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Keynote Speaker



Prof. Emin Faruk Kececi
Mechanical Engineering Department, Abdullah Gul University, Turkey


Dr. Emin Faruk Kececi is a Professor of Mechatronics and Department Head of Mechanical Engineering at Abdullah Gul University. He received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from ITU and Duke University in 1996 and 1999 respectively and he received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Virginia in 2003. His current research focuses on prototyping of unmanned ground vehicles, especially for rescue operations and biomedical image processing. His research project on an explosive ordnance disposal robot was selected by Tubitak as one of the most successful projects - one out of 150 chosen from 6000 supported projects in between 2005 to 2010. He is the author of a book about mobile robot electronic hardware design with microcontrollers which is published in 2008 and became a best seller in Turkey. There are also two books that Dr. Kececi has edited in 2015 which are published from ASME, titled as Mobile Robots for Dynamic Environments and Design and Prototypes of Mobile Robots. Dr. Kececi is also a member of the Editorial Board of Robotica.



John P. Girard, Ph.D

Professor, Middle Georgia State University, USA

John P. Girard, Ph.D. holds the Peyton Anderson Endowed Chair in Information Technology at Middle Georgia State University’s School of Information Technology. He is a professor, storyteller, and adventurer who has enjoyed the privilege of speaking to leaders on six continents about technology, leadership, and culture. Engaging with students daily ensures he remains current in the ever-changing world in which we live and do business. John has traveled to 116 countries investigating globalization and innovation in action.
John has published seven books in the domains of technology, leadership, and culture, including: Strategic Data-base Wisdom in the Big Data Era (2015), Social Roots: Why Social Innovations are Creating the Influence Economy (2014), Sage Sayings: Inspiring Native American Passages for Leaders (2014), Business Goes Virtual: Realizing the Value of Collaboration(2011), Social Knowledge: Using Social Media to Know What You Know (2011), A Leader’s Guide to Knowledge Management: Drawing on the Past to Enhance Future Performance (2009) and Building Organizational Memories: Will you Know what you Knew? (2009).
Recently John has been speaking widely on the impact of Big Data and why managers should be interested. His keynote, plenary talks and workshops on Big Data include: China Productivity Center (2016), Al Falah University, Dubai (2016), Emirates College of Technology, Abu Dhabi (2016), KM Singapore (2015), Sales and Marketing Middle East (2015), Eighteenth Annual Conference of the Southern Association for Information Systems (2015), KM Russia (2015), International Association of Computer Information Systems Conference (2014), and International Online Symposium (2014). Learning from the participants at these events has been an eye-opening experience. There is absolutely no doubt that many managers remain perplexed with the ideas of Big Data.
Prior to transitioning to the academy, John was acting Director of Knowledge Management at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, Canada. He served for 24 years in the Canadian Forces, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. John has been recognized as a Fellow & Distinguished Scholar of The International Institute for Applied Knowledge Management, a Certified Information Professional, a Chartered Manager, and a Member of City & Guilds Institute of London. In 2016, John was a Fulbright Scholar working with Al Ain University of Science of Technology in the UAE. He was awarded Middle Georgia State University’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship in 2016.
To learn more about John, visit www.johngirard.net


Speech Title: Is Big Data the new Knowledge Management?

Abstract: In the past six years, there has been an eight-fold increase in Google searches for the term “Big Data.” Clearly there is considerable interest in the term; however, is Big Data helping executives make better decisions? Does Big Data empower, liberate, or overwhelm decision makers? After briefly tracing the roots of this new domain, John will share some examples of Big Data is action through the lens of knowledge management. This thought provoking and rather critical exploration will encourage researchers to rethink if Big Data should be in their KM research agenda. Join John Girard for an engaging and entertaining gallop through the fields of Big Data.



Prof. Yılmaz Kılıçaslan
Department of Computer Engineering, Adnan Menderes University, Turkey


Yılmaz Kılıçaslan is a professor at the Department of Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Trakya University, Turkey. In 1992, he got his B.Sc. degree in computer science from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey, and then he received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in cognitive science from the Centre for Cognitive Science and Natural Languages, Division of Informatics, the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1994 and 1998, respectively. His research interests are cognitive linguistics, computational linguistics, natural language processing and machine learning. He has authored papers in refereed journals and international conference proceedings, and has been actively serving as a reviewer for international journals and conferences.