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All six Edelman presentations will be streamed on the Web a few weeks after the conference. Enjoy recaps and learn from the top O.R. and analytics projects in the world: the Alliance for Paired Donation, the CDC, the Energy Authority, the Grady Health System, the NBN Company, and Twitter.  Presentations will appear in the INFORMS Video Learning Center. Visit the site now to see our other great practice-oriented products - the 2013 Wagner Prize presentations and 2013 Edelman Award presentations. No log-in is needed.

Couldn't attend the 2014 Edelman Awards Gala? We have you covered with your very own copy of the Edelman Gala keepsake program guide.


Authors of 2014 Edelman finalist papers, which will appear in the January/February 2015 issue of Interfaces, make significant contributions to the best analytics applications in the world.

Couldn't be with us in Boston? Want to relive the excitement? View photos from Analytics 2014 on flickr.

Catch the Video of the Announcement of the Edelman Winner on YouTube Now

2014 INFORMS Edelman Awards Gala

Peruse the entire Edelman Gala -- The analytics and O.R. show of the year! 

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Congratulations to the winners of major INFORMS practice prizes that were awarded recently at the 2014 INFORMS Analytics Conference in Boston, MA.

The Franz Edelman Award. The winner of this most challenging competition and the most prestigious INFORMS award was the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who collaborated with Kid Risk, Inc. to use analytics and O.R. to help eradicate pockets of polio still in existence around the world.  

The INFORMS Prize. Mayo Clinic was awarded this prestigious prize that rewards effective integration of analytics and O.R. throughout the organization. Mayo Clinic uses analytics and O.R. throughout its organization to provide economical, quality services in an era of booming medical costs.

UPS George D. Smith Prize. MIT Leaders for Global Operations won this prestigious award for excellence in preparing students to become effective practitioners of analytics, O.R., and management science.  
The Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice.This award, previously announced at the 2013 INFORMS Annual Meeting, was officially presented to the team working with Yedioth Group in Israel to optimize supply and demand.

Gary Lilien ISMS-MSI Practice Prize. Martin Natter and Ju-Young Kim, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany and Ana-Marija Ozimec, ENTEGA GmbH & Co. KG, Germany,  shared the ISMS award for "ECO: Entega's Profitable New Customer Acquisition on Online Price Comparison Sites."

Innovative Applications in Analytics Award. The INFORMS Analytics Section presented this award to recognize creative and unique developments, applications, or combinations of analytics techniques. The goal of this award is to promote the awareness of the value of analytics in unusual applications or in creative combination to provide unique insights and/or business value. The 2014 winner is "A SMS Text Classification System for UNICEF Uganda," by Prem Melville, Vijil Chenthamarakshan, Rick Lawrence, and Solomon Assefa, Machine Learning Group, IBM Research; James Powell and Sharad Sapra, UNICEF Uganda; and Rajesh Anandan, US Fund for UNICEF.

Spreadsheet Guru Competition. The Analytics Section sponsored this fast-paced competition in spreadsheet skills. Contestants received four rounds of problem statements, with solutions judged on the basis of clarity and solving speed. Lianna Gerrish was crowned the 2014 "Spreadsheet Guru."

The INFORMS Nominating Committee has provided the following slate of nominees for the election this summer; office terms begin next January. Congratulations to all the nominees!
Edward Kaplan
Stefan Karisch
Jack Levis
Sheldon Jacobson
Bala Shetty  
Vice President - Education
Burcu Keskin
Jill Wilson
Vice President - Information Technology
Marco Lübbecke
Thornton May
Vice President - Meetings
Ronald Askin
Edward Pohl
Vice President - Publications
Jonathan Bard
Jason Merrick   
Note: As provided in the INFORMS constitution, additional nominations by petition of at least 50 members for any of the open officer or Vice President positions shall be accepted by the Secretary if received with all materials needed for ballot by May 31, 2014.


It's spring, and in the United States, at least, a young man's fancy turns to NCAA basketball and office pools. What does your dance card look like? Returning to the microphone again this year, INFORMS NSF Liaison Sheldon Jacobson of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign gives a preview of the forecasting workshop he will give at the INFORMS Analytics conference later this month. Attend his Boston lecture, visit his sports Web page at http://bracketodds.cs.illinois.edu, and listen to his podcast at INFORMS Today


The INFORMS board of directors, staff, and membership extend condolences to the family of David Kevin George, a recent PhD graduate of The Ohio State University who died at age 34 on February 20. A memorial to him can be found here.

May 1, 2014, West Point, NY
The United States Military Academy at West Point provides an opportunity for undergraduates to present their research at the academy. The conference features research projects that apply a comprehensive set of skills and concepts to real-world problems or contemporary research areas.  Students will present their research project results to an audience comprising students, professors, and participating organizations, as well as judges assigned to determine the best presentations.  Winning individuals and teams come from a wide diversity of problem domains and across many academic institutions, so all are highly encouraged to participate. Additionally, the conference presentations will be published as conference proceedings by the Defense Technical Information Center.The conference will feature the following tracks: Decision Analysis, Process Modeling and Analysis, Modeling and Simulation, Project Management, Systems Design, Systems Design for Defense Applications, Modeling and Simulation for Defense Applications, Problem Solving in Systems Engineering, Engineering Management, and Lean Systems. For additional information click here.

2014 Annual Conference, October 23-25, 2014, Florida International University, Miami, FL
Conference Theme: Sustainability, Institutions, and Emerging Markets
Submission Deadline: June 15, 2014
AIB-SE is one of the largest and most active regional divisions of the Academy of International Business's 16 worldwide chapters. AIB-SE's annual conference centers on the presentation of ideas in international business to an international audience of academic scholars and business practitioners. For additional information, visit here