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Online M.S. in Information Systems


One of the main things that sets our program apart is our faculty. We carefully select individuals with the right mix of academic and business experience. Many of our full-time, on-campus faculty also teach in the online program, including Dr. Aryya Gangopadhyay, the Chair of the Department of Information Systems.

Gerald Canfield, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Gerald Canfield

Gerald “Kip” Canfield does research in the areas of Healthcare Informatics and Computing in the Humanities. He is director of the Laboratory for Healthcare Informatics (LHI). His healthcare research emphasizes design and delivery of Clinical Information Systems for patient care and health research. These systems require involvement in the areas of database modeling, computer-supported collaborative work, decision support systems, and networking architecture.

Dr. Canfield’s interests in the humanities include computational lexicography, digital libraries, learning communities, and digital multimedia. His teaching areas are in networking and telecommunications, healthcare informatics, and enterprise IT architecture for business.

Zhiyuan Chen, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director, IS

Zhiyuan Chen

My research covers following areas: Privacy preserving data mining and data management. I am interested in algorithms for preserving privacy of data and at the same time allows accurate analysis of the data. Data Exploration and Navigation. Database users often find it difficult to find useful information from databases. Their queries often return too many irrelevant answers. I am interested in using data mining, navigation, and information retrieval techniques to help user narrow down their scope of search and quickly locate relevant answers. Semantic-based Search and Data Integration Using Semantic Networks. My research develops a technique that uses semantic network to capture relationships between data objects and helps users find related information. The semantic network can also be used in data integration to find relevant data sets to integrate.

Aryya Gangopadhyay, Ph.D. Professor & Chair

Aryya Gangopadhyay

Aryya Gangopadhyay is a professor and the chair of UMBC’s Information Systems Department. He has been a faculty member at UMBC since 1997. His recent courses include Computational Methods in Information Systems Research, Introduction to Data Mining, and Database Management Systems.

Dr. Gangopadhyay’s research interests are in the areas of databases and data mining. Currently, he is focused on privacy preserving data mining, spatio-temporal data mining, and data mining for health informatics. His research has been funded by grants from NSF, NIST, US Department of Education, Maryland Department of Transportation, and other agencies. Dr. Gangopadhyay has published five books and nearly 100 research articles. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems from Rutgers University.

Vandana Janeja, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Vandana Janeja

My area of interest is Data Mining, specifically anomaly detection and spatio-temporal data mining. Overall, my work has focused on advancing theoretical research motivated by practical applications. As a result, I have had the opportunity to participate in the various aspects of high impact and national interest projects with various government agencies and private organizations. My research has always resulted in strong proof of concepts in real world applications with underlying strong theoretical foundations. Most of this work has been possible due to the diligent work of my students. Some of my current students and their ongoing research projects are highlighted in my publications list.

George Karabatis, Ph.D.,Associate Professor & Associate Chair for Academic Affairs

George Karabatis

George Karabatis is an Associate Professor of Information Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He holds degrees in Computer Science (Ph.D. and M.S.) and Mathematics (B.S.). His research interests are on various aspects of database systems, including semantic information integration, and applications for mobile handheld devices. Before joining UMBC he was a Research Scientist at Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore) working on database related research for the telecom industry. His research work has been published in journals (such as Journal of Database Management, Decision Support Systems, Information Systems Frontier, Distributed and Parallel Databases, IEEE Computer), conference proceedings and book chapters.

Anita Komlodi, Ph.D.,Associate Professor

Anita Komlodi

Anita Komlodi is Associate Professor. Dr. Komlodi’s research interests fall in the area of Human-Centered Computing. The first area of concentration is at the intersection of Human-Centered Computing and Information Retrieval/Information Behavior and focuses on the study of Human Information Behavior and the design of user interfaces for information systems. Dr. Komlodi is also interested in the needs of diverse user groups go technology: age, gender, and cultural differences in technology interactions. Dr. Komlodi’s teaching reflects these interests in courses on Human-Centered Computing, Web Design, and User Interfaces for Information Retrieval and Visualization.

Anthony F. Norcio, Ph.D., Professor

Anthony F. Norcio

Dr. Anthony F. Norcio is a has served as the Co-Director (with Dr. Marion J. Ball) of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Health Informatics. Dr. Norcio has served as an external advisor to Pan American Health Organization on computing and health informatics and has served in a similar capacity to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He has also served as a Computer Scientist at the Artificial Intelligence Center of the Naval Research Laboratory; and he has also served as the Scientific Advisor to the Mathematical, Computer, and Information Sciences Division of the Office of Naval Research. Dr. Norcio’s research interests are in the theoretical and applied areas of software/systems design, intelligent users interfaces (including voice systems), and health informatics.

Ant Ozok, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Ant Ozok

My areas of research interest include usability testing, user preferences and Human Computer Interaction (HCI) applications in the domains of World-Wide-Web, mobile computing, electronic and mobile commerce, online communities, and health care. My recent publications appeared in Behaviour and Information Technology, International Journal of Human Computer Interaction, Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, and the Human Computer Interaction Handbook Second Edition. I am currently on the Editorial Board of International Journal of Human Computer Interaction, and Associate Editor of International Journal of Electronic Financeand Electronic Government: An International Journal. My recently funded research is focused on the topics including technology perceptions among middle school students with a gender emphasis supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and investigation of technology-supported medication adherence among the elderly population supported by Erickson Retirement Communities, among others.

Carolyn Seaman, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs and Advising Coordinator

Carolyn Seaman

Dr. Seaman’s research generally falls under the umbrella of empirical studies of software engineering, with particular emphases on maintenance, organizational structure, communication, measurement, COTS-based development, and qualitative research methods. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, a MS in Information and Computer Science from Georgia Tech, and a BA in Computer Science and Mathematics from the College of Wooster (Ohio). She has worked in the software industry as a software engineer and consultant, and has conducted most of her research in industrial and governmental settings (e.g. IBM Canada Ltd., NASA, Xerox).

Dongsong Zhang, Ph.D., Professor & Graduate Program Director, Online MS

Dongsong Zhang

Dr. Dongsong Zhang received a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona. His current research interests include context-aware mobile computing, computer-mediated collaboration and communication, knowledge management, and e-Business. He has published over 130 research articles in journals and conference proceedings, including premier journals such as MIS Quarterly, Communications of the ACM (CACM), Journal of Management Information Systems (JMIS), IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE), IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Decision Support Systems, Information & Management, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, among others. He has received research grants and awards from National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Health (NIH), National Natural Science Foundation of China, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Google Inc., the Royal Society of British, and UMBC, etc.

Lina Zhou, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Lina Zhou

Lina Zhou’s research aims to improve knowledge management and human decision making by designing and developing intelligent technologies. Her current research interests include deception detection, group communication, online social networks, and ontology and the Semantic Web. Dr. Zhou has published over 30 referred papers in journals such as Journal of Management Information Systems, Communications of the ACM, Information & Management, IEEE Transactions, Decision Support Systems, Group Decision and Negotiation, and Small Group Research . She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Database Management, Information System Frontiers,Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, Security Informatics, and International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems.