Data-driven innovation: The future of new product development in digital markets

International Journal of Information Management

Editor: Yogesh Dwivedi

Call for Papers (Special Section @IJIM)

Theme: Data-driven innovation: The future of new product development in digital markets

Short Title SI: Data-Driven Innovation

Data-driven innovation (DDI) has been regarded as the fastest emerging driver of transformational product development opportunities in digital markets (Davenport & Kudyba, 2016; Delen & Demirkan, 2013). In recent years, digital giants Amazon, Alibaba, Tencent, Google, Apple, and Facebook are enjoying stronger competitive advantages from DDI (Akter and Wamba, 2016). It is fuelled by the advancement in information and communication technologies (ICT), strong data management and analytics capabilities, robust data governance, application of smart machines (Ransbotham and Kiron, 2017), growth of investment in big data and AI initiatives, building a data culture accompanied with organizational alignment and cultural compliance (Duan et al., 2018). Examples of new product developments using DDI is evidenced by Facebook’s “People You May Know” to connect people based on mutual friends, work, education information, and other factors or, LinkedIn’s “Jobs You May Be Interested In” and “Groups You May Like”(Davenport, 2013).

Given the exponential growth in information and communication technology (ICT) such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, cloud computing and the internet of things (IoT), vast amounts of data are stored on global storage data centers (Waller and Fawcett, 2013; Wang et al., 2018). Such a big amount of data can enable the proliferation of digital firms embracing data-driven innovation such as, introducing new products or upgrading existing product lines (Dubey et al., 2019). The business value of DDI is evidenced by Amazon as it increased its sales revenue by more than 30% through its big data-driven recommendation engine, Capital One increased its retention rate by 87%, Marriott enjoyed 8% more revenue through revenue optimization, and Progressive enhanced its market capitalization of over $19 billion by using real-time information, products and rate comparisons (Akter et al., 2019).

The big data literature identifies data and analytics at the heart of this new wave of digital product development which conceptualizes big data analytics (BDA) as the  analytical capability to collect, process, analyze and interpret large datasets to extract out insights relevant for effective decision making and operational performance (Akter et al., 2016; Wamba et al., 2017).  Although BDA can dramatically accelerate innovation, value and productivity,   the extant research is limited to traditional information products (Moenaert and Souder, 1990; Littler et al., 1995; Meyer and Zack, 1996; Von Hippel, 1998; Browning et al., 2002; Nambisan, 2003; Kim et al., 2006) with little advancement in this emerging field. The challenges of DDI is identified as data driven innovation culture in an organisation, talent capability, technological sophistication, management capability, data privacy and security, commercialization, business model synchronisation etc. These challenges are decisive in how firms embrace DDI in their new product development decisions. Akter et al. (2019) claimed that deriving value from DDI is a multi-step process that runs from idea generation to commercialisation. In this context, researchers can be greatly benefited by extending IS theories such as, IS success theory, IT capability theory or expectation-confirmation theory. DDI research can also benefit from classic management theories, such as the resource-based view theory (RBV; Barney, 1991), knowledge-based view theory (KBV; Grant, 1996), and dynamic capability theory (DC; Helfat and Peteraf, 2009). de Camargo Fiorini et al. (2018) report that data and analytics driven innovation can also be explored by applying, for instance, actor network theory, agency theory, contingency theory, diffusion of innovation theory, game theory, ecological modernization theory, institutional theory, knowledge management theory, social capital theory, social exchange theory, stakeholder theory or, transaction cost theory.

As fostered by IJIM, there is a greater potential of articulating the challenges and opportunities of DDI in digital markets through this special issue. DDI renders innovative applications with strategic benefits derived from data analytics to enhance specific organizational performances and decision making process. A holistic picture of data driven new product developments for the digital economy will help organisations prepare for this new innovation paradigm.

The Special Section of IJIM is focused on research papers which make new contributions to innovation theory, innovation methodology and empirical results on DDI, new product development and relevant business models for digital markets. The special issue welcomes high quality/high-impact full research papers, state-of-the-art developments building upon core IS or interdisciplinary theories.

