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Academic DirectorMS in Business Analytics Program University of Notre Dame

Scott Nestler, CAP, PhD

Academic Director
MS in Business Analytics Program

University of Notre Dame

INFORMS Member since 2001

A Word from the General Chair

While our current environment of physical (not social!) distancing and isolation led to the unfortunate cancellation of the 2020 INFORMS Business Analytics Conference in Denver, it is my pleasure to invite you to join us for a unique virtual analytics event on May 18-22, 2020.

Now more than ever, the value of data sharing and utilization cannot be understated. The virtual conference will include 13 unique presentations covering the latest research and achievements in topics of great importance in the analytics community, including ethics in data, decision and risk analysis, revenue management & pricing, machine learning, marketing analytics. We will also explore emerging analytics topics and look at the role of analytics in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participants will have access to a robust content library and networking opportunities within the INFORMS Connect platform. While virtual, the conference will still enable participants to interact with fellow attendees and create new connections and maintain existing ones, an essential component of any meeting experience.

We look forward to welcoming you to a one-of-a-kind virtual analytics experience!

Organizing Committee

Zahir Balaporia, CAP

Optimization Solutions Partner

Nathaniel D. Bastian

Chief, Data Science and AI Engineering
DoD Joint Artificial Intelligence Center

Tudor Bodea

Analytics, Strategy & Execution

Alan Briggs, CAP

Concurrent Technologies

Aaron Burciaga, CAP


Dayana Cope

Senior Manager, Advanced Analytics
Walt Disney World Parks & Resorts

Rob Dees

People Insights Senior Manager

Genetha Gray

Manager, Data Science & Research Group, Employee Success Strategy & Analytics (ESSA) Team

Jon Higbie

Chief Scientist

Mani Janakiram

Intel Corporation

Freeman Marvin, CAP

Executive Principal Analyst
Innovative Decisions, Inc.

Pelin Pekgün

Associate Professor
Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina

Jennifer Priestley

Associate Dean, The Graduate College
Director, Analytics and Data Science Institute
Kennesaw State University

Nancy Pyron

Independent Consultant

Les Servi

Chief Scientist
The MITRE Corporation

Brian Sperling

Guidehouse LLC

Gary Summers

Pipeline Physics LLC

Renee Thiesing

Vice President of Strategic Alliances
Simio LLC

Erick Wikum

Analytics Consultant
Wikalytics, LLC

Selects Committee

Jim Williams (Chair)

Sr. Principal Consultant, Xpress Optimization

Fatma Garza

Associate Professor
University of Waterloo

Mary Helander

Center for Policy Resarch
Syracuse University

Ed Pohl

Professor, Department Head
Industrial Engineering Department
University of Arkansas

Poster Committee

Alan Taber

Systems Engineer Senior Staff
Lockheed Martin