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Thanks for a GREAT 2018 Annual Meeting!
Over the next month we will post photos and news from the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Houston, and you can read our 2018 newsletter HERE.

Meet our new officers for 2019! They are:

Chair: Shantih Spanton, CSX
Vice Chair: Nathaniel Richmond, BNSF
Secretary: Steve Tyber, GE Transportation
Treasurer: Yashar Khayati, BNSF
PR Officer: Qing He, University at Buffalo

RAS Problem Solving Competition Announcement

Technical University of Denmark Wins First Place
Full Results

First Prize: Forecasting Train Delays in the Netherlands using Neural Networks

    Technical University of Denmark

    Second Place: Predicting Near-Term Train Schedule Performance and Delay Using Bi-Level Random Forests 

     University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana

    Third Place: A Railway Delay Prediction Model Based on Non-Homogeneous Markov Chains
    Texas A&M / North Carolina State

    2018 Student Paper Award Announcement

    The winners of the 2018 Railway Applications Section Student Paper Award are:

    First Prize: Fei Yan; Nikola Bešinović; Rob M.P. Goverde, “Multi-objective Periodic Railway Timetabling”, Technical University of Delft

    Second Prize: Rolf N. van Lieshout; Paul C. Bouman; Dennis Huisman, “Determining and Evaluating Alternative Line Plans in (Near) Out-of-Control Situations”, Erasmus University Rotterdam

    Third Prize: Manuel Fuentes; Luis Cadarso; Ángel Marín, “A Hybrid Model for Robust Crew Scheduling in Rapid Transit Networks”, Technical University of Madrid

    The winners will present their research at the INFORMS Annual Meeting, 4 November 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona.

    For further details, see the Student Paper Award page.

    Thank you to our sponsors for 2018:

    Gold Sponsors
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    Silver Sponsors