Professor of Information and Communication Sciences
Frank Groom is a Professor of
Information and Communication Sciences at the Center for Information and
Communication Sciences at Ball State University. He has conducted research into
high-bandwidth networking and the storage and transmission of multimedia
objects. Dr. Groom has most recently concentrated his research into MPLS-driven
fiber networks, intelligent agents, network-based data deployment, Cloud
Computing, and Big Data Storage and Analysis, and most recently Network and
Data Security culminating in his recent book of the same name. He has conducted
a number of national research projects using surveys, focus groups, personal
interviews, and student research culminating in two of his earlier published books.
Furthermore, he has conducted many specialized statistical research studies for
AT&T, McDonalds Corp., and Nth Dimension Software.
In addition to his graduate
level networking, Information Systems, Network Security, and Advanced Database
courses at Ball State, Dr. Groom annually conducts a graduate Research Methods
course for Ball State graduate students where he teaches many of the methods he
has employed in his own research. His research has been conducted both in
industry and at the university level studying both big data problems as well as
smaller situations. Dr. Groom has presented networking and data processing
courses to major American corporations among whom are PricewaterhouseCoopers, IBM,
AT&T and its various units including Bell Labs, Motorola, Digital Equipment
Corp. (now HP), Unisys, Ford Motor, Hillenbrand Industries, and McDonalds.
Recently Dr. Groom has created
and conducted in-class and on-line versions of Data Science and Big Data Analysis, Storage
Technologies and Management, and Cloud Computing Infrastructure and Services
classes as well as presenting papers at conferences on these subjects. His most
recent course is Network and Data Security. These four on-line courses plus the
on-line Research Methods course form a complete Data Science curriculum.
AT&T has twice sponsored Dr.
Groom to present advanced data processing and networking courses to the graduate
students and faculty of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications
(BUPT) and the People’s Republic of China Government Office of
Telecommunications. He was honored with being the Plenary speaker and having
two of his papers presented at the Plenary Session of the 1996 International
Conference on Information Infrastructure (ICII’96) in Beijing, China and a
paper presented as the Plenary Session for the World Broadband 2000 conference
in Tokyo. Furthermore, in 1996, 1998, and 2006, Dr. Groom presented papers on
ATM networking, Multimedia, and VoIP at the leading French Graduate School of
Telecommunications (Ecole Nationale Superiore des Telecommunications- ENST) while
consulting with research professors and reviewing the Ph.D. dissertation
research of current candidates.
In addition to publishing over 120 technical papers
concerning networking, systems design, corporate re-engineering, and object
oriented storage, Dr. Groom has published a number of books, among which are: The
Future of ATM and Broadband Networking, The Future of IP and Packet
Networking, The ATM Handbook, The Basics of Voice over Internet
Protocol, The Basics of 802.11 Wireless LANs, and Multimedia over
the Broadband Network. Further, he authored two chapters in other books: Network
Manager’s Handbook and Knowledge Management. He is the co-editor of the 4-volume 2006
Annual Review of Communications, and is one of the co-authors of the second and
third editions of Introduction to
Communication Technologies: A Guide for Non- Engineers with Drs. Jones and
Kovac for CRC Press and most recently Network and Data Security for
Non-Engineers with Steve Jones and Kevin Groom for CRC Press.
Dr. Groom has a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from
the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is ABD in Statistics from NYU, was
Division Manager in charge of the Information Systems and Data Processing Division
of Wisconsin Bell, and is the retired Senior Director of Information Systems
for Ameritech (now once again part of AT&T).