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!

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!

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!


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!

End of Semester Party!

Today, 12/13/2018, our Student Chapter organized successfully the traditional “End of Semester Party” that was eagerly expected! Many students, as well as faculty members, joined us in an event that included a little bit of everything: friendly mood, relaxing talks and delicious food. As in every event we organize, of course, interesting research discussions and exchange of valuable ideas have been held among participants. Above all, though, we had the chance to make a recollection of the good moments of this semester and all the lessons that it has taught us.

Our menu included a wide variety of flavors, such as pizza, traditional Indian food and festive cookies!

Our President, Katerina, cut our delicious cake and wished everyone “Happy End of Semester!”

Our Advisor, Prof. Anna Nagurney, wrote warm wishes on the blackboard on behalf of UMass INFORMS Student Chapter.

Our Student Chapter would like to thank all those who joined our events and activities during Fall 2018 Semester and, thus, made our efforts matter. We hope to see you all again during Spring 2019! Until then, we wish you have a happy Winter Break!