Category archives: AIMMS
In preparation for the INFORMS Business Analytics conference in Florida, we wanted to experiment with a new approach for our regular pre-conference workshop. We wanted to engage the audience much more during the session, and do so in a fun and interactive way.
A couple of weeks prior the conference, we sat down and discussed how we could achieve this goal. Almost immediately, we considered the idea of doing a reduced version of our proof of concept (POC). The recently improved POC has proven to be a method that successfully demonstrates the value of AIMMS. It demonstrates just how quickly an AIMMS-based decision support application can be developed and deployed. Our regular POC is a two-day process that starts by defining the problem on a whiteboard with a prospect. The information shared on the whiteboard is then translated into the AIMMS modeling language. Shortly thereafter, an end user application is created on top of the model.
Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the 2016 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research. It’s a premier gathering for the world’s analytics and OR professionals, boasting a great program with peer-to-peer discussions, demos and keynote talks. There was a lot to choose from in terms of workshops. I was hesitating between the AIMMS workshop or Gurobi’s. Thankfully Laura (AIMMS Marketing Director) persuaded me to attend AIMMS’ workshop. I met very cool people there! Their plan for the workshop was quite innovative for the type of session I am used to attending at these conferences. Here’s why I liked it so much.
As you may have heard, AIMMS and Booz Allen Hamilton have formed a partnership to accelerate Operations Research and Decision Science. Booz Allen is a leading management consulting and technology services provider and we are thrilled to work together towards this exciting task. To kick-off our partnership, we are co-sponsoring a unique hackathon experience with Southwest Airlines at the upcoming INFORMS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.
The hackathon will tackle a real world problem presented by Southwest Airlines, encouraging students and recent grads to use advanced analytics in order to solve pressing challenges. There will be a prize, snacks, networking, coffee, t-shirts, and a lot of fun! The hackathon will take place on October 31, 2015 from 9am to 7:30pm.