INFORMS NEWS: International Conference heading for Hawaii

Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort, site of  the 2016 International Conference.

Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort, site of the 2016 International Conference.

The 2016 INFORMS International Conference will be held at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort from June 12-15. Located on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii (the Big Island), the resort and surrounding area offer unparalleled beauty combined with the unique Hawaiian cultural heritage.

The conference, one of the largest international conferences in operations research and management science, offers an impressive lineup of plenary speakers interspersed with invited tracks. The invited tracks will span the full range of emerging topics, from global supply chains to social networks and all aspects in between. The informative program is designed to educate attendees on the current advances in OR/MS that are at the cutting edge of the field anywhere in the world. Through a series of diverse speakers, panels, tutorials and structured networking, the conference will provide attendees a forum for rich intellectual exchange on a broad range of OR/MS applications.

Gang Yu, co-founder and executive chairman of New Peak Group, will deliver the plenary talk on June 12. Prior to founding New Peak Group, he was the co-founder and chairman of Yihaodian – a leading ecommerce company in China. Dr. Yu also served as vice president of worldwide procurement at Dell Inc. and as vice president of worldwide supply chain operations at

Dr. Yu has received numerous international awards in recognition of his achievements including: the 2002 Franz Edelman Management Science Achievement Award from INFORMS, the 2002 IIE Transaction Award for Best Application Paper, the 2003 Outstanding IIE Publication Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers and the 2012 Martin K. Starr Excellence in Production and Operations Management Practice Award from POMS. He has published more than 80 journal articles, four books and holds three U.S. patents.

In addition to the technical tracks, the program includes two receptions primarily focused on networking with international attendees and colleagues. A welcome reception will be held on Sunday evening where Conference Chair Saif Benjaafar and the rest of the conference committee will welcome attendees to Hawaii. The Tuesday evening general reception will be an authentic Hawaiian luau that is sure to be a feast for all of your senses. Men and women in ornate costumes will perform a festival drum dance from the islands of Tahiti. A traditional Polynesian luau feast will be served as well. The event is included in the conference registration fee.

The sprawling 62-acre Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort offers gardens, waterfalls, lagoons and waterways that create stunning visuals throughout the property. The resort also boasts numerous restaurants, three pools, eight tennis courts, two golf courses, kayaking, paddle boating and a dolphin encounter experience.

Registration fees for this conference start at $630 for INFORMS members. Discounted student/retired rates are available. Early registration rates will expire on May 20. For more information, visit: