Archive for January, 2013

Spring 2013 Seminar Course Invites You!


The MIS Seminar Course is being scheduled with a diverse group of information systems practitioners and experts from industry and academia. This course is to familiarize you with contemporary challenges in information systems management. All of you are expected to listen attentively, think critically, and pose constructive questions about the presentations.

Seminar Schedule

1/28 (Mo) Prof. Abbe Mowshowitz


This talk is about the meaning, advantages and disadvantages of virtual organization. Computer-based information systems that can act as mediators and brokers support far reaching innovations in organization and management. Computers mediate between individuals by providing channels of communication in the form of messaging systems; they act as brokers in matching buyers and sellers, employees and employers, resources and work processes, etc. The explosive growth of electronic commerce on the Internet has made such functions commonplace. Computer-based mediation and brokerage lie at the heart of virtual organization, a powerful and flexible mode of organization founded on a separation of requirements from the ways in which requirements are met. Separating these elements allows managers to switch easily from one way of meeting a requirement (e.g., for an employee, a supplier, partner, etc.) to another. Used systematically, switching brings huge increases in productivity provided transaction costs are held in check. The price of this increased efficiency is that, practiced regularly, switching weakens personal loyalty and trust. We will examine socio-technical foundations of virtual organization, some applications of switching, and directions for further research.
2/4 (Mo) Ariful H. Mondal

Analyst, MIS Division, NYPD

Role of Information Technology to Fight Crime The research of criminal activities and study of its uniqueness and inclinations in 21 century is impossible without utilizing the power of information technologies. New information technologies allow dynamically map out the activity of delinquent groups at the fundamentally new level hence, helps to prevent sophisticated delinquency. Knowing where about of an offender no longer requires hours of investigation but, merely few button clicks on a computer. The New York City Police Department (NYPD), established in 1845, is currently the largest municipal police force in the United States (According to USDOJ 2003). Law enforcement and investigation within the five boroughs of New York City is the primary responsibility of NYPD. With the help of Information Technology, NYPD members are capable of solving sophisticated crime faster than ever before. Using Entity Analytics Solutions NYPD monitors the activity of delinquents in real time and by doing so NYPD notifies law enforcement officers, via email, of any new criminal activity of a known recidivist as soon the new data is entered into computer system. Law enforcement officers are also notified when an offender goes to prison, released from prison or moved from one prison to another prison. All these things are possible because todays information technology let us connect to different data source across different Agencies countywide. There are many other computer applications like ADW, RTRD, OMNIFORM in NYPD’s arsenal to fight different types of crime. Today’s world where criminals are committing sophisticated crime using many different means, it is vital to use the muscle of information technology to fight those crimes.
2/11 (Mo) Nelson Montesdeoca

Senior Consultant, CAST, Leader in Software Analysis and Management

Analysing Systems at Organizations This talk covers the evolution and evaluation of Information Systems in various technologies in the last twenty years. Our computation techniques have changed from batch process to on-line process, single thread to multi-thread, mainframe to client server, linear sequential programming to object oriented programming and hence to functional programming. How and what companies are doing to centralize process using code analyzer to unify business functions and procedures in order to improve Robustness, Security, Performance, Transferability and Changeability. These factors are directly tied with off-shore development and out sourcing of application in various industries. This talk will basically cover what has happened the last 20 years in the world of computer science and particularly to the programming and analysis of systems in industries, including the current needs to overcome the outsourcing factor that has been happening in the last 5 years.
2/20 (We) Prof. Abbe Mowshowitz


Recent Research on Gaian Database This talk overviews IBM’s Gaian database concept and related research work in progress at the CCNY.
2/25 (Mo) Odoaren Olivares

QA Automation Analyst,
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Quality Assurance - Automation Test automation is an important component, and many times, an essential component of a quality assurance framework. For most companies, accelerating the time to market and increasing cost efficiency are critical in obtaining a competitive advantage. QA Automation can help minimize the need of manual testing to achieve Quality Assurance, reducing the cost and improving productivity. This talk will discuss the role of test automation in QA; will go over some of the automation tools, test management tools and frameworks currently being used and how they can be integrated as part of a quality assurance framework.
3/4 (Mo) Off schedule – reserved for schedule change and adjustment.
3/11 (Mo) Gregory Soto

Consultant, Applications Development
Avanade, Inc.

