INFORMS is the leading professional society for operations research, management science, and analytics professionals. I enjoy being involved with the society, and the network I gained through attending its conferences and events has been invaluable.
In 2018, I had a few opportunities to share my work and educate others through INFORMS. The inaugural Government and Analytics Summit was held in May 2018 at the Reserve Officers Association Building in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Keynote speakers included Secretary Anthony Fox and General Michael Hayden, and breakout sessions focused on applications of OR and analytics to national security, healthcare, and transportation. I was a panelist in the national security session and communicated the value of OR and analytics to an audience that was well versed in national security but may not have a mathematics background. A video of the panel can be found here, and more information about the session is on both my Media page and the summit website.
The INFORMS Annual Meeting was held in November 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. At the conference, I gave a presentation on voting security at polling places and was a co-author on COL Paul Goethals’ presentation on the human behavior element of cybersecurity. Both talks were in the Military Applications cluster. I also spoke about teaching and engaging undergraduates in analytics; that talk focused on my paper about student motivation in analytics.
Two episodes of the Resoundingly Human podcast were taped at the Annual Meeting, and I am featured on episode 5 of season 1. I discuss elections security and my team’s work on threats to polling places, starting at about the 9:20 mark. This podcast series is great because the goal is to communicate technical OR and analytics concepts to a general audience. The podcast is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and can also be found here.
Finally, I assume the role of President of the Military and Security Society of INFORMS beginning January 1, 2019. I’m really looking forward to growing the society and working with everyone. Cheers to 2019!