The Maryland Chapter


Welcome to the Maryland Chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS)! The Maryland Chapter is a local chapter of INFORMS that provides professional development and networking opportunities for Operations Research & Analytics professionals. The Maryland Chapter works very closely with the DC Chapter (WINFORMS) to service the Operations Research & Analytic communities in the Baltimore-DC Metro region.  

Some of the services provided include guest speaker presentations, social events, and dissemination of information on training, employment opportunities, and other activities of interest to the operations research, management science and analytic professional communities. The community membership comprises of profesionals in academia, industry, government and anyone that is interested in learning about or applying any operations research related techniques. methods or best practices.  

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The Maryland Chapter of INFORMS is lead by a member-elected Board of Officers that are members of INFORMS and the Maryland Chapter of INFORMS. In addition to technical professional development, the Maryland Chapter also offers leadership and managemnt opportunities for OR/Analytics professionals through the local chapter. These opportunities may include elected Board members, committee chairs, and regional conference chair or co-chair. If you are interested in learning more about these leadership opportunities, please contact for more information. The Maryland Chapter Board meets monthly and the Maryland Chapter Board meets with the WINFORMS Board quarterly. If there are any questions, comments or concerns that you would like the Board to address, please email: by the 1st of each month for inclusion in the Board's monthly agenda.


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Legal Analytics

By: Terry MacGregor

Date/Time: April 24th, 2014, 6:30PM-7:30PM

Place: INFORMS, 5521 Research Park Drive, Suite 200 Catonsville, Maryland 21228  USA


The legal world has remained cloaked in qualitative judgments and subjective opinions.  LawIQ transforms opaque legal precedent into empirical analysis that attorneys and financiers harness to make mission critical decisions.  Many early applications have focused on analytics geared to determining the likelihood of success of a particular case and performance analyses of specific law firms and individual attorneys.

From a technical perspective, we will delve into some of the challenges associated with operationalizing the structuring of quantitative data.  Some of those topics include:

  • We will discuss how to extract data from unstructured text.
  • The difference between supervised and unsupervised learning
  • The importance of normalization


Terry MacGregor, Co-Founder, has an undergraduate and a masters degree in Computer Science, along with over a decade developing and leading large-scale software engineering projects ranging from start-up technology companies to developing analytics engines.  Before becoming a software engineer, Terry graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and led military teams on special intelligence missions.

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