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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

Deception detection. Terrorism research. Homeland security vs. individual privacy. Knowledge discovery and dissemination. National symposium on Intelligence and Security Informatics from The University of Arizona’s Eller College MIS Department will look at these topics and more

Event seeks to continue advancing national security research in this post-9/11 era while benchmarking significant progress in the field.

TUCSON , Ariz. – May 25, 2004 –The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management MIS Department will host the second National Symposium on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI-2004) June 10-11 at the Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort in Tucson, Arizona.

The symposium—hosted by The University of Arizona, San Diego Supercomputer Center, and the Tucson Police Department—will bring together technical and policy researchers to facilitate communication, community-building, and research between local, state, and federal government agencies, academic researchers, and practitioners.

The past two years have seen significant interest and progress in national security research in the areas of information technologies, organizational studies, and security-related public policy. Similar to medical and biological research, research in the law enforcement and intelligence fields faces the challenge of significant information overload, and yet tremendous opportunity for new innovation. This symposium will build on the momentum of last year’s event by continuing to develop the science of intelligence and security informatics – the study of the use and development of advanced information technologies, systems, and algorithms for national security-related applications, through an integrated technological, organizational and policy-based approach.

Major funding support for ISI-2004 is provided by the National Science Foundation, Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Homeland Security, National Institute of Justice, and The University of Arizona. Symposium chairs are Hsinchun Chen, McClelland Professor of MIS and director of the Artificial Intelligence Lab at The University of Arizona’s Eller College, Reagan Moore of the San Diego Super Computer Center at University of California San Diego, Daniel Zeng, Assistant Professor of MIS at the Eller College, and John Leavitt of the Tucson Police Department.

The event begins with a plenary panel session on June 10 th from 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m., and continues with presentation of papers throughout the afternoon. A highlight of this year’s event occurs the morning of June 11 th from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. A panel on recent trends in terrorism research, “Addressing Contemporary Research Issues in Terrorism: Analytical Approaches, Data and Research Methodologies,” brings international experts on Al Qaeda and terrorism information services together at the same table to present their current work and engage the audience in roundtable discussion. This terrorism research panel and book signing features:

  • Rohan Gunaratna of the Singapore-based Institute for Defense and Strategic Studies and author of national bestseller Inside Al Qaeda
  • Marc Sageman, of the University of Pennsylvania and author of a new book called Understanding Terror Networks

Professor Hsinchun Chen comments, “There is a clear indication of tangible research progress made in the information security field both in depth and coverage. Additionally, new topics of significant practical relevance— including trust management, information assurance, and disease informatics— have emerged. We will again create intellectual discussion among previously disparate communities, all experts in the field.”

Symposium speakers include Art Becker of the Intelligence Technology Innovation Center, Valerie Gregg and Michael Pazzani of the National Science Foundation, Joe Heaps of the National Institute of Justice, and Gary Strong of the Department of Homeland Security.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

Press Contact:
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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