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Advanced Analytics: Empowering Operations Research, by Dr. Anne Robinson


• Program starts at 6PM, doors open at 5:30PM.

• Join us for drinks afterwards at the Mandarin Hotel Empress Lounge across the street!


Recent advances in information system capabilities, like abundant and inexpensive data storage, cloud-based solutions, and distributed computing paradigms have opened new possibilities for collecting and processing data at an unprecedented volume and speed. This data tsunami, along with advanced computing and analysis capabilities, provide Operations Research professionals with innovative ways to build and validate their models and to communicate results and insights to upper management. The abundance of data and the increased confidence in analytics enable researchers to explore uncharted territories and to develop and test exciting new models and theories. As the INFORMS community, we have the right people in both academia and in practice, the assets, and the reputation to (i) champion and flourish the analytics movement, (ii) promote and standardize analytics education, and (iii) pioneer certification in analytics. During these electrifying times, we should enjoy the attention of top executives and embrace analytics to grow our community. Analytics is not diluting our field, but rather empowering Operations Research.


Anne G. Robinson is the Director of Supply Chain Strategy and Analytics for Verizon Wireless. Her team is responsible for leading strategic efforts across the Supply Chain organization, leveraging advanced analytics to implement processes and procedures that lead to improved product life cycle management, more efficient network equipment utilization, working capital optimization, and cost reduction. Prior to joining Verizon Wireless, Robinson spent several years with Cisco Systems where her responsibilities included managing advanced analytics, business intelligence, and performance management teams across the supply chain. She and her team were also responsible for evaluating and improving the distribution inventory network as well as establishing a statistical forecasting capability for predicting demand. As the driving force for many foundational and cross-functional process innovations, she helped establish Cisco's presence and recognition as a leader in business intelligence and analytics, including being inducted into the balanced scorecard hall of fame. With her  PhD in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, Anne is the Past President of INFORMS. She is a popular industry speaker, has served on several advisory boards including the SAS Analytical Customer Advisory Board, and was a topical editor for the Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science. A frequent tweeter, you can follow Dr. Robinson @agrobins.


Smithsonian (Blue/Orange line) is the closest Metro stop (3 blocks).  L’Enfant Plaza (Yellow/Green, Blue/Orange line) is the next closest Metro stop (5 blocks).


Parking is available via Central Parking below the office building. The entrance to the parking garage is at 1300 D St SW, Washington, DC 20024.  There is also 2-hour metered parking on D street.  


For program information, please contact Layne Morrison,[masked] or Dan Ford,[masked]

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  • Kathy H.

    Great meeting! I wish I could have stayed for the post-meeting. Unfortunately, I have to drive South on I-95, and Friday is not a good night to do that. Would like to volunteer to help with events if not on a Friday.

    May 12, 2014

  • Sandy H

    It was nice to meet some of you yesterday. I haven't been active in INFORMS/WINFORMS for several years, and it was encouraging to see a younger group. Also loved the CapGemini spaces (and that they described it as "Montessori for adults" :)

    May 10, 2014

  • Dan F.

    Best quote of the night: "Beware of Garbage In Gospel Out." How true even for the "sexiest profession" of the 21st century.

    1 · May 9, 2014

    • Sandy H

      I liked that. Hadn't heard that one before!

      May 10, 2014

  • Domenico

    I answered the call, and am now a paying member of WINFORMS. Looking forward to more well great events. Thanks to the coordinators and speakers for putting it all together.

    2 · May 10, 2014

    • Layne M

      Yay! Much appreciated Domenico!

      May 10, 2014

  • Layne M

    Galvanizing & inspiring. We are it, we are where it is at.

    May 9, 2014

  • Joseph

    Very interesting to see OR folks taking on the analytics/data science track...

    1 · May 9, 2014

  • Domenico

    Encouraging presentation. Would like to know the title of the positions she is trying to fill at Verizon.

    May 9, 2014

  • Layne M

    Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

    May 8, 2014

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