Welcome to the 2012 INFORMS Annual Meeting!
eNews Daily :: DAY 1 :: SUNDAY :: OCTOBER 14
Welcome from the General Chair Ronald Askin
Addendum to Schedule for Sunday
Exhibits Open Today at Noon
Random Blog Sample
Today's Key Events
2012 TutORials Online Book
Sunday Community Business, Reception, & Networking Meetings
Today's Guest Tour
New Memeber Welcome & Annual Meeting Orientaion
Can't-Miss Social Events
Subdivison Awards for Sunday
Sunday's Interactive Session
Sunday's Tutorials
Job Fair
Resume Checks
Photos and Video

Phoenix, a cosmopolitan city in the heart of the desert Southwest, looks forward to hosting you as the OR/MS global community comes together to share its latest developments, renew old relationships, and make new friends. From the moment you arrive at Sky Harbor, America's Friendliest Airport, you'll experience why Phoenix is known for its customer service. Whether you prefer the arts, dining, history, or nature, you'll find plenty of options to experience.

Arizona was originally built on the five C's - cotton, cattle, copper, citrus, and climate. Then along came the start of the information age, and the sixth C - (semi)conductors - was added. With the maturation of the information age we have added the seventh C - cloud - as our year-round low risk environment and large IT workforce make us an ideal place for data centers and collaborative innovation.

The theme of the meeting, INFORMATICS RISING, blends the growing role of OR/MS techniques for understanding natural and artificial systems and coupling with computing and communication technologies to drive decision making for enriching our personal lives and enhancing our professional activity. Through talks, panels, and tutorials, experts from academia, industry, and government will present recent developments and opportunities in key thematic areas including healthcare delivery, security, global enterprise, sustainability, and education as well as the underlying tools of the profession.

The meeting will take place in the recently expanded Phoenix Convention Center, one of the top convention venues in the United States. Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, the convention center is surrounded by an entertainment district replete with music and drama theaters, sports arenas, restaurants, museums, and hotels. The new light rail connects the downtown with the airport, Tempe, and central corridor, offering even more convenience and opportunities. The Desert Botanical Gardens, American Indian arts and cultures experience of the Heard Museum, and the Musical Instrument Museum with everything from the piano on which John Lennon composed "Imagine" to the collections of handmade instruments of indigenous cultures from around the world are local experiences you won't want to miss. For those willing to venture outside the immediate area, you can take in the breathtaking natural scenery of the red rocks of Sedona and the Grand Canyon or the artificial architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West and Paolo Soleri's Arcosanti. So come, engage, and be thrilled.

On behalf of the organizing committee, I invite the OR/MS community to join us in Phoenix for an opportunity to learn, inform, and enjoy the camaraderie, culture, weather, and all the amenities the Valley of the Sun has to offer.


Please click here to download a pdf of the addendum for late changes to the printed program.


Registration will be open from 7am-5pm today.


Noon-5pm & 7:30-9pm
You can get into the running to win an iPad2 just by visiting the exhibits. INFORMS will award one iPad during each afternoon coffee break in the Exhibit Hall on Monday and Tuesday. Just follow these easy steps:
  • Stop by one of the exhibit booths to pick up a raffle coupon (different color coupon for each day).
  • Fill out the coupon and get it stamped by the exhibitor.
  • While you're at the booth, give the exhibitor an opportunity to tell you about his or her company's products!
  • Place your completed coupon in the raffle bin by 4:15pm.
  • Be present when the winning raffle ticket is drawn at 4:15pm.
  • You can submit as many coupons as you like, but each must be from a different exhibitor.


A Lot to See on Sunday
by Jim Cochran
Sunday is generally an unusually hectic day for me at INFORMS conferences - there always seems to be several sessions I want to attend throughout the day, and I have to make some difficult choices (a really good problem to have, if you must have a problem!). With 73 concurrent sessions at this conference, I am facing the same problem this year. One decision is easy - at 4:40 p.m. I will be in Regency Ballroom A in the Hyatt for the session, "Feature Articles from Recent Issues of INFORMS Transactions on Education (ITE) and Discussion of the ITE Review & Publication Process." As the Editor in Chief of ITE I may be biased, but I think this is going to be a terrific session. Keep reading.

