System Design and Diagrams

In emergency situations, communication infrastructure may fail. Rally points are often used to reconvene when such failures occur. Mobile ad hoc network technology changes the nature of rally points. Those connecting can move toward an agreed-on location - and stop when they come into radio contact with those who are already connected to the rally point. We have analyzed  through simulation the patterns that occur, and have created a decision aid that will predict how long it will take for large teams of responders to respond. In our current research, we are building higher fidelity radio models and testing alternative heuristics on a variety of starting distributions. We are also examining how multiple rally points might be used in conjunction with communicating couriers.

Publications

Zahner, D., Nickerson, J.V., Tversky, B., Corter, J.E., and Ma, J. A Fix for Fixation? Re-representing and abstracting as creative processes in the design of information systems, Artificial Intelligence in Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing, (eds) Maher, M., Kim, Y.S., and Bonnardel, N., 24, 2, 2010, in press.

Zahner, D.C., Nickerson, J.V., Tversky, B., and Corter, J.E. Playful Exploration to Improve Design, American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, 2010.

Nickerson, J.V. and Yu, L. There's Actually a Car, Perspective taking and evaluation in software-intensive systems design conversations, NSF-sponsored workshop on Studying Professional Software Design, February, Irvine, CA, 2010.

Nickerson, J.V., Tversky, B., Corter, J.E., Yu, L. and Mason, D., Thinking with Networks, Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 2010.

Yu, L., Nickerson, J.V. and Tversky, B., Discovering Perceptions of Personal Social Networks through Diagrams,Seventh International Conference, Diagrams 2010, Proceedings. Springer, LNAI 5223, 2010.

Yu, L. and Nickerson, J.V., Discovering the Perception of Technology through Diagrams, SIGPrag. Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems, 2009.

Nickerson, J.V., Zahner, D., Corter, J.E., Tversky, B., Yu, L., and Rho, Y.J. Matching Mechanisms to Situations through the Wisdom of the Crowd, Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems, 2009.

Nickerson, J.V. and Corter, J.E. Clarity from Confusion: Using intended interactions to design information systems, Proceedings of the Fifteenth Americas Conference on Information Systems, 2009. 

Corter, J.E., Rho, Y., Zahner, D., Nickerson, J.V., and Tversky, B. (2009). Bugs and biases: Diagnosing misconceptions in the understanding of diagrams. Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Nickerson, J.V., Corter, J.E., Tversky, B., Zahner, D., and Rho, Y.J. The spatial nature of thought: Understanding information systems design through diagrams. Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems, Paris, France, December, 2008. 

Olariu, S., and Nickerson, J.V. "A Probabilistic Approach to Integration", Decision Support Systems (45: 4), November, 2008 pp. 746-763.

Tversky, B., Corter, J.E., Nickerson, J.V., Zahner, D., and Rho, Y.J. Transforming descriptions and diagrams to sketches in information system design. In G. Stapelton, J. Howse, & J. Lee (Eds.), Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on the Theory and Application of Diagrams 2008. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

Ben-Zvi, T. and Nickerson, J.V. The Changing Shape of Networks: Experiments in Market Evolution, Proceedings of the 18th Annual Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS), Paris, December 2008.

Corter, J.E., Nickerson, J.V., Tversky, B., Zahner, D., and Rho, Y.J. Using diagrams to design information systems. In B. C. Love, K. McRae, & V. M. Sloutsky (Eds.), Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, (pp. 2259-2264). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society, 2008.

Nickerson, J.V., Corter, J.E., Tversky, B., Zahner, D., and Rho, Y.J. Diagrams as a tool in the design of information systems. In J.S. Gero & A. Goel (Eds.), Design Computing and Cognition '08. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer-Verlag.

Corter, J. E., Nickerson, J.V., Esche, S.K. Chassapis, C. Im, S., Ma, J. "Constructing Reality: A study of remote, hands-on and simulated laboratories", ACM Transactions on Computer Human Interaction (14: 2) Article 7, August, 2007.

Blake, M. B. Sliva, A.L., zur Muehlen, M., and Nickerson, J. V. Binding Now or Binding Later: The performance of UDDI registries, Proceedings of the 40th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2007.

Nickerson, J.V., Corter, J.E., Esche, S.K., and Chassapis, C. "A Model for Evaluating the Effectiveness of Remote Engineering Laboratories and Simulations in Education," Computers & Education, (49:3) 2007, pp. 708-725.

Nickerson, J.V., and zur Muehlen, M. "The Ecology of Standards Processes: Insights from Internet Standard Making," MISQ, (30: Special Issue, August), 2006, pp. 467-488.

Ma, J., and Nickerson, J. V., "Hands-on, Simulated and Remote Laboratories: A Comparative Literature Review", ACM Computing Surveys, (38:3) Article 7, 2006, pp. 1-24.

Nickerson, J.V. "Teaching the Integration of Information Systems Technologies," IEEE Transactions on Education, (49:2) May 2006, pp. 271-277.

Nickerson, J.V. Reconvening after a Break in Communication, Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems, 2006.

Ma, J. and Nickerson, J.V. A Pattern Approach to Understand Group Collaboration in Hands-on and Remote Laboratories, SIGHCI Pre-ICIS HCI Workshop, 2006.

zur Muehlen, M., Nickerson, J.V., and Swenson, K.D. "Developing Web Services Choreography Standards: The case of REST vs. SOAP," Decision Support Systems (40:1) 2005, pp.9-29.

Nickerson, J.V. "The Meaning of Arrows: Diagrams and Other Facets in System Sciences Literature," 38th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2005.

Kamakaris, T. and Nickerson, J.V. "Connectivity Maps: Measurements and applications," Proceedings of the 38th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2005.

Nickerson, J.V., and Skiena, S.S. "Attention and Communication: Decision Scenarios for Teleoperating Robots," Proceedings of 38th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2005.

Nickerson, J.V. "Knowing How to Design Systems," HICSS Workshop on Multi-disciplinary Systems Design Knowledge, 2005.

Nickerson, J.V. "Logical Channels: Using Web Services for Cross-Organizational Workflow," Business Process Management Journal (11:3) 2005, pp.224-236.

zur Muehlen, M., Nickerson, J.V., and Weske, M. "Web Services and Workflow: Composition, Collaboration, Coordination," Proceedings of the 37th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2004.

Corter, J.E., Nickerson, J.V., Esche, S.K., and Chassapis, C. "Remote vs. Hands-on Labs: Immersion, Learning modes, and Student Preferences," Frontiers in Education, 2004, pp. F1G17-21.

Nickerson, J.V., and Reilly, R.R. "A Model for Investigating the Effects of Machine Autonomy on Human Behavior," Proceedings of the 37th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2004.

Nickerson, J.V. "Robots and Humans Reconvening," IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, 2004.

Nickerson, J.V. "Event-based Workflow and the Management Interface," Proceedings of the 36th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, IEEE Computer Society Press, 2003.

Nickerson, J.V., and zur Muehlen, M. "Defending the Spirit of the Web: Conflicts in the Internet Standards Process," Standard Making: A Critical Research Frontier for Information Systems, MISQ Special Issue Workshop, King, J. L., and Lyytinen, K, (eds), Pre-conference workshop at the 2003 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), 2003. pp. 327-343.   

O'Gorman, L., and Nickerson, J.V. "An Approach to Fingerprint Filter Design," Pattern Recognition (22:1) 1989, pp. 29-38.