Decision, Operations & Information Technologies

Flu or Something More Sinister? Using Computer Models to Find Out

Symptoms resulting from a bioterrorism attack could be alarmingly similar to those of the flu. A computer model developed by Sean Barnes, assistant professor of operations management, aims to identify one from the other by their very different transmission dynamics. 

Barnes built his original simulation model for his dissertation as a mathematics PhD student at the University of Maryland (2012) to help public health officials seeing the two scenarios play out and determine which they are dealing with. 

Speaker Bios

Keynote Speakers

Brian BarriosBrian Barrios

Brian Barrios is the portfolio director for National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC). The National Cybersecurity FFRDC is operated by MITRE in support of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). As part of NIST, an agency within the Department of Commerce, the center is dedicated to increasing the rate of adoption of practical cybersecurity solutions. In his role as director, Barrios is responsible for building and leading multi-disciplinary teams that tackle some of our nation’s most pressing cybersecurity challenges. Prior to the NCCoE, Barrios was the cyber chief engineer and cyber portfolio manager within MITRE’s Center for National Security, leading an organization focused on applying a range of cyber technologies to domestic cybersecurity issues. In addition, he was responsible for the cyber strategic vision for the Law Enforcement and Domestic Security Division. Prior to 2005, he worked at AOL as postmaster within AOL’s Mail Operations, specifically focused on anti-spamming efforts. He has a bachelor's degree in computer information systems from Clemson University.

Joseph Kielman

Dr. Joseph Kielman is a science advisor in the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Kielman is assigned to the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, where he now manages research programs in cybersecurity as well as visualization and data analytics. His efforts in the latter area began in 2004, when he established the National Visualization and Analytics Center program, housed at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. In 2006 and again in 2009, these programs were expanded to include university-based research centers in visualization and analytics and discrete sciences. Kielman created and still manages the Center of Excellence for Visualization and Data Analytics, comprising 35 university and industry partners, for S&T’s Office of University Programs. His cybersecurity work involves socio-behavioral and economic incentives, bio-inspired cyber health, and data provenance programs. Over the past five years he also developed and oversaw joint research programs on the foundations of visual and data analytics, anomaly detection, and critical infrastructure protection with the U.S. National Science Foundation, the United Kingdom Home Office, and the German BMBF. Prior to joining DHS in 2003, Kielman worked for 20 years at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he served successively as chief of the Advanced Technology Group in the Engineering Section, chief of research and development for the Technical Services Division, and chief scientist and also chief architect at the Information Resources Division. His work at the FBI included development of covert collection and surveillance systems, specialized microelectronic and micromechanical design capabilities, advanced computer architectures, and information processing, intelligence analysis, and data analytics technologies. Kielman has an undergraduate degree in physics and graduate degrees in biophysics and did postdoctoral work in genetics. In 2006 he was awarded the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Senior Professional.


Michel CukierMichel Cukier

Dr. Michel Cukier is the director for Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES) and the associate director for education for the Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2). Cukier is an associate professor of reliability engineering with a joint appointment in the department of mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received a degree in physics engineering from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, in 1991, and a doctorate in computer science from the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse, France, in 1996. From 1996 to 2001, he was a researcher in the Perform research group in the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He joined the University of Maryland in 2001 as assistant professor. His research covers dependability and security issues. His latest research focuses on the empirical quantification of cybersecurity. He has published over 70 papers in journals and refereed conference proceedings in those areas.

Lawrence GordonLawrence A. Gordon

Dr. Lawrence A. Gordon is the EY Alumni Professor of Managerial Accounting and Information Assurance at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. He is also an affiliate professor in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. Gordon earned his PhD in Managerial Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research focuses on economic aspects of cybersecurity, corporate performance measures, cost management systems, and capital investments. He is the author of roughly 100 articles that have been published in the accounting, finance and information/computer security journals. Gordon is considered to be one of the pioneers in the field of cybersecurity economics. In addition to the Smith School of Business, Gordon’s research on cybersecurity has been supported by the U.S. National Security Agency and is currently being supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He is also the author or co-author of several books, including MANAGING CYBERSECURITY RESOURCES: A Cost-Benefit Analysis. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy and serves on the editorial boards of several other academic journals. An award-winning teacher, he has been an invited speaker at numerous universities and professional conferences throughout the world. In October 2007, he was invited to provide Congressional Testimony concerning his research on cybersecurity economics before the Subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. He has also been a frequent contributor to the popular press (e.g., The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Business Week, Baltimore Sun, Financial Times, and the Washington Business Journal).  For more information, go to his university website.

