technology Co. for their work to increase efficiency in the ride-hailing marketplace. 

INFORMS Annual Meeting Sets Organization Record for Attendance

INFORMS Annual Meeting Sets Organization Record for Attendance

CATONSVILLE, MD, November 6, 2019 – INFORMS, the largest international association of operations research (O.R.) and analytics professionals and students, set an organization record at its 2019 Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington last month. Academic and industry professionals from around the world made up the largest meeting in INFORMS history consisting of 7,330 attendees, which is a more than 18% increase from last year.

New Study Finds Taxi Drivers Improve Earnings Through Trip Selection: Mobile Hailing Technology Enables Drivers to Choose More Profitable Trips

New Study Finds Taxi Drivers Improve Earnings Through Trip Selection: Mobile Hailing Technology Enables Drivers to Choose More Profitable Trips

CATONSVILLE, MD, October 25, 2019 – A new research study published in the October edition of the INFORMS journal Marketing Science (Editor’s note: The source of this research is INFORMS) has revealed how taxi drivers use mobile hailing technology to select longer, more profitable trips to optimize their earnings, rather than seeking to increase the number of trips or working hours to achieve higher earnings.

INFORMS Names 2019 Fellows: 12 members to be inducted in October for outstanding lifetime accomplishments and contributions in operations research...

INFORMS Names 2019 Fellows: 12 members to be inducted in October for outstanding lifetime accomplishments and contributions in operations research...

CATONSVILLE, MD, October 21, 2019 – INFORMS, the largest international association of operations research (O.R.) and analytics professionals and students, has officially named 12 outstanding members as Fellows, one of the highest honors in the O.R. profession. The 2019 INFORMS Fellows will be inducted in Seattle, Washington, October 20–23, during the INFORMS Annual Meeting. INFORMS Fellows are honored for their outstanding lifetime accomplishments and contributions in operations research and analytics. 

A large selection of colors or styles discredit opinion leaders’ recommendations

A large selection of colors or styles discredit opinion leaders’ recommendations

CATONSVILLE, MD, October 16, 2019 – Consumers have been relying on opinion leader recommendations to make choices about product quality and purchases for a long time. It is even more prominent now with the prevalence of influencers on social media platforms. The problem is, when there is a wide variety of the same product, consumers question if a positive recommendation is based on quality or personal preferences.

Georgia Tech’s Beril Toktay elected to board of INFORMS

CATONSVILLE, MD, October 11, 2019 – INFORMS, the largest international association of operations research (O.R.) and analytics professionals and students, announced that L. Beril Toktay has been elected to its board, where she will serve a two-year term as vice president of marketing, outreach and communication. Toktay is a professor in the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

USC’s Pelin Pekgun elected to board of INFORMS

CATONSVILLE, MD, October 11, 2019 – INFORMS, the largest international association of operations research (O.R.) and analytics professionals and students, announced that Pelin Pekgun has been elected to its board, where she will serve a two-year term as vice president of membership and professional recognition.

MIT professor Stephen Graves elected president-elect of INFORMS

CATONSVILLE, MD, October 11, 2019 – INFORMS, the largest international association of operations research (O.R.) and analytics professionals and students, announced that MIT’s Stephen Graves has been elected president-elect and will serve as INFORMS president in 2021. 

New Research Says Changes in Driver Shifts and Pick-up Choices for Food Delivery Services Can Boost Profits

New Research Says Changes in Driver Shifts and Pick-up Choices for Food Delivery Services Can Boost Profits

CATONSVILLE, MD, October 10, 2019 – The food delivery business, popularized by mobile online services such as Grubhub, OrderUp, and DoorDash, has become a $200 billion industry, which is expected to grow by more than 15% annually over the next five years. New research published in the INFORMS journal Transportation Science reveals how food delivery businesses can implement changes in driver shifts and order delivery structures that can decrease costs and contribute to higher profits.

Revamped Crew Scheduling Model Cuts Airline Delays by as Much as 30%

Revamped Crew Scheduling Model Cuts Airline Delays by as Much as 30%

CATONSVILLE, MD, October 7, 2019 – Delays and disruptions in airline operations annually result in billions of dollars of additional costs to airlines, passengers and the economy. Airlines strive to mitigate these costs by creating schedules that are less likely to get disrupted or schedules that are easy to repair when there are disruptions—new research in the INFORMS journal Transportation Science has found a solution using a mathematical optimization model.

Want to Optimize Sales Performance? New Research Says Reduce Commissions on Sales of Popular Items and Provide Sales Incentives, Not Customer Disco...

Want to Optimize Sales Performance? New Research Says Reduce Commissions on Sales of Popular Items and Provide Sales Incentives, Not Customer Disco...

CATONSVILLE, MD, September 16, 2019– According to new research published in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science (Editor’s note: The source of this research is INFORMS), companies can improve sales performance when they adjust sales commissions for the sale of more popular items. Further, the researchers found that when companies provide incentives to the sales force, that is more cost-effective than offering consumers discount pricing. The research centered on automotive sales at the dealership level.

New Research Shows Negative Posts on Facebook Business Pages Outweigh Positive Posts 2 to 1: The Impact it’s Having on Brands and Profitability

New Research Shows Negative Posts on Facebook Business Pages Outweigh Positive Posts 2 to 1: The Impact it’s Having on Brands and Profitability

CATONSVILLE, MD, September 13, 2019 –There are more than 60 million business pages on Facebook and that number is from 2017. With those pages come scores of positive and negative posts generated by Facebook users. What researchers have seen is companies have very little control over what customers post, and negative posts can severely damage brands.

New Research Offers Solution to Reduce Organ Shortage Crisis: Two-Part Method Could Increase Organ Availability by 13% and Add 18 Years to Patient...

New Research Offers Solution to Reduce Organ Shortage Crisis: Two-Part Method Could Increase Organ Availability by 13% and Add 18 Years to Patient...

CATONSVILLE, MD, September 4, 2019 –Eighteen people die every day waiting for transplants, and a new patient is added to the organ transplant list every 10 minutes. Much of the problem surrounds the lack of registered donors. New research in the INFORMS journal Management Science provides incentives that could lead to a solution and ultimately save lives.

How to Meet Student Body Diversity Goals While Still Giving Parents a Say in Where Their Child Goes to School

How to Meet Student Body Diversity Goals While Still Giving Parents a Say in Where Their Child Goes to School

CATONSVILLE, MD, September 3, 2019 – All parents want their children to get the best education possible, so how do school districts allow parents/guardians to have a say in where their child goes to school while still meeting diversity goals for the student body? New research in an upcoming addition of the INFORMS journal Operations Research has a solution, just in time for children to return to school for the 2019-2020 year.