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Rutgers Assistant Professors Shah and Singh Receive a Google Faculty Research Award

 

USA. – “School of Communication and Information, (SC&I) Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Assistant Professors Chirag Shah and Vivek Singh Receive a Google Faculty Research Award
Assistant Professors Chirag Shah and Vivek Singh have received a $62,813 Google Faculty Research Award for their research project titled “Predicting Search Behavior Using Physical and Online Explorations.”
The purpose of this research is to examine how human foraging behaviors in physical environments can be linked to their online exploration characteristics. Understanding this connection could help information providers and system designers to better predict people’s search and exploration strategies, leading to creating support and services not possible before.
Preliminary research shows there is a connection between the two types of foraging. However, the connection between physical foraging and information foraging has never been formally established, according to Shah and Singh. “We believe the way people interact with information, also called information behavior, is connected to other aspects of their behavior. Past research has looked at it in isolation so we are instilling a new way of thinking about how we study information behavior of people,” Shah stated.
So far, their results have shown that a mobile user’s diversity of location in the physical world is correlated with the novelty of the resources in the online world. Using the data collected from lab and field studies, they have been able to create a preliminary predictive model, which can benefit any individual who utilizes mobile devices by examining a user’s past location patterns as a resource to help users formulate their searches based on personalization and recommendations.”
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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.

 

iConference Award Finalists Announced—Winning paper to receive $5,000 Lee Dirks Award

 

The iConference 2016 organizers are pleased to announce the finalists for the conference’s best papers and poster competitions. The winners will be honored at iConference 2016, which takes place March 20-23, 2016, in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Registraion is now open.

Best Completed Research Paper
The winner in the Completed Research Paper category will receive the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper and a cash prize of $5,000 provided by Microsoft Research. The award honors the memory of Lee Dirks, long-time friend and supporter of the iConference. The finalists, in order of presentation at the conference:

Title: Synopsizing “Literature Review” for Scientific Publications
Authors: Lin Zhang, Dalian Maritime University; Xiaozhong Liu, Indiana University Bloomington
Presentation: March 21: 10:30 am-12:00pm

Title: (In)visible Cities: An Exploration of Social Identity, Anonymity and Location-Based Filtering on Yik Yak
Authors: Matthew Heston, Jeremy Birnholtz, Northwestern University
Presentation: March 22, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Title: iSchools, Legitimacy, and the Contribution of Archival Studies to the iSchool Movement
Author: Gregory Leazer, University of California, Los Angeles
Presentation: March 22, 3:30-5:00 pm

Title: The Work of Reuse: Birth Certificate Data and Healthcare Accountability Measurements
Authors: Kathleen H. Pine, Chris Wolf, Melissa Mazmanian, University of California, Irvine
Presentation: March 23, 8:30-10:00 am

Title: Noisy Candidates and Informative Politicians: Analyzing Changes in Tweet Behavior using Tweet Quality Assessment Framework
Authors: Sikana Tanupabrungsun, Jeff Hemsley, Bryan Semaan, Jennifer Stromer-Galley, Syracuse University
Presentation: March 23: 10:30 am -12:00 pm

Most Interesting Preliminary Results Paper
This award goes to the author(s) of the most intriguing paper in the preliminary results category. The finalists, in order of presentation at the conference:

Title: Developing an Undergraduate Information Studies Curriculum in Support of Social Justice
Authors: Marika Cifor, Robert D. Montoya, Mario H. Ramirez, University of California, Los Angeles
Presentation: March 21, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Title: Networked pedagogy: Exploring asymmetries in the structuring of distributed learning networks
Authors: Rob Grace, Frederico Fonseca, The Pennsylvania State University
Presentation: March 21, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Title: Open Post Publication Peer Review: An Innovation in Scientific Communication
Authors: Peiling Wang, Manasa Rath, Michael Deike, University of Tennessee; Wu Qiang, University of Science and Technology
Presentation: March 21, 3:30-5:00 pm

