Program Committee

Katina Michael

Katina Michael

Katina Michael

ISTAS'13 Program Chair

Associate Professor
University of Wollongong, NSW Australia
IEEE Technology & Society Magazine
Editor-in-Chief (2012 - 2013)
Senior member IEEE

Dr Katina Michael (MIEEE’04, SMIEEE’06) holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) from the Faculty of Informatics at the University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia (’03); a Master of Transnational Crime Prevention from the Faculty of Law at the University of Wollongong (’09) and a Bachelor of Information Technology from the School of Mathematical and Computing Science, NSW, Australia at the University of Technology, Sydney (’96).

She is presently an Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in the School of Information Systems and Technology (’02-‘11) in Australia, and has previously been employed as a Senior Network Engineer at Nortel Networks (’96-‘01).

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Roba Abbas

ISTAS13 Track Chair
Research Associate,
University of Wollongong

Dr Roba Abbas completed her Australian Research Council (ARC) funded Doctor of Philosophy on the topic of Location-Based Services Regulation in 2012, earning special commendations for her thesis titled Location-Based Services Regulation in Australia: A Socio-Technical Approach.

Abbas also graduated with first class Honours and Distinction in Information and Communication Technology (majoring in Business Information Systems) from the University of Wollongong Australia in 2006, earning a place on the Faculty of Informatics Dean's Merit List.

Abbas has a strong interest in socio-technical theory, social media, and location-enabled technologies. She recently co-edited a special issue in Cases on Information Technology on the Social Implications of Emerging Technologies, and is presently co-editing a special section in the Encyclopaedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining. Abbas has previously lectured and tutored in ICT, and has five years industry experience in product management and enterprise information architecture.

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Rajit Gadh

Professor at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA
Founding Director of the UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center or SMERC 
Founder and Director of the Wireless Internet for Mobile Enterprise Consortium or WINMEC

Dr. Rajit Gadh is a Professor at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA, and the Founding Director of the UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center or SMERC - http://smartgrid.ucla.edu/

He is also Founder and Director of the Wireless Internet for Mobile Enterprise Consortium or WINMEC (http://winmec.ucla.edu) of which major organizations including Boeing, ETRI, Hewlett Packard, Hughes Network Systems, Intel, ISBM-Italy, InterDigital, ITC Infotech, Lucent Technologies, Microsoft, Motorola, Northrop Grumman, Qualcomm, Raytheon, Sprint, Siemens, TCS, Verizon Wireless and others have been sponsors/members over the last several years.

Dr. Gadh's research interests include Smart Grid Architectures, Smart wireless communications, sense and control for Demand Response, Micro Grids and Electric Vehicle Integration into the Grid, Mobile Multimedia, Wireless and RFID Middleware, RFID and Wireless sensors for Tracking Assets, RF-sensor-control interfaces,and Visualization. He has over 150 papers in journals, conferences and technical magazines, and, 3 patents granted.

He has a Doctorate degree from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a Masters from Cornell University and a Bachelors degree from IIT Kanpur. He has taught as a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley, has been a Assistant, Associate and Full Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and did his sabbatical as a visiting researcher at Stanford University for a year. He has won several awards from NSF (CAREER award, Research Initiation Award, NSF-Lucent Industry Ecology Award, GOAL-I award), SAE (Ralph Teetor award), IEEE (second best student-paper, WTS), ASME (Kodak Best Technical Paper award), AT&T (Industrial ecology fellow award), Engineering Education Foundation (Research Initiation Award), William Wong Fellowship award from University of Hong-Kong, etc., and other accolades in his career. He is on the Editorial board of ACM Computers in Entertainment Publication and the CAD Journal. He has lectured and given keynote addresses worldwide in countries such as Belgium, Brazil , England, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, etc.

Dr. Gadh has a strong background in creating technology partnerships with industry. His industrial background started prior to his academic career, when he worked as an engineer and a technology lead for two software startup companies. He enjoys advising students in their quest towards technology startups. In collaboration with his students and researchers, he has co-founded two technology startups.

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Eleni Kosta

Assistant Professor of Technology Regulation
Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society
(TILT) Tilburg University.

Eleni obtained her law degree at the University of Athens in 2002 and a Masters degree in Public Law at the same University in 2004 . 

In 2005 Eleni completed an LL.M. in legal informatics at the University of Hannover and in 2011 she was awarded the title of Doctor of Laws at the KU Leuven with a thesis on consent in data protection. Eleni is conducting research on privacy and data protection, specialising in electronic communications and new technologies.

She is currently involved in the FP7 research project A4Cloud.

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Luis Kun

Professor of National Security Affairs
Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS)

Dr. Luis Kun graduated from the Uruguayan Merchant Marine Academy.  He got his BSEE, MSEE and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from UCLA School of Engineering.  Since 2003 Kun has been at the National Defense University, where he is a Professor of National Security Affairs at the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies.  He spent 14 years at IBM and later became the Director of Medical Systems Technology and Strategic Planning at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.  As senior IT advisor to the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Kun led HPCC and Telehealth efforts. As a Distinguished Fellow at the CDC, he wrote the IT vision as the Acting Chief Information Technology Officer for the National Immunization Program.  

