Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speech 1: Wang Zhongtuo, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering

Wang Zhongtuo is a professor of Institute of Systems Engineering, Dalian University of Technology (DUT), and the member of Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE).

In fifties of last century, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, DUT. As the founder of Department of Control Engineering of DUT, he made a lot of contributions to the teaching and research works in the field of optimizing control and computer applications in industry.

In the year of 1977, he and other professors from famous universities of China initiated to establish the national graduate teaching and programs of Systems Engineering. As one of the originators of Ph.D Program and the founder of Institute of Systems Engineering of DUT, he devoted himself to the tasks of theoretical research in many aspects including decision science, complex system, etc. As a leader he has completed many projects from government and enterprises covering the strategic analysis of regional economic development, production planning of the petroleum refinery, planning and scheduling of the construction projects, and applications of information technology to the management reform.

In the years 1986-1988, he worked in International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (lIASA) in Vienna, Austria as the head of international collaborative project and was well known internationally for his contributions.

He has published 14 books and 9 translations, and more than 140 academic papers and reports.

He received 2 national awards, and 9 awards from ministries of Chinese government. He is now working in Knowledge Management and Complex Systems Engineering.


Keynote Speech 2: Arun Rai, Editor-in-Chief of MISQ


Arun Rai is Regents’ Professor of the University System of Georgia at the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. He holds the Robinson Chair of IT-enabled Supply Chains and Process Innovation and the Harkins Chair of Information Systems.  He is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of MIS Quarterly. He was named Fellow of the Association for Information Systems in 2010 for outstanding contributions in research, teaching, and service to the Information Systems discipline, and received the INFORMS Information Systems Society Distinguished Fellow Award in 2014 for outstanding intellectual contributions to the Information Systems discipline. He is a four-time recipient of the Robinson College of Business Faculty Recognition Award for Research, has received the Robinson College of Business Faculty Recognition Awards for Teaching and for Service, and was appointed Regents’ Professor in 2006 for outstanding contributions in research, teaching, and service.

For over 25 years, Dr. Rai’s research has examined how organizations can leverage information technologies in their strategies, inter-organizational relationships, and processes, and how systems can be successfully developed, implemented, and utilized to address business and societal problems. His studies have been sponsored by major organizations across sectors (e.g., IT, healthcare, automotives, transportation, manufacturing, financial services, government) as well as by thought leadership forums and government agencies. Dr. Rai has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and is ranked among the top scholars for publications in the Information Systems discipline’s premier journals. His work has been extensively cited in the Information Systems discipline and in the top journals of other disciplines including Accounting, Computer Science, Education, Healthcare, Marketing, Operations Management, Strategic Management, and Psychology. He has also given over 100 invited talks and keynotes to both academic and industry audiences.

Dr. Rai has chaired 29 doctoral dissertations and served as committee member on another thirty. Several of his former Ph.D. students hold senior leadership positions at their universities as well as at leading scholarly journals and professional organizations. He has developed and taught courses at the master’s and doctoral levels related to IT and strategy, supply chain management, technology and innovation, theory development and research design, and a variety of research methods. He has also developed and delivered executive education programs for major organizations, has consulted with C-level executives on digital innovation, and serves on the Board of Directors for a multinational healthcare corporation and for a leading hospital system in India.

Dr. Rai co-founded the Robinson College of Business’ Center for Process Innovation (CEPRIN), an interdisciplinary research center on digital innovation that promotes industry-university partnerships. He serves as the Director for CEPRIN’s interdisciplinary Ph.D. program and recently completed a third three-year term as Chair of the Robinson College of Business Promotion and Tenure Committee. He has served as Senior Editor and Associate Editor for Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, and Management Science, and as a panelist for the National Science Foundation.


Keynote Speech 3: Vijay Mookerjee, Senior Editor of ISR

Dr. Vijay Mookerjee

Mookerjee knew as a child that he wanted to be a teacher. His mother, father, uncles, aunts and grandparents have been teachers. After he earned his bachelor of engineering from Nagpur University in India, he worked for a software company in the early 1980s and his interest in information technology and its possibilities grew.

His research interests include social networks, managerial issues in information security, optimal software development methodologies, storage and cache management, content delivery systems, and the economic design of expert systems and machine learning systems.

In 2011, his research on how companies can improve the online forum experience for customers won the Best Paper award at the Conference on Information Systems and Technology, which is held in conjunction with the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) national meeting. In the co-authored paper, Mookerjee, his wife, Dr. Radha Mookerjee, and another colleague created a computer program that can help companies determine when they should provide expert input to customers using online forums.

Mookerjee said he is most proud of being named a fellow of the Information Systems section of INFORMS.

He is senior editor of Information Systems Research. He serves as an associate editor of several leading journals, including Decision Support Systems, Management Science: Information Systems Department, INFORMS Journal on Computing: Telecommunications and E-Commerce Area, Information Technology and Management and Journal of Data Management.

He has published in several journals, including Information Systems, Computer Science, and Operations Research.

He has been involved with the Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS), serving as co-chair of the WITS workshop in Australia in 2000.

Prior to joining UT Dallas in 2001, he taught at the University of Washington, where he received the PhD Mentor of the Year award. He earned his PGDM in systems and marketing from the Indian Institute of Management. He earned his PhD in management with a major in management information systems from Purdue University.