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 serve as mentors to the new Fellows. Fellows and their mentors participate in MIS 495 and MIS 795, 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 2017-2018 include (click on any of the titles to learn more):
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,
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.