INFORMS NEWS: Minneapolis to host 2013 INFORMS Annual Meeting


The 2013 INFORMS Annual Meeting will be held in Minneapolis, known for its arts and international culinary traditions.

By Robert G. Haight

The 2013 INFORMS Annual Meeting will be held Oct. 6-9 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis. The Convention Center is connected via enclosed skyway to the two headquarters hotels, Hilton Minneapolis and Hyatt Regency. Light rail connects downtown Minneapolis with the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, a major international airport and national hub.

Minneapolis is a cosmopolitan city well known for its arts and international culinary traditions. Within walking distance of the convention center attendees will find numerous restaurants offering locally grown, globally inspired foods. Music, theatre and art museums offer many attractions. Take in a show at the Guthrie, one of the city’s Tony Award-winning theaters. Enjoy a concert at the First Avenue club, which features local talent and international stars (five-time Grammy-winning musician and humanitarian, Ziggy Marley, will perform on Oct. 8). Visit the Walker Art Center, hailed as one of the best contemporary art museums in the country. The Walker will feature an exhibition of groundbreaking and emblematic works of Claes Oldenburg, one of Pop’s most widely admired artists.

Minneapolis is also known as the City of Lakes. With more than 20 lakes and wetlands, the Mississippi River, creeks and waterfalls, Minneapolis is abundantly rich in water and trees. The conference will be held in mid-October, known for its beautiful fall weather and moderate temperatures. Attendees will find opportunities to explore natural areas on foot or bicycle. The city is rated the number one bike-friendly city in the United States.

The meeting will offer an exciting blend of networking and educational opportunities. The welcome reception will be held on Sunday (Oct. 6) and subdivision meetings on Monday and Tuesday (Oct .7 and 8), followed by the general reception on Tuesday evening (Oct. 8). The general reception will draw on the theme “Winter in the City – Up North Summer” highlighting some of the seasonal activities well known to Minnesotans: skating, ice fishing, camping and canoeing. The annual Job Fair will provide employers the opportunity to meet and collect resumes from many job seekers in a short period of time early in the meeting and the ability to set up private interviews later in the meeting. A tour of Medtronic’s Energy and Component Center will showcase the manufacturing and delivery of component technologies that Medtronic – a global leader in medical technologies – is responsible for manufacturing.

A stimulating list of plenary and keynote speakers from academia, government and industry will share their knowledge and perspectives. Plenary speakers include Lawrence Wein, Stanford Graduate School of Business, giving the Omega Rho Distinguished Lecture; Pavel Kabat, director/CEO of the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA); Anne Robinson, president of INFORMS; and Dimitris Bertsimas, Sloan School of Management, MIT.

Keynote speakers include Mark von Oven of Target and Guillermo Gallego of Columbia University. And, of course, the Edelman Award reprise, Wagner Prize presentations and reprise of the UPS George Smith Prize talk will be included in the program.

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The Organizing Committee welcomes you to Minneapolis – City of Lakes – the heart of the upper Midwest. We hope you will take this opportunity to explore the wonders that our city and state have to offer while also advancing your professional development. Last, but surely not least, you are assured of a healthy dose of midwestern hospitality.

Robert G. Haight is general chair of the 2013 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Minneapolis.