Last week I attended the Analytics conference in Huntington Beach, CA. As a member of the organizing committee, my responsibilities were to co-organize the Early Career Connection program with Michelle Opp of SAS and help organize the new "Managing Risk" track alongside several other sub-committee members led by Freeman Marvin of Innovative Decisions. (I also presented a poster of my research with my PhD student Tengjiao Xiao, about our analysis of "inefficient" health plans on public health exchanges.) This post is on the new Managing Risk track. The purpose of the track is to provide a "home" for talks that do not fit neatly in more traditional categories such as supply chain or marketing yet capture important dimensions in risk management of benefit to analytics practitioners.
The track had five talks: Kenneth Fletcher of the Transportation Security Administration discussed how enterprise risk management can be used to identify threats to priorities and goals, Angela Fontes of NORC and the University of Chicago described a comprehensive model of consumer risk tolerance, Mike Dziecichowicz of Ernst & Young provided an overview of retail credit loss forecasting that I hope to convince him to present again at Lehigh to my financial optimization students in the spring (Mike is a former student of mine and it was great to hear about some of the projects he's been working on since Lehigh), Milind Tambe of USC delivered a fascinating presentation on the emerging science of security games and finally Sam Savage ended the day with a talk on how to apply risk model analysis to utility business decision-making.
The talk farthest from my own background was Tambe's and it is all to his credit that he was able to captivate a large audience of conference attendees with disparate interests and backgrounds with his examples of security games drawn from research projects from security at LAX (Los Angeles Airport) to wildlife protection in Africa. You can learn more about his research here.
Conference attendees can download presentation slides online (at least those from the speakers who share them) through the INFORMS Connect service. Unfortunately, no presentation from the Managing Risk track is currently available, but attendees can browse through 68 very informative presentations from other tracks.