Michael A. Erskine’s current research explores spatial decision support systems, disasterinformation management and the impact of instructional technologies on student success. A passion for understanding how information systems are utilized and a strong interest in spatialdecision support systems (SDSS), geographic information systems (GIS) and online mappingprovide the motivation for exploring how such systems empower individuals and groups toperform effective and efficient decision-making. Prior professional experience in the surveyingand mapping industry provides a unique background toward this investigation.
Alternately, a design-science approach is utilized to examine how disaster informationmanagement can be optimized to ensure timely response to large natural and man-madedisasters. This research involves the development of software systems and applying thesesystems to measure human-computer interaction effects. Real-world implementations areevaluated, since the complexity of modern distributed systems can be extremely hard to capturethrough simulation or experiments alone. Furthermore software artifacts, which result from suchimplementations, are an essential contribution of design-science research that drives both productdevelopment and future research.
Finally, a research stream exploring instructional technologies is fostered through over 10 yearsof managing and developing technologies to support academic initiatives within highereducation. Having led, or been an integral part of various technology implementations withinhigher education, provides a unique opportunity to research such systems using a case study approach. The primary motivation for this research is the rapid adoption of technologies thatsupport teaching and learning while ensuring that teaching and learning remain effective.