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The Center for Research in Information Management (CRIM) enables collaboration with business communities, government, and Not-For-Profit agencies seeking innovative use of analytics. CRIM's focus is to aid its partners in rapidly adopting new and emerging applications of analytics and decision-making to drive efficiencies and differentiation.

Our Vision

To be the recognized leader in promoting the adoption and effective use of advanced analytics

Our Mission
  • To promote advancements in the knowledge of the analysis and management of business information assets
  • To serve as an expert resource in the interplay of emerging analytic methods and technologies for partners in Chicago, nationally and globally
  • To promote excellence in the management and practice of analytics and information management with the practitioner and executive communities
  • To promote the educational and professional development of UIC’s MIS and Business Analytics students

Projects at UIC

Industry Domain

  • Healthcare
  • Finance
  • Consulting
  • Telecom
  • Legal
  • Insurance
  • HR/Benefits Management
  • CRM
  • Sales
  • Business Planning
  • E-commerce
  • Banking
  • Retail
  • Supply Chain

Project Deliverables

  • Risk Management Solutions
  • Report Automation
  • Revenue Forecasting
  • Document Classification
  • Customer Engagement
  • Health Management Solutions


Projects span the range of difficulty levels with sponsors who are well established in analytics as well as new to analytics

Analytics Solutions Used

  • Data Visualization
  • Predictive Modelling
  • Machine Learning
  • Unsupervised Learning
  • Text Analytics
  • Experimental Design
  • Social Network Analysis


Faculty and students work together to build creative solutions to problem statements of a variety of businesses. For more details, visit here.



CRIM supports courses that offer students firsthand experience working with local companies on projects that address business and technology problems.

Advanced Systems Analysis and Design Project
This course concentrates on principles and concepts of analysis, design and development of information systems including project management. As a part of the curriculum, students get exposure in a real-time project with an external organization.

Business Systems Project
This course provides a project experience in a business setting where the students get a hands-on experience in analysis, design, development and evaluation of computer-based business information systems.

Applied Consulting
The Applied Consulting course is an introduction to the client-consultant engagement process typically used by consulting and professional services firms.  Students who aspire to go into the consulting industry benefit from this course, as will those who intend to serve as an internal consultant or operations analyst within any organization.

If you would like to participate in a student project, download and fill in this PDF and email or fax it back to us.


UIC Business faculty  are an integral part of CRIM. CRIM fosters a close relationship with Chicago business and Government community providing the faculty with a range of opportunities for collaborative and grant-funded research and courses offering external projects with Chicago business community. 

The faculty in our department of information and decision sciences is consistently learning and evolving by attending specialty workshops and speaking at prestigious forums and seminars. They are widely recognized for leading research and practical problems in topics pertaining to information management and data science. They routinely share their research at academic and industry seminars. CRIM is an important partner to the faculty to help foster critical support and build relationships with Chicago area businesses and government organizations.


CRIM is dedicated to building long-term collaborations with Chicago businesses by providing a variety of engagement models that provide the appropriate flexibility to our business partners.

As a business partner, you will have 

  • Access to student resources to support projects and eventual job candidates 
  • Ad space at CRIM events
  • Access to the CRIM resource library
  • Opportunity to work with our world renowned faculty


There are many ways to engage with CRIM at UIC, such as providing learning and internship opportunities to students. We also offer a traditional consulting collaboration that provides you with an opportunity to participate and invest in research incubation. We understand that each partner may have different preferences and priorities. We respect your choice of partnership and provide an option to choose to pay for selective faculty and student research costs on top of the fixed costs involved. As a partner, along with access to top students, you can opt to provide opportunities for scholarships and fellowships and help provide brighter student futures.

Big Data Symposium

The CRIM Big Data Symposium took place on March 31, 2016. Check back soon for information on this year's event.

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Research Partners

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International Institute for Analytics

 IIA is the hub of a network of analytics experts committed to knowing and sharing the keys to success in an economy increasingly driven by data. IIA guides research clients in their quest to build and grow their analytics programs with access to an in-depth research library, phone-based and in-person events, and custom training and advisory services.

As a partner, students and faculty get access to:

  • Library of written research
  • Case studies
  • Leading practice briefs
  • Recorded phone briefings and webinars
  • Slide presentations

For more information on memberships, visit International Institute for Analytics

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SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services and delivers proven solutions that drive innovation and improve performance for some of the most recognizable organizations in the world. The SAS software suite is developed to offer:

  • Advanced analytics
  • Business intelligence
  • Data management
  • Predictive analytics

SAS offers students an opportunity to enroll with the SAS Technical Enablement Academy for a 12-week Technology Consultant Program designed for pursuing a career as a SAS consultant. This also provides students with a chance to achieve SAS certification. Interested students may also apply for fellowships.

Visit SAS for more information.

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Teradata is a global leader in analytic data platforms, marketing applications, and consulting services, and helps organizations become more competitive by increasing the value of their data and customer relationships.

As an esteemed partner, Teradata provides resources on analytics and big data to UIC faculty and students. A registered user gets hands-on access to:

  • Software from Teradata, SAS and MicroStrategy
  • Wealth of articles and videos on key topics
  • Teaching notes to accompany cases and exercises for faculty
  • Real cases from some of the world’s leading companies like Ebay

Teradata also encourages certification training for both faculty and students and offers discounts for the actual testing along with providing deeper insights into career opportunities in data and analytics.

Faculty and students can register for free at Teradata University Network.