Plenaries and Keynotes
10-10:50am, Convention Center, West 301A
Terry Harrison, President, INFORMS, and Penn State University; and Ronald Askin, General Chair, INFORMS Annual Meeting Phoenix, and Arizona State University

Richard J. O'Lear, Defense Science Board and Sage Intelligence Associates

3:10-4pm, Convention Center, West 101

Computational and Analytical Challenges and Opportunities in Personalized Medicine
George Poste, Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative and Arizona State University

3:10-4pm, Convention Center, West 301A
Reprise of 2012 Edelman Award-Winning Presentation: Supply Chain-Wide Optimization at TNT Express
TNT Express


TutORials in OR 2012 All attendees receive free exclusive early access to the INFORMS 2012 TutORials in Operations Research online book concurrently with the meeting. Entitled "New Directions in Informatics, Optimization, Logistics, and Production," the 2012 volume is the perfect complement to the series of talks. For access, visit here and log in using your INFORMS username and password. Nonmember meeting attendees: use the username and password you selected as part of the online registration process. NOTE: your username and password also appear on the receipt in your registration envelope. All INFORMS 2013 members receive access on January 1, 2013. You can order the 2012 book or previous volumes (CDs 2005 - 2009) through the TutORials website or visit the INFORMS Booth #58.


Choose the community that is right for you and attend. Members and nonmembers welcome.
R= Renaissance and C= Convention Center

Information SystemsR - Salon 2


Aviation ApplicationsC - West 103A


Data Mining & Artificial IntelligenceC - West 104A6:15-7:15pm
Energy, Natural Resources
& Environment
C - North 232B6:15-7:15pm
Forum on Education (INFORM-ED)C - West 105B6:15-7:15pm
Location AnalysisC - North 226A6:15-7:15pm
Manufacturing & Service
Ops. Mgt.
C - North 2246:15-7:15pm
Military Applications BoardC - North 231C6:15-7:15pm
Minority Issues ForumC - North 226C6:15-7:15pm
OptimizationC - North 229A6:15-7:15pm
Railway ApplicationsC - North 228A6:15-7:15pm
Service ScienceC - North 226B6:15-7:15pm
SimulationC - West 103B6:15-7:15pm
TelecommunicationsC - West 106C6:15-7:15pm
Transportation Science & Logistics BoardC - North 2306:15-7:15pm
Decision Analysis CouncilC - West 102A6:15-7:30pm


Downtown Phoenix Walking Tour
Sunday, 8-10:30am, $10.00
You may still be able to register! Go to the INFORMS Registration Desk for information on availability. Get acquainted with Phoenix and some of your fellow INFORMS guests on this 75-minute walk around downtown, guided by one of Phoenix's Downtown Ambassadors, who will share some of the history, art, and culture of America's fifth largest city (and largest state capital!)


Sunday, 4:30-5:30pm, Hyatt, Regency C
Don't miss this informative session. All new members and first-time meeting attendees are invited to attend. The session will feature a brief presentation on member benefits, including communities, from key INFORMS leaders, an orientation to navigating the meeting, and a chance to network with colleagues by technical interest, geographic location, or other professional interest.



INFORMS Online and Social Networking Reception
Sunday, 6-7pm, Hyatt, Cassidy
What's your social networking strategy for yourself or for INFORMS? We invite all contributors to IOL (the INFORMS website) and INFORMS social networking sites to come and meet face to face. Join us for refreshments and drinks - we are your INFORMS Online community!

Minority Issues Forum Reception
Sunday, 8-9pm, Hyatt, Cowboy Artists
Come meet old friends and make new ones while talking about minority issues and other intellectual issues and opportunities.
Sponsored by North Carolina State University, Edward P. Fitts Dept. of Industrial & Systems Engineering; Clemson University, Dept. of Industrial Engineering;  Cornell University, School of Operations Research & Information Engineering; Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College; and North Carolina A&T State University, Dept. of Industrial & Systems Engineering.


Welcome Reception & Exhibits 

Sunday, 7:30-9pm, Convention Center, Exhibit Hall, West 301

INFORMS and the Phoenix Organizing Committee welcome you to the 2012 Annual Meeting with an evening of fellowship and fun. The Welcome Reception is the perfect venue to meet with colleagues and visit the exhibits. Light snacks will be served. Soft drinks are complimentary, with a cash bar for other beverages.  

