Ting Peng Liang
Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan, China

Professor Liang is Director of the Intelligent Electronic Commerce Research Center of National Sun Yat-Sen University in Taiwan and the immediate past president of the Association for Information Systems (AIS). He is also a fellow and Leo Awardee for Life-time Achievement. He received his Ph.D. degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and has taught at the University of Illinois, Purdue University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and City University of Hong Kong in addition to his current affiliation. He also served as Dean of College of Management and the Provost of National Sun Yat-Sen University. His research interests include electronic commerce, intelligent systems, knowledge management, strategic innovation of information technology and neural information systems. His papers have appeared in MIS Quarterly, Management Science, Operations Research, Journal of MIS, Journal of AIS, and many other academic journals.

Speech title: Research Trends in Social Networking

Abstract: The rapid growth of the Internet and social media has increased the power of social networking and created a rich ground for innovative research. Factors related to social networking have been investigated from different dimensions. Many theories have been adopted in social networking research. In this talk, I will review major research trends in social networking and introduce a few of my own research related to social networking, including social commerce, word of mouth and social network analysis of neuroscience studies.

George Chang
Kean University, USA

Dr. George Chang is the Dean of the College of Natural, Applied and Health Sciences and Professor of Computer Science at Kean University. He has been with the University for twenty years and served as a dean for the last eight years. Dr. Chang earned his B.S. in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics and Statistics from SUNY Stony Brook, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Chang has authored or co-authored one book and more than twenty referred journal and conference publications. He was a co-principal investigator on three National Science Foundation (NSF) grant-funded projects, totaling over $1.6 million dollars. His research interests include databases, bioinformatics systems, data mining, visualization systems, high-performance computing and educational technology. He is a member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and ACM. He has been involved with the establishment of science and technology programs (Biology, Computer Science and Applied Mathematics) at Wenzhou-Kean University since its inception in 2011.

Speech title: Social Network Research: Past, Present and Future

Abstract: The proliferation of social network platforms during the last decade has generated a lot of research interests in how social networks are impacting our lives. The past and present social network research trends are presented. Together with trends in technology advances, future research directions are predicted. Finally, how social network research can be utilized to solve global issues is also discussed.

Keng Siau
Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

Professor Keng Siau is Chair of the Department of Business and Information Technology (BIT) at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. The BIT department offers four AACSB accredited business degree programs and a number of business minors and graduate certificates. The four business degree programs are: (i) B.S. in Business and Management Systems, (ii) B.S. in Information Science and Technology, (iii) M.S. in Information Science and Technology, and (iv) Master of Business Administration (MBA). The four degree programs are AACSB accredited. BIT is comprised of faculty specializing in Accounting, Artificial Intelligence, Business Analytics, Cyber Security, Entrepreneurship, Enterprise Resource Planning, Finance, Information Systems, Innovation, Leadership, Management, Marketing, Operations, Organizational Behavior, Strategy, and Supply Chain.

Professor Siau has more than 250 academic publications. According to Google Scholar, he has more than 10,000 citation counts. His h-index and i10-index, according to Google Scholar, are 52 and 123 respectively. Professor Siau is consistently ranked as one of the top information systems researchers in the world based on h-index and productivity rate. In 2006, he was ranked as one of the top ten e-commerce researchers in the world (Arithmetic Rank of 7, Geometric Rank of 3). In 2006, the citation count for his paper "Building Customer Trust in Mobile Commerce" is ranked in the top 1% in the field as reported by Essential Science Indicators. His research has been funded by NSF, IBM, and other IT organizations.

Professor Siau has received numerous teaching, research, service, and leadership awards. He received the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Distinguished Teaching Award and the College of Business Administration Distinguished Teaching Award in 2001. He was awarded the Organizational Leadership Award in 2000 and Outstanding Leader Award in 2004 by the Information Resources Management Association. He received the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business Administration Research Award in 2005. He is a recipient of the prestigious International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Outstanding Service Award in 2006, IBM Faculty Awards in 2006 and 2008, and IBM Faculty Innovation Award in 2010.

Speech title: Artificial Intelligence: Future of Work and Future of Humanity

Abstract: A revolution is unfolding before our eyes. In 2016, Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo beat 18-time world champion Lee Sedol in the abstract strategy board game Go. This win was a triumphant moment for artificial intelligence (AI). Both AlphaGo Zero and AlphaZero have demonstrated the enormous potential of artificial intelligence and deep learning. Further, AI is augmenting processes and skills in every industry, from self-driving cars and drones to virtual assistants like Siri and Google Home. AI is disrupting century-old transport and manufacturing paradigms. It is transforming how we communicate, learn, work, entertain ourselves, and relate to one another. The future of work and future of humanity will undoubtedly be transformed and molded by AI.