University of Washington iSchool Names New Dean

 

Anind K. Dey has been named dean of the Information School at the University of Washington, President Ana Mari Cauce and Provost Jerry Baldasty announced this week. Dey comes to the UW from Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science, where he is the Charles M. Geschke professor and director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute. 

Dey will take over from Harry Bruce, who announced his intention of stepping down as dean earlier this year. Bruce is a former iCaucus Chair; he led the iSchools organization from 2010 to 2012.

In commenting on the appointment, Provost Baldasty expressed confidence in Dey’s ability to build on Bruce’s exemplary work, as well as that of dean emeritus Michael Eisenberg; Eisenberg was keynote speaker at the recent iConference 2017 in Wuhan, China.

According to an article by Victor Balta published by the UW, Dey’s research uses everyday technology (worn, carried and embedded in the environment) to develop tools and techniques for understanding and modeling human behavior, primarily within the areas of health, transportation, sustainability and education. Some of his work has involved using sensors to collect information on the activities of older people that could be used to better personalize their health care.

Dey earned his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Simon Fraser University in Canada. He holds two master’s degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology – one in aerospace engineering and one in computer science. He received his Ph.D. in computer science, also from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

 

Young students and grads invited to take part in Drucker Challenge essay contest

 

iSchool students and graduates are invited to take part in the 2017 Peter Drucker Challenge, an annual essay competition open to students (bachelor’s, master’s, MBA, and PhD) and young professionals (associates, managers, professionals, and community leaders) ages 18-35. This year’s topic is “human prosperity in a changing world,” and the submission deadline is July 15, 2017.

The Challenge honors Peter Drucker, an influential visionary in the world of business management; it was Drucker who developed the concept of “information workers.” Challenge winners will receive a cash prize of €1,000 and attend the Global Peter Drucker Forum in November in Vienna, Austria. Details can be found on the Drucker Challenge website.

 

iSchools at ALA Annual Conference

 

The iSchools organization will be well represented at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition, with many members exhibiting and making presentations. The ALA Conference takes place June 22-27 in Chicago.

The School of Information Sciences at Illinois will be represented in booth #4742 in the Exhibit Hall. Alumni and students are invited to attend the Alumni Reception and LSAA Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 25, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Petterino’s, 150 N. Dearborn. Click here for more about Illinois iSchool faculty presentations and other events.

The Syracuse University School of Information Studies will be represented in booth #4839. Syracuse will be participating in ALISE’s Library and Information Studies Cooperative Alumni Reunion on Sunday, June 25, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Swissotel, Alpine II room. Click here for more on Syracuse faculty sessions and presentations.

The Rutgers School of Information and Communication will have representatives on hand in booth #4942. Rutgers iSchool faculty will also be supporting the ALISE/LIS Cooperative Alumni Reunion on Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Swissotel Hotels & Resorts, Room Edelweiss. Click here for details about Rutgers participation in the event.

Representatives of the Simmons College School of Library and Information Science will be in booth #4740. Alumni and students are invited to a free reception on Saturday, June 24, 5:30 p.m. at Tapas Valencia. Visit the Simmons iSchool website for more information.

Attendees can meet with a representative of the Department of Information Studies at University College London in booth 4734. Click here for details.

The University of Washington Information School will be on hand in booth #4739.

Alumni and friends of the University of Michigan School of Information are invited to attend a reception on Thursday, June 22 from 5:00-6:30 pm at the 676 Restaurant in the Chicago Omni Hotel.

 

Turing award winners discuss cities and the future of smart systems at Singapore Management University summit

 

The benefits and challenges of using technology to transform cities into smart cities was the subject of a panel discussion held during Singapore’s Global Young Scientists Summit, held January 19, 2017, at Singapore Management University. SMU is a member of the iSchools organization and the iSchools Caucus. The panel featured three recipients of the prestigious Turing Award, and was moderated by Steven Miller, vice provost and professor of information systems at SMU. Miller has summarized the results in an article titled Country 2.0: Upgrading Cities with Smart Technology.

The panelists included Vinton Gray Cerf, Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist; Butler Lampson, a senior scientist at Microsoft Research and an Adjunct Professor at MIT; and Richard Karp, professor at the University of California, Berkeley. They were joined by Tan Kok Yam, head of Singapore’s Smart Nation Programme Office.

The panelist discussed implementation challenges, and the benefits of more integrated data management systems, Priorities include ensuring the safety and reliability of smart systems at both the physical and virtual level, while taking care to prepare governments, industry and the public for the unknown. As Miller notes in his article: “The design of the smart city will have to account for the interests of the many sub-communities. Interest groups must have avenues to make their needs known.”

Click here to view the full text of Miller’s article summarizing the panel’s presentation. The article was published in Asian Management Insights by the Centre for Management Practice of Singapore Management University.

