Informs News: Fall 2016 Roundtable meeting roundup

The fall 2016 INFORMS Roundtable meeting was held on Nov. 12-13 at the Omni Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., with a meeting theme of “Open Architecture/Internet of Things.” To help facilitate networking opportunities valued by Roundtable members, a guided tour of the Ryman Auditorium, the historical home of the Grand Ole Opry, was held on Saturday afternoon.

The main program began with a presentation from Nickolas Guertin (director for Transformation to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy) and Doug Schmidt (professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Vanderbilt University). Their talk centered on how to utilize modular and open systems as strategic levers to manage current and future system developments in domains such as IoT, healthcare and smart technologies.

The next guest speaker was Tim Meyer (associate partner at IBM Global Business Services, IoT Center of Competency). Meyer discussed the value chain of IoT from sensors to networks to cloud-based platforms that can ingest multiple unstructured data sources and provide unique insights on predicting such events as wear on tires, traffic patterns and real-time supply chains.

Kirk Borne (principle data scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton) followed with a talk on Edge Analytics, which refers to moving analytics as close as possible to the point of data collection. This will enable rapid data informed discoveries, innovations and actions in dynamic data-driven application systems.

The guest speakers were followed by “What Does the Roundtable Think” sessions moderated by Roundtable members Cara Curtland (HP) and Brian Eck (Google). The first set of discussions centered around open source/open architecture. Roundtable members discussed opportunities, obstacles and how companies will make the transition to these new approaches. The second set of discussions centered on the Internet of Things. Members discussed how companies will meet the challenge of turning huge amounts of data into action along with the challenges associated with pushing analytics toward real time to a broad spectrum of users. Results from the sessions will be summarized in a future OR/MS Today article.

The Roundtable meeting concluded with a short business meeting conducted by Bill Browning.

– John Gunckel