Keynote Speakers and Invited Speakers

Keynote Speaker I

Chair Prof. Chen-Fu Chien
National Tsing Hua University

Dr. Chen-Fu Chien is Tsinghua Chair Professor, in the Department of Industrial Engineering & Engineering Management, National Tsing Hua University (NTHU). Professor Chien is the Convener for Industrial Engineering and Management Program, Ministry of Science & Technology. He is the Director of Artificial Intelligence for Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (AIMS) Research Center that is one of four national AI centers sponsored by MOST. He has been Principal Investigator for the Semiconductor Technologies Empowerment Partners (STEP) Consortium and the Director for the NTHU-TSMC Center for Manufacturing Excellence in NTHU. He received B.S. with double majors in Industrial Engineering and Electrical Engineering with the Phi Tao Phi Honor from NTHU in 1990. He received M.S. and Ph.D. of Decision Sciences and Operations Research with two minors in Statistics and Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in 1994 and 1996, respectively. He was a Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, UC Berkeley, from 2002 to 2003. He also received the Executive Training of PCMPCL from Harvard Business School in 2007. He was a Visiting Professor in Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge University (sponsored by Royal Society, UK), Visiting Professor in Beijing Tsinghua University (sponsored by Chinese Development Foundation), Visiting Professor in Waseda University (sponsored by Japan Interchange Association Young Scholar Fellowship).His research mainly concerns the development of digital decision, big data analytics, and optimization methodologies and better analytical solutions for high-tech companies confronting with multi-objective decision problems involved in strategy, manufacturing, and technology that are characterized by uncertainty with massive data and a need for tradeoff among various objectives and justification for the decisions. Dr. Chien and his Decision Analysis Lab Associates have conducted many university-industry collaborative research projects with domain experts. From 2005 to 2008, he had been on-leave to serve as the Deputy Director of Industrial Engineering Division in Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) that is the world leading wafer foundry. Dr. Chien has 23 invention patents for intelligent manufacturing and published more than 170 journal papers. Dr. Chien has received many awards including the Executive Yuan Award for Outstanding Science & Technology Contribution (2016), the National Quality Award from the Executive Yuan (2012), Distinguished Research Awards (2007, 2011, 2016), Tier-One Principal Investigator (2005-2008), and Best Research Awards from the Ministry of Science & Technology, University Industrial Contribution Award from Ministry of Economic Affairs for Individual Contribution (2009), Distinguished University-Industry Collaborative Research Award from the Ministry of Education (2001), Distinguished Young Faculty Research Award (2001) and Distinguished University-Industry Collaborative Research Award (2007) by NTHU, Best Paper Award (2001), Distinguished Young Industrial Engineer Award (2001), IE Medal (2010) from Chinese Institute of Industrial Engineers, Best Engineering Paper Award (2002) and Distinguished Engineering Professor (2010) by Chinese Institute of Engineers, TSMC-NTHU Faculty Semiconductor Research Grant (2004), and the Lu, Feng-Chang Award from Chinese Management Association (2007). He received the 2011 IEEE Trans. on Automation Sciences and Engineering Best Paper Award and the 2015 IEEE Trans. on Semiconductor Manufacturing Best Paper Award. Dr. Chien is a fellow of APIEMS, CIIE, and CSMOT. He is Area Editor for Flexible Services and Manufacturing Journal, Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering and Journal Intelligent Manufacturing. He is on the Advisory Board of OR Spectrum and editorial board for Computers and Industrial Engineering.

Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Maged M. Dessouky
University of Southern California, USA

Maged M. Dessouky is a Professor and Chair in the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. His research area is transportation system optimization where he has authored over 90 refereed publications.  His paper “Optimal Slack Time for Schedule Based Transit Operations” was awarded the INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Best Paper Prize.  He is a Fellow of IISE and serves as Associate Director of METRANS, a center focused on solving important urban transportation problems.  He is currently area/associate editor of Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, IISE Transactions, and Computers and Industrial Engineering, on the editorial board of Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, and previously served as area editor of the ACM Transactions of Modeling and Computer Simulation and associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems.  He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and M.S. and B.S. degrees from Purdue University.

