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Invited Speakers

Invited Speakers

Patrícia Matos is a very well-known journalist at the Portuguese Independent Television Broadcast (TVI), and during the last 5 years she has been the news anchor at the TV’s morning show between 6.30 am until 10 am. Patrícia usually conducts journalistic research on Digital Transformation Topics and is currently performing academic research with special emphasis in the old and new political communication strategies. Patrícia is also a communicator, media training teacher and a blogger.




Bojan Lalic is Professor at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, and Chief Core Operations Manager and Advisor to the Minister for Innovation and Technological Development at the Government of the Republic of Serbia. His topics of interest are Program management, Operations Management, Digital industrialization, Innovations, Future production systems and Distance learning. He’s got PhD title under the mentorship of Professor Michael Poli from Stevens Institute of Technology (the home of Industrial Engineering and alma mater of Henry Gantt and Frederick Taylor). Professor Lalic published more than 20 papers in the best scientific journals listed on ISI Thomson Reuters, more than 100 papers presented on scientific and professional conferences. During his professional career he worked as Institute Program Manager for Cisco Entrepreneur Institute by Cisco Systems, and as the consultant in the numerous projects. Professor Lalic is the Head of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at the Faculty of Technical Sciences where he launched first Serbian MBA studies at public universities. Also, he is founder of Distance learning laboratory at University of Novi Sad. He is the Director of National Belt and Road Institute in Serbia for cooperation with PR China. He is visiting professor at universities in P.R. China, Slovenia, USA.




Dr. Cihan H. Dagli is a Professor of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management and also a Professor of Computer and Electrical Engineering at Missouri S&T. He is the founder of Missouri S&T’s Systems Engineering Graduate Program and the director of the Smart Engineering Systems Lab (SESL). He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from the Middle East Technical University and a Ph.D. Applied Operations Research in Large Scale Systems Design and Operation from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, where from 1976 to 1979 he was a British Council Fellow. Dr. Dagliwas named a Fellow of International Council of Systems Engineering (INCOSE)in 2008 and of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers(IISE) in 2009. He has been a memberof the International Foundation of Production Research Board since 1987 and will serve as the conference general chair of ICPR 25 International Conference on Production Research to be held in Chicago http://icpr25-chicago.mst.edu/ on August, 10-14, 2019.

Dr. Dagli joined Missouri S&T in 1988. His research interests are in systems engineering and systems architecting, cyber physical systems, deep learning, machine learning and computational intelligence. Dr. Dagli has been a PI, co-PI, or director of 56 research projects and grants from federal, state, industrial funding agencies. Dr. Dagli has published over 439 research publications, including 75 archival journal articles and edited (or co-edited) 31 books. His research publications have been cited on Google Scholar 3,257 times, with an h-index of 27 and i-index of 88. He has served as primary dissertation advisor of 26 Engineering Management, one Computer Science and 7 Systems Engineering PhD studentsduring his time at S&T.




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