INFORMS Charlotte Annual Meeting: Analytics Talks by Duke Energy CEO Rogers, Premier Healthcare CEO DeVore, SAS CTO Collins


Ashley Smith
Public Affairs Coordinator

CHARLOTTE, October 10, 2010 – When 4,000 experts in everything from greening America’s energy to reducing crowded emergency rooms come to Charlotte on November 13, the city will find itself deluged not only by experts who use analytics for a living but also problem solvers who tackle America’s greatest challenges.

The annual meeting of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®) takes place at the Charlotte Convention Center from Sunday, November 13 - Wednesday, November 16.

Operations research, also known as analytics and business analytics, is the application of advanced analytical methods to help make better decisions. Analytics is experiencing a rebirth in organizations like SAS, IBM, and Microsoft.

Among the highlights of the annual meeting are plenary addresses by three leading Charlotte-area speakers.

James E. Rogers, Chairman, President, and CEO of Duke Energy, who will deliver a talk, The Electric Industry’s Coming Transformation, reflecting Duke Energy’s leadership in energy efficiency and energy optimization.

DATE Sunday, November 13, 2011

TIME 3:10 – 4 PM

PLACE Charlotte Convention Center, Ballroom A

Keith Collins, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of SAS, who will deliver a presentation, The Evolution of Analytics, about the advances made in business analytics and how they are benefiting today’s companies and organizations.

DATE Monday, November 14, 2011

TIME 10-10:50 AM

PLACE Charlotte Convention Center, Ballroom A

Susan Devore, President and CEO of the Premier healthcare alliance, the nation's leading alliance of hospitals, health systems and other providers dedicated to improving healthcare performance.

DATE Tuesday, November 15, 2011

TIME 10-10:50 AM

PLACE Charlotte Convention Center, Ballroom A

The chair of the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Charlotte is Dr. Cem Saydam of the University of North Carolina Charlotte.


The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®) is an international scientific society with 10,000 members, including Nobel Prize laureates, dedicated to applying scientific methods to help improve decision-making, management, and operations. Members of INFORMS work in business, government, and academia. They are represented in fields as diverse as airlines, health care, law enforcement, the military, financial engineering, and telecommunications. INFORMS serves the scientific and professional needs of operations research analysts, experts in analytics, consultants, scientists, students, educators, and managers, as well as their institutions, by publishing a variety of journals that describe the latest research in operations research. INFORMS Online (IOL) is at Further information about operations research can be found at