THOMAS MESERVY

Assistant Professor
Department of MIS

Email
Phone: 901-678-5005

Office Location: 311
Office Hours: MW 2:10 - 4:00 pm

Biography

Thomas Meservy is an Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems at the University of Memphis. He graduated with his PhD in Management from the University of Arizona in 2007.

His research interests include software development tools and methodologies, collaboration, and automated understanding of human nonverbal behavior. His dissertation focused on creating and validating systems to augment human capabilities in automatically detecting deception by observing nonverbal behavior. In 2001, Tom graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Management and a Masters of Information Systems Management. Since the late 90's Tom has worked as a software developer/engineer for small-medium sized businesses, as well as larger consulting firms. He enjoys systems development and has been an independent consultant advising firms on best practice software development techniques.

Tom holds a number of professional technical certifications including Sun Certified Java Programmer, Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer, Systems Engineer, Database Administrator and an Oracle SQL/PL SQL Certification. Contact Information 311 FCBE University of Memphis Memphis, TN 38152 Phone: (901) 678-5005 email: tmeservy@memphis.edu or tmeservy@gmail.com skype: tmeservy

Research

Tom's research interests include software development tools and methodologies, collaboration, and automated understanding human nonverbal behavior.

His dissertation focused on creating and validating systems to augment human capabilities in automatically detecting deception by observing nonverbal behavior. Tom's dissertation committee consisted of Dr. Jay F. Nunamaker, Jr., Regents' Professor in MIS, Computer Science and Communication, Dr. Judee K. Burgoon, Professor of Communciation, Dr. John Kruse, Director of Software Development at CMI, and Dr. Sandiway Fong, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Linguistics, and Cognitive Science. His dissertation, titled "Augmenting Human Intellect: Automatic Recognition of Nonverbal Behavior with Application in Deception Detection," seeked to understand how systems can augment humans in understanding complex communication between individuals by automatically recognizing and categorizing nonverbal behavior from video and audio streams. In particular, deceptive and truthful behavior from controlled experiments is compared with high-stakes, real-world field-data. Other research interests include Multimedia Information Extraction and Retrieval, Automated Analysis of Human Behavior, Pattern Classification, Information Visualization, and Software Development Tools and Methodologies.

Teaching

Tom has taught the following courses at the University of Memphis:

MIS 2770 - Introduction to Hardware / Software (Fall 07, Spring 08) - Systems architecture, data representation, processor technology and architecture, data storage, system integration, I/O, networking, operating systems

MIS 2845 - Introduction to Business Application Programming (Fall 08)- Software is essential to almost every organization to achieve their business objectives. This course introduces fundamentals of software development using languages and techniques widely employed in a business environment. Visual Basic.NET 2008

MIS 3770 - Introduction to Hardware / Software (Fall 08) - The ability to gather, organize, and interpret information is key to business success. Systems analysis and design is a series of steps that help businesses to fully utilize information. This course provides an overview of systems development life cycle including an emphasis on current systems documentation, use of classical and structured tools and techniques for describing process flows and data flows, data structures, file and input/output design and program specifications, data gathering and information reporting activities, transition from analysis to design.

MIS 7190 - Programming For Business (Spring 08) - Most organizations rely on software to achieve their business objectives. This graduate-level course focuses on fundamentals of programming for business projects, including Internet-based business applications and object-oriented programming languages. Topics include windows forms development, database integration, web application development, and web services. C# is the programming language used.

 

Service

Internal Service in Information Systems

MIS Colloquium Committtee (2007-2009)

·         with Bill Kettinger, Robin Poston, and Sandi Richardson

MIS Departmental Journal Ranking Committee (2007)

·         Select and rank departmental list of journals for tenure and promotion process

Advisory Council & Development Liaison (2008-2009)

·         Interface with advisory council members

·         Develop engagement plan for council members, faculty, and students

Technical Compentencies Liaison (2008-2009)

·         Chair

·         MSDN Academic Alliance Administrator (2007-2009)

·         Manage and maintain Oracle environment for MIS database classes (2007-2009)

MIS 2770 Course Coordinator (2007-2008)

MIS Department Graduate Studies Committee (2007-2008)

Undergraduate Student Organization Committee (2007-2008, 2008-2009)

Web renewal committee (2008-2009)

 

External Service in Information Systems

Workshop co-organizer, International Conference on Systems Sciences (HICSS) 2009 - Rapid Screening Technologies; other co-organizers include Jay F. Nunamaker, Judee K. Burgoon, and Matthew L. Jensen, 2008-2009.

Symposium co-chair, International Conference on Systems Sciences (HICSS) 2009, Credibility Assessment and Information Quality in Government and Business; other co-chairs include Jay F. Nunamaker, Judee K. Burgoon, and Matthew L. Jensen, 2008-2009.

Ad-hoc reviewer for various conferences (e.g. ICIS, AMCIS, HICSS) and journals (e.g. Small Group Research)