He lectures and writes extensively, in the intersection of Public Health, Healthcare, IT and Global Security and serves(d) in the Distinguished Visitor Program for the IEEE: Computer; Engineering in Medicine and Biology and the Society for Social Implications of Technology.   A Fellow of the IEEE and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Kun received AIMBE’s first ever Fellow Advocate Award (2009). His (2002) IEEE-USA Citation of Honor reads “For exemplary contributions in the inception and implementation of a health care IT vision in the US.” The Administrator’s Award of Merit “For exceptional dedication and professional achievement that have greatly enhanced the recognition of AHCPR’s research in the HPCC Program.”

Universidad Favaloro from Argentina, named him “Profesor Honoris Causa” (2009).  He received the Golden Core Member Award from the IEEE CS (2011).

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Gary T. Marx

Professor Emeritus, M.I.T.

G.T. Marx has worked in the areas of race and ethnicity, collective behavior and social movements, law and society and surveillance studies. He is the author of Protest and Prejudice, Undercover: Police Surveillance in America, Collective Behavior and Social Movements (with Doug McAdam) and editor of Racial Conflict, Muckraking Sociology, Undercover: Police Surveillance in Comparative Perspective (with C. Fijnaut) and other books. With Norman Goodman, he revised Society Today and edited Sociology: Popular and Classical Approaches. Undercover received the Outstanding Book Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and Marx was named the American Sociological Association's Jensen Lecturer for 1989-1990.

He received the Distinguished Scholar Award from its section on Crime, Law and Deviance, the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association, the Bruce C. Smith Award for research achievement, the W.E.B. Dubois medal, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems. In 1992 he was the inaugural Stice Memorial Lecturer in residence at the University of Washington and he has been a UC Irvine Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow, the A.D. Carlson Visiting Distinguished Professor in the Social Sciences at West Virginia University, and the Hixon-Riggs Visiting Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Harvey Mudd College. Major works in progress are books on new forms of surveillance and social control across borders. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

In recent decades he has been working on surveillance issues, illustrating how and why surveillance is neither good nor bad, but context and comportment make it so. He has sought to create a conceptual map of new ways of collecting, analyzing, communicating and using personal information.

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Daniel Nagel

Daniel Nagel

Daniel Nagel

IT Law Department of BRP Renaud & Partner.

He focuses his practice on online and offline privacy issues, data security and international law. Nagel is a permanent contributor to the Austrian UN CISG database and a member of the Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence, University of Leeds. Nagel studied law at the University of Heidelberg, the University of Innsbruck and at Leeds University.

He has published numerous papers in the field of privacy and co-authored the book Digital Whoness: Identity, Privacy and Freedom in the Cyberworld with M. Eldred and R. Capurro.

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Narciso Cerpa

Associate Professor
Computer Science Department
Faculty of Engineering at the “Universidad de Talca”, Chile

Cerpa has qualifications in computing engineering (BE) and information systems (MCom, PhD). He has 15 years of experience in the software development industry and 18 years of experience in academia and has held appointments in both Australia and Chile. He was Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Development and Innovation at the University of Talca during the period 2003-2006. 

His research interests include software engineering, and electronic commerce. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research and one of its founding members. He is a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Global Information Management (JGIM), member of the Editorial Board of International Journal of Information Systems in the Service Sector (IJISSS), and member of the Scientific Editorial Board of the Revista de Universidad y Sociedad del Conocimiento. He is also a member of the IFIP Working Groups 6.11 (Electronic Commerce – Communication Systems) and 8.4 (E-Business Information Systems: Multi-disciplinary research and practice), and the Director of CollECTeR (Collaborative Electronic Commerce Technology and Research) Iberoamerica (2003-2008).

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Douglas L. Baldwin

Douglas L. Baldwin

Douglas L. Baldwin

Founded the Special Needs Vision Clinic; a non-profit United Way/ Lions International Center for handicapped children, low vision individuals, and seniors. The clinic also serves indigent populations. The Special Needs Clinic has been serving Mid-Michigan since 1982.

Founder and director of The Institute for Innovative Blind Navigation (IIBN). This center was established in October, 1997. After a year of working collaboratively with Michigan State University, we established the Institute in Saginaw, Michigan.

Through a grant with NEC Foundation of America, IIBN put on four regional seminars between 2000 and 2002, called "Advances in Wayfinding Technology". These seminars were held in Michigan, California, the State of Washington, and in Florida. Special interests in several areas, including: the neuropsychology of vision (brain mechanisms), child development, international blindness, human navigation and orientation, and in the area of technology and education (the future and its impact).

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Roger Clarke

Chair, Australian Privacy Foundation
Adjunct Professor, Australian National University

Clarke has a long list of both formal and informal publications, and has been a Visiting Professor at universities in Australia and overseas.

He has been an active privacy advocate since 1972, an active privacy researcher since 1975, an active privacy consultant since 1977, and a Board member of APF since its inception in 1987. In 2009, he was awarded only the second-ever Australian Privacy Medal.

Consultant in the strategic and policy aspects of eBusiness, information infrastructure, dataveillance and privacy. Focus on emergent technology, in order to understand its nature, its applications and its implications. Business and government advisor about the opportunities and the threats that are looming just over the horizon.

