"Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man."
Greetings to all IIE Computers and Information Systems Division members,
I hope you are making plans to attend the best Annual Conference ever. At the 2009 conference in Miami, the CIS track has 11 sessions with 44 presentations. As the quote from Francis Bacon above indicates, we can become more ready by attending and participating in conferences and examining what others are doing. Active participation in the Annual Conference (and the CIS Division) provides these opportunities. Be sure to participate in our town hall meeting and networking breakfast. The board of the CIS division looks forward to meeting and interacting with you at the conference.
Also, we have elected two new board members and we look forward to their leadership. Congratulations to Natarajan Gautam as he is the new President-Elect. The President-Elect will become the President after the annual conference. Natarajan is an Associate Professor in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Texas A&M. His areas of interests are: Optimal design, control and performance evaluation of stochastic systems. Board members elected are: Celestine Ntuen (Professor and Director, The Institute for Human Machine Studies North Carolina State A&T) and Chandra Yeleshwarapu (Director, Product Management, Supply Chain Management at Oracle). The entire board seeks to serve you and make your IIE experience profitable, so, let the board members know how we can better serve you.
Best regards and look forward to seeing you in Miami!
Lawrence Whitman - IIE - CIS Division President, 2008-2009.
Computer and Information Systems Curriculum in Industrial Engineering Department
Celestine Ntuen, Ph.D
Purpose: The main objective of this study is to review Computers and Information System (CIS) curriculum contents in the Departments of Industrial Engineering
Nunamaker, et al (Nunamaker, J.F., Couger, J., & Davis, G.B. (1982). Information Systems Curriculum Recommendations for the 80s: Undergraduate and Graduate Programs, Communication of the ACM, November 1982, vol. 25, #11; pages 781-805
) observed the need for computer and information systems curriculum. This need is greater than ever because of the use of CIS and its products at home, entertainment, and work systems. For this reason, Industrial Engineers must be able to acquire the fundamental skills, knowledge and ability in the CIS areas. We have witnessed rapid changes in say, manufacturing work flows due to automation, work sampling and time study "on-the-move", agile scheduling techniques, human-computer interfaces that support real-time decision makings, and organization productivity modeling that is not stove-piped but distributed across echelons - both in time and place. We can think of several other uses of CIS. However, the question of this short note is how is IE curriculum preparing the knowledge worker who depends, for the most part, on CIS? More
IIE 2009 Annual Conference and CIS Activities Planned
"Innovations Revealed "
May 30 - June 3
Doral Golf Resort & Spa
Out-of-the-box? You're so innovative and inventive that you have eliminated confining boxes all together. You burst out with ideas and products offering endless possibilities for finding better ways of doing almost everything. You and your colleagues will converge at this conference to explore innovations revealed in improving efficient, productivity, quality and competive position for your organization.
Join us for the conference. Enjoy more than 270 content-filled sessions with presentations by 700 speakers on state-of-art research and application, hear expert speakers, and network with other industrial engineering colleagues.
Computer & Information Systems Division Activities Planned
An exciting program for the CIS division awaits you at the upcoming 2009 IIE annual. Your participation in CIS Division affairs is important to us. With a view to share and exchange ideas and provide feedback, we are planning to organize several important events at the Conference:
1. Computer & Information Systems division business meeting.
2. Networking breakfast for CIS division members.
3. IIE's Society & Division booth through the duration of the conference.
Special sessions organized by the division include:
- Supply chain and enterprise systems
- Human-computer interaction
More details about these events will be sent by email before the conference.
Topic of Interest: Modeling Health Service Integration
[Editor's Note: As part of the CIS service, the newsletter will present emerging research issues and interests to the community. In this issue, Xiangyang Li, Assistant Professor with the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems, Systems Engineering of the University of Michigan - Dearborn shares an evidence-driven integrated analysis (MEDIA) framework that may inspire many important topics in supporting evidence-based operations.
Modeling Health Service Integration
Healthcare sector runs into crisis shown in mounting cost to patients and employers, declining satisfaction of customers, lack of preparedness for emergency, shortage of staff and other resources, etc. A latest example, the drug-resistant tuberculosis case shows the great amount of uncertainty and the close dependency in health care infrastructure nowadays, and the flaws in communication and management among the patient, the hospital, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the governments.
Many quantitative models already exist to account for different parts or aspects of healthcare systems facing various risks for performance optimization such as models to represent progression of diseases, appointment scheduling systems and models to quantify information leaking and availability. Read more
Your feedback is very important to us. Please let us know how we can make the Division better. Please feel free to contact any of the board members.
Board Members of the CIS Division include:
Associate Professor, Wichita State University
Associate Professor, Texas A&M University
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan - Dearborn
Associate Professor, University of Iowa
Assistant Professor, Penn State University
We would also like to hear from you on what you would like to see in the Newsletter. Contact us