IISE data analytics & Information Systems (dais) Division Best Track Paper

The Data Analytics & Information Systems (DAIS) Division of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) announces the DAIS Best Track Paper Competition. The purpose of this competition is to honor outstanding papers in research and practice of data analytics and information systems.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The first author must be a member of IISE and the DAIS division.
  • The paper topic should fit the DAIS themes. The paper must present original research results and CAN NOT be accepted for publication elsewhere at the time of submission.
  • The submitted paper MUST follow the paper formatting guidelines and requirements of IISE conference proceedings and must be submitted to the DAIS track.
  • The authors should have an accepted oral abstract to be able to submit full papers for the competition.
  • Papers considered for this competition MAY NOT be simultaneously submitted to other competitions at the 2024 IISE Annual Conference.
  • Finalists must be able to attend the IISE Annual Conference & Expo, May 18- 21, 2024, Montreal, Canada.

Application/Submission Process

Paper format must follow the guidelines and requirements (6 pages including title and author data, references, and figures and tables) of IISE conference proceedings. Submission process is below.

Step 1 Abstract Submission

  1. The authors must have an accepted oral abstract to be able to submit full papers for the competition.
  2. Abstracts must be submitted through the conference app.
  3. The primary topic selected should be Data Analytics and Information Systems Track .

Step 2 Full Paper Submission (after the abstract is accepted)

  1. Submit your paper using the conference submission system.
  2. Select the primary topic as Data Analytics and Information Systems Track.
  3. Check A. I plan to submit a full paper (6 pages) via the online portal to be reviewed for (i) potential publication in IISE Conference Proceedings and (ii) a best track paper competition.
  4. Select "Yes" when prompted please consider my paper for the Best Paper Competition. The paper submitted in the system should be blinded (with no authors information in the paper).
  5. After your submission, please email, with the subject “DAIS Best Track Paper Competition”, your paper Title, Abstract ID, and Authors list (including affiliations) to the contest coordinator, Dr. Arda Vanli at oavanli@eng.fsu.edu and copy all committee chairs no later than February 9, 2024.
  6. Late or incomplete submissions will not be eligible. IISE Conference owns the copyright of the papers submitted in this option.

*Note for copyright: Papers submitted to the Annual Conference are published only if they sign the Copyright/Permission to Publish document located within the Speaker Center. If this is not signed and/or declined, the papers will not be published and the author will still retain the copyright for their paper. We do not automatically publish any paper, whether it was submitted for a Best Paper award or not. If the Copyright/Permission to Publish document was signed, IISE retains the copyright for that paper as it will be published within the Annual Conference Proceedings.

Evaluation Process

Each eligible paper will be reviewed by two to three external referees, each of whom will assign a numerical score using the following five criteria.

  • Contribution to data analytics and information systems research (25%)
  • Significance of the problem (25%)
  • Research methods/techniques are appropriate (25%)
  • Results are interpreted correctly and conclusions are reasonable (12.5%)
  • Organization and quality of writing (12.5%)

For each criterion, an integer score between 1 and 5, with 5 being the highest rating, will be assigned.

All eligible papers will be ranked by the sum of the weighted scores of external referees. Four finalists for the Best Track Paper will be selected to make oral presentations at the 2024 IISE Annual Conference. The committee will select the winner(s) based on the review evaluation and oral presentation. The Best Track Paper Winner will be presented at the town hall meeting of the DAIS Track during the 2024 IISE Annual Conference.

Conflict of Interest Policy

Societies and divisions must follow standard conflict of interest guidelines. Those guidelines include, but are not limited to:

  • Officers and Board members of the Division should be ineligible for awards during the period of their service, without approval by the Senior VP for Technical Operations (SVP). Exceptions may only be made by the SVP when awards are time sensitive, and the impacted board member(s) or officer(s) must recuse themselves from the award process. For awards that are not time-sensitive, the nominee should wait until their Officer or Board service is complete to be nominated.
  • The awards committee (or judging committee) should not include members who have either a personal or professional relationship with the nominees. For example, a faculty member should not be judging a paper competition where a participant from the same university is a nominee for best paper award.
  • The awards committee (or judging committee) should actively change its membership on a rotating basis from year to year to ensure fairness, equity, and diversity. That is, some members of the judging committee should roll off the committee and new members should roll on.


  • First prize winner(s) will receive a certificate with a hardback cover at the DAIS townhall meeting at the 2024 Annual Conference.
  • Second and Third prize winners will receive a digital certificate and be recognized at the DAIS townhall meeting at the 2024 Annual Conference
  • First, second, and third prize winners will be recognized on the DAIS webpage and in the DAIS newsletter
  • First, second, and third prize winners will be recognized in ISE magazine.


  • Abstract Submissions Open Oct. 6, 2023
  • Abstract Submissions due by Nov. 17, 2023
  • Full Paper Submissions due by Feb. 18, 2024
  • Winner(s) Notification due by Mar. 24, 2024

Committee Chairs

For more information, please contact Amy Straub.

DAIS Division Page