General Chair:

Prof. Dr. Madjid Tavana

Professor and Distin guished Chair of Business Analytics Chairman of the Business Systems and Analytics Department
La Salle University ● Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19141 ● USA
Phone: (215) 951-1129 ● Fax: (267) 295-2854 ● Skype: madjidtavana
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International Journal of Management and Decision Making
International Journal of Applied Decision Sciences
International Journal of Knowledge Engineering and Data Mining
International Journal of Strategic Decision Sciences
International Journal of Enterprise Information Systems
International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems

Dr. Madjid Tavana is Professor and Lindback Distinguished Chair of Business Analytics at La Salle University, where he serves as Chairman of the Business Systems and Analytics Department. He also holds an Honorary Professorship in Business Information Systems at the University of Paderborn in Germany.  Dr. Tavana is Distinguished Research Fellow at the Kennedy Space Center, the Johnson Space Center, the Naval Research Laboratory at Stennis Space Center, and the Air Force Research Laboratory. He was recently honored with the prestigious Space Act Award by NASA. He holds an MBA, PMIS, and PhD in Management Information Systems and received his Post-Doctoral Diploma in Strategic Information Systems from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published 12 books and over 250 research papers in international scholarly academic journals.  He is the Editor-in-Chief of Decision Analytics, International Journal of Applied Decision Sciences, International Journal of Management and Decision Making, International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems, International Journal of Knowledge Engineering and Data Mining, International Journal of Strategic Decision Sciences and International Journal of Enterprise Information Systems.

Prof.Dr. Xilong Qu

School of Information Technology and Management
Hunan University of Finance and Economics,Changsha,Hunan,China

Prof. Xilong Qu is the dean of School of Information Technology and Management, Hunan University of Finance and Economics, he is also the master degree student advisor for both Xiangtan University and Hunan Institute of Engineering. Prof. Xilong Qu received his Ph.D on Southwest Jiaotong University, he finished his post-doctor study in Post-doctoral Research Center of Computer Science and Technology, South China University of Technology. Prof. Xilong Qu is the young core teacher of Hunan and a member of “121” talents program of Hunan. Prof.Xilong Qu joined 4 projects from the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (863 Program) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China, also he led the National Natural Science Foundation of Hunan, the Research Foundation of Education Bureau of Hunan Province, China and the National Science Foundation for Post-doctoral Scientists of China for 3, 1 and 1 times respectively. Prof. Xilong Qu published 4 books 35 articles (5 articles are indexed by SCI and the rest are indexed by EI). Prof. Xilong Qu is also invited for chairs and keynote speakers of numerous conferences and forums in China.

Program Chair:

Prof. Dr.Srikanta Patnaik

Department of Computer Science and EngineeringFaculty of Engineering and Technology
SOA University, Bhubaneswar- 751030 ORISSA

Dr. Srikanta Patnaik is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, SOA University, Bhubaneswar, India. He has received his Ph. D. (Engineering) on Computational Intelligence from Jadavpur University, India in 1999 and supervised 12 Ph. D. theses and more than 30 M. Tech theses in the area of Machine Intelligence, Soft Computing Applications and Re-Engineering. Dr. Patnaik has published more than 60 research papers in international journals and conference proceedings. He is author of 2 text books and edited 12 books and few invited book chapters, published by leading international publisher like Springer-Verlag, Kluwer Academic, etc.. Dr. Patnaik was the Principal Investigator of TAPTEC project “Building Cognition for Intelligent Robot” sponsored by All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi and Major Research Project “Machine Learning and Perception using Cognition Methods” sponsored by University Grant Commission. He is the Editors-in-Chief ofInternational Journal of Information and Communication Technology and International Journal of Computational Vision and Robotics published from Inderscience Publishing House,England and also Editors-in-chief of Book Series on “Modeling and Optimization in Science and Technology” published from Springer, Germany.

Publications Chair:

Prof.Dr. Mehdi Toloo

Department of Systems Engineering and Informatics, VŠB-Technical University of OstravaSokolská třída 33, 702 00, Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Dr. Mehdi Toloo is a Full Professor of Data Modelling and Analytics in the Department of Systems Engineering and Informatics at the Technical University of Ostrava in Czech Republic. He is an internationally recognized expert in Data Envelopment Analysis, Decision Analysis, Performance Evaluation, Multi-objective programming, and Mathematical Modelling. He serves as an area editor for Computers & Industrial Engineering. He has written fourteen books and published in top-tier journals including OMEGA, European Journal of Operational Research, Computers & Operations Research, International Journal of Production Research, Computers & Industrial EngineeringApplied Mathematics and Computers, Applied Mathematical Modelling, Expert Systems with Applications, Annals of Operations Research, Journal of the Operational Research SocietyInternational Journal of Advanced Manufacturing TechnologyComputers and Mathematics with Applications, Measurement, Computational Economics, Computational and Applied Mathematics, International Journal of Management Science, and The Journal of Supercomuting among others. He has contributed to numerous international conferences as a chair, keynote speaker, presenter, track/session chair, workshop organizer, and member of the scientific committee. He also was the Principal Investigator of many founded projects.

