2015 IAAA

Finalists Announced: 2015 IAAA

Please join us in congratulating the finalists of the 2015 Caterpillar and INFORMS Analytics Society Innovative Applications of Analytics Award (IAAA) sponsored by Analytics section. After a 2 month long verification process the judging committee chaired by Pooja Dewan from BNSF, has shortlisted these 3 finalists. All finalists will be presenting their projects at the INFORMS Analytics Conference at Huntington Beach, CA in April. The list of finalists in submission order.  

1. "Simulation Approach for Aircraft Spare Engines & Engine part planning"; Jose A. Ramirez-Hernandez, Steven Oakley, Mei Zhang, Alejandro Scalise, American Airlines

2.  "Intelligent Surgical Scheduling System"; Narges Hosseini, Kalyan Pasupathy, Thomas Rohleder, Jeanne Huddleston, Paul Huddleston, Mayo Clinic Rochester, and Yariv Marmor, ORT Braude College

3.  "Analytics for an Online Retailer: Demand Forecasting and Price Optimization at Rue La La"; MIT Operations Research Center and Rue La La

The Analytics section leadership would like to cordially thank all the members of the judging committee for their hard work in selecting these finalists from a whooping 24 submissions received this year. 

Caterpillar and INFORMS Analytics Society Innovative Applications of Analytics Award is the flagship competition of our section. The purpose this award is to recognize the creative and unique application of a combination of analytical techniques in a new area. The prize promotes the awareness and value of the creative combination of analytics techniques in unusual applications to provide insights and business value. For more details about the competition, please visit the prize site.

Thank you!

Pooja Dewan, Chair 2015 IAAA  

Glenn Wegryn, President  

Jim Williams, Vice President 

Polly Mitchell-Guthrie, Secretary

Tarun Mohan Lal, Treasurer

2015 Caterpillar and INFORMS Analytics Society Innovative Applications of Analytics Award

2015 Innovative Applications in Analytics Award
Pooja Dewan, BNSF Railway

The purpose of the Caterpillar and INFORMS Analytics Society Innovative Applications of Analytics Award is to recognize creative and unique developments, applications or combinations of analytical techniques used in practice. The prize promotes the awareness of the value of analytics techniques in unusual applications; or in creative combination to provide unique insights and/or business value.  We had 24 great submissions for the first round of 2015 Caterpillar and INFORMS Analytics Society Innovative Applications of Analytics Award. A judging panel selected 5 semi-finalists from the submissions. The creative work conducted by these 5 semi-finalists participants had impacts in the fields ranging from Medicine, Aircraft maintenance, Demand forecasting to Event response; with analytics ranging from Inventory Planning, Quality control to video and text analytics. 

I would like to thank the judges on the award committee- Juan R. Jaramillo, Michael Gorman, Shrikant Jarugumilli, Scott Grasman, Erick Wikum, Mustafa Dogru, Cynthia Rudin, Michael Katehakis, and Behnam Behdani for helping with the evaluations for the first round. These judges will be verifying each of the semi-finalists to identify the top 3 finalists that will present in the Business Meeting next year. Please join me in congratulating the following teams that made to Semi-finals. 

2015 Caterpillar and INFORMS Analytics Society Innovative Applications of Analytics Awardd Semi-finalist in submission order

“Analytics for an Online Retailer: Demand forecasting and Price Optimization at Rue La La”
Kris Johnson, Bin Hong Alex Lee, David Simchi-Levi, MIT Operations Research Center
Murali Narayanaswamy, Philip Roizin, Jonathon Waggoner, Rue La La

“Simulation Approach for Aircraft Spare Engines & Engine part planning”
Jose A. Ramirez-Hernandez, Steven Oakley, Mei Zhang, Alejandro Scalise, American Airlines

“Predicting Failures of High Tech Innovations-in-Use: Application of Predictive Analytics to Big Data on Market Failures of Medical devices”
Ujjal Kumar Mukherjee, Kingshuk K. Sinha, University of Minnesota

“Intelligent Surgical Scheduling System”
Narges Hosseini, Kalyan Pasupathy, Thomas Rohleder, Jeanne Huddleston, Paul Huddleston, Mayo Clinic Rochester
Yariv Marmor, ORT Braude College

“Online Fitting of Brain-actuated Prosthetics through Adaptive-SCR”
Fatemeh Hashemi, Virginia Tech
Soumyadip Ghosh, T.J. Watson IBM Research
Raghu Pasupathy, Purdue University

Key Dates

Deadline for applications – August 25, 2014
Semi-finalists Selection– September 29, 2014
Finalists Selection - December 15, 2014
Finalists' presentations – April 12-14 2015 at INFORMS Analytics Conference, Huntington Beach
Winner presents – November 1-4, 2015, Fall Annual Conference and recognized in Analytics Section meeting

Awards

A cash award of $2000, $1000, and $500 for the first three teams.

One complimentary registration for Analytics Conference, Huntington Beach, April 12-14 2015 for each of the final three teams.

Recognition of the winning team in the Analytics Section meeting at Fall Conference, November 1-4, 2015

The three finalists and other promising applications will be invited to submit papers for consideration for publication in Interfaces. The invited papers will go through the normal review process.

For more details visit the site.

Please come join us to listen to last year’s Caterpillar and INFORMS Analytics Society Innovative Applications of Analytics Award winning team on November 10, 16:30-18:00 at the Fall INFORMS. 2013/2014 Winner of Caterpillar and INFORMS Analytics Society Innovative Applications of Analytics Award winner
“IBM UNICEF Uganda Analytics Summary”
Prem Melville, Vijil Chenthamarakshan, Rick Lawrence, Solomon Assefa, Machine Learning Group, IBM Research, Yorktown Heights, NY
James Powell, Sharad Sapra, UNICEF Uganda
Rajesh Anandan, US Fund for UNICEF, New York, NY