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The following sessions, workshops, and events were among the many highlights of IT Day 2019. We invite you to browse through our listing to view the information presented. Please revisit our website in the upcoming months to see what we have prepared for our next event...IT Day 2020.
- University Welcome
- Executive Session
- Networking/After Sessions
- Department of Aviation and Flight
- Center for Teaching Excellence
- College of Business
- Department of Computer Science
- Extended Reality Research
- Information Systems and Applied Technologies (ISAT)
- Leadership Development Program
- Office of Economic and Regional Development
- Security Dawgs
- SIU Career Services
- SIU eSports
- SIU Extended Campus
- SIU Technology Transfer
- Sustainability Office
- Topic Tables
- Team Workshops
- Working Sessions
Welcome to Southern Illinois University and IT Day
Matt Baughman, Chief of Staff, Office of the Chancellor
Scott Bridges, Interim Assistant Provost and Chief Information Officer, Director of Information Security
Driving Success with Technology—How technology affects our workplaces, academic spaces, and the people in them.
It used to be that technology supported “business success.” Technology was a tool to be called on by the “tech masters” for the calculation and organization of data. Then technology got so good that “an average person” could use it—and the rest is history (in the making). Want to look a little further ahead? We are rapidly coming into a time when technology can run itself. So what does this mean to our workplaces, our academic spaces, and, well, all of us? This candid roundtable with technology and business experts Rajiv Shenoy, Martin Klubeck, Frank Myers, Deborah Barnett, and others offers thoughts and predictions about how technology can be leveraged now and in the future to drive business, academic, and individual success.
Technology Alone Does Not Solve Problems—Strategic thinking, collaboration, focus, and technology are the key to solutions.
Rajiv Shenoy, Chief Technology Officer at Apogee, puts forth the idea that leaders must confront the challenges of the future by leveraging technology to drive institutional greatness. To push forward at the speed of technology, which increases exponentially each year, institutions and their leaders must have the courage to abandon lines of reasoning that paint technology as a disruption to the status quo and embrace the power of technology as a driver of success. They must also have the confidence to invest time, energy, and resources in a future that sits just beyond the horizon, but will pass those who do not act with lightning speed when it becomes visible. Rajiv’s thought-provoking presentation starts a conversation about practical actions to lead your institution or organization to sustainable greatness. This presentation offers an introduction to Rajiv’s IT Day Master Class in which he offers practical insights and actionable steps to sustain a culture of innovation, using change leadership to make technology a critical enabler of institutional success.
Data and the Treasure it Holds—Managing data for organizational strength and opportunity.
You’ve heard about “big data,” but do you know what big data is? And…if you know what big data is, do you know what it can do for your organization? And…if you know what it can do for your organization, did you know that technology has become sophisticated enough to allow YOU to consolidate, organize, and leverage it to capture opportunity? In this session, Frank Myers, a Business Value Consultant with SPLUNK> explains the enormous and untapped power of data. You may not be a technology professional, or a business analyst, but what you learn here will change your understanding of the value of data and the treasure to be mined.
The power of “Why?”—Asking Why and leveraging technology can create the How to drive organizational change.
Martin Klubeck, an author of multiple books on organizational development, offers a different perspective on the use of technology to improve our organizations. As IT-centric organizations, we focus on technology as the answer to our problems. Why then, do we still struggle with improvement when we have the benefits of spectacular technology advancements to help drive change? The problem is that we focus on the wrong things. Good leaders ask the right questions—the first of those being "Why"? Exceptional leaders then share that Why to take the organization in the right direction and make yesterday’s dreams today’s reality.
Success Strategies and Trends for Decision Makers in Higher Education
An executive-level conversation with Jeromy Franks, Senior Education Advisor, Gartner
Jeromy Franks leads this executive-level discussion about trends affecting higher education and the strategic measures decision makers are taking to capture opportunity for their students and their institutions. This is an exceptional opportunity to get a glimpse into Gartner’s research and analysis around higher-education challenges and opportunities. Learn what successful institutions are thinking about today to build a successful tomorrow.
Find a table, find a topic, find a friend
Look for table toppers with topics, then join a group and start a discussion. This is a great way to meet people with similar professional interests or to learn about topics that are new to you. Tables are available throughout the day—plan to meet for lunch or during the afternoon.
