2017 Competition Results
2017 Title and Founding Sponsor
Eight student teams from around the world competed as finalists in the inaugural O.R. and Analytics Student Team Competition, held April 4, 2017 at the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics in Las Vegas, NV.
INFORMS, the leading international association for professionals in operations research and analytics, introduced this new competition to highlight young talent and provide O.R. and analytics students the opportunity to solve the kinds of real-world workplace challenges they will face during their careers.
University of Warwick, Nottingham University, Cardiff University; UK
National University of Singapore
Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (Team 2)
University of Cincinnati, US
Drexel University, US
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Ozyegin University, Turkey
Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (Team 1)
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, US
The student teams were given the same business problem, data sets, and access to software to solve a challenging problem using an O.R. and analytics approach. A panel of industry and academic experts judged written submissions to select the finalists, based on each teams’ use of the full analytics process, from framing the problem to methodology selection, data use, model building, and quantitative analysis.
The 2017 problem challenged the teams to discover why, despite earlier data analysis to the contrary, strains of soybean varieties selected and bred for commercialization are under-performing. By reviewing previous data, students had to identify what different choices could have been made and how that data could have been used to make better decisions.
The problem for the 2017 competition was provided by Syngenta, one of the foremost seed biotech companies in the world and winner of the 2015 INFORMS Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences. "Agriculture is transforming into a data driven business. The INFORMS community is superbly positioned to apply their talents to this industry, as evidenced by this unique student challenge,” said Joseph Byrum, Senior R&D and Strategic Marketing Executive.
As Title Sponsor, Syngenta also provided generous funding to the 2017 competition. Twelve technology companies offered students complimentary access to their software.