INFORMS News: Annual Meeting 2010 Austin Guide to Exhibitors

Visit the Exhibit Hall in the Austin Convention Center to see innovative software products, publications and resources.

ac2 Solutions, Inc. - #28
ac2 Solutions is the leading provider of advanced workforce management and optimization technologies. Our products and services empower our clients with the next generation software solutions using our proprietary forecasting models for time series with multiple seasonal patterns, ILP-based optimal scheduling, multi-criteria shift bidding, strategic planning, real-time performance optimization with monitoring, re-forecasting, re-optimization, and provide a differentiating and sustainable cost and service quality advantage.

AIMMS® (Paragon) - #37, 38
AIMMS is a solver independent development environment for building O.R. based solutions to support business decisions. AIMMS distinguishes itself from other optimization software through its advanced modeling concepts, the full interactive graphical user interface for developers, end-users and managers, as well as a variety of deployment options (including desktop, add-in, client-server, web services). Visit our software demo, or ask for a trial CD ( Check out our Educational Program,

American Optimal Decisions - #53
American Optimal Decisions provides consulting services and software solutions in advanced statistics, optimization and risk management. The main software product is Portfolio Safeguard (PSG), an advanced nonlinear mixed-integer optimization package. Use simple codes for sophisticated optimization problems, calling non-linear functions without additional programming. Function groups: linear, nonlinear, utilities, cardinality, VaR, and more. AOD provides consulting involving statistics and optimization: financial engineering, military, medical, and others. See case studies with downloadable data and problem statements:

AMPL Optimization LLC - #40
AMPL Optimization develops and supports the AMPL modeling language, the most powerful and natural tool for working with the large, complex optimization problems that arise in diverse applications. AMPL is notable for supporting broad variety of linear and nonlinear problem formulations as well as all of the most popular large-scale solvers.

AnyLogic North America - #4
AnyLogic North America markets AnyLogic simulation modeling software, currently version 6.5. It is the only simulation application that supports all the major techniques for simulation and allows you to combine them in hybrid models. We also provide consulting and training services in support of our product and simulation in general.

Aptech Systems, Inc. - #16
GAUSS™ can be described in several ways. It is an efficient number cruncher, a comprehensive matrix programming language, and an interactive analysis environment. Technical professionals and academics in many fields rely on GAUSS for statistical analysis, optimization, forecasting, time series and more. The latest version, GAUSS 11, features a completely redesigned, modern graphical user interface, dramatic speed increases and new mathematical and statistical functions.

Automatic Forecasting Systems, Inc. - #20
Automatic Forecasting Systems provides time series analysis software. Our product, Autobox, will build a unique model for each time series for purposes of forecasting, modeling, exception/outlier detection, level shift/trend change detection. It will identify and adjust the model for lead/lag relationships between the causal and the Y variables.

Cambridge University Press - #35
Cambridge’s publishing in books and journals combines state-of-the-art content with the highest standards of scholarship, writing and production. Visit our stand to browse new titles, available at a 20% discount, and to pick up sample issues of our journals. Visit our website to see everything we do:

Conrady Applied Science, LLC - #11
Conrady Applied Science, LLC is the exclusive North American sales partner of Bayesia S.A.S., a pioneer in developing software for knowledge discovery using Bayesian Networks. Their flagship product, BayesiaLab, is the world’s only comprehensive software package for learning, editing and analyzing Bayesian Networks. The latest release 5.0 of BayesiaLab adds unique functionality for formal intervention analysis based on Pearl’s Do-Calculus.

Visit the Computational Infrastructure for Operations Research booth to learn about high-quality, free open-source tools for OR professionals and students, suitable for commercial, educational and personal use. COIN-OR is the place to go when you need a ‘white box’ for algorithm research and development. COIN-OR is celebrating its 10th year as a community initiative to build an open infrastructure of algorithms, models, data and other digital tools. COIN-OR is hosted online by INFORMS and is a strategic partner of the INFORMS Computing Society.

Decision Frameworks Inc. - #12
Decision Frameworks is a boutique decision analysis training, consulting and software firm. Established in 1999, the firm provides practical decision-making skills and tools to the energy, pharmaceutical and other industries. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Decision Frameworks also has offices in Calgary, Canada; Washington, D.C.; and Frankfurt, Germany.

