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 and discuss industry trends and upcoming products. The next Convergence conference will be held on April 20 – 22, 2016 at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida, USA. The theme of the workshop is Decision Automation.

The conference agenda will include panel discussions, technical sessions, keynote addresses by industry speakers, and product demonstrations. Some sessions will be common for everyone, while others will be designed for specific industry segments – airline, railroad, and trucking. There will be ample opportunities for you to network with your peers, share with them and learn from them.

Theme: Decision Automation

Decision automation systems are those software systems that semi-automate or automate manual decision-making. Since decisions are now made by computers capable of performing billions of computations per second, these systems can evaluate a large number of decisions and recommend the best decision. This makes decision automation a prerequisite of optimization.

In this conference, senior executives from different areas of transportation will come together to explore how to develop such systems progressively to meet specific business needs. There will be several keynote addresses, company presentations and a panel discussion on decision automation. Optym® will also give demonstrations of its decision automation systems in airline, trucking and rail and present a roadmap of its forthcoming solutions.

Companies in Attendance

AAA Cooper Transportation

Air France KLM

Amazon

American Airlines

Ansaldo STS

ArcBest Technology

Averitt Express

Avianca

Belt Railway

BHP Billiton

BNSF Railway

British Airways

Businessolutions

Cognizant Technology Solutions

Copa Airlines

CSX Transportation

Estes Express Lines

FedEx Freight

FedEx Ground

Frontier Airlines

GE Transportation

Hitachi Ltd.

Holland Freight

ICF International

Indian Railways

Jazz Airlines

jetBlue

MIT

New Penn

Norfolk Southern

Office Depot

Old Dominion Freight Lines

Oliver Wyman

PS Technology

PwC

Reddaway Freight

Saia

Shanghai ANE Logistics

South African Airways

Starline Systems

Strategy&

Southwest Airlines

Spirit Airlines

SunTrust

Tata Steel

United Airlines

UPS Freight

URC

Ward Trucking

WestJet

Wilson Trucking

WNS

Conference Agenda

Pre-Conference

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Check-In

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

JW MARRIOTT RECEPTION

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

Welcome Reception

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

FAIRWAYS LAWN

Get to know fellow attendees over cocktails and dinner at the Fairways Lawn. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be followed by a buffet and dancing.

Day 1

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Breakfast

7:00 AM – 8:30 AM

WHISPER CREEK KITCHEN

Enjoy a full buffet breakfast before Convergence 2016 gets underway.

Welcome to Convergence 2016

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

PALAZZO D

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

Panel Discussion: The Future of Decision Automation

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

PALAZZO D

Senior executives from different industry segments will discuss the need for decision automation solutions. They will describe areas for which these systems can be developed, how these systems will look, and how they will result in improved operations and higher profitability. The panelists will also answer questions from the audience.

Refreshments

15 Minutes

Industry Discussion Groups

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

PALAZZO A – AIRLINES

PALAZZO B – TRUCKING

PALAZZO C – RAILROADS

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

SKY by Optym®

HAUL by Optym®

RAIL by Optym®

Lunch

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

VALENCIA TERRACE

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

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

PALAZZO D

Sean Healy

Senior Vice President – Strategic Planning & Engineering, FedEx Freight

Driving InnovationIn this session, Sean will discuss how to drive innovation by leveraging decision automation. He will cover how FedEx Freight utilizes design thinking to balance user needs with what is technologically possible and what is profitable to deliver sustained customer value and market opportunities. He will also discuss key trends affecting business and go through several examples of how FedEx Freight has used decision automation to deliver innovations.

Keynote Speaker II

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

PALAZZO D

Russell Allgor

Chief Scientist, Supply Chain, Amazon

Transportation Challenges in a Rapidly Growing and Highly Seasonal Business. – Amazon’s retail growth drives the need for fulfillment and transportation capacity to support a seasonal peak that requires more capacity every year. Amazon evolves its network of fulfillment and transportation infrastructure to position inventory and to leverage and augment the capacity provided by commercial transportation carriers to enable rapid customer deliveries to customers. Designing and operating this transportation network drives a plethora of modeling and optimization challenges.

Refreshments

15 Minutes

Company
Presentations

2:45 PM – 4:15 PM

PALAZZO A – AIRLINES

PALAZZO B – TRUCKING

PALAZZO C- RAILROADS

Learn from each other as executives from several companies discuss the advances, challenges and lessons learned in their respective industries. There will be three presentations of 25 minutes each, followed by Q&A.

