Brown Bag Seminar Series

The brown-bag seminar series is a long-standing tradition of the iSchool. These informal sessions serve as both an opportunity to invite colleagues from other places to visit Syracuse and a vehicle to have colleagues here share out their research. The sessions are informal and collegial; the expectation is for interactive engagement with the speaker and each other. Seminars are held most weeks, and the timing is flexible. Most often these happen across the noon hour and people are invited to eat their lunch as they participate. A list of future and past brown-bag talks is posted here.

Upcoming Speakers

  • Brown Bag Speaker Series: Joseph Konstan

    Oct. 3, 2017, 12:30 p.m.
    347 Hinds Hall (Katzer Room)

    Joseph Konstan, Distinguished McKnight Professor & Distinguished University Teaching Professor at the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Minnesota will speak.

Past Speakers

  • Brown Bag Talk: The Science of Managing Our Digital Stuff

    March 30, 2017, 12:30 p.m.
    347 Hinds Hall (Katzer Room)

    Dr. Ofer Bergman is a senior lecturer at Israel's Bar-Ilan University department of Information Science.

  • Brown Bag Speaker: Rebekah Tromble

    March 23, 2017, 12:30 p.m.
    347 Hinds Hall (Katzer Room)

    API Bias: Preliminary Insights into the Impact of Twitter Data Collection on Scientific Inference

  • Brown Bag Talk: Sean Googins

    Jan. 31, 2017, 12:30 p.m.
    347 Hinds Hall (Katzer Room)

    Sean Googins, associate professor of computer science - University of Missouri.

  • Brown Bag Speaker: Richard (Rick) Watson

    Dec. 1, 2016, 12:30 p.m.
    347 Hinds Hall (Katzer Room)

    Richard Watson, U of Georgia, “An information systems perspective on sustainability.”

  • Brown Bag Talk, Speaker: Dan Russell

    Nov. 8, 2016, 12:30 p.m.
    Hinds Hall 347 (Katzer Room)

    Dan Russell is Google's Uber Tech Lead for Quality and User Happiness in Mountain View. Dan earned his PhD in computer science, specializing in Artificial Intelligencve.

  • Brown Bag Speaker - Jim Walker

    Nov. 3, 2016, 12:30 p.m.
    347 Hinds Hall (Katzer Room)

    Jim Walker (formerly Chief Health Information Officer at Geisinger Health Systems in Pennsylvania, and now Chief Health Informatics Officer at Siemens will be giving a talk.

  • Brown Bag Speaker - Jodi Upton

    Oct. 27, 2016, 12:30 p.m.
    347 Hinds Hall (Katzer Room)

    Jodi Upton

  • Brown Bag Speaker: Jos Aarts, PhD, FACMI

    Oct. 6, 2016, 12:30 p.m.
    347 Hinds Hall (Katzer Room)

    Brown Bag Speaker: Jos Aarts, PhD, FACMI

  • Brown Bag Speaker - Yatish Hegde

    Sept. 29, 2016, 12:30 p.m.
    347 Hinds Hall (Katzer Room)

    Yatish Hegde

  • Brown Bag Talk

    April 7, 2016, 12:30 p.m.
    347 Hinds Hall (Katzer Room)

    Brown Bag Talk

  • Brown Bag Seminar: "Applications of Social Media Text Analysis"

    Jan. 27, 2016, noon
    347 Hinds Hall (Katzer Room)

    Applications of Social Media Text Analysis

  • Brown Bag Talk: Andrea Tapia

    Oct. 1, 2015, noon
    Hinds Hall - Katzer Room (347)

    Andrea Tapia of Penn State University will present her talk, The New Neighborhood Watch: Community Alerting of Auroras and Crises. All are welcome to attend.

