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2014 eNews Daily
eNews Daily Welcomes You To the 2014 INFORMS Annual Meeting!
We're glad you're attending! Each morning of the Annual Meeting - Sunday through Wednesday - attendees will receive a copy of Annual Meeting eNews Daily in their inbox. eNews Daily, the official news magazine of the Annual Meeting, features previews of the upcoming day's key events and a recap of the previous day's happenings. Enjoy San Francisco!
Ground Transportation
San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Distance to conference hotels: 14 mi. (22.5 km)
Drive Time: about 30 mins.
Typical Minimum Charges:
Taxi $41.00
Subway/ Rail $5.65

Airport Express Shuttle
$15 per person each way from SFO
Reservations must be booked in advance at http://www.airportexpresssf.com/.

Check out the Pinterest Annual Meeting board for interesting things to do and see while in San Francisco. Restaurants, museums, music, tourist sights, and more.

Technology Center- Wireless Internet

Free wireless internet is available in the Technology Center in the Hilton, Grand Ballroom. A limited number of computers will also be available. Name badges must be worn for admittance. The Technology Center will be open Sunday, 12-5pm; Monday-Tuesday, 9am-5pm; and Wednesday, 9am-3pm.
Sponsored by AIMMS.
Tip Sheet for Practitioners
Are you a practitioner attending the Annual Meeting? Click here to download items of interest.

You're Invited to the 2014 INFORMS Awards Ceremony!
INFORMS Awards Ceremony
Sunday, November 9, 8:30-9:45pm Hilton, Imperial Ballroom, BR Level

Your MC for the evening: INFORMS President Steve Robinson 

Several key awards will be unknown until we read the envelope:
  • John Von Neumann Theory Prize for scholars who have made fundamental, sustained contributions to theory
  • INFORMS President's Award for important contributions to the overall welfare of society
  • And four special student awards
Celebrate other great award winners that have been announced:
  • Impact Prize, awarded once every two years, recognizing contributions that have had a broad impact on the field: Brenda Dietrich, IBM; JP Fasano, IBM; Lou Hafer, Simon Fraser University; John Forrest, IBM; Brady Hunsaker, Google; Laszlo Ladanyi, IBM; Robin Lougee, IBM; Ted Ralphs, Lehigh University; and Matthew Saltzman, Clemson University
  • George E. Kimball Medal for distinguished service to the Institute and profession:
    Terry P. Harrison, CAP, Pennsylvania State University
  • INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of ORMS Practice: Jason Merrick, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Saul Gass Expository Writing Award: Stephen Boyd, Stanford University
  • Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services:
    Jónas Oddur Jónasson, London Business School
  • Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Military Applications:
    Jason Southerland, George Mason University
Celebrate the profession first at the Awards Ceremony, then head off to the Dessert Reception to give your congratulations over yummy treats.

Want to Get the Most Out of #informs2014? There's an App For That!
INFORMS is pleased to offer a free mobile app for smart phones and tablet users. Use the app to access conference information on the go, including the schedule of talks, maps showing meeting locations, exhibit details and much more. As this is a native app, you do not need an internet data connection to use it during the conference.

When you click on the Program button in the app, you can either browse through the parallel sessions and special events or search for a specific speaker or keywords. As you locate the events, sessions and presentations you are interested in, click on the star button which bookmarks it into the My List itinerary. Use My List for a quick reference tool.
  • Android Devices - to download, go to the Google Play Store and search for INFORMS Mobile.
  • Apple Devices - to download on either iPhone or iPad, go to the App Store and search for INFORMS Mobile.
Please Provide Your Input
We encourage you to complete the survey on the information screen of the main menu. The conference committee greatly appreciates your feedback on individual sessions and on the meeting overall.

Mobile App Information Desk
Visit the booth located next to INFORMS Registration in the Hilton, Yosemite, BR Level. We're happy to help you make the most of your INFORMS Mobile App experience!

