INFORMS NEWS: INFORMS Annual Meeting exhibitors
Sunday, Nov. 1: noon-5 p.m. • Welcome Reception: 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 2: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • Tuesday, Nov. 3: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • Wednesday, Nov. 4: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The following companies and organizations will feature innovative software products, publications and resources at the 2015 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on Nov. 1-4.
ACT Operations Research
ACT OR is a company of math and engineers dedicated to improving customer businesses by creating Executive Decision Support systems based on forecasting, mathematical optimization and statistical models and using “big data.” The purpose of our software toolsets and solutions are to assist customers in improving, processes, assets and labor – utilization by optimization or simulation models, that can offer the most efficient policies or systems to help customers cut operating costs. Our tools are “prescriptive and predictive” analytical by design, for risk reduction capabilities for business investments. See http://www.act-operationsresearch.com/Products/Before_Predictive_Analytics.html
AIMMS is an innovative technology company with offices in Europe, the U.S. and Asia. Half of the global Fortune top 20 corporations rely on AIMMS because of its unique analytics, modeling and optimization platform that supports complex business decision making at every organizational level and key functional areas. Join our hackathon on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., room 103a in the Convention Center. The hackathon will tackle a real-world problem from a major U.S. airline and is geared to encouraging the use of modeling and optimization. There will be a prize, snacks, networking, coffee, T-shirts and a lot of fun!
AMPL Optimization Inc.
AMPL’s modeling language and system give you an exceptionally powerful and natural tool for developing and deploying the complex optimization models that arise in diverse business applications. AMPL lets you formulate problems the way you think of them, while providing access to the advanced algorithmic alternatives that you need to find good solutions fast. It features an integrated scripting language for automating analyses and building iterative optimization schemes; access to spreadsheet and database files; and application programming interfaces for embedding within larger systems. AMPL works with more than 30 powerful optimization engines including all of the most widely used large-scale solvers.
AnyLogic North America, LLC
Booth #22 & 23
The AnyLogic Company along with AnyLogic Software is a global organization with Headquarters in Chicago, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Paris, with consulting, sales and marketing professionals. Founded in 1992, the AnyLogic team designs, develops and markets AnyLogic software – the first and only tool that brings together system dynamics, process-centric (discrete event) and agent-based methods within one modeling language and one model development environment – has been the leading provider of dynamic simulation tools, technologies and consulting services for business applications. The language of AnyLogic has unmatched flexibility enabling modelers to capture the complexity of business, economy and social systems at any level of detail to gain deeper insight into interdependent processes inside and around an organization.
Aptech Systems, Inc.
GAUSS is a powerful, highly adaptive suite of analytical software and tools that maximize the probability of success, giving analysts the ability to dig deeper into data to unlock actionable results. GAUSS is the product of decades of innovation and enhancement by Aptech Systems, a supportive team of experts dedicated to the success of the worldwide GAUSS user community. From physics to finance, Aptech is committed to helping people achieve their goals by offering flexible products and applications that define the leading edge of statistical analysis capabilities.
Artelys is internationally known as an expert in the field of optimization and analytics and continues its growth with the recent acquisition of Ziena Optimization, author of KNITRO. Dedicated to provide sound decision-making through technology, operations research and statistics with top international engineers, Artelys also develops, distributes and supports a comprehensive portfolio of efficient and robust tools: Artelys Kalis, FICO® Xpress Optimization suite, KNITRO and AMPL. Relying on these tools and a high level of expertise in quantitative methods, Artelys has been successful in delivering 100+ efficient solutions to the most complex business problems. Located in France, United States and Canada.
Cambridge University Press
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 percent discount, and to pick up sample issues of our journals. Visit our website to see everything we do: www.cambridge.org/us/academic.
The Computational Infrastructure for Operations Research publishes high quality, free, open source tools for O.R. 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.
Darden Business Publishing
Darden Business Publishing produces and markets case-based materials written by the renowned faculty at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Darden maintains a catalogue of student-centered learning materials that energize classrooms around the world with dynamic interactive multimedia cases, innovative simulations and thought-provoking paper cases.