This special issue encourages submissions from PACIS 2020 conference participants that will take place on June 20-24, 2020 in Dubai, UAE, and is open to the broader academic ICT community. The general theme for the special issue is “Data-driven innovation: The future of new product development in the digital markets”. The PACIS 2020 conference papers submitted to this Special Issue must make an additional contribution to the existing corpus of knowledge that can be found in IJIM papers, and stipulate a clear contribution.

The proposed Special Section addresses the following topics, and others related to the DDI more generally:

·       The role IS/IT in data-driven innovation (DDI)

·       DDI culture

·       data-driven new product development stages

·       Innovation capabilities/resources for new product development in digital markets

·       Privacy and security challenges of DDI

·       Business model implications of data driven-new products

·       Data governance strategies for DDI

·       R&D challenges for DDI

·       Commercialisation challenges for data-driven new products


Important Dates

Manuscript submission deadline: 31-Nov-2020

Notification of Review: 30-Mar-2021

Revision due: 31-Jun-2021

Notification of 2nd Review: 1-Aug-2021

2nd Revision [if needed] due: 1-Sep-2021

Notification of Final Acceptance: 30-Sep-2021

Expected Publication: TBA


Submission Guidelines

All submissions have to be prepared according to the Guide for Authors as published in the Journal website at:

Authors should select “SI: Data-Driven Innovation”, from the “Choose Article Type” pull- down menu during the submission process. All contributions must not have been previously published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Link for submission of manuscript is:

A submission based on one or more papers that appeared elsewhere has to comprise major value-added extensions over what appeared previously (at least 50% new material). Authors are requested to attach to the submitted paper their relevant, previously published articles and a summary document explaining the enhancements made in the journal version.

All submitted papers will undergo a rigorous peer-review process that will consider programmatic relevance, scientific quality, significance, originality, style and clarity.

The acceptance process will focus on papers that address original contributions in the form of theoretical, empirical and case research, which lead to new perspectives on data-driven innovation. Papers must be grounded on the body of scholarly works in this area (exemplified by some of the references below) but yet discover new frontiers so that collectively, the Special Section will serve communities of researchers and practitioners as an archival repository of the state of the art in data-driven innovation.

Guest Editors

Shahriar Akter*

Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong

Wollongong, Australia


Kathy Shen
University of Wollongong in Dubai
Dubai, UAE

Katina Michael
School of Computing and Information Technology
University of Wollongong, Australia

John D’Ambra
School of Information Systems
University of New South Wales, Australia

 * Managing editor


Akter, S., Bandara, R., Hani, U., Fosso Wamba, S., Foropon, C., Papadopoulos, T., 2019. Analytics-based decision-making for service systems: A qualitative study and agenda for future research. International Journal of Information Management 48, 85-95.

Akter, S., Wamba, S.F., 2016. Big data analytics in E-commerce: a systematic review and agenda for future research. Electronic Markets, 1-22.

Akter, S., Wamba, S.F., Gunasekaran, A., Dubey, R., Childe, S.J., 2016. How to improve firm performance using big data analytics capability and business strategy alignment? International Journal of Production Economics 182, 113-131.

Barney, J., 1991. Firm resources and sustained competitive advantage. Journal of management 17, 99-120.

Davenport, T.H., 2013. Analytics 3.0. Harvard Business Review 91, 64-72.

de Camargo Fiorini, P., Roman Pais Seles, B.M., Chiappetta Jabbour, C.J., Barberio Mariano, E., de Sousa Jabbour, A.B.L., 2018. Management theory and big data literature: From a review to a research agenda. International Journal of Information Management 43, 112-129.

Duan, Y., Cao, G., Edwards, J.S., 2018. Understanding the impact of business analytics on innovation (In press). European Journal of Operational Research.

Dubey, R., Gunasekaran, A., Childe, S.J., Blome, C., Papadopoulos, T., 2019. Big Data and Predictive Analytics and Manufacturing Performance: Integrating Institutional Theory, Resource‐Based View and Big Data Culture. British Journal of Management 30, 341-361.