2014 INFORMS Annual Meeting Bloggers
Be sure to check the Annual Meeting website frequently to read commentary from your peers about their experiences in San Francisco. Feel free to post your own comment! Confirmed guest bloggers for 2014: 
Alan Briggs, CAP
Burcu Keskin
David Morton
Jay Sethuraman
Aaron Burciaga, CAP 
Patrick Leach 
Scott Nestler, CAP 
Dawn Strickland
Marc-André Carle 
Warren Lieberman 
Patrick Noonan 
Shiva Subramanian
Sertalp Çay
Marco Lübbecke 
Ranga Nuggehalli, CAP 
Mike Trick
Jim Cochran
Susan Martonosi 
Paul Rubin
Glenn Wegryn, CAP
Tapas Das
Freeman Marvin, CAP 
Daniela Saban
Jim Williams, CAP 
Walt DeGrange
Polly Mitchell-Guthrie
Matt Saltzman
Tengjiao Xiao
Neil Desnoyers
Tarun Mohan Lal
Harrison Schramm, CAP
Chun Ye
P.K. Kannan
David Morrison
Thiago Serra

INFORMS Community Meetings
All are welcome to these meetings featuring business meetings, receptions, and networking sessions. For a complete listing please click here.

Pre-Meeting Activities
Hitting town on Friday or Saturday? There are great pre-meeting events!

Continuing Education Courses
Friday and Saturday, November 7-8
Foundations of Modern Predictive Analytics
Learn data mining techniques and tools that will allow you to make the link between business needs and your technical skills. This course gives you hands-on practice in handling real data types, real business problems and practical methods for delivering business-useful results.

Data Exploration & Visualization
Hands-on training that focuses on the critical steps in the process of analyzing data: accessing and extracting data, cleaning and preparing data, exploring and visualizing data. This course uses several of the most popular software tools intensively, and provides an overview of the range of available software options.

Friday, November 7
Combined Colloquia, Dinner, 6-8pm, Parc 55, Market Street, level 3

Saturday, November 8
Combined Colloquia, Breakfast, 7-8:15am, Parc 55, Embarcadero, level 3
New Faculty Colloquium, 8:15am-4:30pm, Parc 55, Powell 1-2, level 3
Doctoral Student Colloquium, 8:15am-4:30pm, Parc 55, Market Street, level 3
Teaching Effectiveness Colloquium, 8:15am-4:30pm, Parc 55, Sutro, level 2

Saturday, November 8
Data Mining and Analytics Workshop, 8am-5pm, Hilton, Continental 1 & 2, BR level
Vendor (Exhibitor) Workshops, 9am-5:30pm (three sessions), Hilton, rooms variable

Saturday, November 8
Conference on Information Systems & Technology,
8am-5:45pm, Hilton, Golden Gate 2 & 3, Lobby level 

Membership Meeting
Saturday, November 8, 5-6pm, Hilton, Imperial A, BR level
Stop by the INFORMS annual membership meeting to meet the Board of Directors and get a snapshot of 2014 accomplishments and 2015 strategic plans. Wine and cheese will be served.

Decision Analysis 50th Anniversary Gala 
Saturday, November 8, Parc 55 Hotel

Join this special program! 2014 marks 50 years since decision analysis emerged as a field in a professional and academic sense. The Decision Analysis Society (DAS) the Society of Decision Professionals (SDP), and the Strategic Decision Group (SDG) will host a celebratory event to mark this important anniversary in the development of the field, to honor its founders and other early developers, to take stock of our achievements, and to consider the next decades of application and research. The field's founders, Stanford's Ron Howard and Harvard's Howard Raiffa, are planning to attend this celebration. Separate registration required, for more information, see  http://meetings2.informs.org/sanfrancisco2014/gala.html.


Join a Community
Whether you are a new or continuing member, take some time while in San Francisco to sign up for the Community (also known as Subdivision) of your choice. There is no better way to maximize the utility of your membership. Stop by Registration Desk or the INFORMS Booth to learn more. As a new 2014 or 2015 member, you may qualify for a free Community.

New Member Breakfast on Sunday
November 9, 7-8am, Hilton, Imperial A, BR level
If you are new to INFORMS, plan to attend the new member breakfast with the ticket found in your registration envelope. INFORMS veterans will be on hand to ensure you know all about your member benefits and how to effectively navigate the meeting. Time will also be set aside for informal networking with colleagues by interest area or geographic location.

Plenaries and Keynotes
Make time for thought-provoking talks on diverse subjects from invited speakers.

