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Call for Papers:

The Fifth INFORMS Optimization Society Conference
"Theory and Practice: Dealing with Big Data and other Challenges"

Hosted by the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Rice University

March 6-8, 2014

Houston, Texas

The INFORMS Optimization Society solicits abstracts and posters for its fifth conference, whose broad theme is "Theory and Practice: Dealing with Big Data and Other Challenges". The meeting will be held on the Rice University campus in Houston, Texas.

Houston exudes a cosmopolitan yet down-home vibe. The country's fourth-largest city is home to more than 2.2 million residents and the city attracts visitors and transplants with a wonderful mix of world-class art, booming businesses, professional sports, and award-winning cuisine. Houston also is home to NASA and very close to Galveston Island. Rice University sits in the middle of the museum district with easy and close proximity to downtown and Reliant Stadium, the host of the 2014 Houston Livestock and Rodeo (Mar 4th - 23rd) which is the world's largest livestock and rodeo dedicated to benefiting youth and supporting education.

The conference organizers invite you to submit theoretical and applied work that highlights the conference theme and other significant research. Work that focuses on new or novel applications in the interface of multiple disciplines is especially welcome. Specific areas of interest include (but are not limited to) descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive Analytics; optimization theory, practice, and software; the use/combination of optimization and analytics in/with related fields such as probability and statistics, computer science, constraint programming, engineering, artificial intelligence, health applications, as well as natural and social sciences.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Robert E. Bixby, Professor Emeritus Computational and Applied Mathematics, Rice University and President and Co-founder of Gurobi Optimization

Anatoli Juditsky, Professor of Mathematics, University Joseph Fourier

Jorge Nocedal, Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Northwestern University

Ben Recht, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of California-Berkeley


There are three categories of submissions: (1) invited abstracts, (2) contributed abstracts, and (3) posters. Abstracts are restricted to 300 characters. Contributed abstracts and posters will be accepted based on quality, suitability to the conference, and space availability. Abstract submission is available through the conference web site http://www.caam.rice.edu/~ios2014. Authors submitting a poster should enter an abstract into the submission system and explicitly indicate that they want to be considered for the poster sessions. If space and time constraints prevent a paper from being included in a formal session, the submitting author(s) may be given the option of presenting their work in one of the poster sessions.

Important Dates:

Early registration deadline: December 20, 2013
Invited Abstracts:
Submission deadline
January 6, 2014
Contributed Abstracts and Posters:
Submission deadline
January 6, 2014
Notification of acceptance January 13, 2014
Conference program published online: February 3, 2014
IOS Conference: March 6-8, 2014