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Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Kuan-Chou Chen
Purdue University Calumet, USA

Kuan-Chou Chen is the Thomas M. McDermott Sr. Endowed Chair, Professor in Economic Development, Professor of Management Information Systems, and Department Head of the Department of Information Systems, Finance, and Business Analytics, as well as Interim Department Head of Department of Graduate Studies in Education (2013-2014) at Purdue University Calumet. 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 Calumet, 2005).

Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Yanzhen Qu
¡¡Colorado Technical University, USA

Yanzhen Qu is currently a Professor of Computer Science and the Dean of the College of Computer Science and Technology at Colorado Technical University (CTU), USA. Over the course of his 20+ years in industry, he has served as a senior or executive manager of product R&D and IT in several multinational corporations. He was also the chief system architect and director of development for several of the world¡¯s first very large real-time commercial software systems. At Colorado Technical University, Dr. Qu has led his faculty to create several new degree programs, including cybersecurity and data science at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and has also supervised many doctoral students to conduct their research work effectively and to complete their dissertations on time. Just in recent five years he and his students have published several dozen scholarly papers, several of which have won top awards at various international conferences. He has also coached CTU's student teams to win two finalist and one 1st place awards at The USA¡¯s Annual National Security Innovation Competition from 2012 to 2014. As a senior member of IEEE, Dr. Qu has served as general, program, and session chair at various meetings, and has been invited as a keynote speaker at many IEEE, ACM, ASIS, and IFIP international conferences, symposiums, and workshops. He is also an editorial board member of several professional peer-reviewed CS and IT journals, and has been a visiting professor at over 30 international universities. Dr. Qu's broad research interests include internet of things, cyber security, affective computing, e-learning technologies, software engineering, cloud computing, mobile computing, artificial intelligence, data mining, machine learning, and big data analytics. He received his B.Eng. in Electronic Engineering from Anhui University, China, M. Eng. in Electrical Engineering from Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Concordia University, Canada.

Plenary Speaker I

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.
Speech Title: Big Data Age Deep Informatics in Education, Commerce, Business, Engineering, and Manufacturing
Abstract: Networked information systems has enabled the globalization in the past thirty years and generated huge momentum for human societies across sectors of the global economy. The opportunity for a new revolutionary wave of deep informatics engineering has emerged with tremendopus impacts to every aspect of human life. This speech reviews the substantial platform technologies under the development trends from in the current big data age. Examples of the emerging products, modes of business, accessible mass information technologies, and new industrial competition are to be examined. Then followed are new challenges occurred with such trends for knowledge professionals, engineers, and employees. Deep reasoning, instant accessibility, connectivity, multi-disciplinary integration, interoperability, knowledge abstraction and unification, as well as plug-and-play modules of business are highlighted. From there, the speaker proposed unified feature modeling approach for deep informatics development and implementation.

Plenary Speaker II

Prof. Carin Chuang
Purdue University Northwest, USA


Carin Chuang is a Professor of Management Information Systems in the College of Business at Purdue University Northwest. Carin holds a Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems from Purdue University and two Master degrees from Michigan State University with an emphasis on hospitality information systems and urban studies. Carin previously taught ten years in the Computer and Information Technology Department at Purdue University Northwest --- Westville campus and was awarded University wide 2014-2015 Outstanding Teacher Award.

Carin teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Systems Analysis and Design, Project Management, E-Business Strategy, Principles of Information Systems, Database Management Analysis and Design, Advanced Spreadsheet Applications, and Internet Programming. Dr. Chuang has more than 50 scholarly publications.  Dr. Chuang¡¯s research interests focus on enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation and evaluation, system dynamics and simulation, business information system analysis, project management, e-business strategy, and experiential learning. Dr. Chuang was awarded four Scholarship of Engagement (SOE) Grants from the Indiana Campus Compact to design service-learning courses and community engagement projects.

Prior to joining academia, Dr. Chuang had 13 years industry experience and worked in well-known Fortune 500 companies including EDS (Electronic Data Systems), Caterpillar Inc. and Perkins+Will Global.

Plenary Speaker III

Assoc. Prof. Qing Tan
Athabasca University, Canada

Dr. Qing Tan is an associate professor in School of Computing and Information Systems at Athabasca University, Canada. He was born and raised in Chengdu. He left his beloved hometown in 1977 to study Aviation Automation at the Northwest Polytechnic University. He earned his PhD in Cybernetics Engineering for Robotics from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology) in 1993. As a foreign senior research fellow, he did the research on Telepresence Robot for the human acts simulation program at the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute in 1994. He did his post-doctorial fellowship at University of Alberta in 1996. He joined Athabasca University in 2007 with extensive IT industrial working experiences in Canada. Dr. Tan is teaching and developing both undergraduate and graduate courses including Mobile Computing, Computer Networking, E-Commerce, Enterprise Modeling, Cloud Computing, and Big Data Analytics. Dr. Tan¡¯s research interests and engagements include Location-Based Technologies, Mobile Computing, Adaptive Mobile Learning, Telepresence Robot, Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics, Cyber-Physical Systems, and Computer Network and Cyber Security. Dr. Tan received several Canadian national and provincial research grants. He has published many research papers on International journals and conferences. He also sits on many international journal editor boards and various conference committees.

Plenary Speaker IV

Assoc. Prof. Craig L. Israelsen
Utah Valley University, USA

Craig L. Israelsen, Ph.D. teaches in the Personal Financial Planning program at Utah Valley University (USA). Primary among his research interests is the analysis of mutual funds and the design of investment portfolios. He writes monthly for Financial Planning Magazine. His research has also been published in the Journal of Financial Planning, Journal of Asset Management (U.K.), Journal of Performance Measurement, Asia Financial Planning Journal (Singapore), Journal of Family and Economic Issues, and Financial Counseling and Planning.