Grant, R.M., 1996. Prospering in dynamically-competitive environments: Organizational capability as knowledge integration. Organization Science 7, 375-387.

Helfat, C.E., Peteraf, M.A., 2009. Understanding dynamic capabilities: progress along a developmental path. Strategic Organization 7, 91-102.

Ransbotham, S., Kiron, D., 2017. Analytics as a Source of Business Innovation. MIT Sloan Management Review 58, n/a-0.

Waller, M.A., Fawcett, S.E., 2013. Data science, predictive analytics, and big data: a revolution that will transform supply chain design and management. Journal of Business Logistics 34, 77-84.

Wamba, S.F., Gunasekaran, A., Akter, S., Ren, S.J.-f., Dubey, R., Childe, S.J., 2017. Big data analytics and firm performance: Effects of dynamic capabilities. Journal of Business Research 70, 356-365.

Wang, Y., Kung, L., Byrd, T.A., 2018. Big data analytics: Understanding its capabilities and potential benefits for healthcare organizations. Technological Forecasting and Social Change 126, 3-13.

Call for Books: IEEE-Wiley Cutting Edge Technical Books

I have just become the assistant liaison officer for IEEE Press within the Society on the Social Implications of Technology. If you have a book idea feel free to discuss with me the content or directly contact IEEE Press.


IEEE Press partners with John Wiley & Sons to publish high quality books on cutting edge technical engineering topics. 

NEW! Short Books format between 80-120 pages on current topics.

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Good Data (Daly, Devitt & Mann) - Book Chapters CFP


Call for Proposals for an INC Theory on Demand edited book

Editors: Angela Daly (Queensland University of Technology), Kate Devitt (Queensland University of Technology) & Monique Mann (Queensland University of Technology).

In recent years, there has been an exponential increase in the collection, aggregation and automated analysis of information by government and private actors, and in response to this there has been a significant critique regarding what could be termed ‘bad’ data practices in the globalised digital economy. These include the mass gathering of data about individuals, in opaque, unethical and at times illegal ways, and the increased use of that data in unaccountable and potentially discriminatory forms of algorithmic decision-making by both state agencies and private companies. Issues of data ethics and data justice are only likely to increase in importance given the totalizing datafication of society and the introduction of new technologies such as artificial intelligence and automation.

In order to paint an alternative, more optimistic but still pragmatic picture of the datafied future, this open access edited collection will examine and propose what could be termed ‘good’ and ‘ethical’ data practices, underpinned by values and principles such as (but not limited to):

·         privacy/regulation/information security by design

·         due process rights

·         procedural legitimacy

·         the protection of individual and collective autonomy

·         digital sovereignty

·         digital anti-discrimination

·         data and intersectionality

·         ethical labour practices

·         environmental sustainability. 


Chapters should be short contributions (2500-5000 words) which can take differing forms, for example:

  • Manifestos for Good Data
  • Position papers
  • Traditional academic chapters

Chapters can be theoretical takes or provocations on what Good Data is or should be, or can be case studies of particular Good Data projects and initiatives e.g. Indigenous data sovereignty initiatives, data cooperatives etc. Chapters can also be critiques of initiatives/movements which claim to be ethical but in fact fall short. All chapters, including academic ones, should be written in an accessible way and avoid the excessive use of jargon, etc. Academic chapters will be peer-reviewed. Other contributions will be editor-reviewed.

We encourage contributions from throughout the world and from different disciplinary perspectives: philosophy, media and communications, cultural studies, STS, law, criminology, information systems, computer science etc.

Proposals for chapters (up to 250 words) should be sent to Kayleigh Hodgkinson Murphy ( by Friday 15 December 2017. Please include a brief biography (indicating whether you are an academic or practitioner, etc) and signal what kind of chapter you are proposing (manifesto/academic chapter, etc).

If you have an idea for a chapter and want to discuss it before submitting a proposal, please contact Angela Daly ( as soon as possible. We may be able to pair, for example, practitioners with academic authors on request.

