Keynote Speakers
ICIM2018 Keynote Speakers 


Prof. Alan Eardley

Staffordshire University, United Kingdom

Biography: Professor W. Alan Eardley was born in Stoke-on-Trent, England in 1949. Through part-time study as a mature student, he obtained a B.A. in Business Studies with first class honours in 1984 and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Aston University in the U.K. in 1989. His PhD, in Strategic Information Systems from Southampton University in the U.K., supervised by Professor David Avison, was awarded in 2001. Alan is Professor of Enterprise Computing in the School of Computing at Staffordshire University in the U.K. and is an Adjunct Professor at Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation in Kuala Lumpur. Professor Eardley researches, publishes and supervises PhD students in knowledge management and IT strategy and teaches research methods. He is a long-standing Member of the British Computer Society and is a Chartered IT professional.

Title of Speech: Improving the effectiveness of virtual enterprises in agile food supply chains: the case of the Mongolian Reserve Meat Program  

Abstract: This keynote describes a research project that developed an adaptive framework for improving the effectiveness of virtual enterprises in food supply chains in Mongolia in 2014 - 2017. The chosen case was the Mongolian Government-sponsored Reserve Meat Program. This involves the rapid formation of supply chains from farmer to consumer to exploit the temporary seasonal availability and short shelf-life of meat. The research took an empirical and quantitative approach to study the phenomenon. Based on a literature review, the factors that influenced certain organisations in to join in virtual enterprises were studied with a higher-order factor analysis. As a result, agility was identified as one of the main benefits that organisations can gain by joining a virtual enterprise. Next, a taxonomy of virtual enterprises was developed, distinguishing five clusters with differing degrees of agility and business potential. The study suggests that groups of enterprises with compatible qualities can take most advantage of supply chain agility and achieve the greatest agility and the highest levels of performance. These findings then allowed an adaptive framework based on common reference architectures to be developed. The framework includes guidelines for a ‘virtual enterprise breeding environment’ as a pool of enterprises with the ability to form temporary supply chains that can react responsively, rapidly and effectively to fast-changing opportunities. A structural equation model (SEM) was used to examine the model fit, based on the observed data. Then, a powerful clustered expectation maximisation algorithm was applied to the analysis of the grouped enterprises. Finally, a simulation-based case study was conducted to validate the framework. The results of the study provide rich empirical evidence of the beneficial impact of virtual enterprises on agility specific to food supply chains in Mongolia, while providing important theoretical and managerial insights that can be translated into a global context. 


Prof. Shuliang Li

PhD, Life Fellow of the British Computer Society,
Reader in Business Information Management & Systems Westminster Business School,
University of Westminster, United Kingdom
(Also Sichuan 100-Talent Scheme Visiting Professor at Southwest Jiaotong University, China)

Biography: Prof. Dr Shuliang Li is a Reader in Business Information Management at Westminster Business School, University of Westminster. He acted as BIM&O departmental Research Leader from January 2010 to July 2013. Prof. Li is also Sichuan 100-Talent Scheme Visiting Professor in China for research collaboration purposes. He is a life Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS).
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Title of speech: Quantum strategies, quantum games, agent-based simulation and intelligent systems for business and management 

Abstract: This keynote speech covers quantum games, quantum models, intelligent systems and simulation for business and management. In particular, the following research work will be presented.
- A survey of the current status of research on quantum games (Dingxuan Huang & Shuliang Li)
- Quantum games and models for competition (Dingxuan Huang & Shuliang Li)
- Quantum games and models for cooperation (Dingxuan Huang & Shuliang Li)
- Social media for brand virality and open innovation
- Intelligent systems and multi-agent-based systems for strategic decision making (Shuliang Li & Jim Zheng Li)
- Modelling & computer simulation of enterprise carbon intangible asset evolution; and a resilient multi-factor elasticity framework for low carbon cities (Yin Zeng & Shuliang Li)


Prof. Joanne Roberts

Winchester School of Art at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Biography: Professor Joanne Roberts is Director of Research and Professor in Arts and Cultural Management at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, UK, where she is also Director of the Winchester Luxury Research Group. Joanne gained her PhD at the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, Newcastle University, UK, and she has held academic posts at the Universities of Durham, Newcastle, and Northumbria, UK. Her areas of expertise include, creativity and innovation, luxury, knowledge management and international business. Joanne has written extensively in the fields of business and management. She has published widely in leading international academic journals including Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Management Learning, and Research Policy. She is author of Multinational Business Services Firms (Ashgate, 1998) and co-editor of: Knowledge and Innovation in the New Service Economy, with A. Andersen, J. Howells, R. Hull and I. Miles (Edward Elgar, 2000); Living with Cyberspace, with J. Armitage (Continuum, 2002); and, Community, Economic Creativity and Organization, with A. Amin (Oxford University Press, 2008). Her most recent sole authored book is A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Knowledge Management (Sage Publications, 2015). Additionally, she is the co-editor, with J. Armitage, of Critical Luxury Studies: Art, Design, Media (Edinburgh University Press, 2016) and the co-editor, with J. Armitage, of The Spirit of Luxury, a special issue of the journal Cultural Politics (Duke University Press, 2016). Joanne is an editor of the academic journal Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation (Taylor & Francis), and, an editorial board member of several journals including: Luxury: History, Culture, Consumption (Taylor & Francis), and critical perspectives on international business (Emerald).