  • Brown Bag Talk: Laura K. Nelson

    Sept. 24, 2015, noon
    347 Hinds Hall

    Laura Nelson, Northwestern University will present her talk, Durable Feminist Fields: The Persistence of Structure and Culture n New York City and Chicago

  • Brown Bag Talk: Jeffery Saltz

    Sept. 18, 2015, noon
    347 Hinds Hall

    Jeff Saltz - Syracuse University (iSchool) will present his talk: The Need for Methodologies and Tools to Support Big Data Teams and Improve big Data Project Effectiveness

  • Brown Bag Talk: Maria Caterina Bramati

    Sept. 17, 2015, noon
    347 Hinds Hall

    Maria Caterina Bramati of Sapienza University of Rome will present her talk: Graphical Statistical Methods in Economic & Social Networks: application to resource driven conflicts & City Networks

  • Brown Bag Seminar: Informatics Thinking

    April 9, 2015, 4 p.m.
    Hinds Hall 347 - Katzer Room

    Mike Twidale, Professor, GSLIS, University of Illinois will present a seminar on Informatics Thinking. Twidale's research interests include computer supported cooperative work, computer supported collaborative learning, and human computer interaction. Current projects include studies of informal social learning of technology, technological appropriation, metrics for open access, sociotechnical systems design, data literacy, collaborative information retrieval, computational metacognition, agile research methods and long term scientific database management. His approach involves the use of interdisciplinary techniques to develop high speed low cost methods to better understand the difficulties people have with existing computer applications and so to design more effective systems.

  • Brown Bag Seminar: Joon Park

    March 5, 2015, noon
    Hinds Hall 347 - Katzer Room

    Brown Bag Lunch Series Speaker: Joon Park Topic: Towards Advanced Information Security Abstract: . With the increasing complexities of today’s hardware, software, user behavior, and their networking, the need for managing information security becomes more critical. Considering the evolution of information systems, Park defines Advanced Security Services, which provides scalability, fine-granularity, transparency, and survivability in information systems. This brown-bag seminar is intended to discuss the fundamental requirements for Advanced Security Services and introduce selected examples of Park's research outcomes that satisfy the requirements. About Joon Park: Dr. Joon Park is an associate professor at the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University. Over the past decades he has been involved with theoretical/practical research and education in Cyber Security. He is Syracuse University’s Point of Contact (POC) at the Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense (IA/CD) and CAE-R (Research), which are designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He served as the founding director of the Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Information Security Management (ISM) program (2003-2013).

  • Brown Bag Seminar: Nancy Marksbury

    Feb. 25, 2015, noon
    Hinds Hall 347 - Katzer Room

    Nancy Marksbury is an adjunct professor at St. Joseph’s College, and was formerly the Deputy CIO at Long Island University. Her presentation is titled Computational Thinking and Digital Learning. Abstract:  Futuristic predictions for jobs and workers suggest that automation will replace dozens of job types, rendering low-skilled employment nearly obsolete. The question for higher education now is how to train for skills that do not yet exist. Computational thinking is an explicit philosophy that recognizes computation as a discipline as indispensable as math, science and the humanities. Digital learning is one strategy for implementing computation across the liberal arts curriculum. The talk will review outcomes from funded educational programs, and present a thesis as to why Information Studies programs are well-poised to ensure the grand vision of computational thinking for all.

  • Brown Bag Seminar: Dan Cosley

    Feb. 12, 2015, noon
    Hinds Hall 347 - Katzer Room

    Dan Cosley is Associate Professor of Information Science at Cornell University and will present his talk, "Sharing, social media, and well-being." Cosley will talk about systems he's worked on with colleagues in information science that encourage people to reminisce about and reflect on information they've shared in the past, as well as models he's working on with colleagues in communication and human development to understand how mental health status affects the ways people share and the benefits they get from sharing.

  • Brown Bag Seminar: Norman Makoto Su

    Jan. 30, 2015, noon
    Hinds Hall 347 - Katzer Room

    Norman Makoto Su is Assistant Professor at the School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana Univeristy Bloomington.

  • Brown Bag Seminar: The German “Energiewende” (energy transformation): An Open-Heart Surgery

    Dec. 4, 2014, noon
    347 Hinds Hall (Katzer Room)

    Johann Kranz will deliver a talk entitled “The German “Energiewende” (energy transformation): An Open-Heart Surgery,” which explains Germany’s shift towards a renewables-based energy system and its consequences for the energy supply system, climate change, and the economy. At the end of the talk, an overview on possible IT-based solutions to the manifold challenges of the energy transformation and related research is provided. Kranz (PhD, University of Goettingen, Germany) is an assistant professor of business information systems at the University of Goettingen. He holds a master’s degree in Business Information Systems from the University of Leipzig and master’s degree in business research from the University of Munich. He obtained his PhD in 2011 at the Munich School of Management, University of Munich, and was a visiting scholar at the Columbia University, New York. His primary research interests include Green-IS, IT-service innovations, strategic IT Management, and e-commerce. His research has been published in the Journal of Service Research, Business & Information Systems Engineering, Energy Policy and proceedings of leading information systems and management conferences.

