Basser Seminar Series - Enterprise Information Infrastructure (EII) Research Network Seminar

The iPlant Collaborative for Empowering a New Plant Biology: MIS Research Opportunities

Speaker: Professor Sudha Ram
McClelland Professor of MIS, Eller College of Management, University of Arizona

Time: Thursday 14 August 2008, 4:00-5:00pm **Please note different day

Location: The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, Lecture Theatre (Room 123), Level 1


The Plant Science Cyberinfrastructure Collaborative (PSCIC) program is intended by NSF to create a new type of organization – a cyberinfrastructure collaborative for the plant sciences - that would enable new conceptual advances through integrative, computational thinking. To achieve this, we have developed the "iPlant Collaborative" (iPC), a $50 Million project funded by the National Science Foundation. The iPC will be fluid and dynamic, utilizing new computer, computational science and cyberinfrastructure solutions to address an evolving array of grand challenges in the plant sciences. It will be community-driven, involving plant biologists, MIS, computer and information scientists and engineers, as well as experts from other disciplines, all working in integrated teams. The iPC brings together strengths in plant biology, bioinformatics, computer science and high throughput computing as well as innovative approaches to education, outreach, and the study of social networks. In this talk I will describe the principles of the iPlant collaborative and also highlight the MIS research opportunities.

Speaker's Biography

Sudha Ram is McClelland Professor, Management Information Systems in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. She received a B.S. degree in mathematics, physics and chemistry from the University of Madras in 1979, PGDM from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta in 1981 and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in 1985.

Dr. Ram has published articles in such journals as Communications of the ACM, IEEE Expert, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Information Systems, Information Systems Research, Management Science, and MIS Quarterly.

Dr. Ram's research deals with issues related to Enterprise Data Management. Her research has been funded by organizations such as, IBM, Intel Corporation, Raytheon, US ARMY, NIST, NSF, NASA , and Office of Research and Development of the CIA. Specifically, her research deals with Interoperability among Heterogeneous Database Systems, Semantic Modeling, BioInformatics and Spatio-Temporal Semantics, Business Rules Modeling, Web services Discovery and Selection, and Automated software tools for database design. Dr. Ram serves on editorial board for such journals as, Decision Support Systems, Information Systems Frontiers, Journal of Information Technology and Management, and as associate editor for Information Systems Research, Journal of Database Management, and the Journal of Systems and Software, She has chaired several workshops and conferences supported by ACM, IEEE, and AIS. She is a cofounder of the Workshop on Information Technology and Systems (WITS) and serves on the steering committee of many workshops and conferences including the Entity Relationship Conference (ER). Dr. Ram is a member of ACM, IEEE Computer Society, INFORMS, and Association for Information Systems (AIS). She is also the director of the Advanced Database Research Group based at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Ram serves as a consultant to several global companies on global E-Business strategy and technology infrastructure. She also designs, directs and teaches many executive education programs. She also donates her time to providing IT solutions and guidance to non-profit organizations including, the Community Food Bank, Native American Seed Search Program, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, and Tucson Police Department. She received the Joseph Peggs Kalt and Margie Peggs Kalt Award for Mentoring and Doctoral Placement for the second consecutive year in 1999. In recognition of her contributions as a Professor, Scholar, Educator and Community Leadership Dr. Ram was awarded the Andersen Consulting Professor of the Year Award in March 2000. She was nominated for MBA Faculty of the Year Award in 1998 and the Graduate College Teaching and Mentoring Award in 2000. She was awarded Eller Professorship in 2001 and received "Honorable Mention" for the University of Arizona Graduate Education and Mentoring Award in 2001. Recently, she received IBM faculty Development Award and UA Leading Edge Innovator in Research Award in 2007.