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Karthikeyan Umapathy

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Short Bio

Karthikeyan Umapathy is currently working as an Associate Professor at the School of Computing, University of North Florida (UNF). He is the 2018 - 2022 recipient of the FIS Distinguished Professor in Computing Award. He is a co-director of Florida Data Science for Social Good (FL-DSSG). He received his Ph.D. in Information Sciences and Technology from the Pennsylvania State University. His research interests center on designing and developing complex information systems, analyzing web service standards, and empirically investigating information technology (IT) standardization processes. He uses service learning to provide a real-world software development experience for students by identifying projects from Non-Profit and Small-business organizations. He works closely with local software development companies to engage them within his courses. He creates a wide variety of opportunities within and outside of the curriculum to help students gain technical expertise and experience in providing professional service.

He provides technology consultancy services for small businesses, startup companies, and non-profit organizations. He has expertise in mobile and web application development. He provides consulting on technology planning, business plan, lean startup methodology, product development, and market testing.


The Florida Data Science for Social Good (FL-DSSG) program blends data science and technology design to inform and solve important social problems in Northeast Florida. FL-DSSG program at UNF is being spearheaded by Drs. Dan Richard and Karthikeyan Umapathy. FL-DSSG program is supported by contributions from the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, University of North Florida Foundation, FIS Professorship Award, and Jaguar Foundation.

Get Involved with FL-DSSG

The 2022 FL-DSSG Internship program was kicked off on June 6th. The FL-DSSG Summer Internship program supports six interns and three community partners. Internship is a 12-week program that runs from June 6th to August 26th. Please read relevant materials in the below links and feel free to contact me if your interested in getting involved with FL-DSSG or learning more about the program.

Event Promotions

August 17, 2021 from 4:30PM to 6:30PM

DSSG interns will discuss findings and reveal insights gained from the Barnabas Center of Nassau County, League of Women Voters of Florida, and Jewish Family and Community Services projects. The event is free but RSVP is required. Big Reveal will be held as YouTube Live event.

FL-DSSG Big Reveal Event Page  

2021 Conference on Information Systems Applied Research (CONISAR)

Conference dates: November 3 to 6, 2021
Location: Washington DC.

CONISAR Conference  
2022 Southern Association of Information Systems (SAIS) Conference

Conference dates: March 18 and 19, 2022
Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

SAIS Conference  

Quick Links

UNF Computing Senior Project

I am always looking for Web application projects from non-profit and/or small-business organizations that can be incorporated as student projects in my courses. Feel free to contact me, if you have relevant project needs for your organization.

  Senior Project Info  
  Project Poster Gallery  

Research and Thesis Opportunities

I am interested in working with both undergraduate and graduate students. If you are interested in working on your thesis in web services and complex systems development topics, feel free to contact me. If either topic does not interest you, I would be willing to work with you on a research topic of your interest as long as it is within realm of information systems and information science.

 Research Opportunities  

Office Hours via MS Teams:

By Appointment Only

Summer 2022 Courses

CIS 4618 - Expert Systems and Decision Support (Online)


Latest News

April 7, 2019

Won the SIG Best Paper Award at the 2019 AERA Conference

Won the SIG-Computer and Internet Application in Education Best Paper Award at the 2019 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference. The paper we presented was titled as Block-Based Versus Text-Based Programming Environments on Novice Student Learning: A Meta-Analysis Study.

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March 23, 2019

2019 SAIS Conference Paper Award

Won the Best Faculty and Student Paper Award at the 2019 Southern Association on Information Systems (SAIS). The paper we presented was titled as An Exploratory Study on the Influences of Website Quality on Actual Purchase and Moderation Effects.

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March 23, 2018

2018 SAIS Conference Paper Presentation

Presented a paper titled "Security and User Experience: A Holistic Model for CAPTCHA Usability Issues" at the 2018 Southern Association on Information Systems (SAIS), Atlanta, GA USA.

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