Dynamic Ideas - #48
Dynamic Ideas is a publisher of scientific books that have quality and originality in the areas of operations research and applied mathematics. The key objective of our titles is to educate the next generation. Many of our books are currently being used as the main textbook in academic courses in some of the finest universities and research institutions in the world.

Elsevier - #39
Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific and academic information, working with global research communities to publish more than 2,000 journals and almost 20,000 books. Elsevier publishes 12 of the 20 top ranked journals by Impact Factor in the Thomson Reuters “Operations Research and Management Science” category, including Journal of Operations Management, Omega and Decision Support Systems.

FICO - #7, 8, 9
FICO (NYSE:FICO) is the leader in decision management, transforming business by making every decision count. FICO Xpress Optimization Suite helps organizations develop and deploy optimization applications that solve the biggest real-world challenges faster than ever, leading to the best possible business decisions.

Forio Business Simulations - #28A
Forio Business Simulations builds custom strategic planning simulations and sells simulation development software to Fortune 500 businesses and government agencies around the world. Forio simulations can be deployed over the web, through a browser. Completed simulations can be run on individual computers, within a corporate intranet, or hosted by Forio over the web through a subscription.

W. H. Freeman - #1
W.H. Freeman publishes quality educational textbooks and media. Visit us to see our popular titles, including the new Moore/McCabe/Alwan/Craig/Duckworth, The Practice of Statistics for Business and Economics, 3/e, as well as Moore Essential Statistics, Larose Discovering Statistics, Kokoska Introductory Statistics, Evans/Rosenthal, Probability and Statistics, 2/e, and our StatsPortal online homework and two new video series, StatClips and Statistically Speaking Snapshots (a must see!).

Frontline Systems, Inc. - #24
See our Solver tools for optimization and simulation on Windows Excel 2010, Macintosh Excel 2011 and Windows Azure, from Frontline Systems, developer of the Excel Solver. See how easily you can create and solve models in Excel or C++, C#, Java or MATLAB, and deploy your application on a server or “in the cloud.” Take home a free trial CD.

GAMS Development Corp. - #42
The General Algebraic Modeling System (GAMS) is a high-level modeling system for mathematical programming and optimization. It consists of a language compiler and a stable of integrated high-performance solvers. GAMS is tailored for complex, large scale modeling applications, and allows you to build large maintainable models that can be adapted quickly to new situations.

Gurobi Optimization - #19
Gurobi Optimization is dedicated to advancing the state-of-the-art in optimization, and we’ve done it again with our latest release - Gurobi Optimizer 4.0. Building on proven LP and MIP solvers, Version 4.0 includes QP and Mixed Integer QP. With Gurobi your support questions are answered within hours by experts. Our pricing is clear and upfront. Stop by our booth to discover how Gurobi Optimization can help you succeed with optimization.

IBM ILOG Optimization & Analytical Decision Support Solutions - #31, 32
The combination of ILOG, SPSS and IBM creates the largest full-service OR company. Join us for complimentary pre-conference activities, including the IBM Advanced Analytics Forum. Attend the IBM ILOG CPLEX Optimization Studio tutorial to learn about enhancements to the world’s most trusted and widely used optimization software. Come by our exhibit to learn how to use CPLEX Optimization Studio in teaching and research, free-of-charge through IBM Academic Initiative.

IFORS - #10
The International Federation of Operational Research Societies is an umbrella organization comprising the national OR societies of over 45 countries from four geographical regions: Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and South America. The IFORS mission is to promote OR as an academic discipline and a profession.

Imagine That, Inc. - #30
Imagine That Inc. creates the professional tool for real-world simulation modeling - ExtendSim. Use custom interactive model interfaces to rapidly explore simulation concepts and design options. New this year: ExtendSim 8 adds advanced resource and scenario management. The eTextbook, ExtendSim for discrete-event system simulation, combines the standard in discrete event simulation software with the standard in simulation textbooks.

INFORMS - #46A, 46, 47
INFORMS will have a booth and bookstore - visit us to talk to INFORMS staff about our journals, membership benefits and services, continuing education, communities and networking opportunities. We will be available at the bookstore to assist you with purchasing print and electronic products and will have the latest information about INFORMS products and services. We look forward to seeing you!