Decisions on proposals will be made by mid-January 2017, with a first full draft of chapters to be submitted by 31 March 2018. We anticipate the book will be finalized and launched in late 2018, as part of the Institute of Network Cultures’ Theory on Demand series.

Active Calls for Papers

IEEE Technology and Society Magazine Submissions

Thinking of submitting to IEEE Technology and Society Magazine?

So happy to hear this!!


I get a lot of mail about this...

Hot links include:

  1. The IEEE SSIT web site containing free content from the Magazine (non-peer review). Note the peer-reviewed work is on IEEEXplore.
  2. The IEEE TSM submission portal. This is where you upload your paper. Please note, you will need to recommend three possible reviewers through this process. The site does use cookies.
  3. Information for authors:
  4. The IEEEXplore database you could likely get through via your University Library access:

Advice: My recommendation for anyone submitting a new paper to any Transactions, Journal, Letters or Magazine publication in IEEE, is to become familiar first with the content and scope of each outlet. There is nothing like writing the perfect paper for an audience that does not exist.

Do we accept empirical work? Of course! All our peer-reviewed pieces are empirical and even equations or formulas are fine, but our audience deals at a higher level and we'd ask you to simplify and elaborate on anything 'technical'.

Do I have to be an ICT professional or engineering academic or in the STEM field in general to submit work? No. We welcome all disciplines to submit and are so excited when non-engineers with engineering interests write for us!

Do we accept photography, pictures, images, exhibits, figures, tables? Of course. But they must be your own, purchased with a license, or you must have explicit permission from the copyright holder. 

Is it okay to reveal your identity and that of the rest of the authors in your submitted paper? Yes.

What referencing style do I choose? Must be numbered in this format [1] with references listed at the end as per IEEE policy.

Does IEEE Technology and Society Magazine have a particular template I need to use? No. Our managing editor Terri Bookman takes your work and puts it in the right style template. Please note, the best way to submit a paper is in free form with limited formatting.

Does IEEE Technology and Society Magazine need an abstract with the paper submitted? No. The Magazine does not publish abstracts in its peer-reviewed content.

Do I get a proof of my work before it is published? Yes. Usually about 3-4 weeks before the scheduled publication date.

Do I get a copy of my work AFTER it is published? IEEE Technology and Society Magazine has gone green with a limited print run. You will get a PDF version of your paper. You cannot post this version online "as is" but you can post a text-only "pre-publication" version of your work online.

How many reviewers are there? All work is reviewed by the editor in chief, checked for grammatical issues by the managing editor. If the work is peer-reviewed then at least TWO reviews are expected. If there is a discrepancy in the adjudication of the paper it could go to 3 or 4 reviews. As an editor in chief, I understand that reviewers are under various time constraints and pressures. As editor I need to be convinced of the outcomes of the reviews and their respective depths, and individual's expertise. The EIC can overturn decisions handed to them by an Associate Editor based on experience, schedules, bottlenecks or other. This happens rarely, but may be related to cases of plagiarism, or technical findings in the research etc.

If my work doesn't get in to IEEE Technology and Society Magazine what should I do? I would take the feedback on board, and redraft my paper for another outlet. As EIC I have always tried to offer suggestions about places within IEEE that might be still interested in the work. Some common outlets include:

  1. IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine
  2. IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine
  3. Computer
  4. IEEE Professional
  5. IEEE Pervasive Computing
  6. IEEE Transactions on Education
  7. IEEE Norbert Wiener Conference (every two years)
  8. IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS, annually)
  9. Social Implications of National Security Workshop (SINS, annually)
  10. Governance of Emerging Technology (GET, annually)

If for any reason I get stuck in the submission process can you help me? Yes. Visit this site: and if something goes wrong just email the EIC and the Associate Editor (Administrator).

