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Department of IDS

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Welcome to the Department of IDS

Information and Decision Sciences programs and research emphasize Information Systems, Operations and Supply Chain Management, and Business Data Analytics. With a faculty comprising of world-class researchers and experienced industry professionals, we are committed to educating the next generation of business leaders in the cutting-edge technologies and processes that increasingly define successful businesses.

With new and regularly updated material, IDS courses reflect technology advancements and changing business needs, to address current areas where there is strong market demand for well-trained business professionals. But we aren't just about the technology - we look for, and develop creative problem solving strengths in our students, understanding of business process and operations, business issues in relation to technology and analytics, and encourage students to develop as effective team players, with; strong ethics, communications skills and a passion to excel. This program will make you a well-rounded, analytical thinker, and a valuable asset to industry.

Our curriculum integrates foundational knowledge at the business-technology interface, in information technology and applications, data analytics, operations and supply chain management with experiential learning and real world projects. Projects with industry partners are a required component for both our undergraduate and graduate programs.  This is fostered by a faculty that is actively engaged with the Chicago area business community, and strong support from a range of industry sponsors.

Research is an integral part of what we do. IDS faculty are active in research on information management, technology and innovation, data and analytics, health informatics, risk management, business statistics and forecasting, e-business, supply chain management, mobile computing, and social media.

Research Seminars

Past Seminars

January 23 (1:45 - 3:15 PM), Speaker: Professor Kunpeng Zhang, IDS Title: Scalable Audience Finding for Online Social Brand Advertising
February 6 (1:45 - 3:15 PM), Speaker: Jui Ramaprasad, McGill Title: One-Way Mirrors and Weak-Signaling in Online Dating: A Randomized Field Experiment
February 13 (1:45 - 3:15 PM), Speaker: Matthew Dixon, U. of San Francisco Title: A Pattern Oriented Approach for Designing Scalable Analytics Applications
February 20 (1:45 - 3:15 PM), Speaker: Huimin Zhao, U. Wisconsin Milwaukee
Friday, March 20 (1:45 - 3:15 PM), Speaker: Phebe Vayanos, MIT Title: Data-Driven Learning and Uncertainty: An Adaptive Optimization Perspective
Sept 5, 1:30pm-3:00pm Speaker: Prof Zhengjun Zhang, University of Wisconsin at Madison Title: Generalized Measures of Correlation and Their Implications in GARCH and Heston Models
Sept 19, 1:30pm-3:00pm Speaker: Prof Ali Tafti, IDS Title: Positioning in Information Technology Collaboration Networks and Returns to R&D Investment
Oct 3, 1:45pm-3:30pm Speaker; Prof Sudha Ram, University of Arizona 

Upcoming Seminars

Each week, IDS faculty from across the nation bring their latest research to faculty, staff and students. For a list of upcoming seminar series, visit the research events calendar.