What is Convergence?

Convergence is Optym’s annual conference at which transportation and logistics leaders like you exchange ideas, learn about each other’s challenges, explore new opportunities and discuss industry trends and upcoming products. The next Convergence conference will be held on September 20 – 22, 2017, at Fontainebleau in Miami Beach, Florida, USA. The theme of the conference is Decision Optimization.

The conference agenda includes industry case studies, technical sessions, keynote lectures by renowned speakers and product demonstrations. Some sessions will be of interest to everyone, while others will be designed for specific industry segments – airline, rail, logistics and trucking. There will be ample opportunities for you to network with your peers, share with them and learn from them.

What Attendees Said About Convergence 2016:

Great conference – professional, informative, lavish and fun.

American Airlines

One of the best industry conferences I have ever attended; lots of great ideas and information sharing.

CSX Transportation

Great conference. Very good sharing of ideas and experiences.

PwC

1st class conference – excellent speakers, topics and venue. Group size was just right.

Reddaway Trucking

The conference was a great opportunity to meet leaders across the transportation industry focused on improving the efficiency of the transportation network.

Amazon

Impressive conference! Nicely done!

GE Transportation

Tremendously organized and efficiently conducted.

Holland Freight

Thanks for a great conference! Optym® team did a WONDERFUL job making sure all of us felt like we were special. Great speakers and each session was informative. See you next year!

Southwest Airlines

Theme: Decision Optimization

Decision optimization systems are software systems that automate and optimize decision-making. In the past, most of the decisions needed to run transport operations were manual or rule-based. For example, airlines need to decide how to reroute planes, crews and passengers in the event of a snowstorm; railroads need to decide how to move thousands of trains on a complex track network; trucking companies need to decide how to direct numerous shipments through a hub-and-spoke network.

Transportation and logistics companies are looking for software solutions that will marry human experience, knowledge and insights with today’s computing power and improve decision making. The solutions will substantially reduce transportation costs, improve service quality and increase the profitability of companies. This conference will introduce you to the field of decision optimization, educate you through real-life case studies, provide you with a vision of the future and inspire you to participate in this revolutionary technology.

Companies in Attendance

Speakers

Meet our esteemed speakers – industry leaders with decades of experience in transportation and logistics. More speakers to be announced!

Jim Barlow

Vice President,
Strategic Consulting

Next Generation Passenger Choice Models

Alistair Baron

Manager,
Supply Chain Scheduling

An Optimized Network Panel Discussion

Marie Bourgoin

General Manager,
IPRO

Automation and Optimization Journey for BHP Iron Ore

Rob Bulick

Vice President,
Linehaul Planning

Linehaul Optimization at Saia

Adam Decaire

Managing Director,
Network Planning

Decision Optimization in Network Planning at Southwest Airlines

Pooja Dewan

Chief Data Scientist

Decision Automation at BNSF Railway

Mark Drusch

Vice President,
Aviation Commercial Advisory

Information Integration Across the Airline Enterprise

Alan Erera

Coca-Cola Professor and Associate Chair
for Graduate Studies

Disruptive Technology in the Trucking Industry

Don Foust

President

Dynamic Linehaul Optimization

Michele Fracchiolla

President,
Freight Business Unit

An Optimized Network Panel Discussion

Sean Healy

Senior Vice President,
Strategic Planning & Engineering

Ecosystem for Dynamic Optimization Panel Discussion

Rashesh Jethi

Senior Vice President
and Head of R&D for Americas

Artificial Intelligence, the Next-gen Toolkit
for Improved Airline Profitability

Chris Kuprycz

Manager, Network Planning

Future of Network Planning

Jack Levis

Senior Director,
Process Management

The Road to Optimization; Ecosystem for Dynamic Optimization Panel Discussion

Ahmet Musul

Founder & Chairman

Future of Optimization
at Ekol Logistics

Nathan Rosenberg Sr.

