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The INFORMS Career Center  

offers the largest list of O.R. and analytics jobs in the industry. Here are just a few job listings: 

Fraud Data Analyst, Global Investigations - Seattle. This job contributes to Starbucks' success by monitoring, investigating and auditing company systems and data for potential loss.

Communications, Media and Technology, Supply Chain and Sourcing Senior Manager - San Francisco. Join Accenture and help transform leading organizations and communities around the world.    

Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor in Maritime Studies/Shipping and Transport Law - Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University offers a full range of degree programs in shipping, maritime, and transport studies, as well as supply chain and operations management.

This issue of OR/MS Today is packed with content from the 2014 Annual Meeting, including a Q&A with INFORMS President-Elect L. Robin Keller, a recap of all the major awards handed out by INFORMS, and a photo essay that captures a few of the many memorable scenes from the massive event. This final 2014 issue of OR/MS Today will be available online early next week. Be sure to renew your membership to maintain uninterrupted service in 2015. Look for the new issue here.

Essential Practice Skills for Analytics Professionals 
February 26-27 - San Jose, CA
Data Exploration & Visualization 
March 19-20 - Dallas, TX 
Foundations of Modern Predictive Analytics 
April 15-16 - Huntington Beach, CA 
Introduction to Monte Carlo and Discrete-Event Simulation 
May 28-29 - Washington, DC
Please visit our Continuing Education website for the most up-to-date course dates and locations.

2015 INFORMS Computing Society Conference    

January 11-13, 2015, Omni Richmond Hotel, Richmond, VA


Registration is open for the 2015 INFORMS Computing Society Conference.  New this year to the meeting is the student poster session with travel awards sponsored by NSF. Presenting/submitting authors can contact an appropriate stream chair. For more information, click here.     

2015 CORS/INFORMS International Conference

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


Deadline for abstract submission is January 16, 2015.

Click here for more information.

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  


Call for Papers! Deadline for submissions: February 9, 2015. Please click here for more information on submitting a presentation.  

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.  

INFORMS Healthcare 2015 Conference - Call for Submissions!     

July 29-31, 2015, Nashville, TN


Call for Papers! Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2015. Please click here for more information on submitting a presentation.   

Registration opening soon!

This third INFORMS topical conference on healthcare 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. The conference includes elements of both an INFORMS academic meeting and practitioner-oriented meeting. Joint involvement of Vanderbilt's medical and business schools provides a unique conference experience for the attendees. 

INFORMS Meetings Calendar 

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

In partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton and Kaggle, INFORMS is excited to announce the launch of the first ever National Data Science Bowl competition. The National Data Science Bowl is a platform through which data scientists can harness their passion, unleash their curiosity, and amplify their impact to affect change on a global scale.  
We are asking you to solve a critical problem facing our world's oceans using the power of data. Learn more about how you can make an impact and win up to $175,000 at http://datasciencebowl.com. Sign up to compete today. Download a pdf for an overview of the competition.

April 12-14, 2015, Huntington Beach, CA


Deadline for Selected Presentations is EXTENDED to December 30, 2014! Click here for more information.

Registration is now open! Click here for more details.

The 2015 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research 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 management, revenue management and pricing, soft skills, and decision analysis.

Join INFORMS in congratulating the finalists for the 2015 Franz Edelman Awardfor Achievement in Operations Research. They will present their work at the competition in Huntington Beach, CA at the2015 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research, which will take place April 12-14, 2015.

  • IBM: "Predictive Cloud Computing with Big Data: Professional Golf and Tennis Forecasting"
  • Ingram Micro: "End-to-End Business Analytics and Optimization in Ingram Micro's Two-Tier Distribution Business"
  • LMI/Defense Logistics Agency: "Peak and Next Gen: Effective Inventory Control for Items with Infrequent or Frequent, Highly Variable Demand"
  • Syngenta: "Good Growth through Advanced Analytics"
  • U.S. Army and Sandia National Laboratories:"The Capability Portfolio Analysis Tool (CPAT): A Fleet Management and Decision Analysis Tool"
  • Saudi Arabia Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs: "A Pilgrim Scheduling Approach to Increase Public Safety during Hajj"

It's not too late! Make sure your INFORMS membership is paid for 2015 by clicking here.

What do you enjoy listening to? What do you skip? Let us know by taking the INFORMS Podcast Survey. It will only take five minutes of your time and you can give shape to the sound of the INFORMS podcast series INFORMS Today. Log onto the INFORMS podcast survey here and share your views on what fascinates you, what bores you, and how you would design a podcast. We've extended our deadline to December 15 so you can share your views. Click here today!

Interfaces - New Issue

Read the six new articles in the November-December 2014 issue of Interfaces. Members can subscribe to the 2015 INFORMS PubsOnLine Suite for only $104.00 to access all 14 journals back to volume 1, issue 1.

Decision Analysis - New Issue   

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

Strategy Science - 2015 Subscriptions       

Select as your 2015 dues journal or ask your Institution to subscribe to Strategy Science our newest journal publishing in 2015. Strategy Science seeks to publish outstanding research directed to the challenges of strategic management in both business and non-business organizations. The journal is also open to a wide variety of underlying disciplinary approaches including economics, operations research, political science, psychology, and sociology.     

Save over $1,700 - 2015 INFORMS PubsOnLine          

All 2015 institutional PubsOnLine Suite subscribers will receive access to the most recent three years of the series TutORials in Operations Research and the journal Strategy Science at no additional cost. Recommend that your library subscribe to INFORMS 2015 PubsOnline Suite to save over $1,700 and get even more content in 2015.

Calls for Papers - Service Science

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 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.

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.

Call 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 PapersSubmissions due: July 1, 2015