An important part of college education is learning how to do research according to the standards and methods of your chosen field of study and academic discipline. Employers and graduate and professional schools increasingly are looking for college graduates with strong research, writing, analytical, and communication skills. Nothing helps you hone those skills more than working on a faculty-mentored, independent project. Choose any topic area to learn more:
2022-2023 Research Projects
For the past decade (2012-2022), the McDevitt Center has supported a series of interdisciplinary Information Systems (IS) research projects that are associated with ‘Grand Challenges’—areas of enduring interest, of critical importance, worthy of serious scholarship and investigation, and appropriate venues for long-term interdisciplinary research, programming, investment, and exploration. ‘Grand Challenges’ also encompass research themes and questions that have the potential to advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines and promote human wellness and sustainability. McDevitt Information Systems (IS) Research Fellows work closely with a Le Moyne faculty mentor while conducting hands-on research in Information Systems, either on campus at Le Moyne or in the field. Graduated McDevitt IS Research Fellows also serve as mentors to the new Fellows.
Fellows and their mentors participate in MIS 471/771, a Research Methods course, and in research seminars led by the McDevitt Distinguished Chair in Information Systems. Fellows present their research; collaborate with their mentors, research team members and sponsors; and discuss their progress in this class. McDevitt IS Research Fellows also share their knowledge, skills and abilities with the wider community and represent the College on- and off-campus. McDevitt IS Research Fellows then complete their research in the MIS 499, Honors in Information Systems, or MIS 799, Master’s Thesis. The 2022-2023 McDevitt IS Research Fellows and their projects include:
- Wearable Augmented Reality Technology Evaluation (Danny Kelly ’23, MSIS ’24, with Staten Island Ferry--JP Rancy ’16, MSIS’17 SU PhD ‘23—Mentor, Le Moyne Pre Doctoral Fellow)
- Critical Infrastructure Resource Allocation for Arctic Emergency Response (Prof Grabowski, Nolan Hillhouse ‘23, NSF Navigating the New Arctic Project with Clemson University, University of Alaska Anchorage, North Carolina State University)
- Unmanned Aerial Systems for Real-time Manufacturing & Logistics Inventory Control (J. McGarvey ’24, with Shane Stockhauser ’13 MBA ‘18/McIntosh Box &; Pallet, Syracuse, NY)
- Machine Learning Models for Natural Disaster Risk Analytics (Samantha Livingston ‘23, Prof Mehmet Kilinc, with Eddie Harper ’03, Tim Riley, Statewide Underwriting Services, Schenectady, Beacon, NY)
- Unmanned Aerial Systems in Resilient Arctic Communications Architectures (Prof Grabowski, 1 student, with US Coast Guard, Alaska Center for Unmanned Systems Integration (ACAUSI)/Fairbanks, AK; MITRE Corporation/Colorado)
- Sentiment Analysis for Municipal Cybersecurity Surveillance Systems (Dilpreet Arora,, with Prof Yue Han, City of Syracuse Surveillance Technology Task Force)
2021-2022 Research Projects
The research projects and the McDevitt IS Research Fellows pursuing the projects in 2021-2022 include:
- Wearable Augmented Reality Technology Evaluation (With Staten Island Ferry--JP Rancy ’16, MSIS’17 SU PhD ’22; Le Moyne Pre Doctoral Fellow ’21-‘23)
- Emergency Response in the Arctic (NSF Navigating the New Arctic Project with Clemson University, U of Alaska Anchorage, NC State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
- Personal Wearable Health Monitoring Systems (Diego Delgado ’22)
- Health Information Systems Cybersecurity (Liam Wenk ’22, with Shawn O’Reilley ‘94/CISO, Upstate Medical University)
- Autonomous Systems Design (Danny Kelly ’24, with GM/Detroit)
- U.S. Navy Predictive Analytics Project (Brent McKeown ’21 MSIS ’22; Sam Salupo ’23, with US Navy Commander Naval Surface Forces, Naval Safety Center, San Diego, CA)
- Evaluating Adaptive Resilient Arctic Communications Architectures (Gwen Morgan MBA ’22, William Bilow ’22, with US Coast Guard, Alaska Center for Unmanned Systems Integration (ACAUSI)/Fairbanks, AK; MITRE Corporation/Colorado)
- Municipal Cybersecurity Surveillance Systems (Ilyasah Long- Hamilton ’22).
