Center for Information Systems Engineering and Management
|The mission of the Center for Information Systems Engineering and Management is to provide a conducive environment and facilities for interdisciplinary research in selected areas of information systems.|
|The Center for Information Systems Engineering and Management (ISEM) at Tennessee State University (TSU) contributes to the research base of the state in three areas: astro- physics/robotics, advanced control systems and system identification, and management information systems. Since 1986 the center has grown to four full-time researchers, three faculty associates, a systems analyst and a director. Over 60 students, both graduate and undergraduate, have significantly participated in center research projects. These students have come from the computer science, mathematics and engineering curricula.||The ISEM Center has
distinguished itself in several ways. For example, the National
Science Foundation awarded funds to build the first minority
university research grade
telescope to TSU in 1991. This telescope is located on Mt. Hopkins
in Arizona and is
remotely operated from the TSU campus.
Because of its success in obtaining high quality astrophysical data, the center has been named principal astronomer on five robotic telescopes (Vanderbilt/TSU 16-inch, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory 30-inch, Fairborn Observatory 10-inch, TSU 32-inch and a 20-inch Automatic Imaging Telescope) and currently controls more ro- botic telescopes than anyone else in the world. In the past, center astronomers have been privileged to use the Kitt Peak facilities and the International Ultraviolet Explorer satel- lite. Center astronomers were also awarded time on the Hubble Space Telescope. In 1995, the center competed for and was awarded a $6.5 million grant from NASA to establish the Center for Automated Space Science. The focal point will be the construction and operation of a 2-meter, automatic, spectroscopic telescope.
|Astrophysics/Robotics Research - The Astrophysics/Robotics group investigates a wide range of magnetic phenomena in convective stars -- those with surfaces cooler than the Sun's. This research aims to understand which properties of these stars cause magnetism and how magnetism changes the star's outer atmosphere, rates of mass loss in stellar winds and luminosities. A second goal of the group is to pioneer automation in astronomy through the use of computer- controlled "robotic" telescopes and the use of the latest communications technology to reduce the cost of measuring properties of stars.||OUTSTANDING STUDENT -|
Monica Page, a student research assistant in the center, shown here with her advisor, Dr. Jiann-Shiun Lew, was named undergraduate Researcher of the Year (1994) by the National Science Foundation at their Conference on Diversity in the Scientific and Technological Workforce.
Systems and Systems Identification -
Since the early 1980s, robust control has been at the forefront of
advanced control system
research. One of the three major approaches to this type of
problem, the parametric
approach, is the focus of our Advanced Control Systems group. This
method is unique
and has a promising future for application to real world systems.
The software developed
by the center research staff has been installed at NASA field
installations and is currently
being tested to identify potential applications to their satellite
control problems. This
group has published two books, Control of Uncertain Dynamic Systems
Control: Parametric Approach, which have become popular as
essential graduate level
course resources in many schools.
Management Information Systems - Although still a fledgling effort, this research effort has already produced seven refereed publications in the area of group support systems and was cosponsor of the Eleventh Annual Office Research Conference in San Antonio, Texas. This group, which has received much assistance from the TSU College of Business, is expected to flourish as our other areas have.
||Over the past nine
years, the ISEM Center has evolved to a level of maturity such that
significantly contributes to humanity's body of knowledge. The work
and success of this
center is the very essence and spirit of the original intent of the
state's Centers of Excellence
program. TSU anticipates that the center will continue along its
path toward excel-
lence by enhancing the research environment, producing scholarly
work and providing a
genuine research experience for graduate and undergraduate