Sunday, November 9
10-10:50am, Hilton, Continental 5-6
Stephen M. Robinson, President, INFORMS

Market Design and the Economist as Engineer
Alvin Roth, Stanford University 

3:10-4pm, Hilton, Continental 5-6
OMEGA RHO Distinguished Lecture: Operations Research in Service of Drug & Addictions Policy: Lessons from and for the Discipline of Operations Research
Jonathan Caulkins, Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, November 10
10-10:50am, Hilton, Continental 5
Honoring George B. Dantzig at 100: Remembering the Dantzig Century
Richard Cottle, Stanford University 

10-10:50am, Hilton, Continental 6
2014 Edelman Winner: Polio Eradicators use Integrated Analytical Models to Make Better Decisions
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with Kid Risk, Inc.

3:10-4pm, Hilton, Continental 4
Panel on MOOCs: Just a Fad or Here to Stay?
Moderator: Martin Haugh, Columbia University
Panelists: Dimitris Bertsimas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Kay Giesecke, Stanford University; Garud Iyengar, Columbia University; Soulaymane Kachani, Columbia University

3:10-4pm, Hilton, Continental 5
Operating the Grid
Mark Rothleder, California Independent System Operator Corporation

3:10-4pm, Hilton, Continental 6
2014 UPS George D. Smith Prize Winner Reprise
Georgia Perakis and Donald RosenfieldMassachusetts Institute of Technology

Tuesday, November 11
10-10:50am, Hilton, Continental 5
McCord Morse Lecture: Statistics and Machine Learning via a Modern Optimization Lens 
Dimitris Bertsimas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3:10-4pm, Hilton, Continental 5
IFORS Distinguished Lecture: Credit Where Credit is Due: Lessons for O.R. Modelling from the Global Financial Crisis
Lyn Thomas, University of Southampton 

3:10-4pm, Hilton, Continental 6
The Google Driverless Car
Anthony Levandowski, Google 

Wednesday, November 12
10-10:50am, Hilton, Continental 5
Daniel H. Wagner Prize Winner
C. Allen Butler, President, Daniel H. Wagner, Associates, Inc.

Can't Miss Social Events
Sunday, November 9
Junior Faculty Interest Group Luncheon
12:30-1:30pm, Hilton, Imperial A, BR level
$25 ($15 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. The winners of the 2014 JFIG Paper Competition will be presented with awards. All junior faculty are invited to participate. This event gives junior faculty in engineering and business schools the opportunity to discuss career development and exchange ideas.
Sponsored by Georgia Southern University, Texas A&M University, University of Arkansas, Dept. of Industrial Engineering, Wichita State University, University at Buffalo-Industrial and Systems Engineering.

INFORMS Online and Social Networking Reception
6:30-7:30pm, Hilton, Golden Gate 5, Lobby level
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!

Welcome Reception & Exhibits
7:30-9pm, Hilton, Grand Ballroom
INFORMS and the San Francisco Organizing Committee welcome you to the 2014 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.

Minority Issues Forum Reception
8-9pm, Hilton, Golden Gate 3, Lobby level
Come meet old friends and make new ones while talking about minority issues and other intellectual issues and opportunities.
Sponsored by Cornell University, North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT), North Carolina State University-Industrial and Systems Engineering, Texas A&M University-Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Clemson University-Dept. of Industrial Engineering. 

INFORMS Awards Ceremony & Dessert Reception
8:30-9:45pm (doors close at 8:45pm*), Hilton, Imperial Ballroom, BR level
INFORMS Awards Ceremony The INFORMS Board of Directors invites you to honor and celebrate the achievements of our colleagues at the newly revamped annual Awards Ceremony. You can attend the Welcome Reception first and then head to 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 Awards Ceremony itself. Sponsored by Caterpillar.

Monday, November 10
COIN-OR Members & Users Meeting - Bag Lunch
12:30-1:30pm, Hilton, Continental 1, BR level
Anyone interested in open-source software tools, open standards, and data and model repositories for any aspect of operations research is encouraged to attend this Computational Infrastructure for OR (COIN-OR) meeting. Please bring your own lunch and ideas. For more information, visit www.coin-or.org.

SPPSN (Public Sector O.R.) Lunch
12:30-1:30pm, Hilton, Imperial A, BR level 
$15 section member ($20 nonmember)
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.
This lunch and business meeting is open to members of the INFORMS Section on Public Programs, Service and Needs (Public Sector O.R.)and also those who are interested in joining the section. Sponsored by George Washington University, Dept. of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering and University of Michigan, Dept. of Industrial and Operations Engineering. 

