First keynote speech: Digital Transformation for the University of the Future

First keynote speaker at Makelearn, TIIM & PIConf 2023 conference will be Prof. Dr. Jay Liebowitz, Inaugural Executive-in-Residence for Public Service, Columbia University, Data Science Institute, USA. His keynote speech will be entitled “Digital Transformation for the University of the Future” and held on Thursday, 18 May 2023 at 14.45.

Prof. Dr. Jay Liebowitz

Keynote speech abstract

We have witnessed many disruptions due to COVID over the past 2-3 years.  Certainly, colleges and universities have had to “pivot” and apply digital transformation efforts in order to address the many challenges that were created.  For future survival, higher education institutions will need to embrace digital transformation as part of their institutional fabric.  This presentation will provide some useful insights on making this a reality!

Dr. Jay Liebowitz has recently served as the inaugural Executive-in-Residence for Public Service at Columbia University’s Data Science Institute.  He was previously a Visiting Professor in the Stillman School of Business and the MS-Business Analytics Capstone & Co-Program Director (External Relations) at Seton Hall University.  He previously served as the Distinguished Chair of Applied Business and Finance at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.  Before HU, he was the Orkand Endowed Chair of Management and Technology in the Graduate School at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC).  He served as a Full Professor in the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University.  He was ranked one of the top 10 knowledge management researchers/practitioners out of 11,000 worldwide, and was ranked #2 in KM Strategy worldwide according to the January 2010 Journal of Knowledge Management.  At Johns Hopkins University, he was the founding Program Director for the Graduate Certificate in Competitive Intelligence and the Capstone Director of the MS-Information and Telecommunications Systems for Business Program, where he engaged over 30 organizations in industry, government, and not-for-profits in capstone projects.  

Prior to joining Hopkins, Dr. Liebowitz was the first Knowledge Management Officer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.  Before NASA, Dr. Liebowitz was the Robert W. Deutsch Distinguished Professor of Information Systems at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Professor of Management Science at George Washington University, and Chair of Artificial Intelligence at the U.S. Army War College.  

Dr. Liebowitz is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Expert Systems With Applications: An International Journal (published by Elsevier; ranked as a top-tier journal; Thomson Impact Factor from June 2021 is 8.665).  He is a Fulbright Scholar, IEEE-USA Federal Communications Commission Executive Fellow, and Computer Educator of the Year (International Association for Computer Information Systems).  He has published over 45 books and a myriad of journal articles on knowledge management, analytics, financial literacy, intelligent systems, and IT management.  Dr. Liebowitz served as the Editor-in-Chief of Procedia-CS (Elsevier).  He is also the Series Book Editor of the Data Analytics Applications book series (Taylor & Francis), as well as the Series Book Editor of the new Digital Transformation: Accelerating Organizational Intelligence book series (World Scientific Publishing).  In October 2011, the International Association for Computer Information Systems named the “Jay Liebowitz Outstanding Student Research Award” for the best student research paper at the IACIS Annual Conference.  Dr. Liebowitz was the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Business at Queen’s University for the Summer 2017 and a Fulbright Specialist at Dalarna University in Sweden in May 2019. He is in the Top 2% of the top scientists in the world, according to a 2019 Stanford Study.  As of 2021, he is the Visiting Distinguished Professor at the International School for Social and Business Studies in Slovenia.  His recent books are:  Data Analytics and AI (Taylor & Francis, 2021), The Business of Pandemics: The COVID-19 Story (Taylor & Francis, 2021), A Research Agenda for Knowledge Management and Analytics (Elgar Publishers, 2021), Online Learning Analytics (Taylor & Francis, 2022), Digital Transformation for the University of the Future (World Scientific, 2022), and Cryptocurrency Concepts, Technology, and Applications (Taylor & Francis, April 2023).  He has lectured and consulted worldwide. 

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