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Graduating in May? Congratulations! INFORMS has a gift for you. You may now transition from a student membership to a regular membership at half off the regular member price. Simply call INFORMS at +1-443-757-3500 or 800-446-3676 or send an e-mail to informs@informs.org and mention promo code STUDTOREG. This offer is open to current student members or former members of INFORMS who were student members in 2012 or 2013.

Deadline for Nominations: April 15, 2014
The term of Stephen Graves as editor-in-chief of the INFORMS journal Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (M&SOM) will end on December 31, 2014. The president of INFORMS has appointed a committee to conduct a search for a new editor-in-chief. The full call for nominations is available here.


Your membership magazine OR/MS Today is available online. This 17th annual special international issue once again turns the spotlight on interesting applications of operations research beyond the U.S. borders. This year's featured international applications range from the forests of Argentina to the farmlands of Bavaria in Germany, but the issue begins with a truly international and universal concern: public health, pandemics, and associated response logistics.


The INFORMS Career Center now offers the largest list of OR/analytics jobs in the industry. Here is a sample:
Sr. Operations Research Analyst: You will develop and utilize computer-based models to apply operations research methods. The position is located at the FedEx Express world headquarters in Memphis, TN.
Senior Operational Analyst: Responsible to provide timely, relevant and accurate analysis of operational and business data inclusive of NetJets North America, NetJets Europe, NetJets China, and Executive Jet Management.

Post-Doctoral Associate in Operations Management at Yale School of Management: The Operations Management Group at the Yale University School of Management is seeking a post-doctoral associate to assist and collaborate with faculty on their research.

Essential Practice Skills for Analytics Professionals    

ExecuTrain West, San Jose - June 20-21 (register by May 30 to save $100)   
You will learn practical tools for integrating your analytical skills into real-world problem solving for businesses and other organizations. The course provides approaches that you can apply immediately to a wide variety of settings - within your own organization or for your clients.

Data Exploration & Visualization

ExecuTrain West, San Jose - June 25-26 (register by June 4 to save $100)
You will be reintroduced to approaching data in a powerful yet playful manner. You will see and experience how exploration and visualization can be used to answer existing questions, thereby corroborating or invalidating hunches and preconceptions.
For more information on these courses and to register, go to http://www.informs.org/continuinged.

Analytics Certification Board (ACB)

The ACB met on April 1st immediately after the Analytics Conference to continue providing strategic direction and assistance to the CAP program. For a list of members of this prestigious board, click here. Note that both Analytics Conference keynote speakers Tom Davenport and Kathy Kilmer are members of the ACB.

CAP in the News

Tom Davenport, analytics guru, keynoter, and member of the ACB, posted a blog in the Wall Street Journal on the subject of the Certified Analytics Professional. For more on that blog, go to our website at www.informs.org and check the In the Media section. If you spot more CAP in the News articles, forward the link to certification@informs.org.

Computer-Based Testing Coming

The CAP exam will be delivered via computer in mid-2014. A chief advantage of this is that eligible candidates from all corners of the globe can test close to where they work or live - and on their own schedule. To find out if there's a location close to you, check this site www.kryteriononline.com. More details will be published on our website about this new testing venue and increased opportunity to become a CAP®.

In the meantime, paper and pencil tests are still available. INFORMS invites all members who wish to challenge and distinguish themselves to apply and sit for the INFORMS prestigious analytics certification exam at these scheduled locations:

April 29 - Lexington, VA (with the MORS EPD at the Virginia Military Institute)  

May 17 - Baltimore, MD (at INFORMS headquarters on the campus of UMBC)

May 22 - Cincinnati, OH (at the University of Cincinnati Lindner College of Business)
June 21 - San Jose (at the INFORMS Big Data Conference)   

Other venues are under consideration.   

If you want CAP to come to your area, let us know - contact certification@informs.org. Remember, if you have 10 or more people testing from the same company, you can take advantage of discounted group rates.   

Put CAP after your name. For more information, see www.informs.org/certification and apply today.

CAP Exam

Although the CAP program is not solely an exam, which was pointed out recently by Scott Nestler, Chair ACB during his presentation at the Analytics Conference, the exam does take a lot of attention. We are always in need of good questions that adhere to the framework job/task analysis at https://www.informs.org/Certification-Continuing-Ed/Analytics-Certification/Analytics-Job-Task-Analysis and are appropriate to the early to mid-career professional in analytics practice. If you can think of a good question with four possible answers of which only one is correct - and that you believe must be asked - feel free to send it to certification@informs.org

2014 Conference on the Business of Big Data

June 22-24, San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA


Registration rates increase after May 23. Register now and save!   

For more information regarding registration, click here 

Call for Posters Extended 

Prizes for first, second, and third place will be awarded.

