2010 Technogenesis Projects - Technology Management
Understanding Social Networks
Do social networks reflect accidental meetings or deeper similarities between people? Do online networks bring new ideas together, or just reinforce old ones? Can social networks be used to predict events, and can events be used to predict the formation of online friendships? In this research we are seeking to answer the above questions. Our work is both observational and experimental. A potential participant can suggest projects that observe what happens on social networks, as well as projects that ask participants to communicate through online networks in predefined ways, to understand better how networks evolve. The ideal participant on this project will have computational skills, and so will be able to write scripts to collect data from electronic networks. The participant will also be interested in psychology, and will want to design and run experiments.
Advisor: Jeff Nickerson
Creativity and Cognition
How do designers come up with new ideas? Are there ways of teaching that will lead to faster design expertise? How do designers represent ideas visually and verbally? This project is trying to understand how designers, and in particular designers of software-intensive systems, make creative decisions. Participants shoulld have an interest in psychology, and well as an interest in some computational discipline.
Advisor: Jeff Nickerson
How can we design innovative radios? How can our designs be easily mapped to rapidly changing hardware? We are looking for someone who has in interest in both radio and in the design tools to create radios. Someone with a background in either hardware or software hacking - that is, creative improvisation in the design of systems - will find this project of interest.
Advisor: Jeff Nickerson
Social Networking in Urban Healthcare
This research brings practical concepts of social networking to a healthcare workforce in the interest of developing skills that will result in more effective interpersonal service and patient care. Several medical centers have consented to serve as field partners for this effort. We will employ a management simulation that synthesizes the tenets of in-basket case analysis, crisis and conflict resolution, and healthcare situational strategy. The outcomes will be quantified with the intention of developing a validated program in enhancing social networking skills in urban healthcare environments. We are looking for one or two motivated students who are interested in being engaged in one of the fastest growing fields in the US.
Project Mentors: Tal Ben-Zvi, Assistant Professor and Donald Lombardi, Director of the Stevens Healthcare Educational Partnership.
Advisor: Tal Ben-Zvi
Stevens Veterans Office Research and Data Analysis
Student Scholar will assist in the research leading to the new strategic plan for the Stevens Veterans Office. The selected student will assist one of the Institute’s fastest growing programs by:
- Identifying emergent trends in Veterans education
- Analyzing retroactively the activity of the SVO since its reactivation in Spring, 2009
- Assisting in the construct of the quantitative rationale for the SVO’s next five year SOP Charter
Project Mentors: D.N. Lombardi, Ph.D., USMC(R), Director of the Stevens Healthcare Educational Partnership & Faculty Liaison, Stevens Veterans Office
The adoption of mobile wireless technologies for healthcare delivery
Research Goal: To participate in research designed to answer the following question: what factors facilitate the adoption of mobile computer and communications devices for healthcare delivery?
Proposed Project: The widespread availability of “smart” phones offers new communications channels as well as new types of applications to support not only clinicians in developed countries such as the U.S., but also countries with much weaker infrastructures. The student choosing this summer project would be conducting her/his own study in a healthcare setting of personal interest—which might include mobile applications in other developed countries (such as Finland) or less-developed countries (such as in Africa). However, the student would also have the opportunity to learn from a research project currently being conducted by the faculty mentors, sponsored by an HSATM/CTMR grant, which is a theory-based study of a variety of mobile technologies that use wireless networks in different point-of-care settings within the U.S.
After choosing a healthcare setting of interest, the student would first become familiar with relevant published literature on this type of technology adoption:
- the kinds of healthcare tasks that can be improved with access to mobile technologies
- the characteristics of the mobile technologies that support these healthcare delivery tasks in particular settings (which might be clinicians in remote clinics)
- other infrastructure characteristics that need to be taken into account (such as Internet access, differences in national healthcare systems) to support the usage of mobile technologies for particular tasks in particular settings.
Then, under faculty mentorship, the student would prepare for and conduct interviews with organizations and individuals who have successfully deployed mobile technologies in the selected healthcare setting to study:
- examples of utilizing mobile technologies (successful or unsuccessful)
- “lessons learned” by those who have adopted or implemented these technologies
The student deliverable will be a written report that summarizes the selected literature reviewed by the student, describes the examples researched, and presents the student’s own findings on task-technology-support issues for the healthcare context of interest. Depending on the student’s own career interests, the results of this summer project could also result in a publication co-authored with the faculty mentors, an opportunity to continue researching in this area after the summer session has ended, and/or an opportunity to gain some related work experience in a relevant industry.
Advisors: Dr. Carol Brown
Dr. Kevin Ryan
Project Portfolio Management: How it is done in practice
Project portfolio management (PPM) has been an interest of many organizations as a way to for them to achieve strategic goals by selecting, prioritizing, allocating resources, assessing, and managing projects, programs, or other related work with respect to their alignment and contribution to the organization’s strategies. While PPM has been researched and practiced for many decades, standard for PPM is in its early stage of development.
As part of a large study on PPM, this specific summer research will focus on the data collection and analysis. By taking part in this research, the student will help the professor collect data in the companies and perform data analysis to identify patterns in project, program, and portfolio management. The student will learn about the PPM practice of the company. A report based on data analysis is an expected deliverable of this research.
Advisor: Dr. Peerasit Patanakul
School of Business
Study of International Trade Imbalances
In today’s global financial turmoil, it is surprising that although trade imbalances exhibit substantial variation, exchange rates seem to be relatively stable. Theoretical papers argue that the solution to this puzzle lies in understanding capital flows and shocks in asset prices. This project will empirically examine the links between asset prices, exchange rates and international risk sharing, generated by international trade in open economies. We will investigate the mechanism of how real exchange rates are affected by equity prices and trade imbalances and we will quantify these effects at an international setting. This study is expected to provide substantial insight into the fluctuation of exchange rates. The results of this project will have a wide applicability to different sectors of the financial industry and are expected, therefore, to be of interest to leading investment banks.
Advisor: Eleni Gousgounis
School of Business