INFORMS at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

INFORMS Tutorial Series I

INFORMS will be holding an introductory tutorial session for Python!


Python is an interpreted, open-sourced, and continuously evolving programming language for general purposes. In light of several popular packages (or libraries), it becomes almost an omnipotent environment for modeling, data analytics, scientific computing, etc.

We will be using Jupyter notebook for the tutorial purposes. It will be beneficial if you bring your laptops but installing Jupyter is not required.

In this tutorial, we will cover:

  • Data types (Numbers, Strings, Booleans)
  • Containers (Lists, Tuples, Dictionaries)
  • Classes
  • Functions
  • Conditionals and loops
  • Reading/writing CSV files
  • Introduction to packages (NumPy, SciPy, Pandas, Matplotlib)
  • Some demos


What’s next? Join us for some delicious food and happy time at Murphy’s!

Where: TB 303

When: Thursday 9/28 5pm


Schneider National Info Session


Join us tomorrow to learn about data science and operations research at one of the nation’s largest transportation companies. Our guests will also discuss the internships and full-time positions they are recruiting for at the ECS Career Fair on Wednesday.

When: 6:30 – 7:30pm

Where: TB 101


Daniel Vanden Brink, Ph.D
VP of Analytics and Operations Research

Nikhil Arora, Ph.D
Director of Logistics Engineering

See you there and don’t forget to bring your resumes!

Slides for Fall 2017 General Meeting

Hi everyone!

Here are the slides from last week’s general meeting: 2017 Fall GM

We are seeing a lot of interest in the upcoming data science & O.R. competitions, so hang tight for more detailed information and instructions to sign up. However, it isn’t too early to start forming your team!

Remember to send us your ideas and feedback for future events that you would like to see.

See you all on Tuesday when we host Schneider National and learn more about O.R. and analytics in the transportation industry.

Fall General Meeting

Join us for our Fall General Meeting! We will discuss data science competitions, upcoming career fair info sessions, and other events we plan to host this semester.

Where: TB 101
When: Thursday 9/7/2017 at 5:30pm

GUROBI Optimizer workshop

When: Tuesday, Apr 25th 2017, from 5-6.30 pm

Where: 215 Transportation Building

Gurobi is one of the fastest Commercial Optimization Software used by academics and professionals to solve large scale optimization problems. In this workshop, we will teach how to build and solve basic Linear and Integer programming models using:
2. C++ API for GUROBI
3. Python API for GUROBI

Note that we will have a short demo in each of the above modules. Therefore, it will be beneficial if you install the following software on your laptop and bring it to the session.

1. GUROBI: Please visit create your profile to download a free academic license of GUROBI Optimizer (suitable for your OS distribution). Follow the installation instructions in the quick start guide To activate the license, you need to be connected to the UIUC network (or through VPN).

2. AMPL: Please visit and download the version suitable for your OS distribution. Unzip the files and copy them to the desired location.

3. C++: Please install Visual Basic from the Webstore. The instructions on how to install and run a sample code will be available there. If using MAC, please install Xcode on your machine.

4. Python for Windows: The official distribution of python is available from GUROBI is compatible with Python 2.x, so make sure you download Python 2.7. A recommended alternative is to instead install Anaconda from, which includes Python and comes pre-loaded with a variety of packages used for scientific computing and visualization. If the installer asks, allow python to be added to your PATH. For writing and editing Python scripts a simple text editor will suffice. Sublime Text or Atom would be better. If you want more features (debugging, refactoring, variable inspection, etc.) an IDE like Spyder (included with Anaconda) or PyCharm might be more suitable.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at or

INFORMS ISE Internship/Job Info Session

When: April 14th, 4pm.

Where: Transporation Building 303

Are you looking for a summer internship? Did you recently get a job/internship offer and would like to help your peers with the tricks of the trade? The INFORMS Student Chapter will be organizing an Internship/Full-time job Info session (date and venue to be announced soon). The purpose of the event is for students with past internships to share their experiences with other students on the selection process, or their experience working on the roles that they embarked. It is also a platform for students with job/internship offers in hand and would like to share more about the selection process that they recently went through. We believe that this session would greatly benefit students still on the look-out, or those who are soon to be on the job-market!

To make the organizing better, we would like to know if you have an internship/job offer or a recent internship experience that you would like to share. Please fill in the survey form below if would like to. We would greatly appreciate if you can fill it as soon as possible.

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