Innovative Scheduling, Inc. - #33
Innovative Scheduling develops OR-based decision support systems. We license our software products as well as develop custom software applications in the broad field of planning and scheduling. We specialize in: optimization and optimization-guided simulation algorithms; building custom software solutions in rapid development mode; map-based and web-based system development environment. We promise full return on your investment back within one year of our system’s deployment.

JMP Division-SAS - #26
JMP® is the SAS® software designed for dynamic data visualization on the desktop. Interactive, comprehensive and highly visual, JMP enables you to interact with your data to explore relationships, see hidden trends, dig into areas that interest you and move in new directions that you hadn’t yet considered.

LINDO Systems, Inc. - #36
LINDO Systems will highlight recent enhancements to our optimization modeling software including updates to the linear, integer and global solvers and stochastic programming capabilities. We will be demonstrating LINDO API our powerful solver engine, LINGO our integrated modeling language and solvers, and What’sBest our large scale Excel solver.! Stop by for a free CD with full capacity trial versions.

LINKS-simulations .com - #49
The 15 competitive, team-based business simulations are used worldwide in academic courses and corporate ExecEd programs. The LINKS simulations portfolio includes customizable web-based enterprise management, marketing, services, and supply chain management simulations. 35,000+ students in 1,500+ events have enjoyed the LINKS simulations learning experience since 2000.

Lumina Decision Systems, Inc. - #13
Analytica: serious analysts prefer Analytica to spreadsheets because of its intuitive visual influence diagrams, Intelligent Arrays for managing multiple dimensions, fast Monte Carlo for risk and uncertainty, and scalability to handle large problems. Analytica models are typically 20 to 100 times more compact than equivalent spreadsheets, and correspondingly easier to build and understand.

The MathWorks - #5
MathWorks is the leading developer and supplier of software for technical computing and model-based design. The two core products are MATLAB®, used for performing mathematical calculations, analyzing and visualizing data; and Simulink®, used for modeling and simulating dynamic systems, such as a vehicle’s automatic transmission system. SimEvents® extends Simulink® with tools for discrete-event simulation to simulate a process, such as a mission plan or a manufacturing process, to determine resource requirements or identify bottlenecks.

Maximal Software, Inc. - #21
Maximal Software is giving away a FREE development license of the MPL Modeling System (a $7,800 value) to every registered participant at the INFORMS Annual Meeting! To sign up for your free copy, or just to find out why we are now giving away development copies of our MPL software, please come visit us at our booth during the conference, or attend our Maximal Software tutorial session on Tuesday at 10:30am. We will also be introducing “MPL for Python,” a new scripting and component library interface for MPL that takes full advantage of the many powerful features of Python.

McGraw-Hill/Irwin - #34
McGraw-Hill is a premier publisher in operations management and decision sciences with leading textbooks and technology for operations management, supply chain management, service operations, project management, operations research, spreadsheet modeling and decision analysis and simulation. We are committed to developing author-centered, market-driven texts and innovative educational technology of the highest possible quality.

Microsoft Technical Computing - #45A
Modeling and simulation as well as raw computational performance are critical in an industry with an insatiable and ever growing need for data. The pace and complexity of contemporary financial markets require its professionals to model an ever increasing scale of scenarios and trading conditions in the quickest manner possible. Microsoft Technical Computing makes it easier and more affordable to put the power of supercomputing within reach of more financial services professionals, helping them make better decisions, fuel innovation, speed research and development, and accelerate time to market.

now publishers - #44
now publishers introduces Foundations and Trends® combining the peer-review of journals, the high usage of reference works, and the pedagogy of textbooks. Each “issue” comprises a monograph of 50-150 pages written by research leaders that reviews the literature including a complete bibliography. FnT is available online and in print.

Oracle Crystal Ball - #29
Oracle Crystal Ball is the leading spreadsheet-based application suite for predictive modeling, forecasting, simulation and optimization. It gives you unparalleled insight into the critical factors affecting risk. With Crystal Ball, you can make the right tactical decisions to reach your objectives and gain a competitive edge under even the most uncertain market conditions.

