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Special Articles2017 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics offers $5,000 prize
Put your analytics skills to the test and win $5,000 in the 2017 “Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics” administered by INFORMS and sponsored by the Analytics Society of INFORMS.Read More
Special ArticlesITIF: Expand computer science education to keep up with demand
Computer skills are in high demand among employers in a wide range of industries, not just tech-related fields, yet despite growing interest in the subject, a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) finds that too few U.S. students are taking quality computer science classes at the high school and university levels. ITIF makes the case for public action to support and maintain the groundswell of interest in computer science and capture the economic and social benefits that will come from fostering a more highly skilled workforce.Read More
Industry NewsFICO rolls out Decision Management Suite at Shell Chemical
Analytics software firm FICO recently announced the rollout of the FICO Decision Management Suite for plant-wide operational controls at Shell across its chemical plants around the globe. The advanced optimization capabilities of the FICO Xpress Optimization Suite, part of the Decision Management Suite, help plan asset utilization and maintenance requirements of the plants while improving plant stability and profitability.Read More
Computer skills are in high demand among employers in a wide range of industries, not just tech-related fields, yet despite growing interest in the subject, a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) finds that too few U.S. students are taking quality computer science classes at the high school and university levels. ITIF makes the case for public action to support and maintain the groundswell of interest in computer science and capture the economic and social benefits that will come from fostering a more highly skilled workforce.
Analytics software firm FICO recently announced the rollout of the FICO Decision Management Suite for plant-wide operational controls at Shell across its chemical plants around the globe. The advanced optimization capabilities of the FICO Xpress Optimization Suite, part of the Decision Management Suite, help plan asset utilization and maintenance requirements of the plants while improving plant stability and profitability.
SAP, a leading enterprise software provider in supply chain management, has chosen Gurobi as an OEM partner. As a result of this agreement, the Gurobi Optimizer has been integrated into the SAP Integrated Business Planning (SAP IBP) and Advanced Planning and Optimization (SAP APO) solutions to solve complex optimization problems. In addition, the Gurobi Optimizer enabled a seamless integration into the SAP HANA in-memory-platform.
INFORMS recently announced a new International O.R. & Analytics Team Competition, a unique student competition that provides a real-world workplace experience. Sponsored by Syngenta, the competition will feature teams of university students using identical data sets and software systems to solve a challenging business problem via an O.R./analytics approach. A panel of industry experts will judge the submissions.
The upcoming 2016 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., seems like quite a ways off (Nov. 13-16), but preparations are well underway. In recent years, this meeting has demonstrated significant growth of both attendees and speakers. Although the deadline for speaker abstract submissions has passed, there is still capacity available for poster presentations.
Artificial intelligence (AI) holds great promise for economic growth and social progress, but pervasive, inaccurate myths about hypothetical harms could encourage policymakers to retard further innovation in the technology, according to a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). ITIF, a leading tech policy think tank, makes the case that policymakers should actively support further development and use of artificial intelligence if we want society to reap the myriad benefits it has to offer.
According to a new report by Forbes Insights and SAS, “Data Elevates the Customer Experience: New Ways of Discovering and Applying Customer Insights,” the benefits of brands evolving to data-driven customer experiences (data-driven CX) are wide-ranging. The study notes data-driven methods enhance revenue generation and enable cost reduction, as well as accelerate process efficiencies and quality improvements.
Technology is an important tool to help companies fight fraud, but many are not succeeding in using data analytics as a primary tool for fraud detection. Meanwhile, fraudsters are leveraging technology to perpetrate fraud, according to a new report by KPMG International, “Global Profiles of the Fraudster.”
Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization that aims to inspire, educate and equip young women for futures in computing-related fields, kicked off its 2016 Summer Immersion Program in Atlanta on June 6 in partnership with Accenture, AT&T and GE. The Summer Immersion Program will reach 1,560 rising 11th and 12th grade girls this summer across 78 programs in 11 cities.
If you couldn’t attend the 2016 INFORMS Conference on Analytics & Operations Research or if you were at the Orlando event but missed some presentations, the INFORMS Video Learning Center has you covered. Feel free to use the videos as teaching material or to share with others to let them know how OR/MS and analytics are helping to make a difference in the World.
Watson for Cyber Security, a cloud-based version of IBM’s cognitive technology, trained on the language of security as part of a year-long research project with eight universities to greatly expand the collection of security data IBM has trained the cognitive system with. Watson is learning the nuances of security research findings and discovering patterns and evidence of hidden cyber attacks and threats that could otherwise be missed.
INFORMS is in the process of creating a “Guide to the Analytics Body of Knowledge” (ABOK) to further its goal of advancing the analytics profession and to complement its Certified Analytics Professional (CAP™) program. Many of you have already seen and participated in the survey to confirm the content areas.
Learn practical frameworks and systematic processes for addressing complex, real-world problems and how to facilitate effective action from Patrick Noonan, former management consultant, business owner and educator. Noonan combines a hands-on teaching and learning approach honed from faculty posts at Harvard, Duke and most recently Emory University with real-world experience from a business career spent at global management consulting giant McKinsey & Co. and the Planning Technologies Group, which he co-founded in 1990.
In addition to financially supporting the INFORMS Professional Colloquium (IPC), the Analytics Society decided to support participating students at the recent IPC by matching them with a volunteer from the Society. The IPC was held in conjunction with the INFORMS Conference on Analytics & Operations Research in Orlando, Fla.
The HuffPost Green recently ran an article on the "library of things," which describes the concept of borrowing items such as sewing machines, cooking utensils and guitars for a short time from public libraries instead of buying them outright as a "largely hidden feature of the growing sharing economy" popularized by Uber and AirBnB.
A University of Alabama student team from the Culverhouse College of Commerce recently won the 2016 Dow Big Data Challenge. Team members Bryant Cassidey of Mobile, Ala., and Ford McDermott of Atlanta are master’s students in operations management, specializing in decision analytics at Culverhouse. They competed with some 20 teams composed of up to two graduate students and one undergraduate student.
Syngenta and the Analytics Society of INFORMS named Xiaocheng Li, Huaiyang Zhong and associate professors David Lobell and Stefano Ermon – a team from Stanford University – as the winners of the inaugural Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics. The team was awarded a $5,000 prize for their entry, “Hierarchy modeling of soybean variety yield and decision making for future planting plan,” which modeled a system for predicting soybean seed variety selection.
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