OPTEX Mathematical Modeling System represents the new paradigm to make mathematical models. OPTEX separates the algebraic formulation from the source code of the models and generates computer programs in multiples optimization technologies (C, GAMS, IBM-OPL, MOSEL, AIMMS, and AMPL). It is based on its own unique database algebraic language that supports MS-EXCEL algebraic formulation. OPTEX supports every stage of the mathematical modeling process (data model definition, data validation, SQL connection, graphic user interface generation, algebraic model formulation, numerical model generation, problem solution and results visualization). Easy and fast, OPTEX represents the new generation to Do Analytics. See: http://www.doanalytics.net/Documents/OPTEX-Presentation.pdf)
Dynamic Ideas, LLC
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 is a leading publisher in the operations research and decision sciences field, with 20 high-quality peer-reviewed journals, including European Journal of Operational Research and Operations Research Perspectives. Elsevier’s operations research and decision sciences journals occupy 13 of the top 20 (including 8 of the top 10) positions in the Operations Research & Management Science category of Thomson Reuters’ Social Sciences Citation Index. For more information visit http://www.elsevier.com/social-sciences/decision-sciences.
Booth #55 & 56
FICO is a leading analytics software company, helping businesses around the world make better decisions that accelerate growth, profitability and customer satisfaction. FICO’s optimization tools, which include FICO® Xpress Optimization Suite, feature high-performance solvers, flexible modeling and application development tools. FICO’s optimization capabilities are now available on the FICO® Analytic Cloud and the FICO® Decision Management Suite, providing an easy, cost-effective way to evaluate, customize, deploy and scale state-of-the-art analytics and decision management solutions. Join us for the workshop to learn about the latest Xpress features and visit our exhibition area booth. Learn more at www.fico.com.
Forio builds and hosts online business simulation games used by Harvard Business School, Wharton, MIT Sloan and other universities and major corporations. Learners are actively engaged because they play a role. They’re not just reading and analyzing. More than 60 percent of all MBAs currently enrolled at business schools worldwide will play a Forio simulation game before they graduate. We also build multiplayer collaborative or competitive simulation games with several Fortune 500 clients. Forio Epicenter, our simulation development software, allows for the rapid creation of simulation front-ends, as well as dashboards and data visualizations.
Frontline Systems, Inc.
Frontline Systems is democratizing analytics, enabling business analysts and managers to get results quickly – without expensive enterprise software and steep learning curves. See how easily you can solve optimization, simulation/risk analysis and predictive analytics models in Excel Online, Google Sheets and Apple’s iPad – starting for free. See new Analytic Solver® Platform V2016 for desktop Excel, the easy-to-use integrated software that builds on Excel’s Solver, Tableau, Power BI and other tools. See our developer SDKs for data mining, simulation and optimization, and our new RASON® modeling language and REST API. You’ll be surprised by how little this costs, and how quickly you can get results.
GAMS Development Corp.
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, Inc.
Gurobi Optimization provides high-performance math programming solvers using the most advanced implementations of the latest algorithms. We offer best-in-class performance, support a broad range of interfaces and modeling languages, and offer flexible licensing together with transparent, no surprises pricing, all backed by outstanding, easy-to-reach support.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of Logistics & Maritime Studies
The Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies is one of the three departments in the Faculty of Business, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. We take a multi-disciplinary approach to establishing an area of excellence in logistics, supply chain and operations management. We would like to enhance and accelerate through the recruitment of ambitious, high-caliber candidates to join our academic team (http://www.lms.polyu.edu.hk/en/footer/careeropportunities/). You are welcome to join our tea reception, which will be held on Nov. 2 from 5-6 p.m. and Nov. 3 from 11 a.m.-noon in the Three Bay Hospitality Suite of Marriott Philadelphia.
