Keynote Speakers

“Empathic Information Systems: From Diversified Applications to e-Learning Forum Applications”

By Professor Pedro Isaías, Universidade Aberta (Portuguese Open University), Portugal



The keynote will present what is empathy and emphatic information systems. It will then make an overview of the latest developments in this field through presenting several technologies and describing several cases in various areas that are being developed. It will then focus on an e-learning specific empathic development, an empathic forum. It will present the broad e-learning environment as well as the empathic forum, with its characteristics, shortcomings and also possibilities. Finally it will present the results of a UTAUT model applied to this new possibility and its implications.


Pedro Isaías is an associate professor at the Universidade Aberta (Portuguese Open University) in Lisbon, Portugal, responsible for several courses and director of the master degree program in Management / MBA. Was director of master degree program in Electronic Commerce and Internet since its start in 2003 until July 2014. He holds a PhD in Information Management (in the speciality of information and decision systems) from the New University of Lisbon. Author of several books, book chapters, papers and research reports, all in the information systems area, he has headed several conferences and workshops within the mentioned area. He has also been responsible for the scientific coordination of several EU funded research projects. He is also member of the editorial board of several journals and program committee member of several conferences and workshops. At the moment he conducts research activity related to Information Systems in general, E-Learning, E-Commerce and WWW related areas.


“Internet of Things: Development, Research and Trends”

BProfessor Rodrigo Righi, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UNISINOS), Brazil


This talk will address Internet of Things (IoT), showing how the worldwide distributed sensors are revolutionizing our daily lives. At first, we will present the concepts and how IoT is being developed. Usage trends, challenges and research opportunities will also be addressed afterwards. Wireless communication, ubiquitous computing, the Internet and microelectromechanical systems are responsible for building the IoT systems. Concerning their development, we will cover four possibilities including the COAP protocol, WebSockets and HTML5, MQTT and the GS1 EPCglobal standard. The talk will address six challenges in the adoption of IoT systems, including computing, communication and storage perspectives, providing the basis to present research activities. In this part, the talk will show the discussions and the research topics covered in Applied Computing Graduate Program, at  Unisinos University, which have focused on areas such as trade and retail, smart homes and health. Finally, we conclude with trends, directions and bets made by prof. Rodrigo Righi on the field of Internet of Things.


Rodrigo da Rosa Righi is assistant professor and researcher at University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Brazil. Rodrigo concluded his post-doctoral studies at KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, under the following topics: RFID and cloud computing. He obtained his PhD degree in Computer Science from the UFRGS University, Brazil, in 2005. His research interests include load balancing and process migration. Finally, he is a member of the IEEE and ACM.



“Learning to Mind: Social Media for Construing an Agile Learning Climate”

By Professor Piet Kommers, University of Twente, The Netherlands


For more than three decades, media-based learning has been favoured as a better way to control the learning process. Alternatively we now start to understand that growing intellect relies upon social awareness and -skills.  It prompts the role of meta-social attitude; how to encourage students to share, play and correct early intuitions. This keynote demonstrates teachers how to observe, diagnose and nurture latent student talents. Social media bridge the nature- and culture of learning. Main challenge is to integrate social media in a didactic learning climate. Target question is how to arrive at more fair assessment criteria and -methods?



Piet Kommers specialized during his master degree in education in ICT for adapting to learners’ cognitive style and mental repertoire in the late 70ties. His PhD was in conceptual representations for navigating in hypertext systems. Since 1990 he specialized in 3D virtual reality and surgical training.

As editor of the International Journal of Continuous Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning he has coordinated more than 12 special issues. He then started the International Journal of Web-based Communities. Since 2004 he became chairman of the IADIS conferences. As associate professor of the University of Twente he teaches Media for Communication and Education. Since his work together with the Kiev UNESCO Institute for Educational Technology he received the honorary professor title.

His work now for International Student Exchange makes him keen on educational policies andcapacity building. His publications can be found here.