Updated: Wednesday 01 July 2015, 15:27

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Study incorporates predictability into airport ground delay programs

Study incorporates predictability into airport ground delay programs

For air traffic managers coping with delays due to adverse weather, it’s good to know early how late a flight will be. Ground delay program (GDP) decisions that recognize this are superior to those that do not, substantially reducing the cost of GDPs to flight operators. In a case study based on San Francisco International Airport, researchers reduced the cost of delays by 13 percent by incorporating predictability into the GDP. Read more

The story behind Microsoft’s flexible, robust routing engine

The story behind Microsoft’s flexible, robust routing engine

Did the cross-country drive that you planned using an online mapping service take twice as long as expected? In a new study published in the Articles in Advance section of Transportation Science, a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), Microsoft researchers working on a project for Bing Maps explain how they developed the first routing engine that satisfies a large number of algorithmic requirements that overcome barriers to generating directions on multi-stage trips like coast-to-coast drives. Read more

Olinsky receives 2015 SAS Distinguished Professor Award

Olinsky receives 2015 SAS Distinguished Professor Award

Dr. Alan Olinsky, a professor of mathematics and computer information systems at Bryant University (Smithfield, R.I.) and co-director and co-founder of Bryant’s Advanced Applied Analytics Center, was named the 2015 winner of the SAS Distinguished Professor Award. Read more

New research suggests ways to improve response to flu outbreaks

New research suggests ways to improve response to flu outbreaks

How can we better avoid the flu? A new paper co-authored by researchers at MIT examines the best ways to reduce the likelihood that individuals and groups will become infected with the flu, both by diligent use of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) and by effective deployments of vaccine. Read more

Watson Analytics brews up business for Honest Café

Watson Analytics brews up business for Honest Café

Honest Café, a new type of “unmanned” coffee house in London, is using Watson Analytics to unearth client insights to help determine everything from coffee products and pricing, to marketing and promotions. Read more

VA approves INFORMS’ analytics certification

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS, publishers of Analytics magazine) recently announced that the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has approved the INFORMS Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) credential program for educational benefits under 38 CFR 21.4268 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which covers the GI Bill. Read more

Analytics Section of INFORMS News

Caterpillar to co-sponsor 2016 Innovative Applications in Analytics Award

The Analytics Section of INFORMS announced Caterpillar Inc. as the Platinum level co-sponsor of the Section’s 2016 Innovative Applications in Analytics Award (IAAA). The prize competition promotes the awareness and value of the creative combination of analytics techniques in unusual applications to provide insights and business value. The judging committee will start accepting applications in September for the 2016 award. Read more

University of Cincinnati's Analytics Summit 2015

The Center for Business Analytics at the University of Cincinnati recently held a daylong Analytics Summit, the 4th annual learning event showcasing practical applications of analytics. Keynote speakers included John Elder and Stephen Few. Read more

Recognition for analytics competitions

At the recent INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research, the Analytics Section hosted a breakfast for the winners and participants in the competitions that the Section sponsors. The awards included the Innovative Applications in Analytics Award, the Student Analytical Scholar Award and the Spreadsheet Guru Competition (see below). Read more

Innovative Applications in Analytics Award

Innovative Applications in Analytics Award

The Innovative Applications in Analytics Award, inaugurated in 2012 as the Innovation in Analytics Award, recognizes creative and unique application of analytical techniques. As stated on the award website, the prize “promotes the awareness and value of the creative combination of analytics techniques in unusual applications to provide insights and business value.” To win the award, implementations must integrate theoretical advances and innovative applications in order to create value. Read more

Student Analytical Scholar Award

Student Analytical Scholar Award

The Student Analytical Scholar Award competition, supported and organized by SAS, provides a case study based on a real consulting engagement along with data for students to analyze and decide how they'd tackle the problem. The student’s submission is a statement of work, where they are challenged to balance the technical veracity of their proposed solution along with all the business issues. Read more

INFORMS Initiatives

Doing Good with Good O.R. competition

Lisa Maillart and Itai Ashlagi, co-chairs of INFORMS’ 2015 Doing Good with Good O.R. student paper competition, named the following six finalists for this year’s competition: Read more

CAP exams available at selected sites and online

Join the growing list of those with “CAP®” after their names. Although the Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) designation is available through a computer-based testing format, INFORMS continues to host paper-and-pencil exams at selected sites, especially at INFORMS conferences. Read more

Introducing Pro Bono Analytics

Pro Bono Analytics is a new initiative within INFORMS to match INFORMS members willing to volunteer their time and skills with non-profit organizations that would benefit from advanced analytics and operations research techniques. The Pro Bono Analytics Committee is building strategic partnerships with non-profit organizations to address a wide variety of problems facing society. The committee is also developing a network of analytics/operations research professionals who are willing to volunteer some of their time for a good cause. Read more

Industry News

Frontline Solvers V2015-R2 offers Excel users access to big data, advanced analytics, data visualization and sharing on the Web

Frontline Systems is shipping a new product line release, Version 2015-R2 of its Solvers for Excel, including its flagship integrated product, Analytic Solver Platform, and its “professional entry-level” integrated product, Analytic Solver Pro. Read more

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"This inquisitive algorithm likes to test new actions with a component of randomness, see how the world responds, and adjust its concept of the world accordingly. ... In other words, like humans, analytics can learn more from deliberate experimentation than from just passively observing the world and can do so in controlled and sensible ways."

– Scott Zoldi, vice president of Analytic Science at FICO, in his article, "Building human curiosity into artificial intelligence," in the upcoming July/August issue of Analytics magazine. For a "web first" look at the article, click here.

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