Founding Partner

Innovation as a Source of Growth

Dieter Schneiderbauer

Managing Partner

An Optimized Network Panel Discussion

Rich Schwartz

Vice President,
Engineering & Corp Optimization

Ecosystem for Dynamic Optimization Panel Discussion

Ken Spangler

Senior Vice President of IT,
and CIO

Decision Automation and Optimization in a Connected World

Stefan Stroh

Chief Digital Officer

Deutsche Bahn AG Goes Digital;
An Optimized Network Panel Discussion

Carl Van Dyke

Managing Director

Network Line Capacity Management Across Lines of Business

Myron Watkins

Vice President,
Customer Experience

Automation of Driver Planning at Greyhound

Tentative Conference Agenda

Join us for two sun-filled days of industry deep dive, where you will hear from some of the biggest industry leaders in the world, discuss trends and propel your business into the future.

Day 0

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Check-In

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

FONTAINEBLEAU RECEPTION

Drop by the registration desk to pick up your room key and conference badge and get settled in.

Welcome Reception & Dinner

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

GLIMMER TERRACE

Get to know fellow attendees over cocktails on the oceanfront Glimmer Terrace while enjoying the beautiful vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be followed by a buffet dinner and socializing.

Day 1

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Breakfast

7:00 AM – 8:30 AM

GLIMMER 5

Enjoy a full, healthy and sumptuous buffet breakfast before Convergence 2017 gets underway.

Welcome to Convergence 2017

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

GLIMMER 1

Join us for a stimulating kick-off to this year’s Convergence! You’ll find out more about Optym’s history and mission, catch up on our success stories since last year and see our exciting vision of the future.

Decision Optimization Case Studies

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

GLIMMER 1

Senior executives from several companies will describe specific case studies explaining how optimization solved their business problems and created value for their operations. There will be three talks of 30 minutes each, followed by Q&A.

Adam Decaire, Southwest Airlines
Decision Optimization in Network Planning at Southwest Airlines

Jack Levis, UPS
The Road to Optimization

Myron Watkins, Greyhound
Automation of Driver Planning at Greyhound

Refreshments

30 Minutes

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

GLIMMER 3 – SKY

GLIMMER 4 – HAUL

GLIMMER 6 – LOGISTICS

Find out more about the latest versions of Optym’s products for each industry, from new features to greater optimization capabilities and enhanced visualizations.

Lunch & Networking

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

GLIMMER 5

Join us for a full buffet lunch. It’s the perfect time to network with new friends and continue conversations from the morning sessions.

Keynote Speaker I

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

GLIMMER 1

Nathan Rosenberg Sr.

Founding Partner, Insigniam

Innovation as a Source of GrowthIn this interactive session, you will discover how to generate innovation from idea through execution, allowing you to deliver remarkable customer value and gain a competitive advantage. You will also learn how to overcome corporate forces that inhibit innovation. Nathan’s talk will distinguish innovation and share Insigniam’s process to embed it in your culture.

Keynote Speaker II 

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

GLIMMER 1

Ken Spangler

Senior Vice President of IT, and CIO, FedEx Ground

Decision Automation and Optimization in a Connected WorldThe ability to consume and optimize real-time events is drastically changing the landscape of business and consumer capabilities in our ever-connected world. Enterprises are advancing modern methodologies and technologies to transform their capabilities. In this presentation, Ken will discuss how this connected architecture leads to a connected platform that delivers endless possibilities in our connected world.

Refreshments

30 Minutes

Industry Deep Dive Sessions

3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

GLIMMER 3 – SKY

GLIMMER 4 – HAUL

GLIMMER 6 – LOGISTICS

Learn from each other as executives from several companies discuss the advances, challenges and lessons learned in their respective industries. There will be four presentations of 30 minutes each.

