Mike C. Jackson is Emeritus Professor of Management Systems at Hull University Business School, UK. After graduating in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, he spent four years in the civil service. He has since gained masters degrees from Oxford and Lancaster and a PhD from the University of Hull, being appointed a full professor in 1989. Between 1999 and 2011 he was Dean of the Business School, leading it to triple-crown accreditation. Mike is a Chartered IT Professional and a Fellow of the British Computer Society, the Cybernetics Society, the Chartered Management Institute and the Operational Research Society. He is a Companion of the Association of Business Schools. Mike has been Chairman of the UK Systems Society, and President of the International Federation for Systems Research and the International Society for the Systems Sciences. He is a Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (New Delhi), the University of Cape Town, Queensland University of Technology, Wuhan University of Technology and Xiamen University. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the Universities of Ricardo Palma, Peru and Hull. Mike received an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, 2011, for services to higher education and business. Mike has written and edited many books on systems thinking and management science, and published over 100 articles in refereed journals. His two latest books are Systems Approaches to Management (Kluwer/Plenum, 2000) and Systems Thinking : Creative Holism for Managers (Wiley, 2003 – also translated into Chinese, Spanish, Japanese and Vietnamese). Mike edits the International Journal Systems Research and Behavioral Science (Wiley) and is on the editorial board of six other journals. He has received research grants from the ESRC, Leverhulme Trust, British Council, The European Union, Yorkshire Forward, the ERDF, and from organizations in the private and public sectors. He has supervised 20 Ph.D. students to successful completion and has delivered plenary addresses at numerous international conferences. He has also undertaken many consultancy engagements with outside organisations, both profit and non-profit.Professor Rajkumar Buyya University of Melbourne (Australia)
Rajkumar Buyya is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Director of the Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Laboratory at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is also serving as the founding CEO of Manjrasoft, a spin-off company of the University, commercializing its innovations in Cloud Computing. He served as a Future Fellow of the Australian Research Council during 2012-2016. He has authored over 625 publications and seven text books including “Mastering Cloud Computing” published by McGraw Hill, China Machine Press, and Morgan Kaufmann for Indian, Chinese and international markets respectively. He is one of the highly cited authors in computer science and software engineering worldwide (h-index=117, g-index=245, 71,100+ citations). Dr. Buyya is recognized as a “Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher” in 2016 and 2017 by Thomson Reuters, a Fellow of IEEE, and Scopus Researcher of the Year 2017 with Excellence in Innovative Research Award by Elsevier for his outstanding contributions to Cloud computing.
Software technologies for Grid and Cloud computing developed under Dr. Buyya’s leadership have gained rapid acceptance and are in use at several academic institutions and commercial enterprises in 40 countries around the world. Dr. Buyya has led the establishment and development of key community activities, including serving as foundation Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing and five IEEE/ACM conferences. These contributions and international research leadership of Dr. Buyya are recognized through the award of “2009 IEEE Medal for Excellence in Scalable Computing” from the IEEE Computer Society TCSC. Manjrasoft’s Aneka Cloud technology developed under his leadership has received “2010 Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award”. He served as the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing. He is currently serving as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Software: Practice and Experience, which was established over 45 years ago. For further information on Dr.Buyya, please visit his cyberhome: www.buyya.com
In the startup space, Jan is chairman of the board of Auqtus AB and, until recently, Fidesmo in Stockholm, Remente, in Gothenburg, Sweden. He serves on the advisory board of Assia Inc. in Redwood City, CA, Peltarion AB in Stockholm and Burt AB in Gothenburg, Sweden. Jan also runs a boutique consulting firm, Boschonian AB, that offers its clients support around the implications of digitalization including the management of R&D and innovation. For more information see his website: http://www.janbosch.com
Professor Sergei Petrovskii University of Leicester(UK)
Sergei Petrovskii is an applied mathematician with about thirty years of research experience in mathematical ecology and ecological modelling. His research spans across a broad variety of problems of ecology and population dynamics, with a particular emphasis on modelling complex multiscale environmental and ecological systems. He published four books and more than one hundred papers in peer-reviewed journals. Some of his older results on ecological pattern formation and biological invasion modelling have become a textbook material. His recent research on the effect of the global warming on the atmospheric oxygen where he discovered a new type of ecological catastrophe has been published in high-ranked scientific journals and highlighted by media around the world. He presently holds the position of a Chair in Applied Mathematics at the University of Leicester(UK). He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Ecological Complexity– a journal on theoretical and mathematical ecology published by Elsevier, and a member of the editorial board of two other journals. He has been an invited or keynote speaker at about twenty international conferences and he is the founder and the scientific coordinator of the MPDE (Models in Population Dynamics and Ecology) conference series.Professor Xin Yao
University of Birmingham(UK)
Xin Yao is the Director of The Centre of Excellence for Research in Computational Intelligence and Applications (Cercia) and a Professor of Computer Science in the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Science and Technology of China and a visiting professor of three other universities. He joined the University of Birmingham from Australia as a professor of computer science in 1999. He is a fellow of IEEE, a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, the editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, and the editor of the book series on “Advances in Natural Computation” from World Scientific Publishing Co. He has been invited to give keynote speeches speaker at more than 35 international conferences in 13 different countries. He has chaired/co-chaired over 30 international conferences. His work has won several awards, including the prestigious IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award (2001). He has been awarded more than GBP5M external Grants for his research from research councils, government bodies and industry.
Xin Yao has long been involved in various real world applications. He was a consultant to the Royal Australian Navy MCCA (Manager Codification Cataloguing and Allowances) on an expert system project. He has filed two EU patents based on his joint work with Marconi and Honda. He has attracted funding from a number of major companies, including Marconi, Honda, BT, Thales, Severn Trent Water, etc. Some of the products have being used in the companies. For more information see his website: http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~xin/