Computer & Information Systens Division News
November 2013                                                                       Computer and Information Systems Division Website

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President's message


Dear Computer and Information Systems Division members,  


Seokcheon Lee
Last year the CIS division has redefined its vision and mission in order to clarify and envision the scope of CIS activities. We encourage interested members to see the vision and mission statements and provide feedback to me or other board members. The CIS activities are organized by the members of division board and a list of board members is available on the CIS website. You have elected a new president-elect, John Jung-Woon Yoo from Bradley University, and two new directors, Gerald Knapp from Louisiana State University and Hui Yang from University of South Florida. Thank you for your participation in the voting to select these outstanding leaders to serve our division. Our best wishes to the exiting board members Young-Jun Son and Russell Wooten; we would like to thank them for their dedicated service to our division.


Call for Abstracts
Announcement: ISERC CIS Track Call for Abstracts/Papers 

As chairs of the CIS track, we would like to encourage you to contribute to the 2014 ISERC by submitting an abstract to the CIS track.  Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to present their work in ISERC sessions. Each session will be 75 minutes and have 3 or 4 presenters.

Click here for list of technical areas that CIS is interested in and for important dates.

Conference website | Submission site 

Announcement: Applied Solutions Conference CIS Track Call for Abstracts/Papers
The Computer and Information Systems Division of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) is sponsoring the Computer and Information Systems Track at the Applied Solutions sessions of the 2014 IIE Annual Conference. Applied Solutions sessions present proven solutions from applying industrial and systems engineering principles within industry, healthcare or service companies. Submissions must include an abstract, a description, and 3-5 presentation objectives. We would like to encourage you to contribute to the conference by submitting an abstract. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to present their work. Each session will be 35 or 75 minutes. Submission Site | Read more details

CIS Events at 2013 Annual Conference & Expo, San Juan, Puerto Rico 

The IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2013 was held in May 18-22 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The CIS division participated in both ISERC and Applied Solutions Conference. The CIS tracks in both conferences were organized by Dr. Hari Thiruvengada from Honeywell International and Dr. Seokcheon Lee from Purdue University.


There were 51 presentations in the ISERC CIS track and two presentations in the Applied Solutions Conference CIS track, among which 28 were invited ones. All ISERC presentations were categorized into 10 invited and five contributed sessions.


To read the minutes of the 2013 Town Hall Meetingclick here

Announcement: Second CIS Division Mobile App Competition 

The advent of mobile devices such as Apple i-series and Samsung Galaxy series has dramatically changed not only personal lifestyles, but also business practices. Tech-savvy industrial & systems engineers have foreseen the potentials of the new technology and are actively applying it to solve problems in their own domains

Announcement: Sponsorship opportunity for CIS Division Mobile App Competition 

Mobile devices are rapidly becoming the interface of choice to business information and processes.  It is critical that industrial & systems engineers become familiar with developing systems that incorporate these devices. To this end, the CIS Division has developed a new Mobile App Competition to encourage students to develop expertise in the use of Mobile devices (see announcement for the competition above).

We are currently seeking sponsorships for the competition.  If you or your company can assist with a sponsorship, please contact the competition co-chairs (emails below). Sponsors will be recognized at the ISERC 2014 conference and in CIS division newsletters.

Competition Co-Chairs 
John Jung-Woon Yoo (Bradley University)

Gerry Knapp (Louisiana State University)

Announcement:ISERC CIS Track Best Paper Award & Best Student Paper Award

ISERC CIS track provides two award opportunities for the submitted papers. The Best Paper Award is endowed to the most outstanding paper among all paper submissions within CIS track. Independently from that, if appropriate, please consider applying for the Best Student Paper Award. Details regarding qualification, eligibility and application process for the Best Student Paper Award can be found in

Research gallery  

One of the benefits of belonging to a professional society is the opportunity to share knowledge about various topics of interest.


Topic:  Semantic Information Extraction by Gerald Knapp, associate professor, mechanical and industrial engineering, Louisiana State University 


Dr. Knapp and his research team at LSU have recently focused on advancing the ability of computers to identify and extract "meaning" from document, image, and video content. The goal is to obtain human-level - and better - capabilities in understanding and reasoning from text, speech, and visual scenes. These technologies have a broad range of potential applications, including improved search engines, better security monitoring, and assistive robotics.

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 Seokcheon Lee (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.

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