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TwinSPIN: Adventures in Interdisciplinary Research, What Goes Right/Wrong and Ways to Avoid Pitfalls

Date of Event: 
Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
3-111 Keller Hall (200 Union St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455)

Topic: Adventures in Interdisciplinary Research, What Goes Right/Wrong and Ways to Avoid Pitfalls

Speaker: John Carlis, PhD

Presented by the Twin Cities Software Process Improvement Network (Twin-SPIN); sponsored by the University of Minnesota Software Engineering Center (UMSEC)

Cost: Free and open to the public

Parking: Free parking vouchers will be available at the meeting for parking in the Washington Ave. Parking Ramp.

5:30p - Refreshments, and networking
6:15p - Start of Meeting

Abstract: As our knowledge grows and our minds expand, the problems we undertake become more complex and intertwined. Seriously, the easy things have been resolved; it’s time to move on to the tough stuff. Computer and information technology has been a huge enabler of this intricate intermingling of problems and solutions. Things which used to be far too complex are now possible with technological assistance. However, answers beg new questions and even more relationships.

Bio: John Carlis is professor of computer science at the University of Minnesota who routinely collaborates with students and colleges in computer science, engineering, and many other disciplines. His area of expertise and interest is database management systems (DBMS), data modeling, and database language extensions. Additionally, he participates in cross-domain, interdisciplinary research in bio-medical and visualization applications using DBMS skills and techniques. He seeks new ways to analyze and visualize data balancing theoretical principles with practical implementations. John has multiple publications and refereed journal and conference papers.

About Twin-SPIN: The Twin-SPIN software process improvement network (SPIN) is a regional organization established in January of 1996 as a forum for the free and open exchange of software process improvement experiences and ideas. Representatives from industry, government, academia, other professional organizations, and consultants are welcome to participate. Our mission is to help sustain commitment and enhance skills in the area of software process improvement through an active program of networking and mutual support. The organization strives to serve as a source of educational and experiential information for its members, other SPIN organizations, and the general community of software professionals.

Meetings are normally held on the 1st Thursday of each month from 5:45-8:00 p.m. Twin-SPIN is a non-profit organization and is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Center for Software Engineering (UMSEC). See: