Prof. Juha Kettunen
Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Dr. Juha Kettunen is the Chancellor of the Turku University of Applied Sciences, after serving 14 years as University Rector. He is also an Adjunct Professor of the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. He was previously the Director of the Vantaa Institute for Continuing Education of the University of Helsinki and Director of the Advanced Management Education Centre of the University of Jyväskylä. He holds a PhD (Econometrics) from the University of Bristol in the UK, a DSc (Economics and Business Administration) from the University of Jyväskylä in Finland and a DSc (Technology) from the University of Oulu in Finland.
Prof. Reima Suomi
University of Turku, Finland
Reima Suomi is a professor of Information Systems Science at University of Turku, and a part-time professor at Huazhong Normal University, Wuhan, Hubei, China, as well as a guest professor in Wuhan University of Business and Technology. He has been a professor at Turku School of Economics and Business Administration, Finland since 1994. He is a docent for the universities of Turku and Oulu, Finland. Years 1992-93 he spent as a “Vollamtlicher Dozent” in the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, where he led a research project on business process re-engineering. Winter semester 2013-2014 he was a visiting professor at University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and at spring 2013 a visiting researcher at University of Münster, Germany. Currently he concentrates on topics around management of networked activities, including issues such as management of telecommunication networks, electronic and mobile services, virtual organizations, telework and competitive advantage through telecommunication-based information systems. Different governance structures applied to the management of IS and are enabled by IS belong too to his research agenda, as well as application of information systems in health care. Reima Suomi has together over 500 publications, and has published in journals such as Communications of the Association for Information Systems, CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, Information & Management, Information Services & Use, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Behaviour & Information Technology, Journal of Management History, Orthopaedic Nursing and Information Resources Management Journal. He has edited books for several publishers including Springer and Routledge. For the academic year 2001-2002 he was a senior researcher “varttunut tutkija” for the Academy of Finland, and the year 2013 he was on a sabbatical made possible by the Finnish professor grant system (Professoripooli). He is the founder of the conference series Well-being in the Information Society (WIS), active since 2006.
Prof. Ewa Ziemba
University of Economics in Katowice, Poland
Dr. Ewa Ziemba completed her Ph.D. and Post Ph.D. in management, with a major focus on management information systems (University of Economics in Katowice). Her current research is in information systems and technologies for business and public administration transformation. She has published over 170 peer-reviewed papers and 18 books. She played an instrumental role in prestigious international research projects. In recognition of her outstanding research and teaching, Ewa Ziemba has been the recipient of numerous awards. She has received 16 awards of excellence from the Rector of the University of Economics in Katowice. She has been awarded The Silver Cross of Merit and The Gold Medal „For Long Service” from the President of Poland, The Medal of the National Education Commission from the Ministry of National Education in Poland, and The Award of Fellow & Distinguished Scholar and Excellence in Research & Scholarship Award and The Excellence in Research & Scholarship Award from the International Institute for Applied Knowledge Management. She has received five awards for the best papers at the international conferences. She has been awarded grants founded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the National Science Center of Poland. Ewa Ziemba serves on the editorial and editorial review board for several international journals. She is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Online Journal of Applied Knowledge Management and the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Economic and Management. Ewa Ziemba is the Vice President for Research Collaborations of the International Institute for Applied Knowledge Management.
Speech Title: Information Society: ICT as a Key Catalyst for the Sustainability
Abstract: This lecture represents an important voice in the scientific discourse on what constitutes a sustainable information society, and provides a new comprehensive and forward-looking approach to such a development. This approach is based on information and communication technologies (ICT) as a key enabler for boosting the development of the sustainable information society. It focuses on the usage of ICTs by the main stakeholders of society, including households, enterprises, and public administration, in order to build an ecological, economic, socio-cultural, and political sustainability.
· The conceptual model of the sustainable information society;
· ICT as a key element of the sustainable information society model; and
· The relationship between the ICT usage and sustainability.
Prof. Elżbieta Szymańska
Bialystok University of Technology, Poland
Professor of Bialystok University of Technology, Manager of the Tourism Economy Chair and businesswoman - the partner in association The Recreation Resort “The Sailor” at the Mazury Lakes, Poland. She is also an Adjunct Professor of the Lazarski University in Warsaw. Participant of 14 research projects and Manager of some of them. Expert in Foresight Poland 2020 and Member of Polish Economy Association and Senator of Bialystok University of Technology (cadence 2016-2020). The Author of about 100 publications, including 5 books). She is a member of some organizations, including the Polish Economists Association. The major fields of her study are as follows: theory of innovations, service sector innovativeness, tourism economics, sustainable tourism, development of non-governmental organizations.
Speech Title: The Influence of the Environment on the Tourism Enterprises Innovativeness
Purpose: The aim of this article is to indicate exogenous factors which affect the innovativeness of the tourism companies.