  • Brown Bag Seminar: Sentiment Analysis of Social Media Texts

    Nov. 20, 2014, noon
    Hinds Hall 347 - Katzer Room

    Xiaodan Zhu from Canada's National Research Council will speak on the sentiment analysis of social media texts. Automatically detecting sentiment of product reviews, blogs, tweets, and SMS messages has attracted extensive interest from both the academia and industry. It has a number of applications, including: tracking sentiment towards products, movies, politicians, etc.; improving customer relation models; detecting happiness and well-being; and improving automatic dialogue systems. This talk will begin with an introduction to sentiment analysis and its various forms on the term level, message level, document level, and aspect level. We will then describe in detail the NRC-Canada's approaches, which yielded the overall best performing models in recent SemEval competitions. We will discuss features that had the most impact. Finally, the talk will flesh out limitations of current approaches and promising future directions.

  • Brown Bag Speaker: Bei Yu

    Oct. 30, 2014, noon
    Hinds Hall 347 (Katzer Room)

    Assistant professor Bei Yu will speak on Citation Opinion Retrieval and Analysis.

  • Brown Bag Series: Ellen Voorhees

    April 3, 2014, 12:30 p.m.
    Katzer Room - 347

    Ellen Voorhees is a Computer Scientist in the Information Access Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), She will be presenting on the The Text REtrieval Conference better know as TREC

  • Brown Bag Seminar: Skin Stimulating Technologies

    Feb. 27, 2014, 12:30 p.m.
    Katzer Room - 347

    Skin Stimulating Technologies  Fashion Design for the 22nd Century Fashion is Zeitgeist. Today’s world is characterized by the rapid and constant evolution of technology. It is also characterized by an aging population with a simultaneous decline in birthrates. Keeping the body healthy, strong, and agile is a major concern today with the average lifespan being 67 + years. TÔ Long-Nam is developing fashion garments with ‘Skin Stimulating Technologies’. Smart fabrics and modern technology will be integrated into fashion basics (tank tops, t-shirts, leggings, underwear, socks, etc.) to alleviate our bodies of stressors, ailments, and discomforts caused by common health problems. These basics will possess the abilities to vitalize blood circulation, boost energy, and enhance relaxation and wellbeing. This technology will have the capability to provide the individual with support for their specific health needs within a fashion garment. About TÔ Long-Nam  After working for more than fifteen years in the fashion industry for companies like Lanvin, Valentino, Superfine London and Givenchy, TÔ Long-Nam has decided to take his knowledge and experience in fashion and invest them in a more meaningful way in society. In addition to his own work he is currently teaching the senior fashion class as an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University in the Department of Art and Design.

  • Brown Bag Seminar: Interaction of information flows with dynamic networks

    Feb. 6, 2014, 12:30 p.m.
    Katzer Room - 347

    Interaction of information flows with dynamic networks  Jeff Hemsley - doctoral candidate at the Information School, University of Washington Abstract The diffusion of information can have both positive and negative impacts on commerce, force public officials out of office, and connect people with shared interests. The distributed nature of our digital social networks means that mainstream media and governments have less control over the flow of information and that networks of like-minded individuals can quickly coalesce around issues and grievances to engage in collective action. Although researchers have studied how different network models (e.g. small world (Watts, 2004), preferential attachment (Barabasi, 2003)) affect the flow of information and the relationship between the flow of information and personal influence, few have examined how the specific paths of these flows affect the speed and reach of the information and how these flows and paths can subsequently restructure the network, facilitating the emergence of collective action networks. Current studies have not offered a method for analyzing information flows that can identify those specific flows that are likely to alter network structures.   This dissertation seeks to address these gaps. It proposes a novel approach to measuring changes in network structures and to identifying information flows associated with these changes. This approach is demonstrated using Twitter data drawn from the Occupy Wall Street Movement. The analysis employs social network analysis and regression techniques to differentiate and understand characteristics of these flows and their relationships to changes in the network structure. The findings from this work will provide network scholars with insight into how information flows are shaped by, and in turn shape, the social networks that connect humans, organizations and institutions. Additionally, methods developed in this research can inform future studies by providing an empirical basis for distinguishing between network-altering flows and non-altering flows. Bio Jeff Hemsley is a PhD candidate in the Information School (iSchool) at the University of Washington. He is a computational social scientist, drawing on theories from sociology and communication to study social media. His current research looks at information flows in social media networks, with an emphasis on social movements and political events. He builds tools that collect, curate, visualize and analyze big data sets. He combines social network analysis, econometrics techniques, and computational simulation methods in addressing research questions. Recent research includes the examination of Twitter users’ relationship to place as a factor in the formation of contentious political networks (Hemsley & Eckert, 2014) and the linking behavior of influential political blogs when linking to viral political videos (Nahon & Hemsley, 2013). He is co-author of the book Going Viral (Polity Press, 2013), which explains what virality is, how it works technologically and socially, and draws out the implications of this process for social change. He is a founding member of the Social Media Lab @ UW, which has received RAPID and INSPIRE awards from NSF, an Amazon Web Services in Education research grant award, and a gift from Microsoft Research to support this research.

