Welcome to the 2013 INFORMS Annual Meeting
eNews Daily :: DAY 3 :: TUESDAY :: OCTOBER 8
Today's Key Events
Addendum to the Schedule
Congratulations to the INFORMS Fellows Class of 2013
Applying for UPS Smith Prize?
Congratulate Lionheart on 25 Years of Producing OR/MS Today
Minneapolis Area Workshop on O.R. for High School Math Teachers
Blog On: OR/MS Forecast: Sunny days for the Cloud
Tuesday Community Meetings - All Welcome!
Today's Can't-Miss Social Events
Subdivision Awards for Tuesday
Monday's Interactive Session Winner
Tuesday's Interactive Sessions
Tuesday's Tutorials
INFORMS Career Center
WORMS Session on Women Authors
CAP® and Continuing Education
Wrap Up
The Physics of Target Guests
2013 Edelman Award Reprise
Panel Discusses INFORMS' Expansion Into Analytics, Merits
2013 TutORials Online Book
Engage with Social Networking Tools

Plenaries & Keynotes
10-10:50am, Convention Center, Ballroom A, level 1
Health Care Analytics

Dimitris Bertsimas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3:10-4pm, Convention Center, Auditorium 2, level 1

2013 Daniel H. Wagner Prize Winner Announcement and Reprise
Today, in this keynote, we learn which of the six competing finalist teams won first place for clever and practical applications of O.R. and advanced analytics and see a reprise of their winning presentation.

3:10-4pm, Convention Center, Auditorium 3, level 1

IFORS Distinguished Lecture: Computational Disaster Management: The Role of OR/MS
Pascal Van Hentenryck, National ICT Australia and
University of Melbourne


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. 
Additionally, there will be lost and found at the registration desk. 



The INFORMS Fellows Class of 2013 was inducted on Monday.

Sheldon H. Jacobson
, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Zvi Drezner, University of California, Fullerton

Morris Cohen, University of Pennsylvania

Jon Lee, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Martin Savelsbergh, University of Newcastle, Australia

Daniel Bienstock, Columbia University

Patrick Jaillet, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sheldon M. Ross, University of Southern California

Anna Nagurney, University of Massachusetts Amherst

David B. Shmoys, Cornell University

Michael W. Carter, University of Toronto

T.C. Hu, University of California, San Diego


Ranganath Nuggehalli 2014 UPS George D. Smith Prize Chair, Ranganath Nuggehalli, CAP, will be at the INFORMS Booth #55-57 from 9:30-10am today to answer any questions you might have about the awards process.

UPS George D. Smith Prize rewards an academic department or program for effective preparation of students to be good O.R. practitioners. 



We all love our venerable member magazine. It seems like just yesterday is was a newsletter. Look at it now - all glossy and digital, too! Please stop by the INFORMS booth in the Exhibit Hall to sign our giant congratulatory card for Lionheart. They have been good partners for 25 years, and we hope we have many more together.


Minneapolis Area Workshop on O.R. for High School Math Teachers

8am-3pm, University of Minnesota, STEM Education Center 
This special workshop for local high school math teachers is an INFORMS tradition! Sponsored by INFORMS and Wayne State University, the course builds on algebraic modeling concepts and answers the question "When will I ever use this?"


BLOG ON: OR/MS Forecast: Sunny days for the Cloud
by Marc-Andre Carle 
Cloud computing is everywhere this year. A lot of researchers are proposed parallel algorithms for many applications. The Cloud is also quite the hype with software vendors. Gurobi, CPLEX and Sulumn, among others, have announced or are already shipping distributed computing algorithms for solving mathematical programming problems in the cloud. You can thus build your model on your laptop and then distribute the workload of solving the model on one or more servers.



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


CPMS Council

H - Marquette 5,
floor 2



C - 204,
level 2


Service Science

C - 203,
level 2





Saul Gass Memorial 5K Fun Run  

6:30-8am (sign in- 6:30-7am; run - 7-8am); Loring Park on Nicollet Mall, right across the street from the entrance to the Hyatt Hotel.

Join us for the Saul Gass Fun Run We're bringing back a great INFORMS event this year and honoring O.R. luminary Saul Gass at the same time. Prizes will be awarded. The fee is $10 (includes a t-shirt!). You must have registered by Monday. You will not be able to register onsite at the run. On Tuesday morning, all registrants should sign in (receive your number and t-shirt) between 6:30-7am. The run begins at 7am and goes until 8am.


