Workshops

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INDUSTRY WORKSHOP

Codeless Data Analytics and Generative AI with KNIME
In this workshop, we will introduce KNIME Analytics Platform, an open-source free tool for codeless data analytics and AI. We will give examples of how the platform can be used for making sense of data: what is the geospatial impact of hurricanes, how to calculate CO2 emissions transparently, and how to perform fraud detection with generative AI.

No background in KNIME, data analytics, or AI is required to follow the topics in this workshop.

ABSTRACTS

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2024

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2024
DATES AND TIMES COMING SOON

SIG LEAD – Next Generation IS Leaders – Roles for Educational Institutions and Professional Associations

Workshop Leaders:

  • Stéphane Gagnon, Dept. of Admin. Sciences, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
  • Jeff Angle, Academic and Workforce Develop, ISACA, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Anitha Chennamaneni, Computer Information Systems, Texas A & M University Central Texas, Killeen, Texas, USA
  • Kalle Lyytinen, Design & Innovation, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • Yoshimasa Masuda, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Keio University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Sam Zaza, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA

AMCIS participants are invited to discuss how recent business and technology trends are creating new requirements for IS leadership competencies. Our focus is on the IS educational offering, ranging from traditional degree programs to microcredentials and certifications. We ask how our evolving IS education helps professionals and executives prepare for leadership positions, and what IS program leaders can do to increase the number of excellent IS leaders. Panelists will address related educational trends such as: ACM-AIS IS2020 curriculum, AACSB MaCuDe report, Canadian BTM initiative, ISACA’s renewal for academic partnerships, new AI-focused executive roles (e.g., OMB Executive Order to hire 100’s of Chief AI Officers throughout federal agencies), and many more. Participants will be invited to propose initiatives for AIS communities to consider, and especially ensure they build upon academic and professional organizations.

The 6th Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) Workshop for IS Research

Workshop Leaders:

  • YoungKi Park, Information Systems and Technology Management, George Washington University, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
  • One-Ki Daniel Lee, MSIS, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Information and digital technologies have become tightly interconnected with organizational and environmental elements, together making a complex system that often exhibits nonlinear, discontinuous change. In digital disruption and transformation, adjustment/development of IT systems can trigger drastic changes where the whole socio-technical system can change radically and possibly shift to new equilibriums.

In such complex dynamics, the role of information and digital technologies can be better understood as an element of the whole system rather than as a separate independent variable. While the variance perspective has been dominant in IS research, interest has recently resurged in the systems perspective to model this complexity. A systems perspective focuses on wholes comprising parts and the conjunctions among conditions in making outcomes of interest.

Qualitative comparative analysis (QCA), a research approach to build a configurational theory has been increasingly adopted by IS researchers in investigating complex digital phenomena from a systems perspective. QCA integrates the strengths of both case-oriented qualitative methods and variable-oriented quantitative methods.

This is 6th QCA workshop at AMCIS that will foster discussion about how QCA can help IS researchers build novel theories, right ways to apply QCA, and new techniques that can help IS scholars apply QCA to diverse research topics.

Analyzing Change Over Time: Latent Growth Modelling

Workshop Leaders:

  • Jignya Patel, Florida Institute of Technology, USA
  • Jeffrey P. Kaleta, App State University, USA

Several phenomena in IS, such as the diffusion of IS or trust development, require scholars to capture the dynamic effect of a variable’s longitudinal trajectory and how the relationship between two variables changes over time. Capturing these effects requires scholars to use longitudinal data analysis techniques. This workshop will cover the topic of latent growth modeling (LGM), an extension of structural equation modeling used to estimate growth trajectories within a longitudinal study framework. LGM focuses on modeling developmental trajectories (whether the slope is significantly increasing or decreasing) and mapping patterns of change of latent variables over time, thus allowing researchers to analyze how processes or behaviors evolve. This modeling approach advances the more common examination of latent variable relationships using cross-sectional data. For IS scholars, this is particularly relevant for studying topics such as user behavior modifications or the long-term impacts of IT policies. This workshop, led by Jignya Patel (Florida Tech) and Jeffrey P. Kaleta (Appalachian State University), offers a unique opportunity to gain practical skills and insights that can enhance research and teaching on time evolving phenomenon.

