Conference Information

We have made special efforts to reduce the impact of our conference on the environment and would like to bring your attention to the following initiatives:

  • Instead of a paper program, we will provide the following options:
    • A PDF document;
    • Interactive webpages with links to PDF versions of the extended abstracts and full length papers;
    • A searchable, interactive and mobile-friendly webpage and app which gives you the ability to create your personalized itinerary;
    • Posters showing the schedule for each presentation room displayed on easels outside of each room at the Hilton Anatole Hotel;
    • Laptops made available to search the digital versions of the program at the registration desk during business hours;
    • A limited number of paper versions of the program available for review at the registration desk during business hours.
  • We will give out conference bags and souvenirs only upon request. We have ordered a limited number of these, based on a survey which was sent to participants prior to the conference.
  • We will not be providing paper or plastic cups during coffee breaks, but rather reusable ceramic cups.
  • We have limited the number of bottled drinks that will beavailable during the conference and will provide recycling cans to dispose of them.
  • We have partnered with Executive Banquet Chef’ Mike Youssef at the Hilton Anatole Hotel to donate any leftover (unserved) food to the Ronald McDonald House.

We appreciate your participation in these efforts and encourage you to take the following steps to extend them:

  • Only dish up what you plan to eat at meals served buffet style.
  • Take only a bit at first and go back for seconds of what you liked best.
  • Keep leftover food that you can eat later (such as a bag of chips or a cookie).
  • Only request a conference bag and souvenirs if you have use for them.
  • Reuse your coffee mug and water glass throughout the day.
  • Choose to refill your glass rather than grab another bottled drink.
  • Offer your newspaper or notepad to a colleague before disposing of them.
  • Recycle bottles, cans and paper in designated bins.
  • If comfortable, opt to walk to nearby places rather than take a cab.
  • Share cab rides with other participants going to the same destination.

The registration desk where you can pick up your nametag is located outside the De La Salle Ballroom, in the West Wing of the Hilton Anatole Hotel. If you registered as a student, please be ready to provide proof (such as a student ID card or a signed letter from your academic advisor) of your student status at check-in.

During the hours listed below, feel free to stop by with any questions, needs or concerns, or to consult a paper copy of the conference program.

Sunday, July 1: 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Monday, July 2: 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 3: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Conference nametags will be provided during check-in at the registration desk. Please wear your nametag at all times during the conference as well as during receptions. Your nametag will be your ticket onto bus transportation as well as into the SIG and MSOM receptions.

Free wireless internet is available during the conference.

At the Hilton Anatole:

  • Network name: Hilton Anatole Meetings
  • Access code: MSOM2018

On UT Dallas campus:

  • Network name: UTDGuest Wireless network
  • Username: comet
  • Password: fearless

Please keep all mobile phones and devices set to silent or vibrate during talks/presentations. Also, please refrain from taking pictures of the presenter’s slides without their permission.

Presentation rooms at the Hilton Anatole Hotel will be equipped with projectors and screens as well as the necessary cables to connect a device to display presentation slides. However, computers will not be provided.

For the SIG Meeting, the SIG Meeting Chairs will act as session chairs. For the MSOM Conference, by default, the last speaker in each session acts as a session chair. The session chair is expected to bring a presentation-enabled device (such as a laptop computer) as well as the necessary adapters/dongles and power cables (the projectors will be set up for HDMI and VGA). We encourage you to get in contact with the other speakers in your session if you want to make alternative arrangements.

A technical assistant will be on duty at all times during the conference to assist with any computer- or projector-related issue. Please send someone to the registration desk to request help.

Please use #MSOM2018 when posting about our conference on social media.

To receive real-time updates about the conference, follow us on Twitter at @MSOM2018.

The Welcome Reception takes place on July 1st from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM in the Coronado Ballroom at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served to registered participants of the SIG Meeting and/or MSOM Conference as well as their registered guests. Make sure to wear your conference badge as proof of registration.

The General Reception takes place on July 2nd from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Dallas.

Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served to registered participants of the MSOM Conference as well as their registered guests. Make sure to wear your conference badge as proof of registration.

A bus service between the Hilton Anatole Hotel and the UT Dallas campus will be provided:

  • Buses will leave the Hilton Anatole hotel from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
  • Buses will leave the campus of UT Dallas from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Your conference badge is your ticket to boarding the buses.

The General Reception includes a cocktail hour (from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM) sponsored by the Women in Operations Research and Management Sciences (WORMS) Forum of INFORMS. We encourage you to take this opportunity to learn about our group whose main goal is to support women’s careers in OR/MS. You may win a free WORMS coffee mug in the process!

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be provided for all meals. On July 3, we ask that you pick up a boxed lunch that matches the dietary preferences you stated at registration.

The Hilton Anatole Hotel is a non-smoking facility. Guests can smoke 50 feet from the entrance of the hotel and are asked to dispose of all smoking materials in an appropriate receptacle.

UT Dallas is a smoke-free campus. Smoking is strictly prohibited everywhere on campus.

Parking at the Hilton Anatole Hotel is available for conference participants in Lots 3 and 4 for a price of $22 per day. Complementary parking is available in the more distant Lot 5.

Parking on UT Dallas campus is available on July 2 in the PS1 parking lot across from the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center. Please use green parking spots only. See one of our conference helpers to obtain a parking permit or email us at with subject header “Parking permit.”

The following maps are available for download:

In an emergency, dial 9-1-1 immediately!

For non-emergency situations,

  • At the Hilton Anatole Hotel: the hotel emergency number is 111. Hotel security also can be reached at 214-761-7349.
  • On the UT Dallas campus: dial 972-883-2222 or extension 2222 from any campus phone. This number rings directly into the UT Dallas 911 Center.

For technical assistance, please dispatch someone to the registration desk to request help with projector and computer issues.

For any other questions or concerns, do not hesitate to stop by the registration desk or flag down a conference helper, recognizable as a person wearing a “Here to help” MSOM conference T-shirt.

You also may reach us with any inquiries or comments via email at

Notepads and water refill stations are available to conference participants in every breakout rooms.

World Cup soccer games will be shown on large screens at the Counter Culture Café inside the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

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