Booth #51 & 52
IBM is paving the way to the next generation of analytics solutions and platforms, combining descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics with the power of cloud and cognitive insights. IBM Decision Optimization, which includes the market-leading IBM CPLEX Optimizer, has helped more organizations drive performance improvements from prescriptive analytics than any other company, including 4x as many Edelman Award finalists. Visit the IBM Analytics booth to learn more about prescriptive analytics with IBM Decision Optimization, as well as the IBM Academic Initiative offering for all fields of analytics.
IdeaConnection provides a full suite of open innovation services to help accelerate your R&D initiatives and speed your products to market. Whether it’s finding licensing opportunities, searching for collaboration partners, solving technical problems, crowdsourcing or giving you the tools and help to make your open innovation portal successful, our model ensures that you are using the right tool for the job. IdeaConnection uses multidisciplinary teams of highly qualified, hand-picked experts to solve your technical challenges. The result is an unparalleled level of confidentiality, lower burden on your technical staff, and highest success rate in the industry. Better yet, you only pay for success.
IEOM Society promotes and encourages critical thinking in the field of industrial engineering (IE) and operations management (OM), provides means to communicate and network among people enthused with similar interests through conferences, seminars, workshops membership, student and professional chapters across the globe, and illustrative research publications to disseminate the earned knowledge and experience.
IEOM Global Engineering Education addresses challenges and opportunities for readiness of engineering graduates from various parts of the world. IEOM Society focuses on how to reduce the readiness gap around the world. IEOM Industry Solutions showcases industrial case studies and their impacts using IE/OM tools and techniques.
Lehigh University, ISE Department
Recognized among the nation’s premier research universities, Lehigh offers a rigorous academic community for nearly 7,000 students. Lehigh’s sesquicentennial celebrations are shining light on the people, places, breakthroughs and traditions of the 150 years that made Lehigh a prime institution. The ISE department pursues excellence and national prominence in O.R., analytics, IT and related fields through innovative teaching, distinguished research and professional leadership. Building on its unique strength and reputation, ISE strives for leadership in educational innovation, multidisciplinary cutting edge research and industrial partnership. Our ultimate mission is to produce leaders who have learned to think critically and analytically, have the skills to comprehend and create new knowledge, and are willing to serve and inspire others.
LINDO Systems, Inc.
LINDO Systems offers three products hooked to industrial strength solvers for linear, integer, stochastic, NLP and global optimization. LINGO includes a powerful modeling language and convenient data options to make building models faster and easier. What’sBest! allows you to build large optimization models in Excel. Models are easy to build and understand for anyone comfortable within Excel. LINDO API allows you to plug the power of the LINDO solvers right into customized applications that you have written. Find out about the latest solver enhancements and pick up a full capacity evaluation license to try or a free educational research license.
The MATLAB and Simulink product families are fundamental applied math and computational tools adopted by more than 5,000 universities and colleges. MathWorks products help prepare students for careers in industry, where the tools are widely used for data analysis, mathematical modeling and algorithm development in collaborative research and new product development.
Maximal Software, Inc.
Maximal Software will be introducing the new release 5.0 of the MPL Modeling System and the OptiMax Component Library during the conference. This new release represents a major milestone for MPL, and offers numerous new features and enhancements. We also will be introducing both the MPL Academic Program and the MPL Free Development Program, which provide access to free full-size development versions of the MPL software for academic faculty, students, and even commercial users and consultants. To sign up for your free copy of MPL, please visit us at our Exhibit Booth anytime during the conference or attend our Software Demonstration session on Wednesday at 8 a.m., Room 302, Convention Center.
Microsoft Power BI
At Microsoft our mission and values are to help people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential. We are striving to empower a culture of data by visualizing any data, any place, in any way. Our Power BI solution allows everyone in an organization to become data-driven decision-makers. Power BI simplifies complex analytics and provides proactive alerting on all kinds and sizes of data from structured and unstructured to real-time streaming data.
MOSEK ApS provides optimization software that helps customers make better decisions. The customer base consists of financial institutions and companies, engineering and software vendors, among others. MOSEK ApS was established in 1997 by Erling D. Andersen and Knud D. Andersen, and it specializes in creating advanced software for solution of mathematical optimization problems. In particular, the company focuses on solution of large-scale linear, quadratic and conic optimization problems. For more details visit our web site www.mosek.com.