Organising Chair:

Prof. Dr. E. Ertugrul Karsak

E. Ertugrul Karsak is a Professor of Industrial Engineering, and Rector at Galatasaray University, Turkey. He is also the co-chairholder of the UNESCO Chair in Computer-Integrated Manufacturing established at Galatasaray University. He holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, and an M.S. degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). His areas of interest include decision analysis, performance assessment, product development, supplier selection, and technology evaluation and selection. Dr. Karsak is the author of numerous technical papers, which have appeared in leading academic journals including International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Production Economics, Production Planning & Control, Expert Systems with Applications, Applied Mathematical Modelling, Journal of Systems and Software, Computers & Industrial Engineering, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Applied Soft Computing, International Journal of Systems Science, Software Quality Journal, and Resources, Conservation and Recycling among others. He has contributed to a number of international conferences as a keynote speaker, presenter, track chair, workshop organizer, and member of the scientific committee. He also served as the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology from April 2008 to April 2014, and Vice Rector for Academic Affairs from January 2008 to February 2015 at Galatasaray University.

Prof. Dr. Yusuf Joseph Ugras

Prof. Dr. Yusuf Joseph Ugras has been at La Salle University in faculty and academic leadership roles since 1987.  As an academic leadership, he was Associate Provost, Dean, Associate Dean and MBA Director with focus on academic programming for working professionals and international audiences. Dr. Ugras brings over 30 years of academic experience from the world of Accounting, Finance and International Business Strategy. Dean Ugras has a strong background in corporate training and academic program design and administration.

He has published in Advances in Management Accounting, Accounting Enquiries, Southern Business and Economic Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, Health Care Financial Management, Journal of Management Systems, and Mid-American Journal of Business.  His research paper on Business Ethics is among the top 50 cited articles in the field. He has provided consulting services to several organizations including Crown Cork & Seal, Subaru America, UNISYS, Binney and Smith, Albert Einstein Hospital, Triump, and Carpenter Tech.  He has made presentations at various conferences including UPCEA, AACSB International, Mid Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration (MAACBA), American Accounting Association, European Management Accounting Conference, Management Accounting Research Symposia, and Philadelphia Controllers Conference. He has also provided assistance to several universities in improving their adult, and graduate programming. He has served as President of the American Accounting Association – Mid-Atlantic Region, as well as several positions with the Institute of Management Accountants. Most recently, he has served in the leadership positions with University Professional Continuing Education Association and American International Recruitment Council.

Prof. Kun Zhang

Hainan Tropical Ocean University, China

Zhang Kun, male, the Han nationality, born in May 1981, Jiamusi, Heilongjiang Province. Graduated from Dalian Maritime University; Ph.D. candidate of Hainan University; Professor; Master's Supervisor.

Professor in Hainan Tropical Ocean University. Guest Master's Supervisor in Tianjin Science and Technology University; Visiting Scholar at the Harbin Institute of Technology; candidate in the third level of Hainan province "515" Engineering; senior Member of Chinese Computer Society (CCF) and China Electronics Association (CIE); member of ACM and IEEE; the cultural industry experts in Sanya, Hainan Province; the informatization construction experts in Haikou and Sanya, Hainan Province, the cultural relics protection in Sanya; host of Key Laboratory of visual computer in Sanya; editor of country-level journal like Software and New Industrialization; reviewers of Several core journal like Computer Science, Acta Automatica Sinica and Chinese science paper, ect. So far, more than 100 papers have been published, including SCI/ EI papers, ect.