Meet the expert, show your appreciation, and ask questions
If you enjoy a particular speaker, take time to meet them after their session to ask additional questions.
SIU technology resources on display
Network with representatives and learn about technology education and resources at Southern Illinois University.
SIU Computer Science student project posters from recent graduates.
Amazing Technology Resources on Campus
SIU has amazing technology resources across campus, professionals who understand the technology, and students who are learning to use it in new and innovative ways. Come see interesting tools such as virtual reality and gaming systems, an interactive bot simulator, a Wacom pen computer, a 360-degree camera and projector, podcasting technology, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and other state-of-the-art technology tools.
Dell’s latest, greatest, mobile technology
Dell is a major technology vendor for SIU for good reason—they have some of the best technology tools available. See and use some of their most current mobile systems.
eSports Demonstration on Guyon’s Big Screen with eSports Team members and Fan participation
Meet members of several of SIU’s eSports RSO teams, watch an eSports gaming session on Guyon’s big screen, and join in the activities to see what eSports is all about.
SIU Campus Tour by Trolley—With special commentary about technology venues.
If you have never visited Southern Illinois University Carbondale, our narrated trolley tour will give you a glimpse of our beautiful campus, with commentary pointing out venues that house technology rich areas.
The SIU Data Center and BigDawg—SIU’s Advanced Computing Cluster
Walk with Data Center professionals and Dr. Chet Langin to see and learn more about the SIU Data Center and BigDawg, SIU’s Advanced Computing Cluster. The Data Center houses hardware and infrastructure that keeps University systems functioning. BigDawg is among the University’s top research resources. Using BigDawg, researchers can complete computational tasks that once required days in just a few hours.
Transportation Education Center (TEC)—SIU’s Aviation and Automotive Complex
Take a ride out to SIU’s $63M, state-of-the-art Transportation Education Center (TEC) at the Southern Illinois Airport. See the amazing technology assets available for students in automotive design, development, and testing—and learn how technology is shaping cars of the future. Then visit the equally impressive home of the Flying Salukis; sit in the virtual aviation flight simulator and see simulated landings and take offs in the control tower simulator.
SIU’s Business Incubator and Office of Economic and Regional Development
Led by Deborah Barnett, Director of Business Incubator Programs, Office of Economic and Regional Development -Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and other regional development experts.
Visit the SIU Innovation Center which houses the SIU Business Incubator and Office of Economic and Regional Development. Learn about Small Business Development Center resources, tour the facility, and talk with technology entrepreneurs who are growing their business in the incubator. Maybe select a space for your own technology startup! This tour is an add-on session to presentation and discussion: Using Technology to Fuel an Organization or a Region—Developing a climate and culture of innovation. Tour participants will receive access to the EcoSystem Mapping Tool and Resource Guide.
See the current and future uses of virtual desktop computing
A table presentation with the SIU VDI Team, Office of Information Technology, Southern Illinois University.
Key drivers for virtual desktop computing adoption include bring your own device (BYOD), work from anywhere, data security, business continuity, and ease of management. Visit with members of the SIU VDI team to see how stateless virtual desktop computing is deployed in computer labs and classrooms to simplify lab management. Also see demonstrations of our future plans for app virtualization, high-performance graphics rendering, and specialized desktop environments delivered to any Internet connected device.
So, What Exactly is a Bitcoin and Blockchain? This is your opportunity to ask someone who knows.
A table presentation with Jessica Thornburg, Vice-President of the Blockchain Economics Club, Southern Illinois University.
According to numbers on distribution, there are 7.5 billion Bitcoins in virtual circulation. That is one Bitcoin for every 357 people on the planet. Are you one of them? Would you like to be one of them? Would you simply like to know what a Bitcoin is and understand blockchain technology? Stop and talk with Jessica Thornburg throughout the afternoon to learn about Bitcoin and blockchain technology, as they apply to economic principles, and what it all means to socioeconomic policy and social change. Learn how to create a digital wallet and ask about what a SalukiCoin is.
Welcome to the World of Extended Reality: VR, AR, and MR…R U Ready?
