Decision, Operations & Information Technologies

Joseph P. Bailey

Bailey's research and teaching interests span issues in telecommunications, economics, and public policy with an emphasis on the economics of the Internet. This area includes an identification of the existing public policies, technologies, and market opportunities that promote the benefits of interoperability. Bailey is currently studying issues related to the economics of electronic commerce and how the Internet changes competition and supply chain management.

Pamela K. Armstrong

  • Ph.D., Operations and Information Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • M.S., Industrial Engineering & Operations Research, University of California, Berkeley
  • B.S., Systems Engineering, University of Arizona

Frank B. Alt

Alt is a recipient of the Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence (1993 and 1996) and the Distinguished IBM-TQ Teaching Award (1994) from the Robert H. Smith School of Business. He was recognized with four stars in the Business Week GUIDE TO THE BEST BUSINESS SCHOOLS (1997) for his teaching performance in the MBA program. Alt’s research interests include statistical quality control, applied multivariate analysis, and forecasting with a particular interest and expertise in multivariate process control.

Department Information

Contact Information

Ritu Agarwal
Professor, Robert H. Smith Dean's Chair of Information Systems & Department Chair
Office: 4327 Van Munching Hall
Phone: 301-405-3121 
Email: ragarwal@rhsmith.umd.edu

Yi Xu
Associate Professor of Operations Management & Associate Department Chair
Office: 4317 Van Munching Hall
Phone: 301-405-9676
Email: yxu@rhsmith.umd.edu

Faye Baker
Program Coordinator
Office: 4340 VAn Munching Hall
Phone: 301-405-2206
Fax: 301-405-7719
Email: fbaker@rhsmith.umd.edu

Janet Cavanagh
Coordinator
Office: 4363 Van Munching Hall
Phone: 301-405-4380
Fax: 301-405-7719
Email: jcavanagh@rhsmith.umd.edu 

Lindsey Johnson
Coordinator
Office: 4306 Van Munching Hall
Phone: 301-405-8654
Fax: 301-405-7719
Email: ljohnson@rhsmith.umd.edu

Tony Zhang 

Departmental Technology Coordinator 
Room: 4358 
Phone: 301-405-1890 
Email: Tonyzhang@rhsmith.umd.edu

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Seminars / Conferences

Seminar Series: Fall 2014

When/Where Speaker Faculty Host Presentation
9/8/2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
VMH 3330H
Sameer Hasija
INSEAD
Wedad Elmaghraby Fleet Management Coordination in Decentralized Humanitarian Operations
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9/19/2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
VMH 2509
Retsef Levi
MIT
Ilya Ryzhov Predictive Modeling for Customer Prospecting via Online Display Advertising
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9/26/2014
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
VMH 1518
Anitesh Barua
Texas
Siva Viswanathan Reexamining the Market Value of Information Technology Events
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10/10/2014
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
VMH 1511
Yao Zhao
Rutgers

Zhi-Long Chen

Collaborative Innovation: Lessons from 787 Dreamliner
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10/17/2014
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
VMH 1511
Jeffrey McCullough
UMN
Gordon Gao Health Information Technology and Patient Outcomes: The Role of Information and Labor Coordination
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10/24/2014
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
VMH 1415
J. Paul Brooks
VCU
Sean Barnes L1-Norm Principal Component Analysis
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10/31/2014
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
VMH 1415
Vallabh Sambamurthy
MSU
Anand Gopal
11/7/2014
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
VMH 1212
Ozan Candogan
Duke
Raghu Raghavan  
11/21/2014
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
VMH 1212
Barrie Nault
Calgary
 Peng Huang  
12/5/2014
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
VMH 1511
Aurelie Thiele
Lehigh University
Margret Bjarnadottir  

Seminar Series: Spring 2014

When/Where Speaker Faculty Host Presentation
2/7/2014
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
VMH 1518
Claudia Perlich
Dstillery
Siva Viswanathan Large Scale Automated Machine Learning for Digital Advertising: Challenges and Opportunities
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2/14/2014
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
VMH 1330
Foster Provost
NYU
Shawn Mankad Predictive Modeling for Customer Prospecting via Online Display Advertising
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2/28/2014
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
4568
David Gamarnik
MIT
Ilya Ryzhov A Dynamic Model of Kidney Exchange
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3/7/2014
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
VMH 1330
Laurens Debo
University of Chicago
Yi Xu