2019-2020 Research Projects
McDevitt IS Research Fellows also share their knowledge, skills and abilities with the wider community and represent the College on- and off-campus. The 2019-2020 research projects, Fellows and mentors include:
- Wearable, Immersive Augmented Reality Technology Evaluation, with the New York City Department of Transportation/Staten Island Ferry and the Maritime Institute of Training and Graduate Studies (MITAGS simulator), Linthicum Heights, MD (Michael Young ’21, JP Rancy ’16, MSIS’17 SU PhD ‘21—Mentor)
- Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), Real Time Location Systems Technology Integration in Remote Settings/GE Worldwide Material Status Application Project with GE Power Systems, Schenectady, NY (Ethan Sellevold ’21, Ian McDonnell ‘98/GE, Ryan Colasurdo/GE, Jakub Kulakowski ’19 --Mentor)
- Resource Allocation for Arctic Emergency Response, with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, North Carolina State University, University of Alaska Anchorage (Danny Della Posta ’19 MSIS ’20--Mentor), and
- Wearable Augmented Reality Displays and Unmanned Aerial Systems in Municipal Firefighting, with City of Syracuse and the Syracuse Firefighters (Sam Edelstein/City of Syracuse, CAPT Tim Gleeson/Syracuse Firefighter Chief; JP Rancy (Mentor); Aaron Rowen (Mentor); Mykayla Cleary ’19 MSIS ‘20 (Mentor); Danny Della Posta ’19 MSIS ‘20 (Mentor), Kristi Gloude ‘20).
2018-2019 Research Projects
McDevitt Information Systems (IS) Research Fellows work closely with a Le Moyne faculty mentor while conducting hands-on research in Information Systems, either on campus at Le Moyne or in the field. Graduated McDevitt IS Research Fellows also serve as mentors to the new Fellows. Fellows and their mentors participate in MIS 471/771, a Research Methods course with bi-monthly research seminars led by the McDevitt Distinguished Chair in Information Systems; in the seminar, Fellows present their research, collaborate on their findings, and discuss their progress. McDevitt IS Research Fellows also share their knowledge, skills and abilities with the wider community and represent the College on- and off-campus. The research projects and the McDevitt IS Research Fellows pursuing the projects in 2018-2019 include:
- Wearable, Immersive Augmented Reality Technology Evaluation (JP Rancy '16, MSIS '17, Syracuse University PhD student; McDevitt IS Research mentor)
- Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), Real Time Location Systems Technology Integration in Remote Settings/GE Next Gen Plant Installation and Commissioning Technology Assessment (PICTA) Project (Jakub Kulakowski '20)
- Large-Scale Heterogeneous Data Analysis/Wencor Corporation (Auyen Gai '19 (mentor), Necdet Gurkan MSIS '20)
- Framework for Corporate Social Responsibility Audits in Global Logistics Supply Chain (Jackie Greer '19)
- Impact of Wearable Neurological IoT Real Time Monitoring (Rosangel Garcia '19)
- Big Data and IoT Architecture for Blood Pressure Monitoring (Trevor Thompson) MSIS '19)
- Natural Language Interfaces & Electronic Medical Record Interoperability/Upstate Medical U. (Mykayla Cleary '19)
Augmented Reality Technology Evaluation for the Staten Island Ferry
JP Rancy '16 MSIS '17, with members of the Ferry Safety Technology Committee aboard the Staten Island Ferry in May 2017.
McDevitt IS Research Fellows Ana Martinez '20 and Alyssa Crane '18 will be studying the impact of augmented reality and Google Glass technology on Staten Island Ferry operators in academic year 2017-2018.
Unmanned Aerial Systems, Technology Integration in Remote Settings Research
UAS, Technology Integration in Remote Locations Team Members: Chris Burton (GE Power), Sam Gangi ’18, Ian McDonnell ’98 (GE Power), Ryan Colabufo (GE Power), Travis May ’18, June 2017
Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are remote-controlled aviation units that operate autonomously or under human control in support of exploration, data gathering, surveillance, reconnaissance, and other missions requiring remote technology support. Often, UAS are operated by a crew of aerial vehicle operators (AVOs), who fly the vehicle, and data operators, who maintain the devices, and collect and analyze the data in and during flight (Waharte, Trigoni & Julier, 2009). UAS autonomy is increasingly prevalent, particularly when UAS are used in remote, hostile, infrastructure-poor or difficult to access locations. Key to effective UAS operation are collaborative operational architectures such as swarm formations, which are often used to provide collective power, intelligence and communication capability. The effectiveness of UAS architectures and operations can be impacted by weather and environmental conditions, operator capabilities and interactions with the unmanned systems, as well as by technical and collaboration factors that influence how and if the UAS can be effectively used in remote and/or infrastructure-poor settings.
