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2005.07.13 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

More than 800 Information Systems Experts Expected to Attend Conference at Omaha's Qwest Center; Two UNO Professors Organize AMCIS 2005

OmahaHigh-technology scholars and practitioners from around the globe will be heading to Omaha in mid-August to attend a world-class conference focused on Information Systems (IS).  Two University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) professors have spearheaded organizing the four-day event. 

The 2005 Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2005), will be held at the Qwest Convention Center on August 11-14. Conference planners expect 800 to 900 delegates.

The University of Nebraska's Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI), through UNO's College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) in conjunction with The Association for Information Systems (AIS) and the AMCIS 2005 Conference Committee, has invited, and will continue to invite, even more information system experts from every discipline and area of expertise.

Conference delegates will be able to attend a three-day meeting on cutting-edge IS issues and network with top IS researchers and authors from around the globe.  More than 425 paper presentations and 30 panels, workshops and tutorials are scheduled.

Conference delegates can choose from a variety of research papers, panels, tutorials and workshops.  Examples of topics include e-business, knowledge management, systems security, business models for the digital economy, IS strategy, project management and medical informatics.  More than 60 mini-tracks are available.

Conference sponsors include PKI, Union Pacific, Mutual of Omaha, First National Bank of Omaha, The Greater Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau, The AIM Institute and several other academic and government organizations.

The cost to attend AMCIS 2005 is $350 to $500, and registration remains open. The registration fee includes two luncheons, two morning keynotes—one by Linda Sanford, executive vice president for transformation on demand at IBM; the second by Roger Schell, president of Aesec Corporation and an international expert on trusted computing-- and free access to the conference reception at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo.

The conference was awarded to Omaha in 2002, after a year's effort by Deepak Khazanchi and Ilze Zigurs, both UNO professors of information systems and quantitative analysis, with substantial assistance and support provided by The Greater Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Both Khazanchi and Zigurs give great credit to the volunteer conference committee which has worked three years to put together "AMCIS 2005 @ Omaha: A Conference on a Human Scale."

"It is a real delight to have nearly a thousand information technology academics and professionals coming to Omaha for this conference," said David Hinton, dean of the College of IS&T at UNO.  "Not only are we pleased to have the opportunity to share our college efforts and the unique concept of The Peter Kiewit Institute with them, but we look forward to having our guests see the many wonderful attributes of the Omaha community."    

About AIS and AMCIS

The Association of Information Systems (AIS) is the premier global organization for academics specializing in Information Systems, with nearly 5,000 members representing nearly 50 countries from North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. AIS was founded in 1994 as a professional organization whose purpose is to serve as the premier global organization for academics specializing in Information Systems and to advance knowledge in the use of information technology to improve organizational performance and individual quality of work life. The AIS sponsors two major conferences, Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) and International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS). AIS also endorses regional conferences in the Pacific-Rim countries (PACIS) and Europe (ECIS), and hosts a virtual bulletin board, AISWorldNet, subscribed by more than 2,500 IS academics and professionals worldwide. For more information on AIS and its activities, visit http://www.aisnet.org/.

The annual Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) is a gathering of Information Systems (IS) academics and research-oriented practitioners held in North, Central and South America of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) membership. The first AMCIS conference was held in Pittsburgh, Penn. in August 1995. 

Some cities that have hosted or will host AMCIS include Long Beach, Calif. (2000), Boston (2001), Dallas (2002), Tampa, Fla. (2003), New York (2004) and Acapulco (2006).

AMCIS is a key element of the services that AIS provides to its members and to the broader information systems academic community.  AMCIS also provides a placement service that has listings of universities seeking faculty applicants and applicants seeking a faculty position.

AMCIS is also an opportunity for information systems faculty to meet and review the latest offerings from major vendors, publishers and suppliers.  The large number of attendees in a dedicated field is a strong draw for major players in the information systems academic marketplace.

The proceedings from all AMCIS conferences are available to AIS members via the AIS E-Library.  Annual subscriptions are also available to libraries and universities.  The 1995-2004 AMCIS conference proceedings are also available for purchase in hard copy and/or CD version via the AIS Web site.

For more information, contact: Deepak Khazanchi, (402) 554-2029, or Ilze Zigurs,  (402) 554-3182.

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