INFORMS NEWS: Philadelphia set to host 2015 INFORMS Annual Meeting

By Tamás Terlaky

Philadelphia’s historic City Hall

Independence Hall and many other historical landmarks await conference attendees in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is a place of history, science, education, healthcare and multicultural experiences. Set for Nov. 1-4, the 2015 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia offers plenty of opportunities to learn about hot topics, such as healthcare, big data, energy, methodological advances, and education. Special featured presentations include:

  • Healthcare: Critical system-wide issues, from both industry and research perspectives, emerging solutions and methodologies will be discussed by Margaret Brandeau (Stanford University) as the Omega Rho speaker, John Glaser (Siemens), Bill Rouse (Stevens Institute of Technology) and Sanjay Mehrotra (Northwestern University).
  • Big Data: The age of Big Data Analytics touches the lives of billions of people. The industry perspective will be presented by Alfred Spector (Google), while various viewpoint and advances will be presented by Michael Jordan (University of California-Berkeley) and Steve Wright (University of Wisconsin-Madison);
  • Energy: Mihai Anitescu (Argonne National Lab) will discuss cutting-edge optimization and computational methodologies for energy research.
  • Optimization Methodology: Alper Atamturk (University of California-Berkeley) will review recent advances in the area of discrete optimization, while Kavita Ramanan (Brown University) reviews the state-of-the-art in stochastic processes.
  • Higher Education: A panel of university presidents will discuss the challenges and opportunities higher education faces, and the role of data-driven decision-making in university management. Panelists include John Simon (Lehigh University), Patrick Harker (University of Delaware and The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia), Stephen Klasko (Thomas Jefferson University and Health System) and Ali A. Houshmand (Rowan University).

Moreover, 13 intriguing tutorials will mark the steady progress of the profession. On top of all of this, I am pleased to report that we are looking forward to another record-setting meeting, as more than 5,100 sponsored, invited and contributed abstracts were submitted. The Program Committee is looking forward to some busy weeks to organize the vast number of contributions into a well-organized, comprehensive program. You can imagine that such a large number of contributions will cover all aspects of O.R. and management science, including methodology and all application areas.

For those who missed the submission deadlines, the window is still open to submit poster presentations – either to participate in the poster competition or just to present in one of the poster sessions. The poster sessions provide ample opportunities to network with old and new friends.

Rich Cultural Experiences

The busy program can be supplemented with rich cultural experiences. The new section of the Philadelphia Convention Center is the renovated Reading Railroad Terminal. It is just above the Reading Terminal Market, where you can explore local and ethnic food, or relax with a cup of coffee. The Convention Center is next to Philadelphia’s Chinatown, with its numerous shops and restaurants.

Philadelphia is a great city for history, science and arts enthusiasts. Philadelphia’s historic City Hall is just two blocks away from the Convention Center. Independence National Park, including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, is within walking distance to the east, and a bit beyond flows the Delaware River, where you can visit war memorials and the Independence Seaport Museum, as well as enjoy the spectacular restaurants located along the river. In the opposite direction from the Conference Center, still within walking distance, is the wonderful Franklin Institute science museum. A bit further away is the museum district, which includes the Barnes Foundation, the Rodin Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Arts and the famous Boathouse Row along the Schuylkill River.

Philadelphia is a higher education powerhouse, with numerous universities, colleges and medical schools. Those who want to see ENIAC, the first electronic computer, can visit it in University City.

Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, is looking forward to welcoming you for a superb conference and offering you an opportunity to explore its rich history and its vibrant cultural life.

Tamás Terlaky is the general chair of the 2015 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.