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UMass INFORMS Speaker Series: A Talk by Dr. Golbon Zakeri

It was a great pleasure for our Chapter to organize today’s event, a talk by Dr. Golbon Zakeri. Dr. Zakeri combined several recent papers of hers in order to provide us with an exciting presentation about pricing intermittent renewable generation. Her study focused on electricity market and included both deterministic and stochastic approaches. Our speaker encouraged the audience to ask questions during the talk and valuable feedback was exchanged.

Our speaker was introduced to the audience by our Chapter’s adviser, Prof. Anna Nagurney.

Our Chapter’s president, Mojtaba, referred to Dr. Zakeri’s academic and professional background.

Dr. Zakeri’s presentation was entitled: “Pricing intermittent renewable generation using stochastic flexi-auctions”.

Our speaker navigated through websites to show real-life data related with her work from around the world.

As always, the audience participated actively with many interesting questions. 

We hope to see you all in our next event!

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Tune-up for INFORMS Annual Conference in Seattle, WA

Today, October 10th, our Student Chapter organized successfully the tune-up event for the INFORMS Annual Conference in Seattle, WA. Our presenters were 5 doctoral students of our University, currently serving as Officers of our chapter. The presented topics covered many different disciplines, such as disaster relief management, delivery systems based on drones, paratransit services, screening schedules for breast cancer and HIV transmission clusters. The audience participated vividly by asking questions and providing feedback to the presenters for improving their performance in the Conference.

Mojtaba opened the event with the presentation entitled: “An Integrated Financial and Logistical Game Theory Model for Humanitarian Organizations with Purchasing Costs, Multiple Freight Service Providers, and Budget, Capacity, and Demand Constraints”.

Haris presented his study on “Optimization of Paratransit Service with TNCs” which is developed for the Greater Boston area.

Zhangchen’s work was focused on drone deliveries and was entitled: “Revenue and Capacity Management for Drone-Based Delivery Services”.

Xinmeng presented her study on “Identifying Optimal Screening Schedules for Breast Cancer in Low-and-Middle-Income Countries: An application to Peru”.

Sonza’s work focuses on HIV transmission clusters and is entitled “An Agent Based Evolving Contact Network Model for Studying the Dynamics of HIV Transmission Clusters”.

Good luck to our presenters for their participation in the INFORMS Annual Conference in  Seattle (WA) this year!

 

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UMass INFORMS Speaker Series: A Talk by Dr. Andrew C. Trapp

Today, September 27th, our Student Chapter enthusiastically organized the first talk of the academic year 2019-2020. Our first speaker was Dr. Andrew C. Trapp who is an Associate Professor of Operations and Industrial Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His presentation was entitled: “Placement Optimization in Refugee Resettlement”. Through this work, Dr. Trapp is exploring the challenging topic of refugee families’ optimal allocation to matching hosting areas. Recent resettlement trends for refugees were explained to support the vital need for research on the topic. Dr. Trapp also described thoroughly the challenges related to his work as well as how machine learning and integer programming can be combined to address them. Attendees asked many interesting questions during the talk, which led to a fruitful discussion.

Prof. Nagurney introduced our speaker to the audience and welcomed everyone to the event!

Our new President, Mojtaba, referred to our speaker’s academic and research background.

 

Dr. Trapp showed a demo of the software “Annie MOORE” that was developed as part of the presented project.

The audience participated actively in the event with many interesting questions.

Stay tuned to our Youtube Channel for Dr. Trapp’s interview that followed his presentation!

 

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New Academic Year Welcome!

Today, September 6th, our Student Chapter organized its first meeting for the academic year 2019-2020. Old and new members gathered in Isenberg School of Management to elect the new officers and commence coordinating activities for the exciting events that are coming up during Fall 2019. Our new president, Mojtaba, welcomed everyone at the meeting and shared wishes for a great new semester. Our former president, Katerina, described to our new members the Chapter’s main goals and purposes as well as the responsibilities that arise from each officer’s position. After the elections, everyone was excited with their new roles in our Chapter for this academic year!

 

New members and officers are posing for a group photo.

Our Chapter would like to wish everyone an amazing new academic year! We hope to see you all soon at our first event!

 

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End of Semester Party!

Today, 04/26/2019, our Student Chapter organized enthusiastically our last event for this academic year, the traditional “End of Semester” party! Students, as well as faculty members, from different departments of our University joined us in an event that included vivid discussions and plenty of food. Our Chapter’s advisor, Prof. Nagurney, awarded our current officers with certificates to recognize their exceptional service to our Chapter. Certificates were also awarded to former officers who keep supporting our Chapter strongly and consistently. Finally, the event closed with many wishes for a good end of the semester and an amazing summer!

Many friends of our Chapter joined us to celebrate the end of Spring ’19 semester!

Relaxing discussions were held among the participants.

Prof. Nagurney welcomed everyone to our party!

Rodrigo Mercado received his certificate from Prof. Nagurney, who highlighted his truly outstanding service to our Chapter. 

