Recently the 6th International Conference on Information Technology and Quantitative Management (ITQM) was held in Omaha, a city with comfortable weather and splendid landscape in late autumn in Nebraska, the USA.
The conference was sponsored by International Academy on Information Technology and Qualitative Management (IAITQM) and undertaken by University of Nebraska at Omaha. Other institutes and organizations such as CAS Research Center on Fictitious Economy & Data Science, School of Economics and Management, UCAS, Key Laboratory of Big Data Mining and Knowledge Management, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institutes of Science and Development, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Business Intelligence Special Committee, Chinese Academy of Management , Southwest Minzu University, and Tianfu Big Date International Strategy and Technology Research Institute were also committed to supporting and financing the practice. The theme of the conference was “Advanced Information Technology and Global Business Competition”. Distinguished scholars and scientists from 11 countries and regions, including America, China, Russia, Brazil, Chile, Spain, South Korea and etc., anticipated in the conference.
The conference got started in a warm and lively atmosphere. Prof. Hesham H.Ali, president, and Peter Wolcott, dean of College of Information Science & Technology, University of Nebraska at Omaha and Prof. Shi Yong, dean of CAS Research Center On Fictitious Economy & Data Science, leader of Key Laboratory of Big Data Mining and Knowledge Management, Chinese Academy of Sciences, president of International Academy on Information Technology and Quantitative Management (IAITQM), gave their opening speeches respectively to deliver warm welcome to all participants in the conference and wished a coming success of the conference. Before the beginning of the conference, all participants together took a photo. The conference totally contained and arranged 10 keynote speeches and 14 Session & Workshop.
Firstly, Prof. Luiz F.Autran M.Gomes, academician of the Brazilian Academy of Engineering, from Ibmec Business School, Brazil, delivered a report titled “Soft Computing Inspired by Prospect Theory”. He reviewed classic multi-criteria to fuzzy method model from the perspective of soft computing and analyzed the prospect and the development of soft computing in the coming years.
Prof. Zhong Ning, from Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan, delivered a report on “Connecting Network and Brain with Big Data- - A Brain Informatics Based Systematic Approach”, and he further discussed prospective researches of this field and potential challenges threatening the connecting network and brain with big data in every detail.
Dr. JinSpohrer, senior vice-president of IBM (International Business Machines Corporation) and director of Cognitive Systems Research Center, gave a presentation on “Open Technology, Innovation, and Service System Evolution “. First and foremost, he reviewed the history of development and fundamental principles of artificial intelligence (AI) and then introduced how to well prepare for open technology artificial intelligence in the future from the approach of a science of service.
Prof. Shu-Cherng Fang of North Carolina State University (NCSU or NC State) conducted a report about “Sub-one Similarity Measure for Quantitative Management involving Human Behavior”. After the analysis of a similarity measurement commonly used, he also introduced a new similarity measure available for quantitative management of online collaborative recommendation systems with full or sparse co-assessment data.
Prof. Moussa Larbani, from International Islamic University Malaysia, did a report on “A Habitual Domains Framework for Post-Data Mining Analysis and New Knowledge Creation for Better Decision Making”. He described a general model for post-data mining analysis and new knowledge creation developed through a habitual domains framework.
The outstanding Prof. Cheng-Few Lee, from Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University, explored the relationship between intra-management debt holding and company investment. In the research paper, he discovered that there was an obvious positive relation between business investment and CEO debt holdings and meanwhile, internal debt holding was disadvantageous for managers to invest money in risky programs.
Prof. Heeseok Lee, from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, probed into great changes brought by technology to industry and academy from the very beginning of the fourth industrial revolution and put stress on how the evolution of technology break traditional business mode and accelerate the development of new business mode .
Prof. James M. TIEN, from College of Engineering, University of Miami, talked about problems of real-time decision fusion and put priority for the introduction of decision process and other technologies related to artificial intelligence and decision.
Prof. Fuad Aleskerov, from Russian Academy of Sciences introduced his research results, which mainly analyzed three crucial factors in higher education system: the prediction of university enrolment rate, how to measure heterogeneity of higher education system, how to measure university efficiency based on several parameters such as science, education performance and reputation.
Those excellent keynote speeches were followed by Session & Workshop.13 authors delivered relative presentations about 14 papers they submitted for publication and further exchanged ideas with other participants. Various opinions expressed by different individuals greatly activated the atmosphere.
At the banquet, Prof. Shi Yong, on behalf of International Academy on Information Technology and Quantitative Management (IAITQM), gave “Daniel Berg (Technology and Service System Award) “, “Richard Price (Data Science Award)“, “Siwei Cheng (Quantitative Management Award) “, “Walter Scott (Information and Technology Award)” to Dr. JinSpohrer, senior vice-president of IBM (International Business Machines Corporation) and director of Cognitive Systems Research Center, Prof. Xu Zongben, the former vice-president of Xi’an Jiaotong University and academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Prof. Luiz F.Autran M.Gomes, academician of the Brazilian Academy of Engineering, from Ibmec Business School, and Prof. Zhong Ning, from Maebashi Institute of Technology. Meanwhile, on behalf of IAITQM, Prof. Shi Yong delivered “Best Conference Organization Award”to Prof. Wikil Kwak and Peter Wolcott to praise their hard work and great contribution in the organization and management task and gave “Herbert Simon (Excellent Research Article Award)” to Zeng Shouzhen, associate professor of Ningbo University. Participants and other members congratulated all the award receivers.
The banquet and award ceremony, at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium with a long history and marvelously reputation, were held simultaneously. Many visitors were arriving at the zoo on the day approaching to Halloween, the traditional festival in America. As participants of the conference appreciated the landscape in the zoo while enjoying delicate fine banquet, the conference came to the end in the peaceful festival atmosphere.
Brief Introduction of IAITQM
International Academy on Information Technology and Quantitative Management (IAITQM) was founded in in June, 2012, America. Prof. Shi Yong, dean of CAS Research Center On Fictitious Economy & Data Science, School of Economics and Management, UCAS, Key Laboratory of Big Data Mining and Knowledge Management, Chinese Academy of Sciences, was appointed as the president of the organization and distinguished research fellow, Li Jianping, the specially-appointed researcher, from Institutes of Science and Development, Chinese Academy of Sciences (formerly Institute of Science and Technology Policy and Management Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences) is the secretary general of the organization. TAITQM also included other parts such as International Conference on Information Technology and Quantitative Management (ITQM), International Conference on Data Science (ICDS), International Journal of Information Technology & Decision Making (IJITAM), Science Citation Index (SCI) and Annals of Science (AODS) and etc.
By ZHANG Liyun