AIRLINES

Adam Decaire,  Southwest Airlines
Developing Industry-Leading Capabilities in Network Planning at Southwest Airlines

Dr. Ron Brensinger, American Airlines
The History and Future of American Airline’s Network Forecasting Model

Robert Westgate, Frontier Airlines
Improving Airline Operational Efficiency

TRUCKING

Dr. Robert Obee,  Businessolutions
LTL Industry and Optimization Software: So Much Promise, So Little Delivered

Scott Ware, Holland Freight
Optimization in an LTL Environment

Arvind Kumar, Optym®
Optimizing Pickup and Delivery Operations for LTL Carriers

RAILROADS

Michele Fracchiolla, Ansaldo STS
From Automation to Intelligent Automation

Mark Ivory, BHP Billiton
BHPB’s Journey Toward Decision Automation

Seth Bodnar, GE Transportation
GE Transportation and RailConnect360 – driving enhanced outcomes for the rail industry

Refreshments

15 Minutes

Individual Sessions for Sky, Haul and Rail

4:30 PM – 5:45 PM

PALAZZO A – AIRLINES

PALAZZO B – TRUCKING

PALAZZO C – RAILROADS

AIRLINES: SKYMAX® AND SKYSYM® USE CASES 

See the demonstrations of Optym’s® SkyMAX® and SkySYM® products and learn how they can be used to solve specific business problems.

TRUCKING: HAULPLAN® USE CASES 

Learn more about HaulPLAN® software product and discover how to use this product to create value for your operations. We will consider several real-world use cases and show how we can solve them using HaulPLAN®.

RAILROADS: RAIL SUITE ROADMAP

Hear about Optym’s® vision for real-time optimization systems that will change the way railroads run their operations for assigning locomotives to trains, managing yards and operating trains.

Dinner & Entertainment

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

PRIMO RESTAURANT AT THE JW MARRIOTT

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

Day 2

Friday, April 22, 2016

Breakfast

7:00 AM – 8:30 AM

WHISPER CREEK KITCHEN

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

Individual Sessions for Sky, Haul and Rail

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

PALAZZO A – AIRLINES

PALAZZO B – TRUCKING

PALAZZO C – RAILROADS

AIRLINES: SKY SUITE ROADMAP AND PANEL DISCUSSION

Catch a glimpse of the roadmap of Optym’s® Sky suite including SkyMAX® (Flight Schedule Optimizer), SkySYM® (Flight Schedule Simulator), SkyPLANTM (Network Demand Forecaster), and SkyWORKSTM (Flight Schedule Editor). The roadmap presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on “New Generation Airline Network Planning Systems.”

TRUCKING: PANEL DISCUSSION ON DYNAMIC LINEHAUL OPTIMIZATION

Join the panel discussion on “Dynamic Linehaul Optimization” where Optym® will first present its ideas on this topic to be followed by feedback and discussion from executives from FedEx Freight, Saia and Holland.

RAILROADS: PANEL DISCUSSION ON TRANSFORMING THE RAILROAD INDUSTRY

Join the panel discussion on “Transforming the Railroad Industry” where seasoned railroad professionals from Indian Railway, CSX Transportation, GE Transportation, TransNetOpt and Ansaldo STS will share their thoughts on how to create positive change at railroads through decision automation.

Refreshments

15 Minutes

Keynote Speaker III

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

PALAZZO D

Chuck Schubert

Vice President – Network Planning, American Airlines

New Generation Network Planning Systems for Airlines – The Network Planning (NP) department at American Airlines is developing new generation systems (such as demand forecasting systems) that use the latest technological advances from operations research and computer science. These systems will support business users better and will also be easy to use. These systems will put data and analysis in the hands of network planners so that they can run various studies quickly and create greater business value. This talk will give an overview of these initiatives as well as other network planning initiatives pursued by other airlines.

Keynote Speaker IV

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

PALAZZO D

John Spence

Author, Advisor, Strategist and Thought Leader

The Future of Business– During this information-intensive keynote, John will share insights into the eight major trends impacting every business over the next 10 years, how to lead effectively through those changes, how to attract and retain top talent, and the core business strategies required for long-term success.

Lunch & Closing Remarks

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

PALAZZO D

Join us for lunch and some final thoughts as we celebrate the conclusion of a successful Convergence 2016!

Convergence 2016 ends. The following post-conference events are optional and require additional advance registration.

One-on-One Sessions

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

JW MARRIOTT SUITES

Want more information about a particular product or service? Let’s chat individually to see what we can do for you.

