INFORMS at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Caterpillar Analytics Info Session

Caterpillar Logo on White Background


When: Tuesday, March 28th at 6:00pm

Where: 103 Transportation Building

Join us on Tuesday to learn how one of the world’s largest heavy equipment manufacturers uses data science and operations research to design, build, and transport machines across the globe.  Our guests from Caterpillar will also be sharing information about the many internship and full-time opportunities, including positions at their two locations in the UI Research Park.

Speakers include:

  • Beth Ladd, Director – Data Innovation Lab at UI Research Park
  • Chris Ha, Manager – Optimization and Advanced Analytics, Champaign Simulation Center at UI Research Park
  • Rachele Ackerman, Marketing and Analytics Recruiting Manager
  • Stephen Prince, Analytics Professional Development Program & Recent UIUC Statistics Grad

And of course, pizza will be provided. We look forward to seeing you all!


Weekly Research Meet-up

Well what is a Weekly Research Meet-up? 

It’s a weekly discussion comprised of students, where every week one student may volunteer to talk about an interesting paper they’ve read, or to talk about their research, or anything else that they would wish to share with our student community in an informal environment.

That sounds great! When and where is the first Meet-up? 

Monday 30/1 at 5:30pm, Tb 305.

Will there be pizza and coffee?


For the first meeting this Monday, Sagnik Das (PhD in IE) has volunteered to talk about an interesting paper in assortment optimization. Hope to see you all there!  

Seminar by Prof Alexandra Chronopoulou

We are pleased to have Prof Alexandra Chronopoulou give a Seminar on her research. Grad students get a seminar credit and coffee will be served.
When: 5pm, Wednesday, Nov 30th.
Where: Tb 303
Long Memory and Roughness in Stochastic Volatility Models
Long memory stochastic volatility (LMSV) models have been used to explain the persistence of volatility in the market, while rough stochastic volatility (RSV) models have been shown to reproduce statistical properties of low frequency financial data. The goal of this talk is to propose a general methodology for the estimation of the parameters of the above models, the filtering of the volatility process, and the calibration of the dependence parameter, which will then be applied to the option pricing on the S&P 500 index.

INFORMS Mock Presentation

Are you presenting at the INFORMS Annual Meeting 2016?

Please fill this form if you’d like to present your work in front of your peers at UIUC: Link

Event details:

  • Where: Tb 303
  • When: 4pm, Friday, 11th November 2016

GitHub Workshop

git init workshop

GitHub is one of the most powerful online project collaboration systems that’s free for public. Kaushik Krishnan, a Masters student in Operations Research will guide us through how to use GitHub to effectively execute projects. Come join! Coffee will be served.

When: Wednesday November 2 at 5pm
Where: Tb 303

Fall 16 General Meeting

When: Wednesday October 26 at 4pm
Where: 103 Transportation Building

  • Learn more about Operations Research and what the Student Chapter can do for you.
  • OR Talk by Prof Richard Sowers
  • Get to know other ORMS enthusiasts!
  • Lots of pizza!

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