Keynote Speaker III

Prof. Yang XU
Peking University, China

Prof. Yang XU received his Ph.D. from Ecole Centrale de Nantes (France) in 2010. Since 2011, he has joined Peking University and became associate professor in 2013. He is visiting professor in Tsukuba University (Japan), Université Toulouse III (France), University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and University of Edinburgh (UK). He published over 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers and many of them are published in outstanding SCI/SSCI index journals such as Computers & Industrial Engineering, Knowledge-Based Systems, Expert Systems, International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Knowledge Organization, CIRP Annals. His research interests include industrial engineering, knowledge management, etc.

Keynote Speaker IV

Prof. Ramayah Thurasamy
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

T. Ramayah, is currently a Professor of Technology Management, School of Management, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Visiting Professor Minjiang University (China), Daffodil International University (DIU) Bangladesh, Fakulti Ekonomi dan Pengurusan, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Faculty of Economics and Business, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Fakulti Pengurusan dan Perniagaan, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Honorary Professor at the University of Jordan and Adjunct Professor at University Center for Research & Development (UCRD), Chandigarh University (CU), India, Sunway University, Azman Hashim International Business School, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) and Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), Malaysia. He was also a Visiting Professor King Saud University (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and Adjunct Professor at Multimedia University previously. He has an h-index of 111 and citation of 48,951 in Google Scholar and i-10 index of 527, his h-index in SCOPUS is 64, with 14,952 citations while his h-index in ISI/Clarivate is 50 with 10,018 citations. His full profile can be accessed from

Invited Speakers

Assoc. Prof. Wichai Chattinnawat
Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Dr. Wichai Chattinnawat has been associated with the department of Industrial Engineering, Chiang Mai University for over 30 years. His researches originally focus on statistical process control, quality engineering, applied statistics for quality improvement and production system. Recently, Dr. Wichai has extended the statistical-based research into sustainable design of quality and productivity system especially through the Material Flow Cost Accounting (MFCA) methodology and technique. Appointed as MFCA expert by Asian Productivity Organization (APO), Dr. Wichai has conducted Demonstration Project of Material Flow Cost Accounting (DMP-MFCA) researches in Thailand and Bangladesh through supports of the National productivity organizations (NPO). Dr. Wichai also provided the consulting on how to apply the MFCA to reduce cost and improve efficiency to local company and industries. The recent projects on Material Flow Cost Accounting (MFCA) for Leather Industry with SR Asia, and for Sugar Production of Bangladesh with Sugar & Food Industries Corporation (BSFIC) has been publicized by APO and National Productivity Organization of Bangladesh on the implementation, knowledge and knowhow of the MFCA for Leather industry and the Sugar Mills. Dr.Wichai has participated and extended researches into the area of quality and productivity management of healthcare system, and has led projects of Lean and quality improvement for hospitals supported by National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA). Several on-going technical and publishing papers on how to improve the performance of One Tambol One Product (OTOP), and the sustainable quality management for agriculture for the highland area are being publicized by National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT).

Prof. Meiryani
Bina Nusantara University, Indonesia

Dr. Meiryani received his PhD degree at the Padjadjaran University,Indonesia. She received the Certified Public Accountant (CA) Indonesia in 2014. She is currently Lecturer Specialist Doctoral- Accounting Departement at BINUS University, Indonesia. She has published six books with the title book are Penetrating Reputable International Journals: Tips & Tricks, Introduction to Accounting, Accounting Information Systems, Quality of Accounting Information Systems and the Factors That Affect AIS, Accounting Research Methodology over 50 articles in refereed accounting information system and over 30 articles in the international conference. She now served as an associate professor accounting department BINUS University.

Prof. Yasser Dessouky
San Jose State University, USA

Professor Yasser Dessouky currently serves as department chair for the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at San Jose State University. Dr. Dessouky has extensive research and consulting experience in developing models to analyze improvements in the design and efficiency of systems and workflow patterns. He has gained recognition in the areas of modeling and analysis of systems/processes. Dr. Dessouky has more than 45 publications and grants in excess of $1M in these research areas. He also serves as an editor-in-chief, Computers and Industrial Engineering. His professional practice includes work with organizations such as Applied Materials, Texas Instruments, General Electric, Ford Motor Company, United Parcel Service, and research funding from NSF, VA, and Path agencies to name a few. Prior to joining the faculty at San José State University in 1997, Dr. Dessouky served on the faculty at Miami University, Ohio. He earned his doctorate and master’s degrees in industrial and management systems engineering from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.







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