Chicago conjures images of amazing design and architecture. Now, as in the past, Chicago has always looked at the future, and futuristic monuments such as the Cloud Gate have become icons of this great city. Likewise, Chicago inspires us to reflect on how to design and manage future global operations in the emerging data and analytics driven business world.

Digital production technologies and IT-enabled management processes generate enormous amounts of data that hold the promise to significantly improve operational capabilities and long-run performance of businesses. Businesses that leverage data and decision analytics driven technologies can transform global operations, by making control and coordination cheaper and faster. Data and decision analytics driven technologies can also enable greater flexibility and customization, which may transform the geography of global operations.

We cordially invite you to join DSI, the global community of scholars in the decision sciences, in debating these key issues for the future of business. Come and share your views with experts from the six continents!

As a participant in the 2018 DSI conference you can expect to enjoy the following:

Theme-based sessions showcasing cutting-edge research on unique decision-making issues.

  • Insightful plenary sessions by Prof. David Simchi-Levi (Professor of Engineering Systems, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and other speakers.
  • Tracks where you can interact with scholars that have similar research interests.
  • High quality invited and sponsored sessions featuring highly respected researchers, educators, and practitioners.
  • A variety of venues in which you can present and receive constructive feedback on your research and teaching innovations.
  • Discipline-based and inter-disciplinary tracks that address research, pedagogy, educational technologies, and more.
  • A warm welcome with numerous opportunities to meet new people, consider new research/teaching approaches, and enjoy the sights of Chicago.
  • Opportunities to scout out the job market and/or the talent pool.

The venue for the 2018 DSI Annual Meeting will be the Hilton Chicago Hotel, 720 S. Michigan Ave. This hotel is centrally located and offers excellent access to restaurants, tours and entertainment, as well as tourist attractions in Chicago.

I, along with the entire DSI 2018 Annual Meeting team, look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

Subodha Kumar

DSI 2018 Program Chair

Subodha Kumar
Temple University
2018 DSI Conference Chair





Carmela Di Mauro
University of Catania
2018 DSI Associate Conference Chair





Kevin Linderman
University of Minnesota
2018 DSI Associate Conference Chair
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