In the fourth thematic OR/MS Tomorrow issue on Retail Analytics, we provide a better glimpse into the ﬁeld through from expert commentary from Dr. Mokhtar Bazaraa and applied research being performed at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. Moreover, we highlight what could entail the Future of Retail Analytics. We round out this issue by highlighting our community in the student chapter spotlight, society spotlight, and undergraduate student research spotlight. We also highlight some future conferences that you might want to attend that are related to our theme.
This is our second thematic issue OR/MS Tomorrow, which focuses on OR in Big Data and Analytics. We begin this article with a feature interview with Professor Michael J. Franklin from the EECS Department at the University of California Berkeley. In OR Across the Globe, this edition continues the focus in Africa, but now focuses on big data analytics. Next, we continue our spotlights on a student chapter and journal. This issue's Student Chapter Spotlight is the University of Toronto Operations Research Group while the Journal/Society Spotlight is the Big Data & Society (BD&S). We end the issue with information for you to learn more about Big Data and Analytics.
In the first thematic issue of OR/MS Tomorrow, we featured an interview about the role of OR in healthcare with Professor Dimitris Bertsimas, the Boeing Professor of Operations Research and the co-director of the Operations Research Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In our second feature, Margaret L. Brandeau from the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University described a five-step path to a successful application of OR in healthcare. We presented an article about several OR activities in South Africa by presenting the conferences and societies organized in this area. We spotlighted INFORMS@USF, the INFORMS student chapter at the University of South Florida and announced the winner of the2013 INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition.
In this issue, we feature the “Stochastic Challenge” website and two reprints of articles recently published in INFORMS journals. We spotlight a the University of Massachusetts Amherst INFORMS student chapter, including their “Inaugural Dow Big Data Challenge." We also spotlight the INFORMS Behavioral Operations Section. Last but not least, we include important upcoming conferences and journals with special issues.