Program Schedule (in PDF format)

Program Highlights:


Saturday December 12:  8:30- 9:15 AM
Industry Keynote: Big Implications of Big Data
John Donovan, Senior Executive Vice President—AT&T Technology and Operations

Data can drive better and faster decisions even at the largest firms such as AT&T. But only if everyone understands the value of a cohesive game plan. AT&T has helped connect the world for 140 years, and that only gets truer as we connect the world’s data through the Internet of Things. John Donovan will highlight the impact Big Data will have in an increasingly more connected world, AT&T’s own Big Data initiative, and internal and external use cases.

ATT_Donovan_Formal_Headshot_SmallJohn Donovan, Senior Executive Vice President—AT&T Technology and Operations

John Donovan is  responsible for AT&T’s global network and its best-in-class mobile broadband network along with creating a modern, software-defined, and cloud-based technology ecosystem to support them. In addition to leading the Technology and Operations organization, John oversees Corporate Strategy. He drives AT&T’s global leadership position in the technological transition to separate hardware and software and virtualizing network elements to the cloud. His responsibilities also include oversight of the company’s global information, software development, network technology, and big data strategy; AT&T Intellectual Property, Labs and Foundry innovation; IT and digital planning, engineering, implementation and operations; network planning, construction and operations including security; field operations, installation and maintenance; global supply chain; and corporate fleet operations. Donovan serves on the Board of Directors for Palo Alto Networks. He has authored two books, The Value Enterprise, published in January 1998, and Value Creating Growth, published in 1999. Donovan received a B.S.E.E. from the University of Notre Dame and earned an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Minnesota.


Sunday December 13:  8:30 -9:30 AM
Academic Keynote: Artificial Intelligence and Real Economics
Michael Wellman, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan

The field of artificial intelligence is enjoying renewed attention today, based on its pervasive influence on a wide range of technologies, and promise for transformative effects in the near-term future.  Coincident with the economic impact of AI in this century has been an increasing embrace of economic reasoning in the design and analysis of AI systems.  Developments in algorithmic game theory and mechanism design are shaping how autonomous software agents interact in the networked economies, just as such agents are proliferating in key sectors like Internet advertising and financial trading.  Large-scale computing infrastructure enabling much of this activity can also be harnessed in service of reasoning in a principled way about the resulting complex strategic environments.  I illustrate this through a large-scale simulation approach to analyze the implications of algorithmic and high-frequency trading in financial markets.


Michael Wellman, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan

Michael P. Wellman is Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Michigan. He received a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988 for his work in qualitative probabilistic reasoning and decision-theoretic planning. From 1988 to 1992, Wellman conducted research in these areas at the USAF’s Wright Laboratory. For the past 20+ years, his research has focused on computational market mechanisms and game-theoretic reasoning methods, with applications in electronic commerce, finance, and cyber-security. As Chief Market Technologist for TradingDynamics, Inc., he designed configurable auction technology for dynamic business-to-business commerce. Wellman previously served as Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Electronic Commerce (SIGecom), and as Executive Editor of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research. He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and the Association for Computing Machinery. Details about Professor Wellman’s publications and interests can be found at


Saturday December 12: 4:30- 5:30 PM

Impact of WITS: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Panel Members:

Sudha Ram (Chair)
Anheuser-Busch Chair, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Professor
Management Information Systems
Eller College of Management
University of Arizona

Ahmed Abbasi
Murray Research Professor
Director, Center for Business Analytics
McIntire School of Commerce
University of Virginia

Shuyuan (Lance) Deng
Assistant Professor
College of Business and Information Systems
Dakota State University

Paulo Goes
Salter Distinguished Professor of Management and Technology
Department Head, Management Information Systems
Eller College of Management
University of Arizona

Monica Chiarini Tremblay
Chair and Associate Professor
Information Systems and Business Analytics Department
College of Business
Florida International University


Sunday December 13: 1:15- 2:15 PM

Business Data Science in IS Journals
The focus of this panel is to discuss and identify opportunities to facilitate the publication of high quality business data science research in IS journals, and to allow data science not only remain integral to our community, but grow, and ultimately have meaningful impact.

Panel Members:

Maytal Saar-Tsechansky (Chair)
Associate Professor
Information, Risk, and Operations Management
McCombs School of Business
The University of Texas at Austin

Paulo Goes
Salter Distinguished Professor of Management and Technology
Department Head, Management Information Systems
Eller College of Management
University of Arizona

Balaji Padmanabhan
Anderson Professor of Global Management
Department Head, Information Systems Decision Sciences, Information Systems & Decision Sciences,
Muma College of Business,
University of South Florida

Gautam Pant
Associate Professor
Henry B. Tippie Research Fellow
Management Sciences Department
Henry B. Tippie College of Business
The University of Iowa

Sumit Sarkar
Charles and Nancy Davidson Chair and Professor of Information Systems
Naveen Jindal School of Management
University of Texas at Dallas

 Special Events

Friday Night Reception
There will be a welcome reception sponsored by UT Dallas at Hyatt Regency North Dallas between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm on Friday.

Saturday Night Social Venue
Social event will be held at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Buses will be provided for this event.

Saturday 11:30-12:00: Celebration of Andrew Whinston’s Six Decades of IS Research Introduction : James Marsden; Response : Andrew Whinston

Saturday 12-1:00: Impact of WITS
Amit Basu