Research Team Recognized with INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Solutions to Increase Efficiency in Production Planning in Agribusiness

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Research Team Recognized with INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Solutions to Increase Efficiency in Production Planning in Agribusiness

CATONSVILLE, MD, November 13, 2020 – INFORMS, the leading association for operations research (O.R.) and analytics professionals, has awarded the 2020 Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in the Practice of Advanced Analytics and Operations Research to researchers from The Pennsylvania State University, The University of Texas at Austin and University of British Columbia for their work to increase efficiency in product planning and supply in agribusiness. The award was presented today at the Virtual 2020 INFORMS Annual Meeting. 

The work generates long-term solutions to the challenges of planning and supplying seed corn to meet farmer and consumer demand.

The prize-winning paper, “Distribution Estimation and Efficient Optimization for Portfolio Management in Agribusiness: Analytical Developments and Benefits,” provides unique applications of analytics and O.R. to improve the distribution and performance of crops to achieve monetary and non-monetary benefits. The researchers looked at the commercial seed corn business to apply their solutions.

Congratulations to Saurabh Bansal of The Pennsylvania State University, Genaro J. Gutierrez of The University of Texas at Austin and Mahesh Nagarajan of the University of British Columbia. 

The additional finalists for the 2020 award were:

“Scheduling the Main Professional Soccer League of Argentina”

Mario Guajardo of the NHH Norwegian School of Economics, Norway; Guillermo Duran of the University of Chile, Argentina; Facundo Gutiérrez of the NHH Norwegian School of Economics, Norway; Javier Marenco of the Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, Argentina; and Denis R. Saure and Gonzalo Zamorano, both of the University of Chile

“Driver Positioning and Incentive Budgeting with an Escrow Mechanism for Ridesharing Platforms”

Hao Yi Ong and Davide Crapis, both of Lyft, and Daniel Freund of MIT 

“A Boost for Urban Sustainability: Optimizing Electric Transit Bus Networks in Rotterdam”

Ayman Abdelwahed, Pieter van den Berg, Tobias Brandt and Wolfgang Ketter, Erasmus Rotterdam University, Netherlands; and Judith Mulder of the Erasmus School of Economics, Netherlands

“Formulation Matters: Reciprocating Integer Programming for Birchbox Product Assortment”

Irvin J. Lustig, CAP, Patricia Randall and Robert Randall, Princeton Consultants 

2020 INFORMS Annual Meeting attendees can view all the presentations, from the winning team as well as the finalist projects, online here.

 

 

About INFORMS 

With more than 12,000 members from around the world, INFORMS is the largest international association of operations research (O.R.) and analytics professionals and students. INFORMS provides unique networking and learning opportunities for individuals and organizations to better understand and use O.R. and analytics tools and methods to save lives, save money, and solve problems. 

 

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