Women in OR/MS Forum Luncheon

12:30-1:30pm, Convention Center, Seasons, level 2
$18 ($8 students)
A limited number of tickets may be available on-site. Go to the INFORMS registration desk for information on availability. No tickets will be sold at the door. All those interested in issues related to women professionals in OR/MS are invited to join us. Sponsored by Georgia Tech, Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering; SAS, Inc.; Texas A&M University, Dept. of Industrial & Systems Engineering; University of Alabama, College of Business; University of Massachusetts, Isenberg School of Business; University of Arizona, Systems & Industrial Engineering; Northwestern University, Dept. of Industrial Engineering & Management Science; Virginia Commonwealth University, Dept. of Statistical Sciences & O.R.; SIMUL8 Corporation; University of Texas-Arlington; Penn State University-Erie; University of Texas-Austin, Operations Research & Industrial Engineering; and University of Florida, Dept. of Industrial & Systems Engineering.


Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) Reception  
6:15-7:15pm, Convention Center, 200I, level 2

Certified Analytics Professional (CAP)Current CAPs, future CAPs, and those interested in CAP certification are welcome. Members of INFORMS Analytics Certification Board will make a short presentation and answer questions.

General Reception, Winter in the City & Summer Up-North
7:30-10pm Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A

Everyone knows there's nothing bland about Minnesota weather! At this year's general reception, you can experience the snows of a Minneapolis winter and the sunshine of a Northwoods summer - all in one fun evening.

Winter in the City features replicas of some Minneapolis icons - like the "Spoonbridge and Cherry" sculpture and the University of Minnesota's new football stadium in Dinkytown. Summer Up-North showcases the log cabins
and bait and tackle shops that line the roads in every northern Minnesota town.

Graffiti Wall, Photo Booth & Golf
Don't miss the downtown graffiti wall where you can don an artist's cap and engage in some constructive vandalism - and bring home a photo of your art. We'll have a couple of photo stations as well, complete with hats, mittens, and furs for shivering in the city, as well as a fishing pole and plaid shirt for your trip up north.

Step over to the campfire to make s'mores (with as many marshmallows as you can fit on the graham cracker). Play a round of golf at our 9-hole miniature course. And as a bonus, rock the night away to the music of Rockfist, a hot rock 'n roll cover band.

Plus...Fun Food
Of course, we'll be serving up a hearty menu that features some Minnesota favorites: walleye cakes with lemon aioli, State Fair all-beef corn dogs, veggie black bean burger, turkey burger slider, grilled fresh corn on the cob, wild rice
and wheatberry salad, camp potatoes, vegetarian baked beans, and cole slaw.

You'll have a great time - you betcha! 



INFORMS Chapters/Fora Committee
Moving Spirit for Chapters 
The Moving Spirit Award recognizes volunteers who have made significant contributions to their local chapters.
Winner: Justin Yates, Advisor, Texas A&M University Student Chapter

Moving Spirit for Fora 
The Moving Spirit Award recognizes volunteers who have made significant contributions to their fora.
Winner: Burcu B. Keskin, Junior Faculty Interest Group Forum

Presented: 7am, Chapter/Fora Officers Breakfast, Hilton Grand A



Congratulations to Mohammad Marufuzzaman for winning the Monday Interactive Session competition.
Poster Title: Impact of different carbon regulatory policies in biofuel supply chain network under uncertainty.

"This poster presents a two-stage stochastic programming model that is used to design and manage biodiesel supply chains. This is a mixed-integer linear program, and an extension of the classical two-stage stochastic location-transportation model. The model proposed optimizes not only costs, but also, emissions in the supply chain. The model captures: the impact of biomass supply and technology uncertainty on supply chain related decisions; the tradeoffs that exist between location and transportation decisions; and the tradeoffs between costs and emissions in the supply chain. The objective function and model constraints reflect the impact of different carbon regulatory policies, such as carbon cap, carbon tax, carbon cap-and-trade, and carbon offset mechanisms on supply chain decisions. We solve this problem using algorithms which combine Lagrangian relaxation and L-shaped solution methods, and we develop a case study using data from the state of Mississippi. The results from the computational analysis point to important observations about the impacts of carbon regulatory mechanisms; as well as the uncertainties, on the performance of biocrude supply chains."



12:30-2:30pm, Convention Center, Exhibit Hall D 
Authors will be on hand and prizes will be awarded. Cluster Chairs: Stephanie Snyder, USDA Forest Service, Jeff Linderoth, University of Wisconsin.



Designed for students, faculty, and practitioners, TutORials in Operations Research provides in-depth instruction on significant operations research specialties and practices.