  • Brown Bag Talk

    Oct. 28, 2013, noon
    Katzer Room 347

    Matthew Lease is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. His talk will focus on Crowdsourcing for information Retrieval; From Statistics to Ethics

  • Brown Bag Talk

    Oct. 14, 2013, noon
    Hinds Hall 347 - Katzer Room

    Hamid R. Ekbia, Indiana University will present “Digital Dilemmas.” Ekbia is associate professor of information science and cognitive science, and the Director of Center for Research on Mediated Interaction at the School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University. Digital technologies have a dual character — empowering, liberating, and transparent, on the one hand, intrusive, constraining, and opaque, on the other. The contemporary individual deals with this duality with a strong sense of ambivalence, doubt, and dilemma. Inundated by computing artifacts, we all see and experience change but cannot understand and articulate it in a coherent manner.

  • Brown Bag Talk - Mike Lauruhn

    Oct. 10, 2013, noon
    Katzer Room 347

    Michael Lauruhn has been working at Elsevier Labs for over 3 years as Disruptive Technology Director. Michael will discuss the emerging role of linked data, taxonomies and metadata in areas of Health Science and Science & Technology publishing. The talk will review additional research areas in the future of research communications. These include issues related to research data curation and reproducibility in science. As a conclusion, Michael will open a discussion on where opportunities for librarians and library science education fit within these areas.

  • Brown Bag Talk: David Kirk

    Sept. 24, 2013, noon
    Hinds Hall 347 - Katzer Room

    David Kirk will present a talk on "Building and Adapting a Global IT Organization" David Kirk is an Executive Director with JPMorgan Chase and is the Head of Technology Globalization. He is responsible for defining the Resource Strategy for the combined Technology Organization at JPMorgan Chase.

  • Brown Bag Seminar: Mining, Understanding, and Modeling Context in Web Search

    Sept. 19, 2013, noon
    Katzer Room 347

    “Mining, Understanding, and Modeling Context in Web Search” By Paul Bennett Abstract Information retrieval has made significant progress in returning relevant results for a single query. However, much search activity is conducted within a much richer context of a current task focus, recent search activities as well as longer-term preferences. For example, our ability to accurately interpret the current query can be informed by knowledge of the web pages a searcher was viewing when initiating the search or recent actions of the searcher such as queries issued, results clicked, and pages viewed. We develop a framework that enables representation of a broad variety of context including the searcher's long-term interests, recent activity, current focus, and other user characteristics. We then demonstrate how that can be used to improve the quality of search results. We describe recent progress on three key challenges in this domain: enriching information retrieval via automatically generated metadata; mining contextual signals from large scale logs; and understanding and modeling the combination of short-term and long-term user search behavior. This talk will present joint work with Nam Nguyen, Krysta Svore, Filip Radlinski, Ryen White, Kevyn Collins-Thompson, Wei Chu, Susan Dumais, Peter Bailey, Emine Yilmaz, Fedor Borisyuk, and Xiaoyuan Cui. Bio Paul Bennett is a Researcher in the Context, Learning & User Experience for Search (CLUES) group at Microsoft Research where he focuses on the development, improvement, and analysis of machine learning and data mining methods as components of real-world, large-scale adaptive systems. His research has advanced techniques for ensemble methods and the combination of information sources, calibration, consensus methods for noisy supervision labels, active learning and evaluation, supervised classification (with an emphasis on hierarchical classification) and ranking with applications to information retrieval, crowdsourcing, behavioral modeling and analysis, and personalization. His recent work has been recognized with a SIGIR 2012 Best Paper Honorable Mention and a SIGIR 2013 Best Student Paper award. He completed his dissertation on combining text classifiers using reliability indicators in 2006 at Carnegie Mellon where he was advised by Profs. Jaime Carbonell and John Lafferty.