INFORMS Awards Ceremony &
Dessert Reception

Sunday, 8:30-9:45pm (doors close at 8:45pm*), Convention Center, West 101
The INFORMS Board of Directors invites you to honor and celebrate the achievements of our colleagues at the annual Awards Ceremony. You can attend the Welcome Reception first and then take the escalators down to level 1 for the Awards Ceremony. Following the ceremony, you'll have an opportunity to congratulate the awardees at a special dessert reception.
*Please note that this reception is part of the ceremony event, open to the awardees, their friends and colleagues, and all those who attend the Award Ceremony itself. We are sorry we cannot accommodate guests to the reception who do not also attend the ceremony. Sponsored by GAMS.   



These prestigious awards will be presented during the Sunday night Awards Ceremony.

INFORMS Expository Writing Award
The late Uriel G. Rothblum, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

INFORMS President's Award
Andrés Weintraub, Universidad de Chile

INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of ORMS Practice
David Rogers, University of Cincinnati

George E. Kimball Medal
Susan Albin, Rutgers University
Don N. Kleinmuntz, Strata Decision Technology, LLC

John von Neumann Theory Prize
George L. Nemhauser, Georgia Institute of Technology
Laurence A. Wolsey, Université catholique de Louvain

INFORMS Impact Prize
The 2012 awardees are the primary originators of the five most important algebraic modeling languages:
Johannes Bisschop, AIMMS and GAMS
Kevin Cunningham, LINDO/LINGO
Robert Fourer, AMPL
David M. Gay, AMPL
Brian W. Kernighan, AMPL
Bjarni Kristjansson, MPL
Alexander Meeraus, GAMS
Linus Schrage, LINDO/LINGO

Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services
Amin Khademi, University of Pittsburgh

Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Military Applications
Mehmet Ertem, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Four student awards will also be announced during the Ceremony:
George E. Nicholson Student Paper Competition
George B. Dantzig Dissertation Prize
Doing Good with Good O.R. Student Competition
INFORMS Undergraduate Operations Research Prize


Aviation Applications Section
Dissertation Award
This prize is awarded for the best dissertation in any area related to aviation O.R. (air traffic management O.R. and airline O.R.). The award includes a plaque and a $500 cash prize.
Winner: Marcial Lapp
Honorable Mention: Andrew Churchill
Presented: 6:15pm, Aviation Applications Section Business Meeting, Convention Center, West 103A.

Energy, Natural Resources & the Environment Section
Student Paper Award
This award is given annually to the best paper dealing with energy, environmental, or natural resource issues by a student author who is presenting at the INFORMS Annual Meeting, as judged by a panel of the Energy, Natural Resources and the Environment Section. The award is accompanied by a $300 cash prize.
Winner: Sheng Yu

Best Publication Award
The ENRE Best Publication Awards are given annually to the best refereed journal articles (in the areas of energy and forestry) published two calendar years prior to the year in which the award is given. The objective of the award is to recognize the contributions of ENRE members to the research areas of forestry and energy. Therefore, separate awards will be given in each area, and membership during the year of the nomination will be a requirement for the nominator. Nominated publications will be judged by three ENRE members in each area (three from forestry and three from energy) with respect to impact and originality. The award will consist of a plaque.
Winner in Energy: Guoming Lai, Francois Margot, Nicola Secomandi
Winner in Environment & Sustainability: Lizhong Wang, Liping Fang, Keith W. Hipel

Best Paper in Sponsored Sessions Award
The prize recognizes the best paper presented in the Energy and Forestry Cluster sessions at the INFORMS National Meeting. The award is based on technical merit and quality of presentation.
Winner in Environment & Sustainability Sponsored Sessions: Rodolfo Carvajal
Winner in Forestry Sponsored Sessions: Bistra Dilkina
Winners in Mining Sponsored Sessions Award: Gonzalo Munoz, Donal O'Sullivan
Presented: 6:15pm, Energy, Natural Resources, and the Environment Section Business Meeting, Convention Center, North 232B

Manufacturing & Service Operations Management Society
M&SOM Best Paper Award
The Best Paper Award recognizes the one paper, published in one of the prior three volumes of Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (M&SOM), as most deserving for its contribution to the theory and practice of operations management. The recipient of the award is announced in M&SOM and is accompanied by a $2,000 honorarium.
Winners: Victor F. Araman, Ioana Popescu
Presented: 6:15pm, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management Society Business Meeting, Convention Center, North 224