Title: Beyond the Organisational Boundaries: Identifying External Barriers to Patient-centred Healthcare Knowledge Sharing
Authors: Lihong Zhou, Wanxin Deng, Fang Liu, Yi Tang, Ruhua Huang, Wuhan University; Miguel Baptista Nunes, University of Sheffield;
Presentation: March 22, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Title: UMLS-Based Analysis of Medical Terminology Coverage for Tags in Diabetes-Related Blogs
Authors: Zhe He, Min Sook Park, Zhiwei Chen, Florida State University
Presentation: March 22, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Best Poster Award
The poster category award is judged based on the submitted abstract and the resulting presentation at the iConference. The poster sessions take place Monday March 21, 5:00-6:30 pm and Tuesday March 22, 5:00-6:30 pm. The finalists, in alphabetical order:

Title: Analyzing the influence of Language Proficiency on Interactive Book Search Behavior
Author: Toine Bogers, Aalborg University Copenhagen; Maria Gäde, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; Mark Hall, Edge Hill University; Mette Skov, Aalborg University

Title: Arena: Designing an Adventure Video Game for Second Language Engagement and Acquisition
Authors: Nicole Lane, Ethan Fletcher, Yanming Wang, Nathan Prestopnik, Ithaca College

Title: BABY ElEPHãT – Building an Analytical BibliographY for a Prosopography in Early English Imprint Data
Authors: Nushrat Jahan Khan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller, Kevin R. Page, University of Oxford

Title: The Evolution of Latino Threat Narrative from 1997 to 2014
Authors: Kai Wei, Yu-Ru Lin, University of Pittsburgh

Title: Familism: The Transitional Journey of a Latina LIS Doctoral Student
Author: Frank Aviles, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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About the iConference
The winning papers and poster will be named during iConference 2016 in Philadelphia, March 20-23. 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. The 2016 host is the Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics; this year’s conference theme is Partnership with Society. Registraion is now open.

The iSchools organization is a worldwide association of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field. These schools, colleges, and departments have been newly created or are evolving from programs formerly focused on specific tracks such as information technology, library science, informatics, information science, and more. The iSchools share a fundamental interest in the relationships between information, people, and technology.

Microsoft Research is a long-time friend and supporter of the iConference. Founded in 1991, Microsoft Research is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. More than 850 Ph.D. researchers openly collaborate with leading academic, government, and industry researchers to advance the state-of-the-art of computing and solve world problems through technological innovation. In addition to its generous support of the iConference, Microsoft Research also funds the conference’s annual Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper.

iConference 2016 sponsors include: Microsoft Research; the National Science Foundation; PennMutual; Emerald Publishing; the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information; and Morgan & Claypool Publishers. Additional support provided by Thomson Reuters.

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Professor Robert Deng is first SMU faculty to be conferred IEEE Fellowship

 

Singapore. – ” Professor Robert Deng from the School of Information Systems (SIS) at Singapore Management University (SMU) has been elevated to IEEE Fellow with effect from 1 January 2016. He is being recognised for his long history of professional contributions to the field of cybersecurity, and in particular for work on cybersecurity algorithms, protocols and systems.
The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one- percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.
Prof Deng said, “I am greatly humbled and honoured to be elevated to IEEE Fellow. I would like to offer my sincerest gratitude to all my collaborators and students for their valuable support and contributions to my professional career, and to A*STAR and SMU for providing dynamic and supportive research environments that have enabled me, over the past 20 plus years, to undertake cybersecurity research in Singapore.””
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Rutgers SC&I Announces New Degree: The ITI-MI Dual Bachelor of Arts /Master of Information Degree Program

 