8-9:30am, Convention Center, 101I
Performance Variability in Mixed-Integer

Andrea Lodi, University of Bologna 
Andrea Tramontani, IBM Italy

11am-12:30pm, Convention Center, 101I
High-Frequency Trading and Modern Market
Ciamac Moallemi, Columbia University

1:30-3pm, Convention Center, 101I
Simulation Optimization: A Concise Overview
and Implementation Guide

Raghu Pasupathy, Virginia Tech
Soumyadip Ghosh, IBM TJ Watson Research

4:30-6pm, Convention Center, 101I
Stochastic Variational Inequality Problems:
Applications, Analysis and Algorithms

Uday Shanbhag, Pennsylvania State University

4:30-6pm, Convention Center, 205B
Solid Organ Transplant Operations
Diwakar Gupta, University of Minnesota


9am-5pm, Convention Center, Exhibit Hall D
OK, you did the Job Fair on Sunday and met lots of great employers/candidates. Now it's time for on-site interviews to explore opportunities in academia, industry, and government. 

In addition, the INFORMS Career Center offers:
  • Online access to job listings and applicant files
  • Expanded information about jobs and applicants
  • Weekly updates of the database
  • Improved Powerful database search capabilities
  • Online data entry for applicants and employers
  • Extended availability of the database http://careercenter.informs.org

WORMS Session on Women Authors

(L to R): Basak Kalkanci, Guzin Bayraksan, Özlem Ergun
By Amy Pielow 
Women in OR/MS sponsored a session Monday featuring presentations by women authors of papers in top OR journals that covered a variety of topics: sequential sampling procedures in stochastic programming, network design in liner shipping, and pricing games in decentralized assembly systems.

Güzin Bayraksan, professor at The Ohio State University, presented first on a sequential sampling procedure for stochastic programming. The method determines the number of samples necessary to solve stochastic programming problems to a given level of optimality by progressively adding samples to the optimization problem. Rules for stopping were also discussed. Under certain conditions, the algorithm is proven to converge with a probability of one in the limit of the confidence interval of the optimality gap estimator at least as large as a user-determined level. 


The second presentation, by Özlem Ergun of the Georgia Tech, discussed carrier collaborations with resource sharing. Operational synergies are possible through cooperation of buyers and sellers via economies of scope. In particular, the researchers study containerized liner shipping in which assets (ships) are pooled among carrier companies. They design a mechanism to obtain solutions close to a centralized optimum despite decentralized decisions in a game theoretic framework. Behavior of companies is modeled as profit maximizing; side payments to shippers are used as incentives to obtain strategic, sustainable, and cooperative behavior. 
Basak Kalkanci, also of Georgia Tech, closed the session with a presentation titled "Pricing Games and Impact of Private Demand Information in Decentralized Assembly Systems." The work combines decentralized assembly systems, common agency, and information asymmetry. Manufacturers who contract with multiple suppliers face more complexity than those who do not, but they also have private information unknown to any of the suppliers. Suppliers with limited information of demand may provide complex contracts to increase their overall benefits. This gain is achieved primarily through the supplier who contracts with the manufacturer first.


CAP® and Continuing Education

By Pelin Cay
In CPMS, The Practice Section session, Jack Levis, director of Process Management at UPS, spoke about Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) certification and Stephen Powell, Dartmouth College, informed the audience about INFORMS continuing education (CE).

Jack Levis began with the motivation behind the CAP® certification program and explained the program in detail. He stated that this certification program emerged in January 2010. The objective is to give certificate to practitioners as a way of proof for practitioners that they are capable of applying analytics, similar to how the Project Management Institution certification program proves project management skills. He explained that CAP® certification is developed according to standards for certification (ISO/IEC 17024). To be certified, the practitioners need to take a three-hour, timed exam consisting of 100 multiple choice questions where paper and pencil format is applied. However, passing the exam is not the only requirement to get the certificate. The practitioners should also satisfy at least 30 PDUs (professional development units) where one PDU corresponds to one hour of analytics-related activity.