North Carolina State University, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Booth #47 & 48
The Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at N.C. State University is among the top ranked programs in the country. The department features educational and research programs in optimization, stochastic processes, simulation, systems analysis and analytics, quality and reliability, logistics and health systems. We offer master’s (resident and on-line) and doctoral degrees in industrial engineering, as well as a master of supply chain engineering and management. With external from NSF, NIH, DoD and industry and location near Research Triangle Park, the department provides a vibrant environment for more than 200 graduate students.
North Carolina State University, Engineering Online
The College of Engineering at North Carolina State University has 12 academic departments and more than 20 centers, institutes and laboratories. Professional engineers and computer scientists can participate in the College’s Engineering Online program and take classes for professional development or toward the completion of one of the 16 online master degree programs available for distance students. For more information, visit these websites: www.engr.ncsu.edu and http://EngineeringOnline.ncsu.edu.
Optimization Direct Inc.
Optimization Direct Inc., co-founded by Dr. Robert Ashford, a pioneer in the field of optimization, and Dr. Alkis Vazacopoulos, a leader in the industry, markets IBM® ILOG® CPLEX Optimization Studio®, the world’s leading software product for modeling and optimization. CPLEX Optimization Studio solves large-scale optimization problems and enables better business decisions and resulting financial benefits in areas such as supply chain management, operations, healthcare, retail, transportation, logistics and asset management. It has been applied in sectors as diverse as manufacturing, processing, distribution, retailing, transport, finance and investment.
Palgrave Macmillan is a cross-market publisher specializing in cutting edge academic and trade non-fiction, reference and journals.
Provalis Research is a leading developer of text analytics software with ground-breaking qualitative and quantitative analysis programs, such as QDA Miner, an innovative mixed-methods qualitative data analysis software; WordStat, a powerful add-on module for computer assisted content analysis and text mining; and Simstat, an easy yet powerful statistical software. One of the most distinctive features of these tools is their interoperability, allowing researchers to integrate numerical and textual data into a single project file and to seamlessly move back and forth between quantitative and qualitative data analysis, as well as to easily explore relationships between numerical and textual data.
Responsive Learning Technologies
Responsive Learning Technologies develops online competitive exercises used to teach operations management and supply chain management in business and industrial engineering programs. Our games provide a dynamic context for teaching concepts like capacity management, lead-time management, inventory control, supply network design and logistics. Beginning with our first game, Littlefield Technologies developed at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 1999, our simulation games have been widely used with all levels of students from undergraduate to post-graduate and executives. In addition, we offer Business Foundations, an online adaptive learning system designed to help students prepare for beginning their MBA studies.
Founded in 2000, River Logic is a privately held technology firm with a mission to establish prescriptive analytics (optimization) as the leading scientific approach to business planning and decision support. Its focus is on helping customers and business partners increase their performance, decision-making agility and ability to predict business outcomes. River Logic provides a prescriptive analytics platform, Enterprise Optimizer®, on a service-oriented architecture that supports SaaS and on-premise deployments. This is complemented by an Integrated Business Planning application that simplifies customer adoption of the solution and platform into their business. These solutions enable customers and partners to quickly configure scalable, high-ROI white space planning and decision support applications.
Successful organizations today rely heavily on analytics to guide and support operational, tactical and strategic decision-making. Many of the most successful rely on SAS, which provides a full spectrum of coordinated analytic capabilities, including data integration, statistics, data and text mining, econometrics and forecasting, and operations research (optimization, simulation, and scheduling). SAS helps organizations around the world build analytic models, populate them with relevant data and insights, communicate recommended decisions effectively, and surface these capabilities within accessible, business-oriented interfaces. Visit us to see how SAS can help you understand the past and present, anticipate the future, and make better decisions.
SAS JMP Division
JMP is desktop statistical discovery software from SAS that links interactive graphs with deep statistics. In the classroom, its visual approach to data exploration and analysis promotes understanding and collaboration. JMP reveals context and insight not seen in a table of numbers. The academic version of the software includes the same comprehensive and extensible capabilities that are used in the industry version. JMP is available for both Macintosh and Windows systems.
