Wagner Prize Application Process

Abstract Deadline: May 1, 2023 


Application deadline:  May 1, 2023 11:59pm (US pacific)

Semifinalist selections: June 16, 2023

Initial paper submission: July 31, 2023 11:59pm (US eastern)

Finalist Selections: August 31, 2023

Full paper submission: Midnight September 24, 2023 11:59 (US eastern)

Competition: October 15-18, 2023 during the INFORMS Annual Meeting (Phoenix, Arizona)

Reprise Presentation and award: April 2024 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research, Orlando, Florida

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

  • A 2-4 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  • Written permission by the authors for publication of a previously unpublished, English-language paper in the INFORMS journal (INFORMS Journal on Applied Analytics), and assignment of copyright to INFORMS.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 2023 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.

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2023 & 2024 Committee Chair

James Cochran
University of Alabama
email: WagnerPrize@informs.org

Submissions are accepted through INFORMS Awards Portal.  Deadline for abstracts for the 2023 competition is 11:59pm US eastern time May 1, 2023. 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 INFORMS Journal on Applied Analytics.

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