2014 eNews Daily: Day 2: Monday, November 10
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2014 eNews Daily
Awards Ceremony Wrap-Up and Winner Announcements
Congratulations to all winners! We hope you had a chance to join us in celebrating the profession.

John von Neumann Theory Prize
Nimrod Megiddo, IBM

INFORMS President's Award

András PrékopaRutgers University

President's Award INFORMS 2014
President's Award INFORMS 2014

George E. Nicholson Student Paper Competition

First Place: Daniel Russo, Stanford University
Second Place: Tonghoon Suk, Georgia Institute of Technology
Honorable Mention: James Davis, Cornell University

George B. Dantzig Dissertation Prize
Winner: Santiago Balserio, Duke University
Honorable Mention: Anahita Khojandi, University of Tennessee

Doing Good with Good O.R. Student Competition
First Place: Eoin O'Mahony, Cornell University
Tied for Second Place: Feyza Guliz Sahinyazan, McGill University
Andrew Fox and Tessa Swanson, Northwestern University

INFORMS Undergraduate Operations Research Prize
Winner: Hongfan Chen, Georgia Tech

Registration will be open today from 7am-5pm in the Hilton, Yosemite, BR Level.

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

Addendum to the Schedule
We apologize for an error in the program; Track 3 should be listed as room Golden Gate 8
(not 7.)

Due to space constraints in the originally assigned room, track 79 of DAS sessions at the current INFORMS conference are being moved for the rest of the conference from the Parc-Powell I  room to the Embarcadero room, which is also in the Wyndham Parc55 on the third floor. DAS track 80 will remain in the Parc-Powell II room.

Today's Key Events
Plenaries & Keynotes
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
Reprise of 2014 Edelman Award-Winning Presentation: Polio Eradicators Use Integrated Analytical Models to Make Better Decisions
Kid Risk, Inc.: Kimberly Thompson, Radboud J. Duintjer Tebbens
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Stephen L. Cochi, Mark A. Pallansch, Steven G. F. Wassilak

3:10-4pm, Hilton, Continental 4
Panel on MOOCs: Just a Fad or Here to Stay?
Martin Haugh, Columbia University
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
Reprise of the 2014 UPS George D. Smith Prize
Georgia Perakis and Donald Rosenfield, MIT

Wagner Prize Presentations
Hilton, Union Square 9, Level 4
To see clear, concise examples of verifiable O.R. and analytics practice success, you won't want to miss the six Wagner Prize presentations.

  • Project Portfolio Planning at Intel Corporation
  • Airline Crew Augmentation, Decades of Improvements from Sabre
  • Vaccine Prioritization for Effective Pandemic Response
  • Identifying Risks and Mitigating Disruptions in the Automotive Supply Chain
  • Statistical and Optimization Techniques for Laundry Portfolio Optimization at P&G
  • Gerrymandering for Justice: Redistricting U.S. Liver Allocation


The Whys, Hows, and Whats of Analytics Certification

11am-12:30pm, Parc, Market Street

CAP®, the Certified Analytics Professional, is one of the newest professional designations in the area of big data and analytics. Have you wondered why you should be a CAP, how to prepare for the exam, what it means to employers, how INFORMS came to develop an analytics program? Come to this joint session Analytics/CPMS presentation today!


Innovative Applications in Analytics Award 2014 Winner Reprise
4:30-6:30pm, Parc, Market Street, Level 3
UNICEF Uganda, US Fund for UNICEF, and IBM Research - A SMS Text Classification System for UNICEF Uganda
Rick Lawrence, IBM Research

Trends in Research Publications - INFORMS Editors' Panel
All Welcome!
10:30-11:30am, Hilton, Golden Gate 3
Refereed journals are facing many important trends that impact INFORMS and authors. This Editors' panel will discuss leading issues including editorial board structures, review-cycle time, open access, submission fees, and plagiarism. Please join us!
Chair: M. Eric Johnson (VP Publications), Vanderbilt University
Panelists: Ritu Agarwal (ISR), University of Maryland; Preyas Desai (Marketing Science), Duke; Stephen C. Graves (MSOM), MIT; Zur Shapira (Organization Science), NYU; David Woodruff (INFORMS Journal on Computing), University of California, Davis; Kathleen Luckey (Senior Managing Editor, INFORMS)

INFORMS Mobile: 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 enter the meeting program 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!