Co-Organising Chair:

Silai Zhou

Founder of IRNet


Bin Hu

Co-founder and contacting chair of IRNet

International Advisory Committee:

Prof. A. Ridha Mahjoub, University Paris Dauphine, France

Prof. Ali Emrouznejad, Aston University, United Kingdom

Prof. Briance Mascarenhas, Rutgers University-Camden, United States

Prof. Farookh Khadeer Hussain, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Prof. Francisco Javier Santos Arteaga, Free University of Bolzano, Italy

Prof. Gholam R. Amin, University of New Brunswick, Canada

Prof. Gregory Ulferts, University of Detroit Mercy, United States

Prof. Gül Temur, Bahcesehir University, Turkey

Prof. Hasan Bal, Gazi University, Turkey

Prof. Hür Bersam Bolat, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

Prof. Ibrahim H. Osman, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Prof. Imed Kacem, Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France

Prof. Jana Hančlova, VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic

Prof. Joshua Ignatius, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Prof. Josef Jablonský, University of Economics Prague, Czech Republic

Prof. José Luis Verdegay, University of Granada, Spain

Prof. Long Pham, University of Louisiana, United States

Prof. Luisa Tibiletti, University of Torino, Italy

Prof. Mariana Rodrigues de Almeida, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

Prof. Matteo Rocca, Università degli Studi dell’Insubria, Italy

Prof. Mehtap Dursun, Galatasaray University, Turkey

Prof. Michael Patriksson, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Prof. Mohsen Attaran, California State University-Bakersfield, United States

Prof. Rosa Lombardi, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Prof. Sahand Daneshvar, Eastern Mediterranean University, Turkey

Prof. Simone Domenico Scagnelli, Edith Cowan University, Australia

Prof. Sungmook Lim, Dongguk University, Korea

Prof. Vincent Charles, University of Buckingham, United Kingdom

Technical Program Committee:

Prof. Alexandros Fragkiadakis, Institute of Computer Science, Greece

Prof. Alojz Poredo, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Prof. Biju Theruvil Sayed, Dhofar University, Oman

Prof. Cristina Alcaraz, University of Malaga, Spain

Prof. Gerald Midgley, University of Hull, United Kingdom

Prof. Harry Bouwman, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Prof. Imran Memon, Zhejiang University, China

Prof. Ing Kong, RMIT University, Australia

Prof. Jianyi Lin, Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates

Prof. Junjie Lv, University of Wuhan Polytechnic, China

Prof. Krzysztof Koszela, Poznan University, Poland

Prof. Liang Zong, Shaoyang University, China

Prof. Loc Nguyen, Ho Chi Minh University of Science, Vietnam

Prof. Marko Krstić, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Prof. Mohamed Atef, Assiut University, Egypt

Prof. Mohamed El-Santawy, Cairo University, Egypt

Prof. Moustafa Mohammed Eissa, Helwan University, Egypt

Prof. Qiao Guo, Beijing Institute of Technology, China

Prof. Seema Verma, Banasthali University, India

Prof. Tongliang Fan, China Maritime Police Academy, China

Prof. Tongpin Liu, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, United States

Prof. Weilin Wang, University of Georgia, United States

Prof. Xinqiang Chen, Shanghai Maritime University, China

Prof. Yudi Gondokaryono, Institute of Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia

Prof. Alexander Ya. Fridman, Murmansk Arctic State University, Russia

Dr. NORAN AZIZAN BIN CHOLAN, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Malaysia

Dr. Md Zaheer Ansari, Cochin University of Science and Technology, India

Prof. Huaming Wu, Center for Applied Mathematics, Tianjin University, China

Prof. Alexander Gelbukh, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Spain

Dr. Fankang Li, INDIANA UNIVERSITY, Bloomington, IN, USA

Dr. Mudasir Maqbool, University Of Kashmir Hazratbal, India

Dr. Yahya Hassanzadeh Nazarabadi, Koç University, Turkey

Dr. Mohmad Amin DAR , Department of Pharmaceuticals Science, Kashmir University, India

Dr. Dalin Zhang, University of New South Wales, Australia

Dr. ZEESHAN SHAUKAT, Beijing University of Technology, Pakistan

Prof. Puneet Prakash, College of Business, Missouri State University, USA

Dr. Akbar Vaseghi, Dept of Nano-Biotechnology, Tarbiat Modares University, Iran

Prof. Rajasekharan Pillai K., School of Management, Manipal University, India

Dr. Shuangming Li, University of South Florida, China

Dr. Suresh Thanakodi, National Defence University of Malaysia, Malaysia

Prof. Chih-Hsuan Wang, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Dr. Yanyu Chen, Zhejiang Normal University, China

Dr. Yana Yuan, Haikou College of Economics, China

Dr. Caichuan Wang, Hubei Urban Vocational College, China

Dr. Lin Yang, Hubei University of Automotive Technology, China

Prof. Dr. Baolin Li, Hubei University of Automotive Technology, China

Dr. Xuchao Bai, Xidian University, China