Akhil Kumar

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Professor of Supply Chain & Information Systems

Office Address 420 Business Building
Phone Number 814-863-0034
Email Address axk41@psu.edu

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Akhil Kumar joined the Smeal faculty in June 2002. He received his Ph.D. from Berkeley and has previously been on the faculties at Cornell University and University of Colorado. He also spent a sabbatical year as a scientist at Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ. He has published more than 60 papers in academic journals and international conferences. He was coauthor of a paper which received the best paper award at the INFORMS Conference on Information Systems and Technology in November 2001. Akhil serves on the editorial boards of Information Systems Research, INFORMS Journal on Computing and Information and Technology Management Journal. He has been a principal investigator for National Science Foundation, and also received support from IBM, Sun Microsystems and other organizations for his work. Akhil Kumar has taught the following courses at Penn State. MIS431: Database Systems (Fall 2002)MIS434: Internet Technologies (Spring, Fall 2004)MIS436: Business Data Communications (Fall 2003)BA523: Introduction to Information Technologies (Spring 2003)MIS/SCIS597: PhD seminar course (Spring 2003, Spring/Fall 2004)

Expertise

His current research is in workflow management systems, E-business and distributed information systems. His research interests are in workflow systems, e-services, various aspects of database systems, distributed information systems and intelligent systems, e.g., replication and concurrency control, data mining, online analytical processing, data structures for spatial data. ( Publications)

Education

Ph D, Information Systems, University of California, Berkeley, 1988

MS, Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1986

Information Systems, Indian Institute of Management, 1980

BS, Electrical Engineering, Indian Institutes of Technology, 1978

Courses Taught

MIS 479 – Entrprse Info Sys (3)
Management and implementation of enterprise information systems for business integration and supply chain management. MIS 479W Enterprise Information Systems (3) This course examines enterprise-wide information systems architecture for the business setting and examines current commercial systems, with a special focus on SAP R/3 development tools and techniques. Topics include: - The acquisition, installation and operation of Enterprise Information Systems (EIS), formerly referred to as Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) systems- The strategic decisions regarding approaches business organizations select for the acquisition and integration of EIS components and how executive level support for such endeavors is obtained- The overall management and coordination techniques used in the design, development and implementation of an organization's EIS, including the role that software vendors and other third party's play in the acquisition and implementation of enterprise systems.- The coordination and control of multi-party relationships. Specific analysis and design techniques are taught, including tools and methodologies for analyzing business processes in preparation for implementation of EIS, as well as database and data warehousing requirements.- The methods of determining data communication network requirements- The practical implementation concerns are addressed, such as preparing internal organizational units for migration to a new EIS architecture and to the maintenance and operation of EIS including concerns involving security and control.- The managerial and technical issues involved in the developing and testing of applications and user interfaces and customization of commercial packages.- The career planning issues and ways of obtaining training for specialization and advancement in careers involving EIS. This course is writing intensive. As such, student evaluations will consist of, at a minimum: examinations, position papers, case studies (written and oral), and assignments. Both individual and group assignments will be used. The objective is to enhance writing ability relevant to students preparing for careers in business. Group report writing, brief technical writing, technical documentation, end-user documentation, and memo writing will be covered. The major group writing assignments will be required throughout the semester, as well as individual assignments that will be prepared in preparation for the group. Peer assessments and instructor feedback and evaluation will be provided on a regular basis. This is a prescribed course for the MIS major.

MIS 479W – Management of Operations Information/ERP (3)
Management and implementation of enterprise information systems for business integration and supply chain management.

SC&IS 596 – Individual Studies (variable)
Creative projects, including nonthesis research, that are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses. A specific title may be used in each instance and will be entered on the student's transcript.

MIS 434 – Internet Technologies (3)
Technical foundations of the eBusiness environment and web applications development to support internet-based commerce.

SC&IS 496 – Independent Studies (variable)
Creative projects, including research and design, that are supervised on an individual basis and that fall outside the scope of formal courses.

SC&IS 505 – Management Information Systems Research (variable)
Research problems and issues in supply chain and information systems.

SC&IS 597E – Information Systems (3)
Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently; several different topics may be taught in one year or semester.

M I S 434 – Internet Technologies (3)
Technical foundations of the eBusiness environment and web applications development to support internet-based commerce.

M I S 597A – Foundations of Information Systems (3)
Special topics course.

B A 574 – Business Research (variable)
A project paper, comparable in quality and scope of work to a graduate thesis, on problems of a company.

M I S 436 – Business Data Communications (3)
Introduction to the principles and techniques of business data communication encompassing transmission concepts, network analysis, design, implementation, and administration.

MS&IS 496 – Independent Studies (variable)
Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

MS&IS 596 – Individual Studies (variable)
Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

SC&IS 494H – SC&IS Senior Honors Thesis (variable)
Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.

