Software instantiates our intentions and controls modern devices. Its pervasiveness in society, new computing paradigms and the growing complexity of many systems dictate the need for ongoing development of flexible, reliable, and usable tools and development practices. Those new decision models and software tools and practices are then applied to applications that integrate computational theory, data and networks. This group’s research is making an impact in health informatics, personalized learning, logistics, enterprise information processes and modeling and simulation.
Faculty and students in this area are developing new tools and information-sharing protocols to address collaborative design and decision making in an environment with dynamically evolving and distributed collaborators and competitors. Methods for evaluating and improving systems engineering tools are also being developed.
Developing and applying data-mining tools for diagnosing disease incidence from public health records in one area of expertise in this research group. Designing patient and workflow processes to improve system efficiency are also active healthcare initiatives for CIDSE researchers. Other research focuses on using ubiquitous and pervasive computing to increase functionality and independence of physically-challenged individuals. At a higher level, analysis studies for public health policy and emergency management are being conducted.
With a basic goal of understanding how we learn and a secondary goal of improving the attractiveness and effectiveness of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, CIDSE faculty are developing intelligent virtual tutors and games that customize learning to the individual, taking human-computer interaction (HCI) to a new level.
Operations engineering of enterprises with an emphasis on the movement of people, information and goods constitutes a major application area for operational analysis and systems modeling. Faculty research develops algorithms to efficiently produce products to meet demand and ensure safe, efficient transport of goods.
Ensuring the reliability of software, assuring the provenance of data and the security of information transmittal are ongoing challenges addressed by CIDSE software engineering faculty to develop methods to enable new paradigms, such as cloud computing. Research is focussed on ensuring effective functionality for middleware and application systems.