Research Interest

"We live in a dynamically evolving world in which the velocity, volume, and vectors of change are increasing. Ongoing globalization has increased the number of actively engaged and influential actors on the world stage, while planned technological evolution and disruptive technologies have increased global complexity, connectivity, and interdependency. This convergence of trends has resulted in a daunting 21st century decision-making landscape. Given this backdrop, there is less time to actively collect, analyze, evaluate, and actuate upon the burgeoning corpus of Big Data, and a core issue for leadership will center upon how to move from Big Data to Big Insights to facilitate more robust decision-making when approaching the Big Problems that necessitate Big Decisions — the realm of Robust Decision Engineering." - S. Chan

Exemplar Presentations:

Chan S., et al., “Big Data to Big Insight Decision Engineering for Human Trafficking: Analysis of Adaptation Cycles for Digital Image Deployment on Online Classified Sites,” White House Forum to Combat Human Trafficking, Washington, D.C., April 9, 2013.

Chan S., "Decision Engineering for Leadership on the 21st Century Landscape," Todd Lecture Series, Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont, March 19, 2013.

Chan S., “Big Data to Big Insight Decision Engineering: The Art and Science of Human Domain Analysis for Infusing Latent Stability Amidst Dorian Gray Duality,” Human Domain Analysis Conference, The University of North Carolina and U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fayetteville, North Carolina, November 14, 2012.

Chan S., et al., “Robust Decision Engineering: Collaborative Big Data and its Application to International Development/Aid,” 8th IEEE International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing (CollaborateCom), Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, October 14, 2012.

Chan S., et al., “Evolutionary Decision Engineering and the Art of Science of Winning An Unfair Cyber Game: Dorian Gray Detection,” Bridging the Gap—Silicon Valley and The Beltway, U.S. Department of Defense and Security Innovation Network (SINET), San Jose, California, August 22, 2012.

Rhodes W., [Chan S.], “Smarter Cyber Defence: Big Data and Sensemaking,” 9th NATO Network Enabled Capability (NNEC) Conference, Vienna, Austria, March 27-29, 2012.

Chan S., et al., “Network Science as a Public Science,” Industry and Governments Working Together to Implement Interoperability ConferenceNetwork Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC), Falls Church, Virginia, February 27-March 1, 2012.

Chan S., et al., “Network Science, Social Complexity, and Civil Affairs Science,” 5th Annual Civil Affairs ConferenceU.S. Army Special Operations CommandPinehurst, North Carolina, February 22-23, 2012.

Chan S., et al., Humans as Sensors: The Next Generation of Geospatial Technology Applications to Anticipate and Mitigate Climate Conflict,” Climate Change and Conflict Expert Seminar, The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), Durban, South Africa, September 15-16, 2011.

Chan S., et al., “Geospatial Exclusion Mechanism for Cyber Security,” 3rd Annual Cyber Security Expo at the FedEx Institute of Technology, The University of Memphis Center for Information Assurance, Memphis, Tennessee, October 15, 2010. 

Chan S., et al., “Smarter Defence of the Smart Grid: Pervasive Computing is Flooding the Geospatial Grid,” IBM Global Defence Information Exchange: Solutions Projects and Defence Exchange (SPADEConference, Oslo, Norway, October 6-7, 2010.

Chan S., et al., “The MIT Geospatial Platform: An Open-Source GIS Platform That Supports Point-of-Need Delivery By Addressing Provenance and Providing Supply Chain Event Simulations,” U.S. EUCOM and U.S. AFRICOM Science & Technology Conference, Stuttgart, Germany, June 14-18, 2010.

Chan S., “NLI  Analytics: A Quasi-Dynamic Heat Map Functionality for ‘Real-Time’ Temporal Spatial Analysis of the NLI 2009 Report,” ABCD-GIS Group, Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis, Cambridge, Massachusetts, February 18, 2010.