Dr. Amar Gupta received his Ph.D. in decision support systems from I.I.T Delhi in 1980. He wrote his doctoral dissertation at MIT (1979-80). Before joining Pace University as Dean of Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Dr. Gupta worked at the University of Arizona (2004-12) and MIT (full-time from 1980 to 2004 and part of the year since 2004). When he was with University of Arizona, he was Thomas R. Brown Endowed Professor of Management and Technology in the Office of the Dean of the Eller College of Management, tenured and Endowed Professor in the field of Entrepreneurship, Professor of Computer Science, and the Founder-Head of the “Nexus of Entrepreneurship and Technology” Initiative. When he was with MIT, he was the founding Co-Director of the Productivity from Information Technology (PROFIT) Initiative, Director of the Research Program on Communications Policy, and Associate Director of MIT’s International Financial Services Research Center.
As an established computer science professor, researcher and innovator, Dr. Gupta has published 12 books and over 150 papers and articles, and pioneered in areas of the concept of 24-Hour-Knowledge Factory (from 2004 onwards), three-faceted approach to diverse Healthcare Applications including Mammography, and IBM PC-based presentation graphics. In addition, is the lead inventor of a broad patent on electronic processing of bank checks. He has mentored over 75 graduate students whose research was supervised by him. Dr. Gupta’s research has been supported by several millions dollars of grants and awards by US government agencies (including DARPA, NSF, the US Air Force, and the US Department of Transportation), and diverse companies including IBM and Honeywell.</p>
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In particular, the course will analyze the 24-Hour Knowledge Factory model in detail. This model envisages that a professional in the US will work from the usual work day from 9 am to 5 pm. At the end of the work day, the professional will transfer the work to a colleague in China or Australia who will then work from 9 am to 5 pm, based on the clock in that country. At the end of the latter's work day, the work will be transferred to a colleague in Poland or Romania who will work from 9 am to 5 pm based on the clock in Eastern Europe. Finally, the work will be transferred back to the original professional in the US, who will feel that a magic fairy was working hard while the professional was asleep.
Students with background in information technology will be encouraged to study the issue of new technical concepts that will foster the above type of collaboration. Other students will be encouraged to study the economics, business, legal, political, and other aspects of such knowledge-oriented frameworks based on the student's interest and background.