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Abstract Submission

Abstract submission has closed.

Speakers were notified about their submission in mid-February.

Benefits of Presenting

  • Discounted conference registration rate.
  • Registration covers the conference program, the Edelman Awards Banquet, Welcome Reception and breakfasts, lunches and breaks for two days.
  • The prestige of being selected to present at an INFORMS high quality conference.
  • An opportunity to participate fully in the conference and network with industry practitioners, academics and consultants.

Requirements of Presenting

  • A 50-minute presentation by one speaker (multiple presenters and panels not accepted).
  • Final presentation slides submitted 4 weeks before the conference.
  • Willingness to tailor a presentation for a listener audience and to accept direction from the Selection Committee.
  • Willingness to serve as a discussion leader for small group roundtables, if requested.
  • Full participation in the conference (both the education and social program), for at least the day of the presentation and preferably the entire conference.

Selection Criteria and Guidelines

The review and acceptance process is highly selective, with two primary criteria.

Presentation Content

  • Real-world business topics, with technical content included.
  • High quality academic work geared to real situations.
  • Applications reports, case studies, best practice examples, emerging topics and tutorials with a practice-orientation.
  • All application areas of analytics and OR/MS considered.
  • Presentations directed to a “listener” audience (most members of the audience attend the conference to listen to high quality presentations, not to present), of which approximately 80% are practitioners.

To Submit a Proposal

Information you will need to provide when you submit:

  • Contact information; biographical information; JPG photo
  • Presentation title
  • Abstract: Please submit a brief abstract of 100-150 words.
  • Paper Upload: a 500-word extended abstract written with the listener’s perspective in mind. 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.
  • Presenters must have demonstrated speaking experience. Please include in paper upload.
  • Speaking references are requested during the submission process. Please include in paper upload.
  • Potential speakers could be interviewed by phone.