Keynote Speakers


Day 1 (10:00 – 11:00, Room C2-C3)
Toyota Boshoku Corporation, Japan

Title: The Only Way of Our Growth Based on Craftsmaship in Manufacturing

  • March 1977: PhD in Tribology, The University of Leeds (England, United Kingdom)
  • March 1972: Master’s Degree, Tamagawa University Graduate School of Engineering

Professional Experience

  • June2015 – Present: Chairman, Toyota Boshoku Corporation
  • 2006 – 2015: President, Toyota Boshoku Corporation
  • 2004 – 2006: Executive Vice President, Toyota Boshoku Corporation
  • 2003 – 2004: Member of the Board with Senior Managing Director status, Toyota Motor Corporation
  • 2002 – 2004: President & CEO, Toyota Motor Europe nv/sa (dual assignment with TMC)
  • 2001 – 2003: Member of the Board with Managing Director status, Toyota Motor Corporation
  • 1998 – 2001: Member of the Board, Toyota Motor Corporation*
  • April 1977: Joined Toyota Motor Co., Ltd.

*Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. changed its company name to Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) in July 1982

Honourary Posts

  • January 2013: Honourary Consul of Denmark for the Prefectures of Aichi, Gifu & Mie (Japan)


Day 2 (9:00 – 10:00, Room C2-C3)
Terry College of Business, University of Georgia, USA

Title: Knowledge Management in the Era of Big Data: Problems and Opportunities
Abstract: This talk focuses on four shifts in the nature of data—the raw ingredient of much knowledge—that create new research challenges as well as opportunities for knowledge management. These shifts are volume, ephemerality, context, and ecosystems. First, the volume of data is expected to grow by 1,000% in the next five years, driven largely by IP ubiquity and the Internet-of-Things. Second, the growing prevalence of ephemeral data (“data-in-flight”) challenges our assertions based on perpetual data (“data-at-rest”). Third, the infusion of context such as by Internet-connected “things” that hear and feel as well as the data streams from 2.5 billion smartphones create entirely new possibilities for KM. Finally, the rise of ecosystems such as iOS and crowdsourcing create new opportunities to harness mass collaboration for knowledge-driven innovation on a previously unimaginable scale. We hope to jumpstart a conversation about the implications of these four shifts for KM theory and practice.

Bio: Amrit Tiwana ( is a Professor of information systems in The Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, USA. He is a Senior Editor of Information Systems Research and on the boards of various other journals. His 1999 book on knowledge management was one of the earliest in the field and is widely translated. His work has appeared in leading journals in diverse fields such as information systems, computer science, engineering, strategy, finance, and marketing. His new book on Platform Ecosystems appeared in 2014. His work has been supported by companies and government agencies in the United States, Europe, and Asia.


Day 3 (9:00 – 10:00, Room C2-C3)
Dickson LUKOSE
MIMOS Berhad, Malaysia

Title: Application of Semantic Technology in Knowledge Management
Abstract: Semantic Technology in recent years has become an integral part of building Smarter Solutions. It provides an abstraction layer for connecting information artifacts, in addition to providing flexible integration and interoperability of diverse information assets. In this talk the speaker will share his experience in developing Knowledge Management Systems utilizing Semantic Technology, and share with you the challenges in dealing with diverse information assets in the Big Data Era. This talk will also cover issues and challenges on dealing with large scale unstructured data, specifically social media materials for insight generation. Several short software demonstrations will be included in this talk to illustrate challenges, techniques and technology.

Bio: Dr. Dickson Lukose (PhD) is the Head of the Knowledge Technology Research and Development Cluster at MIMOS BHD. Dr Lukose is also the director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory as well as the Centre of Excellence in Semantic Technologies. Before returning to Malaysia, Dr. Lukose spent many years working in financial services industry developing enterprise applications. He has done over 15 years of applied research in Artificial Intelligence, supported by research grants from Graphic Directions, Leverhulme Foundation, CSIRO, Australian Research Council, MIMOS and e-Science (MOSTI). Dr. Lukose has authored over 80 research papers and technical reports on the subject of artificial intelligence, knowledge acquisition and modeling for scientific journals and conference proceedings, chaired or co-chaired over 25 international conferences on these subjects, and edited a number of books in these areas.
His qualifications include B.Sc. (Hons) and PhD from Deakin University (Australia), and Post-Doctorate Research as a Leverhulme Fellow at Loughborough University of Technology (UK). He has carried out teaching and research in Artificial Intelligence at Deakin University (Australia), Loughborough University of Technology (UK), University of Calgary (Canada) and University of New England (Australia). He worked as a Senior Knowledge Engineer with Brightware Inc. (USA), and as Principal Knowledge Engineer with MindBox Inc.(USA). During his tenure with Brightware and Mindbox, he has worked with leading financial institutions in UK, USA and Korea.