SIG ITProjMgt – Project Reality: Powering a Hybrid State of Work Through the Project Manager

Workshop Leader:

  • Carol McGuire, Miami University (Ohio), Oxford, Ohio, USA

Agile is the latest in a long line of evolutionary mindsets and methods promising to ‘fix’ our way of work.  However, organizations stumble in their adoption despite the strong frameworks and trusted consulting firms they rely on to successfully transform.  Less is discussed about the compounding factor in transformation efforts – the lack of recognition that firms must exist in multiple ways of work.  With few exceptions, companies find themselves continuously moving between agile and traditional ways of work, creating a hybrid, rather than an agile state of work. This workshop explores a prominent area of business life affected by the hybrid state of work – projects and project managers.  We explore how project work transforms in the hybrid state and how those in traditional project manager roles are essential to success.  We’ll introduce a model which gives project managers a process, tool, and coaching construct to navigate the complexity of hybrid work.  Workshop attendees will benefit from a highly interactive exchange of ideas and practical experiences led by a subject matter expert representing organizational design consulting and technology management.  At the conclusion, attendees will receive a copy of the Hybrid Project Incubator model along with five model – based tactics they can use in practice or to further their own research.

Leveraging AI in SAP Environments: Transformative Strategies for Data-Driven Insights and Efficiency

Workshop Leader:

  • Sachin Sharma, UMSL, Cumming, Georgia, United States, ss2tk@umsystem.edu SAP S/4HANA Greenfield Implementation, SAP America, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

In a time when digital transformation depends heavily on Artificial Intelligence (AI), SAP/ Enterprise System environments are poised to undergo a revolutionary transformation to address organizational key challenges. The objective of this workshop, titled “Leveraging AI in SAP Environments: Transformative Strategies for Data-Driven Insights and Efficiency,” is to investigate the integration of AI technologies into SAP systems and business processes in order to achieve higher levels of efficiency, innovation, and strategic understanding. Participants will explore the latest artificial intelligence (AI) integrations within SAP S/4HANA, focusing in the realm of Supply Chain. They will also gain insights into how these integrations can transform critical business operations, enhance decision-making, increase process visibility for executives, and position organizations for competitive advantage.

Target Audience

This workshop is designed for anyone but not limited to SAP/ ERP professionals, IT managers, Supply Chain Managers, data scientists, business analysts, and academicians interested in the intersection of AI and intelligent ERP systems. Whether you are looking to implement AI in SAP environments or research its impacts, this workshop offers valuable insights and networking opportunities.

Outcome

After attending the workshop, participants will have a thorough grasp of how AI can revolutionize business processes. They will acquire useful skills for putting AI strategies into practice, overcoming obstacles, and using AI to gain a competitive edge.

Navigating the Landscape of Generative AI Through Prompt Engineering

Workshop Leader:

  • Meg Murray, Department of Information Systems and Security, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia, USA

The rapid evolution of Generative AI, exemplified by OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Microsoft’s Copilot and Google’s Gemini, has ushered in a revolutionary era. Generative AI, driven by advanced algorithms and extensive data training, is capable of generating human-like text, facilitating the creation of content, summarizing, comparing and critiquing existing content and even engaging in coherent conversations. Further, multi-modal extensions of these technologies enable seamless integration with image, video, and sound. Generative AI will continue to be a disruptive and transformative technology with discernible ramifications for higher education.

This workshop begins by comparing the underlying technologies, features and offerings of popular Generative AI platforms.  Then the workshop shifts focus to prompt engineering as a pivotal strategy for crafting input queries designed to achieve the most optimal results. Central to the workshop is collaborative exploration and knowledge-sharing to uncover best practices in prompt design, prompt refinement, and building custom-designed bots (i.e. GPTs) and future trends. The workshop concludes with an examination of the potential paradigm shift Generative AI represents to our classrooms and our research. By staying informed of the rapid evolution of this technology and engaging in meaningful discussion, we will help shape the future trajectory of Generative AI in higher education.

Generative AI Search with Google Cloud Platform and Gemini

Workshop Leader:

  • Thuan Nguyen, Advanced Data Analytics – Toulouse Graduate School, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA

In December 2022, OpenAI released its flagship product, ChatGPT, to the public. More interestingly, Microsoft quickly deployed OpenAI’s powerful technology in their Bing search to add a new feature named Bing Chat. Recently, Alphabet/Google released Gemini, a powerful large language model and a chatbot of the same name. Hundreds of millions of users could access and use AI chatbots in a very short period. With the explosion of popularity and widespread use of generative AI in real-world management and business activities, the corporation’s leaders want to develop generative AI systems that employees can use to perform content searches, ask questions, and get answers about the contents of the organization’s knowledge base of proprietary documents.