Blog Roundup
Visit the INFORMS Blog to read these blogs and more!

INFORMS Goes Mobile!: I had mentioned earlier that there is a new Informs app that makes the conference book obsolete. Now today, I learned about another app that will make business card exchanging obsolete: INFORMS Badge Scanner! Read more.

Are you in Conference Flow?: Flow is the perfect balance between challenge and focus. In sports terms this is called being "in the zone". Here are my personal guidelines to maximizing time in the flow state. Read more.

Decision Analysis Celebrates 50th Anniversary: On Saturday, Nov. 8, a large and diverse set of researchers and practitioners from across the field of decision analysis (DA) gathered to reflect on the past 50 years, and think ahead to the next 50. Read more.

INFORMS: Perspectives - Eoin O'Mahony on Bikesharing in New York City: The first three sessions I've attended at INFORMS this year have all been student paper competitions; in my opinion, the paper competitions are some of the very best talks at the Annual Meetings. The nice thing is that there are so many of them! Read more.

Making the Connection Between Analytics and OR: This was the title of the panel discussion I attended this afternoon, and it was a great discussion. Any discussion where the facilitator (Jack Levis from UPS) prompts the panel by giving each a cupcake (in case it got too contentious) and bottle of tequila (in case it was too tame) is going to be good. Read more.

Calling all arithmophiles: Math has always been its own language; you either learn it and speak it, or you don't. Perhaps like any language, speaking math means you dream in math, you think in math, you tell jokes in math. Read more.

Monday Community Business, Reception, & Networking Meetings: All Welcome!

Choose the community that is right for you and attend. Members and nonmembers welcome.
H = Hilton and P = Parc 55

Community Location Time
Public Programs, Services & Needs (Public Sector O.R.) H - Imperial A, BR Level  12:30-1:30pm
Analytics P - Cyril Magnin 3, Level 4 6:15-7:15pm
Applied Probability  P - Market Street, Level 3 6:15-7:30pm
Computing H - Continental 5, BR Level 6:15-7:30pm
CPMS Isolated Practitioners  P - Balboa, Level 4 6:15-7:15pm
Decision Analysis   P - Embarcadero, Level 3 6:15-7:15pm
eBusiness H - Golden Gate 8, Lobby 6:15-7:15pm
Financial Services  H - Taylor B, Level 6 6:15-7:15pm
Health Applications H - Continental 6, BR Level 6:15-7:15pm
Military Applications  H - Imperial B, BR Level 6:15-7:15pm
Quality, Statistics & Reliability  P - Divisadero, Level 2 6:15-7:15pm
Social Media Analytics  H - Union Square 21,
Level 4
Technology Management  H - Golden Gate 7, Lobby 6:15-7:15pm
Transportation Science & Logistics  H - Continental 4, BR Level 6:15-7:15pm
Behavioral Operations Management  H - Union Square 25,
Level 4
Military Applications Reception  H - Imperial B, BR Level 7:15-10:15pm
Can't-Miss Social Events

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 are available at the INFORMS registration desk. 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 (newly renamed 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.

Student Awards Ceremony & Student Reception
7:30-9:30pm, Hilton, Plaza A & B, Lobby
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 Student 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.

The COIN-OR Cup and INFORMS Impact Prize Celebration
7:30pm, Bluestem Brasserie, 1 Yerba Buena Lane
A combined celebration to honor the recipient of the most coveted award in computational O.R. and the COIN-OR pioneers who are the recipient's of this year's INFORMS Impact Prize award, and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the COIN-OR Foundation. Open to friends, family, COIN-OR old-timers, COIN-OR wanna-bes, and everyone in between.
For more information on the venue click here. Featuring hors d'oeuvres and an open bar. (Bring your badges!)
Click here for more about the COIN-OR Cup. 
Monday's Interactive Sessions
12:30-2:30pm, Hilton, Grand Ballroom
Researchers, practitioners, and students share their O.R. and analytics projects in these special sessions presented as poster displays, laptop demonstrations, and other creative formats. Abstracts and authors for posters are listed in the chronological program, under the day and time for each Interactive Session.
Chairs: Hari Balasubramanian & Ana Muriel, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Subdivision Awards for Monday
Attend the corresponding Community meeting to join in the fun. Most begin at 6:15pm.

