YinzOR is a single-track conference that brings together students studying OR, OM, MS, IE, CS, or related areas, to facilitate interaction and collaboration with peers. The idea of having a student conference was first proposed by Aleksandr Kazachkov, and it was well-received by our board members. The name “YinzOR” was suggested by Thiago Serra. “Yinz” is frequently used by Pittsburghers, and means you-ones or yous-ones (2nd person plural pronoun) and derives from the Scots language, sometimes called Lowland Scots, spoken in southern Scotland until the late 18th century (credit: Prof. John Hooker).
The inaugural YinzOR conference was held in August 2017 at Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University. We had the pleasure of hosting Noam Brown, Hamsa Bastani, and Francisco Trespalacios as our featured speakers. More than 60 students from Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, and Lehigh University participated, and the conference was a great success, with high quality talks and valuable networking opportunities with fellow students. A team of 11 CMU INFORMS student chapter officers organized YiznOR 2017, and it was chaired by Aleksandr Kazachkov. More details about the 2017 conference can be found on our website.
This year marks the second time that the INFORMS student chapter at Carnegie Mellon (CMU INFORMS) is organizing YinzOR. We were honored to have speakers from Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech University, University of Pennsylvania, Lehigh University, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Google, and EQT Corporation. In addition to talks, we also hosted a poster competition open to all PhD students in related fields. The panel of judges for the poster competition consisted of four CMU faculty members: Gerard cornuejols, John Hooker, Fatma Kilinc-Karzan, and R. Ravi. A team of 15 CMU INFORMS student chapter officers organized YiznOR 2018, and it was chaired by Neda Mirzaeian. More details about the 2018 YinzOR conference can be found on our website.