April 14 - Submission Deadline

April 28 - Selection Notification

Hand-picked presentations will be organized around the following three tracks:

Big Data Case Studies

  • Google - Behdad Masih, quantitative analyst
  • HERE, a Nokia Business - Toby Tennent, product development manager
  • Exponent®, Inc. - Juergen Klenk, principal scientist
  • Kabbage, Inc. - Pinar Donmez, chief data scientist
  • U.S. Census Bureau - Cavan Capps, big data lead
  • Merck & Co., Inc. - John E. Koch, director of informatics
  • Intel Corp. - Link C. Jaw, Internet of Things solutions group
  • JPMorgan Chase Intelligent Solutions - Govind Nagubandi, data scientist
  • Analytics Media Group (AMG- Alan Papir, software engineer
  • Teradata Aster - Lee Paries, vice president, central & western United States
  • Bell Labs - Marina Thottan, director
  • Alpine Data Labs - William C. Ford, lead data scientist   

 Big Data 101

  • Amazon - Vikram Garlapati, manager, solutions architect
  • Northwestern University - Diego Klabjan, professor, Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences; director, Master of Science in Analytics Program
  • Kaiser Permanente - Anton J. Mobley, security data scientist
  • Booz Allen Hamilton - Peter Guerra, principal
  • IBM - Kevin Foster, big data solutions architect
  • Koverse, Inc- Paul Brown, CEO and founder
  • Verizon Wireless - Anne Robinson, director, supply chain strategy & analytics
  • Booz Allen Hamilton - Brian Keller, data scientist

 Emerging Trends in Big Data

  • IBM - Rob High, chief technology officer, Watson Solutions, IBM fellow and vice president
  • LinkedIn Corp.- Simon Zhang, senior director, business analytics
  • SAS - Paul Kent, vice president, big data
  • University of California, Berkeley- Ion Stoica, professor, University of California Berkeley; CEO, Databricks; CTO, Conviva
  • Kaggle - Anthony Goldbloom, founder and CEO
  • SAP - Chris Hallenbeck, global vice president
  • Pivotal - Kaushik Das, senior principal data scientist
  • GraphLab - Shawn Scully, data scientist

INFORMS 36th ISMS Marketing Science Conference

June 12-14, Goizueta Business School, Emory University, Atlanta, GA


Find out more information please click here.

INFORMS DAS Conference - Advances in Decision Analysis

June 16-18, Georgetown University, Washington, DC



Early registration rates are good up to May 23.

Click here for more information.

INFORMS Transportation Science & Logistics Society Workshop

June 30-July 2, Loyola University, Chicago, IL 


IFORS 2014 Triennial Conference

July 13-18, Barcelona International Convention Center, Barcelona, Spain  

INFORMS Annual Meeting 2014 - San Francisco

November 9-12, Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco, San Francisco, CA



Submit Early - Capacity Is Limited!


Abstract Deadline: May 15

Abstracts received by May 15 will receive preference in scheduling. In recent years, the INFORMS Annual Meeting has grown significantly, making it difficult to accommodate all of the talks submitted. It may be necessary to accept submissions in the order in which they are received if there is not sufficient capacity to schedule all of the talks submitted by May 15. Therefore, we encourage you to submit early, well before the May 15 deadline.

Winter Simulation Conference

December 7-10, Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, Savannah, GA


The submission deadline for contributed papers has been extended to April 15, 2014. Click here to submit your paper.

INFORMS Meetings Calendar

Go to http://meetings.informs.org for a complete conference calendar.

The INFORMS Spring Board of Directors Meeting was held in Boston in conjunction with the Conference on Analytics. It began with the Executive Committee meeting (a meeting of the officers of INFORMS) on Saturday, followed by a meeting of the full board on Sunday. This was the second of four board meetings to occur in 2014. This meeting's agenda included important topics such as strategic planning for new Initiatives, future conferences, practice, journals, subdivisions, international activities, and many others. Read More.  

The following INFORMS members and guests add flavor and commentary to INFORMS Analytics Conference; read their posts here:

  • Randy Bartlett
  • Alan Briggs
  • Allen Butler
  • Brian Denton    
  • Harlan Harris
  • Juergen Klenk
  • Tarun Mohan Lal 
  • Anna Nagurney
  • Maarten Oosten
  • Norman Reitter
  • Jennifer Schilling
  • Alan Taber

At the conference, HBR's Editor at Large Julia Kirby chaired a special press panel on the role of analytics professionals. The experts offering their perspectives came from a variety of organizations: Accenture's Jeanne Harris, Disney's Dayana Cope, Ford's Erica Klampfl, Google's Brian Eck, and Macy.com's Kerem Tomak. Watch the exciting exchange on the INFORMS YouTube channel and on INFORMS in the News.