Preyas S. Desai is completing his second and final term as editor-in-chief of Marketing Science on December 31, 2015. The president of INFORMS has appointed a committee to conduct a search for the next editor-in-chief. All members of INFORMS are invited to participate in this process. Further information can be found here. Nominations deadline: April 15, 2015.
There is still time to enjoy all the benefits of your INFORMS membership in 2014. Renew today.
We're happy to have you with us! 2015 is sure to be an important year for INFORMS. Membership is up, meetings are expanding, continuing education is adding new classes, and with certification, INFORMS is more closely associated with the burgeoning analytics movement than ever before. See what INFORMS 2014 and 2015 presidents Steve Robinson and L. Robin Keller have to say about the direction of INFORMS.
John Magee, whose work at the O.R. group at Arthur D. Little Inc. in the late 1940s was a spur to the profession and INFORMS precursor societies, died last year, according to a report that recently reached INFORMS. His early work in marketing science for Sears and his work in logistics for Johnson & Johnson paved a road for future practitioners. His recollection about the early O.R. years at Arthur D. Little appeared in the 50th anniversary edition of Operations Research. Read an obituary here.
New Feature! President's Pick: Pancreatic Cancer & Counterterrorism
What is the most exciting research being published by INFORMS journals? In a new feature, INFORMS President L. Robin Keller picks her favorite study of the month. She begins with a study that identifies an improbable connection: between biomedical research and counterterrorism. Read her recommendation and join the discussion here.
Management Science - New Issue
- "The Asset-Pricing Implications of Government Economic Policy Uncertainty"
- "ICU Admission Control: An Empirical Study of Capacity Allocation and Its Implication for Patient Outcomes"
Information Systems Research - New Issue
Read the 15 new articles in the December 2014 issue ofInformation Systems Research. Members can subscribeto the 2015 INFORMS PubsOnLine Suite for only $104 to access all journals back to volume 1, issue 1.
- "The IQ of the Crowd: Understanding and Improving Information Quality in Structured User-Generated Content"
- "Optimal Management of Digital Content on Tiered Infrastructure Platforms"
Service Science - New Issue
- "A Network Economic Game Theory Model of a Service-Oriented Internet with Price and Quality Competition in Both Content and Network Provision"
- "A Universal Appointment Rule with Patient Classification for Service Times, No-Shows, and Walk-Ins"
INFORMS Transactions on Education - New Issue Online
Read the all-new articles in the December 2014 issue ofINFORMS Transactions on Education, INFORMS open-access journal.
- "A Course on Advanced Software Tools for Operations Research and Analytics"
- "Business Analytics Curriculum for Undergraduate Majors"
Calls for Papers - Interfaces
Interfaces Special Issue: Operations Research Applications in the Energy Industry
Operations research can play an important role in the generation, distribution, and consumption of energy. Accordingly, Interfaces is planning a special issue focusing on applications of operations research techniques in the energy industry. Read the Call for Papers. Submission due: July 1, 2015.
Calls for Papers - Service Science
Service Science Special Issue:
Multi-actor Value Creation in Service Innovation
Collaborative value creation builds on orchestrated social action among the different stakeholders involved. In service innovation, joint value creation calls for specific network leadership and resource integration capabilities, because advanced service entails complex configurations of people, technologies, organizations, and shared information. Hence, mutually beneficial outcomes may be difficult to achieve within such configurations through traditional approaches to innovation. Read the Call for Papers. Submissions due: February 15, 2015.
Service Science Special Issue: In Search of a New Alignment in Service Research
The editors of two of the top journals in the service area, one from INFORMS' service science community
and one from IEEE's services computing community; invite you to break out of your disciplinary comfort zone. Parallel special issues have been commissioned to intentionally challenge and disrupt the status quo. This dual special issue is intended to reconcile existing multipronged orientations and approaches to service research. Read the Call for Papers. Submissions due: March 1, 2015.
Service Science Special Issue: Co-Creating the Customer Service Experience with High Tech and High Touch
In today's highly competitive environment, there is a growing need to provide customers with a truly memorable experience to increase both customer satisfaction and customer loyalty. Customer experience has been operationalized in different ways, such as "memorable events" (Pine and Gilmore 1999) or clues that customers can see, smell, taste, hear, or perceive while interacting with service systems (Berry and Carbone 2007). Today, a customer's experience resulting from the interaction with a service provider requires a combination of high tech and high touch, depending on the type of service and therefore is generally heterogeneous. Read the Call for Papers. Submissions due: October 15, 2015.
