Keynote Speakers

Terrence Deacon, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Prof. Deacon’s research has combined human evolutionary biology and neuroscience, with the aim of investigating the evolution of human cognition. His work extends from laboratory-based cellular-molecular neurobiology to the study of semiotic processes underlying animal and human communication, especially language.

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Bo Dahlbom, University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Bo Dahlbom is professor emeritus of Information systems at the University of Gothenburg and Research Director at Sustainable Innovation, a national center for energy efficiency in Stockholm. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and a long time advisor to the Swedish government on IT policy, most recently as a member of the Swedish Coordination Council for Smart Grid.

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Jack Copeland, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Jack Copeland is Head of Philosophy and Distinguished Professor at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, where he is Director of the Turing Archive for the History of Computing. He is also Honorary Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is one of the people responsible for identifying the concept of hypercomputation and computational models more expressive than Turing machine model of computation.

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Catherine Mulligan, Imperial College London, UK

Dr Catherine Mulligan is a Research Fellow in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship group with a joint appointment to the Department of Computing where she is Associate Director of the Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research. Dr Mulligan is also a Visiting Fellow at the Glasgow School of Art Institute for Design Innovation (INDI).

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Yixin Zhong, University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing, China

Prof. Yixin Zhong, Founding Professor of research center for intelligence science, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), China. Yixin Zhong has served as vice president of World Federation for Engineering Organizations (WFEO) and chair of WFEO Committee for Information and Communication. Yixin Zhong is currently chairman of IS4IS China Chapter. Yixin Zhong has published 18 books and over 500 papers in the fields of information and intelligence.


Schahram Dustdar, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Prof. Schahram Dustdar is Full Professor of Computer Science (Informatics) with a focus on Internet Technologies heading the Distributed Systems Group at the TU Wien. He is elevated to IEEE Fellow (since January 2016). From 2004-2010 he was Honorary Professor of Information Systems at the Department of Computing Science at the University of Groningen (RuG), The Netherlands. He is a member of the Section Committee of Informatics of the Academia Europaea (since 2015), a member of the Academia Europaea: The Academy of Europe, Informatics Section (since 2013). He is recipient of the ACM Distinguished Scientist award (2009) and the IBM Faculty Award (2012).

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Mark Burgin, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Prof. Mark Burgin received his M.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics from Moscow State University, and Doctor of Science in logic and philosophy from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He was a Professor at the Institute of Education, Kiev; at International Solomon University, Kiev; at Kiev State University, Ukraine; and Head of the Assessment Laboratory in the Research Center of Science at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Currently he is working at UCLA, USA.

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Olle Häggström, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Olle Häggström is a Professor of Mathematical statistics at Chalmers University of Technology and he works part time at the Institute for Future Studies in Stockholm. He built most of his career doing probability theory, but has in recent years worked on a diverse range of subjects, including climate science, artificial intelligence, philosophy and futurology. His latest book is Here Be Dragons: Science, Technology and the Future of Humanity (Oxford University Press, 2016).

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Sarah Spiekermann, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

Prof. Spiekermann chairs the Institute for Management Information Systems at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna). She is author of the book “Ethical IT Innovation: A Value-based System Design Approach”. In addition to this work, she has published more than seventy articles on the social and ethical implications of computer systems and given more than a hundred presentations and talks about her work throughout the world.

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Kun Wu, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China

Prof. Kun Wu is the director of the International Center of Philosophy of Information of Xi’an Jiaotong University (ICPI- XJTU), and also the vice-chairman of the International Society for Information Studies (IS4IS) and of its branch in China. His research mainly concerns the studies of philosophy of information, philosophy of nature, the theory of complexity and etc.