INFORMS News: INFORMS Annual Meeting 2011 Charlotte Guide to Exhibitors

Visit the Exhibit Hall in the Charlotte Convention Center to see innovative software products, publications and resources. The numbers after each company name indicate booth numbers.

AIMMS® (Paragon) - #109
As a winner of the prestigious 2011 Franz Edelman Award, Paragon’s AIMMS solver-independent modeling platform distinguishes itself from other optimization software through its advanced modeling concepts, a full interactive graphical user interface as well as the variety of deployment options (including desktop, client-server, and web services). Ask for a personal demo at our exhibit, visit the workshop or software demo, or ask for a trial CD (also at Educational Program at

American Optimal Decisions - #103
American Optimal Decisions (AOD) is a privately held company that 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. AOD provides consulting in various engineering areas involving statistics and optimization: financial engineering, military, medical, logistics and others.

AMPL Optimization LLC - #209
AMPL Optimization develops and supports the AMPL modeling language, a powerful and natural tool for creating and managing the large, complex optimization problems that arise in numerous applications. AMPL is notable for supporting a broad range of linear and nonlinear problem formulations and a large selection of popular large-scale solvers.

AnyLogic North America - #216, 218
AnyLogic is the premier multi-method simulation application on the market. It supports any combination of: discrete event, system dynamics or agent-based simulation techniques. Stop by the booth for demo of our new features, to review our new tutorials and books, and get a free trial version to use.

ASEE SMART Scholarship Program - #219
The SMART Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a scholarship and be employed upon degree completion at a DoD research facility. Scholarships awarded include a cash award, full tuition, health insurance and book allowance.

Cambridge University Press - #204
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:

COIN-OR - #305
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 a strategic partner of the INFORMS Computing Society.

Dynamic Ideas - #224
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 - #105
Elsevier publishes more than 40 high-quality journals covering Operations Research and related disciplines, which are edited by the greatest minds in the field. Visit our booth at INFORMS for free gifts, information on new journal launches and demos of our latest technology.

FICO - #213, 215
FICO delivers superior optimization, predictive analytics, and business rules management software products that drive smarter decisions. FICO Xpress Optimization Suite provides powerful tools that accelerate the development and deployment of optimization applications that solve the biggest real-world challenges faster than ever. Top companies rely on FICO solutions to deliver the best possible business decisions to accelerate growth, maximize efficiency, and outperform their competition.

Forio Online Simulations - #106
Forio provides online software that lets you create web-based simulations on topics like innovation, finance, urban planning and healthy populations. We also build planning and policy simulations for businesses and government agencies including energy, gas emissions, and government policy simulations. Try our web application hosting platform at

Frontline Systems, Inc. - #214
Discover new tools for predictive and prescriptive analytics in Excel, using data mining, simulation and optimization, from Excel Solver developer Frontline Systems. Use our SDK to deploy Excel, C++, C# or Java based models as Web Services on corporate servers or in the cloud. Take home a free trial CD.

GAMS Development Corp. - #114
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 - #110
Gurobi Optimization provides high performance LP, QP and MIP solvers. We offer best-in-class performance, unbeatable customer support, free licenses for academic users, and fair and flexible commercial licensing policies. Come to our booth to learn more about our new Gurobi 4.6 release.

IBM: ILOG Optimization - #113, 115, 117
The combination of ILOG, SPSS and IBM has created the largest full-service OR company. Join us for a complimentary pre-conference workshop to learn how IBM is bringing OR and Supply Chain Optimization into practice and for a special academic user group session. Attend the IBM ILOG CPLEX Optimization Studio tutorial to learn about enhancements to the world’s most trusted and widely used optimization software. Throughout the conference, come by our exhibit to meet with our product experts for one-hour clinics and to learn how to use CPLEX Optimization Studio and IBM SPSS together.

INFORMS - #121, 125, 127
Visit our booth/bookstore to talk with INFORMS staff about our journals, magazines, membership benefits and services, continuing education, communities, networking opportunities, and our new journal Service Science. INFORMS staff is available to assist you with purchasing print, electronic products, or renewing memberships and will have the latest information about INFORMS products and services and our newest member benefits. We look forward to seeing you!

LINDO Systems, Inc. - #301
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. - #223
The integrative, team-based, competitive LINKS business simulations are used worldwide in undergraduate, MBA, and EMBA courses and in corporate ExecEd programs. The rich content, responsive high-touch direct-from-the-author instructor support, and extensive student and instructor web-support resources of the 19 customizable LINKS simulations have enhanced 50,000+ students’ learning experiences since 1999.

Lumina Decision Systems, Inc. - #217
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.