Title of Speech: Can Knowledge Management Afford to Neglect Ignorance? A Case for the Management of the Unknown 

Abstract: Knowledge management is recognized as an important field of business management practice and research. Yet with its focus on the management of knowledge, it overlooks ignorance sometimes with significant detrimental consequences. It is therefore argued that knowledge management as a field practice and research should take account of ignorance. The nature of ignorance and its role in organizations is elaborated and a typology of organizational ignorance is presented. The benefits and challenges of taking account of ignorance in knowledge management strategies are considered. It is argued that an appreciation of organizational ignorance can offer a valuable means of reflecting on management issues, particularly given the bounded rationality of organizational actors in contexts characterized by ever increasing supplies of knowledge and information, growing complexity, and the need to respond quickly to opportunities and challenges. Moreover, the development of a managerial perspective on the unknown is necessary to overcome the dangers inherent in the of neglect of ignorance. 



Plenary Speakers
Prof. Ezendu Ariwa

Associate Vice Chair, BCS Health & Care Executive
BCS, Committee member for Green IT Specialist Group
University of Bedfordshire, UK

Biography: Professor Ezendu Ariwa is a Senior Member of Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (SMIEE). He holds the position of Director of Planning for International Outreach, at IAMTECH University, Sierra Leone, and Director of Studies (PhD Supervision) at the London School of Commerce (Associate College of Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK). In addition, he holds the position of Visiting Professor, Gulf University, Bahrain, University of Lagos, Nigeria and Kano State Polytechnics, Nigeria as well as Visiting Professor in Management Sciences and Computer Science at the Karakurum International University, Pakistan; Visiting Affiliate of the Green IT Observatory, RIMT University, Australia and Visiting Affiliate of ICT University, USA. Professor Ezendu Ariwa is also a Visiting Professor, Engineering Sustainability & ICT at Anadolu University, Turkey as well as the Director and Adjunct Professor, Agriculture Mechanization Centre (AMC) at Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo, Nigeria He has a good research profile and the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Green Computing (IJGC), Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Computing and Digital Systems (IJCDS), Journal of E-Technology, and the Associate Editor of the International Journal of E-Politics and the Associate Editor of International Journal of Distributed Systems and Technologies (IJDST). He is a member of Policy Co-ordination Committee of the International Research Foundation for Development (A Corporation of NGO in special Consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations). His research interest includes: Green Technology and Engineering Management Sustainability, Strategic Systems and Knowledge Management, ICT for Development, Knowledge Transfer in Developing Economy; Open Learning and Social Enterprise, Green Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, Renewable Energy and Climate Change, Green Technology Sustainability in Aviation and Maritime.

Title of Speech: Green Technology Taxonomy and Consumer Electronics in Healthcare Management Sustainability  


Georgina Cosma

Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom

Biography: Dr Cosma is a senior lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. She received the Ph.D degree in Computer Science from the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK, in 2008, and prior to that she received a First Class Honours BSc degree in Computer Science from Coventry University, UK, in 2003. Dr Cosma is a member of the IEEE Computer Society with Computational Intelligence, and Big Data Community membership. Her research interests strongly reside in data science, computational intelligence, machine learning and deep learning algorithms. Georgina is particularly interested in biomedical applications and predictive modelling.

Title of Speech: Identifying the Presence of Prostate Cancer in Individuals with PSA Levels <20 ng ml−1 Using Computational Data Extraction Analysis of High Dimensional Peripheral Blood Flow Cytometric Phenotyping Data 

Abstract: Determining whether an asymptomatic individual with Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) levels below 20 ng ml−1 has prostate cancer in the absence of definitive, biopsy-based evidence continues to present a significant challenge to clinicians who must decide whether such individuals with low PSA values have prostate cancer. We present an advanced computational data extraction approach which can identify the presence of prostate cancer in men with PSA levels <20 ng ml−1 on the basis of peripheral blood immune cell profiles that have been generated using multi-parameter flow cytometry.  



Tero Karvinen

Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Biography: Mr. Tero Karvinen is author and teacher. He has co-authored five books on rapid prototyping, including Amazon category best sellers "Make: Arduino Bots and Gadgets" and "Make: Sensors". His books have been translated to more than ten languages, including Chinese. He teaches Linux, configuration management and embedded systems in Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland. He previously worked as a CEO of a small advertisement agency. Tero is currently doing research on the survivability of configuration management tools in unreliable and hostile networks.

Title of Speech: Command And Control of Malware and Configuration Management Systems 

Abstract: Criminal malware has proven its ability to survive in hostile and unreliable conditions. Command and control architectures have evolved from direct master-slave connection to using intermediate proxies, third party servers, peer-to-peer networking and repurposing other channels such as social media. At the same time, benign configuration management used in enterprises is based on simple push and pull architectures both in the industry and in academic literature. Could the techniques used by malware help survivability of benign enterprise configuration management? 




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