Innovative Applications in Analytics Award

Announcing the 2013-2014 Winners of the Innovative Applications in Analytics Award!

The winner of the 2014 innovative Applications in Analytics Award is a team from IBM Research, UNICEF Uganda, and US Fund for UNICEF for their work “A SMS text classification system for UNICEF Uganda”

Prem Melville, Vijil Chenthamarakshan, Rick Lawrence, Solomon Assefa, Machine Learning Group, IBM Research, Yorktown Heights, NY
James Powell, Sharad Sapra, UNICEF Uganda
Rajesh Anandan, US Fund for UNICEF, New York, NY

Presenting Author- Dr. Rick Lawrence

We had 31 great submissions for the first round of Innovative Applications in Analytics Award. A judging panel reduced the applications to 9 semi-finalists and subsequently 3 finalists.  The top 3 finalists- team from IBM/UNICEF/US Funds for UNICEF, team from Ford, and a team from Fiserv presented at the Analytics Conference, Boston 2014.  At the conference we got a chance to learn more about the creative analytical work performed by all three finalists where the work ranged from text classification for Policy influence to models promoting sustainable fleet purchase considering green technology to merchant price optimization application.  Please join us at the 2014 Annual INFORMS Conference where Dr. Rick Lawrence from IBM will be presenting the prize winning work.

2013 - Winner(s)
2013 Winner(s):

Cynthia Rudin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
Seyda Ertekin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
Rebecca Passonneau, Axinia Radeva, Ashish Tomar, Boyi Xie, Columbia University;
Stanley Lewis, Mark Riddle, Debbie Pangsrivinij, John Shipman, Steve Ierome and Delfina Isaac, Con Edison Company of New York

; Cynthia Rudin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Winning material: Machine Learning for Power Grid Reliability: Predicting Manhole Events in New York City
Citation:

We summarize the first major effort to use analytics for preemptive maintenance and repair of an electrical distribution network. This is a large-scale multi-year effort between scientists and students at Columbia and MIT and engineers from Con Edison, which operates the world's oldest and largest underground electrical system. Con Edison's preemptive maintenance programs are less than a decade old, and are made more effective with the use of analytics developing alongside the maintenance programs themselves. Some of the data used for our projects are historical records dating as far back as the 1880's, and some of the data are free text documents typed by dispatchers. The operational goals of this work are to assist with Con Edison's preemptive inspection and repair program, and its vented cover replacement program. This has acontinuing impact on public safety, operating costs, and reliability of electrical service in New York City.

Purpose of the Award

The purpose of the Innovation in Analytics Award is to recognize creative and unique developments, applications or combinations of analytical techniques. The prize promotes the awareness of the value of analytics techniques in unusual applications, or in creative combination to provide unique insights and/or business value. The prize is not meant to recognize strictly theoretical advances, though theoretical advances might be an enabler to innovative applications. Similarly, the prize is not focused on implementation value created, but such value creation might add credibility to the innovation.

Past Awardees

2013 Winner(s)

Cynthia Rudin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
Seyda Ertekin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
Rebecca Passonneau, Axinia Radeva, Ashish Tomar, Boyi Xie, Columbia University;
Stanley Lewis, Mark Riddle, Debbie Pangsrivinij, John Shipman, Steve Ierome and Delfina Isaac, Con Edison Company of New York

Cynthia Rudin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2013 Second Place
Mark R. Grabau, IBM Elizabeth M. Riczko, Westfield Insurance
2013 Third Place

Peter Katlic, Kunter Akbay, Onur Dulgeroglu, Christopher Johnson, Bex Thomas, Angela Patterson, Dan Yang, Andrew Day, Jeff Terry, and Keith O’Reilly, GE Research

David Toledano, General Electric Global Research Marcia Peterson
2012 Winner(s)
Booz Allen Hamilton


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2013-2014 Committee Chair
Pooja Dewan
BNSF Railway
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