Keynote Speakers

Guoqing Chen

Guoqing Chen currently is EMC Chair Professor of Information Systems at Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management (Tsinghua SEM). He was also appointed China’s National Chang-Jiang Scholars Professor by the Ministry of Education of China (MOEC) in 2005, and recipient of the Award for Outstanding Achievements in Management by Fudan Foundation in 2007. At present, Professor Chen is chair of Steering Expert Panel for NSFC Grand Research Plan on big data.

Professor Chen serves in many important committees/societies such as member of China’s National Advisory Committee for State Informatization, chairman of the MOEC Educational Steering Committee for management science and engineering disciplines, vice-president of International Fuzzy Systems Association (IFSA), vice-chairman of China’s Information Economy Society, vice-chairman of China’s Systems Engineering Society, etc. He was founding president of China Association for Information Systems (CNAIS, 2005-2013). 

Professor Chen has been principal investigator for a number of important national research initiatives including NSFC’s Major Projects on e-business and big data analytics. He has been leader for various international collaboration projects with Belgium, Czech, Germany, UK, USA, etc. His research and teaching interests include big data and business analytics, e-business and IT/IS management, fuzzy logic and data modeling, etc.


Kai Xie is a technical director of Foxconn technology group where he is leading the engineer team on 5G wireless network system and smart manufacturing application development. Before joining Foxconn, he spent approximately 15 years in US at wireless technology industry with Lucent, Broadcom and Cypress. He received his B.S and M.S. degree from Tianjin University and Ph.D degree from Lehigh University, PA.

Andrew B. Whinston

Andrew B. Whinston is the Hugh Roy Cullen Centennial Chair in Business Administration, Professor of Information Systems, Computer Science and Economics, John Newton Centennial IC2 Fellow, and Director of the Center for Research in Electronic Commerce at The University of Texas at Austin. 

In 1995, Professor Whinston was honored by the Data Processing Manager’s Association with the IS Educator of the Year Award. In 2005, Prof. Whinston received the LEO Award for Lifetime Exceptional Achievement in Information Systems. This award, created by the Council of the Association for Information Systems and the Executive Committee of the International Conference on Information Systems, recognizes the work of outstanding contributors to the Information Systems discipline. In 2009, Prof. Whinston was honored with the Career Award for Outstanding Research Contributions at The University of Texas at Austin for singularly significant research contributions made by a tenured or tenure-track faculty member over an extended period of time. In 2009, the INFORMS Information System Society (ISS) honored Prof. Andrew Whinston by recognizing him as the inaugural INFORMS ISS Fellow for outstanding contributions to IS research.

Professor Whinston’s publication record covers a wide range of topics that appear in journals of many different disciplines. For example, he has papers in economics journals such as American Economic ReviewEconometricaReview of Economic StudiesJournal of Economic Theory, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Mathematical Economics, in multidisciplinary journals such as Management Science, Decision Sciences, and Organization Science, in operations journals such as Operations Research, European Journal of Operational Research, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Production Research, and Naval Research Logistics, in mathematics journals such as Journal of Combinatorics, SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, and Discrete Mathematics, in accounting journals such as the Accounting Review and Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, in marketing journals such as Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, and Journal of Retailing, in the premier journals devoted to information systems – Management Science, Decision Support Systems, MIS Quarterly, Journal of Management Information Systems, and Information Systems Research – and in computer science journals such as Communications of the ACM, ACM Transactions on Database Systems, ACM Transactions, IEEE Computing on Internet Technology, and ACM Journal on Mobile Networking and Applications.

He was early in recognizing the significance the development of electronic commerce and co-authored the first major publication titled Frontiers of Electronic Commerce in 1996, and the book was translated to many languages.  He is also the co-author of 23 books and over 366 articles in information systems, marketing, accounting, finance, economics, mathematics and computer science journals. The papers in mathematics have an Erdös 2 designation. His google scholar citation count is 37477 and his h-index is 91. Recent research interests are in the areas of internet security, sustainability of the environment, cloud computing, role of wireless technology, application of bandit models, fintech, impact of politeness and dark web. He has been the PhD advisor for more than 125 PhD student who are currently faculty members at major universities.