Dear NEAIS Members May 31st, 2019
Welcome to our first annual conference of the New England chapter of Association of Information Systems (NEAIS). We had our inaugural Boston-area Information Systems (BAIS) research workshop last year at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. After that successful meeting, we made progress in moving forward with the formation of the AIS Chapter. The NEAIS Chapter was officially approved last December by the AIS Council and is now hosting its first annual conference at Bentley University, Waltham, Massachusetts. The NEAIS Chapter Board is very grateful to the support from Bentley Administration for hosting the meeting at their campus on Friday, May 31st, 2019. This year, the conference will begin at 9:30am and end at 3:00pm. The attached conference program provides details of the day’s activities. We are thankful for your support, the AIS Council, and Bentley University for making this conference successful.
We have an exciting conference program arranged by the NEAIS Board members. The conference will start with a welcome from Dean Michael Johnson-Cramer of Bentley University and Professor Fedorowicz, past-president of the AIS. This will be followed by an academic panel discussion on industry partnerships, two parallel research paper sessions, and a keynote address from Ian Morrison, Regional Director of iCloud at the Microsoft Corporation. We are glad to see IS faculty from several major New England area universities and colleges participating this year. We have over 35 faculty from 14+ universities such as MIT, Babson, Bentley, Boston College, Boston University, Bryant, Clark, Suffolk, WPI, UNH, UMass-Boston, UMass-Dartmouth, UMass-Lowell, and Northeastern University registered for the conference this year. Special thanks to Professors Xinru Page and David Murungi from Bentley University for arranging an exciting conference program and making local arrangements for the conference.
This year’s conference has attracted 14 papers from IS faculty and PhD students on a variety of research topics such as Health-IT, Social Media, Crowdsourcing, Information Privacy, Machine Learning, and Gender Equity in IS. All papers were reviewed by NEAIS board members and valuable feedback was provided to the authors before their presentation at the conference. With the broad topic diversity from the research presentations, and the central theme of industry partnerships for the panel and keynote address, there will be something that sparks the interest of all attendees, leading to productive discussions at the conference. We encourage attendees to provide additional feedback to help authors in preparing their manuscripts for publication at major conferences or journals. Finally, we have two corporate sponsors, Prospect Press and Pearson, sponsoring our conference. We hope you will visit their tables to browse the books, materials, and learn about new publications available for your courses.
With your help and support, we hope to continue this annual conference during the month of May and eventually convert it into a full-fledge two-day conference with proceedings and multiple tracks that will be held at a different attractive New England location each year. For this to materialize, we need more volunteers to help us in conference planning and arrangements. There will be a short meeting at the end of the conference to explore options for next years’ conference and other activities throughout the year. Please attend this meeting and join the planning committee for next year. With your support, we can host bigger and more full-fledge conferences in the future.
In conclusion, NEAIS board members are thankful for your support and hopeful that we can make the NEAIS a very successful and active Chapter of AIS. This can be done with ongoing ad hoc seminars, tutorials, or industry events that could be organized under the auspices of this Chapter.
Luvai Motiwalla, Yang Lee, Xinru Page, Inchan Kim & David Murungi
2019 NEAIS Board Members