Keynote Speaker 


Prof. Kim Hua Tan, Nottingham University Business School, UK


Dr. Kim Hua Tan is a Professor in Operations and Innovation Management. Currently, he is also the Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Exchange at the business school. Prior to this, he was a Researcher and Teaching Assistant at Centre for Strategy and Performance, University of Cambridge. Professor Tan spent many years in industry, before joining academia in 1999. His current research interests are transformative innovation, lean management, operations strategy, big data and data analytics, and supply chain resilience. He has spoken on these subjects across the globe, including China, Indonesia, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Latin America, Europe, and other locales. He has been the Principal Investigator for various grants from EPSRC, ESRC, DTI, UK Royal Society, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), EU-TEMPUS, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Emerald Research Fund, etc. Professor Tan has published a book called 'Winning Decisions: Translating Business Strategy into Action Plans,' and more than 150 articles in leading academic journals such as Decision Sciences, European Journal of Operation Research, Decision Support Systems, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Innovation Management, and many others.


(Onsite Talk) Speech Title: Blockchain Adoption for Pepper Smallholder Farmers and Buyers
Abstract: This project was inspired by a wave of  interceptions of horticultural  produce from Uganda during plant health checks in the EU for non-compliances (excessive pesticide residues and the presence of harmful organisms ) . The project started well with the involvement of the Ugandan Ministry of Agriculture (MAAIF) with whom we held a series of online workshops to map out the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Export Supply Chain, and to identify pain points in terms of governance and information shortages. While we set out to investigate opportunities for blockchain integration in the value chain for enhanced transparency and compliance,  It was understood that scanty data and low levels of literacy in the supply chain were in part to account for the rising wave of interceptions. This project offers insights to the opportunities and challenges of blockchain adoption and application in food supply chains, capabilities required for the adoption of blockchain technology in Agriculture as well as how good practice can be disseminated across the supply chain.




Dr Nick Chung, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China


Dr Sai-Ho Chung (Nick) graduated with a BEng(Hon) in Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering from The University of Hong Kong in 2001. He obtained his MPhil and PhD from there in 2004 and 2007 respectively. He joined in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, as a Lecturer in 2007 and was gradually promoted to Associate Professor in 2019. He joined as the Associate Director of the Integrated Graduate Development Scheme Unit since 2018.

His research interests include logistics and supply chain management, supply chain collaboration, supply chain finance, production scheduling, distribution network, vehicle routing, container terminal operations, airline crew scheduling, aircraft maintenance routing, flight fuel consumption estimation, etc. Dr Chung has been the principal investigator of about 10 research projects and published over 80 international journal papers, including IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on Systems Journal, OMEGA, Decision Support Systems, Decision Sciences, International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Production Research, Computers & Operations Research, Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Resources, Conservation & Recycling, Transportation Research Part E, Transportation Research Part B, Risk Analysis, etc.


(Online Talk) To be added...




 Invited Speaker 


Bernhard Heiden
Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria

Bernhard Heiden is a professor of production technology in the industrial engineering degree program at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences. He previously worked in the industry for six years. He completed his process engineering studies at TU Graz, writing his diploma thesis at ETH Zurich. He holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Graz University of Technology. He was a university assistant at the Institute of Thermodynamics and Combustion Engines for four years and a student assistant at the Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer for the same period. At the Karl-Franzens University of Graz, he holds a degree in Philosophy and an MBA in Financial Management and Controlling. His current research and consulting focus is on production technology and Industry 4.0. He is co-founder and part of an Austria-wide cooperation network for 3D printing and chairman of the 3D printing group at FH-Kärnten, and part of the iMaterial research group initiated in 2018, which focuses, among other things, on research into smart materials and their manufacturing processes. Examples of project implementations were (*) processing an innovation cheque to evaluate a CNC-controlled production cutting process for industry or the FFG research project "Polygenferos 4.0", which focused on the industrial training of companies in the field of additive manufacturing. (**) An interdisciplinary project for cooperating robots with the Alpen Adria University Klagenfurt as a project partner. (***) An EU 3D printing project to develop a fiber composite 3D printer (MMO3D) and many others. He is the initiator and co-founder of Smartlab Carinthia at the University of Applied Sciences Carinthia, the first Fab Lab in Carinthia, as well as a lecturer and author of numerous articles and technical papers, as well as an editor of the book "Mit Innovationsmanagement zu Industrie 4.0" published by Springer Verlag in 2018.


(Onsite Talk) Speech Title: First Elements of Production Portfolio Theory: A New Industrial Engineering Scientific Method




Alexander Yu Obydenov
Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, Russia

Bio: Alexander Yu. Obydenov is an Associate Professor at Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation and Lomonosov Moscow State University, Leading Expert at the Center for Cultural Strategies and Project Management, Moscow, Russia. He has more than 20 years of experience in analytics and academics. His research work is mainly dedicated to agile methods of strategic management, governed self-organization, complexity theory and business agility. He has published above 70 papers and articles, most of which are highly rated publications. He appears at international conferences as a speaker and organizer at a regular basis.