In 2017-2018, McDevitt IS Research Fellows focused on activities and deliverables for an 8-month GE – Le Moyne pilot study to evaluate the contribution of and potential for a next generation autonomous technology integration project for ‘inside the gate’ Digital Logistics Management (DLM); the project incorporates a host of next generation integrated sensors and technology for GE Power plant installation and commissioning (I&C) activities:
• Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) --single and swarm UAS, with autonomy, power sharing, communication/configuration capabilities, and resilience in loss of power or connectivity,
• Real-time location systems (RTLS), including GPS and radio frequency identification (RFID) sensors and integration,
• Hands-free technology—including voice-interactive and wearable technology that is location-independent and context-aware, and
• Data analytics and performance metrics, and links to GE’s analytics platform Predix, machine learning and IIoT sensors/data that address the project and technology ‘so what’/impact questions.
A 3-task project was identified, with Requirements, Architecture and Tradeoff Study activities. In Fall 2017, McDevitt IS Research Fellows Travis May ’18 and Sam Gangi ’18 completed their Literature Reviews, and identified research gaps and questions that frame their research. Agile user stories were developed to identify system requirements, and a draft technology architecture was delivered in December 2017. In Spring 2018, Travis and Sam developed a project architecture and a prototype technology demonstration. Face-to-face meetings at GE Power Systems in Schenectady in June and December 2017 supplement monthly project Skype calls throughout the project. Sam and Travis continued their interface with public and private research groups; and gave presentations to College and community members; they will present their Honors theses and present on Le Moyne’s Scholars Day in April 2018.
In 2018-2019, McDevitt IS Research Fellows will continue UAS research begun in 2016-2018, undertaking projects exploring the use and impact of integrated sensors, technologies and systems, including UAS, for logistics, search and rescue, oil spill response, and humanitarian missions in remote and infrastructure-poor settings. IS Research Scholars will submit IRB applications as required for their research, extending previous Le Moyne 2016-2017 IRB approved protocols.
Large-Scale Heterogeneous Data Analysis & Visualization Research
Anthony Brock ’18 presents his research on Heterogeneous Large Data Analysis & Visualization, November 2017
Ventech Solutions, Inc. (Columbus, Ohio; Baltimore, MD) is developing a Contract Data Analytics Project (CDAP), which is intended to improve government contracting and procurement practices. CDAP is an integrated software package that converts paper documents, images, drawings and PDFs to data; Le Moyne College In 2017-2018 McDevitt IS Research Fellows Anthony Brock and Ayuen Gai utilized data cleansing, validation and visualization techniques in support of the CDAP Big Data project to perform data analytics, and generate dashboard views and visualizations to enhance federal contracting representatives’ ability to make informed decisions. This project requires engagement with the CDAP product manager and development teams to collect and validate requirements, evaluate applicable commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products, build and demonstrate prototype models, and document findings.
McDevitt IS Research Fellow Ayuen Gai ’19 presents his research on Data Visualization For Large-Scale Heterogeneous Data in November 2017.
In Fall 2017, Ayuen Gai ’19 and Anthony Brock ’18 completed their Literature Reviews, identifying Big Data and Large-Scale Data Visualization research gaps and questions, as a prelude to their work with Ventech. Agile user stories for the CDAP project were developed and reviewed by Ventech, and a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) data visualization analysis was delivered to Ventech in November 2017. An on-campus meeting on December 6th, 2017 focused on the Fall 2017 work effort, and the planned wireframe and visualization dashboard prototypes to be developed and analyzed in Spring 2018. Although data access and interface to the Ventech Amazon Web Services (AWS) instance were to be provided in Fall 2017, this data never arrived, due to contractual difficulties at the Ventech work sites. As a result, Anthony and Ayuen’s work in Spring 2018 focused on evaluating the wireframes they developed, using visualization metrics they identified in their agile user stories. A face-to-face meeting with Ventech on December 6, 2017 framed Anthony and Ayuen’s Spring 2018 efforts, as they continued their presentations to College and community members. They will defend their Honors theses and present on Le Moyne’s Scholars Day in April 2018.
