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Winter Information Systems Conference


Tentative Program

March 11

7 am†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Continental breakfast


7:15 am††††††††††††††††††††††† Welcoming remarks by Dr. Martha Eining, Executive Associate Dean of DESB


7:30 - 9:30 am †††††††††††††Session I (4 presentations and discussions)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Location: Meeting Room D (Guest House)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Moderator: Paul Hu (University of Utah)


Title: Building and Querying Large Collections of Data Mining Models

Authors: Alexander Tuzhilin (New York University), Bing Liu (University of Illinois at Chicago), Jie Hu (New York University)

Discussant: Olivia Sheng (University of Utah)


Title: The Strategic Implications of Mental Accounting

Authors: Sridhar Balasubramanian (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), and Kerem Tomak (University of Texas, Austin)

Discussant: Starling Hunter (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)


Title: Toward a Patient-to-Doctor (P2D) Marketplace

Authors: Kemal Altinkemer, Tolga Akcura, Prabuddha De (Purdue University), Zafer ÷zdemir (Miami University)

Discussant: Alan Hevner (University of South Florida)


Title: On Learning Parsimonious Models for Extracting Consumer Opinions

Authors: Xue Bai, Rema Padman, and Edoardo Airoldi (Carnegie Mellon University)

Discussant: Gediminas Adomavicius (University of Minnesota)


9:30 - 10:30 am††††††††††† Transportation to ski rental and resort


10:30 am - 4 pm ††††††††† Skiing/Snowboarding at Snowbird


4:15 - 5 pm †††††††††††††††† Transportation back to UU Guest House


6:00 - 6:30 pm ††††††††††† Buffet Dinner


6:30 - 8:00 pm ††††††††††† Session II (3 presentations and discussions)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Location: Meeting Room D (Guest House)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Moderator: Gautam Pant (University of Utah)


Title: Improving Web Catalog Design for Easy Product Search

Authors: I. Robert Chiang and Manuel A. Nunez (University of Connecticut)

Discussant: Xiao Fang (University of Toledo)


Title: Ontology induction for mining experiential knowledge from customer reviews

Authors: Thomas Lee (University of Pennsylvania)

Discussant: Lin Lin (Lehigh University)


Title: ABACUS: Agent-Based Cognitive Computing Processes for Organizational Learning

Authors: J. Leon Zhao (University of Arizona), Huimin Zhao (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)

Discussant: Alok Chaturvedi (Purdue University)


March 12

7:00 - 7:15 am††††††††††† Continental breakfast


7:15 - 8:45 am †††††††††††††Session III (3 presentations and discussions)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Location: Meeting Room D (Guest House)

Moderator: Olivia Sheng (University of Utah)

Title: On Rule Discovery Methods for Identifying Valuable Segments in the Online World

Authors: Balaji Padmanabban (University of Pennsylvania), Yinghui Yang (University of California, Davis), Hong Zhang (University of Pennsylvania), Alexander Tuzhilin (New York University)

Discussant: Foster Provost (New York University)


Title: A New Perspective on Recommender Systems---A Random Graph Theory Approach

Authors: Zan Huang, Daniel Zeng, Hsinchun Chen (The University of Arizona)

Discussant: Amit Basu (Southern Methodist University)


Title: Vulnerabilities and Risk Management of Open Source Software: An Empirical Study

Authors: Kemal Altinkemer, Jackie Rees, Sanjay Sridhar (Purdue University)

Discussant: Alina Chircu (University of Texas, Austin)


March 12, 8:45 Ė 10 am†††††††††††††††††††† Plenary Panel

Title: ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Defining the Research Agenda for Business Intelligence

Panelists: †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Amit Basu (Southern Methodist University)

††††††††††††††††††††††† Alok Chaturvedi (Purdue University)

Alan Hevner (University of South Florida)

††††††††††††††††††††††† Foster Provost (New York University)

††††††††††††††††††††††† Alexander Tuzhilin (New York University)


Moderator:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Olivia Sheng (University of Utah)


Todayís businesses have come to appreciate the importance of business intelligence to their competitiveness, and started to regard business intelligence systems mission critical! However, the views and operationalizations of business intelligence still vary greatly in practice. In the meantime, the academic community hasnít clearly defined the field of Business Intelligence either.In this panel, the panelists will explore answers to questions relevant to defining the research agenda for business intelligence.

Within a 5-10 minute presentation, each panelist will address each of the main questions below by sharing his perspectives on the sub-question(s) of choice. The panelist will present in alphabetic order of their last names.


Main and Sub Questions for the Panel:†††††††††††††††††††

  • What is Business Intelligence?
    • What are the definitions, views and scopes of business intelligence?
    • How are they different from and related to those in knowledge discovery in databases (KDD), machine learning, data mining, data warehousing or OLAP?
  • What is Business Intelligence Research?
    • What are the Business Intelligence research topics?
    • What are the current, past and future topics?
    • What are examples of research studies in different topics? (Panelists, please feel free to include examples of your research studies.)
    • What are the research methods for Business Intelligence research?
    • How are answers to these questions different from and related to those in knowledge discovery in databases (KDD), machine learning, data mining, data warehousing or OLAP research?
  • What is Business Intelligence curriculum?
    • Which Business Intelligence topics and skills are important to MBA students?
    • What are the examples of Business Intelligence curriculum? (Panelists, please feel free to include examples of your programsí curricula.)
    • What are the success factors of teaching Business Intelligence in MBA programs?
    • How do we integrate research and teaching in Business Intelligence?
  • How do we build the Business Intelligence community?
    • What are the top-tier journals for Business Intelligence research papers?
    • How do we foster journal editorsí interests in and appreciation for Business Intelligence research papers?
    • Which IS programs are active in Business Intelligence research?
    • How can we foster IS programsí interest in Business Intelligence research?
    • What are other research communities with which the Business Intelligence research community should interface?
    • How do we build university-industry relationship on business intelligence research and education?
    • What are examples and the success factors of successful university-industry relationship? (Panelists, please feel free to include examples of your programs relationship with industries.)
    • What are the funding opportunities of business intelligence research?
    • What are the success factors for fund seeking for sponsored research?
    • What are the expectations for the Utah Winter IS Conference to help develop and build the Business Intelligence research field?


10 - 11 am†††††††††††††††††† Transportation to Park City Mountain Resort


11 am - 4:30 pm ††††††††† Skiing/Snowboarding at Park City Mountain Resort


5:30 pm††††††††††††††††††††††† Transportation to Deer Valley Resort


6:30 - 8 pm††††††††††††††††† Closing Seafood Buffet Dinner at Deer Valley Resort


8:15 pm††††††††††††††††††††††† Transportation back to the Guest House

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