Invited Speakers

Prof. Chao Wang, Beijing University of Technology, China

Dr. Chao Wang is a professor in the College of Economics and Management, Beijing University of Technology, China. He received a Ph.D. from Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU) in 2015 with joint training at Purdue University in 2013 and 2014. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Polymer Studies and Department of Physics of Boston University from 2017 to 2019. His research interests include complexity economics, sustainable supply chains, and complex networks. He has published over 70 papers in various journals, such as Omega, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Cities, Ecological Economics, Transportation Research Part A/D, and Applied Energy.

Topic: Structure of the Global Plastic Waste Trade Network and the Impact of China’s Import

Abstract: Millions of tonnes (teragrams) of plastic waste are traded around the world every year, which plays an important role in partially substituting virgin plastics as a source of raw materials in plastic product manufacturing. In this paper, global plastic waste trade networks (GPWTNs) from 1988 to 2017 are established using the UN-Comtrade database. The spatiotemporal evolution of the GPWTNs is analyzed. Attention is given to the country ranks, inter- and intra-continental trade flows, and geo-visual communities in the GPWTNs. We also evaluate the direct and indirect impacts of China’s plastic waste import ban on the GPWTNs. The results show that the GPWTNs have small-world and scale-free properties and a core-periphery structure. The geography of the plastic waste trade is structured by Asia as the dominant importer and North America and Europe as the largest sources of plastic waste. China is the unrivaled colossus in the global plastic waste trade. After China’s import ban, the plastic waste trade flows have been largely redirected to Southeast Asian countries. Compared with import countries, export countries are more important for the robustness of GPWTNs. Clearly, developed countries will not announce bans on plastic waste exports; these countries have strong motivation to continue to shift plastic waste to poorer countries. However, the import bans from developing countries will compel developed countries to build new disposal facilities and deal with their plastic waste domestically.


Prof. Thomas Hanne, FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland

Thomas Hanne received master's degrees in Economics and Computer Science, and a PhD in Economics. From 1999 to 2007 he worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM) as senior scientist. Since then he is Professor for Information Systems at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland and Head of the Competence Center Systems Engineering since 2012.
Thomas Hanne is author of more than 200 journal articles, conference papers, and other publications and editor of several journals and special issues. His current research interests include computational intelligence, evolutionary algorithms, metaheuristics, optimization, simulation, multicriteria decision analysis, natural language processing, machine learning, systems engineering, software development, logistics, and supply chain management.

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Assoc. Prof. João Alexandre Lobo Marques, University of Saint Joseph, Macau, China

Associate Professor at the University of Saint Joseph - USJ, Macau SAR, China (2017-). Visiting Associate Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) - Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technologies (SIAT) (2018-). Post Doctorate and Honorary Research Fellow from the University of Leicester-UK. Adjunct Professor - Federal Institute of Education, Science, and Technology (IFCE) – Brazil. Member of the Board of Advisors - Master in Global Marketing Management - Boston University Metropolitan College (BU-MET) – USA. PhD in Engineering. Has large experience in Artificial Intelligence, Data Sciences, Big Data, Business Analytics and Applied Mathematics developing and managing applied research in different areas of management, engineering, health and others. Experience in designing new Undergrad and Post Graduate programs. Solid international career with academic positions and relevant research developed in Asia (China), Europe (England, Germany and Portugal), Africa (Angola) and America (United States and Brazil). Strong leadership and team development skills in several international research projects. Author of 5 books (Book Author and Book Chapter Author). More than 80 papers published in high impact international journals such as IEEE, ELSEVIER, NATURE, SPRINGER, among others and relevant international conferences. IEEE Member. Highly skilled in software design and development in different platforms such as Python, C++, R scripting, etc. Specialist in Project Management frameworks application in international projects, including PMBOK and Agile. More than 2,000 professionals trained in Brazil, Portugal, Angola and China.

Topic: Neuroeconomics Applications based on Multiple Monitoring Tools

Abstract: The development of experimental research based on the participant biosignals monitoring in real-time is a key challenge to improve effectiveness and reliability in economics and marketing research areas. In this presentation we are going to present the Neuroeconomics Lab at the University of Saint Joseph, in Macau SAR, China. Different biometrics are measured in parallel, such as eye tracking, facial expressions recognition to identify emotions, electrodermal activity (EDA), heart rate and electroencephalogram (EEG). A specific module for EEG analysis was developed and validated. The synchronization platform is based on the iMotions software. Promising preliminary results obtained for researches with international collaborations from Brazil and Portugal are presented, such as: website communication effectiveness; analysis of tourism advertisement; decision making; branding and consumer awareness, among others.


