2018 Edelman Award

The Franz Edelman Award recognizes and rewards outstanding example of operations research, management science, and advanced analytics.

Everyone loves to win, especially when it’s at something you love. Think of a recent project that you have completed; think of the impact; think of the money, time, or lives saved. Shouldn’t you share that with the world? The Edelman Competition showcases the six best advanced analytics and operations research projects of the year— this could be your year to win!
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Because You’re Proud of What You Do

This is your passion. You’ve worked hard, and you have made an impact. We want to hear your story.

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Increase the Visibility of Your Company and Team

Whether you are a consultant or a department within a larger company, becoming an Edelman finalist shows that your work is validated by INFORMS and its network of highly skilled analytics professionals. The current total impact of Edelman finalist teams is over $250 billion USD – that is an impressive group in which to count yourself.

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Become an Advocate for Your Profession

Analytics and operations research are everywhere– they make the world a better place. You know that. We know that. The world, unfortunately, does not know that. Real-world examples of math in action help with understanding of the impact across every industry. 

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Help the World Understand What You Do

With the help of your coaches and PR professionals, you will share your story with the world in plain English. Going through the competition gives you the opportunity to hone your elevator pitch about your project to speak with and inspire mainstream media. Cocktail party conversation? Check. No promises about your grandmother.

What is Involved for the Successful Applicant?

  • Submit a three-page summary of the project, including a 60-word abstract
  • Have their work verified by members of the Award Committee
  • Work with assigned coaches
  • Write a 15-25 page paper for Interfaces detailing the project
  • Receive feedback from judging panel on initial draft of the paper
  • Present a 40-minute presentation with Q&A at the Analytics Conference – the presentation, but not the Q&A, will be video recorded
  • Present a 3-4 minute summary at the Edelman Gala
  • For the winner, a second presentation must be given the morning after the Gala as the plenary speakers at the conference, and a reprise of the work at the Annual Meeting in the fall. All Edelman finalists are invited to present their work at the Annual Meeting to share the impact of their projects.

Competition Timeline

  1. 2018 Edelman Applications Due

    October 27, 2017

    Each September, INFORMS issues a call for entries, and ultimately dozens of organizations from around the world provide a brief summary illustrating a practical operations research (O.R.) or advanced analytics application in which the results had significant, verifiable, and quantifiable impact for the organization.



    Applicants are to submit a document containing a three page summary (a maximum of 1500 words) that describes what you accomplished, in just enough detail to let us judge the appropriateness of your work for the competition. Include a cover page with the title, authors' names and affiliations, and a 60-word abstract of the achievement.

  2. 2018 Edelman Finalist Announcement

    December 11, 2017

    The six teams who will compete April 16, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland will be announced.



    Prior to being named finalists, each entry will be carefully reviewed by a team of verifiers, who work with the relevant stakeholders to validate the details of their award entry. The verifiers will thoroughly examine the O.R. work presented in the assigned entry summary, as well as its potential impact, and convey this information to the rest of the selection committee. The verifiers communicate directly with the entrant's O.R. team, the users of the work, and client management. Verification is a crucial step in the competition as it ensures that only the highest-quality O.R. will be represented in the Edelman Award competition. All verifiers follow detailed written guidelines and sample verification reports, to ensure a thorough process that is identical for each award entry.

  3. Materials Due

    February 2, 2018

    Teams submit photos and executive summaries to create content for PR purposes and the keepsake Gala Program Book

  4. Interfaces Drafts Due

    February 9, 2018

    Each finalist will first prepare a journal-quality paper, with a team of experienced coaches to guide them throughout each step of the process, and help ensure that the paper conveys the significance and monumental impact of the work.



    Once the finalist papers are submitted, the judges begin the long review process. Each judge studies the papers independently, and provides input to a group discussion. The finalists are each assigned a focal point judge who conveys valuable feedback from the judging committee to the finalist's coaches. This feedback helps each team identify areas with potential for clarification or improvement prior to the final presentation.

  5. Videos and Scripts Due to AV

    April 12, 2018

    Teams will make sure that all AV requirements have been met before arriving on site.

  6. Competition Rehearsal

    April 15, 2018

    A 90-minute rehearsal will be held in the same room in which the competition will take place the following day. We strongly recommend a “formal dress rehearsal” run-through of your full presentation during the practice time allotted in Baltimore. (Note: there should be many run-throughs prior to that time to work out the content, timing, transitions between speakers, and other presentation aspects.) The audiovisual crew will be at the dress rehearsal to familiarize you with the setup and resolve any visual-aid issues. There will be an additional room with a projector and screen with additional practice slots available.

  7. 2018 Edelman Competition

    April 16, 2018

    Your team will present their work at the 2018 Analytics Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The recorded presentation is 40 minutes with 10 minutes of Q & A with the judges that will not be video recorded.

  8. 2018 Winner Reprise

    April 17, 2018

    The winning team will reprise their work the following day as a plenary presentation at the conference.

  9. Keynote at INFORMS Annual Meeting

    November 4-7, 2018

    The winning team will also reprise their work in Phoenix at the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting.