Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Nathan Clarke

University of Plymouth, United Kingdom

Biography: Nathan Clarke is a Professor of Cyber Security and Digital Forensics at the University of Plymouth. He is also an adjunct Professor at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia.
His research interests reside in the area of information security, biometrics, forensics and intrusion detection and has over 200 journal papers, conference papers, books, edited books, book chapters and patents.
He is the recent past Chair of the IFIP TC11.12 Working Group on the Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance (2013-2019). Prof Clarke is a chartered engineer, a fellow of the British Computing Society (BCS), a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Information Security, a senior member of the IEEE and the author of Transparent Authentication: Biometrics, RFID and Behavioural Profiling published by Springer and Computer Forensics: A Pocket Guide published by IT Governance.


Prof. Adrian Hopgood
University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Biography: Adrian Hopgood is Professor of Intelligent Systems at the University of Portsmouth, where he is Director of the Future & Emerging Technologies theme and Executive Director of the Space South Central Enterprise Network. He is also a visiting professor at the Open University and at Sheffield Hallam University. He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the BCS (the Chartered Institute for IT), and a committee member for the BCS Specialist Group on Artificial Intelligence.
Professor Hopgood has worked at the level of Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor in four universities in the UK and Belgium, and he has enjoyed scientific roles with Systems Designers PLC and the Telstra Research Laboratories in Australia. His main research interests are in artificial intelligence and its practical applications. He has supervised more than 20 PhD projects to completion and published more than 100 research articles. His textbook "Intelligent Systems for Engineers and Scientists: A Practical Guide to Artificial Intelligence" is ranked as a bestseller and its fourth edition was published in 2022.

Shuliang Li

PhD, Fellow (Life member) of the British Computer Society,
Reader in Business Information Management & Systems,

University of Westminster, United Kingdom

(Also Sichuan 100-Talent Scheme Visiting Professor at Southwest Jiaotong University, China)

Biography: Dr Shuliang Li is a Reader in Business Information Management at Westminster Business School, University of Westminster. He acted as BIM&O departmental Research Leader from January 2010 to July 2013. Prof. Li is also Sichuan 100-Talent Scheme Visiting Professor in China for research collaboration purposes. He is a Fellow (Life member) of the British Computer Society (FBCS).
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Prof. William Hurst

Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands

Biography: Dr Hurst is an Associate Professor in Data Science and eXtended Realities in the Information Technology Group. He has over 100 international publications in the areas of data science, creative technologies, critical infrastructures, simulation and 3D graphics.
He has held several grants as Principal/Co-Investigator; some of which include EPSRC-funded 'Data Analytics for Health-Care Profiling using Smart Meters' (EP/R020922/1) and InnovateUK-funded Productivity Accelerator (
Prior to working at WUR, he was an award-winning Reader (Associate Professor) in Creative Technologies in the Department of Computer Science at Liverpool John Moores University, where he worked for 6 years. During this time he taught a variety of subjects including Data Visualisation, Digital Games Content Production, Internet and Web Technologies, Research Skills, Interactive Multimedia Systems, Advanced Multimedia, Digital Storytelling and Interactive media and games development.
His education includes a PGCert (Distinction) in Higher Education, a PhD in Computer Science (scholarship - focusing on Critical Infrastructures), an MSc with Distinction in Web Computing and a BSc(Hons) in Product Design.


Prof. Joanne Roberts

University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Biography: Joanne Roberts is Professor in Arts and Cultural Management at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, UK, where she is also Director of the Winchester Luxury Research Group. Joanne gained her PhD at the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, Newcastle University, UK, and she has held academic posts at the Universities of Durham, Newcastle, and Northumbria, UK. Her areas of expertise include, creativity and innovation, luxury, knowledge management and international business. Joanne has written extensively in the fields of business and management. She has published widely in leading international academic journals including Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Management Learning, and Research Policy. She is author of Multinational Business Services Firms (Ashgate, 1998/ Routledge 2020) and co-editor of: Knowledge and Innovation in the New Service Economy, with A. Andersen, J. Howells, R. Hull and I. Miles (Edward Elgar, 2000); Living with Cyberspace, with J. Armitage (Continuum, 2002); and, Community, Economic Creativity and Organization, with A. Amin (Oxford University Press, 2008). Her most recent sole authored book is A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Knowledge Management (Sage Publications, 2015). Additionally, she is the co-editor, with J. Armitage, of Critical Luxury Studies: Art, Design, Media (Edinburgh University Press, 2016) and The Third Realm of Luxury (Bloomsbury 2020). Joanne is co-editor, with P-Y. Donzé and V. Pouillard of The Oxford Handbook of Luxury Business, (Oxford University Press 2022). Joanne is an editor of the academic journal Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation (Taylor & Francis), and an editorial board member of several journals including: Luxury: History, Culture, Consumption (Taylor & Francis), and critical perspectives on international business (Emerald).