With nearly two months left in the competition, the National Data Science Bowl already has more than 3,000 entries. INFORMS is a proud supporter of this competition to help clean up the world's oceans. The 2014/2015 National Data Science Bowl challenges you to create an image classification algorithm to automatically classify plankton species. This challenge is not easy - there are 100 classes of plankton, the images may contain nonplankton organisms and particles, and the plankton can appear in any orientation within three-dimensional space. The winning algorithms will be used by Hatfield Marine Science Center for simpler, faster population assessment. They represent a $1 million in-kind donation by the data science community! Click here for more details about the competition.
Congratulations to the Mathematical Association of America, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. It is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level. MAA's members include university, college, and high school teachers; graduate and undergraduate students; pure and applied mathematicians; computer scientists; statisticians; and many others in academia, government, business, and industry. Find out about attending the MAA Mathfest August celebration in Washington, DC, and additional events here.
September 1-4, Vienna, Austria
OR2015, the International Annual Conference of the German Operations Research Society (GOR), the Austrian Operations Research Society (ÖGOR), and the Swiss Operations Research Society (ASRO/SVOR) will take place at the University of Vienna.
The conference topics will cover the scope of operations research, including energy, environment and climate models, financial models, risk management, game theory, experimental economy, healthcare system and bioinformatics, logistics and transportation, supply chain management, project management, multicriteria optimization, and more. For more information click here.
New Year's Resolution
It's never too late for a New Year's resolution (although if you make in November, it might have a different name). This year, resolve to grow your influence and show others how interested you are in your analytics career. Join the ranks of the following who have become CAPs in the last quarter of 2014. If you see any of them, do add your congratulations to ours.
|Gregory Vincent Michaelson||The Travelers|
|Rayan Hafiz||Saudi Aramco|
|Joseph E. Krebs||BizCalculus|
|Brian Lynch||TD Canada Trust|
|Rodney Zwain||The SI Organization|
|Stephen McCarty||US Army|
|Tyson Silver||Access Midstream Partners|
|Naveen Divakaran||IM Flash Technologies|
|Praveen Sasidharan||University of Cincinnati|
|Thomas Roh||Mayo Clinic|
|Thomas A. Donnelly||JMP|
|Phillip Pettit||Snowden Mining Industry Consultants|
|Dan Haight||Darkhorse Analytics|
|Thomas Alvin Dowdle, Jr.||Cigna-Healthspring|
|Aaron Westcott||J.R. Simplot Co.|
|Koen M. Cobbaert||PwC Belgium|
|Walter Malunga||Stanbic Bank|
|Michael Elliott Beyer||ENVIRON International Corp.|
|Daniel G. Conway||Loras College|
|Guy Shechter||Philips Healthcare|
|Alexander L. Hipolito||HP|
|Angela Rademeyer||OPSI Systems|
|Michelle M. Gross||Nike, Inc.|
|Aaron Anderson||USDA National Wildlife Res. Ctr.|
|Timothy R. Anderson||Portland State University|
|Damian Herrick||Lake Hill Analytics, LLC|
|Steven Karp||Quantitative Insights|
|Antonio Morales||Element Six|
|Patrick Stewart||Sports Authority|
|William T. Hodson||Consultant|
|Nicholas Wzientek||Sports Authority|
|Ryan James Miles||AngloGold Ashanti|
|YoungJung Chan||Merck Sharp & Dohme|
|Janny M. Y. Leung||Chinese University of Hong Kong|
|Chun-Miin Chen||Bucknell University|
|Joey Cherdarduk||Darkhorse Analytics|
|Marc Rumiano Ward||Sports Authority|
|Erin Williams||Aruku Analysis|
|Reginald Halstead||Gogo Business Aviation|
|Maciej Bukczynski||Darkhorse Analytics|
Although CAP® is available through a computer-based testing format, we continue to host exams at selected sites, especially at the INFORMS conferences such as the upcoming Analytics Conference in Huntington Beach, CA on April 12-14, 2015 and the MORS EPD at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA on March 9-10.
As always, applications remain open for the ongoing computer-based examinations. Test on your schedule and put CAP® after your name. For more information, see www.informs.org/certification.
Join the INFORMS channel of BrightTALK and listen to the live or archived presentations at www.brighttalk.com
December 3, 2014 - Overview and Introduction; presented by Scott Nestler, CAP & Chair of the Analytics Certification Board and Matt Windham, CAP, Director-Analytics at NTEL-X
December 17, 2014 - Domains 1 (Business Problem Framing) and 2 (Analytics Problem Framing) presented by Frank Stein, IBM
January 7, 2015 - Domain 3 (Data) Presented by Robert Bordley, Booz Allen Hamilton
January 21, 2015 - Domain 4 (Methodology (Approach) Selection), presented by Subhashish Samaddar, Georgia State University
February 4, 2015 - Domains 5 (Model Building), 6 (Deployment) and 7 (Model Lifecycle Management) presented by Alan Taber, Lockheed Martin
(March 9-10): TBD
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