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Keynote Speakers

Prof. Kuan-Chou Chen
Purdue University Northwest, USA

Kuan-Chou Chen is the Associate Dean for Graduate Program and Research, Thomas M. McDermott Sr. Endowed Chair, Professor in Economic Development, Professor of Management Information Systems. He was the Department Head of Information Systems, Finance, and Business Analytics (2005-2016), as well as Interim Department Head of Department of Graduate Studies in Education (2013-2014) at Purdue University Northwest. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and his MBA from National Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan. He specialized in computer programming, system simulation, project management, decision support systems, data mining, system analysis and design, e-business strategy and application, supply chain management, network design and security, knowledge management, and information economy. Professor Chen has more than 90 scholarly publications, most in peer-reviewed journals. He is an active participant in several professional journals and serves on three paper reviewer boards. Currently he is an Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of e-Education, e-Business, e-Management and e-Learning. His productivity and scholarship have been recognized by his colleagues, being nominated three years in a row for an ^Outstanding Scholar Award. ̄ He also the recipient of Teacher of the Year Award (Purdue University Northwest, 2005).

Prof. Yongsheng Ma
University of Alberta, Canada

Dr. Yongsheng Ma joined the faculty of engineering, University of Alberta in 2007, and has been a full professor since 2013. Dr. Ma is a member of ASEE, SME, SPE and an Alberta registered Professional Engineer. He teaches Capstone Design Projects, Engineering Informatics, Engineering Economics and Manufacturing Processes. His main research areas include e-Manufacturing, feature-based design and manufacturing modeling, CADCAM, ERP process modeling and product lifecycle management. Dr. Ma received his B.Eng. from Tsinghua University, Beijing (1986), both M.Sc. (1990) and Ph.D. (1994) from UMIST, UK. In 2000-2007, he was a faculty with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Dr. Ma publishes actively in top international journals and conferences, especially in the field of Semantic Modeling for Product and Process Engineering. Dr. Ma had been an associate editor of IEEE Transaction of Automation Science and Engineering (2009-2013). Since 2012, he has served as an editor of Advanced Engineering Informatics. Due to his fruitful collaboration with a Canadian manufacturer, in 2012, he won the prestigious ASTech award sponsored by Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Foundation. Dr. Ma started his career as a polytechnic lecturer in Singapore (1993); and then a senior research fellow and group manager (1996-2000) at Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology. Dr. Ma also served in department selection committee (2012), faculty nominating (2009-2011) and evaluation committees (2011). Dr. Ma had been a member of General Faculty Council (GFC) and a university senator from July, 2013 to July, 2016.

Plenary Speakers

Prof. Virginia M. Peng
Ritsumeikan University, Japan

Virginia M. Peng is currently a professor of English at Ritsumeikan University, Faculty of Economics where she has been since 1995. She received her Master of Education (in TESOL) from Temple University, Japan in 1989 and subsequently a Masters through research in Linguistics from Macquarie University in 1995. She is a member of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) and Japan Association for College English Teachers (JACET) as well as being on the Editorial Board for JACET¨s Selected Papers. Since 2018, she has been President of the Japan Association of Systemic Functional Linguistics (JASFL) as well as being on the Editorial Board for JASFL Proceedings and Japanese Journal of Systemic Functional Linguistics. Her interests have been in language teaching particularly task-based language teaching, genre, brain functions and language, but also more recently in multimodal learning with smartphones, iPads and other devices, as well as with ideology and language.

Assoc. Prof. Daniel J. Mills
Ritsumeikan University, Japan

Daniel J. Mills, Ed.D. is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Economics at Ritsumeikan University. Dr. Mills holds a Masters of Science degree in Education from Shenandoah University with a specialization in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and a Doctorate of Education with a focus on Instructional Technology from the University of Wyoming. His research interests include mobile learning, digital games, and technology acceptance and adoption. 


Invited Speaker

Assoc. Prof. Larcyneil Pondoc Pascual
University of Mindanao-Tagum Campus, Philippines

Larcyneil Pondoc Pascual, is currently the Research Coordinator of the Research and Publication Center of UM Tagum College. Likewise, he is an associate professor of English at the Department of Teacher Education in the University of Mindanao C Tagum campus (UMTC) where he teaches language, linguistics, literature, professional, and general education subjects. He is also a research consultant in the undergraduate program as a panel of examiner, mentor,data analyst and grammarian. He holds a bachelor¨s degree in education and a Licensed Professional Teacher (LPT). Likewise, he obtained his master¨s degree in English language at the University of the Immaculate Conception (UIC), Davao City, Philippines. Prof. Pascual is a candidate for Doctor of Philosophy in Education specializing Applied Linguistics. Furthermore, he is actively involved in series of reviews for the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) and Licensure Examination for Criminologists conducted by the University of Mindanao. As an educator, he is also an active member of the following professional organizations: Philippine Association for Teacher Education (PAFTE) C Region XI, Conflict Sensitive Journalism (CSJ), and Linguistic Society of Mindanao (LSM).  

Speech Title: A Conversation Analysis on Student-interaction in a Simulated Telephone Conversation 
In this paper, the researcher underscored the various features during the conversation process. Using Harvey Sacks¨ Conversation Framework, the study further aimed to record, transcribe, and analyze the language used by the students in a simulated telephone conversation. Using conversation analysis, the paper highlighted how the linguistic communication was shaped by the conversational turn-taking system, transition-relevance places, and minimal responses. That is, to identify the utterances containing the functions and whether there are any devices used to give face to the interlocutor, identify the components of conversations and how the conversations of each speaker differ from one another. Furthermore, the researcher intends to give a vivid picture on how speakers knew when a current turn was about to end, and how did successive speakers coordinate their conversational efforts so that the talk flowed smoothly. The findings of the study revealed that there were a number of backchannel signals employed by the students during the simulated telephone conversation activity.


Assoc. Prof. Yu-Kai Huang
Nanhua University, Taiwan

Yu-Kai Huang is an Associate Professor of the Institute of Publishing and Culture Enterprise Management, Nanhua University. He earned his PhD at the Chiao Tung University (Taiwan). After earning his PhD, he worked as a logistics and marketing manager for several e-commerce organizations. His research interests include Logistics Management, Electronic Commerce, Marketing Management, Catastrophe Theory, Chaos Behavior and Nonlinear Dynamic System. Recently, his research focus on issues relating to logistics and supply chain integration, as well as issues relating to the role of -e-commerce in the definition of strategies and performance in supply chain management and on implementation decisions involving information systems and inventory managements.

Speech Title: Risk Management of Antifragile for E-Business
The internet represents a growing and huge market and the development of e-commerce is an efficient business model which enables new relationship between consumers and suppliers. In order to send goods or products to customer fast and safely, strong support from efficient logistics system is necessary. The logistics process is complicated and has a lot of risks. Risk management is regarded as the important issue in supply chain management, and the antifragile is the new concept of risk analysis. If managers understand the most antifragile parts in all business, they could take actions and know how to allocate resources to avoid risks happening. The objective of this study is to develop an evaluation model and discuss the risk of logistic delivery system via the Fuzzy Cognitive Map and Sensitivity Model. From the survey, we can establish an evaluation model to analyze and describe the antifragile, vulnerability and resilience of the delivery system using different kind of research methods. The results obtained in this study can be used to help the manager formulate strategies and reduce the risks proactively as well.

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