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Clive Harfield

Associate Investigator, Australian Research Council Centre for Excellence in Policing and Security
Visiting Fellow, College of Law and National Europe Centre, Australian National University 2007
Fulbright Fellow, Georgetown University Washington DC, 2001

Australian Research Council Centre for Excellence in Policing and Security, Griffith University, Mt Gravatt, Queensland

In a multi-disciplinary academic career that spans criminal law, criminology and criminal justice ethics, Clive Harfield has a particular interest in the practice, regulation and governance of covert investigation including surveillance. His research interests are based on his experience as a former practitioner.


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Christine Perakslis

Johnson & Wales University, USA

Perakslis holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership ('09), as well as a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership ('08) and a Master of Science in Management ('05) with a focus on Organization Development. She is presently an Associate Professor in the MBA Program in the Alan Shawn Feinstein Graduate School at Johnson & Wales University, teaching such courses as: Operations Management, and Contemporary Issues & Strategies. She was previously employed as the Joint Chief Operating Officer of a privately-held company in the hospitality industry.

Perakslis' research focuses on group integration competencies, behavioral motivators, and the social implications of technology. Her involvement with industry has included consulting work in various industries, as well as work with the Executive Forum for Coleman Research Group, the Editorial Advisory Board for IGI Global, the IEEE Technical Program Committee for the International Symposium on Technology and Society, and the Program Committee for the National Security Workshop. She continues to operate in a consulting capacity in industry which serves to broaden her industry-relevant teaching.

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Herman T. Tavani

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
Rivier University
Ph.D., Temple University

Herman T. Tavani (Ph.D., Temple University) is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Rivier University, where he previously served as Chair of the Philosophy Department and Director of the Liberal Studies Program.  He has also held appointments as a visiting lecturer at Boston College, and as a visiting scholar/research fellow at Dartmouth College. Currently, he is a visiting scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health, where his research has centered on ethical issues at the intersection of environmental health and computational genomics.

Professor Tavani has written, edited, or co-edited five books on social and ethical aspects of information technology; the fourth edition of his textbook Ethics and Technology (Wiley) is planned for publication in December 2012. He also has edited or co-edited four books of (conference) proceedings, two book-length bibliographies, and ten special issues of journals (on themes in computer ethics). His numerous scholarly papers have been published as research articles in (refereed) journals and periodicals; as chapters in books of readings and proceedings; and as entries in encyclopedias and handbooks. Professor Tavani has delivered keynote addresses/invited talks and has presented peer-reviewed conference papers at institutions in nine countries in Europe and Asia, as well as at colleges and universities throughout the United States.  He has been an invited guest on radio programs (discussing technology-and-society/ethics related topics) and has been interviewed by journalists in connection with his expertise in computer ethics; transcripts of these interviews have been published in books and periodicals.

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Kenneth Pimple

Kenneth Pimple

Kenneth D. Pimple

Associate Scholar
Director of Teaching Research Ethics Programs
Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions
Indiana University Bloomington

Kenneth Pimple is an internationally-known expert on research ethics and the responsible conduct of research (RCR). He has over twenty years of experience in organizing faculty workshops on ethics and research ethics. He has published numerous articles on research ethics and one edited book, Research Ethics (Ashgate, 2008).

In 2009 he received a grant from the National Science Foundation to lead a project on ethical issues in pervasive information and communication technologies. His paper on the project, “Surrounded by Machines,” appears in the March 2011 edition of the Communications of the ACM. He is in the last stages of editing a book on the topic, Emerging Pervasive Information and Communication Technologies (PICT): Ethical Challenges, Opportunities and Safeguards (Springer, 2013) with twelve contributors.

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Michael Eldred

Michael Eldred trained as a mathematician at Sydney University and then gained a doctorate in philosophy, where he has numerous publications in several languages in the areas of phenomenology and political philosophy.

Currently he is engaged as phenomenological ethicist in the project, A Culture of Privacy and Trust for the Internet of acatech, the National Academy of Science and Engineering, Berlin.

Books include Critique of Competitive Freedom and the Bourgeois-Democratic State: Outline of a Form-Analytic Extension of Marx’s Uncompleted System 1984, Phänomenologie der Männlichkeit 1999, Social Ontology: Recasting Political Philosophy Through a Phenomenology of Whoness 2008, The Digital Cast of Being: Metaphysics, Mathematics, Cartesianism, Cybernetics, Capitalism, Communication 2009 and Digital Whoness: Identity, Privacy and Freedom in the Cyberworld (with Rafael Capurro & Daniel Nagel) 2013.

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Anas Aloudat

Anas Aloudat

Anas Aloudat

Assistant Professor of Information Systems & Technology
Department of Management Information Systems
Faculty of Business, University of Jordan
Amman, Jordan

Educator, researcher, team leader, senior analyst, and systems developer with particular emphasis on the continual collaborative approach with management and colleagues. Strategic government initiatives investigator includingthe application of mobile phone services within the national emergency warning systems.

Consistently published every year over the past seven years, including papers in high impact peer-reviewed journals, books chapters and chapters in the proceedings of international conferences, and several publications in the RNSA series; the Social Implications of National Security.

