Spring greetings and I hope your academic year has been a good one so far. As we begin to prepare for summer and the following academic year, we can look back at the successful 2016 conference in Taiwan and begin looking forward to 2017 in Scotland. Lots of hard work and planning has been taking place behind the scenes, with many thanks to Ian and Abel. I am eager to witness the outcome and meet old friends.
To the end, I would like to personally invite you to submit an abstract to the joint 28th Annual International Information Management. Association and 4th International Conference on Information Technology and Economic Development hosted by University of the West of Scotland in Paisley, Scotland – September 11-13, 2017. There will be workshops, regular paper track presentations, a PhD Symposium and Student Presentations; so be sure to invite your students and PhD candidates to submit papers as well. Invite your colleagues, friends and students to submit their one-page abstract to http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iima2017.
We should also consider what Tapie mentioned about using IIMA as a consultancy group for governments and other business organizations. Something I would like everyone to give some thought to over the next several months.!
Enjoy the remainder of your semester and I look forward to seeing you all again this Fall.
Information Management in the 21st Century: Smart Systems for Complex Problems
The complexity of human, business and organisational problems are increasing and require smart systems to help tackle them. From a technical perspective there is the search for more efficient computing algorithms using computational intelligence along with nano-scale technologies and sensors that could simplify human, business and industrial operations by taking over human cognitive functions. We find the application of smart systems in a wide range of topics such as the support for the elderly and disabled, medical applications, smart city technologies (e.g. transportation, energy management, and industrial automation), and different business systems (e.g. e-payment). Since these technologies are mostly to assist humans, the human side of the system cannot be ignored. Nor can we ignore business and organisational aspects since the systems affect business and organisations either as recipients or as financiers. There is great opportunity for research in areas such as systems analysis, information management (which includes big data from which intuitive insights can be drawn), knowledge management and human-computer interface. This conference, therefore, expects contributions about current research and work in progress in both the technical and non-technical aspects of smart systems geared at addressing complex human, business, industrial and organisational problems.
Mark your calendar and invite your colleagues to join us IIMA 2017 in Scotland, UK!
The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is a modern multi campus university serving the West of Scotland. The Paisley campus, where the conference is to be held, lies just outside the vibrant city of Glasgow and about an hour by train to the country’s capital and cultural hotspot, Edinburgh. Paisley is world famous for being the birthplace of the ‘Paisley Pattern’ (the teardrop pattern of the Paisley Shawl), a colorful and beautiful representation of the town’s manufacturing past. A short journey out of Paisley takes you into the beautiful and mountainous scenery of Loch Lomond (http://www.lochlomond.trossachs.org)
whilst a little further takes you to the edge of the Scottish Highlands with its remarkable landscape, castles, and battlegrounds. The West of Scotland also has interesting islands like Isle of Cumbrae (https://www.visitscotland.com/info/townvillages/cumbrap24259) which is very popular with tourists.
Recapping IIMA 2016
We would like to thank all those who participated in IIMA 2016 in Tapei, Taiwan. The welcoming locale was the perfect setting for three days of stimulating research presentations, dynamic discussions, and collegial collaboration. punctuated by the engaging keynote speaker, Vincent Sritapan, a program manager in the Cyber Security Division (CSD) for the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency at DHS S&T.