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Data exploration and visualization are hot topics for successful analysts, statisticians, and data scientists. Attendees of the Data Exploration & Visualization course offered by the INFORMS continuing education program will experience first-hand the power of visualization in exploring data as an adjunct to tried and trusted analytics methods. The course will be offered March 19-20 in Dallas.        
Please visit our CE website for the most up-to-date course dates and locations.

2015 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research  

April 12-14, 2015, Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, Huntington Beach, CA


Cut-off for hotel group rate is March 3. Discounted rooms will sell out. Make your reservations now! Click here.

Registration rates increase March 23. Register today!Click here to register online.

The 2015 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and O.R. is the one program that consistently delivers time-proven applications and processes that will improve your business' bottom line. Anyone who works in the analytics, operations research, or management science fields will want to attend the analytics event of the year.  

Invited tracks will cover topics such as marketing analytics, unstructured data analytics, real-time decision systems, managing risk, supply chain applications, revenue management & pricing, soft skills in analytics, and decision analysis.   

Early Career Connection: Open to Both Practitioners and Academics  

This special program is designed for professionals who are new to their academic or industry careers. The program introduces participants to well-established researchers and practitioners to provide them with new perspectives into real-world analytics/O.R. problems. Accepted participants also benefit from a 60% discount on conference registration ($415). The program is open to university faculty who completed their PhDs no earlier than 2009. The requirement for industry professionals is either a master's degree completed no earlier than 2009 plus three years' experience at the nominating company, or a PhD completed no earlier than 2009.Click here for complete nomination information.

INFORMS Professional Colloquium  

This intensive, full-day program held on Sunday, April 12, helps practice-oriented master's and doctoral students transition into successful industry careers. Seasoned practitioners who have bridged the gap between academia and industry present their experiences and lessons learned to give participants a jump start in their careers. The registration fee of $415 covers both the colloquium and full registration to the conference. Nomination deadline is March 1, 2015.Click here for nomination information details.

Career Services & Enhancements  

Analytics Career Fair  

The 2015 Analytics Career Fair allows top analytics employers and seasoned, experienced analytics professionals the ability to connect in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. This is the premier, professional career event in the field of analytics. More information is available here.   

Continuing Ed Courses  

INFORMS offers intensive, in-person two-day courses for analytics professionals. You will leave the courses with real take-away value: the skills, tools, and methods you can implement immediately in your work. More information about continuing education courses at the Analytics Conference is available here.


Are you ready to become a Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®)? There is considerable market demand among employers for analytics certification. They need help with identifying and developing qualified analytics professionals. Click here for more information regarding certification.   

2015 CORS/INFORMS International Conference

June 14-17, 2015, Sheraton Hotel, Montreal, QC, Canada


Registration is now open. Click here to register.  

Why Attend the Conference?

There are many good reasons to attend this jointly-sponsored international conference. You will:

  • Gain a cross-cultural view of the latest O.R. and analytics trends
  • Enjoy regional diversity through structured networking with international colleagues
  • Have your work viewed in a different light with varying perspectives from distinguished experts
  • Benefit from exposure to the fullest spectrum of O.R. and analytics research and topics
  • Learn from top industry vendors who are attracted to this international forum
  • Fully immerse yourself in this charming French-Canadian city and all it has to offer

37th ISMS Marketing Science Conference

June 18-20, 2015, Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Baltimore, MD  


Click here to register now. All presenters must be registered by March 20.   

The ISMS Marketing Science Conference is an annual event that brings together leading marketing scholars, practitioners, and policy makers with a shared interest in rigorous scientific research on marketing problems. The conference falls under the auspices of the INFORMS Society for Marketing Science (ISMS)sub-branch.  

The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School faculty invites you to submit abstracts of your research papers, present your work, and actively participate in the conference, which is an important forum for presenting cutting-edge research and intellectual exchange on marketing problems.   

22nd International Symposium on Mathematical Programming 

July 12-17, 2015, Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, Pittsburgh, PA  


Registration is now open! Click here to register now.

We invite academics and industrial users of mathematical optimization to convene in Pittsburgh to discuss recent advances and important challenges from theory and practice.  

INFORMS Healthcare 2015 Conference - Call for Submissions!     

July 29-31, 2015, Nashville, TN


Registration is now open! Click here to register. 

March 1: Abstract Submission Deadline. For more details, click here.

INFORMS Healthcare 2015 focuses on reinventing value in an era of health reform, specifically the use of O.R. and analytics to improve the long term efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of healthcare delivery. We welcome submissions in either oral or poster formats, which will be reviewed by the committee. There is a limit of one oral presentation per presenting/lead author. Authors may present a poster as well as one oral presentation.

There are a limited number of rooms blocked at the conference hotel, the Omni Nashville. To reserve your room please click here. We do anticipate that the discounted rooms will sell out. 

INFORMS Meetings Calendar 

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

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INFORMS VP Marco Luebbecke Opines on CNN Online 

Big Data is controversial - is it a plus to society or are we making significant policy errors with our penchant for examining massive amounts of data? A CNN Online op/ed recently faulted Big Data and its role in government. INFORMS VP Marco Luebbecke challenged this reaction. Read both editorials here and join the lively discussion. 

NAE Elects Four INFORMS Members 

INFORMS is always proud of its members who reach the highest ranks of operations research and engineering. INFORMS Board, members, and staff extend their congratulations to four INFORMS members who were elected to the National Academy of Engineering earlier this month: Jonathan Caulkins (Carnegie Mellon), S. Jack Hu (University of Michigan), Michael Todd (Cornell), and David Yao (Columbia). Read more here

O.R. at UPS 

UPS's use of O.R. in its ORION truck fleet system is the subject of an article in The Wall Street Journal, which credits INFORMS members Ranganath Nuggehalli and former INFORMS Vice President Jack Levis. Read more here

Armann Ingolfsson will be stepping down as editor-in-chief of the journal INFORMS Transactions on Education (ITE) 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 hereNominations deadline: May 1, 2015.

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 hereNominations 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 ResearchRead 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

Read the 13 new articles in the January 2015 issue of Management Science. "Management Insights" provides you with a brief overview of all papers in the current issue.   

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.

Service Science - New Issue      

Read the all-new articles in the December 2014 issue ofService Science. When you renew your membership for 2015 subscribe to all INFORMS 2015 journals for only $104.00.

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.

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 PapersSubmission 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 PapersSubmissions 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.