Methods: The Author attempts to identify the main factors by creating a model, subsequently verifying the theoretical assumptions in the context of empirical studies and comparing the results of her own research with those carried out by other researchers. In order to achieve the objective, the questionnaire method was used and comparison analysis.
Findings: The paper presents the results of two conducted surveys: performed on a group of 215 tourism enterprises (hotels, travel agencies and transport enterprises) and the survey performed on a group of 42 innovative tour operators. The study showed the following - there are determinants of innovativeness in the microeconomic environment of respondents. Customers play a major role but the cooperation with other firms is very important, too. Innovation policy, taking into account the foresight approach to the service sector, can contribute to the innovation of these companies, and the whole economy.
Originality: This study presents the original results with implications for both research and innovation policy. Contribution to the development of the science theory is a model which reflects the division of these factors into those from the micro environment and the macro environment of a tourism company.
Prof. Harri Ketamo
Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Adjunct Professor Harri Ketamo, Ph.D., is an independent researcher and start-up entrepreneur. Currently he is founder of HeadAI ltd (AI/robotics) and adjunct professor at Tampere University of Technology. Ketamo has published 86 international peer-reviewed research articles and had more than 200 presentations in international forums. Previously he has been e.g. Academy of Finland -granted post-doc researcher, founder of gameMiner (game AI/data mining), director of education at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences and founder of SkillPixels ltd (games based learning). Ketamo's research interests are related to artificial intelligence, learning sciences and semantic computing. He has received several international awards and nominations related to his R&D work, including e.g. European Innovative Games Award 2009 (with gameMiner), BETT Awards 2014 (with SkillPixels) and the Eisenhower Fellowship 2017.
Speech Title: Future of Work: Personalised Career Coaching and Skills based Microlearning for Everyone
Abstract: In next two years everyone, globally, can have an access to personalised career coaching and skills based micro-learning, on any topic they want. Because of artificial intelligence. Currently there are more than 1B people looking for work-related education, and the number is growing fast. Because the fourth industrial revolution, robots & AI, depending on source, we are going to loose some 1b-5b jobs globally in next 30 years.
Our current education system can’t solve this challenge. There are not enough teachers, nor resources to build materials. We can’t wait formal education solve this challenge, there is not just enough time.
The next generation of jobs are not about permanent full-time profession. There will be less and less permanent profession based jobs. Rather there is micro-jobs, tasks, gigs, whatever we now call freelancer work. It's cherry picking for someone, nightmare for someone.
And it's already here. The fourth industrial revolution. We just don't want to see it, because people in general are afraid of big fundamental changes. In terms of Orwell, in 1984, Ignorance is strength.
But this is not about learning, it’s more related to identity. During first industrial revolution, our identity slowly turned into work-based identity that it hasn’t been before. Identity has been related to land and community, also before and after agricultural revolution some 10 000 years ago. Changing identity needs time, at least couple of generations.
This fourth industrial revolution is here and it is quick, we have no time to change our identity. Maybe children under 15 can start grow with pieces of new identity. The new, post- industrial identity could be related to personal skills, growth mindset and individual motivations to do something meaningful.
If we don’t do anything and just wait, there will soon be billions of unemployed people globally without trust for the future, and that’s a real threat for our future, not AI. I understand that solving the challenges related to fourth industrial revolution are too complex to solve in one piece, so we focus on recognising personal skills, supporting growth mindset and enabling individual motivations to do something meaningful.
We have already built an AI that learns micro-level semantics and meanings from natural language on any given topic.
1) AI can learn organisations’ needs and individual skills & competences based on task descriptions resumes, activities in social media, etc. AI make them visible as a personal skills map and it can suggest new skills and competences to learn based on person’s own interests and existing skills.
2) AI produces micro learning on any required topic, on demand. Course production on any given topic is a critical part in order to provide skills & competences based education for everyone.
3) AI runs the course as a individual’s personal coach
4) and it assess the skills
5) Finally, AI keeps the personal and organisational skills maps always up to date, so people can immediately see where there is jobs, gigs, tasks available for her/him.
In other words, we use AI to bring 1-to-1 career coaching and highly personalised on-demand micro-learning for everyone in two years. In longer period, we want to start activities to empower people to find and discover some 1b-5b new kind of jobs in next 30 years.
We are now starting the piloting in Finland this summer, and the “career coaching and skills based micro-learning” platform will be globally published in early 2018.
Next steps after that are:
To secure growth funding and design sustainable business model to turn the project into continuous, self funded, activity.
To find partners to scale the idea globally. In this the Eisenhower Fellowships network is going to be one of the key elements for successful implementation. Without this active, global, professional network global implementation would take just too long.
So should we be afraid of future? No! We just have to understand to get prepared. AI and robots are just tools, maybe the most powerful tools ever designed, but still tools. How we use tools depends on us.