Palgrave Macmillan - #52
Palgrave Macmillan is a leading publisher of journals in OR/MS, including IAOR and the prestigious journal portfolio of The OR
Society. Also on display will be the Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management, an associate publication of INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing section. Come to the Palgrave booth and take out a free online trial to these key resources.

Palisade Corporation - #10A
Palisade Corporation is the maker of the market-leading risk and decision analysis software @RISK and the DecisionTools Suite. Virtually all Palisade software adds in to Microsoft Excel, ensuring flexibility, ease-of-use and broad appeal across a wide range of industry sectors. With over 150,000 users, Palisade software can be found in more than 100 countries and has been translated into five languages. Free trials available at

Responsive Learning Technologies - #43
Excite and engage your operations and supply chain management students with our award-winning, competitive web-based games. Ensure student readiness for MBA programs with our online assessors and instructors.
Salford Systems - #22
Salford Systems offers a highly accurate, ultra-fast predictive and data mining platform (Salford Predictive Miner) used by many major organizations including leaders in fraud detection, credit risk, insurance, direct marketing, online analytics, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, logistics, natural resources, auditing, security and national defense. Our technologies span classification, regression, missing value analysis and segmentation. Core components include CART®, MARS®, TreeNet® and RandomForests®.

SAS Institute Inc. - #25
Operations research never stands alone, always working closely with data handling, broad-based analytics and information delivery. That’s why SAS combines core OR methods–including optimization, simulation and scheduling–with a range of data integration, analytic, and reporting capabilities and with support for deploying OR models for independent business-oriented use. Stop by to learn more and to see what’s new!

SAS Global Academic
Program - #27
SAS is the leader in business intelligence and analytical software and services. The SAS® Global Academic Program works with professors, students and researchers to support industry partnerships with academia; deliver technology and resources for teaching and learning; and educate students about business intelligence, analytics and data mining for business advantage. Learn more:

SIAM - #17
Visit the SIAM booth to check out our new books. Check out the titles in the MPS-SIAM Series on Optimization. Sample journal issues of SIAM’s renowned journals, including SIOPT, plus membership information will be available. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of SIAM News for the road.

South-Western Cengage Learning - #14, 15
Southwestern / Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. The company’s products and services are designed to foster academic excellence and professional development, increase student engagement and improve learning outcomes.

Springer - #2, 3
Springer is one of the largest scientific publishing companies in the world, with a portfolio of 4,000 new books per year and more than 1,200 journals. Springer publishes the largest STM eBook Collection worldwide with more than 40,000 eBooks available. Springer’s Business & Management program touches upon various subject areas such as applied and scientific management, finance, entrepreneurship, operations research and business information systems. - #41
We offer 70+ courses online in statistics, from introductory to advanced, taught by experts and, many times, authors of the text being used in the course. Students have continuous contact with the instructor throughout the course. There are no set hours, so work can be done at each individual’s own pace and schedule.

Syncopation Software, Inc. - #6
Syncopation Software is a leading provider of business analytic tools for decision analysis, risk analysis, Monte Carlo simulation and real option valuation. Syncopation is pleased to announce the forthcoming release 8 of DPL. DPL 8 includes an all new Excel interface so you may work directly from Excel! Syncopation offers convenient, very affordable academic licensing options.

Taylor & Francis Group LLC-CRC Press - #50, 51
Taylor & Francis – CRC Press/Chapman & Hall publishes books and journals for mathematicians and in operations research. Visit our booth to peruse our new and bestselling books and journals. Stop by to take advantage of special discounts ranging from 15 - 25% off on book purchases or pick up a free journal.

Wharton MBA Program for Executives - #45
Considering advancing your career without interrupting your momentum? Representatives from the Wharton MBA Program for Executives will be in Austin to discuss how you can earn the highly-ranked Wharton MBA degree in an executive format. For more information, please visit our website.

Wiley-Blackwell - #18
Wiley-Blackwell is the international scientific, technical, medical and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, with strengths in every major academic and professional field and partnerships with many of the world’s leading societies. For more information, please visit or

Ziena Optimization, Inc. - #23
The KNITROR solver handles the world’s most difficult large-scale nonlinear optimization problems. Preferred by Fortune 100 global corporations, KNITRO interfaces to all major modeling environments, C/C++, Java and Fortran. Free trial downloads are available at