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Anol Bhattacherjee, a professor in the School of Information Systems and Management at the USF Muma College of Business, introduces a keynote speaker at the DESRIST 2022 conference held June 1-3 on the USF St. Petersburg campus.

International design science scholars gathered on USF's St. Petersburg campus for DESRIST 2022

ST. PETERSBURG -- The international design science research conference DESRIST 2022 wrapped up on USF’s St. Petersburg campus after three days of keynote speeches and presentations from experts in the design science research field. Rigorous academic papers combined with industry practice provided a synergistic path for solving complex transdisciplinary problems.  

“We had a tremendous international presence with more than 150 participants from all over the world,” said Alan Hevner, the conference’s program chair and co-founder of DESRIST.

The 17th Annual International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology was held June 1-3 and hosted by the Kate Tiedemann School of Business and Finance, one of six schools within the USF Muma College of Business.

“All the conference keynotes were outstanding,” said Hevner, who is a USF Distinguished University Professor and Eminent Scholar in the School of Information Systems and Management in the Muma College of Business. “Members of the design community came together to exchange ideas with the beautiful St. Petersburg campus as the backdrop and left excited and inspired.”

The conference highlights included:

  • Organizers presented Design Science Research Lifetime Achievement Awards to two leading experts in the industry. Richard Baskerville, a professor of information systems at Georgia State University, and Maung K. Sein, a professor at the University of South-Eastern Norway, were both recognized for their lifetime accomplishments in the information systems design field.
  • The conference featured workshops, keynote addresses, and discussion sessions on cybersecurity, innovation and entrepreneurship, machine learning, and sustainable design all revolving the theme, “The Transdisciplinary Reach of Design Science Research.”
  • Conference organizers announced DESRIST 2023 will be held in Pretoria, South Africa and in Sweden in 2024.

"We're pleased to have a strong representation from the next generation of design science researchers with doctoral students making up one-third of attendees. Our hosts at USF's St. Petersburg campus made everyone feel welcome," said Matt Mullarkey, the co-chair of the conference who also serves as the director of the college's DBA program.

Keynote speakers included Agnis Stibe, a professor of transformation at EM Normandie Business School in France; Ben Shneiderman, the leading expert in human-computer interaction and information visualization; Peter Singer, a best-selling author and premier futurist in international security topics; Kim Macuare, the co-director of the Innovation Labs at The Dalí; Mark Cantrell, president and CEO of the Florida Orchestra.

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