Herding in a Queue: Theory and Experiment
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3/14/2014
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
VMH 1518
Abraham Seidmann
Rochester
Peng Huang Seminar Canceled
3/28/2014
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
VMH 1518
Eric Zheng
Dallas
Il-Horn Hann The Power of Silence: An Analysis of the Aggregation and Reporting Biases in User-Generated Contents
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4/4/2014
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
VMH 1330
Thibaut Vidal
MIT
Bruce Golden Vehicle routing problems: new variants, unified methods and challenges.
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4/25/2014
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
VMH 1518
Sulin Ba
University of Connecticut
Gordon Gao  
4/25/2014
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
VMH 1330
Elana Katok
UT Dalls
Wedad Elmaghraby  
5/2/2014
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
VMH 1518
Karim Lankhani
Harvard
Sunil Mithas  

Seminar Series: Fall 2013

When/Where Speaker Faculty Host Presentation
11/22/2013
1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
VMH 1520
Yong Tan
University of Washington
Peng Huang Effect of Disconfirmation on Online Rating Behaviors
Abstract
11/15/2013
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
VMH 1505
Brian Denton
University of Michigan
Sean Barnes Online Scheduling of Outpatient Procedure Centers
Abstract
11/8/2013
1:15 - 2:30 p.m.
VMH 1330
Ram Chellappa
Emory
Anand Gopal TBA
Abstract
11/1/2013
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
VMH 1505
Martijn Mes
University of Twente
Ilya Ryzhov Dynamic routing of police helicopters, waste trucks, and container vessels
Abstract
10/25/2013
1:15 - 2:30 p.m.
VMH 1520
Barrie Nault
Calgary
Il-Horn Hann The Impact of IT on Productive Capacity and its Utilization Rate
Abstract
10/18/2013
1:15 - 2:30 p.m.
VMH 1520
Ravi Bapna
Minnesota
Gordon Gao Completing the Virtuous Cycle between Payment and Social Engagement in Freemium Social Communities
Abstract
10/11/2013
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
VMH 1505
Hui Zhao
PSU
Zhi-Long Chen Mitigating US Drug Shortage: Contract Design and Operational Strategies
Abstract
9/27/2013
2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
VMH 1520
Hamsa Balakrishnan
MIT
Michael Ball Pushback Rate Control: The Design and Field-Testing of an Airport Congestion Control Algorithm
Abstract
9/20/2013
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
VMH 1505
Gad Allon
Northwestern University
Yi Xu Do Delay Announcements Influence Customer Behavior? An Empirical Study
Abstract
9/13/2013
1:15 - 2:30 p.m.
VMH 1520
Rahul Telang
Carnegie Mellon University
Siva Viswanathan The Impact of Likes on the Sales of Movies in Video On-Demand
Abstract | Paper

Seminar Series: Spring 2013

When/Where Speaker Faculty Host Presentation
5/03/2013
2:00-3:30pm
VMH 1333
Balaji Padmanabhan
University of South Florida,
USA
   
4/26/2013
10:30-12:00pm
VMH 3330 H
Vishal Gaur
Cornell University,
USA
Wedad Elmaghraby  
4/12/2013
11:30-12:30pm
VMH 2511
Brenda Dietrich
IBM Research,
USA
Michael Ball Abstract
4/12/2013
2:00-3:30pm
VMH 1333
Paulo Goes
University of Arizona,
USA
  Abstract
4/05/2013
10:30-12:00pm
VMH 1505
Roman Kapuscinski
University of Michigan,
USA
Michael Fu  
3/29/2013
2:00-3:30pm
VMH 1333
Paul Pavlou
Temple University,
USA
Peng Huang Abstract
3/15/2013
10:30-12:00pm
VMH 1505
Sanmay Das
Virginia Tech,
USA
Ilya Ryzhov  
3/08/2013
2:00-3:30pm
VMH 1333
Alessandro Acquisti
Carnegie Mellon,
USA
Anand Gopal Abstract
2/04/2013
11:00-12:15pm
VMH 2515
Elena Zheleva
University of Maryland,
USA
Louiqa Raschid Abstract
Website
1/30/2013
11:00-12:15pm
VMH 2509
Robert Batt
University of Pennsylvania,
USA
Tunay Tunca Abstract
1/28/2013
11:00-12:15pm
VMH 2509
Joline Uichanco
Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
USA
Raghu Raghavan Business analytics for flexible resource allocation under random emergencies
Abstract
Paper: Business analytics for flexible resource allocation under random emergencies
1/23/2013
11:00-12:15pm
VMH 2509
Jing Wang
New York University,
USA
Il-Horn Hann Quality-Based Pricing for Crowdsourced Workers
Abstract
1/15/2013
11:00-12:15pm
VMH 1505
Shawn Mankad
University of Michigan,
USA
Raghu Raghavan Analytics for Higher Order and Dynamic Network Data with Application to Financial Markets
Abstract
Paper: Visualization
Paper: Smooth NMF
1/14/2013
11:00-12:15pm
VMH 1505
Yan Huang
Carnegie Mellon University,
USA
Siva Viswanathan Crowdsourcing New Product Ideas under Consumer Learning
Abstract
Paper

