INFORMS NEWS: Meeting in Philadelphia offers education, networking & history

Independence Hall and many other historical landmarks await conference attendees in Philadelphia.

The 2015 INFORMS Annual Meeting will be held Nov. 1-4 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Philadelphia Marriott Downtown hotel, which are located in the heart of Philadelphia. The convention center is connected to the Marriott via an enclosed skyway. The three other hotels that are offering an INFORMS group rate are located within a five-minute walk of the Convention Center and Marriott. The convention center and conference hotel are located just 10 miles from Philadelphia International Airport and easily accessible by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, or SEPTA.

The meeting will offer not only educational opportunities but also several networking opportunities. The Welcome Reception will be held on Sunday evening (Nov. 1), subdivision meetings will be held predominantly on Monday evening (Nov. 2) and the General Reception will be held Tuesday evening (Nov. 3). The Career Fair will provide an opportunity to meet and collect resumes from many job seekers and the ability to set up private interviews.

An impressive list of plenary and keynote speakers will deliver talks from a wide variety of application areas, including data sciences, healthcare, energy, security, service systems, logistics, the environment and more. Margaret Brandeau of Stanford University, Michael Jordan of U.C. Berkeley, Bill Rouse of Stevens Institute of Technology and Alfred Spector of Google will deliver plenary presentations. Keynote speakers will include Mihai Anitesch of Argonne, Alper Atamturk of U.C. Berkeley, John Glaser of Siemens, Sanjay Mehrotra of Northwestern University, Kavita Ramanan of Brown University and Steve Wright of the University of Wisconsin- Madison.

The iconic Liberty Bell is a must-see for any visitor to Philadelphia.

The city of Philadelphia is known for its arts, culture and history. It has more outdoor sculptures and murals than any other American city and is home to one of the largest art museums in the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The long flight of stairs to the main entrance of this building became famous because of the film Rocky. Philadelphia is also the home to 67 National Historic Landmarks, including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, which relate to the founding of the United States.

The Reading Terminal Market, a historic public market that offers everything from locally grown produce to table linens, occupies the ground floor of the center. There are a wide variety of restaurants in the area surrounding the Convention Center and conference hotels. A tour of Boathouse Sports will highlight the diversity, creativity and productivity that this leader in customer performance apparel is known for.

For more information regarding the 2015 INFORMS Annual Meeting, visit http://meetings2.informs.org/philadelphia/.