(Online Remotely Talk, February 17) Speech Title: Business Agility as a modern company's key to success

Abstract: Empirical studies conducted by different researches show that currently, companies that apply business agility demonstrate a stronger competitive position and financial performance. As of today, we can already conclude that agility is being implemented more in various aspects and on various levels within companies. Our concept of «governed self-organization», which correlates with another known concept of «guided self-organization», is fully backed and supported by these conclusions, drawn from modern business practice. In the following presentation we will elaborate on the arrangement of an organization with business agility properties within the framework of our concept. Such organization uses appropriate agile strategies on both independent business and corporate level, has relevant organizational structure and culture, and customized business processes. That enables companies to use human resources more productively, create new products and enter new markets more efficiently, build strategically sustainable competitive advantages and achieve a more sucessful corporate development overall. And of course, aspects of business agility prove to be of high significance for modern industrial technologies.



Risty Acerado
Technological Institute of the Philippines, Philippines

Risty Acerado is a faculty member of the Information Systems Department of the Technological Institute of the Philippines, Quezon City. She has been in the academe for 14 years.
She's a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS), has a Master's degree in Information Management (MIM), and earned her Doctor in Information Technology (DIT) last 2019.

She served as one of the organizers of the 2020 Cybersecurity Conference organized by ISSA PH and UNFPA; She was also an IT consultant for a UNFPA project related to cyber trafficking;
She also served as an adviser to several groups of students who worked on the knowledge channel project in developing a mobile learning application.

She presented several research papers at international conferences both locally and internationally. Her researches focus on m/e-learning applications and predictive and data analytics. Some of her papers were published in IEEE and ACM digital libraries. She also served as a peer reviewer in International Conferences held in the United Kingdom and Thailand (International Conference on Software Engineering and Information Management - ICSIM and International Conference Industrial Technology and Management - ICITM) and the Asian Journal of Mathematics and Computer Research.


(Remote Online - February 18, Saturday  morning)

Speech Title: Profiling of Cybersex Trafficking Websites Utilizing Intelligence Cycle Model for Data Analysis

Abstract: Many people of different ages and races are active on online social media platforms. In the Philippines, more than
half of the population are active social media users. Social media has been one of the busiest online platforms, especially since many of these platforms offer many features, giving users many benefits. However, criminals also actively performed their schemes using these social media platforms, such as cybersex trafficking.
Cybersex trafficking is a strenuous challenge for law enforcement agencies in the Philippines. Hence, government agencies and other stakeholders, such as NGOs and academic institutions, devise schemes to scourge these soaring cyber sex crimes. Similarly, our team also developed reactive and proactive schemes and initiatives. This presentation is focused on one of the conducted initiatives - Database and Profiling. The Intelligence Cycle Model was used in this study to analyze and investigate the gathered data carefully. The data pipeline was created utilizing different tools, including the developed Application Programming Interface (API) scraper. The scraper actively scraped the web for information related to cybersex trafficking and then sent it to the cloud server for further data cleaning, review, and other data analytics process. Within the scheduled few days of scraping, the team gathered 40 suspected cybersex trafficking websites and 600 more for data analysis. It shows that within just a short duration of profiling, cyber traffickers are very active, and many of their websites sit in plain view so that even children can access them. This project is very significant as the survey for cyber trafficking awareness reveals that many young people are vulnerable to cybersex trafficking. Therefore, the proposed database and profiling process is noteworthy to be considered by authorities in the Philippines in advancing their technologies. So that cyber traffickers can be incapacitated in no time and not lure more victims.



Radu Godina
NOVA University Lisbon, Portugal

Radu Godina is currently an Assistant Professor at the NOVA School of Science and Technology, FCT NOVA, NOVA UNIVERSITY LISBON. He received the Ph.D. degree from University of Beira Interior (UBI), Covilhã, Portugal. He has authored or co-authored more than 160 indexed international journals, book chapters and conference proceedings papers in such topics as industrial symbiosis, sustainability, lean manufacturing, electric vehicles, circular economy, life cycle assessment and quality control. He has published with 22 international universities and 10 distinct enterprises and/or corporations. He is a full member of the EurOMA ociation (European Operations Management Association) and full member of the IEOM Society International Association (Industrial Engineering and Operations Management Society - IEOM). He recently is developing research in the project Microstructural Engineering and Integrated Non-Destructive Testing - Smart-WAAM obtained through European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) RawMaterials, and in this task the goal is to detail rigorously and perform the life cycle analysis, life cycle cost and social life cycle analysis of the additive manufacturing process, namely Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM).


(Onsite Talk) Title: Life Cycle Assessment of Additive Manufacturing Processes

Abstract: Additive manufacturing (AM) processes are increasingly being subjected to Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) due to increased awareness and stricter emissions controls. In spite of the fact that AM has some advantages, such as low material waste, its environmental impacts must be assessed using a comprehensive method, such as Life Cycle Assessment. It is also important to assess the economic viability of AM processes before they are adopted, otherwise, such processes will be deemed as a curious novelty only. An economic assessment of AM processes and existing LCA studies are, therefore, addressed. A comparison is also made between AM processes and traditional manufacturing technologies. Last but not least, AM is discussed in relation to CM processes and vice versa with respect to the environmental and economic benefits. With this knowledge, AM practitioners will be able to select more efficient and environmentally friendly manufacturing processes for their products, on a case by case basis.