Thursday, May 5, 2011

The First INFORMS Northeast Regional Conference Begins Tomorrow!

The First Northeast Regional INFORMS Conference begins tomorrow and takes place at UMass Amherst.

The full program and additional information can be found here.

The UMass publication, In the Loop, had a nice article on the conference.

The conference will begin tomorrow morning at 8:00AM with remarks by Dr. Hari Balasubramanian of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at UMass Amherst, who is the Chair of the Conference.

Dr. Mark Fuller, the Dean of the Isenberg School of Management, will also make some remarks. Then it will be time for the first of two plenary talks, given by Dr. David Simchi-Levy of MIT. Dr. Alex "Sandy" of the Media Lab at MIT will give his plenary in the afternoon and I will have the pleasure of introducing him.

There will be several panels tomorrow. I will be taking part in the research panel in the afternoon with Dr. Mary Helander of IBM, Dr. Les Servi, the conference program co-chair, who is from MITRE, and Dr. Amr El-Bakry of Exxon-Mobil.

The UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter is helping out as well so it should be a wonderful experience for our students.

And, one of the highlights for me is that I don't even have to pack a suitcase and can sleep in my own bed since the conference is at UMass!