M I S 496 (Variable)
Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

Selected Publications

Zhao K., Scheibe K., Blackhurst J., Kumar A., "Supply Chain Network Robustness Against Disruptions: Topological Analysis, Measurement, and Optimization." IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 2018, pp. 1-13.
Kumar A., "Business Process Management." (Routledge), 2018, pp. 1-270, www.routledge.com/Business-Process-Management/Kumar/p/book/9781138181854.
Carmona J., Engels G., Kumar A., "Business Process Management - 15th International Conference, BPM 2017, Barcelona, Spain, September 10-15, 2017, Proceedings." (Springer), vol. 10445, 2017, pp. 1-340.
Carmona J., Engels G., Kumar A., "Business Process Management Forum - BPM Forum 2017, Barcelona, Spain, September 10-15, 2017, Proceedings." vol. 297, 2017.
Yang F., Zhong B., Kumar A., Chow S., Ouyang A., "Exchanging Social Support Online: A Longitudinal Social Network Analysis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome Patients’ Interactions on a Health Forum." Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 2017, pp. 1-25, doi.org/10.1177/1077699017729815.
Qian C., Wen L., Wang J., Kumar A., Li H., "Structural Descriptions of Process Models Based on Goal-Oriented Unfolding." 2017, pp. 397-412.
Knuplesch D., Reichert M., Kumar A., "A framework for visually monitoring business process compliance." Inf. Syst., vol. 64, 2017, pp. 381–409, dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.is.2016.10.006.
Kumar A., Barton R. R., "Controlled violation of temporal process constraints - Models, algorithms and results." Inf. Syst., vol. 64, 2017, pp. 410–424, dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.is.2016.06.003.
Wang S., Wen L., Kumar A., Wang J., Su J., "ExRORU: A New Approach to Characterize the Behavioral Semantics of Process Models (Short Paper)." 2016, pp. 318–326.
Kumar A., Indradat P., "Optimizing Process Model Redesign." 2016, pp. 39–54.
Pei J., Wen L., Ye X., Kumar A., Lin Z., "Transition Adjacency Relation Computation Based on Unfolding: Potentials and Challenges." 2016, pp. 61–79.
Eshuis R., Kumar A., "Converting Unstructured into Semi-Structured Process Models." Data and Knowledge Engineering, vol. 101, 2016, pp. 43-61.
Cheng H., Kumar A., "Process Mining on Noisy Logs – Can log sanitization help to improve performance?." Decision Support Systems, vol. 79, 2015, pp. 138-149.
Kumar A., Sabbella S., Barton R. R., "Managing controlled violation of temporal process constraints." 2015.
Knuplesch D., Reichert M., Kumar A., "Visually Monitoring Multiple Perspectives of Business Process Compliance." 2015.
Knuplesch D., Reichter M., Kumar A., "Towards Visually Monitoring Multiple Perspectives of Business Process Compliance." Proceedings of CAiSE Forum 2015, 2015, pp. 41-48.
Kumar A., Wang J., "A Framework for Resource-Based Workflow Management." Handbook on Business Process Management, 2015, pp. 507-529.
Liu R., Kumar A., "Impact of Socio-Technical Network on Process Performance." Proceedings of CollaborateCom 2014, 2014.
Kumar A., Zhao K., "Making Sense of a Healthcare Forum – Smart keyword and user navigation graphs." International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2013), 2013, pp. 1-7.
Knuplesch D., Reichert M., Ly L. T., Kumar A., Rinderle-Ma S., "Visual Modeling of Business Process Compliance Rules with the Support of Multiple Perspectives." Proceedings of ER 2013, 2013.
Yang C. C., Chiu R., Lin S., Kumar A., "Patient-Centered Research and Social Media." 2013, lifesciences.ieee.org/publications/newsletter/november-2013/438-patient-centered-research-and-social-media, Invited.
Rolia J., Yao W., Basu S., Lee W., Singhal S., Kumar A., Sabbella S., "Tell Me What I Don't Know - Making the most of Social Health Forums." IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics (ICHI), 2013, pp. 1-9.
Kumar A., Dijkman R., Song M., "Optimal resource assignment in workflows for maximizing cooperation." 11th International Conference on Business Process Management, vol. LNCS 8094, 2013.
Kumar A., Yao W., Chu C., "Flexible Business Process Compliance with Semantic Constraints using Mixed-Integer Programming (MIP)." INFORMS J. on Computing, vol. 25, no. 3, 2013, pp. 543-559.
Zhao K., Kumar A., "Who Blogs What: Understanding the Publishing Behavior of Bloggers." World Wide Web, vol. 16, 2013, pp. 621-644
Not ranked by department..
Yao W., Kumar A., "CONFlexFlow: Integrating Flexible Clinical Pathways into Clinical Decision Support Systems using Context and Rules." Decision Support Systems, vol. 55, no. 2, 2013, pp. 499-515.
Yao W., Rolia J. A., Basu S., Singhal S., Kumar A., "A Context-Aware framework for patient Navigation and Engagement (CANE)." IEEE CollaborateCom 2012, 2012.
Shan Z., Kumar A., "Optimal Adapter Creation for Process Composition in Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Communication." ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, vol. 3, no. 2, 2012.