Gregory PorporaGregory A. Porpora                                                         

Greg Porpora is the IBM Federal Big Data and Analytics Chief Engineer across IBM Federal (DoD, Intel, Civilian) with experience in Cloud design, Hadoop, Real Time streaming frameworks, Entity resolution and Natural Language Processing. He is actively engaged in the development and employment of Machine Learning techniques to cyber security defense in depth to provide a dynamic and agile response to Advanced Persistent Threats (APT). He was the Chief Scientist for Activity Based Analytics (ABA) and Human Domain Awareness Solutions and was recently awarded a patent filing called Activity based Analytics (ABA) which examines social media, real-time streaming structured and unstructured data, video-imagery, cybersecurity, intelligence, and other observation space data sources. He joined IBM in December 1989 as a member of the worldwide RS6000 marketing team and then moved onto IBM Global Services (IGS).  As an Associate Partner in IGS he was responsible for all consulting and integration services in IBM Mexico as well as supporting all other countries in Latin America. He was appointed to his current position with IBM Federal March 2012. Prior to IBM, he was at United Technologies Corporation (UTC) for over 11 years. While at UTC he was product line manager for ASW trainers and systems for the U.S. Navy. He was also a senior design engineer of advanced Sonar and Radar signal processing systems and algorithms. While on active duty, Porpora was assigned to SUPSHIP Bath and conducted numerous AEGIS Light Off tests of both AEGIS Cruisers and Destroyers. These include the USS Arliegh Burke DDG-51, USS Philippine Sea CG-60, USS Normandy CG -58 and USS Gettysburg CG-64. He is a recognized Surface Ship Combat Systems Subject Mater Expert (SME) with specific expertise in Sonar and acoustics. In May 1986 he deployed on the USS Hewitt DD 966 as the acoustic/ASW SME in the Northern Pacific. He has recently retired from the U.S. Navy at the rank of Captain.  He holds active membership in numerous industry and military professional organizations, including the IEEE, Naval Reserve Officers Association (NRA) and Association of Naval Engineers (ASNE).


Donna DodsonDonna F. Dodson

Donna F. Dodson is the Chief Cybersecurity Advisor for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). She is also the Director of NIST’s National Cybersecuity Center of Excellence (NCCoE). Dodson oversees ITL’s cyber security program to conduct research, development and outreach necessary to provide standards, guidelines, tools, metrics and practices to protect the information and communication infrastructure. This includes collaborations with industry, academia and other government agencies in research areas such as security management and assurance, cryptography and systems security, identity management, security automation, secure system and component configuration, test validation and measurement of security properties of products and systems, security awareness and outreach and emerging security technologies. In addition, Donna guides programs to support both national and international security standards activities. Dodson recently led the establishment of the NIST NCCoE.  Through partnerships with state, local and industry, the NCCoE collaborates with industry sectors to accelerate the widespread adoption of standards-based cyber security tools and technologies. She received two Department of Commerce Gold Medals and three NIST Bronze Medals. She was a Fed 100 Award winner for her innovations in cybersecurity and in 2011 was included in the top 10 influential people in government information security. Recently, FedScoop recognized Donna as one of DC’s Top 50 Women in Tech.

David Maimon

David Maimon

David Maimon is an associate professor in the department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland. He received his PhD in Sociology from the Ohio State University in 2009. His research interests include theories of human behaviors, computer crimes and communities and crime. His current research focuses on computer hacking and the progression of system trespassing events, computer networks vulnerabilities to cyber attacks, susceptibility to malware victimization, and decision-making process in cyber space. 

Anand RanganathanAnand Ranganathan

Anand Ranganathan is a global technical ambassador for big data in IBM's Software Group. He specializes in IBM's big data products and services with a focus on stream computing, and works with customers around the world to design, implement and deploy big data solutions. He focuses on solutions involving different kinds of analytics, such as geospatial, text, predictive and anomaly detection analytics. He works with customers worldwide in different domains and industries, such as: cybersecurity, telecommunications, manufacturing, law enforcement, government, transportation, and banking. He was a research staff member at the IBM TJ Watson Research Labs for nine years. During this time, his work spanned the range from pure research to product development to customer deployments. A key theme of his research was to make large-scale complex systems more flexible and adaptive, as well as easier to manage and configure. He did research in various topics including data stream processing, software engineering, AI, data mining, and middleware. He finished his PhD at the Department of Computer Science in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005, and received his BTech in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai in 2000.