A table presentation with John Reid Perkins-Buzo, Assistant Professor, Radio, Television, and Digital Media at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
John Reid Perkins-Buzo will both show and tell you about the design and development of extended reality (XR) materials for education and entertainment—the focus of his research. And...let you experience it for yourself. Chat with a virtual "robot," see information in 360° video, and reach aout a "touch" information! In this interactive session, Reid shows examples from his research including his Buckminster Fuller chatbot prototype; an interactive solar system model viewed with an HTC Vive VR headset; a virtual neuron lab with an AR/VR introduction to the nervous system (Microsoft Hololens); and an AR human anatomy walkthrough using Epson Moverio BT200 AR glasses. You will be amazed by this new technology, and begin to imagine its many applications in academics and business.
Stay in Your Lane—Driving forward faster by defining team roles.
Intensive team workshop with Martin Klubeck, Author and Strategy & Planning Consultant, Office of Information Technologies, University of Notre Dame and Don Padgett, retired Strategy & Planning Consultant, Office of Information Technologies, University of Notre Dame, and at Partner, Play Like A Champion Today, Inc.
Organizational development expert Marty Klubeck leads this extraordinary working session for teams wanting to move forward faster. Klubeck begins noting that the difficulty driving change isn’t that Leaders lack the traits and talents to lead; that Managers come off the pages of a Dilbert cartoon strip; or that Doers are lazy and unskilled. To the contrary: most organizations have skilled people, in the right positions, throughout the organization. The problem is that in organizations that struggle, there is generally a lack focus and clarity of purpose.
During this three-hour workshop, teams of co-workers learn the three key roles in a team: Leader, Manager, and Doer. They also learn the function associated with each role: Leaders clarify and refine the WHY, Managers determine the WHAT, Doers develop the HOW. Each team member learns the importance of staying in his or her own lane, and receives coaching to maintain that lane. Commitment, as well as long-term practice, eventually creates the discipline necessary to streamline routes to success and prevent “collisions.” This workshop is an amazing opportunity for teams of co-workers to understand team roles and build trust among team members. Developing trust, by relying on and allowing people the freedom to perform their job, is critical in organizations where technology is changing the learning or working dynamic.
Drive Team Success—Know and build your team based on individual strengths (CliftonStrengths assessment and coaching).
Leadership expert and certified CliftonStengths coach, Dr. Bruce DeRuntz leads this intensive working session for teams. During this three-hour workshop, co-workers come to know, respect, and value their individual strengths. Participants also begin to recognize the benefit of unique personality traits as strengths to be utilized rather than weaknesses to be dealt with. After evaluating individual strengths, Bruce coaches teams to combine and leverage the best of their individual strengths to boost team performance. This workshop is an extraordinary opportunity for teams of co-workers to improve their personal and team efforts.
eSports—More than just a game—What is it, why is it important, and lessons on establishing an eSports presence.
You may not know what eSports is or may not see the draw of competitors challenging each other in virtual reality, but eSports now draws the 8th largest audience of any televised sport. People are pursuing lucrative careers in eSports as competitors with sponsors, coaches, event coordinators, game developers, and all other roles involved in sports-related businesses. Universities are pursuing top athletes with scholarships and spectacular facilities—and gaining recognition for their eSports teams. Join Kent Epplin, Brandon Macier, and other eSports development experts as they explain the importance and value of eSports in higher-ed environments and share information about the efforts SIU has put forth.
Coaching Millennials—Motivating them to reach further, accept challenge, and achieve more.
Today, more than 56 million people, the majority of the workforce, are Millennials. This is the first technology-centric work majority ever. They bring inherent technology skills to the workplace, rely on it, and expect it. Despite any criticism, these are talented, innovative people learning their way as employees and fast becoming the next generation of business and technology leaders. Diogo Seixas brings insights about coaching the Millennial workforce, to help them reach further, accept challenge, and achieve more.
Is it Real or is it Fake? How to evaluate information in the Information Age.
