INFORMS News: George E. Nicholson Student Paper Competition

Nicholson Student Paper presenter Hayriye Ayhan (front center) is flanked by winner Andrew Li (right) and second-place finisher Bradley Sturt (left), along with other finalists.

Nicholson Student Paper presenter Hayriye Ayhan (front center) is flanked by winner Andrew Li (right) and second-place finisher Bradley Sturt (left), along with other finalists.

Andrew Li of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) won the 2017 George E. Nicholson Student Paper Competition for the paper, “Learning Preferences with Side-information.”

The competition is held each year to honor outstanding papers in the field of operations research and the management sciences written by a student.

Bradley Sturt of MIT placed second with the paper, “Computation of the Bootstrap: Complexity, Exact Algorithms and Deterministic Approximations,” while Weijun Xie of Georgia Institute of Technology received honorable mention for the paper, “On Deterministic Reformulations of Distributionally Robust Joint Chance Constrained Optimization Problems.”

Finalists included: Zhi Chen (National University of Singapore), Daniel Freund (Cornell University), Will Ma (MIT) Erhun Ozkan (University of Southern California) and Zhengyuan Zhou (Stanford University).

The awards were presented by Committee Chairs Hayriye Ayhan and J. Cole Smith at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Houston.