CPMS Isolated Practitioner Workshop & Reception
6:15-7:15pm, Parc 55, Balboa, level 4
CPMS, The Practice Section of INFORMS, sponsors this workshop on topics of interest to isolated practitioners, the "Lone Rangers" of OR/MS. This workshop will address timely issues that affect isolated practitioners. All are welcome to participate. Wine and cheese will be served.

Analytics Maturity Model Official Launch
7:15-8:15pm, Parc 55, Cyril Magnin 1 & 2
The INFORMS Analytics Maturity Model has its official launch at a special reception on Monday evening to celebrate the new INFORMS benefit that helps analytics experts at organizations find out how well they are using analytics. If you're a practitioner, you can stop by for a piece of cake and a chance to raise a toast with INFORMS Past President Anne Robinson to the new analytics arrow in INFORMS' quiver. Make sure to stop by the INFORMS Analytics Maturity Model booth in the exhibition hall to take it for a spin and ask your question to INFORMS reps.

Student Awards Ceremony & Student Reception
7:30-9:30pm, Hilton, Plaza A, Lobby level
All students registered for the meeting are invited to attend the Student Awards Ceremony. The Chapters/Fora Committee will present the winners of the Student Chapter Annual Awards and the Judith Liebman Awards. Join us to recognize the great contributions of our most dynamic student volunteers. Plan to stay for the Student Reception, which immediately follows the ceremony. The reception that follows the Awards Ceremony is open to all students - join us for an evening of food and drink, fun, and networking. Come relax after a busy day of sessions and mingle with fellow students from universities around the world. Sponsored by the Seth Bonder Foundation.

Tuesday, November 11
Women in OR/MS Forum Luncheon
12:30-1:30pm, Hilton, Plaza A, Lobby level
Lunch is currently Sold Out. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Sponsored by Arizona State University; Harvey Mudd College; Northwestern University; SAS; SIMUL8 Corporation; The Ohio State University; University of Massachusetts, Isenberg School of Business; University of Alabama; University of Arizona; University of California-Irvine; University of Florida; University of Michigan; University of Southern California; University of Tennessee; and University of Texas at Austin. 

Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) Reception
6:15-7:15pm, Hilton, Franciscan C, BR level
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
7:30-10pm Hilton, Continental & Golden Gate

San Francisco is just as famous for its cuisine as it is for its cable cars and the Golden Gate Bridge. Join us as we serve up an eclectic menu showcasing the delectable fare the Bay area has to offer. This year's general reception will also feature a jazz band for entertainment, so dust off those dancing shoes! There will be a variety of food stations, along with complimentary soft drinks and a cash bar. This reception provides the perfect atmosphere for fellowship and networking, while also having a bit of fun after a long day of sessions. Sponsored by FICO, University of California-Berkeley, and Berkeley Engineering.

2014 TutORials in Operations Research
Now on INFORMS PubsOnLine! All attendees receive free access to the INFORMS 2014 TutORials in Operations Research online content concurrently with the meeting. Attendees will have online access beginning on November 1, 2014 (members on January 1, 2015). Check the Annual Meeting web site for information on how to access using your INFORMS member account or your username and password printed on your conference registration receipt. For more information, visit the INFORMS booth in the Exhibit Hall.

INFORMS Career Center
Be a part of the largest gathering of O.R. and Analytics job seekers and employers. The Job Fair is free to meeting registrants but please register in the INFORMS Career Center so employers know you are there. Employers must register in the INFORMS Career Center to participate. Direct questions to careers@informs.org for more details. The job fair includes employer/job seeker meet and greet, on-site interviews and panel discussions.

Certified Analytics Professionals
The Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) program is a hallmark of INFORMs and the analytics practice. Presentations on this influential program are scattered throughout the Annual Meeting (see MB77, e.g.), if you need to have any questions answered, check with the staff at the INFORMS exhibit booth, if you want to know how to get your burning question onto the exam, attend the INFORMS Communities presentations on Tuesday. And if you see someone walking around with a CAP ribbon hanging from their badge, do stop and congratulate them on their accomplishment.

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