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Submit a brief abstract for a 50 minute presentation of 60 words with a minimum of 50 words for one of the topics below. Your abstract should answer the listener’s basic question: “What will I learn from this session? What information/knowledge/ideas will I come away with?” It’s important that you describe in as much detail as possible what you will cover in your presentation. A bulleted list of topics, points, examples and issues can be an effective technique for doing this.

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Topics Include

Data Security
How should data be collected and stored in such a way that is useful and accessible for analysis, but also secures the underlying rights and ethics of the owner and the data subjects, and protects the data from theft, alteration, or exploitation?

Disaster Recovery
How can O.R. better support disaster recovery operations, including actions take in advance of, during, and after a disaster?   

Emergency Preparedness
How can O.R. and analytics better help government agencies and the public writ large understand and prepare for emergencies?

Frontiers in O.R.
How can the security community benefit from and drive innovation and advances in operations research tools, techniques, and practices?

How can intelligence agencies use advanced analytic techniques to provide rigorous, reliable intelligence assessments from limited and potentially obfuscated data?   

Law Enforcement
How can O.R. help law enforcement agencies prevent, predict, and respond to crime to increase public safety? 

Military O.R.
What aspects of O.R., advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, or machine learning are missing or underutilized within the military O.R. community?  How can their incorporation better increase the rigorous and impactfulness of analysis provided to military decision-makers?  

Network Resilience
How can network systems – such as logistics, transportation, energy, communications, and even human networks – be better designed and protected to increase their robustness and resiliency to attack and degradation?   

How can O.R. and analytics increase the effectiveness and efficiency of physical security and protection systems, including the allocation of agents, the use of sensors and detection systems, and the deployment of barriers?

Transportation Security

Important Dates

  • July 29
    11:59pm EST

    Session Chair Entry Deadline

    Cluster Chairs must enter Session Chairs by this date.

  • October 28
    11:59pm EST

    Presenter Entry Deadline

    Session Chairs must enter Presenters by this date (applies to Session Chairs Only).

  • December 23
    11:59pm EST

    Abstract Submission Deadline

     for Contributed, Sponsored and Emerging Abstracts (rolling acceptance).

  • January 7
    11:59pm EST

    Speaker Registration Deadline

    If a speaker is not registered by January 7, 2020, they will be notified that their presentation will be removed from the program. 

Abstract Guidelines (Size/Length)

Abstract should be 600 characters maximum (approximately 60 words), title of abstract – 150 characters maximum.

  • Letters, numbers, and *common math symbols accepted.
  • All abstracts must be in English.
  • Do not include title or author information in the body of your abstract.
  • Abstracts will be published exactly as entered if accepted.
  • Review your abstract and check for typographical and spelling errors, coherence and technical content.

*PLEASE NOTE: Use only “text pad” when entering math symbols.

Submit Early!

Submission is now open.

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Contributed Presentations

If you wish to contribute an abstract and have NOT received an invitation from a Session Chair: Submit an abstract for contributed presentations. 

Emerging Topics & Sponsored Presentations

Presenters will be notified by email to submit their individual abstracts after the Session Chair has submitted the session. If you have not received an invitation to submit from a Session Chair you will not be able to log in through the system.

Session Chair

Session Chairs will be notified by email to submit any missing information once the Cluster Chair has submitted the session title. Please note if you are chairing more than one session you may receive more than one email. Please retain this information as it will be your access to the system.

If you have not received an invitation to submit from a Cluster Chair you will not be able to log in through the system.


Contact Cassie McKay, INFORMS by phone at (443) 7​57-3556 or by email.

Last Day for Changes

Last day to make changes to existing abstracts is December 27, 2019.