So, you can program, but do you understand my business needs? Management Information Systems have drastically changed the way that organizations make critical decisions that impact day-to-day operations, as well as the long-term strategic roadmaps. Public and private sector organizations have embraced various kinds of information systems, ranging from custom off-the-shelf Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) products to fully customized solutions developed in-house, in order to be better positioned to more efficiently provide products and services. In this talk, we will be going over case studies that explore some of the challenges that organizations face in embracing new technologies.
3/18 (Mo) Dr. James Doyle

Client Technical Advisor, IBM

Global Technology Outlook This talk covers various technology predictions from IBM research.
4/8 (Mo) Tony Hon

IBM Global Services

Data Center Networking This talk will explore data center infrastructure challenges organizations facing today. We will discuss traditional and new approaches in design data center networking (DCN) using fabric switching. We will check into design concepts to see how we can address the business needs and challenges. Finally, we will explore some use cases to layout what may be the future of DCN.
4/15 (Mo) Prof. William Skeith III


Security in Information Systems This talks overviews the recent development of my security-related research in both technical and non-technical standpoints.
4/22 (Mo) Prof. Akira Kawaguchi


Query Optimization in Modern Distributed Databases This talk is about our joint work with IBM U.K. on the problem of distributed join query optimization in a Dynamic Distributed Federated Database (DDFD). Our research goal is to minimize network information transfer to maximize network availability and lifetime. While in any topology it may be assumed a querying node can estimate distance to data sources, in an unknown topology, the querying node has no direct knowledge of inter-site distances. In a hypercube, these distances can be easily calculated at the querying node based on the sites’ labels. What is more, query optimization in the past has not fully taken account of the topology of networks as a cost factor in executing joins. Accordingly we have developed and implemented a distributed join query optimizer for comparative performance studies. Our preliminary experiments show that incorporating inter-node distances into the cost model often produces much better plans, regardless of the search algorithm (greedy or dynamic programming). We confirm a significant advantage of semijoin adoption. Some practical considerations for improvement are discussed.
4/29 (Mo) Dean Miller

Director, Center for New Literacy, SUNY Stony Brook

Media and Information Systems This talk touches on the recent IS development in news media.
5/6 (Mo) Prof. Prabal De

CCNY Economics Dept.

Handling Health Data This talk covers various sources of publicly available health data.
5/13 (Mo) Benjamin Rose

General Manager
NYC Center for Materials Reuse

Overview of Material Reuse Project Of the many logistical issue facing New York City, none is perhaps more complex and nuanced than the management of its solid waste. With over 10 thousand tons per day, or 3.6 million tons annually, solid waste management is an equation that encompasses the practices of landfilling, waste prevention methods, composting, recycling and— the focus of this talk— materials reuse. The practice of using an item more than once, and thus extending its life as a functional item, “reuse” plays a critical role in not only solid waste management, but also in the socio-economic fabric of urban society. Established in 2004, by the NYC Department of Sanitation’s Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling (BWPRR), at the City College of New York (CCNY), the NYC Center for Materials Reuse (NYC CMR) has worked extensively to foster the growth of materials reuse in New York City. This presentation will review the work that NYC CMR does, including its efforts to employ technology and data management for the purpose of diverting valuable material resources from the solid waste stream.

Title is tentative until abstract is filled in. Abstract is filled in at least one week before the scheduled talk.

2013 Open Day


Come and join our annual event of MIS Program Open Day scheduled early evening in March 19th. This event will be held at the room NAC8/207 (Computer Science Conference Room), hosted by the program administrator and students in the program. Refreshment will be served. Please submit registration form to help us better serving MIS program admissions.

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