Assoc. Prof. Mitsunori Hirogaki, Kyushu University, Japan

Mitsunori Hirogaki graduated Bachelor of Science Major in Commerce in Doshisha University and pursued his Master's Degree in Commerce and Ph. D in Commerce in Kobe University. Dr. Hirogaki is currently an Associate Professor of Marketing Strategy at Kyushu University, Graduate School of Economics, Department of Business and Technology Management (QBS Business School), where he teaches Marketing Strategy and International Marketing. Dr. Hirogaki is currently an Associate Professor of Marketing Strategy at Kyushu University, Graduate School of Economics, Department of Business and Technology Management (QBS Business School), where he teaches Marketing Strategy and International Marketing. He has been involved in big data analysis projects, as a member of a research group at the Center for the Study of the Creative Economy (Doshisha University), he works with big data analysis to construct systems that identify seeds of innovation. Dr. Hirogaki’s current research focuses on Cross-Cultural Consumer Behavior in international marketing and marketing strategies in mature, developed societies. He is a member of Japanese Economic Association, Japan Society of Marketing and Distribution, and Japan Association for Consumer Studies.

Topic: Factors Affecting Customer Buying Behavior and Store Loyalty during COVID-19 in Japan

Abstract:  The extreme shift in consumer attitudes brought about by the pandemic is still a major challenge for marketing in retail stores. This presentation will present a series of empirical study results of purchasing behavior in retail stores during "the state of emergency" period. Retailers implemented a series of safety measures in line with government safety protocols and recommendations, but the severity of these measures varied from retailer to retailer. In addition, consumer perceptions to the extent in which store safety measures were implemented by retailers varied. How did these differences in the degree of stringency of retailers' safety measures and consumers' perceptions affect their loyalty to the stores? I will also discuss the impact of Japanese cultural characteristics (especially collectivistic culture) on these results.


Assoc. Prof. Zhou Yun, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, China

Associate Professor & Chair of Social Security Department, College of Literature Law and Economics, Wuhan University of Science and Technology. Yun was the Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Visiting Faculty Associate at Center for Health Policy of UCLA during 2012.12--2013.08.
Yun received her bachelor’s degree in economics and her master's and doctoral degrees in social security from Wuhan University. In recent years, she has led research projects on service for the aged.

Topic: Analysis On the Challenges for Smart Elderly Care to Face in the Post-pandemic Era of Covid-19

Abstract:  Based on the investigation of the current situation of smart elderly care services in Wuhan, Hubei Province, combined with the results of field visits, this paper combs and analyzes the common problems faced by smart elderly care and the new problems and opportunities brought by the epidemic. Put forward countermeasures and suggestions to solve the problems faced by smart elderly care, so as to enhance the suitability and availability of smart elderly care services, and finally achieve the purpose of improving the well-being of the elderly and sharing the fruits of social development with the elderly.


Assoc. Prof. Kehong Zhang, Lanzhou University of Finance and Economic, China

My name is Kehong Zhang, Doctor of Computer Science,Associate professor of Lanzhou university of finance and economics, Dean of the computer and science department. I am ACM member, IEEE member, CCF professional member, Executive Committee of Lanzhou Branch of China Computer Federation and Academic member of CCF YOCSEF Lanzhou branch. I am now engaged in the analysis and processing of graph data, knowledge graph and attribute network. As a basic research, the research content has a wide range of applications, such as intelligent logistics, library and information analysis, social network, path planning and commodity correlation analysis. In my specific work and study, I also studied theories and methods combining economy and computer technology, such as logistics planning of different commodities, construction of e-commerce platform, recommendation of commodities and other fields. At the same time, I also studied big data analysis.