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Kennet R. Foster

Kennet R. Foster

Kenneth R. Foster

Professor, Department of Bioengineering
University of Pennsylvania

Research interests include biomedical applications and health effects of nonionizing electromagnetic fields, impact of technology on society.

Author of The murky ethics of RFIDS, Spectrum March 2007 K. R. Foster and J. Jaeger, Use of Implantable Radiofrequency Identification Tags in Humans, Am. J. Bioethics 8(8) 44 - 48, 2008

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Rob Manson

Rob Manson

Rob Manson

Managing Director, MOBLabs

Rob Manson is CEO & co-founder of buildAR.com, the world's leading Augmented Reality Content Management System.  

Rob is an Invited Expert with the W3C and Chair of their Augmented Web Community Group.  He is also one of the co-founders of ARStandards.org and an active evangelist within the global AR & standards communities.  

Rob is regularly invited to speak on the topics of AR, continuous & blended user experiences, multi-device & mobile platforms and the future of the web.

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Scott O'Brien
Scott O'Brien

Scott O'Brien

Co-founder, CMO of Explore Engage

Explore Engage provide Augmented Reality (AR) solutions to help overcome the everyday problems of engaging, entertaining and informing in highly contextual and influential environments.

Interest and expertise in digital strategy, mobile and eCommerce, human-computer interaction (HCI) and experiential marketing. O'Brien has a background in Psychology, marketing campaigns and digital media development.for Energy Australia and Telstra. Later I launched a new sport in Australia which provided a community element to my professional outlook.

Experiences operating tourism businesses in Norway, playing professional sport and setting up the first Sydney Christmas parade are amongst many interactive campaigns that also include gesture based control, motion capture, voice, image and body movement/tracking recognition.O'Brien works closely with large and corporate organisations as they seek AR informative and entertaining AR experiences for their customers and rich creative work across the web, mobile, kiosk and other more immersive platforms.

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M.G. Michael
M.G. Michael

M.G. Michael

Dr M.G. Michael PhD (ACU), MA(Hons) (MacqUni), MTheol (SydUni), BTheol (SCD), BA (SydUni), DipProfCouns (AIPC) is a theologian and historian with cross-disciplinary qualifications in the humanities.

Michael brings with him a unique perspective to Information Technology and Computer Science. His formal studies include Ancient History, Theology, General Philosophy, Political Sociology, Ethics, Linguistics, and Government.

Formerly Honorary Senior Fellow in the School of Information Systems and Technology, at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He was previously the coordinator of Information & Communication Security Issues and since 2005 has guest-lectured and tutored in Location-Based Services, IT & Citizen Rights, Principles of eBusiness, and IT & Innovation. The focus of his current research extends to modern hermeneutics and the Apocalypse of John; the historical antecedents of modern cryptography; the auto-ID trajectory; data protection, privacy and ethics related issues; biometrics, RFID and chip implants; national security and government policy; dataveillance and überveillance; and more broadly the system dynamics between technology and society.

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Jim Isaak

Jim Isaak

Jim Isaak

Retired after 30 years in the Computer Industry (employers like Digital Equipment, Data General, Charles River Data Systems, Intel, IBM) and a few in academia. Volunteer roles include a stint as President of the IEEE Computer Society, as well as a variety of other roles in IEEE, the Computer Society, and Society for the Social Implications of Technology.

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Vaibhav Garb

Vaibhav Garb

Vaibhav Garg

Post doc.,Computer Science, Drexel University.

Vaibhav completed his PhD in Security Informatics from Indiana University, Bloomington.

His research investigates the cross-section of security and human behavior. Specifically, his dissertation work identifies the underlying determinants of perceived risk online. The idealized notion of the rational end-user has failed systematically and predictably. Effective risk communication must then provide the pertinent information for the relevant user in the specific context.

His current research includes cross-country examination of the macroeconomic factors that correlate with the prevalence of cybercrime, both voluntary, such as phish website hosting, and unsolicited, e.g. spambots. His research interests also include privacy, assisted living technologies, Internet governance, and information ethics.

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Jean-Gabrielle Ganascia

Jean-Gabrielle Ganascia

Jean-Gabrielle Ganascia

Professor of Computer Science, Paris VI University.

He leads in the LIP6 laboratory (Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris VI) the ACASA team.  Initially focused on Knowledge Acquisition and Machine Learning, the scientific orientation of the ACASA team has evolved to encompass Cognitive Modeling, Digital Humanities and the design of Intelligent Agents. This has led to recent research on literary analysis (genetic criticism, stylistic analysis), modeling social representations (rebuilding social stereotypes from newspapers), Scientific Discovery (modeling theories in physical sciences and medicine), musicology and music (detection of recurrent patterns, simulation of improvisations), didactic, multi-media, intelligent TV and on the improvement of electronic reading facilities.

In a word, our scientific aim is to show that Artificial Intelligence is not only part of the "sciences of the nature" that investigate natural phenomenon; it is also a "science of the culture" (i.e. a field of the humanities), influencing the production of knowledge today.

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Emil M. Petriu

Professor and University Research Chair
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  

Petriu is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (FIEEE), Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE) and Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC).