The workshop will adopt Google Cloud Platform (GCP)  Vertex AI services as the primary platform to design, build, and test the system throughout the project, including but not limited to cloud storage, vector embedding generation, vector database management, and advanced vector search technologies. For development, Python is used with Google Colab as the coding IDE. The workshop also plans to use popular generative AI techniques, including but not limited to Retrieval Augmented Generation (RAG) and other tools provided by generative AI platforms like LangChain and Hugging Face.

Predictive Analytics for Business Forecasting

Workshop Leader:

  • Pradeep Kumar Dadabada, Information Systems & Analytics, Indian Institute of Management Shillong, Shillong, India Information Systems & Analytics, Indian Institute of Management Shillong, shillong, India

Predictive analytics has emerged as a pivotal tool in modern business forecasting, revolutionizing how companies anticipate future trends and make informed decisions. It leverages advanced algorithms and statistical techniques to analyze historical data, identify patterns, and forecast future outcomes with remarkable accuracy.

The Workshop on Predictive Analytics for Business Forecasting represents a unique opportunity for professionals to delve deep into data-driven decision-making and strategic foresight. Designed for forward-thinking individuals across industries and academics, this workshop comprehensively explores predictive analytics techniques explicitly tailored for business forecasting applications.

Participants will participate in a hands-on session to extract useful insights from business datasets. From understanding the foundational principles of predictive analytics to implementing cutting-edge methodologies, attendees will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to harness the predictive power of data and drive informed decision-making within their organizations.

Throughout the workshop, real-world case studies and interactive exercises will illustrate the transformative impact of predictive analytics on business performance, showcasing its ability to optimize resource allocation, mitigate risks, and capitalize on emerging opportunities. Whether you’re a seasoned data scientist looking to enhance your forecasting capabilities or a business leader seeking to leverage data-driven insights for strategic planning, this workshop promises to deliver actionable insights and practical strategies for success in today’s dynamic and competitive business landscape. Join us as we unlock the potential of predictive analytics to drive innovation, efficiency, and growth.

SIG Digital Innovation, Transformation, and Entrepreneurship (DITE): Unleashing Innovation: A hands-on Design Workshop with Gen AI

Workshop Leaders:

  • Pavankumar Mulgund, Management Information Sytems, The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
  • Sandeep Purao, Computer Information Systems, Bentley University, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
  • Srikar Velichety, BIT, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
  • Raghvendra Singh, School of Management, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA

The integration of Generative AI technologies is poised to revolutionize innovation management in startups. Notably, the Generative Pretrained Transformer (GPT) promises to overhaul essential design processes, from problem exploration to prototype evaluation (Mollick, 2024; Bilgram & Laarmann, 2023). This workshop proposal offers insights into leveraging large language models (LLMs) to democratize design innovation by enabling faster iterations ad reducing uncertainty but recognizing the pitfalls of these models.

Through two hands-on case studies in healthcare projects, we demonstrate how human creativity and judgment combined with AI tools can enhance design methodologies. Our methodology outlines a step-by-step process that covers the development of user experience maps, optimization of idea generation, and rapid prototyping. By sharing best practices and lessons learned from these case studies, we aim to equip participants with the knowledge to effectively integrate AI-driven strategies into their innovation management practices.

The use of AI-powered design methodologies has the potential to transform the way businesses approach innovation, and this workshop will provide participants with the tools needed to achieve this transformation. Overall, this workshop proposal offers an exciting opportunity for businesses to learn and apply AI-driven design methodologies to their innovation management practices.

SIG Education (ED): How to Teach Cloud Computing

Workshop Leader:

  • Degan J Kettles, Information Systems, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA

Many academic programs want to offer courses and lessons on cloud computing but are uncertain about how to begin. This workshop will feature three learning opportunities related to cloud computing pedagogy.  1.  A discussion of how cloud computing is being taught by workshop attendees, including the facilitator’s experience with creating three courses at a subject university using AWS and Azure and how those courses have evolved over seven years.  2. An overview of the AWS Academy offerings including free AWS student accounts and how to become an AWS Academy accredited instructor.  3. Lastly, attendees will have the opportunity to complete the equivalent of a student lab using AWS.

