Business Analytics and O.R. Conference set for Huntington Beach

By Manoj Chari

INFORMS will return to Huntington Beach, Calif., for the 2015 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research, which will be held April 12-14, 2015, at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa. This conference, with the breadth of its coverage and the depth and quality of its presentations, should be of great interest to practitioners of analytics and operations research, whether they work in the public sector or private industry. It will also appeal to academics who are training future analytics practitioners or have research interests that would benefit from exposure to cutting-edge work in industry and government.

This is a three-day conference that will run from Sunday to Tuesday, with the main conference program held on Monday and Tuesday. The Sunday sessions focus on vendor technology workshops, the INFORMS Professional colloquium and the UPS George D. Smith finalist presentations. Plenaries from industry luminaries and thought leaders headline the main conference program. We will celebrate the best in the profession with the prestigious Franz Edelman Award competition and the Franz Edelman Gala, both of which will be held on Monday. There will also be an invited session over two days that will feature presentations by finalists and winners of various other INFORMS prizes such as the Daniel H. Wagner Prize, the INFORMS Prize, the Analytics Innovation Prize and UPS George D. Smith Prize.

The main program will cover a wide range of topics in analytics and operations research practice with tracks on marketing analytics, unstructured data analytics, real-time decision systems, supply chain and logistics, revenue management and pricing, managing risk and decision analysis. Attendees typically have a choice of at least eight parallel, high-quality presentations to choose from among these areas and can tailor their conference itinerary to their professional interests.

Additionally, software tutorials from vendor sponsors run parallel to the main sessions, allowing attendees an opportunity to hone their skills in that arena. Poster sessions on both days offer further possibilities for attendees to present their work to their peers in an informal setting. Conference receptions, meals, breaks and other events are designed to offer plenty of networking opportunities.
In summary, analytics and O.R. professionals who attend this conference will hear about the latest and greatest in practice, learn new ideas and best practices, expand their professional and personal networks and celebrate their profession. Local area students are particularly encouraged to attend and take advantage of the reduced conference registration and professional exposure afforded by this conference.

Please look for announcements and updates on the INFORMS website ( and the conference website ( for up to date information about the conference.

I look forward to seeing you all in Huntington Beach.

Manoj Chari is chair of the 2015 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research.