Under a series of research grants and contracts from Canadian and Ontario funding agencies, the Canadian Space Agency, and industry, he developed bio-inspired random-pulse neural network hardware architectures, new tactile sensors and haptic human-computer interfaces, computer vision and multi-sensor fusion techniques for healthcare, security, industrial and space robotics applications. His current research interests include fuzzy systems, neural networks, biology inspired robotics, and symbiotic human-computer interaction.

He received the 2003 IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society Technical Award "for contributions to imaging processing systems, robotics, virtual reality and applications of artificial intelligence, fuzzy logic and neural networks" He was a co-recipient of the 2003 IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award, the unique paper award presented by IEEE in that year. He was an Honorary Keynote Speaker at the 2009 IEEE Int. Conf. on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, San Antonio, TX, USA.

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Xi Chen

Ph. D.
Associate Professor
Nanjing University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
IEEE Consumer Electronics Nanjing Chapter Chair

Dr. Chen has been a Visiting Scholar of Michael G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington. He has authored more than 50 refereed journal/ international conference papers, including papers in high impact peer-reviewed journals and has authored several books and patents.

He is the project chief of National Science Foundation and National Ministry of Education Science Foundation grants. He has received the Best Paper Award from the Chinese Academy of System Simulation and Government of Jiangsu Province. He has been elected into the Ministry of Education’s “New Century Excellent Talents Scheme”. He is  a representative of several academic associations, and has been the chair of several Technical Committees, a member of organizing committees for recognised refereed conferences, and an editorial member of refereed international journals. His research focuses on information system security, services engineering and information system simulation.

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Pete Wassel

Chief Executive Officer
Chairman of the Board
Augmate Corporation.

Wassel oversees government and company solutions that utilize digital eyewear. Essentially, Augmate provides visual efficiency tools for businesses by merging the digital and physical worlds using eye-wear, wearable computers, and mobile devices. Before, Augmate, Pete was a Program Director at IBM, he managed Digital Media Distribution products and Content Management Systems at IBM’s Los Angeles and Silicon Valley Labs. In other roles, he managed IBM’s PartnerWorld Program containing 115,000 Business Partners, ran Operations and Executive Relations for ibm.com and has been a Project Management Professional in IBM Global Services.

In his spare time Pete maintains the hands-free standard at AR Standards for Open and  Interoperable Augmented Reality Experiences.  He is the Champion for the digital eyewear platform at the Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara, CA. and Pete moderates the AR Glasses Discussion Group on LinkedIn, a professional network dedicated to the advancement of Augmented Reality Eyewear.

Pete also graduated from the JFK Special Warfare School in the military and has been a legislator who has passed 1000+ laws.

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Dr Katherine Albrecht

Founder and Director of CASPIAN Consumer Privacy
Co-Author of Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID
Host of the daily, nationally syndicated Dr. Katherine Albrecht radio show

Katherine Albrecht is a privacy expert and outspoken opponent of RFID, implantable microchips, search engine data collection, and retail customer surveillance. Her research has appeared in numerous publications, including Scientific American, and she has granted over 2,000 media interviews. 

Katherine has authored pro-privacy legislation and testified before the Federal Trade Commission, state governments, and lawmakers around the globe, and she was appointed by Governor John Lynch to serve as an expert member of New Hampshire's two-year RFID study commission. 

Katherine is also a syndicated radio host, bestselling author, and helped to develop www.Startpage.com, the world's most private search engine and private alternative to Google.

Katherine holds a Doctorate in Consumer Education from Harvard University. 

She has authored several web sites:
www.KatherineAlbrecht.com Radio show and home website
www.AntiChips.com Opposed to Human Chipping
www.ChipMeNot.com Opposed to Animal Chipping and Cancer
www.ChipFreeSchools.com Opposed to San Antonio student chipping
www.Spychips.com Website for 2006 RFID book (co-authored with Liz McIntyre)
www.NoCards.org 1999 Anti Loyalty Card website

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Simon Bronnit

Director - CEPS

Professor Bronitt is the Director of CEPS - the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security.

Before joining CEPS and Griffith University, he was Professor of Law in the Australian National University, holding several leadership roles including serving as the Director of the ANU Centre of European Studies in the Research School of Humanities 2003-2009. In that role he secured successive large EU grants to support the Centre. He was also the lead researcher in an ARC Discovery Project on Terrorism Law and numerous ARC Linkage Projects.

Professor Bronitt is a leading criminal justice and sociolegal scholar, with an established international and local profile and network, and has published widely on criminal law and justice issues, including cybercrime, counter terrorism law and human rights, covert policing. He also holds Adjunct Professorial positions at ANU and CSU.

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Professor G.Q. Huang

Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
The University of Hong Kong

Dr G. Q. Huang gained his BEng and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Southeast University (China) and Cardiff University (UK) in 1983 and 1991 respectively.

He joined Department of IMSE at HKU in late 1996 and now is a tenured professor. Dr. Huang is a Chartered Engineer, a fellow of IEE(UK), HKIE(HK), ASME(USA), and member of IIE(USA). Professor Huang’s research activities have spread across multiple disciplines including collaborative product and process development, cross-border logistics and supply chain management, and product service systems focusing on industrial informatics and operations management.