Optimization Society
Optimization Society Khachiyan Prize
The Khachiyan Prize of the INFORMS Optimization Society was established in 2010 and is awarded annually at the INFORMS Fall National Meeting to an individual or a team for lifetime achievements in the area of optimization. The award recognizes a sustained career of scholarship from nominees who are still active at the year of the nomination. The prize serves as an esteemed recognition of innovativeness and impact in the area of optimization, including theory and applications. Recipients of the INFORMS John von Neumann Theory Prize or the MPS/SIAM Dantzig Prize in prior years are not eligible for the Khachiyan Prize.
Winner: Andras Prekopa

Optimization Society Farkas Prize
The G. Farkas Prize of the INFORMS Optimization Society was established in 2006, and is administered by the Optimization Society (OS) of INFORMS. The Farkas Prize is awarded for the most significant contribution to the field of optimization by a researcher or a team of researchers. It is awarded bi-annually at the INFORMS National Meeting.
Winner: Michael Goemans

Optimization Society Student Paper Prize
The Student Paper Prize recognizes the most outstanding paper in optimization that is submitted to and received or published in a refereed professional journal no more than three years before the closing date of the nomination.
Winner: Diego A. Moran

Optimization Society Young Researchers Prize
The Optimization Prize for Young Researchers, established in 1998 and administered by the Optimization Section of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, is awarded in even-numbered years at the INFORMS Annual Meeting to one (or more) young researchers for the most outstanding paper in optimization that is submitted to or published in a refereed professional journal. The prize serves as an esteemed recognition of promising colleagues who are at the beginning of their academic or industrial career.
Winner: Sergei Chubanov
Presented: 6:15pm, Optimization Society Business Meeting Convention Center, North 229A

Railway Applications Section
Management Science in Railway Applications Student Paper Research Contest
Sponsored by RAS (Railway Applications Section) and Railway Age. RAS will cover the conference registration fees for all primary authors who are asked to present their papers, including honorable mention. Railway Age will publish summaries of the first-place and second-place entries.
Winner: Xiaoyan Si

Distinguished Member Award
This award is given to recognize distinguished contributions that have far-reaching impacts and help advance significantly the goals and objectives of the Section.
Awardee: Ajith Wijeratne
Presented: 6:15pm, Railway Applications Section Business Meeting, Convention Center, North 228A



Energy, Natural Resources and the Environment
4:30-6pm, Convention Center, North Building Foyer Authors will be on hand, and prizes will be awards.


All sessions held in Convention Center, West 207

Multiple Criteria Decision Making: Foundations and Some Approaches
Murat Köksalan, Middle East Technical University
Jyrki Wallenius, Aalto University School of Economics

Multi-Agent Scheduling Problems
Alessandro Agnetis, Universitŕ di Siena

Humanitarian Logistics
Özlem Ergun, Pinar Keskinocak, and Julie L. Swann
Georgia Institute of Technology

Application of Kalman Filter in Traffic Management and Control
Hans van Lint, Delft University of Technology


Noon-5pm, Convention Center, Exhibit Hall
INFORMS Job Fair provides an opportunity for job seekers to meet participating employers in an informal atmosphere and to discuss employment opportunities within those organizations. Employers meet and collect résumés from many job seekers in a short period of time early in the meeting, giving them the chance to set up interviews during the meeting.


9am-noon, Hyatt, Regency C
Make sure your résumé is ready for prime time. Stop by and have your résumé reviewed and critiqued by veteran INFORMS members.


Attendees are encouraged to take photos and video at the meeting; send your photos to photosandvideo@mail.informs.org, and we'll post them on the Annual Meeting website.


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American Optimal Decisions
AMPL Optimization, Inc.
AnyLogic North America
Cambridge University Press
Cengage Learning/South-Western Publishing
Darden Business Publishing
Dynamic Ideas
Emerald Group Publishing
Forio Online Simulations
Frontline Systems, Inc.
GAMS Development Corp.
Gurobi Optimization
IBM Optimization
Imagine That, Inc.
INFORMS Future Meetings
JMP Software from SAS
LINDO Systems, Inc.
LINKS Simulations
Lumina Decision Systems, Inc.
Maximal Software, Inc.
Now Publishers
Oracle Crystal Ball
Palgrave Macmillan
Palisade Corporation
Provalis Research
Responsive Learning Technologies
Salford Systems
SAS Global Academic Program
SAS Books
Singapore University of Technology and Design
Spry, Inc.
Sulum Optimization
Syncopation Software, Inc.
Tableau Software
Taylor & Francis Group LLC-CRC Press
University of Michigan
Ziena Optimization LLC


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