Keynote Speakers

Keynote & Plenary Speakers

Prof. Adrian Hopgood
University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Biography: Adrian Hopgood is Professor of Intelligent Systems and Director of Future & Emerging Technologies at the University of Portsmouth in the UK. He is also a visiting professor at the Open University and at Sheffield Hallam University. He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the BCS (the Chartered Institute for IT), and a committee member for the BCS Specialist Group on Artificial Intelligence.
Adrian has extensive experience in both academia and industry. He has worked at the level of Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor in four universities in the UK and overseas, and has enjoyed technical roles with Systems Designers (now part of Hewlett-Packard) and the Telstra Research Laboratories in Australia.
Adrian's main research interests are in artificial intelligence and its practical applications. He has supervised 19 PhD projects to completion and published more than 100 research articles. His text book "Intelligent Systems for Engineers and Scientists” has been published in three editions and is ranked as a bestseller.


Shuliang Li

PhD, Life Fellow of the British Computer Society,
Reader in Business Information Management & Systems,

University of Westminster, United Kingdom

(Also Sichuan 100-Talent Scheme Visiting Professor at Southwest Jiaotong University, China)

Biography: 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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Prof. Joanne Roberts

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).


Prof. Michael Pace

Texas A&M University, USA

Biography: Michael Pace currently serves Texas A&M University as Executive Professor within Mays Department of Management. As a practitioner, Dr. Pace has held various positions related to project, program and portfolio management across a broad variety of organizations and industries. Dr. Pace received his doctorate from Capella University in Business Management with a specialization in Project Management, Masters from Sam Houston State in Forensic Science, and Bachelors from Baylor University in Forensic Science. In addition to his Mays appointment, he serves in adjunct roles with Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Texas A&M Energy Institute, and Texas A&M Engineering.
Dr. Pace’s research is focused on project management methodologies, especially the customization of a method to fit the project need. He teaches courses in project management, strategic management, and organizational behavior.


Dr. Yu-Wang Chen

University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Biography: Dr. Yu-Wang Chen is currently Senior Lecturer in Decision Sciences in the University of Manchester. Prior to his current appointment, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate, and then appointed as a Lecturer in 2011 at the Decision and Cognitive Sciences (DCS) research centre of Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Computer Science, Hong Kong Baptist University. He received the PhD degree in Control and System Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2008. His research interests are mainly in the areas of Decision and System Sciences, Operational Research and Data Analytics. He has published over 40 research articles in leading journals, such as European Journal of Operational Research, Computers & Operation Research, Information Sciences, Knowledge-Based Systems and IEEE T-SMC, 2 book chapters and 20 publications in conference proceedings. He has completed as PI/Co-I several research projects funded by ERC, EPSRC, NSFC, etc. He acted as Associate Editor of the Decision Analytics Journal (Springer) and Editorial Board Member of Complexity, Web Intelligence: An International Journal and International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management (Emerald).


Dr. Haiming Liu

University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

Biography: Dr Haiming Liu joined University of Bedfordshire as a lecturer in 2011. She received her PhD on improving the interaction between users and the content-based image retrieval (CBIR) system from three perspectives: user interaction model, interactive interface and users from The Open University (UK) in 2010.
She obtained her MSc in E-Commerce at University of Sunderland (UK) and BSc in Computer Science at University of Science and Technology, Beijing, China.
Research Interests: Interactive multimedia information retrieval: interactive content-based information retrieval; Information behaviours: information seeking, information foraging and sense making; User modelling: model user interaction, user profile analysis; Analytics: learning analytics, quantitative and qualitative analytics; Computer science application: user experience design for e-learning, e-business and e-government.

Title of Speech: Quantum Information Retrieval (Financially supported by the European Union)