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.
Collaborative design and decision making in an environment with dynamically evolving and distributed collaborators and competitors motivates the development of new tools and information sharing protocols being developed by the faculty. Methods for evaluating and improving systems engineering tools are also being developed.
CIDSE faculty are actively engaged in the development and application of data mining tools for diagnosing disease incidence from health records. Designing patient and work flow processes to improve system efficiency are also active initiatives. An additional thrust focuses on utilizing ubiquitous and pervasive computing to increase functionality and independence of physically challenged individuals.
With a basic goal of understanding how we learn and a secondary goal of improving the attractiveness and effectiveness of STEM education, CIDSE faculty are developing intelligent virtual tutors and games that customize learning to the individual.
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.
Improving the software development process and ensuring software reliability are on-going challenges addressed by CIDSE. Research is ensuring effective functionality for middleware and application systems through requirements definition and improved development processes and education.