Fearless Ideas Courses Inspire Innovation

The University of Maryland offers a set of “Fearless Ideas” courses through its Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (AIE), a signature initiative to infuse the university with a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship across all colleges, building on the institution's excellence as a research university.

The Robert H. Smith School of Business will offer four Fearless Ideas courses in fall 2014:

Smith School Business Summit Addresses Innovation

On March 28, 2014, at the North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda, Md., students, faculty and business professionals met for the third annual Smith School Business Summit. This year’s theme looked at innovation as an essential building block for the prosperity and survival of corporations. With more than 600 registered attendants, it was the largest Summit yet.

Shannon Lantzy

Shannon began the program in Fall 2010.  Her research interests include information asymmetry, information processing, information use, consumer judgement and choice, consumer-to-consumer information sharing, use and value.

Spring 2015 Events

  • Dept Open House

-       Tues, Feb 10; 5-6 pm; Frank Auditorium

-       Faculty Champions: Frank Alt, Peng Huang, and Siva Viswanathan

-       Administrative support: Lindsey E. Johnson

  • DOIT Dept Meeting

-       Fri, Feb 13; 12-2 pm (lunch will be provided); Rm. 1511

  • Annual Monte Carlo Night Gala [Smith School event]

-       Sat, Feb 28; 8pm - 12am; Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium Washington D.C.

-       Attire: Black Tie Optional

-       Ticket Price:  $80; purchase ticket here:

  • TechFest

-       Wed, Apr 1; 6-8 PM; VMH 1524, Frank Auditorium

-       Faculty Champions: Zeinab Karake

-       Administrative Support: Lindsey E. Johnson

  • Cupid’s Cup [Smith School event]

-       Wed, April 22; Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland

  • CIBER: Emerging Markets Forum

-       Fri, April 24 (more info coming soon)

-       Faculty Champion: Kislaya Prasad

  • IBM Business Analytics Workshop

-       Monday, May 18 (more info coming soon)

-       Faculty Champions: Mike Ball and Tunay Tunca

  • POMS 26th Annual Conference

-       May 8-11, 2015; Washington Hilton 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20009


  • DOIT Seminar Series
OM Seminars
Date Time Speaker Name Room Institute Contact Faculty Host
2/6/2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM John Turner 1518 UC Irvine Wedad Elmaghraby
2/20/2015 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM Matt Taddy 2505 Chicago Shawn Mankad
3/6/2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Mehmet Altug 1511 GWU Tunay Tunca
3/27/2015 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Monica Gentili 1505 GIT Bruce Golden
5/15/2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Noah Gans 3330H Upenn Ilya Ryzhov
4/24/2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Victor Jose 1505 Georgetown Tunay Tunca
5/1/2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Jose Zubizarreta 1518 Columbia Raghu Raghavan
IS Seminars
Date Time Speaker Name Room Institute Contact Faculty Host
1/20/2015 1:30 PM -3:00 PM Dokyun Lee 2511 Upenn  Gordon Gao
1/29/2015 1:30 PM -3:00 PM Kunpeng Zhang 2515 UIC Margret Bjarnadottir
2/2/2015 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Zia Hydari 2511 Carnegie Mellon    Kate Stewart
2/5/2015 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Frank Nagle 2505 Harvard Anand Gopal
2/10/2015 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Jing Gong 2511 Carnegie Mellon   Gordon Gao 
3/27/2015 1:30 PM -2:45 PM Panos Ipeirotis 1511 NYU Siva Viswanathan
4/17/2015 1:30 PM -2:45 PM Feng Zhu 2505 Harvard Peng Huang
5/8/2015 1:30 PM -2:45 PM Barrie Nault 2511 Calgary TBD
  • MSIS Community Lunches (all held in Rm. 2517)

2/9 11:45 - 1pm

3/2 11:45 - 1pm

4/13 11:45 - 1pm

  • School Assemblies

January 30, 2015 - FACULTY ONLY

March 27, 2015 - FACULTY ONLY

May 15, 2015 - FACULTY AND STAFF

Every assembly will be from 10am - 12noon. 


TechFest is an annual forum hosted by the Department of Decision, Operations, and Information Technologies at the Robert H Smith School of Business, UMD. TechFest brings together leaders from industry and government, who are at the forefront of game-changing transformations enabled by digital technologies, to share their expertise and passion with undergraduate and master’s students at the Smith School. TechFest serves as a valuable forum for students to learn about the amazing potential of information technologies and to explore what it means for their careers.

April 9, 2014 - 6:00pm


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