This article is published in the November 2021 issue.

CCC / ACM SIGAI / INFORMS Workshop 1 Report Out – Artificial Intelligence & Operations Research

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and ACM SIGAI sponsored a virtual workshop, entitled Artificial Intelligence / Operations Research Workshop to provide a space for the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Operations Research (OR) to discuss a joint strategic vision for a strong and sustained collaboration between the two fields.

Organized by Sanmay Das (George Mason University), John Dickerson (University of Maryland), Pascal Van Hentenryck (Georgia Tech), Sven Koenig (University of Southern California), Ramayya Krishnan (Carnegie Mellon University), Radhika Kulkarni (SAS Institute, Inc. – retired), Phebe Vayanos (University of Southern California) the workshop was held on September 24th – 25th, 2021. There were 60+ participants with equal representation from the AI and OR communities with a mix of academia, industry and government. We are pleased to release the Artificial Intelligence and Operations Research Workshop 1 Report Out

This workshop is the first of a three part series focusing on exploiting the synergies of the AI and OR communities to transform decision making to maximize societal impact of AI and OR in a world that is bound to undergo significant changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, widening inequalities, and challenges in resilience and sustainability in the food-water-energy nexus. The respective goals of the workshop series are: 

  1. Articulating a strategic vision 
  2. Implementing a strategic vision
  3. Progressing the strategic vision

This report summarizes presentations, breakout discussions and key takeaways from each session at the workshop. Video recordings of the presentations are linked in the report. If you are interested in future activities pertaining to this topic or have any questions or feedback please email The second and third workshops are expected to take place in the first half of 2022. 

See the full report here.