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Dr. Hsinchun Chen has been named the Thomas R. Brown Chair in Management and Technology. The chair is awarded to those whose professional accomplishments mirror those of its namesake, MIT and Harvard alumnus Thomas R. Brown, who co-founded Burr-Brown Research Corporation in Tucson in 1956, and headed it until his retirement in 1998. See the complete press release, posted on the Eller College website on March 25.
- March 2013

The 2013 International Health Informatics Conference (IHIC 2013) will be held in Beijing, China, August 3-4, 2013. The conference will co-locate with the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence. Suggested topics include mining clinical and medical data; information sharing, integration, and extraction; clinical practice and training; assistive, persuasive and intelligent devices for medical care and monitoring; and global systems and large-scale health data analysis and management. Submissions are due April 15, 2013.
- January 2013

The IEEE Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI) International Conference 2013 will be held in Seattle, Washington (U.S.A.), June 4-7. The conference theme is "Big Data, Emergent Threats and Decision-Making in Security Informatics." Submissions are due Feb. 15, 2013. For a list of potential topics, important dates, and other information, see the conference website at
- January 2013

The 2013 European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference (EISIC 2013) will be held in Uppsala, Sweden, August 12-14, 2013. EISIC is the premier European conference on counter-terrorism and criminology. Suggested topics include information sharing and data/text mining; infrastructure protection and emergency response; terrorism informatics; computational criminology; and information systems security. Submissions are due April 15, 2013.
- January 2013


Congratulations to Dr. Hsinchun Chen on his outstanding publication citation rankings. According to Google Scholar's "h-index," Dr. Chen is now #1 among all MIS faculty in the world (tied with Dr. Andrew B. Whinston at UT-Austin). See more in the MIS Bulletin.
- October 2012

The AI Lab received an NSF award of just under $300K to study the global competitive landscape and knowledge diffusion in the field of nanotechnology (CMMI-1249210).
- September 2012

Dr. Hsinchun Chen is featured in the Arizona Daily Star's series "100 Days of Science," which features a different milestone in Arizona's scientific history each day. This story features Dr. Chen's work with the Tucson Police Department in developing COPLINK(TM), followed by later work on the Dark Web terrorism research project. See more on our "Recognition" page or go to the Arizona Daily Star website.
-- August 2012

Dr. Hsinchun Chen was ranked #1 in terms of number of publications in the top 11 information systems (IS) journals during 2005-2009, according to a recent study published in the Communications of the Association for Information Systems ("Assessing Researcher Publication Productivity in the Leading Information Systems Journals: A 2005–2009 Update," by J. G. Clark, Y.A. Au, D. B. Walz, and J. Warren, CAIS, Volume 29, Number 1).
-- June 2012

The IEEE Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI) conference, founded by Dr. Chen ten years ago, took place June 11-14, 2012 in the DC area. Featured keynote speakers were Nabil R. Adam, Fellow to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Infrastructure & Disaster Management Division (IDD), Science & Technology Directorate, and Mark Borkowski, Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition (OTIA), U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DHS. For more information, see the conference website at
-- May 2012

Dark Web: Exploring and Data Mining the Dark Side of the Web, the new book written by Dr. Chen, is now available through Springer's order department.
-- May 2012


Former Artificial Intelligence Lab project COPLINK® has been acquired by IBM through the purchase of i2, an intelligent management software vendor, for $500 million.
-- September 2011

The Artificial Intelligence Lab's Dark Web Forum Portal has been selected as a finalist for the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation’s Academia Award. Congratulations are in order for all the AI Lab team members who have made this possible! The winner will be announced November 17th.
-- August 2011

Dr. Chen was the 2011 recipient of the IEEE Research Achievement and Leadership Award in Intelligence and Security Informatics. The award was conferred at the IEEE ISI Conference held in Beijing, China, July 10-12, 2011.
-- July 2011

MISQ Best Paper of 2010: A paper authored by Dr. Chen and David Zimbra of the AI Lab, Lab alumnus Dr. Ahmed Abbasi, and MIS faculty members Drs. Zhu Zhang and Jay F. Nunamaker, Jr., has been named Management Information Systems Quarterly’s best paper of 2010: "Detecting Fake Websites: The Contribution of Statistical Learning Theory," MIS Quarterly, (34: 3) pp.435-461.
-- July 2011

