The Decision Theater Network’s (DTN) Tempe based research team was awarded the Herbert A. Simon Best Paper Award at the 9th annual Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology (DESRIST) conference. The paper, “Data Analytics and Human Trafficking,” describes an unprecedented application of design science principles to trafficking in persons (TIP), i.e., the pernicious enslavement of innocent victims for labor or sex. According to lead author Kena Fedorschak, “the research represents our groundbreaking effort to tackle a complex social challenge using the principles of design science. We took on a challenge that is ‘data poor’ and worked creatively to build various technological prototypes designed to leverage data from disparate sources and provide insights into the human trafficking problem.” The prototypes were built in an iterative manner, i.e., feedback received from stakeholders was used to refine subsequent projects. Dr. Kevin Desouza, the Interim Director of the Decision Theater, directed the efforts. Srivatsav Kandala and Rashmi Krishnamurthy, doctoral students at ASU, played a vital role in the research project.
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