Research Team Recognized with INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Designing a Testing System to Screen Visitors for COVID-19 in Greece

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Research Team Recognized with INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Designing a Testing System to Screen Visitors for COVID-19 in Greece

CATONSVILLE, MD, October 26, 2021 – INFORMS, the largest association for the decision and data sciences, has awarded the 2021 Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in the Practice of Advanced Analytics and Operations Research to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and University of Southern California for their work to deploy a national-scale targeted testing system to allocate limited testing resources in Greece to screen visitors for COVID-19 at the border. The award was presented today at the 2021 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Calif. 

The prize-winning paper, “Interpretable O.R. for High-stakes Decisions: Designing the Greek COVID-19 Testing System,” provides profound applications of analytics and O.R. to effectively allocate resources to enact a testing system to ensure the health and safety of people who visit and live in Greece. The researchers developed the system to be used at the border for those entering the country.

Congratulations to Hamsa Sridhar Bastani of the Wharton School and Kimon Drakopoulos and Vishal Gupta, both of the USC Marshall School of Business. 

The additional finalists for the 2021 Wagner Prize included:

  • “Data-driven Optimization for Atlanta Police Zone Design”

          Shixiang Zhu, He Wang, Yao Xie; Georgia Institute of Technology

 

  • “Solving the Ride-sharing Productivity Paradox: Priority Dispatch and Optimal Priority Sets”

          Garrett J. van Ryzin; Amazon Corporate LLC, Varun Krishnan, Ramon Iglesias, Varun Pattabhiraman, Su Wang; Lyft, Sébastien Martin, Kellogg School Northwestern Univ.

  • “Increasing Chip Availability Through a New After-Sales Service Supply Concept at ASML”

          Douniel Lamghari-Idrissi, ASML and Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, Rob Basten and Geert-Jan van Houtum, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

 

  • “Collaborating with Local and Federal Law Enforcement for Disrupting Sex Trafficking Networks”

          Nickolas K. Freeman, Burcu B. Keskin, Gregory J. Bott; University of Alabama

 

2021 INFORMS Annual Meeting attendees can view all the presentations, from the winning team as well as the finalist projects online. (Session I, Session II, Session III)

 

About INFORMS 

With more than 12,000 members from around the world, INFORMS is the largest association for the decision and data sciences, made up of professionals and students. INFORMS members support organizations and governments at all levels as they work to transform data into information, and information into insights that lead to more efficient, effective, equitable and impactful results.

 

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