On this page you will find the most current projects we are working on. Some of the fields in which projects are occuring are listed below.
As a starting point, we are proposing the following three research threads.
Process Mining and Process Efficiency Research that goes beyond the current data mining research and investigates the interesting area of process mining for process improvement. The main idea is to discover the actual processes through analysis of activity logs and determine major botlenecks in business processes.
Computer Aided Consulting Practice to help small but smart enterprises because they do not have the resources to do anything. For example, Wouter and Amjad did a short consulting assignment with a small town in Maryland that wanted to be "Smart" but did not even have teh funds to develop a simple funding proposal. Our idea is to first start with COPA and then investigate other opportunities.
ICT4D (ICT for Development) Global Center at HU for ICT hubs that are being deployed in small islands and developing states around the globe for health, education, public safety and public welfare. The IBM Machine at HU is already serving as the Global Center for World Hypertension League hubs in Haiti and Jamacia, and for the Education Hub in Tanzania. These hubs are being managed by ISEM graduates and can provide excellent visibility to HU and outstanding training ground for HU students to be HUB Masters for different sectors in different sectors in different countries.
This small research thread goes beyond the current data mining research and investigates the interesting area of process mining for process improvement. Simply stated, "Process Efficiency is the capability of human resources to carry out a certain process (e.g., a business activity) in teh way that ensures minimized consumption of effort and energy." Most enterprises in teh public and private sectors need to improve their processes to compete but do not have the technical and human expertise to investigate and improve the efficiency of their current environment. Our objective is to establish a research, training, and consulting practice at HU on process improvement by exploiting the highly innovative area of process mining by using the following approach:
Study of Process Mining: Determine how to discover the actual process through analysis of activity logs and determine the major bottlenecks in business process. For example, what types of tools and techniques can be used to analyze the audit trails of a workflow management system or the transaction logs of an enterprise resource planning system to discover modesl describing processes, organizations, and products.
Develop single gamified models to study the impact of a change and to determine how processes can be optimized through automatization.
Determine the commercially available tools that can be used to establish a small prototype of a "Process Optimizer" based on process mining.
Computer Aided Consulting is a highly effective practice in developing countries because they lack financial and technical resources to conduct feasibility studies, develop detailed plans, and deploy complex ICT-based systems (the failure rates of ICT projects in developing countries are about 85%.) The objective of this research thread is to extend this practice to help small but smart enterprises in the United States and other countriesbecause they also have similar problems. As mentioned previously, we did a short consulting assignment with a small town in Maryland that wanted to be "Smart" but did not even have the knowledge to develop a simple funding proposal. The investigators will do the following to launch this practice:
With the help of students, develop a funding repository that shows what type of govt funds are available to help small towns and business for economic development and other services in health, education, public safety and public welfare.
Investigate opportunities for computer aided consulting on COPA. We will also use our UN contacts to explmore opportunities in developing countries to offer an HU-based computer adided consulting services to "smart town" projects (for example, China has embarked on over 300 smart towns).
We will use and, if needed, extend a powerful computer aided planningm, engineering and management platform to launch this practice. This platform, already in use in the UN projects, can conduct a feasibility study, generate a funding proposal, and also produce a working portal within an hour. This platform is already being used in ISEM500 (strategic planning) and ISEM 540 (Enterprise Integration) courses at HU.
A large number of ICT hubs are being deployed in small islands and developing countries around the globe for health, education, public safety and public welfare. These hubs operate at rurual, regional, and national levels and need to communicate with a Global ICT4D Center for providing expert help and analysis. For example, telemedicine hubs in Haiti focusing on Hypertension in Haiti could communicate with Regional/National Hubs (Hospitals) in Scotland and Holland, with a Global Center in Harrisburg. The IBM Machine at HU is already serving as the Global Center for World Hypertension League hubs in Haiti and Jamacia, and for an Education Hub in Tanzania. These hubs are being managed by ISEM gradutes and can provide excellent visibility to HU and outstanding training ground for HU students to be Hub Masters for different sectors in different countries.
The investigators (Amjad and Wouter) with the help of one student can easily etend teh lessons learned so far to extedn our current HU-IBM Machine to make it a Global ICT4D Center that is the central focus for all the hubs around the globe. At present, no Global Center for such hubs exists but the need was disucssed in a recent UN meeting on Sept 22, 2016. HU may need to invest a small amount per hub for the infrastructure cost, all other costs will be paid by the UN projects.