Computer & Information Systens Division News

          December 2011                                                                                                            CIS Website

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President's message  

Dear IIE Computer and Information Systems (CIS) Division members,


Young-Jun Son
Young-Jun Son
Welcome to a new academic year of CIS activities. For those of you not familiar, these activities are usually organized by a set of board members. A list of board members is available on the CIS website. Russell Wooten from U.S. Department of Homeland Security was recently elected to join the CIS board as director. Also Hari Thiruvengada from Honeywell is the new president-elect for the division. Congratulations to both of them. Our best wishes to the exiting board member Natarajan Gautam; we would like to thank him for his service. I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage each one of you to become active in the CIS division. We would like you to provide feedback, volunteer for activities and participate in the annual conference. More from the president


CIS events at IERC 2011, Reno, NV


The 2011 IIE Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC) was held  May 21- 25 in Reno, Nev. The CIS track was organized by Drs. Terry Friesz and Tao Yao from the Penn State University and Dr. Yongpei Guan from the University of Florida. There were 61 accepted presentations, among which 23 were invited ones. All these presentations were categorized into seven invited and 11 contributed sessions, and the contents included the following topics:

  • Applications of Complex Information Visualization and   Simulation Systems in the Industry
  • Complex Large-Scale Information Systems
  • Computer Modeling and Data Mining
  • Data Mining and Its Applications
  • Decision Support System and Software
  • Healthcare Decision Support Systems
  • Industrial Engineering and Energy System
  • IT and Education
  • IT and Optimization
  • IT-Supported Healthcare Delivery
  • Network Analysis
  • Positioning and Design
  • Project and IT Management
  • RFID and Sensor Networks
  • Sensors in Homeland Security

In addition, there were 30 full paper submissions among which 21 papers were accepted.


Finally, the last of the organized activities was the CIS Town Hall. We had a great turn out (16 participants from universities, industry, government and IIE) and had very good discussions.In addition, we had CIS representatives available at the Exhibit Hall.


Read the minutes of the CIS Town Hall Meeting 2011 in Reno


Research gallery

Topic: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Controlling Large-scale Complex Systems

By Seokcheon Lee, assistant professor, School of Industrial Engineering, Purdue University



Announcement: IIE-CIS Division Best IERC Student Paper Award    

The IIE Computer and Information Systems (CIS) Division solicits applications for the IIE-CIS Best Student Paper Award at the IIE Annual Conference and Expo Meeting (ISERC 2012) to be held in Orlando, Florida May 19-23, 2012.


Qualification: In order to be qualified for the award, the students must: (a) submit a paper (invited or contributed) for the conference using the usual submission process, (b) fill out an application and (c) present their work at the conference. Candidate papers will come from those submitted to the CIS Track and accepted through the regular submission process. The student must be the primary author (first author) of the paper as well as the presenting author. If multiple students are co-authors, all of their names should appear before their advisor(s) in the list of authors.


Eligibility: Only those who will be students (undergraduate or graduate students) on the application submission date are qualified for the best student paper. That means those who will graduate on or after May 2012 will be eligible for the award. Finally, students must be current members of the IIE and CIS Division at the time of paper submission to be eligible for the award.

Application: For those who are interested, after you have submitted a paper under the CIS track, send an application package by including the following information via e-mail to the chair of the Award committee, Young-Jun Son.
  1. Your name and contact information (e-mail, telephone), department and university 
  2. Paper information (Paper ID, Title, List of Authors)
  3. Advisor's letter proving that you are the primary co-author of the paper and that you are eligible.

The judges will evaluate the candidate papers and determine a winner by March 23, 2012. There will be one winner, and each award winner will receive a certificate.




Stay connected!


The CIS Division website is a great place to go see the latest division events. Additionally, we have launched a LinkedIn subgroup at


IIE members or non-members can subscribe to this group and start new discussions related to CIS topics, get current news about the division, post jobs, and ask questions. Help us spread the word.


We look forward to your support and greatly appreciate your feedback on how to address your current needs though this subgroup.

We would also like to hear from you on what you would like to see in the newsletter. Contact Young - Jun Son (CIS President).




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 listed in the right hand column of this newsletter. 

In This Issue
President's Message
CIS Events at IERC 2011
Research gallery
CIS Division Best Student Paper Award
Stay connected!

Computer and

Systems Division


University of 
Immediate Past President 
Assistant Professor,
Penn State

Hari Thiruvengada
Senior Research
Honeywell Labs

Directors 2010-2012
Associate Professor,
University of
Assistant Professor, 
Purdue University
Professor of Industrial and
Systems Engineering,
Mississippi State
Director 2011-2013
Russell Wooten
Senior Program Manager,
Emerging Initiatives,
U.S. Department of
Homeland Security