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$10,000 Analytics Poster Competition

Are you a student or practitioner working on an analytics, data science, or OR/MS project with a company? This is your chance to share what you have been doing, network with top analytics practitioners in the field, and compete to potentially win some $$$ for your efforts with a submission to the Analytics Poster Competition.

Poster research need not be completed but must have an end goal in mind. Submissions are welcomed from all industry professionals and students who wish to present. We strongly encourage potential applicants to the Early Career Professionals’ Network (ECPN) event to participate in this poster session.

Posters can be individual or team submissions. If a team submission wins an award, the prize money will be split evenly among the team members. All submissions must have at least one author registered for the 2024 INFORMS Analytics Conference to qualify for a competition prize.

2024 Winners

 Practitioner Competition

1st Place

District Solutions LLC
Matt Petering
The FastMap Redistricting Algorithm: Promoting Fair Elections with Optimized Political Districts 

2nd Place

Walmart Inc.
Eva Gao, Kaushik Kumaran, Rishi Bhatia, Yalan Hu
Semantic Price Anomaly Detection in Retail using Bi-Encoder and Cross-Encoder

3rd Place

Bentley University
Mingfei Li
Is the Early Onset of Hypertension Associated with The Risk of AD for Mild Cognitive Impairment Patients?

Social Media Award

Shankar Ghimire, PhD
Florida Southern College
(207 YouTube Likes!)

 Student Competition

1st place 
Purdue University Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. School of Business
Alvina Patra, Aravind Teja Chikoti, Hima Vamsi Krishna, Sanjay Katyal, Roshan Raj Singh
Supply Chain Vigilance: Optimizing Inventory with Stockout Risk Modeling & BI Driven Real-Time Dashboard for Supplier Performance

2nd place  ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
Purdue University Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. School of Business
Pawan Kurada, Haden Foster, Karan Karnik, Ritik Khandelwal, Bhavan Sekar
Hospitality Buzz Barometer: Assessing Market Vibrancy in The Hospitality Sector, A Geospatial Analysis for Strategic Expansion

 3rd Place ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

University of Wisconsin-Madison
So Young Oh
Music and Mental Health

Social Media Award  

Optimizing Manufacturing Supply Chains: A Time Series Approach for Demand Forecast
Samarth Bansal, Chaitanya Krishna Burri, Sathwik Kanukuntla, Priya Sharma, Akanksha Singh
Purdue University Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. School of Business
(867 YouTube Likes!)



Justin Beyers, Bonutti Technologies

Joseph Cazier, Arizona State University

Dan Eilen, University of Central Florida

Bill Franks, Kennesaw State University

Nickolas Freeman, University of Alabama

Ivan Garibay, University of Central Florida

Melissa Hortman, Microsoft

Kwan-Yuet (Stephen) Ho, Leidos

Josh Jay, NCAA

Jimmy Ledbetter, Quisitive



Lynn Letukas, Intuit

Qihang Lin, University of Iowa

Avnish Kishor Malde, BNSF Railway

Edwin Nassiff, University of Central Florida

Inderjeet Singh, Infor

Natalia Summerville, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Daniel Steeneck, Akuret

Hemanya Tyagi, National Grid

Tony Zech, ECS


Judges at the Analytics Conference will provide feedback for each submission after its given poster session has ended. Poster Competition sessions will take place on April 15 & 16 at the Analytics Conference in Orlando, Florida. Award winners will be announced on April 16 after the last poster session has ended.
Download the Business Analytics Poster Competition judging rubric

Practitioner Competition

  • 1st Place: $2,500
  • 2nd Place: $1,500
  • Social Media Award: $1,000
    [For the video presentation with the most YouTube likes by April 13, 10:00pm EST.]

Student Competition

  • 1st Place: $2,500
  • 2nd Place: $1,500
  • Social Media Award: $1,000
    [For the video presentation with the most YouTube likes by April 13, 10:00pm EST.]

Production & Presentation Guidelines

Posters must be produced as a single-sheet exposition that can fit on the bulletin board provided by INFORMS. The bulletin board measures 90 inches wide by 43 inches tall. We recommend a poster size of 72 inches wide by 36 inches tall or 48 inches wide by 36 inches tall. However, other sizes are acceptable as long as they do not exceed the bulletin board dimensions of 90×43.

In preparing your poster, you may want to reference these online sites that provide templates, as well as printing services. 

Poster Presentation

Make Poster

We strongly recommend that you have your poster printed locally or by an online site before you travel to the meeting, rather than attempt to have it printed on-site at the conference.

“Headline” Posters

Frustrated by trying to fit your paper to the “standard” poster format? Dazed by trying to engage people walking by? This year’s poster session is for you! Along with the standard poster format, we are also accepting and encouraging posters using the “headline” format. Templates are available at We expect each poster, no matter how formatted, to include a QR code to supporting documentation and further details. You can obtain a free QR code here:

For more information on the “headline” poster approach, watch the embedded video below:

Thank you to our sponsor!

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If your presentation is accepted…

New this year, we are going to provide attendees with the tools they need to plan which sessions they attend through the lens of the INFORMS Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) Job Task Analysis (JTA). 

The Job Task Analysis (JTA) was created to define the knowledge, skills, and abilities that must be demonstrated by analytics professionals to effectively transform data into insights. The Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) exam is based on the JTA and tests an individual’s fluency with the seven areas of responsibility. CAP® validation demonstrates that individuals have superior knowledge of the entire analytics process and earning and maintaining a CAP® certification further shows how individuals are continually working to advance their skills.

More information can be found here

Be prepared to tell us how your presentation or poster relates to the 7 Domains of the Analytics Process:

In addition, we’d like to know if the content you are presenting is most relevant to:

  • Associate (Early Career)
  • Professional (Mid-Career)
  • Executive (Senior Level)