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Junglas heads to Ireland as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar to study the Internet of Things (IoT)

Aug 28, 2018

Iris Junglas, associate professor of Management Information Systems, is among an elite group of scholars nationwide selected to study abroad during the 2018-19 school year through the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. She is one of eight Florida State University faculty members who were chosen this year for the program based on academic or professional achievements.

Screen Shot 2018-08-30 at 1.37.20 PMThe College of Business faculty member who specializes in business analytics, is spending the next six months in Ireland working with researchers at Maynooth University near Dublin to study how the Internet of Things is reshaping cities and companies. Her particular focus is on the city of Dublin’s ongoing journey toward becoming one of the leading smart cities in the world.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of billions of devices, including electronics, home appliances and cars that are connected and able to share data. Only a fraction of these “things” are conventional computing devices, such as laptops or smart phones. The majority result from innovations in the realm of sensor technologies, Junglas explained. This network of interconnected sensors is able to analyze, monitor and optimize the environment by making it smarter, more functional and more responsive.

“Data captured by the Internet of Things promises opportunities for improving a range of public services, including transportation, healthcare and utility management,” Junglas said. “However, the same data raises concerns about its governance, along with the type of business models that emerge as part of a new economy. After all, the collection and usage of billions of sensor points pose a new set of challenges whose breadth and depth for society is scarcely understood.”

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright international educational exchange program promotes understanding between the United States and participating countries. Each year since its beginnings in 1946, the program has provided hundreds of grants in more than 125 countries to support teaching and research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

“I’m honored to participate in this program,” said Junglas, who this past spring was the recipient of the college’s Graduate Teaching Award. “This is a fantastic opportunity to extend the network of people working in the area of the Internet of Things, and I’m looking forward to learning from people at the forefront of this field.”

While in Ireland, Junglas also will present a paper at the CIO & IT Leaders Summit on leveraging artificial intelligence to derive business benefits.

Before joining FSU, Junglas worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, the University of Houston and, most recently, the Institute for High Performance at Accenture. She has held visiting positions at the Ecole de Management in Strasbourg, France, and the Hautes Études Commerciales in Lausanne, Switzerland, and is a Research Fellow at the University of Liechtenstein.
   
Junglas is a senior associate editor of the European Journal of Information Systems, one of the leading journals in her discipline, and serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, MIS Quarterly Executive and the Communications of the Association for Information Systems. Her own work has been published in the European Journal of Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, The Journal of Strategic Information Systems and MIS Quarterly, among other scholarly publications.

Three other College of Business professors participated in the Fulbright program over the past year:

  • David King, chair of the Department of Management and the Higdon Professor of Management, spent the past spring in Austria researching and teaching on mergers and acquisitions.
  • Bruce Lamont, the Jim Moran Eminent Scholar in Business Administration and Director of Research for the college’s Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, conducted research on corporate acquisitions in Ireland.
  • Ruby Lee, professor of marketing and director of International Programs, was in Finland researching frugal innovation.

 

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