Wagner Prize Application Process

Abstract Deadline May 1, 2018


Application deadline: Midnight May 1, 2018
Semifinalist selections: May 14, 2018
Initial paper submission: Midnight June 24, 2018
Finalist Selections: August 6, 2018
Full paper submission: Midnight September 23, 2018
Competition: INFORMS Annual Meeting, November 5, 2018, Phoenix, AZ
Reprise Presentation and award: 2019 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research, Austin, TX 

To be eligible for the Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice, applicants must submit:

  • A 3-4 page abstract in English that provides evidence of mathematical development, solution, unique new algorithm, or series of coherent advances developed in conjunction with an application.
  • Written verification of success in practice.
  • Written permission by the authors for publication of a previously unpublished, English-language paper in the INFORMS journal (Interfaces), and assignment of copyright to INFORMS.
  • Written commitment, if selected as finalists, to make a high quality, 30-minute presentation for The Practice Section at the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ. Written commitment, if selected as the winner, to reprise the winning presentation for The Practice Section at the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research.

A judging committee will select semifinalists on the basis of the abstracts and verification of success in practice. Semifinalists will be invited to submit formal papers. The judging committee will select finalists, provide written comments by the committee, and invite them to submit final papers. INFORMS will schedule the public presentations of the final entries at the fall INFORMS Annual Meeting. Judges will select the winning entry on the basis of:

  • Utility or success of the work in one or more real world practice applications.
  • Quality and coherence of analysis and originality of mathematical solutions.
  • Quality and clarity of writing.
  • Quality and clarity of oral presentation.

The judging committee will announce the winner at award ceremonies at the same meeting, after the public presentations. The winner of the Daniel H. Wagner prize will then reprise their presentation at the spring INFORMS Analytics Conference. The committee will select semifinalists, finalists, and the winning entry at its sole discretion. All decisions are final.

You should copy and fill in the following statement, sign it and submit it to the Committee chair.

I/we, the author(s) of __________________________________________<name of work>, hereby certify that the paper to be submitted to the Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice has not been previously published. I/we hereby give permission for publication of this paper in Interfaces, should it be selected as a finalist paper, and I/we hereby agree to assign copyright to INFORMS as the publisher. I/we hereby agree that, should the paper be selected as a finalist, I/we will make a high-quality, 30-minute presentation at the assigned place and time during the fall Annual Meeting of INFORMS. I/we hereby agree that, should the paper be selected as the winner, I/we will reprise the 30-minute presentation at the assigned place and time during the spring INFORMS Analytics Conference.



Please make your submission by e-mail, or if you do not have an electronic copy of your signature use regular mail to submit hard copies of the required signed statement above. Deadline for abstracts for the 2018 competition is midnight May 1, 2018. The abstract must describe what you have accomplished, in enough detail to allow us to judge the appropriateness of your work for the competition. One page should describe the application and one page should outline the unique methodology, algorithm, or analytical techniques. Be sure to include a signed confirmation of application success and the name and telephone number of a client or executive who will confirm success.

We particularly encourage applicants that can demonstrate excellence in practice, with verifiable results, but the quantitative impact of which is smaller than those normally associated with the Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research. Finalists' papers will be published in a special issue of Interfaces.

Comparison Between the Wagner Prize and the Edelman Award

Both the Daniel H. Wagner Prize and the Franz Edelman Award reward the use of operations research, analytics and mathematics in practice. However, the Wagner prize emphasizes clear, well-written papers and innovative mathematics over quantitative benefits. There are several differences between the Wagner and the Edelman competitions.

  • Most importantly, the Edelman competition is designed to honor the use of operations research and analytics by organizations, and the prize is awarded to an organization. The Daniel H. Wagner Prize is awarded to the authors.
  • Secondly, the Edelman Award judges consider the impact of the work very strongly. Conversely, the Daniel H. Wagner Prize does not explicitly consider impact, but instead looks at success. From that standpoint a small but very successful application could easily win the Wagner Prize, but would be very unlikely even to become a finalist in the Edelman competition.
  • Next, the in-person presentation for the Edelman is very important. INFORMS records the sessions to create media for teaching and publicity and so most contestant organizations devote considerable resources to create complicated, multi-media presentations. The Wagner competition only requires an articulate presentation, and the judges evaluate the presentation only as part of the entry and on the basis of clarity and completeness.
  • Finally, the Prize is smaller. The current award amount for the Daniel H. Wagner Prize is $1,000. INFORMS has invested the endowment fund, and the fund is growing. We expect the prize amount to grow concomitantly.

2018 Committee Chair

Dr.Patricia Neri
SAS Institute Inc.
100 SAS Campus Drive, Room U4055
voice: +1 919-531-9313
email: WagnerPrize@informs.org