USA. – “Building on the 15 years of success the School of Communication and Information’s Bachelor of Information Technology and Informatics (ITI) degree has enjoyed, the school is proud to announce its new Information Technology and Informatics – Master of Information (MI) Dual Bachelor of Arts /Master of Information Degree (Dual BA+MI degree).
Open only to Rutgers undergraduate ITI majors as a campus program only (it is not currently offered online), this new degree can be completed in five years — four years of undergraduate education plus one year as a master’s student. Students begin taking graduate courses in their senior year. The degree will focus on practice and experiential learning processes in order to prepare graduates for exciting careers in data science, information management, data management, design, project management and more.
Director of the Information Technology and Informatics Program Assistant Teaching Professor Sharon Stoerger said, “This program is more than just a degree. Instead, it is an exciting opportunity for students to become part of an active learning, hands-on, and immersive experience in an environment that emphasizes collaboration and community. The skills students obtain through this rigorous dual degree program will help them create, innovate, and lead in a digital age.”
Dual ITI-MI students will be immersed in classroom and experiential learning opportunities that will teach tech and critical leadership skills, including creative thinking, analytic skills, visualizing information, problem solving, collaboration and team building. The degree will provide each student with the opportunity to conceive of and develop a product that could solve a real-world tech problem, because students will be expected to develop, build and create a product that will be marketable. Another significant feature of the program will be the opportunity to learn from professionals who will be invited to classes to share their experiences. The dual BA + MI degree will prepare students for successful careers in the fields of technology, government, education and healthcare, among others.”
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Credit Hour Requirement Reduced to 36 for UT’s Master’s in Information Sciences

 

Credit Hour Requirement Reduced to 36 for Master’s in Information Sciences
KNOXVILLE, USA — The School of Information Sciences (SIS) at the University of Tennessee has received approval to reduce the credit hour requirement for its Master’s program from 42 to 36 hours.
The change signifies responsiveness by the School to the challenges faced by many students who continue to work full time jobs while attending school to complete their master’s degree.
As part of this change, the SIS faculty carefully reviewed the program’s requirements to ensure that the quality of the degree program would be maintained.
“The credit hour requirement reduction was the culmination of a great deal of hard work and analysis by our faculty, staff and administration,” said SIS Interim Director Dania Bilal. “This change will provide our students with a more affordable program and will have no impact on the quality of our program.”
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iSchools Video Contest Results: Winners hail from Spain, the U.S., and China

 

The iSchools Organization is pleased to announce the winners of its inaugural video contest. First place honors, including a $5,000 prize, went to Unleash the Power, a video submitted by the Department of Library and Information Sciences at Spain’s Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and coordinated by faculty member Francisco Javier Calzada-Prado. Additional honorees hailed from Asia and North America.

“We feel deeply honored to receive this award, and humbled that our work may contribute to raise the visibility of iSchools and the information profession,” said Calzada-Prado.

The iSchools Video Contest charged entrants with creating a short promotional video positioning the information field and information schools as exciting, new programs that educate undergraduate and/or graduate students to solve the information problems of the 21st century. The competition ran from September, 2015 through the end of January, 2016, and offered prizes of $5,000 USD for first place, $2,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place. In addition, the top five honorees are eligible for a $1,000 travel grant to accept their award in person at iConference 2016, which takes place March 20-23 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Over a dozen entries were received from across the globe – participants included students, faculty, staff, and alumni from nine different iSchools in six countries. After careful review from a panel of iSchool leaders, the following have been awarded:

First Place:
Unleash the Power
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid – Department of Library and Information Sciences
(Javier Calzada-Prado; Ana Reyes Pacios-Lozano; Mª Jesús Martínez-Pestaña; Teresa Malo de Molina; Carlos Javier Corral Campos; Sabela de Dios Paz; Andreu Fullana Arias; Harvey Holtom)

Second Place:
iSchool: School for This Century
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill – School of Information and Library Science
(Kevin McCraney)

Third Place:
What is an iSchool?
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill – School of Information and Library Science
(Nico Carver)

Fourth Place:
My iSchool
University of California, Irvine – Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
(Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences Communications Office)

Fifth Place:
Viewing the World Amid Remote Mountains
Wuhan University – School of Information Management
(Panlei Zhang)

More about the iSchools Video Contest honorees can be found here.

