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Research Positions and Proposals

The InterNeg centre offers unique opportunities for all levels of students to participate in and advance the research conducted in the Centre. We seek individuals who are able to work within a team environment, but who are also capable of independent work.

Below you will find a description of the types of research positions and student projects that are available and on-going at the Centre. Should you be interested in any of the positions or projects, please contact Ms. Norma Paradis, Project Manager for the Centre.

Research Positions

          Post-doctoral fellow - not currently available          

   Job description:

The Post-doctoral fellow plays a vital role in the Centre. He/she should have a background in computer science, information systems or an equivalent and be interested in doing experimental studies in the area of decision-making and negotiation. The candidate will be directly responsible to the Director of the Centre and indirectly, to its faculty members. He/she will work closely with the project manager to maintain procedures and timelines and to coordinate the activities of the Centre. He/she must have a proven record of being able to supervise undergraduate and graduate students in development work.

   Skills and abilities:

System design and development
System development management
Previous experience in conducting laboratory experiments is an asset
Knowledge of statistical data analysis
Good English communication (oral and written)


          Software developer - currently available          

   Job description:

The software developers are important in several projects running in the Centre. The candidates will design, code, implement, test, and document software enhancements for our e-negotiation/e-market systems. He/she will also participate in the support, maintenance and enhancement of the existing code base.

   Skills and abilities:

Registered undergraduate/graduate student at Concordia University
Background in computer science, software engineering, information systems or an equivalent
Experience in software development using OO (object-oriented) and/or MVC (model-view/controller) analysis/design techniques
Experience with relational database technologies such as MS SQL/MySql
Experience with ColdFusion, PHP and/or ASP, and Java development environments is an asset
Knowledge of project management, e-business/e-commerce, software agents
Good English communication (oral and written)
Ability to work in a multi-tasking team environment

Proposals

The proposal descriptions given below are appropriate for Master level thesis projects. The design and implementation of the project would be done in collaboration with the Centre and would be supervised by one of its faculty members.


          SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) and E-market Places          

   Description:

SOA is a breakthrough technology that enables communication between heterogeneous systems. It has the potential to change inter-organizational systems, such as e-market places. However, some technical issues for applying SOA in e-market places remain unclear, since e-market places require multiple collaboration and quick information exchange that SOA may not fully support. This project aims to develop a prototype of SOA enabled e-market place in order to test the feasibility of such an implementation.

   Potential candidates:

Computer science or MIS students with strong technical background.

    Contacts:

Bo Yu, Shikui Wu


          Organizational Relationship and Supply Chain Management          

   Description:

Supply chain management is a business trend and a developing academic branch. Multiple models have been proposed to address supply chain issues, including economy, operation, strategy, etc. Supply chains actually are not static, but dynamic. Members join or leave a chain for many reasons. From a broader social perspective, a supply chain is fundamentally relational (e.g. in a view of power). This project aims to explore the critical factors that decide the appropriateness of relationship under supply chain management field.

   Potential candidates:

Management and strategy students.

    Contacts:

Bo Yu, Shikui Wu


          Modeling Multi-bilateral Negotiations          

   Description:

Even though bilateral (i.e. bargaining) and multi-lateral negotiations have long been studied in economics and political science, multi-bilateral negotiation (MBN) is still new. MBN stands for a situation in which one agent on one side negotiates parallelly with two or more agents on the other side. It differs from traditional auctions as bi-directional communication is allowed but no public information across the negotiations. Modeling this process may help us better design such negotiations and gain more knowledge about agents' behaviour in multi-bilateral negotiation.

   Potential candidates:

Economics and decision science students.

    Contacts:

Bo Yu, Shikui Wu


          Identifying Products and Services for Online Exchange          

   Description:

Various types of products and services have been exchanged online. While some markets survive, others fail. Disregarding other issues, one possible explanation might be that product and service is not good or suitable for online exchange in terms of their attributes. The attributes thus need to be identified and can then be used to categorize various types of products and services for online exchange.

   Potential candidates:

Marketing and MIS students.

    Contacts:

Bo Yu, Shikui Wu


          Design and Implementation of Graphical Support in E-negotiations          

   Description:

Graphs have been used in e-negotiations to support negotiators' decision-making. As information and communication technologies advance, the design and implementation of more dynamic, active and proactive graphical supports in e-negotiations is necessary. Graphs can be designed and implemented in an existing negotiation platform (i.e. Invite) to dynamically display the negotiation process with the exchanged offers/messages, actively position the proposed offers, and proactively predict the future offers or negotiation space. As such, graphs can not only provide decision support but also facilitate the negotiation process.

   Potential candidates:

Computer science, Decision science or MIS students

    Contacts:

Bo Yu, Shikui Wu


          Data Analysis          

   Description:

A series of laboratory and online experiments on e-negotiation and e-markets have been conducted in the past two decades. The participants are from all over the world. A set of questionnaires has been used to collect data on culture, behavior, strategy, task, technology and mechanisms that are involved in negotiations and auctions. These issues have been studied regarding the design, use and impact of e-negotiation and e-market systems. Given the abundance of the data, various data analysis approaches may be adopted to approach different issues.

   Potential candidates:

MBA, MSc and PhD students in DS/MIS, Management and Marketing (particularly those who take statistics courses such as linear regression, multi-variate analysis and structural equation modeling).

    Contacts:

Jamshid Etezadi, Shikui Wu

 
  May 26, 2017
 
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