Innovative Applications in Analytics Award

Finalists presented their work at the 2017 INFORMS Analytics Conference to the judging committee chaired by Scott Grasman from Rochester Institute of Technology, along with a special presentation by Tori Rollings on Caterpillar’s Assurance of Supply Center.

The winner of the 2017 Innovative Applications in Analytics Award is “Audience Targeting Solutions Powered by Advanced Analytics” presented by Wes Chaar, José Antonio Carbajal, and Peter Williams from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.  An encore presentation will be made at the 2017 INFORMS Annual Meeting, in addition to recognition at the Analytics Section meeting. 

Second prize was awarded to Valentina Ferretti from London School of Economics and Political Science for her work on “How to Regenerate Disused Railways? An Integrated Analytics Approach.”

The Analytics Society leadership would like to congratulate all semi-finalists and cordially thank the judging committee for their hard work in selecting these finalists. 

2017 Winner(s)

Winning material: Audience Targeting Solutions Powered by Advanced Analytics

Purpose of the Award

The purpose of the Caterpillar and INFORMS Analytics Society Innovative Applications in Analytics Award is to recognize the creative and unique application of a combination of analytical techniques in a new area. The prize promotes the awareness and value of the creative combination of analytics techniques in unusual applications to provide insights and business value.

Applicants can submit proposals that span applications of descriptive, predictive and/or prescriptive analytics, as well as data creation, collection and dissemination which support or enable novel analytical methods.

Descriptive innovation could include novel measures, visualization methods, or creative approaches to the analytics process improvement, among others. Predictive innovation might be statistical applications, text analytics or simulation, among others. Prescriptive innovation might include game theory or optimization. New sources of data creation and collection, and new avenues for dissemination of analytical approaches can also help demonstrate the innovativeness of the submission. The lists above are not meant to be exhaustive, but rather illustrative examples of areas of innovation.

Application Process

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2018 Committee Chair

Juan R. Jaramillo, PhD (Chair)
Assistant Professor
School of Business
SUNY Farmingdale
(631) 791-6349

Past Awardees

2017 Winner(s)
Wes Chaar, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. José Antonio Carbajal, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Peter Williams, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
2017 Second Place
Valentina Ferretti, London School of Economics and Political Science Alessandro Degioanni Maurizio Arnone
2016 Winner(s)
Cynthia Rudin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2015 Winner(s)
Narges Hosseini, Mayo Clinic Rochester Kalyan Pasupathy, Mayo Clinic Rochester Thomas Rohleder, Mayo Clinic Rochester Jeanne Huddleston, Mayo Clinic Rochester Paul Huddleston, Mayo Clinic Rochester Yariv Marmor, ORT Braude College
2015 Second Place
Jose A. Ramirez-Hernandez, American Airlines Steven Oakley, American Airlines Mei Zhang, American Airlines Alejandro Scalise, American Airlines
Kris Johnson, MIT Operations Research Center Bin Hong Alex Lee, MIT Operations Research Center David Simchi-Levi, MIT Operations Research Center Murali Narayanaswamy, Rue La La Philip Roizin, Rue La La Jonathan Waggoner, Rue La La
2014 Winner(s)

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: Rick Lawrence

2014 Second Place
Daniel Reich, Ford Motor Company Sandra L. Winkler, Ford Motor Company Erica Klampfl, Ford Research & Advanced Engineering Natalie Olson, Ford Motor Company
2014 Third Place
Suman Kumar Singh, Fiserv Aditya Khandekar, Fiserv Tarang Goyal, Fiserv
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
2012 Second Place
Yixin Diao, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center Aliza Heching, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center David Northcutt, Association for Computing Machinery
2012 Third Place
Gabriel Gershenfeld, Cleveland Indians