Computing Society
INFORMS Computing Society Prize
The ICS Prize is an annual award for best English language paper on the OR/CS interface. The award includes a plaque and a $1,000 cash prize.
Winners: Jim Ostrowski, Jeff Linderoth, Fabrizio Rossi, and Stefano Smriglio

INFORMS Computing Society Student Paper Award
The ICS Student Paper Award is given annually to the best paper on computing and operations research by a student author, as judged by a panel of the ICS. The award includes a plaque and $500 cash prize.
Winner: Andre A. Cire
Runner-Up: Kalyani Nagaraj

Presented: 6:15pm, Computing Society Business Meeting, Hilton, Continental 5, BR Level

Decision Analysis Society
Publication Award
This award is given annually to the best decision analysis article or book published in the second preceding calendar year, as judged by a panel of Society members. The award includes a plaque and $750 cash prize.
Winners: Manel Baucells and Rakesh Sarin

Student Paper Competition Award
This award is given annually to the best decision analysis paper by a student author, as judged by a panel of Society members. Student papers need not be sole-authored or first-authored. This award includes a plaque and $500 cash prize.
Winner: Mark Schneider

Frank P. Ramsey Medal
The Frank P. Ramsey Medal is the highest award of the DAS. It was created to recognize distinguished contributions to the field of decision analysis. The medal is named in honor of Frank Plumpton Ramsey, a Cambridge University mathematician who was one of the pioneers of decision theory in the 20th century. The Ramsey Medalists are recognized for having made substantial further contributions to that theory and its application to important classes of real decision problems. The medal is accompanied by a $1,000 cash prize.
Winner: Gregory S. Parnell

Presented: 6:15pm, Decision Analysis Society Business Meeting, Parc 55, Embarcadero, Level 3

Technology, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship Section
Best Dissertation Award
The Technology Management Section recognizes the best doctoral dissertation in the field of technology and innovation management in terms of furthering the field and making a theoretical and practical contribution. The award includes a plaque and $500 cash prize.
Winner: Ryan Raffaelli
Runner-Up: Andrew G. Earle

Best Paper Award
For this award, the section reviews the top five papers by citation from the past five years. Winners and finalists are selected by a panel of senior leaders in the field of technology management.
Winners: Matt Marx, Deborah Strumsky, and Lee Fleming
Runners-Up: Constantine Andriopoulos and Marianne W. Lewis

Distinguished Speaker Award
TMS presents its distinguished speaker award to an outstanding academic leader in the field of technology management. The award is presented every year during the INFORMS Annual Meeting and includes a plaque and $500 cash prize.
Winner: Haim Mendelson

Presented: 6:15pm, Technology Management Section Business Meeting, Hilton, Golden Gate 7, Lobby

Analytics Maturity Model Launch Reception
By Invitation Only
7:15pm, Parc 55, Cyril Magnin 1&2
The INFORMS Analytics Maturity Model will officially launch at this special reception and 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 Exhibit Hall to take it for a spin and ask your question to INFORMS reps.

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

All sessions are located in the Hilton, Continental 4, BR Level.

From OR to OM: Observations on the Emergence of a Discipline
John Buzacott, York University

Clearing the Jungle of Stochastic Optimization
Warren Powell, Princeton University

Cloud Computing for Optimization
Jeff Linderoth, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Simulation-Based Education in Supply Chain and Project Management
Yale T. Herer, Avraham Shtub, and Avinoam Tzimerman, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

INFORMS Career Center On-Site Interviews Open Today at 9am
9am-5pm, Hilton, Grand Ballroom
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 database search capabilities
  • Online data entry for applicants and employers
  • Extended availability of the database
  • http://careercenter.informs.org
Select panelists will lead informal discussions in two panels:

Academic Job Search
11am-12:30pm, Parc 55, Cyril Magnin 2, Level 4
The panel will discuss the academic interview process and do's and don'ts associated with the job search.

Industry Job Search
1:30-3pm, Parc 55, Cyril Magnin 2, Level 4
The panel will discuss the industry interview process and do's and don'ts associated with the job search.

DAS 50th Anniversary Program: Societal Applications of Decision Analysis
By Andrea Hupman
The Decision Analysis Society is hosting several special technical sessions honoring the 50th anniversary of the emergence of the field in a professional and academic sense. One of those sessions was on the societal applications of decision analysis.