Integrating Location Intelligence and GeoAI for Digital Social Entrepreneurship

Workshop Leaders:

  • Anthony Corso, Computing, Software and Data Sciences, California Baptist University, Riverside, California, USA
  • James B. Pick, School of Business, University of Redlands, Redlands, California, USA
  • Namchul Shin, Seidenberg School, Pace University, New York, New York, USA
  • Daniel Farkas, Seidenberg School, Pace University, Pleasantville, New York, USA
  • Michael A. Erskine, Jones College of Business, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA
  • Asish Satpathy, IS Department / W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA
  • Avijit Sarkar, School of Business, University of Redlands, Redlands, California, USA

The GeoAI Workshop will serve as a vibrant forum where IS researchers converge to explore the transformative potential of integrating geospatial technologies with artificial intelligence (AI). With a focus on enhancing societal well-being and promoting ecological sustainability, the workshop offers immersive sessions exploring GeoAI methodologies, tools, and practical applications. Participants will engage in collaboration to foster evidence-based decision-making and advance sustainable practices. By leveraging cutting-edge technologies such as machine learning and remote sensing, attendees gain insights into emerging spatial trends. Topics covered include Location Analytics, GeoAI Research Methods, Solutions for Social Change. Ultimately, the workshop underscores a collective dedication to leveraging technological innovation for positive societal impact and shaping a sustainable future.

Learn to Train & Use Open-Source AI Models for your Research & Teaching

Workshop Leaders:

  • Rohit Aggarwal, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
  • Harpreet Singh, Naveen Jindal School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas, USA

This workshop aims to provide IS faculty and PhD students with a foundational understanding of open-source AI models, including transformers, decoder models, finetuning techniques, and inference using Ollama. Participants will also gain an overview of setting up Google Colab Pro machines and evaluating models using Weights & Biases.

By the end of the workshop, participants will have gained valuable insights into these topics, enabling them to explore further and potentially apply these techniques in their research and teaching endeavors.

Data Visualization & Storytelling Workshop with Tableau

Workshop Leaders:

  • Ronald Freeze, Information Systems Department, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
  • EmmaLe Davis, Information Systems Department, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA

The objective of this workshop is to provide faculty participants with an understanding of how to use data to tell stories to stakeholders. The initial introduction of this workshop will provide an overview of the tools, applications, and data available through the Enterprise Systems group at the University of Arkansas, Information Systems department. The next steps of the workshop will cover the basics of data storytelling as well as expose the audience to Tableau which is hosted on the University of Arkansas Virtual Lab at the Walton College of Business. For those participants who register prior to the day of the workshop, you will be able to follow along with the workshop coordinators and directly connect to the data used in the workshop.

SIG SAND: Shaping the Future of Systems Analysis and Design Scholarship in the Digital Age

Workshop Leaders:

  • Arturo Castellanos, William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
  • Jon W Beard, Supply Chain and Information Systems (SCIS), Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA
  • Debra van der Meer, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA

This workshop proposes a forward-looking exploration into the future of Systems Analysis and Design (SAND), addressing its evolution in the context of increasingly complex societal and technological challenges. We will examine the fundamental role of SAND principles in contemporary advancements such as artificial intelligence (AI) and expansive digital ecosystems. These systems challenge traditional boundaries and demand continuous adaptation and engagement from diverse user communities. Participants will explore ways to move SAND scholarship forward in the era of AI and large language models (LLM), where information systems are no longer static, often stand-alone systems toward dynamic and integrative systems that continue to evolve beyond their original organizational confines. The workshop aims to catalyze innovative approaches and methodologies, equipping researchers and practitioners with the insights needed to advance the discipline in response to contemporary challenges.

Writing and Performing a Ten-Minute Play as a Pedagogical Method

Workshop Leaders:

  • Janine L Spears, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Humaira Tasneem, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Do you teach a course that deals with societal, organizational, interpersonal, ethical, or regulatory dilemmas related to technology use? Have you experienced “telling” students about a social or ethical issue in computing and it landing somewhat flat? Have you had challenges in engaging online groups or generating robust in-person class discussion? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, the ten-minute play can help.