A presentation with Jennifer Horton, Science Librarian, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Fake news and information is nothing new, but in a time where technology has given us the ability to share information across the world, in real-time, by anyone—anonymous or known, the power of corrupt information has never been as evident. The need to identify trusted sources for information, maintain the integrity of information, and build skills in information literacy are critical to all of us. There is no greater need for these skills than among technology students and professionals; areas where the consequences of using bad information has significant consequences. In this presentation, Jennifer Horton offers tips to help you identify fake or misleading news and information, and explains how to read beyond the headlines and content to distinguish fact from fiction. Examples of news, social media posts, and internet content illustrate evaluation techniques that professionals, educators, and students can use and teach.
Smart Campuses, Smart Cities—What new generations expect from the "space" around them.
A presentation with Al Gietl , Senior Client Executive, Verizon Business Markets
Campuses, buildings, cities, and homes are becoming smarter every day—and each new generation expects more from all of the spaces around them. In this session, Al Gietl shares state-of-the art innovations that are changing the spaces around us into "smart spaces." In these spaces, intangible and physical technologies are merging to create safer environments, that can be utilized better, run more efficiently, and managed in more cost effective ways. Al shows and discusses innovations in smart space technology including intelligent LED lighting, video surveillance, public safety video surveillance, real-time response systems, infrastructure management systems, and digital kiosks. Al also notes that that 5G is here, and discusses the key advantages of the 5G mm Wave.
Is Siri Really Old Enough to Drive?—Challenges, ethics, and developments in autonomous vehicles.
As autonomous vehicles take the streets, we must be certain that they are safe. As we have learned from tragic incidents involving autonomous vehicles, we need better methods to test and develop these systems. Although most people think of these vehicles as cars, buses, or trucks they are extremely complex technology systems that incorporate core machine learning components. This is what operates autonomous vehicles and allows them to interact with a dynamic environment. In this session, Bardh Hoxha discusses recent developments in autonomous system testing and development, specifically, challenges surrounding sensing, perception, decision-making, control, actuation...and even ethics. Bardh will also touch upon initiatives the Department of Computer Science and SIU are taking to prepare students for a future that includes automated system.
Technology Propels Young Minds to Take Flight—Using aerospace technology and education to make STEM fields enticing to students.
It can be difficult to interest young people in STEM careers because of perceived educational barriers. This has and continues to create a huge gap in the growing number of technology-centric jobs versus the skilled people needed to fill them. If we cannot interest students in technology/STEM fields, our pipeline of technology professionals dwindles. In this session, Steven Goetz shares how the draw of aviation and the aerospace industry can provide a hands-on foundation for engaging students in technology/STEM fields and equip them with marketable skills in a variety of technology fields. Steve offers ways to do this with minimal financial outlay.
IT That Doesn't Support an Organization's Goals Is an Expensive Hobby—Positioning IT as an organizational enabler.
Have you ever experienced a fast start on a big idea that consumed your team’s time and your organization's resources, but in the end added no value to your organization? In this session, Paul Fleming discusses seven focus areas that help information technology professionals align technology activities with organizational goals. These focus areas can be leveraged both within an IT department and across the entire organization. Learn how to shift perceptions of your IT organization from overhead expense to strategic enabler and administrative partner. These concepts are applicable at all levels of IT and can be adapted to any size organization. Administrators and business leaders will benefit from this session by learning how to incorporate IT’s expertise in decision-making discussions, and leverage the power of technology tools to capture strategic opportunities.
Using Technology to Fuel an Organization or a Region—Developing a climate and culture of innovation.
A presentation and discussion with Deborah Barnett, Director of Business Incubator Programs, Office of Economic and Regional Development - Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and other regional development experts
Technology is so pervasive throughout our economy, that all businesses, all organizations, and all individuals are affected by it. Similarly, technology can also be used to develop and promote businesses and economic regions. Join Deb Barnett and other regional development experts in a discussion surrounding the use and application of technology as a driver of organizational and regional development. Session 2 is recommended as a follow up to this session. In this workshop, participants will develop a list of action items relevant to educators, businesses, technicians, and community members. The add-on tour to the SIU Innovation Center and Business Incubator is highly recommended for participants in the session. Learn about Small Business Development Center resources, tour the facility, and talk with entrepreneurs who are growing their business in the incubator. Maybe select a space for your own technology startup! Session participants received access to the EcoSystem Mapping Tool and Resource Guide.
The Power of Data is Limitless—How the combination of vision, imagination, need, and technology can open endless opportunity.
