Western Michigan IT Forum

  • Big Data and the Internet of Things
    Opportunities, Challenges and Trends
    Friday, November 4, 2016 Fetzer Center
    Western Michigan University,

Keynote Presentations

Richard Hook


Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Penske

Dan Fay


Senior Director, Strategic Research Engagements, Microsoft

Dr. Kuanchin Chen


Professor, Business Information Systems, Western Michigan University

Paper Sessions

IT Forum is very well attended by participants and presenters from the industry and academics:

  • Industry Participants
  • Academic Participants
  • Student Participants
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Online registration is nowopen. If you would like to attend, you may complete the online registration. Call the conference hotline if you have any questions: (269) 387-5411. Join us for a quality academic conference that will explore vital and critical information security and privacy topics in business, industry, healthcare, government and education.

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Paper Submissions
We invite you to participate.

The Western Michigan IT Forum, hosted by the Department of Business Information Systems at the Haworth College of Business, bridges academia and industry. It provides an important forum for the exchange of ideas and information for educators, students, professionals, employers, and state and local governments.

You are cordially invited to join us for a quality professional conference that will explore big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) topics in business, industry, healthcare, government, and education. The Western Michigan IT Forum invites papers from

  • Improving Data Analytic Techniques
  • Big Data Tools and Deployment Platforums
  • Data Visualization
  • Fraud Detection
  • Big Data Anlytics in Healthcare: Potentials and Challenges
  • Information Integration at Large Volume of Data
  • Collection, Visualization and Communication of Big Data
  • Sentiment Analysis
  • Securing IoT Communications; Risks and Challenges
  • Smart Management and Control with IoT: Personal, Residential, Community, Industrial and Global
  • Modularity in IoT: Connecting the Dots
  • Healthcare IoT: Possibilities and Challenges
  • Posters on Big Data Analytics and IoT


Submission Types

Important Dates

  • September 19: Full papers submission deadline
  • September 26: Abstract submission deadline
  • October 3: Notification of acceptance/rejection
  • October 17: Final revisions of accepted papers due

Official Publication Opportunity: If accepted, refereed research papers will be published in the conference proceedings, Western Michigan IT Forum Transactions, and will be scheduled for presentation during the concurrent presentation sessions. Acceptance of abstracts and papers are subject to final approval by the track chairs.

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7:15 – 7:55 a.m.

Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:00 – 8:15 a.m.

Welcome Message

Dan Litynski, Vice President for Research, Western Michigan University
Satish Deshpande, Interim Dean, Haworth College of Business
Kirsch Auditorium

8:15 – 9:10 a.m.

Keynote Presentation

Richard Hook, Senior Vice President and CIO, Penske
Kirsch Auditorium

9:15 – 10:10 a.m.

Keynote Presentation

Dan Fay, Senior Director, Strategic Research Engagements, Microsoft
Kirsch Auditorium

10:10 – 10:30 a.m.

Coffee Break & Networking

10:35 – 11:55 a.m.

Concurrent Presentation Sessions

  • Session 1: Internet of Things
  • Session 2: Big Data Analytics
  • Session 3: IoT/Big Data Education
  • Session 4: Health Analytics/IoT
  • Session 5: Agile PM Workshop
  • Session 6: SAS DA Demo
Noon – 1:25 p.m.

IT Forum Luncheon & Special Presentation

Special Presentation: KC Chen, Professor of Business Information Systems, Business Analytics Education at WMU and in the U.S.
Banquet Room (1035)

1:30 – 2:40 p.m.

Academic and Industry Best Practices in Big Data/IoT

Joseph Tan, Editor-in-Chief of IJHISI, McMaster University, Canada
Peter Pearce, Principal, Baker Tilly Business & Technology Growth Strategies
Jim VanderMey, Chief Innovation Officer, Open Systems Technologies
Kirsch Auditorium

2:40 – 3:00 p.m.

Coffee Break and Networking

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Big Data/IoT Plenary Session

Ganapy Murthy, Sr. Innovation Lead, Kellogg Company
Andrew Targowski, Professor, Western Michigan University
Kirsch Auditorium

4:30 – 4:50 p.m.

Closing Remarks and Raffle

Kirsch Auditorium

  • Discover, Network, Learn!
    Industry Experts
    This year's IT Forum features sessions
    from leaders who will provide insight into the changing
    landscape of their industries.
    Cutting-edge Research
    Researchers provide insight into the future
    of our industry and opportunities for
    leading change and adopting new technologies.
    Talent Acquisition
    Student networking opportunities provide the
    additional benefit of meeting future employees.