Fifth International Conference on Virtual and Networked Organizations
Emergent Technologies and Tools,


November 16-18, 2016. Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal.



Keynote Speakers


Keynote Lecture 1 (16th Nov; 10:30 - 11:30)

Title: ICT as the Key Enabling Technology for Industry 4.0 Unknown Challenges
Speaker: Prof. Luis Ferreira
, Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave – IPCA, High School of Technology, Portugal
Abstract: It is assumed the gap between the appearance of a new technology, demonstrating its added value and its implementation in an activity. Knowing the difficulty to follow all the innovation, the more delicate is to believe and decide to make an existing solution, legacy. Globalization has brought a vast, new and competitive group of players, many still without references, making difficult and doubtful the effectiveness on the managers’ decision. Managing innovation does not requires a similar attention to the one required on the integration of a new technology. The support in traditional marketing perspective, the users’ satisfaction, the economic gains, etc., have to be complemented now by the real capacity to decide on top of obtained in time, form and quality, useful information. Nowadays competitive advantage is fleeting and perhaps doubtful. Business processes are now more assertive and complex, forcing companies to better quality at lower prices, for a relevant customer. Innovating and be efficient is the main emerging paradigm and challenge. But a Darwinian opportunity too, where in-time effective adaptation will ensure continuity! This speech seeks to raise awareness for the potential of emergent ICT, its impact on emerging activities in evident digitalizing process. New materials, new information system features, new devices, new context aware and cognitive decisions and new human-centred machine-human relations, make the future scenario real interested! The Industry4.0 with its future factory show exactly that. Indeed, each new ICT comes from problem solving and holds new challenges. Moore is completely right, here too!
Shortbio: Prof. Luís Ferreira, is currently a lecturer in the Hight School of Technology at the Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave, Portugal. He holds a Dipl. in the field of Mathematics and Computer Science, an M.Sci. in the field of Distributed Systems, Computer Architecture, Communication and Networks and PhD in Systems Interoperability and Enterprise Architecture Integration. Professionally he developed several software systems and coordinated several projects on enterprises reconfiguration and integration as CTO of Sidereus Company. He coordinated the EU project, as the first Portuguese integrated wireless platform for Academic Campus and was the national pivot for IPCA’s VOIP project. He was also director and consultant for Center of Computation of the Polytechnic. Academically he was member of INESC Porto research team and teaches subjects related with Computer Sciences, Software Engineering and Information Systems and Enterprises Integration to undergraduate and pos-graduate studies.

Keynote Lecture 2 (18th Nov; 09:30 - 10:15)

Title: Perspectives on University Industry Interactions
Speaker: Prof. Fernando Romero, University of Minho, Portugal
Abstract: University industry interactions will be characterized, and explored concerning their motives and their conceptual grounds based on sociological, economic and innovation theories. Changes in the patterns of university industry relations will be related to changes in the modelling of the innovation process. Debates concerning the implication of university industry interaction on the nature of university research and on the diffusion of knowledge will be addressed.
Shortbio: Prof. Fernando Romero holds a M.A. in Technology Policy and Innovation from the University of Maastricht and a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from the University of Manchester. He is at the Production and Systems Engineering Department, and at the Research Centre ALGORITMI, in the University of Minho (PT). He lectures on theory of innovation and management of innovation at undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral courses and publishes regularly in the area of innovation systems and innovation management. He participated in several European projects and has been at several management positions within the university.