Can you make a comment about IEEE Technology and Society Magazine's impact factor? Yes. It's steadily climbing. We are not your typical outlet. Strongly multidisciplinary. Covering a wide variety of social implications of technology means we are deliberately thinly spread across the technology areas of IEEE. But it is great to see our recognition hitting almost 1.0! Something important about our Magazine as well? We do not deliberately set out to manipulate our impact factor! This has been an unwritten rule within our Society, which has ethics as one of its pillars. Once Terri Bookman and I were at the Panel of Editors conference in Washington some years ago. When this issue was raised to the community of 200 editors/managing editors we quickly scanned our latest issue to find only 2 self-cites. That ain't bad at all. Having said that, I wish more and more people could go back and access early content of the Magazine from 36 years ago-- we had some landmark work back then published, decades ahead of its time!

Good luck! IEEE Technology and Society is an awesome Magazine :) if I do say so myself. Watch this space as the new editor takes the helm in 2018!

Medical Device Engineering: Selecting the Right PLM Software


Medical device manufacturers must balance team-based innovation with the rigors of a regulated, safety-critical product engineering environment. To achieve profitability, your goal is to deliver breakthrough medical products using controlled, stage-gated engineering and quality processes.

At the same time, a focus on quality and compliance is critical. Investment in the right technology makes the balance between quality, compliance and profitability possible.

This medical device interview features Mark Turner of Novartis, Michelle Boucher of Tech-Clarity, and Swapan Jha, PTC. Join them on September 12 at 10:00 am EDT to hear about: 

•  Challenges facing medical device manufacturers.
•  Why to consider the complete product lifecycle with respect to:
       •  Managing product and requirements.
       •  Transitioning from document to product centric approaches.
       •  Enabling smart and connected products.
•  The best selection criteria for choosing the right software to support quality initiatives

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Register and attend the webinar to download a copy of the '2017 Medical Device Manufacturers Software Selection Guide' to learn how to select the software that is right for you to gain competitive advantages. The guide is located behind the Resource Widget inside the webinar console. 

In this selection guide: 
•  Identify critical challenges
•  Understand key capabilities
•  Pinpoint vendor selection criteria


Vice President of Research for Tech-Clarity

Michelle has spent over 20 years in various roles in engineering, marketing, management, and as an analyst. She has broad experience with topics such as product design, simulation, systems engineering, mechatronics, embedded systems, PCB design, improving product performance, process improvement, and mass customization. Ms. Boucher is an experienced researcher and author and has benchmarked over 7000 product development professionals and published over 90 reports on product development best practices. She focuses on helping companies manage the complexity of today’s products, markets, design environments, and value chains to achieve higher profitability.


Service Delivery Manager — Engineering, Novartis/Alcon

Mark Turner has worked at Alcon Laboratories, Inc. for 8 years. Alcon is a subsidiary of Novartis, a global healthcare company providing solutions to address the evolving needs of patients worldwide. Alcon offer a wide spectrum of eye care products. They provide innovative products that enhance quality of life by helping people worldwide see better. Mark is currently the Service Delivery Manager for Engineering and based in the Dallas/Fort Worth, supporting a Part 11 FDA Compliant Product Lifecycle Management Global Solution. His responsibilities include quality management, product analytics, and CM2 process for a full design control implementation.


Vice President of Strategy and Market Development

Swapan Jha is Vice President of Strategy and Market Development for PTC with a focus on the health care industry. A seasoned technology executive with broad expertise in developing and executing sales, product and go-to-market strategies, he has 15+ years of PLM domain experience across Medical Device, Hi-Tech and Manufacturing industries. Mr. Jha joined PTC in 2015 from Oracle Corporation where he held leadership positions in client advisory services and supply-chain business units. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering, and a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.), in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago - Booth School of Business.

Call for Participation - Paul Cunningham IEEE's Social Implications of Tech President Presents at UOW

First Workshop on Persuasive Technology and Society

Date: Friday, 8 August 2017

Time: 9.30am-3.30pm (* delegates can come for individual keynotes, panels or stay for the whole day)

Where: SMART Infrastructure Facility Advisory Council Room, 6.101, University of Wollongong

RSVP: 4 August, 2017

Register here

Fill out my online form.


