Prof. Andrew B. Whinston
University of Texas, Austin, USA

Andrew B. Whinston is the Harkins & Company Centennial Distinguished University Chair and Hugh Roy Cullen Centennial Chair in Business Administration, Professor of Information Systems, Computer Science and Economics, and Director of the Center for Research in Electronic Commerce at The University of Texas at Austin. His current research interests are electronic commerce, artificial intelligence, and cryptocurrency. Dr. Whinston currently has 44821 total citations and an h-index of 98.


Prof. Wojciech Cellary
WSB University in Poznan, Poland

WOJCIECH CELLARY received the M.Sc. (1974), Ph.D. (1977) and Dr. Hab. (1981) degrees all from the Technical University of Poznan (Poland). In 1989 he received the title of Professor. From 1974 to 1992 he was with the Technical University of Poznan, from 1987 to 1991 serving as the scientific director of the Institute of Computing Science. From 1992 to 1996 he served as the vice-president responsible for research of the Franco-Polish School of New Information and Communication Technologies. From 1996 to 2021 he was with the Poznan University of Economics and Business serving as the head of the Department of Information Technology. Currently he is professor at the WSB University in Poznan, Poland. He has been a visiting professor at the following universities: University of Nancy I and II, University of Paris-Sud and Paris-Dauphine (France), University of Genova and Ancona (Italy) United Nations University in Macao (S.A.R China) and Guimaraes (Portugal). He has led numerous industrial projects on the development of hardware and software of computer systems and their applications in telecommunications, the computer industry, the electric power industry, and education. The projects were supported by Polish, French and American industry, Polish Ministry for Research and Higher Education, as well as UE Framework Programmes. He is co-author of 3 European patents. He served as a consultant to the Polish Ministries of: Science, Education, Telecommunications, Interior, Administration, Digitization and Regional Development, Polish Parliament and Senate, as well as many research institutes and governmental projects. In 2010-2011 he chaired the Council for Digitization, an advisory body to the Minister of the Interior and Administration in Poland. He has been a main organizer of over 60 scientific national and international conferences and he has been a member of the program committees of 400 conferences. He is author or co-author of 10 books, an editor or co-editor of 17 books, author of 30 chapters in books, and over 150 articles in journals and conference proceedings. His current research interests include technologies of electronic business, e-government and e-governance, digital economy and society, and Industry 4.0.

Title: Challenges of Economy 4.0

Abstract: Economy 4.0 encompasses long list of innovative technologies as internet of things, cloud computing, big data, 5G mobile telecommunications, sensor technology, geo-spatial technology, robotics, cobotics, additive manufacturing, virtual reality, augmented reality, and others. They are first integrated in cyber-physical systems then smart factories and then Industry 4.0, as well as smart environments such as smart grid, transportation, health-care, home, buildings and again – many others – all together constituting Economy 4.0. The breakthrough innovation of Economy 4.0 is provision of mutually cooperating cyber-physical systems deployed in different areas with decision-making autonomy.
This speech is devoted to four challenges related with Economy 4.0 that go beyond technical issues. First, a challenge to education. Second, a challenge to future employees requiring new, advanced competences and skills. Third, a challenge to fixing errors in complex software and training datasets. Four, a challenge to responsibility of complex software designers, developers and integrators. These challenges may be considered as directions of future research on Economy 4.0.


Prof. Thomas Hanne

University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland

Thomas Hanne received master's degrees in Economics and Computer Science, and a PhD in Economics. From 1999 to 2007 he worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM) as senior scientist. Since then he is Professor for Information Systems at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland and Head of the Competence Center Systems Engineering since 2012.

Thomas Hanne is author of more than 180 journal articles, conference papers, and other publications and editor of several journals and special issues. His current research interests include computational intelligence, evolutionary algorithms, metaheuristics, optimization, simulation, multicriteria decision analysis, natural language processing, machine learning, systems engineering, software development, logistics, and supply chain management.


Prof. Harald Øverby
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Harald Øverby (born 1979) is a Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He received his M.Sc. in Computer Science in 2002, a B.Sc. in Economics in 2003, and a Ph.D. in Information and Communication Technology in 2005. Øverby has also studied law at the University of Oslo in Norway. Øverby has published over 80 papers in international journals and conferences in the areas of communication technology, digital economics, business modeling, data coding and optical networking.

Topic: The Economics and Business of Multisided Platforms
Abstract: Multisided platforms are one of the most profitable business constructs in the digital economy. Some of the largest digital companies in the world—including Facebook, Amazon, and Apple—exploit the multisided platform as a part of their business model. Multisided platforms operate in a highly diverse ecosystem and oversee interactions between heterogenous actors with different business motivations. Fundamental insights into multisided platforms are necessary to understand today's digital business landscape. This talk provides an overview of the various types of multisided platforms from a network effect perspective. We identify seven types of multisided platforms and give examples of digital services for each group. Analytical models developed provide new insights into how the various multisided platforms operate.