The ten-minute play as a pedagogical method embodies the power of storytelling and active learning. This interactive workshop explores how incorporating playwriting and acting exercises can stimulate student engagement and learning in information systems courses.

In this workshop, attendees are introduced to playwriting and acting as a pedagogical method. Workshop leaders illustrate the method with a sample play. Attendees will then participate in a group exercise where each group researches an assigned topic, develops a short play, and performs (i.e., audibly acts out) their play in front of workshop attendees. Finally, attendees share their experiences and observations as part of a focus group following the play performances.

By the end of this workshop, participants will have a greater understanding of how to implement the method in their applicable courses. Join us in this fun workshop!

SIG GLOBDEV – Bridging Horizons: Empowering Global Development through ICT and Social Entrepreneurship

Workshop Leaders:

  • Jolanta Kowal, University of Wrocław, Institute of Psychology, Poland
  • Piotr Soja, Krakow University of Economics, Krakow, Polandshaping
  • Paulo Rupino da Cunha, CISUC – Center for Informatics and Systems of the University of Coimbra, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

In an era marked by digital disparities and burgeoning social entrepreneurship, our workshop aims to forge new pathways toward inclusive growth and societal advancement. Grounded in the ethos of SIG GLOBDEV and the visionary landscape of AMCIS 2024, our workshop seeks to explore the synergies between ICT and social entrepreneurship in addressing the pressing challenges of global poverty and digital equity.

Drawing inspiration from the rich history of innovation and humanitarian outreach, our workshop endeavors to catalyze meaningful dialogue and collaborative action. Through interactive sessions and immersive discussions, participants will delve into the transformative potential of ICT interventions and social entrepreneurship initiatives in economically developing regions.

Key themes include fostering cross-sector partnerships, leveraging emerging technologies for social impact, and designing sustainable business models that prioritize equitable access to digital resources. By harnessing the collective expertise and passion of our diverse community, we aspire to co-create actionable strategies that drive positive change and elevate lives worldwide.

Join us on a journey of exploration and empowerment, as we chart a course toward a more inclusive and socially conscious digital future. Together, let us bridge horizons and pave the way for a world where technology serves as a catalyst for prosperity and social justice.

The Sequel to SQL – Malloy an open-source data query language

Workshop Leader:

  • Timothy Olsen, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, USA

SQL, the language of databases, is an incredibly useful and pervasive language that is over 50 years old. Malloy is an open-source data query language that is easier to read, write, and comprehend and compiles to SQL. It allows for semantic data modelling which enables comprehensibility, and preservation of business logic. For example, you can query a local database, a local CSV file, and a cloud database at the same time. Daunting SQL queries are straightforward in Malloy. The nesting feature allows for rich hierarchical views of data.

Tableau and PowerBI are data analysis tools that many professors have started to use in the classroom. We discuss the possibility of replacing these tools with Malloy in courses that teach data analysis.

Summary of benefits and features of Malloy:

  • user-friendly syntax enhances readability, making it easier for both novices and experts to write and comprehend queries
  • facilitates semantic data modeling for a natural language-like expression of data relationships, simplifying complex operations
  • ability to manage nested queries allows for sophisticated analysis with less complexity.
  • compatibility with SQL ensures it works with existing databases
  • being open-source invites community-driven improvements

LACAIS Creating Dynamic Classroom Assistants with LLM & RAG

Workshop Leader:

  • Assistant Professor José Pineda Information Systems, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, California, United States, pinedadelgado@csulb.edu

The realm of educational technology is changing rapidly as shown by the widespread adoption of video conferencing tools (i.e. Zoom) in the past couple of years. Now, a new technology player has arrived in the form of LLM-based agents that promise to become “assistants” in every facet of our lives.

In this workshop, we aim to create one such assistant that promptly answers students’ questions about the class material, provide practice questions, and help students stay organized with deadlines. All while being transparent about which class materials are supporting the agent’s answer.

All activities can be done on a participants’ computer (if willing to do the setup), or by accessing the presenter’s JupyterLab server which has all necessary resources setup beforehand. We’ll use OpenAI as our reasoning agent, store conversations in a database to create long-term memory, and use a combination of a graph and a vector database to provide the agent with its necessary context. Experience with the Python programming language is recommended but not required.