Professor Huang has a strong track record of obtaining externally peer reviewed research inputs from funding sources, and produced a strong number of high quality research outputs. His research has been supported with numerous grants from various funding sources including RGC, HK/UK and HK/Germany joint research, ITF (Innovation and Technology Fund), internal research and teaching grants from HKU, National Science Foundation of China (NSFC), China 863 Hi-Tech programme, provincial governments and industries.

With the substantial funding inputs, Prof Huang has made significant contributions in related research areas. The outputs have taken several major forms including publication of quality papers in reputable journals, patents and software registration copyrights. Professor Huang has been listed as “Top 1% Most Cited Scholar” in related research field. Four of his journal papers are identified as “Top 1% Most Cited Papers” in the corresponding areas. In addition, some of Professor Huang’s research outcomes have been packaged into decision support systems and successfully applied in industries for daily operations, resulting significant improvements in operational quality and efficiency.

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Dr John Artz

Associate Professor
The George Washington University
Washington, DC

John M. Artz is an Associate Professor of Information Systems in the School of Business at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He teaches courses in Relational Databases, Data Warehousing, Virtual Worlds, and the MS IST Capstone Course.

His research interests are in Philosophical Foundations of Information Systems and emerging technologies such as Virtual Worlds, Video Games and Social Interaction Technologies. In addition to being an expert in a wide variety of technologies from programming to database design Dr. Artz has published nearly fifty scholarly articles and over one hundred book and article reviews.

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Marcus Wigan

Professorial Fellow
Principal, Oxford Systematics
Emeritus Professor, Transport and Information Systems, Edinburgh Napier University
Visiting Professor, Imperial College London
Partner GAMUT Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne
Adjunct Professor, ICT Faculty, Swinburne University of Technology
Professorial Fellow Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dr Marcus Wigan is Principal of Oxford Systematics, Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Professor of both Transport and of Information Systems at Napier University Edinburgh and Visiting Professor at Imperial College London and serves on the Ethics Task Force and the Economic Legal and Social Implications Committee of the Australian Computer Society, of which he is a Fellow. He has worked on the societal aspects of transport, surveillance and privacy both as an engineer and policy analyst and as an organisational psychologist. He has published for over 30 years on the interactions between intellectual property, identity and data integration in electronic road pricing and intelligent transport systems for both freight and passenger movements.

Marcus Wigan has qualifications in a wide range of fields from physics to psychology, business to intellectual property law. He has served on Ministerial Advisory Councils, as expert advisor to Parliamentary Committees and chaired Standards Australia Committees. He has published, participated and researched in transport and communications issues for over forty years. A life member of Electronic Frontiers Australia and the Australian Privacy Foundation, he remains a long term advocate for civil liberties and equity with special reference to ICT, telecommunications and the internet. He was recently elected onto the board of ACCAN (Australian Communications Consumer Action Network).

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George Giaglis

Vice Rector (Finance and Development), Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
Professor of Electronic Business, Department of Management Science and Technology, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece.
Athens University, Athens, Greece

George is Vice Rector and Professor of eBusiness at the Athens University of Economics and Business, Athens, Greece. His main research interests lie in the areas of mobile and wireless applications and services; ubiquitous and pervasive information systems; business process modelling and simulation; and information systems evaluation. He has published more than 140 articles in leading journals and international conferences, including the Information Systems Journal, the International Journal of Electronic Commerce, and the International Journal of Information Management. He has authored or edited 12 books and research volumes.

He is a member of the editorial board of seven journals, including the International Journal of Mobile Communications and the Business Process Management Journal. Since 2001, he is the Director of the ISTLab Wireless Research Center, a group pursuing research on mobile business and ubiquitous commerce.

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 Pascal Perez

Inaugural Professor of Infrastructure Modelling & SimulationSMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong, Australia

Pascal Perez is currently the Inaugural Professor of Infrastructure Simulation & Modelling at the SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong. He is a specialist of Integrative Social Simulation, using Multi-Agent Systems technologies to explore complex infrastructure systems. He is a member of the Technical Committee of the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN). He is also a member of the Modelling and Decision Support Division of Simulation Australia and of the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (MSSANZ). In 2002, he received an ARC-International Linkage Fellowship to develop social modelling research at the Australian National University. Professor Perez has published 100 refereed papers and book chapters. In 2006, he co-edited with his colleague David Batten the book ‘Complex Science for a Complex World’ (ANU E Press).

The SMART Infrastructure Facility is defining a new area of research called 'integrated infrastructure planning and management'.

As part of its mission, SMART brings a holistic approach to infrastructure through the analysis of geospatial, physical and temporal data, along with seeking out economic, environmental and social impact. It is only from this comprehensive perspective that we can plan for a future to make our communities more liveable, prosperous and vibrant. Australia’s future prosperity and quality of life depend on the nation’s complex web of infrastructure – rail, air, road, shipping, energy, water, and telecommunications and social amenity.

Although these systems constitute the basic fabric of our society, their complexities and interdependencies are poorly understood and rarely researched or taught in a comprehensive manner. As a result, past major infrastructure projects have not always been evaluated and developed in a systemic and holistic way. SMART recognises that good infrastructure solutions take into account the whole system and not just individual assets. For a long time, business and the community have recognised that infrastructure system must be greater than the sum of its parts, and SMART will help governments realise that expectation.