Technology transfer and licensing agreements were approved by the Arizona Broad of Regents for Caduceus Intelligence Corporation (CIC) on June 24, 2011. Caduceus is a UA/Eller/MIS/AI Lab spin-off company that specializes in business intelligence and analytics, with an initial focus on healthcare applications. CIC just received its initial venture funding of $350K.
-- July 2011

The new Springer open journal, Security Informatics, with Dr. Hsinchun Chen as founding editor-in-chief, has launched. Additional information and paper submission system are available at the journal website,
-- January 2011


ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems *inaugural issue* published December 2010 with Dr. Hsinchun Chen as founding editor-in-chief: - See the front cover and table of contents here - See ACM TMIS in the ACM Digital Library - Submit a paper to ACM TMIS here
- December 2010

Funding from the National Science Foundation has been awarded to the Artificial Intelligence Lab for a study on information diffusion in the field of nanotechnology. Click here to see the NSF award page for further information.
- September 2010

Dr. Chen was the keynote speaker at the 2010 International Conference on Electronic-Business Intelligence, Dec. 19-21, 2010, in Kunming, Yunnan, China. [See also the Call for Papers.]
- August 2010

Dr. Chen was the keynote speaker for IEEE ISI 2010 (May 23-26, 2010, Vancouver) and the Pre-PACIS Workshop on Business Intelligence and Analytics (July 9, 2010, Taipei, Taiwan)
- May 2010

Dr. Chen has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the new journal, Security Informatics, to be published by Springer; inaugural issue forthcoming in 2011.
- May 2010

Funding from the National Science Foundation has been awarded to the Artificial Intelligence Lab to support the work of undergraduates in research.
- April 2010



The AI Lab's Dark Web project has received new $1M funding from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).
- July 2009

Dr. Chen was the keynote speaker at the 2009 International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining.
- February 2009

AI Lab director Dr. Hsinchun Chen has been appointed as the Editor-in-Chief of the new journal, ACM Transactions in Management Information Systems (TMIS).
- January 2009

AI Lab director Hsinchun Chen has been appointed Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Intelligent Systems (one of the most prestigious IEEE publications, with an Impact Factor of 2.5+, on par with Management Science and ISR).
- January 2009



Dr. Chen was appointed Program Co-Chair for the 2009 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), to be held in Phoenix, Arizona.
- December 2008

Dr. Chen’s COPLINK project has won the INFORMS Design Science Award at the ICIS Conference held in Paris in December 2008. Many thanks to Dr. Daniel Zeng’s nomination.
- December 2008

Dr. Chen has published two edited books (‘Intelligence and Security Informatics” and “Terrorism Informatics”) and one monograph with Dr. Roco of NSF (“Mapping Nanotechnology Innovations and Knowledge”) in 2008, all by Springer.
- December 2008

Dr. Chen was honored as Distinguished Alumnus of State University of New York at Buffalo and Distinguished Visiting Chair Professor of the National Taiwan University, Taiwan.
- December 2008

Dr. Chen is editor of several new books in: Digital Government, National Security, Intelligence and Security Informatics, and Terrorism Informatics.

The Dark Web project was featured by Associated Press, NPR, BBC, USA Today, Fox News, ABC News, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, among others. See the Recognition page for details and news stories.

Dr. Chen was a keynote speaker at IEEE ISI 2008 and PAISI 2008 in Taiwan, which also featured the prominent forensics scientist, Dr. Henry Lee.



The Dark Web project has received new $1.5M funding from NSF. See the Dark Web project page for information about this multi-faceted project.



Dr. Chen organizes the first biosurveillance workshop, the Arizona Spring Biosurveillance Workshop, sponsored by NSF, to support the development of research in infectious disease informatics (IDI).



Dr. Chen was ranked #1 in publication productivity in Digital Library in an Information Processing & Management Study (2005), and #8 in publication productivity in MIS in a Communications of the Association for Information Systems study (2005).