“With a winner from Europe and additional honorees from the United States and Asia, the demographics of our contest truly reflect the international nature of the iSchools organization and the caliber of work being done at information schools worldwide,” said iSchools Executive Director David Fenske.

The iSchools Video Contest winners will be recognized at iConference 2016, which takes place March 20-23, 2016, in Philadelphia. Their videos will be debuted to attendees, and links will be posted on the iSchools website at that time. 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. The 2016 host is the Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics; this year’s conference theme is Partnership with Society, and registration is now open.

The iSchools Organization is a worldwide association of information schools dedicated to advancing research and studies in the information field. These schools, colleges, and departments have been newly created or are evolving from programs formerly focused on specific tracks such as information technology, library science, informatics, information science, and more.

 

iSchools Announce 2016 Doctoral Dissertation Award Honorees

 

The iSchools organization is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award is Dr. Ashwin J. Mathew. Dr. Mathew’s dissertation, “Where in the World is the Internet? Locating Political Power in Internet Infrastructure,” was judged the best to have been completed at a member-iSchool in the preceding academic year. The runner up was Dr. Briony Birdi for her dissertation titled, “We are here because you were there: an investigation of the reading of, and engagement with, minority ethnic fiction in UK public libraries.”

The iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizes outstanding work in the information field. Nominations are solicited from all members of the iSchools organization, now 65 institutions worldwide, and judged by a selection committee drawn from leading international schools. The winner receives a prize of $2,500 US, the runner up $1,000. Honorees are also offered a travel allowance so they can collect their award in person at iConference 2016, which takes place March 20-23, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

2016 award winner Ashwin J. Mathew is a Visiting Scholar at the UC Berkeley School of Information, and Internet Infrastructure Researcher at Packet Clearing House, an international organization responsible for providing operational support and security to critical Internet infrastructure. He graduated with a Ph.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Information in 2014. Before that, he spent a decade working as a software engineer and technical architect in companies such as Adobe Systems and Sun Microsystems.

“Dr. Mathew’s thesis, ‘Where in the World is the Internet? Locating Political Power in Internet Infrastructure,’ exemplifies the close ties between information technology and social science (in this case, ethnographic) research,” said Dr. Michael Seadle, head of the iSchool at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, who co-chaired the 2016 Award along with Dr. Shigeo Sugimoto, head of the iSchool at the University of Tsukuba in Japan. “The author looked at how the decision-making processes in the contemporary networked environment influence and depend on political circumstances, and gathered his data through skilled observation and direct involvement. In the final the reviewers all agreed that this was an outstanding work that richly deserved the prize.”
2016 runner up Briony Birdi is a Lecturer in Librarianship at the Information School, University of Sheffield, where she also completed her Ph.D. and MA in Librarianship. Her research focuses on reading research and the promotion of literature and reading, and public and youth libraries, with an emphasis on social justice and diversity. She currently leads the Centre for the Public Library and Information in Society (CPLIS), which provides a focus for the School’s work in the public library sector. Since 2009 Birdi has been working at the University on a part-time basis, balancing an academic career and family life.

“Dr. Birdi’s thesis: ‘We are here because you were there: an investigation of the reading of, and engagement with, minority ethnic fiction in UK public libraries,’ addresses a current social and political issue involving minority ethnic fiction using three empirical studies to survey reading habits,” said Dr. Seadle. “The reviewers also agreed that this dissertation was a serious competitor for the prize and clearly deserved to be the runner up.”

Click here for more information about the 2016 Doctoral Dissertation Award honorees, including research abstracts.

The 2016 iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award honorees will be recognized at a gathering of their peers at iConference 2016, which takes place March 20-23, 2016, in Philadelphia. 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. The 2016 host is the Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics; this year’s conference theme is Partnership with Society.

The iSchools organization is a worldwide association of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field. These schools, colleges, and departments have been newly created or are evolving from programs formerly focused on specific tracks such as information technology, library science, informatics, information science, and more.

