Debabrata "Deb" Dey

Debabrata Dey
  • Davis Area Director, Analytics, Information and Operations Management
  • Ronald G. Harper Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Information Systems
  • Analytics, Information and Operations Management academic area


Debabrata Dey received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computers and Information Systems from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. He also earned his B.Tech. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, and Sysracuse University, respectively.

He previously was the Marion B. Ingersoll Professor of Information Systems at the University of Washington Foster School of Business. He also has served as the department chair, as well as the Founding Faculty Director of the Master's in Information Systems (MSIS) program, at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. 

Dey has research interests in several areas. Currently, his primary research interests are in information economics, digital piracy, information security, and business analytics. In the past he has worked on a variety of business issues related to heterogeneous and distributed systems, network pricing and performance, data mining, data uncertainty, data heterogeneity and quality, systems development and contracting, and technology diffusion.

His research has been published in journals such as Management Science, Operations Research, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, ACM Transactions on Database Systems, ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, Journal of Management Information Systems, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, and INFORMS Journal on Computing, among others. He has presented his research in conferences such as ICIS, HICSS, ISIS, PACIS, INFORMS, ER, TEIS, and WITS. 

Dey has served as a senior editor for Information Systems Research and as associate editors for Management Science, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, INFORMS Journal on Computing, and Information Technology & Management. He is currently an associate editor of Information Systems Research. He has served on program committees for international conferences and workshops, such as ICIS, WITS, and ER. He was a faculty mentor in the ICIS-2006 Doctoral Consortium and the co-chair of the AMCIS-2012 Doctoral Consortium. He served as the program co-chair of WITS-2003, as the program co-chair of WEB-2010, and as the chair of ancillary groups in ICIS-2003. He was also a co-chair for the track of completed research in ICIS-2001. He is a member of IEEE, ACM, INFORMS, and AIS. 

Dey is a U.S. citizen and married with a college-going daughter. He is a theater-enthusiast and spends his leisure trying to understand the fascinating world of theater.


Ph.D. in Computers and Information Systems, University of Rochester, 1994
M.S. in Computers and Information Systems, University of Rochester, 1992
M.S. in Chemical Engineering, Syracuse University, 1989
B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, 1986, Kharagpur, India


Research interests:

  • Ethics of AI
  • Digital piracy
  • Information security
  • Business analytics


Teaching interests:

  • Business analytics
  • machine learning
  • and AI† (technical and strategic aspects
  • organizational impact
  • policy
  • and ethical issues)
  • cybersecurity and information assurance
  • digital transformation and strategy