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Carnegie Mellon Heinz School Policy Management Information Technology
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Ramayya Krishnan 

Ramayya Krishnan

William W. and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Management Science and Information Systems
PhD, Management Science and Information Systems, University of Texas at Austin


Professor Krishnan received a B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, and earned an M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and a PhD in Information Systems from the University of Texas at Austin.

Professional Background

Professor Krishnan is an International Research Fellow of the International Center for Electronic Commerce in Korea and a Visiting Scientist at the Institute for Information Systems at Humboldt University in Germany. The institute is part of a national research center funded by the German National Science Foundation.

Community/Public Impact

Professor Krishnan is the co-editor for Telecommunications and Electronic Commerce at the INFORMS Journal on Computing, and an Associate Editor for Management Science. He recently co-edited a special issue of Interfaces on e-business and is currently co-editing a special issue of Management Science on OR and E-business. He is the immediate past president of the INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and Management Science) Computing Society. He has also served on the National Science Foundation (NSF) Expert Panel on Database and Expert Systems and on several program committees of information systems conferences. Professor Krishnan, with a group of Master's students, led the development of Artsnet, a world wide web-based information service for the arts. Artsnet is currently offered as a community service by the Master of Arts Management Program at the Heinz School.


Professor Krishnan's paper titled "On Parameterized Transaction Models for Agents in Electronic Markets for Decision Technologies" was awarded the best paper award at 1995 Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems. He has received best paper awards at the HICSS conference (1997), the Workshop on Information Technology and Systems (1996, 2000) and the AIS Conference (2001).


Professor Krishnan's research interests lie in problems that arise at the interface of technology, business and policy aspects of internet-enabled systems. His current research projects investigate the emergence of virtual communities in peer-to-peer networks, study intermediation in e-markets and the design of policies that take into account the competing needs of promoting data access and protecting privacy. His research on these topics is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Army Research Office, ARPA, and other private foundations.

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