Maximal Software, Inc. - #101
MPL has been distributed with a standard GUI interface for development and the object-oriented OptiMax Component library for deployment for many years now. With the advent of scripting language frameworks such as Python that are becoming increasingly popular, there are now new opportunities for integrating optimization into real-world applications. With the new MPL OptiMax 2.0 for Python and .Net, we are introducing a new scripting and component library interfaces for MPL that takes full advantage of the many powerful features of Python, CSharp and VB.Net.

McGraw-Hill/Irwin - #309
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.

McGraw-Hill Professional - #307
McGraw-Hill is a leading global publisher of books and online resources designed to meet the professional needs of the OR/MS community. Stop by to take advantage of our show book discount, special giveaways, and more.

now publishers - #122
now publishers publishes high-quality reference, research and review journals in business and technology. The Foundations and Trends journals publish state-of-the-art review articles written by leading researchers in the field, with the references linked to the original articles, and allow for updating by the author and community.

Oracle Crystal Ball - #303
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 uncertain market conditions.

Palgrave Macmillan - #206
Palgrave Macmillan is proud to be the publisher of The OR Society and delighted to announce the latest addition to the ORS journal portfolio: Health Systems, a new interdisciplinary journal promoting the idea that all aspects of health and healthcare delivery can be viewed from a systems perspective. The journal launches in 2012. Come to our booth to pick up more details!

Palisade Corporation - #124
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. Its flagship product, @RISK, debuted in 1987 and performs risk analysis using Monte Carlo simulation. With an estimated 150,000 users, Palisade software can be found in more than 100 countries and has been translated into six languages.

Responsive Learning Technologies - #210
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 tutorials in math, statistics, finance, economics, accounting and spreadsheets.

Salford Systems - #208
Salford Systems offers an accurate, ultra-fast predictive and data mining platform. SPM (Salford Predictive Miner) is used by major organizations including leaders in fraud detection, credit risk, direct marketing, online analytics, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, logistics, natural resources, auditing, security and national defense. Other core components include CART®, MARS®, TreeNet® and RandomForests®.

SAS - #201
The leader in business analytics, SAS enables organizations to turn data into fact-based insight about customers, performance, financials and more. Integrating operational research methods into a spectrum of data management, analytic and business intelligence capabilities, SAS helps you anticipate and optimize business opportunities, deploying results where and when they’re needed.

SAS Global Academic Program - #203
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:

SAS Institute, JMP Division - #205
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.

SIAM - #120
Visit the SIAM booth to check out our new publications, including titles in the MOS-SIAM Series on Optimization and other recently published and bestselling SIAM books, all available at a conference discount. You’ll also find sample issues of SIAM’s renowned journals, including SIOPT, along with information and applications for anyone interested in becoming a SIAM member. And don’t forget to pick up a copy of SIAM News for the road.

South-Western Cengage Learning - #321, 323
Cengage Learning/South-Western Publishing is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic and professional markets worldwide. The company’s products and services are designed to foster academic excellence and professional development, increase student engagement, improve learning outcomes and deliver authoritative information to people whenever and wherever they need it.

Springer - #116, 118
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.

Syncopation Software, Inc. - #313
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 that DPL 8 is available now! DPL 8 includes an all new Excel interface so you may work directly from Excel! Syncopation offers convenient, affordable academic licensing options.

Tableau Software - #221
Tableau Software’s Tableau for Teaching (TfT) supports the academic community to teach skills around data analysis, informatics and data visualization, by providing free: software for use in course work; guest lecturers via the web; and assistance with data sets and course assignments. Learn more at www.tableausoftware.

Taylor & Francis Group LLC-CRC Press - #102, 104
CRC Press - Taylor & Francis is a premier publisher in mathematics, sciences and engineering textbooks, professional manuals, reference works, journals and electronic databases. Please visit our booth to peruse our titles, receive special convention discounts of 15% -25%, and pick up complimentary copies of our journals.

Texas A&M University Dept. of Statistics - #207
The Department of Statistics at Texas A&M University offers an online Master of Science in Statistics degree and Certificates with the emphasis in Data Mining, Biostatistics, or Applied Statistics. An integrated extension of our renowned on-campus program, distance students receive the same instruction, course materials and exams - with added flexibility.

Walden University - #107
For 40 years, Walden University has helped working professionals reach their academic goals and make a greater impact in their organizations and communities. Today, more than 42,500 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees at Walden. This accredited university is redefining how professionals learn through an engaging educational experience that connects students with expert faculty members and peers from around the world.

Wiley-Blackwell - #202
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 LLC - #108
Ziena was founded in 2001 by world-renowned scientists to provide robust software tools and responsive, professional technical support for difficult nonlinear optimization problems. Many Fortune 100 customers and hundreds of sites worldwide rely on Ziena’s KNITRO solver to deliver optimization excellence in various financial, energy, communications, science and engineering applications.