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E-Activity and Leading Technologies 2010: Keynote speakers
Raymond Hackney is Professor of Business Systems and Director of a Doctoral Programme at the Business School of the Brunel University, West London, UK. He has taught and examined on a number of Doctoral and MBA programmes including Manchester Business School and the Open University. Ray led the organising committee for the annual BIT and BITWorld Conference series and is a member of the Strategic Management Society and Association of Information Systems.
He has also served on the Board of the UK Academy for Information Systems (UKAIS) and acted as an Associate Editor for a number of international journals including JGIM, JEUC, JLIM, ACITM and EJIS. Ray was President of IRMA (USA), and is now an Executive Member of the Information Institute.
Among others, Ray's major and current research interests are related to strategic knowledge and information systems, e-Business and e-Government. Ray has contributed extensively to research in the field with a number of EPSRC and European funded research projects, and publications in numerous national and international conferences, refereed journal articles and book chapters. He is co-author of the book Strategic Information Systems Management (2009), and co-edited the book Business Information Technology Management: Alternative and Adaptive Futures (2000).
Anton Nijholt is a full professor of computer science in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Twente (The Netherlands), where he is heading the Human Media Interaction department. Previously he held positions at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, McMaster University, Hamilton (Canada), University of Nijmegen, Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium), and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Presently he is also a scientific adviser of Philips Research. His research interests include multimodal interaction, natural language processing, virtual reality, embodied agents, entertainment computing, and brain-computer interfacing.
Currently Anton is involved in FP6, FP7 and ITEA research projects, COST actions and networks of excellence on multimodal interaction, affective computing, humor modeling, brain-computer interfaces, entertainment, and virtual worlds. These projects allow him and his staff to supervise more than 20 PhD students working on these issues. Recently he has become interested in 'computational deception': How can we prevent that the computer knows too much about us?
Anton Nijholt has organized many conferences and workshops on entertainment computing, on affective computing, and on multimodal interaction in and with ambient intelligence environments. He is editor of some journals on adaptive and creative interfaces and he is co-editor of books and special issues of journals on 'Human Computing', 'Intelligent Agents', 'Entertainment Computing', and 'Human/Brain-Computer Interaction'.
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