06 October 2013 - 09 October 2013
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

INFORMS Annual Meeting 2013

IIASA Director and Chief Executive Officer Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat will deliver a plenary address at the INFORMS Annual Meeting 2013. The INFORMS Annual Meeting is a prestigious gathering of experts in Big Data, analytics, operations research, and management science taking place on October 6-9, 2013 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. 

© INFORMS Annual Meeting 2013

© INFORMS Annual Meeting 2013

The INFORMS Annual Meeting brings together experts from industry, academia, and government. The meeting covers topics ranging from business analytics to workforce management to healthcare analytics and more. INFORMS events offer a vibrant, progressive environment for the expert analytics, OR and MS communities to come together, look forward, and share and discuss scientific advances and the implications to businesses today. Follow all the event’s news, views and conversations on Twitter by watching the hashtag #INFORMS2013.

IIASA Director and Chief Executive Officer Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat will open the plenary sessions on the first day of INFORMS Annual Meeting 2013 on October 6, 2013. Please find the details of the talk below. Download Presentation (PDF)

Benefits of Systems Science for Policy Support

10:00, October 6, 2013
IIASA Director and Chief Executive Officer Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat
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Narrowly focused, single-disciplinary science alone cannot adequately underpin policies and solutions to resolve major sustainability challenges. We must rapidly refocus intellectual and economic investments toward multi-scale, integrated, interdisciplinary approaches that consider social, economic, and environmental aspects, that look across and between borders and sectors, and that identify feedbacks or the co-benefits of a policy or management decision, before it is made.

One example of this “systems” approach is the Global Energy Assessment (GEA), a multiyear, multidisciplinary study (coordinated by IIASA). The GEA links energy to climate, air quality, human health and mortality, economic growth, urbanization, water, land use, and other factors. The GEA scenarios find that energy access for all (by 2050) is possible with co-benefits of limiting warming to 2°C, improving air quality and human health, and stimulating economic growth within a green economy framework.

Realizing the sustainability goals will require investment in integrated analyses to fully understand the Earth system (human and natural). This must be enabled by substantial growth in public-private partnerships that stimulate and fund collaboration between social and natural scientists and that engage key stakeholders and  the user community at all stages of the research cycle—from inception to implementation.

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The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®) is the leading professional society made up of the foremost minds in the world of analytics. More than 10,000 members worldwide, including Nobel Prize laureates, turn to INFORMS to provide leading industry best practices, training and events focused on data analytics and operations research. Members of INFORMS work in business, government and academia and represent fields as diverse as airlines, health care, law enforcement, the military, financial services, retail, engineering and telecommunications. The society serves the scientific and professional needs of operations research analysts, experts in “big data” and analytics, consultants, scientists, students, educators and managers, as well as their institutions. It publishes a variety of journals, hosts conferences, extends certification in analytics (CAP), offers continuing education courses, and provides its members with a large choice of special interest groups and local chapters. Further information about INFORMS can be found online at www.informs.org or @informs.

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