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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"I enjoyed listening to Jon Caulkins' Omega Rho lecture at the INFORMS Annual Meeting. [...] This was an interesting talk about being an OR practitioner and solving real problems. Jon talked about the general principles he uses to influence policies. This involves doing good work, but more importantly, it involves asking good research questions." Read more or watch the video below.
now offers the largest list of O.R./analytics jobs in the industry. Here are just a few of our current job listings:
Forecasting Analyst, Disney Parks and Resorts. This role within RM&A develops, analyzes, and executes strategies to maximize profitability and improve the value proposition for our Guests, Cast Members, and Shareholders.
Manager, Global Supply Chain Strategy (Test & Respond Analytics). Gap Inc's Supply Chain Strategy team helps to identify, evaluate, and optimize the Gap Inc. Supply Chain by identifying opportunity, improving our processes to operate efficiently and in support of global growth and speed.
Operations Research Analyst, CNN/Turner Broadcasting Inc. Responsible for providing research, modeling, analysis, and guidance using operations research techniques to develop business solutions that effectively support the business model.
March 10, 2015, 7:30 PM, College of Business, University of Cincinnati, Fealy Auditorium, Room 112, Carl H. Lindner Hall, free admission.
Former Management Science editor-in-chief Wally Hopp will speak about "Patient Routing for Cost Effective Care: Lessons from Emergency Medicine and Cardiac Surgery."
As we head into 2015, INFORMS would like to start a new monthly feature titled, "What's Your StORy?" and begin introducing you to your fellow members. We will highlight one member a month both here in INFORMS Connect, and in OR/MS Today, your membership magazine. We've asked some get to know you questions, with a couple of fun ones thrown in. But feel free to ask them more questions here in the Open Forum. INFORMS Connect is a tool for you, to help you network and collaborate with fellow members.
So keep your eye out for Kara Tucker, INFORMS marketing content guru, to post our Q&A's. First in the spotlight for January, David Woodruff. Click here to read the interview.
If you would like to participate in "What's Your StORy?" feel free to send me a message, and we'll get you in the queue.
Participants of the INFORMS course, Essential Practice Skills for Analytics Professionals, learn practical tools for integrating their analytical skills into real-world problem solving for businesses and other organizations. This popular course provides approaches that can be applied immediately to a wide variety of settings, whether within a participant's own organization or for an external client.
The course is scheduled for February 26-27, 2015 in San Jose, CA
Please visit our CE website for the most up-to-date course dates and locations.