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Tuesday’s Treasures, Wednesday’s Winner, and Final Farewells

Here’s my last post for this year’s INFORMS conference. Miami, here I come!

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Monday Monday, So Good To Me

Here’s my second entry to the INFORMS Conference blog in Phoenix. Enjoy!

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Some Cool Things I Learned on Sunday

I’m blogging for the INFORMS conference in Phoenix this year (as I did last year in Charlotte). Check out my (late-night) Sunday post.

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A Successful Optimization Conference

Three days, 116 attendees, 105 talks, 8 posters, 3 plenary speakers, 2 featured speakers, and a small ceremony in honor of Robert Fourer. That’s a one-sentence summary of the Fourth INFORMS Optimization Society Conference that took place from February 24th to the 26th on the University of Miami campus. Mother nature cooperated with good weather and the participants did not hesitate to tell us (the organizers) how much they enjoyed their time here in Coral Gables. It was a lot of work, but it was all worth it. I’m exhausted but happy. Thank you all for your kind words, handshakes, and feedback.

The conference was much more than simply giving and attending talks (to paraphrase Michael Trick). There were old friends getting together, there were new friendships (and papers) getting started, there were old/long-forgotten, unfinished papers coming back to life (my case), there were laughs, jokes, and camaraderie. There were inspiring plenary talks that made some of us think (and tweet) about new research directions, and wonder whether we chose the right path. A true networking event.

In Brazil, in the context of a soccer match, we say that a good referee is one whose presence we don’t notice. The conference wasn’t glitch-free (on my end of things), but it was pretty much glitch-free to everyone else not involved in the organization (at least this was the feedback I received). That’s as good as it gets, in my opinion. We wanted to be the soccer referee who wears an invisibility cloak, and it seems to have worked. We (the conference chairs and organizing committee) couldn’t have pulled it off without the tremendous help of many people, and I want to take this opportunity to thank them once more:

From the Management Science Department: our awesome office manager Vanessa Ferguson, and dedicated students Jannelle Chaviano, Jen Verdon, Meiyin Cheng, and William Barnard. Thank you for taking care of the catering, logistics, registration desk, signage, receipts, printing and binding of programs, bags & badges, table decorations, and the 1000 other things that seem to be small but amount to a whole lot when put together.

From the IT and Budget departments at UM: Emil Diego, May Peralta, and Richard Mencke. Thank you for your help with the web site and payment processing.

From the INFORMS offices: Terry Cryan, Ellen Tralongo and Paulette Bronis. Thank you for all your help with the abstract submission system, special requests of all sorts, and formatting of the final program.

From my family: Madeline Keller (a.k.a. my darling wife). Thank you for helping out with all sorts of little things, and for lending us your computer expertise and attention to detail (and for helping me get a beer early at the receptions :-) there must be some advantage to being an organizer, right?). And most importantly, thank you for your patience during my stressful days.

Finally, here are a few of photos taken during the conference. If you have more photos, please send them to me and I’ll be happy to add them to this page.

My vegetarian boxed lunch. Eaten during Manoj Saxena’s plenary:

Last slide of Dimitris Bertsimas’s plenary (click on it to enlarge it, and note the “stochastic analysis *without* probability”):

Me standing on stage minutes before officially closing the conference and introducing our last featured speaker, David Alderson (taken by Mike Trick):

Curious photo of an art piece at the Lowe Art Museum (where the Friday reception was held). According to a number of participants, the man in this photo looks like one of the conference organizers. Can you guess who it is? (Copyright Carlos Betancourt)

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INFORMS Optimization Society Conference: Submission Deadline in Four Days!

The abstract/poster submission deadline for the Fourth INFORMS Optimization Society Conference is this Friday, January 6! There’s still time to get your abstract in. For information about the conference and submission instructions, check the conference web site at http://bus.miami.edu/ios, as well as this previous post.

If you’ve already submitted an abstract, please log into the system and make sure your submission is complete. We now have a tentative schedule online.

I’m looking forward to seeing you in Miami in February!

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INFORMS Optimization Society Conference 2nd Call for Abstracts, Posters, and Participation

Back in September I wrote about the Fourth INFORMS Optimization Society Conference that’s taking place on the University of Miami campus, February 24-26, 2012. Now I’m writing again to remind all of you that the early registration deadline is approaching fast: it’s December 15. Make sure to take advantage of the discount! Moreover, keep in mind that the abstract/poster submission deadline is also close by: January 6, 2012.

If you haven’t done so yet, make sure to check out the conference web site: http://bus.miami.edu/ios. The conference is shaping up to be a great event and an amazing opportunity to network with — and present your work to — some of the best minds in the optimization community from all over the world. Even if your work is still in progress, consider submitting an abstract to our poster session; it’s an opportunity to get additional feedback on what you’re doing. In addition, we have an exceptional line-up of plenary and semi-plenary speakers.

Finally, since I’ve been building a reputation as someone who likes to talk about food (e.g. here, here, here, here, and here), keep this in mind: your registration fee includes 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 receptions, and 6 coffee breaks! It doesn’t get any better than this.

So, recapitulating, make sure to register before December 15, and send your abstract/poster in by January 6!

I hope to see you all here in Miami!

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Wagner Prize and Final Thoughts

Check out my final blog post for this year’s INFORMS conference: http://meetings2.informs.org/charlotte2011/blog/?p=371.

I really enjoyed being one of the official bloggers, and adding one extra tag to my badge :-)

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Sunday and Monday INFORMS Blog Posts

As you know I’m one of the INFORMS bloggers this year. So far, I’ve blogged about “My Sunday Adventures” and, fresh from the oven, “Oh Happy (Mon)day!“. Make sure to check out the Monday post for a nice photo!

Here’s a picture from my delicious Monday lunch, which I didn’t include in today’s post.

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A Conversation with Mr. X

This year I’ll be blogging during the INFORMS conference in Charlotte. My first post is already up, and it’s entitled A Conversation with Mr. X. Make sure to check it out!

I’m also looking forward to eating some delicious southern food (I hope they’ll have enough vegetarian options like they did in Austin). I’ll make sure to add barbecue sauce to my potato salad again; an act that drives my wife completely nuts :-)

See you in Charlotte!

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Winter Blues Have You Down? Miami in February is Your Town!

Want the perfect reason to come to Miami in February? What about the 2012 INFORMS Optimization Society Conference? The conference, whose theme is “Optimization and Analytics: New Frontiers in Theory and Practice”, will be hosted by the University of Miami School of Business Administration from Friday, February 24 to Sunday, February 26 on its beautiful campus in Coral Gables, Florida. We are very fortunate to have many of the top researchers in Optimization and Analytics as members of our advisory and program committees. I expect the final conference program to be full of high-quality talks.

This is my first time as a member of an organizing committee and I’m happy to say that, despite all the work, it’s been a lot of fun!

Here’s a link to the call for abstracts and posters (we’re already accepting submissions). For more information, including important dates, registration rates, plenary speakers, and hotel reservations, visit the conference web site at http://bus.miami.edu/ios, or send me an e-mail (tallys at miami dot edu). I hope to see you all here!

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