Best Paper Award

The 2024 INFORMS Conference on Quality, Statistics, and Reliability (ICQSR) announces the Best Paper Award Competition to recognize excellence among the high-quality papers submitted to ICQSR. This award program brings prestige to the QSR Section as well as to the recipients of this honor.

ICQSR aims to provide an international forum for exchanging research innovations and advancements that reinforce the scientific essentials – quality improvement, statistical learning, and reliability assurance – and embrace emerging practical challenges.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Advancements in process monitoring and control
  • Analytics for smart and advanced manufacturing
  • Systems informatics and control
  • Design and analysis of computer experiments
  • Reliability modeling and maintenance decision-making
  • Business analytics
  • Data quality assurance and data visualization
  • Quality and reliability analysis in Industry 4.0
  • Data analytics in healthcare applications
  • Science/physics informed machine learning
  • Prognostics health management for energy systems
  • AI for e-commerce

On behalf of the organizing committee, we would like to invite you to submit a paper for this competition. The primary authors of the selected papers will be invited to present their work in the best paper session at the 2024 ICQSR. All submitted papers and oral presentations will be reviewed and ranked by multiple reviewers. The winner will be announced at the 2024 ICQSR Banquet. The broad criteria for selecting the recipient of the ICQSR Best Paper Award are: (a) Academic significance (originality, depth, and completeness of the work, and its potential impact on future research); (b) Engineering or business relevance (significance of the problem, and its impact on engineering or business practice); and (c) Quality of the written paper and oral presentation.

Eligibility requirements and application process

  • At least one of the authors must be a member of the QSR Section (Link to join QSR)
  • The submitted paper should be unpublished work by the submission deadline of the competition.
  • The submitted paper should not have been selected as a winner of past competitions in other conferences.
  • The primary author or one of co-authors must be committed to presenting the paper at a special session of the 2024 ICQSR.
  • Papers considered for this competition MAY be simultaneously submitted to other sessions of the ICQSR. If a finalist is scheduled to present in another session, they need to present the paper twice: once in the ICQSR Best Paper session, and once in their previously scheduled session.
  • The ICQSR Section does NOT own the copyright of the paper.
  • Required Format for Submission: Please keep articles as brief as possible. The maximum length is 12 pages. Use 11 point font, 1 inch margins, and single-spacing for the manuscript including references, tables, figures and appendices. The paper must begin with an abstract of at most 150 words. The paper must follow the required format, or it will be returned without review.
  • The finalists of the best paper award competition will be encouraged to submit to NFORMS Journal on Data Science (IJDS). The editorial board of IJDS will work closely with the subcommittee of the ICQSR Best Paper Competition to shorten the first review cycle.

How to participate

To participate in this competition, a blinded as well as an unblinded version of the paper in MS WORD or PDF format should be emailed to all Co-chairs of the ICQSR Best Paper Competition, with the email subject line “Name+University+2023 ICQSR best paper competition” prior to the deadline of May 10, 2024.

This deadline will not be extended. Late submissions will be ineligible for the competition, and not reviewed.


Competition Timeline

June 10th, 2024                         Finalists announced

July 2nd, 2024                            Presentation in the ICQSR Best Paper session


ICQSR Best Paper Competition subcommittee

Ramin Moghaddass, Associate Professor (Chair)
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
University of Miami



May Feng, Professor

Department of Industrial Engineering

University of Houston


Antonio Lepore, Professor

Department of Industrial Engineering

Università di Napoli Federico II


Alessandra Menafoglio, Associate Professor

Department of Mathematics

Politecnico di Milano


Qiong Zhang, Associate Professor

School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Clemson University


Call for session proposal and abstracts

The organization committee invites you to organize technical sessions, such as invited/contributed sessions, tutorial sessions, and panel discussion sessions, and/or submit abstracts of technical presentations that fit in the following theme-track matrix:

Conference TracksICQSR2024
ManufacturingEnergyHealthcareHuman-Machine SystemsBusiness analytics
QualitySession types
Distinguished session*,
regular-talk/flash-talk session,
panel/tutorial session
Presentation types
Regular talk (30-min)
flash talk (8-min)
* Distinguished researchers and practitioners as speakers, one talk per session with general discussion, program committee review and approval needed;
Program committee approval needed.

Open calls

EXTENDED Due date: March 22, 2024

Session proposal submission

Important Dates

Mar. 22, 2024 Extended Deadline for sessions proposal

Mar. 22, 2024 Ext. Deadline for abstract submission

Apr. 12, 2024 Notification of abstract acceptance

Apr. 12, 2024 Registration opens

May 10, 2024 Paper submission deadline for the Best Paper Competition

May 15, 2024 Early-bird registration deadline

July 1, 2024 Pre-conference workshop

July 2 – 4, 2024 ICQSR 2024