 

LIDA 2018 issues Call for Participation

 

Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) has issued a call for participation for their 2018 conference, which takes place June 13-15, 2018, in Zadar, Croatia.

LIDA addresses the changing and challenging environment for libraries and other information institutions in the digital world. LIDA is an international biennial conference that brings together researchers, educators, practitioners, and developers from all over the world in a forum for personal exchanges, discussions, and learning, made easier by being held in memorable environs. This year’s theme is “Social Justice, Community Engagement and Information Institutions: Access, Diversity, and Inclusion”. LIDA welcomes papers that address critical and theoretical examination of the theme; present current research and evidence, as well as examination of best practices from the field, and practitioner perspectives and applications.

Click here to view the LIDA 2018 Call for Participation.

 

iConference 2017 Commences in Wuhan, China

 

iConference 2017 commenced today with an appeal by opening keynote speaker Mike Eisenberg for information schools and professionals to enthusiastically embrace the “Science of Information” in its many forms. The first-ever iConference to be held in Asia, iConference 2017 will run through Saturday, March 25.

Eisenberg began his talk by tracing the history of information from its earliest roots, and concluded with an appeal to broaden perceptions of the scope of the field, embrace as many schools as possible, and create even more opportunities for students.

The iConference 2017 Opening Ceremony was launched with a welcome from the president of Wuhan University, this year’s local host school, and also addresses from conference co-chairs Dr. Qing Fang of the Wuhan University School of Information Management and Dr. Sam Oh of Sungkyunkwan University Library and Information Science and Data Science Department. The two schools are jointly hosting the conference.

The opening ceremony also included the naming of the winner of this year’s Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper. The winning paper was “An In-Depth Analysis of Tags and Controlled Metadata for Book Search.” Congratulations go out to co-authors Toine Bogersof Aalborg University Copenhagen and Vivien Petras of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The two authors share a $5,000US prize, courtesy of Microsoft, one of this year’s many sponsors. Our congratulations to them, and all of this year’s nominees.

About iConference 2017

An annual presentation of the iSchools organization since 2005, the iConference brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to examine critical information issues in contemporary society. The 2017 theme is Effect • Expand • Evolve: Global Collaboration Across the Information Community. iConference 2017 is jointly hosted by the Wuhan University School of Information Management and the Sungkyunkwan University Library and Information Science and Data Science Department.

iConference 2017 begins on Wednesday, March 22, with an Opening Ceremony followed by five specially selected workshops available free-of-charge to all paid participants. Over the ensuing days, participants have the opportunity take in more than 60 peer-reviewed papers focused on completed research, as well as shorter papers focused on preliminary results. New this year is a special series of papers focused on specific research in China. Numerous interactive sessions and special panels are also planned. As always, the conference will also feature two extended poster sessions showcasing the work of current and future thought-leaders. This year’s keynote speakers are Mike Eisenberg and Jason E. Rollins.

The complete iConference 2017 program schedule is available online.

iConference 2017 sponsors include: Microsoft; the National Science Foundation; Baidu; Emerald Publishing; the Journal of Data and Information Science; MDPI; DE Gruyter; Springer Nature; CNKI; and Chaoxing.com.

 

iConference 2017 Provides Complimentary Shuttles from Airport and Train Station

 

iConference 2017, the annual gathering of information scholars and researchers, takes place next week, Wednesday, March 22 through Saturday March 25, at the Westin Wuhan Wuchang Hotel in Wuhan, China. For the convenience of incoming participants, Local host Wuhan University School of Information Management has arranged for complimentary shuttle buses from the Wuhan Airport and Train Station to the conference hotel.

The shuttles are provided on the days leading up to the conferece, Monday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 21. They will depart from Wuhan Tianhe Airport at 9:00, 12:00, 17:00, and 21:00 on each day. They will leave Wuahn Railway Station (the high-speed train station) at 9:40, 12:40, 17:40, and 21:40.

Participants arriving in Wuhan should look for student volunteers holding signs that say “iConference 2017.” You will be directed to the shuttles.

The local hosts have summarized shuttle details and other local transportation options, such as taxi and metro, in a convenient document. The document also includes area maps, a guide to local dining, and more. Click here to view.

About iConference 2017

An annual presentation of the iSchools organization since 2005, the iConference brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to examine critical information issues in contemporary society. The 2017 theme is Effect • Expand • Evolve: Global Collaboration Across the Information Community. iConference 2017 is jointly hosted by the Wuhan University School of Information Management and the Sungkyunkwan University Library and Information Science and Data Science Department.

iConference 2017 will begin on Wednesday, March 22, with an Opening Ceremony followed by five specially selected workshops available free-of-charge to all paid participants. Over the ensuing days, participants have the opportunity take in more than 60 peer-reviewed papers focused on completed research, as well as shorter papers focused on preliminary results. New this year is a special series of papers focused on specific research in China. Numerous interactive sessions and special panels are also planned. As always, the conference will also feature two extended poster sessions showcasing the work of current and future thought-leaders. This year’s keynote speakers are Mike Eisenberg and Jason E. Rollins.

