Keynote Speakers

    Jonathan Allen, University of San Francisco

    Title: A Model Future? Implications of the Data Science Movement for Economic and Social Inclusion

    Professor J.P. Allen is a pioneering researcher and educator in the field of online/internet business, specializing in open technologies and the digital transformation of organizations and society. As founding Chair of the Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Department, he pioneered the development of internet business classes, which guide non-technical management and entrepreneurship students through the process of creating their own online businesses, often using (free) open source technologies. In addition to his work as educator and researcher, Dr. Allen serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Information Technology and the International Journal of Electronic Commerce, and is presently the Senior Editor of The DATA BASE for Advances in Information Systems. Professor Allen has been a faculty member at Purdue University and the University of Cambridge (UK), as well as visiting researcher and professor in Germany, Sweden, Australia, Portugal, and Brazil.

    Soichiro Takagi, University of Tokyo

    Title: Innovation Capability: Implications from Social and Economic Transformation Driven by Blockchain Technologies

    Soichiro Takagi is Associate Professor at Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, at The University of Tokyo. Through his career, he served as a Professor, Executive Research Fellow, and the General Manager of Research Division at Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM) at International University of Japan, and the director of the Blockchain Economic Research Lab at GLOCOM. He also served as an Asia Program Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, etc. His major field is information economics and digital economy, focusing on the relationship between information technology and the economic systems. He has examined a variety of topics including offshore outsourcing, cloud computing, open data, digital currency, blockchain, and digital platforms. He has authored many books and articles, including “Reweaving the Economy: How IT Affects the Borders of Country and Organization” (University of Tokyo Press), and “Blockchain Economics: Implications of Distributed Ledgers” (World Scientific, co-authored). He received KDDI Foundation Award in 2019. He received Ph.D. in information studies from The University of Tokyo.

    Francesco Di Iorio, Nankai University

    Title: On Prediction in the Social Sciences

    Prof. Di Iorio is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Nankai University in Tianjin (China). His research interests focus on the philosophy of social science, particularly non-reductionist methodological individualism, hermeneutics, fallibilism, ordinary rationality, complex systems, and the Austrian School of Economics. He earned his PhD in Philosophy from École des hautes études en sciences sociales and CREA–École Polytechnique (France) in 2012. Before joining Nankai University, he held postdoctoral positions at Duke University (USA) and Sorbonne University (FMSH Fernand Braudel fellowship) and teaching positions at ESCP Europe Paris (France), Luiss University (Italy) and Southeast University (China). Prof. Di Iorio is a member of the steering committee of the Asian Network for the Philosophy of the Social Sciences (ANPOSS). Moreover, he has been awarded the Nankai One Hundred Young Academic Leaders Program Award and the Tianjin Thousand Talents Program Prize.