Co-designing Ethical Interventions in Resource Constrained Environments

Paul M. Cunningham, IEEE SSIT President

Paul M. Cunningham, IEEE SSIT President

We are fortunate to be hosting Mr Paul Cunningham, IEEE Society on the Social Implications of Technology President from Dublin, Ireland, to give a leading edge talk on co-designing ethical interventions in resource constrained environments. Paul will also be speaking on the importance of engineers and informaticians getting involved in IEEE activities, especially linked to humanitarian engineering. All welcome! Paul is President and CEO of International Information Management Corporation, and Founder and Director of the IST-Africa Institute. His vision for Africa is awesome- come and hear about it.

Time: 9.30am - 10.30am

Abstract: This SSIT Distinguished Lecture focuses on social implications and ethical issues to be considered when designing interventions in resource constrained environments. It introduces the concepts of collaborative open innovation and co-design in the context of Global Development and addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It then discusses socio-cultural differences, ethical conundrums and ethical research principles. These concepts are then contextualised through an African case study focusing on the co-design approach taken to implementing a cross-border health oriented, research and innovation project supported by the European Commission. The DL will conclude by providing recommendations to be considered for interventions in resource constrained environments.

Biography: Paul M Cunningham is the President and CEO of International Information Management Corporation, Founder and Director of the IST-Africa Institute, a visiting senior fellow at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, and Founder and Coordinator of mHealth4frika. Paul works as a technology, strategy, and policy expert for organizations including the World Bank as well as European and nationally funded research and innovation programs in Europe and Africa. Supported by the European Commission and African Union Commission, IST-Africa ( is a not-for-profit strategic collaboration with ministries and national councils responsible for innovation, science and technology adoption, implementation, policy and research in 18 African Member States. At Wrexham Glyndŵr University (Wales), Paul focuses on Social Implications of Technology and ESGDC (Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship). Supported by the European Commission under Horizon 2020 (European Research and Innovation Framework Programme), mHealth4Afrika (www.mHealth4Afrika) is co-designing an open source, multilingual mHealth platform integrating electronic medical records, medical sensors, and generation of monthly aggregate health indicators to strengthen primary healthcare delivery in resource constrained urban, rural and deep rural health clinics in Africa. An IEEE Senior Member, Paul is 2017 - 2018 President, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT); Projects Chair, IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee; Member, IEEE Technical Activities Board and IEEE Global Public Policy Committee; and Founder and Chair, IEEE SSIT IST-Africa SIGHT (Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology). Paul is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin; has studied at postgraduate level in Hungary and USA; and is completing a PhD at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV), Stockholm University. Paul is a member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland (M Inst D.) and a former Board Director (2008 – 2012) of Meeting Professionals International.


Having a Brave Conversation: Comparing the Australian and UK Experience

Anni Rowland-Campbell, Director of Intersticia

Anni Rowland-Campbell, Director of Intersticia

Ms Annie Rowland-Campbell, Director of Intersticia, philanthropist and communications expert, will also be joining us among a brilliant day's line up. Anni was the brain-child behind "Brave Conversations" on April 10-11 held in Canberra, Australia bringing some 100 people together from industry, government and the general community to have what they considered brain conversations related to technology and society broadly. She is very active in the Web Science Trust, and will be sharing her thoughts with us on what a brave conversation actually entails.