The complete iConference 2017 program schedule is now available for review. Conference organizers have also posted information to assist all participants with lodging, visas and other travel needs.

iConference 2017 sponsors include: Microsoft; the National Science Foundation; Baidu; Emerald Publishing; the Journal of Data and Information Science; MDPI; DE Gruyter; Springer Nature; CNKI; and Chaoxing.com.

 

Inaugural Issue of iSchool Review is out!

 

The iSchool Review (www.ischoolreview.com) is a new, digital publication to showcase work from iSchool students around the world.
The inaugural issue features work from students at four iSchools: UC Berkeley, the University of Toronto, University College London and Humboldt‐Universität zu Berlin. Enjoy this and future issues!
Students who are interested in submitting work to be published in the Fall 2016 issue, please review the submissions guidelines.

 

iSchools name iConference 2018 host: Conference to span three continents in three years

 

The iSchools organization has awarded the hosting of iConference 2018 to the joint proposal submitted by the University of Sheffield Information School and the University of Northumbria Department of Mathematics & Information Science. iConference 2018 will take place in spring of 2018 on the University of Sheffield campus in Sheffield, England.

The announcement comes on the eve of iConference 2016, which takes place March 20-23 in Philadelphia. In the following year, the event moves to Wuhan, China, where iConference 2017 will mark the information conference’s first foray into Asia. Now, with the decision to hold iConference 2018 in Europe, it means the iConference will span three continents in three years.

“The awarding of iConference 2018 to Sheffield and Northumbria, coming fresh on the heels of next year’s conference in Wuhan, further underscores the international scope of the iSchools organization,” said incoming iCaucus Chair Ron Larsen of the University of Pittsburgh. “When viewed in light of the recent election of Chair-elect Sam Oh of Korea, our organization continues to help maximize the power of information and technology worldwide.”

The iConference is an international gathering of scholars and researchers concerned with critical information issues in contemporary society. The iConference is presented by the iSchools organization, and hosted each year by a different member school. For more about the iConference, including conference archives and links to past proceedings, visit our About the iConference webpage.

iConference 2016 is hosted by the Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics; the conference begins March 20, 2016, and registration is now open. iConference 2017 will be jointly hosted by the Wuhan University School of Information Management in China, and the Sungkyunkwa University Library & Information Science and Data Science Department in Korea. iConference 2018 will be hosted by England’s University of Sheffield Information School and the University of Northumbria Department of Mathematics & Information Science.

 

Avoid Late Fees—Register for iConference by March 11

 

Standard registration for the iConference ends March 11, and late fees apply thereafter. If you’ve been putting off registration, you’ll want to act fast to avoid late fees. Click here to register

iConference 2016 takes place Sunday, March 20 through Wednesday, March 23, 2016, in historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. This year’s theme of “Partnership with Society” examines the dynamic, evolving role of information science and today’s iSchool movement, and the benefits to society.

The 2016 program includes:

  • Keynote addresses by Drexel Executive Vice President and Provost M. Brian Blake, documentary filmmaker Robin Hauser Reynolds, and Clifford A. Lynch, head of the Coalition for Networked Information.
  • Screenings of Reynold’s latest work, CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, a film exploring the underlying currents that dissuade women and people of color from pursuing coding jobs, even as the nation faces a growing shortage of qualified computer scientists. All film screenings are generously sponsored by PennMutual. Click here to view 2-minute trailer.
  • Special presentations and opportunities provided by sponsors Microsoft Research and Emerald Publishing.
  • Sixty papers that push the boundaries of the information field, 95 posters by current and future thought-leaders, 16 thought-provoking sessions for interaction and engagement, and 8 interactive workshops. Click here to view the schedule, or better yet, download the app to your mobile device.
  • This year we will again offer our Doctoral Colloquium (invitation only) and Early Career Colloquium (open to all—sign up when you register). New this year, we are offing a pair of doctoral mentoring sessions which are open to any doctoral student registered for the iConference (RSVP required in order to join—click here for details).
  • Social events include our traditional Opening Reception on Sunday Evening. On Monday, this year’s our banquet will be held at the National Constitution Center, the museum established by the U.S. Congress to celebrate the American constitutional tradition. It is an apt venue for a conference held in Philadelphia, the birthplace of the United States of America.

Click here to register now.

The iConference series is presented by the iSchools, a worldwide association of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field, and preparing students to meet the information challenges of the 21st Century. Affiliation with the iSchools is not required—all information scholars, researchers and practitioners are welcome at the iConference.