The CIS Department Represents the CBE at the 29th Annual Student Symposium on RSCA

IS Students won presentation award

The event is held annually to recognize student accomplishments in research, scholarship, and creative activities. Learn more about the event and our awardees...

The 29th Annual Student Symposium on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities, sponsored by the Office of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities, took place on March 12th, 2021. On behalf of Faculty Mentor, Dr. Jongwook Woo, and the entire CBE, we would like to congratulate CIS students Randall Lunetto and Mohsen Alam on winning an Outstanding Presentation Award for the “Hive on Yelp” project in the Business, Humanities, and Arts sector.

The event is held annually to recognize student accomplishments in research, scholarship, and creative activities, and provide a local forum for our students to gain experience in delivering a professional presentation. Three winners will be presented the Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Awards for first, second, and third place. The top 10 presentations will be selected to represent Cal State LA in the 35th Annual CSU Student Research Competition to be hosted by Cal Poly Pomona on April 30 - May 1, 2021.

The Symposium is open to all majors and to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Below is the abstract of their oral presentation:

Yelp has served and will continue to serve as a data-driven application. Yelp has published a dataset (www.yelp.com/dataset/) containing business information, reviews, user information, and check-in information. The research adopts Big Data platform “Hadoop” because the data set is 9.8 Giga-Byte that the traditional method cannot handle.  In the presentation, we will examine this dataset to provide descriptive analytics to understand business performance, geo-spatial distribution of businesses, reviewers' rating and other characteristics, and temporal distribution of check-ins in business premises. With the analysis, we are able to establish that Yelp reviews, tips, elite users and check ins have started to plummet over the years. Coincidentally, the report also establishes that Canadians have a more stable star ratings as well as sentiment ratings when compared to Americans.

Mohsen Alam’s industrial experience consists of working for LA County’s COVID-19 Contract-Tracing Data Team, the Children’s Medical Services Web Administration, and as an Information Systems Tutor at Mt. San Antonio College. Randall Lunetto's industrial experience includes Special Projects in Sales at Clutter and work as a General Manager at Yogaworks. Both CIS students have an impressive research in big data analysis/science and can be viewed here.

Once again, on behalf of the CBE, we would like to extend our heartiest congratulations on this wonderful feat!