Professor Tharam Dillon, La Trobe University, Australia, IEEE Life Fellow


Professor Tharam S. Dillon has published more than 1000 papers in international conferences and journals, ten authored books and six edited books. His work has over 13,300 citations and an H-Index of 53 (Google Scholar). . Professor Dillon research includes Trust, Risk, Advanced Analytics and Data Mining, Neural Networks, Big Data, Web semantics, XML systems, Ontologies, Cloud computing, hybrid Neuro-symbolic systems, Internet of Things, software engineering and power systems computation. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE (USA). Prof. Dillon is a Fellow of ACS and IEAust. He has held Full Professor positions at La Trobe University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Curtin University. He was the Dean of the Faculty of IT at University of Technology Sydney. He was chair of the Working Groups IFIP 12.7 on Computational Intelligence, IFIP 2.12/12.4 on Web Semantics, the Technical Committees IEEE /IES on Industrial Informatics and IFIP TC12 on Artificial Intelligence. He is the General Chair of the On The Move Conferences (OTM) since 2010. He has been invited to give over 57 keynotes at international conferences. He is an Adjunct Professor at La Trobe University, Australia.

Professor James Christopher Westland


Professor James Christopher Westland is currently professor in the Department of Information & Decision Sciences at the University of Illinois – Chicago . He has a BA in Statistics and an MBA in Accounting from Indiana University and received his PhD in Computers and Information Systems from the University of Michigan . He has professional experience in the US as a certified public accountant and as a consultant in technology law in the US , Europe, Latin America and Asia . He is the author of numerous academic papers and of seven books: Global Electronic Commerce (MIT Press 2000); Global Innovation Management(Palgrave Macmillan 2nd ed 2017); Red Wired: China's Internet Revolution (Marshall Cavendish, 2010); Structural Equation Modeling(Springer 2015); Financial Dynamics (Wiley 2003); Valuing Technology (Wiley 2002) and Statistical Auditing with R (forthcoming 2018). He is the Editor-in-Chief of Electronic Commerce Research (Springer) and have served on editorial boards of several other information technology journals including Management Science, ISR, ECRA, IJEC, and others. He has served on the faculties at the University of Michigan , University of Southern California , Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Tsinghua University , University of Science and Technology of China, Harbin Institute of Technology and other academic institutions. In 2012 he received High-Level Foreign Expert status in China under the 1000-Talents Plan and am currently Overseas Chair Professor at Beihang University . He has advised on patent, valuation and technology strategy for numerous technology firms.

Vijayan Sugumaran


Vijayan Sugumaran is Professor of Management Information Systems and Chair of the Department of Decision and Information Sciences at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, USA. He is also the Co-Director of the Center for Data Science and Big Data Analytics at Oakland University. He received his Ph.D. in Information Technology from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA. His research interests are in the areas of Big Data Management and Analytics, Ontologies and Semantic Web, Intelligent Agent and Multi-Agent Systems. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles in Journals, Conferences, and Books. He has edited twelve books and serves on the Editorial Board of eight journals. He has published in top-tier journals such as Information Systems Research, ACM Transactions on Database Systems, Communications of the ACM, IEEE Transactions on Big Data, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, IEEE Transactions on Education, and IEEE Software. Dr. Sugumaran is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Intelligent Information Technologies. He is the Chair of the Intelligent Agent and Multi-Agent Systems mini-track for Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 1999–2019). Dr. Sugumaran has served as a Program Chair for the 14th Workshop on E-Business (WeB2015), the International Conference on Applications of Natural Language to Information Systems (NLDB 2008, NLDB 2013, NLDB 2016, and NLDB 2019), the 29th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS 2018), the 14th Annual Conference of Midwest Association for Information Systems, 2019, and the 5th IEEE International Conference on Big Data Service and Applications, 2019. He also regularly serves as a program committee member for numerous national and international conferences.

Professor John MacIntyre BSc PhD FRSA MBCS CEng


Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences
Pro Vice Chancellor
Director of Research, Innovation & Employer Engagement
University of Sunderland

His research covers the application of intelligent systems and artificial intelligence and adaptive computing techniques (eg neural networks, genetic algorithms, fuzzy logic, neurofuzzy systems, case-based reasoning and hybrid systems) to real-world problems. He has applied these techniques in a number of different domains including engineering, medical diagnostics, image processing, and bioinformatics. He has worked on developing techniques for data mining and knowledge discovery, as well as new techniques for pre-processing data in preparation for analysis or classification by neural networks. ...