Golf Outing

3:00 PM – 6:30 PM

RITZ CARLTON GOLF CLUB

April in Florida is the perfect time of year for golf, from the ideal weather to the lush green surroundings. Join us for a round of this time-honored game.

Dinner

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

NORMAN’S RESTAURANT AT THE RITZ CARLTON

Not ready to go home yet? Neither are we! Let’s enjoy a relaxing dinner and solidify friendships as the sun sets over the scenic Florida vistas.

After-Dinner Cocktails

9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

THE RITZ CARLTON LOBBY LOUNGE

Continue the evening with us as we enjoy after-dinner drinks and friendly conversation to wrap up the week.

Speakers

Meet our esteemed speakers – industry leaders with decades of experience in transportation and logistics.

Sean Healy

Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning & Engineering

FedEx Freight

Sean leads the design, development and implementation of engineering processes and technology solutions at FedEx Freight. He leads a team responsible for designing and developing the business processes, planning tools, and operations technology for over 40,000 FedEx team members. Sean has over 30 years of experience in the transportation industry, having joined the company in 1986 as a package handler. Prior to his current position, he was the Vice President of Global Planning and Engineering at FedEx Express.

Driving Innovation – In this session, Sean will discuss how to drive innovation by leveraging decision automation. He will cover how FedEx Freight utilizes design thinking to balance user needs with what is technologically possible and what is profitable to deliver sustained customer value and market opportunities. He will also discuss key trends affecting business and go through several examples of how FedEx Freight has used decision automation to deliver innovations.

Russell John Allgor

Chief Scientist, World-Wide Operations and Logistics

Amazon

Since 2000, Russell has led a team of mathematical modeling experts in Amazon’s Global Fulfillment Systems and Worldwide Logistics group, which uses modeling, simulation, and optimization methods to improve the efficiency of Amazon’s operations. They focus on problems including network design and facility location, inventory planning, order assignment, equipment and process designs. He received a PhD in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Transportation Challenges in a Rapidly Growing and Highly Seasonal Business – Amazon’s retail growth drives the need for fulfillment and transportation capacity to support a seasonal peak that requires more capacity every year. Amazon evolves its network of fulfillment and transportation infrastructure to position inventory and to leverage and augment the capacity provided by commercial transportation carriers to enable rapid customer deliveries to customers. Designing and operating this transportation network drives a plethora of modeling and optimization challenges.

Chuck Schubert

Vice President, Network Planning

American Airlines

Chuck is responsible for the planning and development of American’s worldwide route network, including scheduling 6,700 daily flights throughout Asia, Europe, North America and South America, as well as the development of the company’s long-term network strategy. Chuck previously held various managing director positions within American, most recently as Managing Director, Network Planning – Schedules. His team also coordinated network strategy under American’s trans-Atlantic joint business agreement with British Airways and Iberia.

New Generation Network Planning Systems for Airlines – The Network Planning (NP) department at American Airlines is developing new generation systems (such as demand forecasting systems) that use the latest technological advances from operations research and computer science. These systems will support business users better and will also be easy to use. These systems will put data and analysis in the hands of network planners so that they can run various studies quickly and create greater business value. This talk will give an overview of these initiatives as well as other network planning initiatives pursued by other airlines.

John Spence

Author, Advisor, Strategist and Thought Leader

John is an international keynote speaker and management consultant who has written five books on business and life success. He is recognized as one of the Top 100 Business Thought Leaders in America and one of the Top 500 Leadership Development Experts in the World. John has presented workshops, speeches, and executive coaching to hundreds of organizations worldwide. He is also a guest lecturer at several universities including Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Pennsylvania; he is also a special instructor for the Entrepreneurial Master’s Program at MIT.

The Future of Business – During this information-intensive keynote, John Spence will share insights into the eight major trends impacting every business over the next 10 years, how to lead effectively through those changes, how to attract and retain top talent, and the core business strategies required for long-term success.

Venue

hotels

With its exceptional amenities, elegant décor and beautiful views of central Florida’s lakes and waterways, the JW Marriott Grande Lakes is an ideal location for both learning and relaxing. This AAA four-diamond resort is conveniently located 10 miles from Orlando International Airport, allowing for easy access from most major cities.

The lush green spaces, the warm surroundings of the Whisper Creek Kitchen, and the inviting patios and fire pit provide the perfect backdrop for meals, drinks and relaxed conversation. The scenic property features a lazy river pool, whirlpool, jogging/fitness trail, tennis and volleyball courts and an adjacent golf course.

www.grandelakes.com

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