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USF Muma College of Business to host international conference DESRIST 2022

ST. PETERSBURG – International experts on the design of cutting-edge machine learning, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, blockchain, the Internet of Things, and smart cities will converge on the beautiful Lynn Pippenger Hall in the University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business at the 17th Annual International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology (DESRIST2022).

DESRIST 2022 is a three-day conference that will be held June 1-3 hosted by the Kate Tiedemann School of Business and Finance, one of six schools within the USF Muma College of Business. Other conference participants include the St. Petersburg Innovation District, K-Force, ReliaQuest, the Joint Special Operations University, and USF’s School of Information Systems and Management.

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The annual conference attracts a cross-section of international academics from across the globe who specialize in systems design innovation research. For the first time since the pandemic began, the academic conference is being held in person.

“We are excited to host DESRIST 2022. This is a must-attend event for industry professionals, alumni, and researchers who want to hear the latest in design science innovation from experts in the field,” said Matt Mullarkey, the co-chair of the conference who also serves as the director of the DBA program for the Muma College of Business.

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Program Chair Alan Hevner, a Distinguished University Professor and a co-founder of DESRIST (some 20 years ago) acknowledged the significance of the design science community meeting in person once again, “It is a particularly valuable opportunity for the design community — practitioners, academics, students — to exchange knowledge of the latest advances in the design of innovative, complex, adaptive socio-technical solutions for the toughest problems.”

The conference theme is “The Transdisciplinary Reach of Design Science Research” and will feature workshops, keynote addresses, prototypes, and discussion sessions on cybersecurity, health care systems, innovation and entrepreneurship, artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain information systems, and sustainable design.

The event takes place on USF’s St. Petersburg campus. To register, click here. To see the conference program, click here.

The internationally acclaimed keynote speakers for the conference include:

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Agnis Stibe will speak on “Designing Transformation with Human Artificial Intelligence.” Stibe is a globally recognized corporate consultant and scientific advisor. He is an MIT alum and a TEDx speaker. He serves as the artificial intelligence program director and professor of transformation at EM Normandie Business School in France. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he established research on persuasive cities for sustainable wellbeing. He is currently working with MIT Media Lab on the Society project.

Ben Shneiderman will give the academic keynote on “Human-Centered AI.” He is an Emeritus Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science, founding director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab, and a member of the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland at College Park. He is recognized for his ground-breaking contributions to human-computer interaction and information visualization. He pioneered the highlighted textual link in 1983, and it became part of Hyperties, a precursor to the web.

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Peter Warren Singer will discuss “How to Use the Power of a Story Well Told.” Singer is a best-selling author, a strategist at New America, and a professor of practice at Arizona State University. He has served as a consultant for the U.S. military, intelligence community, and FBI. He has been named by the Smithsonian as one of the nation’s 100 leading innovators, by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues, and by Foreign Policy to their Top 100 Global Thinks List.

Kim Macuare is the co-director of the Innovation Labs at The Dalí and the director of community programming. An experienced educator, curriculum designer, and writer, she is the lead program designer and facilitator for the Innovation Labs. Her talk is titled “The Canvas to Our Imagination: Using Art to Shift Perspectives and Enhance Creativity” and is scheduled at the Dalí.

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