Warner North described several challenges to applying decision analysis in a democratic society, including the existence of many decision makers, stakeholders, and uneven political power among them. To apply decision analysis, several questions need to be asked to ensure the relevant information is characterized, the problem is well formulated, and the impediments (if any) to a normative process are understood.

Three speakers discussed applications of decision analysis to societal problems in detail.

Stephen Barrager explained how decision analysis was used to design a network of marine reserves along the California coastline. The project required the formation of an unbiased task force, science advisory team, and stakeholder group, and used a process of negotiation to create a recommendation that has since been implemented.

Anne Smith described the use of decision and risk analysis in setting standards for compliance with the Clean Air Act. She highlighted the danger of using quantitative methods in the absence of the vocabulary and philosophy of decision analysis.

Mazen Skaf described the application of decision analysis to design policies for the Ministry of Labor in Saudi Arabia to improve the employment rate among nationals. The project resulted in the implementation of a database of nationals seeking work and an incentive structure for companies to hire them. The project has had a significant impact: the number of nationals working in the private sector has more than doubled, and there has been a more than five-fold increase in the number of women employed.

OR in Service of Drug & Addictions Policy
By David Hutton
I admit: I often don't attend the plenary sessions. I usually like to go to the sessions focused on areas close to my research. And I also value my time talking with colleagues I haven't seen in a while. But, if you missed Jonathan Caulkins talk today on OR in services of Drug & Addiction Policy, you missed a good one. Here are some of the key take-aways:

1. Jonathan Caulkins has lots of cool stories of how he's used simple OR methods to get some great insights into drug policy. He has several stories where economists were using regression models to look at historical changes in drug use. Unfortunately, the regression models could not to model the big swings and drop-offs observed in actual drug use. As many of us OR-types know, swings up and down might be indicative of more complex systems dynamics. Jonathan was able to use some simple models like the Bass model of product diffusion and a simple two-state Markov model to both dramatically replicate observed historical patterns of drug use and also show how the type of drug users (light and heavy) could have a dramatic impact on what types of intervention policies might work best. The Office of National Drug Control Policy felt these analyses were some of the most insightful they have ever seen.

Read more.

2014 INFORMS Prize Reprise: Mayo Clinic
By Andrea Hupman
Mayo Clinic has a long history of using analytics and operations research and was awarded the 2014 INFORMS Prize for its work using innovative tools to provide patient-centric care. In a session Sunday morning, Mayo Clinic described successful applications of OR techniques within its organization and also underscored that many opportunities exist in healthcare applications.

Mayo Clinic has numerous projects that illustrate its use of analytics and OR to improve patient care. Simple measures such as armband standardization eliminated the need for 50,000 handwritten bands. A pharmacy redesign decreased wait time by 62%. Re-engineering dialysis reduced hospital days by 40%. Simulation models of hospital admission showed the need for multiple queues specific to admission time to get patients to the operating room on time. In addition to implementing these techniques, Mayo Clinic disseminates the results of its projects with almost 2,500 publications to date in top-notch journals.

Several challenges still exist for Mayo Clinic. It must manage a rapidly changing reimbursement system in which an increasing proportion of patients are reimbursed at Medicare levels. Mayo Clinic is also a "destination medical center" and must account for long travel times for patients. The need for large capacity buffers does not translate to lower costs, yet capacity buffers are needed. By looking to analogies in other businesses such as shipping systems that track packages across the globe, Mayo Clinic will continue to bring innovative solutions that improve patient care.

Mayo Clinic's mission is to place patients first. It has shown that analytics and operations research are essential in achieving this goal.

2014 TutORials Online Book
All attendees receive free access to the INFORMS 2014 TutORials in Operations Research: Bridging Data and Decisions online content concurrently with the meeting. Registrants of the 2014 INFORMS Annual Meeting have online access to the 2014 chapters, written by select presenters, beginning on November 1, 2014. Access this content using the link provided to all attendees by email or, if you are a 2014 member, simply login to INFORMS PubsOnLine
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Click here to print pdfs of all daily sessions and the entire front matter of the program. You can also view the itinerary in the Search the Program tool and plan your day. All registrants will receive a "Quick Reference" summary brochure in San Francisco, which includes the master track schedule, maps and floor plans, and other key information.

Program Book Kiosks
In an extended effort to go green, this year we are introducing kiosks to access a flip book of the full conference program. Two kiosks will be located in the Exhibit Hall and one kiosk will be located near the INFORMS Registration Desk in Yosemite BC.

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