The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with Kid Risk, Inc., won the 2014 Edelman Award for their worldwide efforts to eradicate polio. The award-winning work, “Using Integrated Analytical Models to Support Global Health Policies to Manage Vaccine Preventable Diseases: Polio Eradication and Beyond,” was honored at the Edelman Awards Gala on April 1 in Boston following a series of finalist presentations held during the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & O.R.

The Edelman Award is the world’s most prestigious recognition for excellence in applying advanced analytics to benefit business and humanitarian outcomes.

Along with the CDC, this year’s finalists and their nominated work included:

  • Twitter, with Stanford University, for “The ‘Who to Follow’ System at Twitter: Strategy, Algorithms and Revenue Impact”
  • The Energy Authority for “Hydroelectric Generation and Water Routing Optimizer”
  • Grady Memorial Hospital, with the Georgia Institute of Technology, for “Modeling and Optimizing Emergency Department Workflow”
  • Kidney Exchange at the Alliance for Paired Donation, with Stanford and MIT, for “Kidney Exchange”
  • NBN Company, with Biari, for “Fiber Optic Network Optimization at NBN Co.”

The INFORMS Franz Edelman Prize competition recognizes outstanding examples of analytics and operations research projects that transform companies, entire industries and people’s lives. Using innovative advanced analytical methods, the teams were instrumental in helping their respective institutions make better decisions, providing a disciplined way by which management can improve organizational performance in a wide variety of situations and across both public and private organizations.

An extended article of the Edelman competition and a profile of this year’s winner will appear in the next issue of OR/MS Today.