Keynote Speakers

A keynote presentation will take place each morning (9-10am sharp) at the Human Biology Building, a 5-storey state-of-the-art building located in the heart of NUI Galway's south campus.

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Katina Michael, Arizona State University

Katina Michael has recently moved to Arizona State University, holding a joint appointment in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering. She is also the director of the Centre for Engineering, Policy and Society.

Dr Katina Michael is also affiliated with the School of Computing and Information Technology at the University of Wollongong. Until recently she was the Associate Dean – International in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences. Katina is formerly the long standing IEEE Technology and Society Magazine editor-in-chief (2012-2017), and presently an IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine senior editor. Since 2008 she has been a board member of the Australian Privacy Foundation, and formerly the Vice-Chair. Michael researches on the socio-ethical implications of emerging technologies. She has written and edited six books, guest edited numerous special issue journals on themes related to radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags, supply chain management, location-based services, innovation and surveillance/uberveillance. In 2017, Katina was awarded the prestigious Brian M. O'Connell Award for Distinguished Service to the IEEE Society on the Social Implications of Technology (IEEESSIT).

Keynote Speaker: Professor U Dinesh Kumar, IIM Bangalore

U Dinesh Kumar is a Professor of Decision Sciences at IIM Bangalore and Chairperson of MBA (Business Analytics), he is also IIMB chair of excellence since January 2020. He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from IIT Bombay. Dr Dinesh Kumar introduced Business Analytics elective course in 2008 to the PGP students at IIM Bangalore and started one of the first certificate programs in Business Analytics in India in 2010. He has over 25 years of teaching and research experience. Prior to joining IIM Bangalore, Dr Dinesh Kumar has worked at several reputed Institutes across the world including Stevens Institute of Technology, USA; University of Exeter, UK; University of Toronto, Canada; Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland; Queensland University of Technology, Australia; Australian National University, Australia and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta.

He has published more than 70 research articles in leading academic journals. Thirty Eight of his case studies on Business Analytics based on Indian and multinational organizations such as Aavin Milk Dairy, Apollo Hospitals, Bigbasket, Bollywood, Eureka Forbes, Fantasy Sports, Flipkart.com, Hewlett and Packard, iD Fresh Foods, ISKCON, Jayalaxmi Agro Tech, Larsen & Toubro, Manipal Hospitals, Mission Hospital, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Indian Premier League, Reliance Retail, Shubham Housing Finance Limited, VHS Blood Bank, VMWare have been published at the Harvard Business Publishing’s case portal. More than 220 Institutions use his case studies across 70+ countries. He has authored 4 books, his recent book titled, “Business Analytics – The Science of Data Driven Decision Making”, published by Wiley in 2017 is an Amazon Best Seller. He co-authored a book titled, “Machine Learning Using Python”, with Mr Manaranjan Pradhan, published by Wiley in 2019.

He has carried out predictive and prescriptive analytics consulting projects for organizations such as The Boston Consulting Group (India) Private Limited, Cartesian Consulting, GE Healthcare, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Qatar Airways, Mission Hospital, Manipal Hospitals, Scalene Works, TVS Motors, Wipro Limited, UNIBIC, and the World Health Organization etc. He has conducted training program on Analytics for several companies such as Accenture, Aditya Birla Group, Ashok Leyland, Asian Paints, Bank of America, Blue Ocean Market Intelligence, Cisco, Fidelity, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Honeywell, Infosys, ITC Info Tech, Madya Pradesh Agency for Promotion of Information Technology (MAPIT), National Academy for Defence Production, Ocwen financial Services, SONY and so on. He conducts corporate training programme in Analytics and trained more than 1,000 professionals in the field of analytics.

He is the founding president of the Analytics Society of India (ASI) and was awarded the Best Young Teacher Award by the Association of Indian Management Institutions in 2003. He is listed as one of the top 10 analytics academics in India by the analytics India magazine. He is the governing council member of the Karnataka Government’s Centre of excellence for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence set up in Collaboration with NASSCOM.

Keynote Speaker: H. Raghav Rao, Ph.D, University of Texas at San Antonio

Dr. H.R. Rao was named the AT&T Distinguished Chair in Infrastructure Assurance and Security at The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Business in January 2016. He also holds a courtesy appointment as full professor in the UTSA Department of Computer Science. Prior to working at UTSA, Professor Rao was the SUNY Distinguished Service Professor at the University at Buffalo. He graduated from Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University.

His interests are in the areas of management information systems, decision support systems, e-business, emergency response management systems and information assurance. He has chaired sessions at international conferences and presented numerous papers. He also has co-edited four books, including Information Assurance Security and Privacy Services and Information Assurance in Financial Services. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 technical papers, of which more than 125 are published in archival journals.

Professor Rao was the inaugural recipient of The Bright Internet Award for his contributions to the information systems discipline by KMIS, the Korea Society of Management Information Systems. In 2018 Professor Rao was awarded the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Outstanding Service Award for significant service contributions to the field of information systems and information systems security. In November 2016, Professor Rao received the prestigious Information Systems Society Distinguished Fellow Award (Class of 2016) for outstanding intellectual contributions to the information systems discipline.

Rao’s work has received best paper and best paper runner up awards at ISR, AMCIS and ICIS. He has received funding for his research from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense and the Canadian Embassy. He also received the Fulbright fellowship in 2004.

Rao is a past chair of IFIP WG 8.11/11.13, the working group for Information Systems Security Research. He is co-editor in chief of Information Systems Frontiers, advisory editor of Decision Support Systems, associate editor of ACM TMIS and senior editor at MIS Quarterly.