Our President, Katerina Deliali, cut our party cake! 

Our Student Chapter would like to thank our advisor, Prof. Anna Nagurney, for her valuable guidance and support . We would also like to thank everyone who joined our events during Spring 2019 Semester! 

We hope to see you all again this Fall! 

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UMass INFORMS Speaker Series: A Talk by Dr. Thiago Serra

Today, March 22nd, our Student Chapter organized with pleasure a talk by Dr. Thiago Serra who is a visiting research scientist at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs. His presentation was entitled: “Bounding and Counting Linear Regions of Deep Neural Networks”. Dr. Serra presented both theoretical and empirical approaches for investigating the number of linear regions of the function modeled in the framework of a piecewise linear neural network. Numerous useful graphs were included in his presentation, thus allowing for the audience to fully comprehend his work. As a result, a vivid discussion on the content of the presentation was held at the end of his talk.

Prof. Anna Nagurney, our chapter’s advisor, performed the speaker’s introduction and emphasized on the prestigious awards that he has received.

Our chapter’s President, Katerina, referred to our speaker’s academic and research background.

Dr. Serra started his presentation with a slide entitled “The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything” that intrigued all attendees.

Many graphs and figures in the presentation made its content clear, which led to several valuable questions on behalf of the attendees.

The audience showed vivid interest and developed a fruitful discussion with our speaker.

The presentation was followed by the speaker’s interview! The content will be available soon on our YouTube Channel! Don’t forget to subscribe for updates!

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UMass INFORMS Speaker Series: A Talk by Dr. Jurij Paraszczak

Today, March 8th, our Student Chapter enthusiastically organized an exciting talk by Dr. Jurij Paraszczak who is a consultant to IBM’s Corporate Communications and Corporate Affairs group. His presentation was entitled: “Smarter Cities and their Analysis”. Dr. Paraszczak highlighted the value of Information Technology and its role in enhancing city operations efficiency. His presentation included useful insights into the analytical approaches that IBM follows in their projects, as well as very interesting videos that traveled us around the world. It is noteworthy that Dr. Paraszczak encouraged the audience’s vivid participation by asking questions and commenting on the received feedback.

Prof. Nagurney, our Chapter’s advisor, introduced our speaker to the attendees.

Our President, Katerina, presented our speaker’s academic and professional background.

Dr. Paraszczak demonstrated interesting videos to further explain and support his statements.

By the end of the presentation, the attendees asked many questions that led to a valuable discussion.

Our Student Chapter would like to wish a Happy Spring Break to everyone! Don’t forget to stay tuned to our Youtube Channel!

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UMass INFORMS Speaker Series: A Talk by Dr. Peter Haas

Today, February 22nd, our Student Chapter was thrilled to organize its second event for Spring 2019 semester. Our speaker has been Dr. Peter Haas who is a Professor at College of Information and Computer Sciences at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His presentation was entitled: “Temporally-Biased Sampling Schemes for Online Model Management”. With his talk, Dr. Haas emphasized on the importance of having accurate data over time and presented his developed methods and approaches in order to achieve this goal. His presentation included very interesting and useful graphs that allowed the audience to comprehend both fundamental and more sophisticated parts of his study.

Prof. Nagurney welcomed everyone to the event and introduced our speaker to the audience.

Our President, Katerina, referred to our speaker’s academic and professional background. She also introduced Yalda, our new Vice President.

Dr. Haas explained thoroughly the motivation for the presented study, which was Dynamic Interaction Graphs.

All the attendees demonstrated vivid interest for Dr. Haas’ study.

Stay tuned to our Youtube Channel for Dr. Haas’ interview that followed his presentation!

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UMass INFORMS Speaker Series: A Talk by Dr. Aurora Liu

Today, February 1st, we were excited to organize our first event for the new semester! Our first speaker for Spring 2019 was Dr. Aurora Liu, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her presentation was entitled: “Horizontal M&A and Firm Innovation: Contingency Roles of Collaboration and Knowledge Network Embeddedness”. Dr. Liu informed us about her research on how multiple network embeddedness of technological firms may change the effects of horizontal merger and acquisition (M&A) on firm innovation performance. The audience was very enthusiastic about the thorough description of the theoretical research background, as well as the empirical analysis that was presented.

The event started with the attendees introductions.

Prof. Anna Nagurney, the chapter’s advisor, performed the speaker’s introduction.

The chapter’s President, Katerina, referred to our speaker’s academic and research background.

Dr. Liu presented her work using examples to make her models development clear to all attendees.

The presentation was followed by the speaker’s interview! The content will be available soon on our YouTube Channel! Don’t forget to subscribe for updates!

 

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Spring 2019 – Welcome!

A new semester has just begun, and our Student Chapter is excited to welcome everyone back on campus!

We would also like to wish you a happy and productive semester, full of unique experiences and valuable lessons.

Keeping the good work of the past, our Chapter is enthusiastically organizing many interesting events for the Spring 2019 Semester. Learn more about them on:

Stay tuned and hope to see you all soon!