Health IT Interoperability
McDevitt IS Research Fellow Greg Kelly ’18 prsesents his research on health information technology interoperability,
As part of the McDevitt IS Research Seminars, 2 November 2017
McDevitt IS Research Fellow Greg Kelly ’18 is developing a framework for sharing health information among heterogeneous electronic medical records (EMRs), a goal for health information systems sharing made more important by recent federal and state initiatives to promote meaningful use of patient and population health information. Leveraging earlier work in health IS standards and ontologies, Greg’s research blends open systems, data sharing and integration research, following the International Standards Organization (ISO)’s Open Systems Interconnect (OSI) reference model for networked systems. In Fall 2017, Greg completed his Literature Review, interviewed domain experts, and developed an initial ontology and layered architecture to promote data sharing among EMR vendors and systems. Greg completed initial review and a business intelligence (BI) analysis of state and federal legislative and policy efforts to promote interoperability, and explored the use of synthetic patient data simulators as a method for analyzing the effectiveness of interoperability architectures.
In Spring 2018, Greg mapped his interoperability architecture to the OSI model layers, and anchored his analysis in a case study of an existing Health IT products, evaluating his proposed interoperability framework using a combination of network and interoperability metrics. Greg continued to present his research to the College community, including to Scholarship Visitation Day students on February 26, 2018. He will present his Honors thesis in April 2018 and his research on Le Moyne’s Scholars Day in April 2018.
Trust, Transparency & Technology Acceptance in Safety-Critical Systems
McDevitt IS Research Fellows Sadina Mehmedovic and Irfan Tihic present their research on Trust, Transparency and Technology Acceptance in Safety-Critical Systems, 28 November 2017
New technology introduction presents a host of new challenges and questions, particularly when the setting involves safety-critical systems where untoward events could result in economic or environmental damages, loss of life or personnel injury, or damage to systems and organizations. In 2017-2018, McDevitt IS Research Fellows Sadina Mehmedovic and Irfan Tihic explored the impact of safety-critical technology in manufacturing and healthcare settings. In Fall 2017, Sadina and Irfan completed their Literature Reviews and developed a research framework that addresses shortcomings in previous research studies, focusing on the role of trust and transparency in safety-critical systems, particularly the importance of culture and people’s ethical approaches, variables that have not been well studied. Irfan and Sadina attended the Fall 2017 National Academies’ Marine Board/Transportation Research Board meeting in Washington, DC on November 7, 2017, synthesizing national and international research results with their research framework and planned analyses.
Irfan and Sadina’s research was approved by the Le Moyne College Institutional Review Board (IRB) in February 2018, and they gathered data from 5 different organizations, from a total of 60 subjects. In Spring 2018, Sadina and Irfan finalized their data analysis, presented their results to students at the College’s Scholarship Visitation Day on February 26, 2018, and will defend their Master’s theses in April 2018, following their presentation at Scholars Day in April 2018.
Resource Allocation for Arctic Search and Rescue (RAASAR)
Steven Middleton ’16 Marketing/Information Systems
Jonathan Martial ’17 Political Science/Philosophy minor
The objective of the Resource Allocation for Arctic Search and Rescue (RAASAR) research is to create and implement novel information systems and operations research models and algorithms in order to allocate scarce resources (e.g., personnel, equipment, vessels or aircraft) to effectively respond to search and rescue (SAR) incidents in the Arctic. SAR incidents require the effective allocation of resources to search different areas using a variety of techniques in order to maximize the probability of success in responding to the SAR incident. This allocation is complicated in the Arctic due to the scarcity of supporting infrastructure for the SAR response and the remoteness of potential SAR incidents.
The project will take a two-stage approach to examining resource allocation challenges for Arctic SAR. The first phase of the project will focus on creating new information systems and operations research approaches for modeling resource allocation for a specific Arctic SAR incident by modeling the differences (e.g., lack of infrastructure and remoteness) compared to traditional SAR. This phase will include
- working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center for Arctic Maritime Domain Awareness at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA);
- review and analysis of previous SAROPS efforts and tools;
- working with U.S. Coast Guard District 17 in Anchorage/Juneau, Alaska, U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area Command7 in Alameda, California, and U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. to identify the unique characteristics of Arctic SAR; and
- coordinating systems development life cycle (SDLC) requirements with the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center in Stonington, CT.
These approaches will be validated on a common operational scenario focused on a passenger vessel adrift in the Bering Sea. The second phase of the project will then incorporate the response model into a large-scale infrastructure expansion model that can help to determine where to provide infrastructure to improve SAR capabilities across the Arctic. Phase 2 efforts can model resource allocation needs and bottlenecks given a desired SAR response capability/threshold, as well as model the effectiveness across potential SAR incidents, given a fixed budget and/or resources.
