Keynote Speaker:

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.