IISE Data analytics & information systems (dais) student Mobile App Competition

Sponsored by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Data Analytics and Information Systems (DAIS) Division of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) announces the IISE-DAIS Mobile/Web App Competition to recognize creativity and excellence among its members and motivate them to commercialize their research/learning outcomes to accelerate the economic and societal benefits. The winner will receive a partial reimbursement of the registration fee, which is generously sponsored by the department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Scope of mobile/web app

Mobile/web apps that are based on any concept, principle, technique, or application related to the field of Industrial & Systems Engineering will be accepted.

Eligibility of Participants

  • A team can consist of a maximum of four members (3 student members and 1 faculty advisor). 
  • Student members can be undergraduate or graduate students from higher education institutes in the field of Industrial & Systems Engineering (or related fields).
  • Student members should be enrolled at the time of the submission of the proposal.
  • At least one of the students must be a member of the IISE and DAIS.

Competition Process:

  • Proposal Submission: Teams must submit a proposal (no more than 2 pages) describing their mobile/web app via email to the chairs of the competition steering committee by Friday, Jan. 25. The proposal must include 1) a list of team members and their affiliations, 2) a list of features of the mobile/web app, and 3) the target market segment(s) of the mobile/web app.
  • Mobile/web app submission: Teams must submit (a) a prototype of their mobile/we app, (b) a software design document, and (c) a demonstration video, via email to the chairs of the competition steering committee by Friday, March 12. The competition steering committee will evaluate the submissions and select a maximum number of four teams as finalists.
  • Oral presentation: The selected finalist teams will attend the 2021 IISE Annual Conference & Expo, ALL VIRTUAL to present their mobile/web app. The presentation will include (a) technical details of the mobile/web app, (b) a business plan to justify the need for their mobile/web apps in the marketplace, (c) a demonstration of the prototype.

Evaluation Process:

  • Decision on proposals (Jan. 25)
  • Selection of finalist teams (March 26)
  • Selection of winners (May 22-25)

Important Dates:

Jan. 25: Deadline for proposal submission

Jan. 29: Notices of proposal acceptance

March 12: Deadline for submission of prototype mobile/web app and documents

March 26: Notification to finalist teams

May 22-25: Oral presentations

Competition Steering Committee Chairs:

Cheng-Bang Chen , University of Miami

Saeed Ghanbartehrani, Ohio University

For more information, please contact Bonnie Cameron.

2020 Winners

1st Place:
Xiao Zhang, Liangkui Jiang and Morice Burnett
Faculty: Hantang Qin
Iowa State and North Carolina A&T State University
"Virtual Reality Training App of Machine Tools for Engineering Students"

2nd Place:
Brooks Matthew, Xuxue Sun and Yanqing Kuang
Faculty: Devashish Das
University of South Florida

3rd Place:
Mohammed Jarbou, Basavaraj Beeraladinni and Tanmayee Mandala
Faculty: Daehan Won and Sang Won Yoon
Binghamton University
"Kids Nest"

Past Winners

DAIS Division page