Wearable Immersive Augmented Reality (WIAR) Systems
Jean-Phillipe Rancy ’16 Management & Leadership/ Information Systems
The 2015-2016 McDevitt Undergraduate Research Fellows in Information Systems research in WIAR will focus on evaluating the contribution of WIAR systems to decision making with incomplete, uncertain and incomplete information. Earlier work developed a prototype Google Glass application for shipboard navigation; in 2015-2016, the MURFIS scholar will test the prototype application in a shipboard simulator in the United States and in Australia. A Systems Requirements Specification (SRS) will define the application programming interfaces (APIs) required between the Google Glass application and the ship simulator. The MURFIS Scholar is scheduled to present this research at the E-Navigation Underway conference in New York City on 30 September 2015, and a journal article co-authored by the MURFIS scholar is currently under review. Alternative WIAR technology will also be evaluated during 2015-2016, as new technology is introduced with advanced augmented reality functionality and system performance. In addition, the use of augmented reality projection displays will be investigated in order to develop a research plan comparing projected vs. wearable immersive augmented reality displays.
MURFIS Scholar Visits the University of Tasmania to Further Research
Jean-Phillipe Rancy ’16 Management & Leadership/ Information Systems
Jean-Phillipe Rancy and McDevitt Distinguished Chair in Information Systems Martha Grabowski recently visited the University of Tasmania, spending several days in the university's ship simulators, working on the interfaces between the Google Glass ship navigation application and the simulator. The simulator staff gave them a scenerio with snow and iceburgs as Rancy drove the ship simulator in Sydney Harbor.
Research in Wearable, Immersive Augmented Reality (WIAR)
Google Glass Research. Professor Grabowski, the McDevitt Distiguished Chair in Information Systems, was named a Google Glass Explorer in November 2013.
In academic year 2013-2014, thirteen Business, Information Systems, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science and Physics/MS Electrical Engineering students explored research questions in wearable, immersive augmented reality (WIAR) with Google Glass; the use of Glass in emergency medicine; Big Data applications in financial systems; research challenges in complementary and alternative medicine; and requirements for next generation emergency management systems.
The McDevitt Information Systems Scholars developed Glass applications for visual and performing arts, virtualization and alternative user interfaces (holograms, laser keyboards). Here, team members Gabe Adams Computer Science ’18; Morgan Thomas Physics/MS Engineering ’16; Jean-Philippe Rancy Management – Leadership/Information Systems ’16 and Steve Weiter Computer Science ’15 work on the Glass virtualization application.
Jean-Philippe Rancy ‘16 is exploring the use of Google Glass for ship navigation. Rancy and Professor Grabowski’s work will be presented at an electronic ship navigation conference in 2015-2016 and their work has been submitted for journal publication. The Glass navigation application will be evaluated in a ship’s simulator at the Australian Maritime College in Tasmania as part of the Australian Ports Project in 2015-2016.
Jean-Philippe Rancy ’16 presents his Honors in Information Systems thesis ‘Augmented Reality for Maritime Navigation’ on Scholars Day, April 17, 2015.
Research in Large-Scale Resource Allocation Systems – Arctic Oil Spill Response
Christopher Rizzo ’15 developed an Arctic Oil Spill Response logistics database using a variety of public data
sources and input from an oil spill response organization on the North Slope and the U.S. Coast Guard. Rizzo gathered data and interviewed domain experts during a trip with Professor Grabowski to the Oil Spill Technology Research conference hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the U.S. Department of Interior’s/Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) in March 2015 in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Christopher Rizzo ’15 presents his Honors in Information Systems thesis ‘‘Resource Allocation Database Research for Arctic Oil Spill Response’ on Scholars Day, April 17, 2015
Research on the Implications of Arctic Energy Exploration and Development on Marine Transportation
Dara Degenarro ’15, McDevitt IS Scholar, and Professor Martha Grabowski, McDevitt Distinguished Chair in Information Systems, at Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska on 13 November 2013 after briefing DeGenarro’s research on Arctic Marine Shipping challenges.
Travis Graig ’17 and CDR Paul M. Stocklin, USCG, Director of Oil Spill Response for U.S. Coast Guard District 17 in Juneau, Alaska, 9 December 2014. Graig ’s research explored the impact of Arctic sea ice decline and Arctic energy exploration and development activities on marine transportation. Graig worked with Dr. Greg Lepak and Professor Grabowski to analyze vessel traffic data through the Bering Strait from 2012-2015. Graig presented his Honors Thesis on May 1, 2015.
Rizzo and Graig’s research was submitted for journal publication, and their research will be presented to the U.S. Department of the Interior/Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s Offshore Oil and Gas Regulators conference in 2015.