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Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Gary E. Swanson
Dimage Studios LLC Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, USA

Gary E. Swanson is an internationally recognized and highly acclaimed educator, photojournalist, documentary and news producer, director, editor, speaker and consultant. He has given numerous keynote speeches, served as organizer and chair at conferences, presented workshops and lectured at embassies, festivals, and universities throughout China, South Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea, Japan, Korea, The Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, Singapore, Greece, Italy, Germany, Jordan, Spain, Portugal, Peru, the United Kingdom, British Columbia, and the United States.

Professor Swanson is a three-time Fulbright Scholar to Portugal and the People's Republic of China. From 2007-2015 Swanson was the Mildred S. Hansen Endowed Chair and Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence at the University of Northern Colorado, USA. Previously, Swanson was Professor and Director of Television for nine years at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has also taught at DePauw University in Indiana and at Elon University in North Carolina. In 1992 Swanson covered the Olympics in Barcelona, Spain for NBC News, and in 2008 was commentator for China Central Television International (CCTV-9) and their live coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games. Professor Swanson continued his on-air work with CCTV-4 as distinguished live guest and commentator in London the summer of 2012.

Swanson has earned more than 76 awards for broadcast excellence and photojournalism including three national EMMY’s, the duPont Columbia Award, two CINE “Golden Eagles,” 16 TELLY’s, the Monte Carlo International Award, the Hamburg International Media Festival’s Globe Award, the 2011 Communitas Outstanding Professor and Educator award, the 2012 Professor of the Year Award, the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award in Education from the University of Illinois, and many others. His photography has won numerous awards and his works have been published in magazines, books, and displayed in art galleries worldwide.

Speech Title: Dishonesty and The Fear of Failure
Abstract: Dishonesty and cheating are rampant. They have more than likely touched every one of us - in our private lives and as educators. Often, we may have been misled or lied to or we, ourselves, have done the lying or misleading. America’s newly elected President Donald Trump lies almost on a daily basis and for a variety of reasons.
It’s all part of a larger issue - a breakdown of the most critical “core” values within our socio-economic and cultural fabric. And it’s our responsibility as parents, teachers, and society in general to teach and reinforce strong values of honesty, citizenship, and hard work for the wellbeing of future generations.

Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Eric Tsui
 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Eric Tsui had spent 16 years in industry with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) in Australia taking on various capacities including Chief Research Officer and Innovation Manager. During this period, he has made significant contributions to the company’s expert systems products, applied research and innovation programmes.

In 2002, he was appointed Professor of Knowledge Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University under the President’s Distinguished Professionals Scheme; he joined the university full time in 2005. His specialty areas are Knowledge technologies including Search Engines, Portals, Personal Knowledge Management, Personal Learning Environments, and Knowledge Cloud services.

A Vice President of the Hong Kong Knowledge Management Society, he is also honorary advisor to the Hong Kong Police College, the Correctional Services Department and the Efficiency Unit, and a member of the IT Technical Advisory Sub-Committee of the Hospital Authority in the HKSARG. With a strong passion in teaching, Professor Tsui has received several international awards on Knowledge Management, Intellectual Capital and E-Learning including the Wharton QS Stars Reimagine Education Award and the LearnX Impact Award, as well as Shortlisted Finalist of the UGC Teaching Award in Hong Kong. Professor Tsui is listed as Outstanding Academic in PolyU’s Annual Report 2014/5.

Speech Title: A critical assessment of the AI's resurgence in the 21st century
Abstract: After more than thirty years in the wilderness, Artificial Intelligence is making a come back and this time it looks as if robotic and process automations are sweeping the business and the manufacturing world by storm, replacing humans in many of the job tasks by constantly re-dividing the human-machine job boundary. What are the driving forces behind this come back and will it show any sign of abation in the near future? What are the opportunities brought by this new wave of AI? Will Just how smart machines will be and will our jobs be eliminated. How can we shield ourselves from job displacement by AI and robots. These issues and more wll be discussed in the talk.