Keynote speakers listed alphabetically:

Guoqing Chen

EMC Chair Professor
Department of Management Science and Engineering
School of Economics and Management
Tsinghua University

Title: Information Systems Research and Education in China: Challenges and Opportunities in the Era of Big Data

Guoqing Chen is EMC Chair Professor of Information Systems at Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management (Tsinghua SEM). He was also appointed in 2005 as China’s National Chang-Jiang Scholars Professor by the Ministry of Education (MOE) of China. He serves as member of China’s National Advisory Committee for State Informationization, and president of China Association for Information Systems (CNAIS). He is chairman of China MOE’s Educational Steering Committee for Management Science and Engineering, including the head of the IS disciplinary group for over 600 IS programs nationwide. He is also vice-chairman of China’s Information Economy Society, among others. Professor Chen has been principal investigator (PI) for many important research initiatives including the China’s National Science Foundation (NSFC)’s major/key projects, as well as an ongoing NSFC International Cooperation Major Project on online merchants/platforms with the University of Arizona team headed by Professors Hsinchun Chen and Paulo Goes as co-PI. Professor Guoqing Chen is recipient of a number of awards/honors such as IFSA Fellow, the national Fudan Award for Outstanding Achievements in Management, etc. He is author of several books, including the ones on IT strategy and management co-authored with Warren McFarlan and Richard Nolan. Many of his cases on China have been published by Harvard Business School. Professor Chen’s teaching and research interests include E-business and IT management, business intelligence/analytics, soft computing and data modeling.


Sumit Sarkar

Charles and Nancy Davidson Chair
Professor of Information Systems
Director, PhD Programs
Naveen Jindal School of Management
University of Texas at Dallas

Data Revolution, Model Evolution

Sumit Sarkar is the Charles and Nancy Davidson Chair and Professor of Information Systems in the Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. He received his PhD in Computers and Information Systems from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester, his PGDM from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, and his B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. His research interests are in business intelligence, personalization and recommendation technologies, sponsored search, data privacy, information quality, the integration and reconciliation of data from multiple sources, and software release strategies. His research has appeared in Management Science, Information Systems Research, ACM Transactions on Database Systems, Operations Research, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, The INFORMS Journal on Computing, and several other journals and conference proceedings. He has served as the conference co-chair for the Workshop on Information Technology and Systems (WITS) in 1999, the program co-chair for the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) in 2001, and the conference co-chair for the IEEE International Conference on Services Computing (IEEE SCC) in 2009, in addition to serving on the program committees for many international conferences. He serves as a Senior Editor for MIS Quarterly, and is on the editorial board of Management Science, the ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, Risk and Decision Analysis, and Information Technology and Management, among other journals. Previously, he has served as a Senior Editor for Information Systems Research. He is currently serving as the President for WITS, and has previously served on the advisory board for WITS, the INFORMS Subdivision Council, and on the steering committee for the Conference on Information System and Technologies. He is a member of the ACM, the AIS, the IEEE Computer Society, and INFORMS. He has been a visiting faculty member at the National University of Singapore and the Indian School of Business, and a visiting scientist at IBM Research Laboratories.