Stephen Powell explained the objective of CE, which is building up analytics education for analytics professionals - separate from the CAP® program. He explained that CE can develop highly effective and practical education experiences for practitioners. Under the CE program, "Data Exploration and Visualization" and "Essential Skills for Analytics Professionals" workshops were organized in September and October this year. There will be one final "Essential Skills for Analytics Professionals" workshop November 7-8. Workshops will continue in 2014 as well. These workshops will be organized not only in the U.S. but also in Singapore and Hyderabad. Powell also stated that there will be new workshop topics such as "Data & Text Mining" and "Optimization Modeling." The INFORMS CE program is also planning to start online courses in 2014. Powell finished his talk with how you can support INFORMS continuing education:
  • Sign up for CE workshops/online courses
  • Encourage others in your network to do so
  • Encourage your organization to get involved
  • Volunteer to assist INFORMS CE committee


Data-Driven Operations Research Analyses in the Public Sector

By Pelin Cay 
Lawrence M. Wein, professor from Stanford University, gave an OMEGA RHO distinguished lecture Monday. He discussed five studies that are applications of data-driven operations research analyses in the public sector. The common themes of these studies include:
  • public policy problems;
  • large longitudinal data set;
  • exploratory data analyses guides model building;
  • constraint optimization problem (trade-off curves); and
  • comparing proposed policies to existing policies.
The first topic is about allocating blood for transfusions. Wein shared that five million people per year receive blood transfusions. In these transfusions the current policy is FIFO (first in, first out), among exact matches. The current system has national supply (donations) to demand (transfusions required) ratio which is 1.085, but there is also significant geographical variation. The research question for this study is whether there exists an allocation policy that is better than FIFO. Their approach to this question is to apply queueing model using single parameter policy to minimize outdates. They had a chance to test the model with Cleveland Clinic and American Red Cross for six months. The results show the impact of switching FIFO to LIFO (last in, first out) depends on supply and demand in the system. The predicted benefit of the policy is to reduce annual deaths by 20,000 in the U.S.

Wein's second topic was screening and treatment for childhood obesity. He explained that there are both universal and targeted approaches to fight obesity. Targeted approaches are screening based on BMI, and treatment (dietary, physical activity, and behavioral consulting) by the U.S. Preventive Sources Task Force (USPSTF) and an expert committee from 15 professional organizations. Wein looks for an optimal screening (and treatment) policy that outperforms the existing policies. His method is applying discrete dynamic programming such that the objective is minimizing diseases, hypertension, and Type 2 diabetes. When the optimal policy is compared to USPSTF, there is a 3% relative reduction in disease and 28% relative reduction in cost, and compared to the expert committee, there is a 6% relative reduction in disease and 40% relative reduction in cost.

The third topic was the improvement of ballistic imaging performance, which uses the images of cartridge casings and bullets from crime scenes that are then uploaded to a database. The proposal is to enhance the performance by using extraneous data, i.e., applying the model to cartridge casings and bullets in the U.S. Wein's model decreases the false negative rate.

The next topic was about food allocation for childhood malnutrition, which is a major problem in Africa. Wein mentioned that 1 out of 8 children dies before the age of 5 in Africa. Nearly half of those deaths are a result of undernutrition. There are metrics to define the undernutrition, such as weight for height z-score (WHZ) and height for age z-score (HAZ). There are two foods available for treatment of undernutrition: ready to use therapeutic food (RUTF) and ready to use supplementary food (RUSF). The research question is how NGOs and governments allocate and organize food aid under restricted funds. Wein uses population-wide evolution of HAZ and WHZ data set for their model. They also use randomized clinical trial data to estimate impact of treatment and logistic regression to estimate death rate as a function of age, sex, HAZ, and WHZ. They optimize over proposed class of policies to minimize disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) subject to food aid budget constraint. The proposed policies versus benchmark policies show 9% reduction in expected DALYs at same expected cost, and 61% reduction in expected cost at the same expected DALY.

In the final topic, Wein gave the insight of the study that is optimizing the biometric aspects of India's universal identification (UIDAI) program. They proposed a policy for this program and showed that when the individualized policy is implemented to store different subset of subimages, they are able to reduce false rejection rates significantly.


The Physics of Target Guests

By Anwesha Bhattacharjee 
Mark von Oven, director of marketing analytics and reporting at Target, engaged his audience with physics parallels to marketing, tracking the forces that have altered the retail market.

It was important for Target to be able to keep its target audience wanting to come back each time, particularly because it is a discount retail store. "Target has built its reputation in surprising you," von Oven said.

Target is characterized by its closeness to the community and they have been expanding globally into India and Canada. Despite his past experience working at P&G, which is already a global brand, working to expand a national chain into a global chain was a learning experience for von Oven. With the new generation of millennials, the way stores target and "speak" to guests is changing, he said.

Just like gravity, electromagnetism, and nuclear forces redefined physics, transactions, web and mobile apps, and social interactions have become the primary forces of holding on to guests, von Oven said. The idea in retail now is to speak to the guests, and social forums that Target has released to its customers allow guests to share their thoughts and desired Target shopping experience. Target has also come out with a new app that will allow guests to scan the barcodes of the product and share the items later with their friends. While this allows guests to buy things for a lower price and make their experience easier, it also benefits Target by revealing the guest's friends on social networks and knowing how to predict their behavior in store beforehand.