  • Brown Bag Talk

    April 12, 2013, 2:30 p.m.
    Innovation Studio Room 011

    Jeff Pomerant a graduate of the iSchool will be returning on April 12 to speak. Jeff will discuss his research trajectory, life post-tenure and for PhD's in the audience some of the tangents that he never expected to go in. He will discuss his forays into open education and online education, including preparing to teach a MOOC.

  • Brown Bag

    March 8, 2013, noon
    347 Katzer Room

    Amy Voida, lecturer in Dept of Communications, Cornell University will give a talk on “Shapeshifters and Bridge Builders: Human-Centered Computing Challenges in the Nonprofit Sector” The nonprofit sector is a unique and compelling context for studying and designing computer and information systems. Not only do nonprofit organizations operate under significant resource and expertise constraints that fundamentally influence technology use, they also chronically underutilize technology when they don’t see a direct connection between that technology and their mission. My research has identified numerous disconnects between existing technologies and the practices of people working on behalf of nonprofits as well as between those technologies and philosophies of the role of voluntary organizations in society. These disconnects present numerous opportunities for novel system design. Amy holds a Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.A.E. in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. Her research has been supported by the Center for Organizational Research at the University of California, Irvine and by the National Science Foundation.

  • Brown Bag Speaker: Richard N Landers

    March 4, 2013, noon
    Katzer Room 347

    Richard N Landers, Assistant Professor, Old Dominion University Landers will discuss two major research projects related to online learning. In the first project, he conducted a psychometric meta-analysis surveying the online learning research literature comparing traditional, web-based, and hybrid adult instruction, finding differences on several key moderators worth exploration. In the second project, he harnessed the power of two technologies recently adapted to the learning context – social media and gamification – to improve learning outcomes for students in all courses in his department. Richard N. Landers is an Assistant Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Old Dominion University. He earned his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2009. His research focuses upon the application of technology to improve employee selection, training and higher education, currently focusing on unproctored internet-based testing, online test security, web-based training

  • Brown Bag Seminar: Responding to Information Overload

    Feb. 1, 2013, 2 p.m.
    347 Hinds Hall (Katzer Room)

    The Brown Bag Lunch Series at the School of Information Studies presents Stephen Voida, Postdoctoral Associate at Cornell University in the Department of Information Science. In Voida’s talk entitled “Responding to Information Overload: Interfaces, Interaction techniques and Context-aware infrastructures,” he will discuss how informational overload affects individuals. Voida will also showcase novel interfaces that combat information overload by managing information in ways that correlate with how the workers currently organize their daily activities.

  • Brown Bag Seminar: Jasmine McNealy

    Jan. 29, 2013, noon
    Hinds Hall 347 - Katzer Room

    The first Brown Bag Lunch Series talk of the semester will feature Jasmine McNealy, Assistant Professor in the communication department of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.   McNealy will discuss her paper “Who owns your friends?” and what happens when employees responsible for managing company social media profiles leave the company.  Who owns the profile and the friends or followers associated with that account? At Syracuse University, McNealy teaches graduate and undergraduate level classes in communication law.  Her research focuses on media law including the areas of privacy, new media, anonymity, intellectual property and telecommunications.

  • Brown Bag Seminar: Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius

    Oct. 25, 2012, noon

    Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius, Ph.D. researcher at the Institute for Information Law (IViR) of the University of Amsterdam will be presenting on “Behavioral Targeting How to Regulate”   His research concerns behavioural targeting and privacy law. The research explores how European regulation could be improved to protect privacy in the context of behavioural targeting.

Upcoming Speakers

  • Brown Bag Speaker Series: Joseph Konstan

    Oct. 3, 2017, 12:30 p.m.
    347 Hinds Hall (Katzer Room)

    Joseph Konstan, Distinguished McKnight Professor & Distinguished University Teaching Professor at the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Minnesota will speak.