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Poster Sessions

Attend the Poster Sessions and the Poster Competition

Poster submission deadline: July 25, 2022

Poster sessions: Sunday & Monday October 16-17, 2022
12:30–1:30pm 

Competition: Tuesday October 18, 2022
12:30–1:30pm 

Researchers, practitioners, and students share their O.R. and analytics projects presented as poster displays. Poster Competition winners will be announced during the in-person conference.

Submission and Competition 

INFORMS places special emphasis on high-quality poster submissions. As in past years, a Poster Session Competition will be held to recognize the best posters. If you would like to enter this competition, you are required to submit a soft copy of your poster (in pdf format) by July 25, 2022.

As in past years, a Poster Session Competition will be held to recognize the best posters. If you would like to enter the competition, you have to indicate your participation during the submission procedure. Three winners will be selected during the conference, with awards given for first place ($350), second place ($250), and third place ($150). The winners will also receive a certificate and will be recognized in INFORMS newsletters, OR/MS Today, INFORMS Connect, and on the INFORMS website.

Interactive Poster Sessions Co-Chairs

Jun Zhuang
Morton C. Frank Professor
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
University at Buffalo

Changhyun Kwon
Associate Professor
Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering
University of South Florida

Poster Competition Judges

Arzum Akkas – Boston University

Albert Berahas – University of Michigan

Sebastian Birolini – University of Bergamo

Anton Braverman – Northwestern University

Kedong Chen – Old Dominion University

Chun-An Chen – Northeastern University

Arthur Delarue – Georgia Institute of Technology

Mahyar Eftekhar – Arizona State University 

Burak Eksioglu – University of Arkansas

Sandra Eksioglu – University of Arkansas

Trilce Encarnacion – University of Missouri, St. Louis

Eduarda Frej – Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Abhijeet Ghoshal – University of Illinois, Champaign

Ruimeng Hu- University of California, Santa Barbara

Natalie Huang – University of Minnesota

Anahita Khojandi – University of Tennessee

Taewoo Lee – University of Pittsburgh

Brian Lee – Pennsylvania State University 

Meng Li – University of Houston

Zhepeng (Lionel) Li – University of Hong Kong

Michael Lim – Seoul National University

Jian Liu – University of Arizona

Xiaojin Liu – Virginia Commonwealth University

Haihao Liu – University of Chicago

Will Ma – Columbia University

Kayse Maass – Northeastern University

Yonatan Mintz – University of Wisconsin, Madison

Juliane Mueller – National Renewable Energy Lab

Rajeev Namboothiri – GE Research

Jie Ning – Case Western Reserve University

Clara Novoa – Texas State University

Hyunwoo Park – Seoul National University

Diana Ramirez-Rios – University at Buffalo

Talayeh Razzaghi – University of Oklahoma

Sara Reed – University of Kansas

Bruno F. Santos – Delft University of Technology

Thiago Serra – Bucknel University

Raghav Singal – Dartmouth University

Amanda Smith – University of Wisconsin, Madison

Eunhye Song – Georgia Institute of Technology

Emily Speakman – University of Colorado, Denver

Yanshuo Sun – Florida State University

Rajan Udwani – University of California, Berkeley

Kaizheng Wang – Columbia University

Weijun Xie – Georgia Institute of Technology

Fasheng Xu – Syracuse University

Chiwei Yan – University of Washington, Seattle

Rui Zhang – University of Colorado, Boulder

Hao Zhong – ESCP Business School

Luis Zuluaga – Lehigh University

How the Poster Competition Works

Participation in the poster competition is voluntary. That is, an author may elect to enter the General Poster session and make a poster presentation without entering the competition. For those who wish to compete, there are two rounds in the competition. In Round 1(Sunday & Monday), the poster competition chairs and judges will screen the submitted posters for their fit-for-competition and determine the posters to be evaluated in Round 2 (Tuesday) by the judges. In Round 2, judges will evaluate each poster.  After the judges submit their scores for each poster, the competition chairs will identify the first, second, and third place winners. The recognition includes a certificate, an award check, and announcements on INFORMS newsletters, OR/MS Today, INFORMS Connect, and on the INFORMS website

Before the Annual Meeting

Step 1. Abstract Submission: Only one poster abstract submission will be permitted per presenting author. For the poster submission, the following items are needed by July 25, 2022: contact information for yourself and any co-authors, the title,  a 50-word abstract, and a poster in PDF format. You must selet an option when entering your information to let us know if you wish to be part of the competition.

Step 2. Poster Review for Competition and Scheduling (Pre-Conference Round):  All posters ae accepted for presentation in person at the conference (Sunday and Monday). Chairs will screen the poster submissions to assign to judges and determine the presentation time (Sunday or Monday) accordingly.  The schedule will be announced before the conference.

During the Annual Meeting

Step 3. Round 1.  Poster presenters should bring a hard copy of their poster and hang it on the specified area before the scheduled poster session. 

Step 4. The finalists  chosen for Round 2 will be asked to present at the competition session on Tuesday 12:30-1:30 pm. Chairs will contact the finalists on Monday afternoon.

After the Annual Meeting

Further Recognition: The winners of the poster competition will be announced on the INFORMS website, in INFORMS newsletters, and in OR/MS Today.

You can view previous winners here.

Poster Preparation Guidelines & Instructions

Minimal Requirements

Poster: Each presenter in the Poster Sessions and Competition should submit their poster  in the form of a 1-page PDF file in landscape orientation and bring a hard copy to the annual meeting. The bulletin board measures 90” wide by 43” tall. We recommend a poster size of 72” wide by 36.” However, other sizes are acceptable as long as they do not exceed the bulletin board dimensions of 90” wide by 43” tall.

Suggested Best Practices

For all posters, please follow these guidelines:

  • Maintain a good contrast between background and foreground text.
  • Avoid acronyms and extensive mathematical notation as much as possible.
  • Include one or more of the following: a brief description of the problem, objectives of the work, the methodology utilized, conclusions, relevant diagrams, and graphs and charts, in order to present an overview of the application.
  • Organize your poster into sections, e.g., Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, and Literature Cited. (Avoid using too many citations.) You may wish to use numbers to help sequence sections of the poster.
  • Arrange the material into columns.
  • The title should be readable from 15–20 feet (approximately 4.5–6 meters) away.
  • The text should be large enough to be read easily from at least 6 feet (approximately 2 meters) away.
  • The poster should not rely upon your verbal explanation to link together the various portions.
  • Avoid densely packed, high word-count posters. Posters with 800 words or less are ideal.
  • Self-explanatory graphics should dominate the poster.
  • Below are webpages that provide more guidelines and free poster templates: