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Spring 2014 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

1/27 (Mo) Prof. Abbe Mowshowitz


Microeconomics of Information
2/3 (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.
2/10 (Mo) Prof. Maria Binz-Scharf

CCNY Economics Dept.

The Use of Databases in Scientific Collaborations
2/20 (Th) Mohammed Rafeeque

MIS Graduate

Hedge Fund Solutions
2/24 (Mo) Saheli Mukherjee

MIS Graduate

An Introduction to CXM/CEM and a Leading Insurer’s CX Journey
3/3 (Mo) Tony Hon

IBM Global Services

Data Center Infrastructure Challenges
3/10(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.
3/17 (Mo) Nelson Monesdeoca

Senior Consultant, CAST, Leader in Software Analysis and Management

Approaches to the Analysis of Large Data Sets
3/24 (Mo) Prof. Hanghang Tong


Big Data
3/31 (Mo) TBA

4/7 (Mo) Dr. James Doyle

IBM Global Services

Global Technology Outlook
4/28 (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.
5/5 (Mo) Prof. Abbe Mowshowitz


Student Reports - Presentation
5/12 (Mo) Prof. Abbe Mowshowitz


Student Reports - Presentation

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

Spring 2014

Course ID Course Name Code# Pre/Corequisite Day & Time Room Instructor
First Year
MIS G3010 General Economics and Finance 2834 N/A Wednesday 18:50 NAC4113 Dr. Jelen
MIS G2020 Database Management 4123 N/A Tuesday 18:50 TBA Andrew Nagel
Second Year
MIS G5010 Seminar in Information Systems Management 2835 MIS G5020 Monday 18:50 NAC6329 Prof. Mowshowitz
MIS G5020 Project in Information Systems Management 3598 MIS G5010 Thursday 18:50 NAC7107 Dr. Russell

† Each class lasts two and a half hours. ‡ Please see the last minute class room change posted in front of the computer science.

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