SKY

Murtuza Razvi, Emirates Airlines
Network Planning at Emirates – A Collaborative Decision Making Process

Mark Drusch, ICF
Information Integration Across the Airline Enterprise

Jim Barlow, Amadeus IT Group
Next Generation Passenger Choice Models

Chris Kuprycz, Southwest Airlines
Future of Network Planning

HAUL

Rob Bulick,  Saia
Linehaul Optimization at Saia

Ahmet Musul, Ekol Logistics
Future of Optimization at Ekol Logistics

Don Foust, New Penn Motor Express
Dynamic Linehaul Optimization

Alan Erera,  Georgia Institute of Technology
Disruptive Technology in the Trucking Industry

LOGISTICS

Marie Bourgoin, BHP Iron Ore
Automation and Optimization Journey for BHP Iron Ore

Pooja Dewan, BNSF Railway
Decision Automation at BNSF Railway

Carl Van Dyke, TransNetOpt
Network Line Capacity Management Across Lines of Business

Stefan Stroh, Deutsche Bahn AG
Deutsche Bahn Goes Digital

Dinner & Entertainment

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

SCARPETTA RESTAURANT AT THE FONTAINEBLEAU

Wind down from a busy first day in the warm, inviting ambience of Scarpetta. Enjoy drinks, music, conversation and a buffet dinner featuring sophisticated Italian cuisine.

Day 2

Friday, September 22, 2017

Breakfast

7:00 AM – 8:30 AM

GLIMMER 5

Our second day begins with a full buffet breakfast to get the morning started right.

Optym’s Roadmap for Decision Optimization

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

GLIMMER 3 – SKY

GLIMMER 4 – HAUL

GLIMMER 6 – LOGISTICS

Learn about Optym’s roadmap of decision optimization solutions for different industries and share your ideas about what you would like to see in these solutions. Optym’s team will appreciate your help in shaping its vision and future roadmap.

SKY: The Future of Airline Scheduling

Explore the roadmap of the Amadeus SKY Suite by Optym, followed by a panel discussion on The Future of Airline Scheduling during which various industry experts will present their thoughts and vision on the future of airline scheduling.

HAUL: Ecosystem for Dynamic Optimization

Join the Ecosystem for Dynamic Optimization panel discussion, where Optym will present its ideas on the topic, followed by feedback and discussion including executives from Estes Express Lines, FedEx Freight and UPS, who will share their insights and expertise on dynamic optimization.

LOGISTICS: An Optimized Network

Join the panel discussion titled An Optimized Network where Optym will present its expertise alongside seasoned executives from Ansaldo STS, BHP and Deutsche Bahn, who will also share their thoughts and experience on network optimization.

Refreshments

30 Minutes

Keynote Speaker III

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

GLIMMER 1

Listen to a lecture by one of the industry’s most inspired thinkers as they cover several topics in decision automation and optimization.

Keynote Speaker IV

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

GLIMMER 1

Rashesh Jethi

Senior Vice President and Head of R&D for Americas, Amadeus IT Group

Artificial Intelligence, the Next-gen Toolkit for Improved Airline ProfitabilityArtificial Intelligence is no longer a dream or the imagination of futuristic scientists. It is a reality, revolutionizing many aspects of our daily lives. Discover how the application of Artificial Intelligence methodologies is improving the art of airline profitability, and the implications this technology has for the travel and transportation industries.

Lunch & Closing Remarks

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

GLIMMER 5

Join us for lunch and share some final thoughts as we celebrate the conclusion of a successful Convergence 2017!

The following post-conference events are complementary, but require additional advance registration.

Networking Event

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Interact and bond with your fellow attendees in fun networking events.

Sunset Cruise, Dinner and Cocktails

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

FONTAINEBLEAU MARINA

Not ready to go home yet? Neither are we! Let’s enjoy drinks and a relaxing dinner on a luxury cruise as the sun sets over the Atlantic. Solidify friendships while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Miami’s waterways.

Venue

The five-star rated Fontainebleau Miami Beach is one of the most historically and architecturally significant hotels on Miami Beach, Florida. The 22-acre oceanfront hotel features signature restaurants by award-winning chefs, two chic nightlife venues, a two-story spa, a virtually endless poolscape, miles of pristine beach and state-of-the-art conference and event facilities.

www.fontainebleau.com

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