Keynote Speakers

Keynote & Plenary Speakers

Prof. Nathan Clarke

University of Plymouth, United Kingdom

Biography: Nathan Clarke is a Professor of Cyber Security and Digital Forensics at the University of Plymouth. He is also an adjunct Professor at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia.
His research interests reside in the area of information security, biometrics, forensics and intrusion detection and has over 200 journal papers, conference papers, books, edited books, book chapters and patents.
He is the recent past Chair of the IFIP TC11.12 Working Group on the Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance (2013-2019). Prof Clarke is a chartered engineer, a fellow of the British Computing Society (BCS), a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Information Security, a senior member of the IEEE and the author of Transparent Authentication: Biometrics, RFID and Behavioural Profiling published by Springer and Computer Forensics: A Pocket Guide published by IT Governance.


Prof. Adrian Hopgood
University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Biography: Adrian Hopgood is Professor of Intelligent Systems at the University of Portsmouth, where he is Director of the Future & Emerging Technologies theme and of the South Coast Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications. 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.
Professor Hopgood 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 scientific roles with Systems Designers PLC and the Telstra Research Laboratories in Australia. His 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” is ranked as a bestseller and its fourth edition is due in 2021.


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. William Hurst

Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands

Biography: Dr Hurst is an Associate Professor in Data Science and eXtended Realities in the Information Technology Group. He has over 100 international publications in the areas of data science, creative technologies, critical infrastructures, simulation and 3D graphics.
He has held several grants as Principal/Co-Investigator; some of which include EPSRC-funded 'Data Analytics for Health-Care Profiling using Smart Meters' (EP/R020922/1) and InnovateUK-funded Productivity Accelerator (
Prior to working at WUR, he was an award-winning Reader (Associate Professor) in Creative Technologies in the Department of Computer Science at Liverpool John Moores University, where he worked for 6 years. During this time he taught a variety of subjects including Data Visualisation, Digital Games Content Production, Internet and Web Technologies, Research Skills, Interactive Multimedia Systems, Advanced Multimedia, Digital Storytelling and Interactive media and games development.
His education includes a PGCert (Distinction) in Higher Education, a PhD in Computer Science (scholarship - focusing on Critical Infrastructures), an MSc with Distinction in Web Computing and a BSc(Hons) in Product Design.


Prof. Joanne Roberts

University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Biography: Professor Joanne Roberts is 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 the Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, International Business Review, and Research Policy. Joanne is author of Multinational Business Services Firms (Ashgate, 1998; reissued by Routledge, 2018) 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 Third Realm of Luxury, (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2019). Joanne is an editor of the academic journal Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation (Pluto Journals), and, an editorial board member of several journals including: Luxury: History, Culture, Consumption (Taylor & Francis), and critical perspectives on international business (Emerald).


Dr. Yu-Wang Chen

University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Biography: Dr. Yu-Wang Chen is currently Senior Lecturer in Decision Sciences at Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS), 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 AMBS, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Computer Science, Hong Kong Baptist University. He has served as the Programme Director for MSc Business Analytics at AMBS from 2014 to 2018, which led to a high QS ranking of 8th in the world. 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 50 research articles in leading journals, such as EJOR, IS, C&OR, KBS, IEEE T-FS and IEEE T-SMC, 5 books or book chapters and 30 publications in conference proceedings. He has completed as PI/Co-I several research projects funded by ERC, EPSRC, Innovate UK, NSFC, etc. He acted as Associate Editor or Editorial Board Member of several international journals.