PhD Program Overview

The general objective of the PhD Program in Decision, Operations and Information Technologies is to produce outstanding scholars who are well prepared for careers in research and teaching in leading academic institutions or for research-oriented careers in industry or government. For more information on research in DO&IT and the Smith School, please see the Smith Research Network page.

There are two majors offered in the PhD program in Decision Operations and Information Technologies. These are the Information Systems (IS) major, and the Operations Management/Management Science (OM/MS) major.

General Information About Our Application Process

Thank you for your interest in our department and in the topics of our research. There are many creative and important projects in progress in our department, and we are delighted that some of our own excitement has come to you through our brochures and website.

If you have not yet applied for admission, you may request application materials from our PhD Program Office.

If you have already applied for admission, you have done all that is required to gain full consideration for admission and financial support.

It is not possible for faculty to provide an individual assessment of your chances of admission to our department. The volume of such requests makes such assessments impractical for us, and our department's admission procedure makes them irrelevant. In our department, a faculty Admissions Committee reviews all applications, ranks the applicants by overall merit, and makes decisions on admission and financial support based on the application material submitted. Your chances of gaining admission depend on the quality of the applicant pool and on the quality of your application.

In particular, students are not admitted to the department by research project directors, so contacting individual faculty has no effect on your chances of being admitted.

The Department is usually able to offer financial support to admitted students in the form of teaching or research assistantships or fellowships. If you are admitted, you will be notified in your admission letter whether you are being offered financial support and what form that support will take.

Admission to the department is not initially tied to any research project. Final assignments of students to research or teaching assistant positions are made just before each semester begins, after students and faculty have had an opportunity to meet and hold interviews. Similarly, Ph.D. advisor-advisee relationships are established by mutual consent, usually after the student has completed a year of coursework and has passed the PhD Qualifying Examination.

Admission to our program is highly competitive. We get as many as 600 applications for about 60 admission slots. It is hard to say "no" to many of the excellent candidates who apply here. In the Fall of 2004 we received a total of 134 applications for the DIT area, 92 for IS and 42 for MS.

Thank you for your interest in our department, and best wishes in the admission process.

Minor in MS for AMSC Students

Minor in MS for AMSC Students details the requirements for doctoral students from the AMSC Program to minor in Management Science, including comprehensive exam requirements.

Master of Science in Business: Information Systems

Information systems is a strategic asset to any organization. How information is organized, managed and made available to decision makers can be the key to gaining a competitive advantage. And the systems that capture, support and analyze a firm’s information can be the difference between a firm that survives and a firm that soars.

The Smith Master of Science in Business: Information Systems program prepares you to lead in the ongoing technology revolution. Throughout the curriculum, the emphasis is on helping you understand how organizations can best manage technology to extract maximum strategic and tactical value. Accordingly, you’ll learn how to manage enterprises by effectively leveraging technology in every aspect of the business process. You’ll develop the latest technical skills and be well-positioned to work for a variety of organizations in exciting roles that are literally changing the world.

You’ll learn from the best minds in information systems today. Smith Faculty members are among the finest IS minds in the world. They serve as top consultants and advisors to Fortune 500 and multinational corporations. They are acknowledged thought leaders in Web 2.0 technologies, project management, transformational and disruptive technologies, and the impact and management of technology in organizations.

And, you’ll learn in one of the strongest IT regions in the world. Classes are held at the University of Maryland’s College Park campus, a short distance from Washington, D.C. Spanning from Baltimore to Northern Virginia, the Washington, D.C. region is one of the strongest IT regions in the world—a choice, sophisticated area in which to learn, work and network in the IS profession. 

Click here to learn more about the MS in Business: Information Systems.

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