Association for Information Systems SIG on Decision Support and Knowledge Management sponsors International Conference in Kolkata, IN Jan. 2-4, 2007

Kolkata, India, December 26, 2007 -- Computer technologies are changing how companies compete and how academics collaborate. University researchers have organized a conference to share research about "Decision Support for Global Enterprises". This topic is the theme of the 9th International Conference on Decision Support Systems (ICDSS 2007), which will be held in Kolkata, India, January 2-4, 2007. The venue for the conference is the campus of the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta (IIM Calcutta).

The conference is organized by the Association for Information Systems Special Interest Group on Decision Support, Knowledge and Data Management Systems (SIGDSS). The General Co-Chairs of the conference are Ramesh Sharda, Oklahoma State University and Amitava Bagchi, Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta.

Professors Daniel J. Power, University of Northern Iowa, and Uday Kulkarni of Arizona State University are the Program Co-Chairs. Prof. Shashidar Kaparthi, University of Northern Iowa, is Conference Webmaster and Editor of the Electronic Proceedings, published at the conference website,

The purpose of ICDSS 2007 is to promote discussion and interaction among members of the information systems community with research interests in cutting-edge decision support systems. The emphasis is on emerging enterprise decision-making processes, increasing needs for making decisions and reasoning under uncertainty, new infrastructure for decision-making in organizations and society, the role of web technologies, and emerging theories and practices for knowledge management.

The final program includes 54 presentations, a keynote address by Stephen Brobst, Chief Technology Officer of NCR Teradata, a panel on "Decision Support for Public Sector Crisis Response Management in Developing Economies", and a workshop on data warehousing featuring Makrand Jadhav. He heads the North India operations of Teradata (a division of NCR Corporation). There will also be a special session on Wednesday afternoon, January 3, 2007 about the Teradata University Network (TUN) with Mary Gros and Dan Monahan, both of Teradata.

Stephen Brobst is the Chief Technology Officer for NCR's Teradata Division. His expertise is in the identification and development of opportunities for the strategic use of technology in competitive business environments. Over the past sixteen years Stephen has been involved in numerous engagements in which he has been called upon to apply his combined expertise in business strategy and high-end parallel systems to develop frameworks for data warehousing and data mining to leverage information for strategic advantage. Clients with whom he has worked include leaders such as Office Depot, Fidelity Investments, General Motors, Wells Fargo Bank, Wal*Mart, SBC Communications, and many more.

Researchers from both industry and universities will participate in the three-day conference. Participants from more than 60 universities are expected including professors from New York University, Tel Aviv University, Texas A & M, University of Cape Town, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), University of Colorado at Denver, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State (Nigeria), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Administrative Staff College (Hyderabad, India).

The conference program schedule is available at the website or .

The Association for Information Systems ( is the premier global organization for academics specializing in Information Systems. The AIS Special Interest Group on Decision Support, Knowledge and Data Management Systems (SIG DSS) provides networking opportunities for people who conduct research, develop and/or teach about any type of computerized decision support. The AIS SIG DSS website is .

In addition to AIS SIG DSS, Teradata (a division of NCR Corporation) is the Industry sponsor for the conference. The Teradata website is .

IIM Calcutta is a premier global center for management education. IIM Calcutta was established as the first national institute for Post-Graduate studies and Research in Management by the Government of India in November 1961 in collaboration with Alfred P. Sloan School of Management (MIT), the Government of West Bengal, The Ford Foundation and Indian industry. Over the past four decades, IIM Calcutta has become one of Asia's finest Business Schools. Strong ties to the business community help its faculty promote professional management practices in Indian organizations. For more information check .

Conference Schedule
Tuesday, January 2, 2007  
08:30 am to 04:00 pm  Registration 

09:00 am to 09:30 am  Coffee and conversation 

09:30 am to 10:30 am  
T1a. Choice Tools 
T1b. Sources of Success 
10:30 am to 10:45 am  break 

10:45 am to 11:45 am 
T2a. Web Technologies 
T2b. GDSS 
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm 
T3. Theme Session and Conference Welcome 
Session Chair: F. Burstein 
Power, D. J., R. Sharda, and, U. Kulkarni, Understanding Decision 
Support Systems for Global Enterprises
01:15 pm to 02:15 pm  Lunch 

02:30 pm to 03:30 pm  Industry keynote speaker

Stephen Brobst, Chief Technology Officer, NCR Teradata

03:30 pm to 03:45 pm  Break 

3:45 pm to 4:45 pm  
T4a. Case Studies 
T4b. Knowledge-Driven DSS 
05:00 pm to 06:30 pm  Panel 
Session Chair: A. Dutta and S. Sarkar 
Bapna, R., B. Chakrabarti, R. Chattopadhyay, A. Dutta, P. R. Roy, 
and, S. Sarkar, Panel on Decision Support for Public Sector Crisis 
Response Management in Developing Economies 
07:00 pm to 10:00 pm  Dinner 

Wednesday, January 3, 2007  

08:30 am to 04:00 pm  Registration 
09:00 am to 09:30 am  Coffee and conversation 
09:30 am to 10:30 am  
W1a. Enterprise Resource Planning I 
W1b. Frameworks 

10:30 am to 10:45 am  Break 
10:45 am to 11:45 am 
W2a. Enterprise Resource Planning II 

W2b. Financial Decision Making 
11:45 am to 12:45 pm 
W3a. Email and Decision Support 
W3b. Analytical Procedures in DSS 
Session Chair: R. Ramesh 
01:00 pm to 02:15 pm  Lunch 
02:30 pm to 03:30 pm 
W4a. Conceptual Perspectives 
W4b. Knowledge Management 

03:45 pm to 05:00 pm 
W5a. Software Selection 
W5b. Customer Relationship Management 
05:15 pm to 06:30 pm  Mary Gros, NCR Teradata
Teradata University Network 

07:30 pm to 10:00 pm  Conference, dinner and entertainment 

Thursday, January 4, 2007  

09:00 am to 09:30 am  Coffee and conversation 

09:30 am to 10:30 am  
R1a. Model-Driven DSS Concepts  
10:30 am to 10:45 am  Break 

10:45 am to 11:45 am  
R2a. Case Studies 

R2b. Decision Analysis Methods 
12:00 pm to 01:00 pm  Lunch 

01:15 pm to 04:30 pm  Seminar: Data Warehousing 

For more information contact: 
Daniel J. Power, Professor of Management Information
 Systems (319) 273-2987, email: 


Amitava Bagchi, Professor of Management Information 
Systems, Indian Institute of Management - Calcutta, email:

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