Yao W., Kumar A., Rolia J., Basu S., Singhal S., "Towards a Formal Process-driven Framework for Streamlining Patient-centric Care." Computer Aided Software Engineering (CAiSE) Forum, 2012.
Huang Z., Kumar A., "A Study of Quality and Accuracy Tradeoffs in Process Mining." INFORMS Journal on Computing, vol. 34, no. 2, 2012
Published online in Articles in Advance, March 10, 2011. DOI: 10.1287/ijoc.1100.0444http://joc.journal.informs.org/cgi/content/abstract/ijoc.1100.0444v1.
Kumar A., Yao W., "Design and management of flexible process variants using templates and rules." Computers in Industry, vol. 63, no. 2, 2012
The 5-year impact factor of this journal is more than 2..
Yao W., Kumar A., "Integrating Clinical Pathways into CDSS using Context and Rules – A Case Study in Heart Disease." ACM Special Interest Group on Health Informatics (SIGHIT) Symposium, 2012.
Kumar A., Sen A. K., Sundari M., Bagchi A., "Semantic Notions of Weakly Correct AND/XOR Business Workflows based on Partial Synchronization." Proceedings of the IEEE Services Computing Conference (SCC 2011), 2011, pp. 8
acceptance rate: 16 % (27 out of 170).
Kumar A., Zhao K., Yen J., "Achieving High Robustness in Supply Distribution Networks by Rewiring." IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, vol. 58, no. 2, 2011, pp. 16.
Zhao K., Kumar A., Harrison T. P., Yen J., "Analyzing the Resilience of Complex Supply Network Topologies against Random and Targeted Disruptions." IEEE Systems Journal, vol. 5, no. 1, 2011, pp. 28-39.
Liu R., Kumar A., "Leveraging information Sharing to Configure Supply Chains." Information Systems Frontiers, vol. 13, no. 1, 2011, pp. 13
Published online: 20 October 2009. http://www.springerlink.com/content/h328hjq7686t1673..
van der Aalst W., van Hee K., van der Werf J., Kumar A., Verdonk M., "Conceptual Model for online Auditing." Decision Support Systems, vol. 50, no. 3, 2011, pp. 636-647.
Shan Z., Kumar A., Liu R., "Creating a Minimal Adapter for Multiple Business Process Composition." Proceedings of the Twentieth Workshop on Information Technology and Systems (WITS 2010), 2010, pp. 6
Papers are peer reviewed. Acceptance rate approx. 35%Proceedings are informally publishedThis paper was 1 of 5 finalists for the ***Best Paper Award***.
Zhao K., Kumar A., Spaziani M., Yen J., "Who Blogs What: Understanding Behavior, Impact and Types of Bloggers." Proceedings of the Twentieth Workshop on Information Technology and Systems (WITS 2010), 2010, pp. 6
Papers are peer reviewed. Acceptance rate approx. 35%Proceedings are informally published.
Kumar A., Yao W., Chu C., Li Z., "Ensuring Compliance with Semantic Constraints in Process Adaptation with Rule-Based Event Processing." The International RuleML Symposium, vol. LNCS 6403, 2010, pp. 16.
Eshuis R., Kumar A., "An Integer Programming based Approach for Verification and Diagnosis of Workflows." Data and Knowledge Engineering, vol. 69, 2010, pp. 816-835.
Shan Z., Kumar A., Grefen P., "Towards Integrated Service Adaptation – A New Approach Combining Message and Control Flow Adaptation." IEEE International Conference on Web Services, ICWS 2010, 2010, pp. 8.
Kumar A., Wang J., "A framework for designing resource driven workflow systems." The International Handbook on Business Process Management, Vol. 1, (Springer), 2010, pp. 285-301.
Huang Z., Kumar A., "New Quality Metrics for Evaluating Process Models." BPI workshop (BPM'08 Conference), Milan, Italy, Sept. 2008, 2008.
Kumar A., Liu R., "A Rule-Based Framework to Design Compliant Business Processes Using Role Patterns." The International RuleML Symposium on Rule Interchange and Applications, RULEML-2008, Orlando, Florida: October 30-31, 2008, 2008.
Kumar A., Shan Z., "Algorithms Based on Pattern Analysis for Verification and Adapter Creation for Business Process Composition." CoopIS'08, OTM Conferences, November 2008, 2008.
Kumar A., Liu R., van der Aalst W., "A formal modeling approach for supply chain event management." Decision Support Systems, vol. 43, 2007, pp. 761-778.
Kumar A., Wainer J., Barthelmess P., "DW-RBAC: A Formal Security Model of Delegation and Revocation in Workflow Systems." Information Systems, vol. 32, no. 3, 2007, pp. 365-384.

Editorships

ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, Associate Editor, (tmis.acm.org/), May 2014 - Present
International Journal of Services Computing, Editorial Board, (www.hipore.com/ijsc), September 2013 - Present
IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, Associate Editor, January 2007 - December 2012
Information Systems Research, Associate Editor, January 2005 - December 2007
International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management, Editorial Board, January 2004 - Present
INFORMS Journal on Computing, Associate Editor, March 2001 - May 2008
Information Technology and Management, Associate Editor, January 1996 - Present