Data is statistic until a person with vision, imagination, or need starts asking questions. This person might be a technology expert or a business analyst, but technology has advanced to the point where anyone can use Machine Data Platforms—a centralized data engine—for asking questions in real time to get answers immediately. Imagine what you can learn about your organization. Frank Myers cites use cases that reveal what other institutions have learned about recruiting and retention; student needs and success; compliance; athletic performance; and organizational security. Then, what did these institutions do with this data-based knowledge to improve performance and open opportunity? Don’t let the university backdrop dissuade you from this session—purposeful data use is a powerful tool for all organizations and businesses.
Fewer Devices, Less Expense, More Access—Driving value with virtual desktop computing.
Do you know the real value of virtual desktop infrastructure or VDI? The value is not in the infrastructure! Join Wil Clark as he shares the lessons learned at SIU Carbondale as part of the virtual desktop computing journey. If you are preparing a business case for virtual computing or are just looking to validate what you already know, this session can help. Decisions include more than just the financial calculations; we will explore factors that decision makers often overlook when comparing the cost of virtual and physical desktop computing. In this session, we will discuss how to leverage every aspect of VDI and identify the real value virtual computing can bring to your constituents.
Technology Drives More than “Success”—How unmanned aircraft propel economic change.
Remember when the word drone was new? It wasn’t that long ago—and “drones” were expensive and exclusive technology reserved for the military. Fast forward: It was estimated that 1 million unmanned aircraft (UASs), otherwise known as drones, were purchased during the 2018 holiday season. Consumer use of UASs has risen since 2010. Commercial use has grown exponentially since the introduction of the remote pilot certificate in 2016. UAS are now indispensable tools in countless industries, with applications in fields such as agriculture, fire-fighting, shipping, zoology…and everything in between. The use of this technology has no limits, other than the imagination. Steven Goetz discusses how this relatively new and growing technology has created new challenges, new professions, and new opportunities for the US economy. Learn how we can take advantage of this technology for ourselves, and the generations to come.
It’s Not What You Know, It’s What you Do—Practical steps to position IT as an organizational enabler.
In this session, Paul Fleming uses real examples to break down the concepts from three of the seven focus areas presented in IT That Doesn't Support an Organization's Goals Is an Expensive Hobby - Positioning IT as an organizational enabler. Learn how to apply the ideas of leadership, ownership, and governance to actual IT projects. Paul will present examples from his organization, and participants are encouraged to bring their challenging IT initiatives to be used as mini case studies.
What’s Happening in Our School Systems—The power of technology in accelerated learning and the lifelong struggle of those left behind.
In this enlightening session, Rajiv Shenoy explores the ways in which technology is shaping the new generation. What’s happening in our school systems—the power of technology in accelerated learning and the invisible yet chronic problems created for students with limited access to technology tools. If you don’t think a session on a K-12 issue affects you, remember these students will be entering educational institutions and businesses within a decade—whether we are prepared or not. Participants will leave with new insights and actionable steps.
IT Service Management—A new approach to drive real and perceived value within the organization.
Which would you choose: C-3PO or R2-D2? Your choice probably depends on your needs. As more technology solutions become available, IT organizations must shift their focus from technology provider to service provider to improve their perceived value to the organization. IT Service Management (ITSM) is the discipline focused on delivering valuable outcomes using technology. In this session, Wil Clark explores why IT organizations are embracing service over technology, and what is needed to begin a service management journey. This session focuses on ITIL, one of many methods to approach service management, as the service management framework. Although the ITIL framework is used in this session, the ideas are applicable in all organizations wanting to improve service performance and valued outcomes.
Technology Drives More than Economic Change—How aviation automation drives the global economy.
Remember when the word drone was new—it wasn’t that long ago—and “drones” were expensive and exclusive technology reserved for the military. Fast forward: It was estimated that 1 million unmanned aircraft (UAS), otherwise known as drones, were purchased during the 2018 holiday season. Consumer use of UAS’s has risen since 2010. Commercial use has grown exponentially since the introduction of the remote pilot certificate in 2016. UAS are now indispensable tools in countless industries, with applications in fields such as agriculture, fire-fighting, shipping, zoology…and everything in between. The use of this technology has no limits—other than the imagination. Steven Goetz discusses how this relatively new and growing technology has created new challenges, new professions, and new opportunities for the US economy. Learn how we can take advantage of this technology for ourselves, and the generations to come.