Topic: Analysis of the evolution of structural features of China's Air Cargo Transport Network

Abstract: Taking China's Air Cargo Transport Network as the research object, the evolution characteristics and change law of China's air cargo spatial structure in recent years are analyzed by using complex network and standard deviation ellipse related indexes. The results show that: (1) China's air cargo transport network has been in the "Dense on the East and sparse on the West" situation for a long time. The network has the small world characteristics of "high clustering coefficient and small average path length". In addition, the network density shows an increasing trend;(2) From the perspective of node centrality, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen have high stability, and a high degree of centrality. The ranking of Degree Centrality, Closeness Centrality, and Betweenness Centrality of western cities such as Chengdu, Xi'an and Chongqing are rising; (3) The center of cargo transport airports gradually shifted from the coastal area to the northwest and southwest, and the coverage of airports showed a trend of spreading.


Assoc. Prof. Changyi Zhao, Sichuan University, China

Changyi Zhao, Ph. D. in management (jointly Ph .D Program of Sichuan University and University of Minnesota), Postdoctoral fellow in management, Deputy Director of Soft Science Institute of Sichuan University, Deputy Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management Institute of Sichuan University, Associate professor of Strategy and Human Resource Management department of Business School of Sichuan University, master supervisor. Candidate for academic and technical leader of Sichuan Province. Executive Director of Sichuan Science and Technology Policy Association. Member of Sichuan Medium and Long term Scientific and Technological Planning Research Group and Sub-project Leader. Member of Sichuan province ‘14th five-year’ High-tech Industry Development Planning Expert Group. Experts of National Science and Technology Expert Bank, Chongqing Science and Technology Bureau expert bank, Sichuan Provincial Science and Technology Department expert bank, Hubei Provincial Science and Technology Department expert bank, Chengdu Economic and Information Technology Bureau expert bank expert bank. As an anonymous reviewer of several academic journals at home and abroad. Visiting scholar, National University of Singapore, Arizona State University, USA.

Title: The Fostering Policies of the World-class Advanced Manufacturing Industrial Innovation Ecosystem Based on Knowledge Advantage Perspective

Abstract: "Made in China 2025" clearly put forward the strategic goal of becoming a powerful manufacturing country, including the prospect of advanced manufacturing industry. Government policy support has played an increasingly important role in the fostering of advanced manufacturing clusters. Based on knowledge advantage perspective, we studied the fostering policies of the world-class advanced manufacturing industrial innovation ecosystem, focusing on the dynamic development process of knowledge production, knowledge transformation, and knowledge application to provide references for the cultivation of world-class advanced manufacturing industrial innovation ecosystem in China.


Assoc. Prof. Bambang Leo Handoko, Bina Nusantara University, Indonesia

Associate Professor Bambang Leo Handoko, academics and practitioners in the field of Auditing. Experience as auditor in public accounting firm, internal auditor for corporations and auditor for securing vital objects of the National Police Headquarters. He is an expert in financial auditing, forensic accounting, information technology auditing and also e-business. He has had many international publications in reputable journals and proceedings with many citation and acknowledgement from international researchers. He had won a lot of research grant from institution and government. Currently work as Subject Content Coordinator Auditing in Accounting Department, Faculty of Economic and Communication, Bina Nusantara University of Indonesia. He also technical committee in many reputable journal publisher and earn Scopus hi Index.

Topic:  Accountant Data Analytical Skills Opportunity as Fraud Investigator in Industry 4.0 Era

Abstract: In industry 4.0, the era as it is today, fraud has expanded from crimes that are visible and tangible such as theft, robbery, to subtle and hidden crimes such as financial statement manipulation which requires techniques such as data mining and financial data analysis to detect it. In the midst of the current development of the fraud investigator profession in Indonesia, we see that the parties who pursue it are mostly from a legal education background, and very rarely from an accountant background. This contrasts with the fact that in developed countries detective certifications such as the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Fraud Auditor (CFrA) actually come from an accountant or auditor background. This is the basis research gap for making this paper. This paper is descriptive qualitative research that discusses phenomenology. We collect facts about the fraud investigator profession and how an accountant or auditor can become a qualified investigator. We use primary data from observations and interviews with fraud investigator community members, while secondary data from international publications relate to our topic. The results of our study state that accountants or auditors have the advantage of being able to uncover subtle and covert cases of fraud such as manipulation of financial statements, but also have a weakness, namely the lack of knowledge of science related to the legal realm. In addition, the fraud investigator profession in Indonesia, does not yet have a legal license from the government body. In the future, it is hoped that it will be licensed with requirement from certification for someone who wants to become a fraud investigator.