Sean LaMarc Humpherys

West Texas A&M University
College of Business
Computer Information and Decision Management

About Me

Dr. Humpherys joined the College of Business in 2011. He received B.S. and M.I.S. degrees from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in Information Systems Management from the University of Arizona.

Currently, Dr. Humpherys is an assistant professor, the program director of computer information systems at the College of Business, West Texas A&M University, and was awarded a T. Boone Pickens professorship.

Dr. Humpherys is an active researcher in association with the National Center for Border Security and Immigration (BORDERS). The premise of his research is developing theories of Information Systems and of human behavior to aid in homeland security efforts, identifying deception/hostile intent, and identifying financial fraud using machine learning algorithm techniques.

His research involves decision support systems, machine learning algorithms, data and web mining, linguistics, cognitive science, HCI, and group systems. Research areas of interest include developing credibility assessment tools for aid in identifying deception, terrorism, and fraud; and, rapid screening of vehicle and pedestrian traffic across the U.S. border while maintaining operational efficiency and maximizing security. Dr. Humpherys developed theory and software to detect fraud using linguistic cues in the text portions of financial statements or in transcriptions of spontaneous speech. His software can detect fraudulent financial statements with 70% accuracy so far. By comparison, humans average only 54% deception detection accuracy. He has taught adult education since 1993, consulted in the IS field, served a term on the board of directors of a medical technology company, and teaches technical and non-technical academic IS courses.

Office Location
Classroom Center 208G
  • Office:  806-651-2396