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Amal Graafstra

RFID Toys author Amal Graafstra, is the owner of several technology and mobile communications companies and a double RFID implantee. Amal loves thinking up interesting ways to combine and apply various technologies in his daily life.

Since learning about RFID technology used in cats and dogs for identification, Amal wanted to leverage that technology himself. Getting implants meant there was no need to carry an RFID access card around and he could implement his own RFID access control systems instead of buying expensive off-the-shelf products.

Soon after getting his first implant and posting some pictures of the process for a few friends, word quickly spread over the Internet and soon he found himself talking to everyone from industry players to clergy to book publishers about RFID technology and its possibilities.Amal has been interviewed about his adventures in RFID by television, print, and online news media from around the world, including the Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet program. He uses his RFID implants to log into his computer, access his front door and opening his car door.

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Nikola Serbedzija

Nikola Šerbedžija works at Fraunhofer FOKUS where he is responsible for new research activities and innovative technology.

He was a visiting professor at University of Technology Sydney (1999-2000) and at University of Arts, Berlin (2000 – 2008). His major research areas are: Adaptive Control, Pervasive Adaptation, Ubiquitous Computing, Middleware Architectures, and Internet Programming, mostly applied within embedded and real-time systems, ambient assistance and empathic systems. 

As a principle designer he led the developments of a number of practical systems in vehicular, in- and out-door infrastructures and e-commerce domains. He is currently involved in a large EU project dealing with autonomous control [ASCENS project: http://www.ascens-ist.eu/].  

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Mark Gasson

Visiting Research Fellow
University of Reading

Dr. Mark N. Gasson is a visiting research fellow at the School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, UK. In 2010 he became the first human to be infected by a computer virus, using an RFID device implanted in his body. In 2009 he brought attention to the privacy issues of GPS enabled smartphones by creating detailed profiles of users tracked across Europe.

His interdisciplinary research interests focus on user-centric applications of emerging technologies and pushing the envelope of Human-Machine interaction. In 2005 he was awarded a Ph.D. for invasively interfacing the nervous system of a human to a computer system and in 2010 he had the honour of being the General Chair for the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS 2010) in Australia.

Dr. Gasson regularly engages with the international press and other media outlets, including as a guest expert for BBC news. He is passionate about engaging the public in engineering science through a variety of activities and has delivered well over 100 invited public and academic lectures internationally including at TEDx.

Dr. Gasson was awarded his first degree in Cybernetics and Control Engineering in 1998 from the Department of Cybernetics, University of Reading and until 2010 was a senior research fellow at the School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading.

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Ulrike Gretzel

Associate Professor

Director, Laboratory for Intelligent Systems in Tourism
Institute for Innovation in Business and Social Research
University of Wollongong

Ulrike Gretzel received her PhD in Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was an Associate Professor of Tourism at Texas A&M University before joining the University of Wollongong in 2011. Her research focuses on persuasion in the context of human computer interaction and the design of intelligent systems.

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Dr George Roussos

Reader In Pervasive Co
Birkbeck College, University of London

George Roussos holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics from University of Athens, Greece, an M.Sc. in Numerical Analysis and Computing from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK, and a Ph.D. from Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, University of London, UK. 

Before joining Birkbeck College in 2002 as a lecturer he worked as the Research and Development Manager for a multinational information technology corporation in Athens, Greece, where he was responsible for the strategic development of new IT products in the areas of knowledge management and mobile internet; as an Internet security officer for the Ministry of Defence, Athens, where he designed the Hellenic armed forces Internet exchange and domain name systems; and as a research fellow for Imperial College, London, where he conducted research in distributed systems. 

His current research interests include the investigating the effects of social activity on system architectures, and exploring mechanisms to support human dynamics and findability. He is a member of the ACM, SIGMOBILE, the IEEE, the IEEE Communications and the IEEE Computer Society.

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Dr Juanita Fernando

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University,

Academic Convenor BMedSc(Hons), Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.
Chair, Health Sub-Committee, Australian Privacy Foundation
Co-Chair, Electronic & Mobile Medical Education Research Group
Fellow, Former Chair, Membership Sub-Committee (2009-2010) & former Council Member (2008-2010, Australasian College of Health Informatics
Mobile Health Research Group,Faculties of Information Technology and Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences

Dr Fernando is the Academic Convenor BMedSc (Hons) with the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. Chair of the Health Sub-Committee with the Australian Privacy Foundation and Fellow and former Councillor with the Australasian College of Health Informatics, Dr Fernando's research concerns clinical health informatics, data exchange standards and information security. Dr Fernando has developed a particular emphasis on e-health and m-health tools and their contribution to workflow methodologies in the health sector.

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Laurence F. Johnson, Ph.D.

Dr. Larry Johnson is an acknowledged expert on emerging technology and its impacts on society and education, and has written five books, seven chapters, and published more than 50 papers and research reports on the topic. He speaks regularly on the topics of creativity, innovation, and technology trends, and has delivered more than 75 keynote addresses to a long list of distinguished groups and organizations all over the world. He is the founder of the Horizon Project, which produces the acclaimed series of Horizon Reports that are used by over a million educators in more than 100 countries.