Time: 10.30am - 11.30am

Abstract: Check out and

Biography: Anni Rowland-Campbell – Director of Intersticia. Bachelor of Arts – Fine Arts, History & Philosophy of Science (Melbourne);  Master of Arts – Modern European Art, specialising in Design for Theatre (Courtauld Institute, London);  Grad. Certificate of Public Policy (UNE);  Master of Business & Technology, focusing on Knowledge Management (UNSW);  Masters of HRM and Coaching Psychology (Sydney);  theory and research towards a PhD – now being put into practice through teaching. Anni is fundamentally an observer and practitioner of Web Science and a passionate advocate for digital literacy. In her early years Anni lived in Melbourne, Sydney, Paris and London.  She worked in various roles at the Sydney Opera House, the National Theatre of Great Britain, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Julian Ashton Art School, and the Australian Opera. She served as Research Officer to Hon. Peter Collins QC MP, then NSW Minister for the Arts, which afforded her the opportunity to contribute towards the encouragement and support of the arts at a strategic policy level. In 1990 Anni went to live on a cotton and grazing property near Narrabri, NSW, during which time she worked with both the Moree Gallery Foundation and Yurundiali Aboriginal Arts Co-Operative, with a focus on business planning and community development.  In 1993 Anni returned to Sydney and became Executive Director of the NSW Division of the Institute of Public Administration, whilst simultaneously developing Intersticia as a consultancy in new media strategy and education in the early days of the World Wide Web. From 1996 to 2004 Anni juggled young children and her role as Executive Director of GAMAA, the association for suppliers to the graphic communications industries.  During this time Anni undertook research into the impact of digital technologies on graphic communications (as part of Print21); founded the GAMAA Leadership Programme; created the PrintEx exhibition in Sydney, and developed an international industry network. In 2004 Anni was engaged by Fuji Xerox Australia as Industry Marketing Manager and subsequently as a new-media consultant.  During this time Anni initiated Fuji Xerox’s research into the future of the Web which involved the management and undertaking of two Australian Research Council funded projects: the first focused on the impact of semantic technologies on printing and publishing; the second developed this further by investigating the practice of Sustainability Reporting (see In addition Anni was instrumental in connecting Fuji Xerox Australia with the globally recognised Xerox Innovation Group as an Australian based research organisation in its own right. In 2009 Anni began her collaboration with Peter Thompson at ANZSOG (the Australian and New Zealand School of Government) to integrate digital socio-technical concepts (now recognised as the Social Machine) into the Managing Public Communications Executive Programme.  This work evolved into two ANZSOG funded research projects:  Government as a Social Machine, articulating the role of Government within a Social Machine ecosystem; and Developing an Australian Government Web Observatory.  Both of these linked Australia with the global research being undertaken at the Web Science Institute.  In 2017 this culminated in the first Brave Conversations event held in Canberra, and which will now be replicated around the World as a forum to connect research with practice to more effectively understand, manage, govern and develop the evolving Web.


Panel of Provocation

The panel of provocation will be chaired by Katina Michael, and feature our resident "outside the square box" thinkers, Dr Ted Mitew and Dr Christopher Moore. Both of these academics are not conventional and flamboyant innovative thinkers. We look forward to having a lively discussion with them, and some brave conversations with audience interaction. 

Time: 2.30pm-3.30pm

Featuring Ted Mitew and Christopher Moore

Biography: Dr Teodor Mitew is a Senior Lecturer in digital media at the University of Wollongong, with a background in internet studies and actor network theory. His long-term research interests are in the internet of things, object oriented ontology, and distributed content networks. He is currently working on projects involving smart textiles, peer-to-peer clothing, open source maker communities, memetic warfare, and virtual reality.








Biography: Dr Christopher (Chris) Moore is a lecturer in Digital Media and Communication. Originally from Tasmania, Chris graduated from the University of Wollongong and worked as a journalist before conducting his PhD research on intellectual property and the rise of ‘open’ mechanisms for managing copyright in the digital domain. In 2010, Chris moved to Melbourne to take up an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellowship examining the changes occurring in the digital games industry. Returning to Wollongong in 2014, Chris joined the School of Arts, English and Media in the faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts and is currently teaching DIGC310 Digital Game Cultures and DIGC330 Digital Asia.


More detailed schedule available here

First Workshop of Persuasive Technology and Society - Call for Participation

8 August 2017 @ the University of Wollongong, Australia

9.30 am Mr Paul Cunningham, CEO at IIMC, Dublin, Ireland

"What is IEEE's Society on the Social Implications of Technology (SSIT)?"

"Co-designing Ethical Interventions in Resource Constrained Environments"

10.30 am  Ms Anni Rowland-Campbell, Intersticia

"Having a Brave Conversation: Comparing the Australian and UK Experience"

11.30 am Associate Professor Dr Win Khin, Centre Director

"The Vision for the Centre for Persuasive Technology and Society"

  • How we can work with IEEE SSIT
  • How we can be an integral part of Brave Conversations

12.30 pm Lunch

TBA. A location on campus. Check back in with us.