SAS Education Practice
SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions, SAS helps customers at more than 75,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster. Since 1976 SAS has been giving customers around the world The Power to Know®.
Visit the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM, Booth #8) to check out our new publications, including recent titles in the MOS-SIAM Series on Optimization such as “Evaluating Gas Network Capacities” (Koch et al.), “Arc Routing: Problems, Methods, and Applications” (Corberán and Laporte), “Introduction to Nonlinear Optimization: Theory, Algorithms, and Applications with MATLAB” (Beck) and other 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.
Established in 1998, SigmaXL, Inc. is a leading provider of user friendly Excel Add-ins for Lean Six Sigma graphical and statistical tools and Monte Carlo simulation. Our customers include market leaders like FedEx, Microsoft, Motorola and Shell. Our flagship product, SigmaXL®, was designed from the ground up to be a cost-effective, powerful, but easy to use tool for process improvement, quality and statistics. DiscoverSim™ enables you to quantify your risk through Monte Carlo simulation and minimize your risk with global optimization. Version 2 is now bundled with MIDACO-SOLVER, one of the world’s strongest evolutionary solvers for mixed discrete-continuous-constrained optimization.
Simio Simulation and Scheduling Software
Simio Simulation and Scheduling Software (www.simio.com) is the most advanced solution on the market. With simulation, it is the only software that is fully object-oriented with process and objects being defined graphically with no programming. Unlike other scheduling software, Simio allows you to introduce risk into your production schedule with its patented Risk Based Planning and Scheduling. This dual function in Simio not only helps you improve your business performance from a facility design perspective, but also helps you maximize business results by optimizing the use of critical resources and assessing the risk associated with operational decisions.
Booth #2 & 3
Looking to publish your research? Discover Springer’s print and electronic publication services, including open access! Get high-quality review, maximum readership and rapid distribution. Visit our booth or www.springer.com/authors. You can also browse key titles in your field and buy (e)books at discount prices. With Springer you are in good company.
The Institute for Statistics Education at Statistics.com offers 100+ courses in statistics, analytics, data mining, text mining, social network analysis, optimization, risk management, biostatistics, etc., plus courses that focus on tools like Python, R, SAS, SQL, and Hadoop. Our typical course is four weeks long and organized into weekly lessons that include readings, short videos, instant feedback exercises, homework due weekly and a project. Courses are attended every day by an expert instructor, staffed by TAs who help the instructor with posting content and grading homework – participants do not need to be online at particular times.
Syncopation Software, Inc.
Syncopation Software is a leading provider of business analytic tools for decision & risk analysis, Monte Carlo simulation, real option valuation and portfolio management. Our range of software solutions, backed by our responsive support and variety of efficient training courses, can help you tackle a wide variety of decision problems with inherent uncertainty. From quick risk assessments within a spreadsheet (DPL Direct), to complex decision support applications (DPL Professional), to the prioritization of a demanding portfolio (DPL Portfolio and DPMX), Syncopation has robust tools grounded in solid management science principles that are sure to lead you to better outcomes and enhanced value creation.
Taylor & Francis
Taylor & Francis boasts an excellent portfolio of journals specializing in operational research and management science. Our journals are edited by leading academics and offer several accommodating options for prospective authors. Visit our booth to talk to us about your work and browse our operational research and management science journals. Cogent OA is an open access publisher of peer-reviewed research. Part of the Taylor & Francis Group, Cogent OA publishes original academic research article across different subject areas, including engineering, mathematics, business and management. Discover the benefits of open access and submit your manuscript: http://cogentoa.tandfonline.com/
Wiley is the leading society publisher. We publish on behalf of more societies and membership associations than anybody else, and offer libraries and individuals 1,250 online journals, thousands of books and e-books, reviews, reference works, databases and more. For more information, visit www.wiley.com, or our online resource: onlinelibrary.wiley.com.