Time to Prepare for the Near Future—How to engage the coming workforce in transformational change.
Rajiv Shenoy expounds on the ways in which technology is shaping the new generation and why it matters to all of us. How will educational institutions take in and educate students with gaps in basic and essential technology skills? How will employers bridge the skills gap with entry-level employees who are years behind the technology curve? Rajiv identifies the leadership traits and organizational attributes needed for success in today's educational and business environments. As an educator: What can you do? As an administrator: What should you know? As an employer: What should you expect? Prepare to engage students, employees, and the future in transformational change. Participants will leave with new insights and actionable steps.
Running with BigDawg —The amazing power of SIU’s Advanced Research Computing Cluster.
SIU’s BigDawg Advanced Research Computing Cluster has earned recognition as a Level 3 resource by XSEDE, a collective of university computing resources, data, and expertise used by scientists in the United States. SIU earned this extraordinary designation (among 37 universities across the US) because we have the advanced computing cluster, and Dr. Chet Langin, an advocate of advanced computing and shared access to resources. In this session, Chet shares the basics of advance research computing, compares general computing power to the extraordinary power of an advanced computing cluster, and explains what the BigDawg cluster means to students and researchers at SIU.
Let’s Play—How to create a team, how teams work, and why online gaming is becoming a recognized, competitive sport.
You may love gaming or may be baffled by the popularity of virtual competition, but eSports now draws the 8thlargest audience of any televised sport. In this session, Victor Martin and the SIU eSports team members explain the draw of eSports and how teams are formed. Watch as SIU team members do a live demonstration of a popular eSports game on Guyon’s big screen. Talk with and play against SIU eSports enthusiasts.
Leveraging Trends and Creating Opportunity—Making the case for the business value of IT.
A casual discussion with Jeromy Franks, Senior Education Advisor, Gartner
Come discuss the trends and opportunities Gartner consultants and analysts are seeing in the field. Jeromy Franks leads this casual discussion about trends in IT based on Gartner’s Top 10s and CIO Survey. The discussion revolves around your questions and goes where you take it. This is an exceptional opportunity to get a glimpse into Gartner’s research and analysis around business, technology, and higher-education challenges and opportunities. Discover ideas to help your organization utilize its technology resources to build a successful tomorrow.
Using Technology to Fuel an Organization or a Region—Developing a climate and culture of innovation.
A working session with Deborah Barnett, Director of Business Incubator Programs, Office of Economic and Regional Development -Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and other regional development experts
In this session (the second of two), participants will develop a list of action items around using technology as a driver of organizational and regional development. Although the focus suggest "regional development," the content is relevant to educators, businesses, technologists, and community members. The add-on tour to the SIU Innovation Center and Business Incubator is highly recommended for participants in the session. Learn about Small Business Development Center resources, tour the facility, and talk with entrepreneurs who are growing their business in the incubator. Maybe select a space for your own technology startup! Session participants received access to the EcoSystem Mapping Tool and Resource Guide.
If You Ask, It Will Compute—Purposeful use of big data to generate new opportunity and deep understanding.
Data is statistic until a person with vision, imagination, or need starts asking questions. So how do we interact with system and application data? How do we ask questions to get deep insights and understanding? How do we use technology to deliver information that can be leveraged to improve the organization, deliver above and beyond expectations, conserve resources; and increase revenue? In this session Frank Myers shares scenarios and actionable ideas for leveraging data in your organization; What tools do you need? What can you learn from your data? And…what questions do you ask?
Coaching Methods for Millennials—Techniques to boost confidence and productivity in young employees.
Today, more than 56 million people, the majority of the workforce, are Millennials—they are currently your students or your employees—and fast becoming your workplace managers and leaders. Although their style and approach may be different, these are talented, innovative people learning their way as the next generation of business and technology leaders. In this working session, Diogo Seixas shares coaching techniques, activities, and exercises to mentor and motivate Millennial employees—boosting their productivity now and building the confidence to move into leadership roles themselves.