 

SMU and University of Surrey secure grant for cybersecurity research

 

Singapore. – “A team of cybersecurity experts from Singapore Management University (SMU) and University of Surrey has received 2-year funding from UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) to undertake research on Computational Modelling and Automatic Non-intrusive Detection Of Human Behavior-based Insecurity.
It was among the six new joint research projects selected under the inaugural Singapore-UK Joint Grant Call for Cybersecurity Research which was launched in May 2015 with the objectives of strengthening knowledge and capabilities in cybersecurity, as well as fostering closer collaboration in cybersecurity research between researchers from Singapore and UK.
The SMU-University of Surrey project aims to prove that human behaviour related insecurities in cyber security can be detected automatically, by applying human cognitive models. The project will apply human understanding and thought process in order to model and simulate humans involved in security systems. This will then support automated detection by developing general-purpose computational framework, with supporting software tools.”
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iConference 2016 Announces M. Brian Blake as Second Keynote Speaker

 

Philadelphia, Pa. – M. Brian Blake, PhD, executive vice president and provost at Drexel University, will serve as a keynote speaker along with director and producer Robin Hauser Reynolds at the iConference 2016 — an annual, international gathering of the iSchools organization that pushes the boundaries of information studies and creates new technological and conceptual configurations.

Blake-Brian-800wThe conference, which will take place in historic Philadelphia from Mar. 20-23, 2016, is being hosted by Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics (CCI). The event will bring together more than 500 leading researchers and innovators from academia and industry under the theme of “Partnership with Society” to examine the dynamic, evolving role of information science and today’s iSchool movement, and the benefits to society. Conference registration is now open.

“We are thrilled to welcome Drexel’s Executive Vice President and Provost M. Brian Blake as a keynote speaker at the iConference 2016,” said iSchools Executive Director and iConference 2016 Co-Chair David Fenske, PhD. “We’re also looking forward to his address, which will speak to the heart of this year’s conference theme in identifying key advances in data science and how they are impacting our global society.”

Blake’s opening keynote address, presented on Mar. 21, will highlight three distinct projects: informatics for spanning scientific workflows across cloud environments, approaches for energy-efficient service-oriented systems across geographically distributed networks, and infrastructures that leverage mixed human and Web service systems to conduct Big Data analytics. Blake will describe how each of these projects provides advantages for important societal challenges in sustainability and national security.

“As system integrators can no longer develop platforms in isolation of human-centered expertise, we know that the next innovations in Internet-based or mobile-based infrastructures will absolutely require the interpretation of data and the more humanistic aspects. That is why the iConference is so important in convening the world’s information experts to address these complex challenges,” Blake said.

According to Blake, the Internet has matured in such a way that systems and humans are able to exchange information to perform common tasks. Web-scale workflow is our vision towards a paradigm of platforms that integrate human and software collaboration on networked platforms; for this paradigm, managing information is key.

In addition to his role as executive vice president and provost, Blake holds appointments in Drexel’s College of Computing & Informatics (as distinguished professor of systems and software engineering), in the College of Engineering (as professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) and in the College of Medicine (as professor of neuroengineering).

Prior to joining Drexel, Blake served as vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Miami (UM). Before joining UM, Blake was professor of computer science and engineering and associate dean of engineering, research and graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to joining Notre Dame, Blake was department chair and director of graduate studies in computer science at Georgetown University. Blake’s industry experience includes six years as a software engineer and architect at Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and The MITRE Corporation before entering academia full time.

Blake’s research interests include investigating software engineering approaches for the integration of Web-based systems. His scholarly activities have been funded by more than $10 million in sponsored research awards from various government and commercial organizations (e.g., AFRL, AFOSR, DARPA, Department of Education, FAA, NIH, NSF, IBM, MITRE, SAIC). He has authored or co-authored more than 160 journal articles, books/book chapters and refereed conference/workshop papers.

Blake earned his doctorate in information and software engineering from George Mason University, a master of science in electrical engineering from Mercer University, and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).