Dr. Johnson currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of the New Media Consortium, an international not-for-profit consortium dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies, and Director of the Edward and Betty Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts (MIDEA). The NMC’s and MIDEA’s hundreds of member institutions constitute an elite list of the most highly regarded universities, museums, and research centers in the world.

In his current post at the NMC, Johnson routinely brings visionaries and thought leaders from across the globe together to define and explore new ways of thinking about and using technology, and to examine emerging trends and issues. The NMC’s annual Horizon Report, now published in six languages, has become one of the leading tools used by senior executives in universities and museums to set priorities for technology planning. NMC summits and large-scale projects have helped set the agenda for topics such as visual literacy, learning objects, educational gaming, immersive learning, the future of scholarship, and social networking.

Having served as president and senior executive at institutions in both the higher education and not-for-profit realms, he has more than 25 years of experience in the global education arena, and has served in campus roles from professor to dean, CIO and provost, and president. His educational background includes an MBA in Finance and a Ph.D. in Education that focused on research and evaluation. Among much other recognition, Dr. Johnson has been honored as a Distinguished Graduate by his alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin.

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Professor Michael Kyobe

University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa

Michael Kyobe holds a PhD in Computer Information Systems and an MBA.

He worked as a project manager and IT manager for several years and has consulted extensively with the public sector, and SMEs. He is the the Deputy Dean responsible for Research, in the Commerce Faculty.

He convenes the Masters Programme in IS and teaches IT Management; Systems thinking; Corporate & IT governance, Computer security and Auditing. His research interests include business-IT alignment, governance & Ethics, computer security, knowledge management and SMEs.

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Professor Axel Kupper

Telekom Innovation Laboratories
Deutsche Telekom AG & Technische Universität Berlin

My research topics include new and innovative services and service concepts for the Internet and mobile networks, in particular Ubiquitous Computing, Location-based Services, and Software as a Service. My group and I are also addressing problems and challenges of Electronic and Mobile Commerce, service discovery, and open marketplaces. Besides research and teaching in these areas, other professional activities include the organization of workshops, the participation of programme committees and related reviewing activities. Furthermore, I'm a member of the leadership team of Telekom Innovation Laboratories.

Previously I was an assistant professor and research assistant at the Mobile and Distributed Systems Group at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, where I received my postdoctoral lecture qualification (in German: Habilitation). Prior to that, I was a research fellow at the Chair of Computer Science IV at Aachen University of Technology, where I received my Ph.D. and diploma (both in computer science).

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Dr. Avner Levin

Associate Professor
Ted Rogers School of Management
Chair of Law & Business Departments
Ryerson University, Toronto CANADA

Dr. Avner Levin is an Associate Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management, and Chair of the Law & Business Department. He heads Ryerson University’s Law Research Centre which focuses on research related to law and legal education. He is also the Director of the Privacy and Cyber Crime Institute, a centre for research related to privacy and cybercrime. He is an alumnus of Tel-Aviv University, holding a B.Sc. and LL.B. degree, and of the University of Toronto, holding an LL.M. and S.J.D.

Professor Levin’s research interests include the protection and legal regulation of personal and private information, both locally and internationally. Among his recent research areas are social media, online advertising, the workplace, mobile devices, corporate risk management, electronic health records and the smart electricity grid. He has been a recipient of funding from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Public Safety Canada and Industry Canada.

Professor Levin has published his work in journals such as the American Business Law Journal, the Canadian Journal of Law and Society, the International Journal of Information Security and the Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law. He is the co-author, with Mr. Howard Simkevitz of the “The Law of Employee Use of Technology” and is a frequent commentator on these topics in the media.

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Prof Andrew Adams

Professor of Information Ethics
Meiji Univesity, Tokyo, Japan
Deputy Director, Centre for Business Information Ethics, Meiji University, Japan
Visiting Professor, School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, UK

Professor Adams has a Phd in Computer Science and an LLM (Masters) in Law and currently teaches in a School of Business Administration. He is the co-author of the undergraduate textbook "Pandora's Box: Social and Professional Issues of the Information Age" as well as the author of a number of papers on information ethics topics ranging from privacy and surveillance, copyright, digital education and cyberwarfare. He is the Programme Chair of USEC 13, the 2013 Workshop on Usable Security. He is the current chair of ACM SIGCAS, the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computers and Society.

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Mr Joseph Savirimuthu

Liverpool Law School
University of Liverpool
Coordinator of Law
Autonomous Systems and Big Data Network Project

Joseph Savirimuthu is a Senior Lecturer at the Liverpool Law School, University of Liverpool. His teaching and research is in the field of Information Technology with particular focus on Privacy and Data Protection. He recently published a monograph on Online Child Safety: Law, Technology and Policy (2012) and articles on Automatic Number Plate Recognition Systems (2012) and Smart Meters (2013). Joseph is currently organising the BILETA Conference, Our Digital Futures: Technologies Without Boundaries (April 10-12, 2013). Additionally he is leading the Law, Autonomous Systems and Big Data Network Project in the University of Liverpool

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