Now the analytics are becoming important not just in terms of the answers but also what questions to ask, von Oven said.


2013 Edelman Award Reprise

By Amy Pielow 
According to Kees Roos, professor at Delft University of Technology, "absolute protection against flooding is impossible." He made the statement to a packed auditorium during the 2013 Franz Edelman award reprise on Monday. Three researchers accepted the award on behalf of the Dutch Delta Program Commissioner: Kees Roos, Dick den Hertog of Tilburg University, and Jarl Kind of Deltares. INFORMS President Anne Robinson presented the award. The Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences is awarded to organizations utilizing operations research, management science, and advanced analytics in pioneering and transformative ways.

Susceptibility to flooding in low-lying areas is common throughout the world, as are extreme flood events, including a 1953 devastating flood in the Netherlands. Since then, the population of the nation has doubled, two-thirds of whom live in flood-prone areas. Motivated by this risk, and the lack of consensus in recommendations, researchers on an interdisciplinary, multiorganization team spent five years and €4 million on a model for investment in flood dike upgrades throughout the Netherlands. Monday's event featured a multimedia presentation of the award-winning work.

The model, a mixed-integer nonlinear program, considers a 300-year time horizon with binary investment and continuous upgrade decisions every five years. Results from the model imply dramatic reduction in expected costs compared to no change and prior recommendations. The analysis shows that current dikes range from more than sufficient given flood likelihoods to insufficient and in need of investment in three areas. Overall, based on the model's solution, the expected costs of investment and flood damage would decrease €7.8 billion for government policies through 2050.


Panel Discusses INFORMS' Expansion Into Analytics, Merits

By Anwesha Bhattacharjee 
INFORMS Past President Terry Harrison, Penn State, Nicholas Hall from Ohio University, and Barrett Thomas from the University of Iowa, jointly led a panel discussion Monday morning on "OR, Analytics and the Academic: The Path Forward."

As a prelude to the discussion, Harrison pointed out trends in analytics membership in INFORMS, which dipped in 2009 and then increased sharply post 2011, as did attendance in INFORMS spring meetings. He attributed the upward trend to the branding of the word analytics.

INFORMS has decided to expand into analytics without compromising the core competencies of the organization, partly because in more than 30 years, this is the most financially stable the organization has been, Harrison said. He provided a clear definition for analytics, which most members who took a CapGemini survey said was closely related to OR but not the same thing. "I disagree with the statement that analytics can be anything to anybody," Harrison said.

One of the ways INFORMS will realize its vision of becoming the leading organization for advanced analytics, Harrison said, is the analytics maturity curve. Hall said in context of the maturity curve leaning more toward prescriptive analytics, that analytics solutions tend to be automated and the potential value may be greater because of the greater range of techniques and the focus on broader problems.

Thomas spoke briefly about the motivation and design of a new analytics undergraduate major at the University of Iowa, and students from their first batch said employers hired them uniquely on the basis of a business intelligence course that they took.

In answer to questions from the audience if analytics is a fad, Hall said that analytics was here to stay because it is something novel, which is what academics want, and is at the same time useful, which is what businesses want. "This is a marketing campaign driven by a strong product," Hall said.



2013 TutORialsAll attendees receive free exclusive early access to the INFORMS 2013 TutORials in Operations Research online book concurrently with the meeting. Entitled "Theory Driven by Influential Applications," the 2013 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 2014 members receive access on January 1, 2014. You can order the 2013 book or previous volumes (CDs 2005 - 2009) through the TutORials website or visit the INFORMS Booth #55-57. 

INFORMS is using the latest in social networking technology to keep you informed and connected at the Annual Meeting.

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Free Wireless Internet
It's easy to stay connected. The Minneapolis Convention Center features free wireless Internet located in Exhibit Hall D.



Finally, some TV worth watching! Tune in to INFORMS TV during the meeting to catch the latest conference highlights, enjoy "behind the scenes" interviews with meeting speakers and INFORMS leaders, and hear reactions and interviews with attendees like you. Programs from these organizations will be featured in the broadcasts: Lancaster University-UK; CIRRELT-Canada; and Centers for Disease Control-US. See INFORMS TV on video displays in the registration area and Exhibit Hall D, Interactive Session foyer, INFORMS Booth,  and in the Hilton, channel 18, and Hyatt, channel 40. Or, click here to watch videos on YouTube.
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