1.30 pm Hot Topics

10 min presentations from researcher's in the Centre

Dr Roba Abbas: A socio-technical framework for studying persuasive technologies

Dr Mark Freeman: Improving Participation: Volunteering in our technology enabled society

Dr Holly Tootell: Perspectives on IT in early childhood education

Dr Will Tibben: Persuasive technologies for minority groups

Dr Elena Vlahu-Gjorgievska: Information systems for assisted living: Challenges and opportunities

2.30 pm Panel of Provocation

Facilitated by Prof Katina Michael

Key Interdisciplinary UOW Linkages - Facing Global Challenges:

Christopher Moore, Ted Mitew

3.30 pm Wrap Up

BioPharma Research Council "Internet of Medical Things" Webinar

Call for Participation

The BioPharma Research Council (BRC) is hosting the Internet of Medical Things (IOMT) Webinar, July 27th, 1:00-3:30 EST. Discussions will concern the privacy and security of devices, systems, users and databases.  Hear from experts at the FDA, GE Healthcare, Indiana University Health, Simbus360 and the Privacy Professor, Galen Robotics, University of Wollongong, and Health and Human Services. More info and registration:

Call for Participation - Susan Halford (SOTON) Presents @ UOW

We are fortunate to be hosting Professor Susan Halford, Director of the Web Science Institute (WSI) from the University of Southampton, to give a leading edge talk on the future of big data research from a social science perspective.

Date: Friday, 7 April 2017

Time: 11am-12pm

Where: SMART Infrastructure Facility Advisory Council Room, 6.101, University of Wollongong

RSVP: 3 April, 2017

Register here:

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Symphonic social science and the future for big data research


Over recent years there has been a persistent tension between proponents of big data analytics on the one hand - using new forms of digital data to make computational and statistical claims about ‘the social’ - and, on the other hand, many social scientists who are skeptical about the value of big data, its associated methods and claims to knowledge. This talk seeks to move beyond this, taking inspiration from a mode of argumentation developed by some of the most successful social science books of all time: Bowling Alone (Putnam 2000). The Spirit Level (Wilkinson and Pickett 2009) and Capital (Piketty 2014). Taken together these works can be distinguishedas a new approach, that can be labelled as‘symphonic social science’. This bears both striking similarities and significant differences to the big data paradigm and – as such – offers the potential to do big data analytics differently. The talk will suggest that this offers value to those already working with big data – for whom the difficulties of making useful and sustainable claims about the social are increasingly apparent – and tosocial scientists, offering a mode of practice that might shape big data analytics for the future.

Susan Halford, Professor of Sociology

Professor Susan Halford is Director, Web Science Institute within Social Sciences at the University of Southampton. Her research interests range from the sociology of work and organization - with projects on the third sector, the ageing workforce and employee driven innovation - to the sociology of technology and specifically the World Wide Web. She has a particular interest in the politics of data and digital artefacts, information infrastructures and digital research methods.

Professor Halford has a background in Geography (she studied at the University of Sussex 1981-4) and Urban Studies (also at Sussex 1985-1990) and moved into Sociology when she joined the University of Southampton in 1992. Since this time she has developed a range of research around the themes of gender, work, and identity and - connected to this - exploring digital innovation in the workplace, and beyond particularly through Web Science in collaboration with colleagues in Health Sciences and Computer Sciences.

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By Invitation Only - Cross Collaboration SOTON-UOW

Professor Susan Halford and Professor Katina Michael will be going off-site for a collaborative meeting with key PhD students who will be presenting on their research. Schedule is as follows:

Lunch at 1.30 pm, Gerroa Fisherman's Club

Sightseeing 3pm-4pm

Presentations at 4pm: format (10 min presentation, followed by 10 min discussion for each participant)

 4 PhD students from the University of Southampton, UK

     - Participant 1: J. Webster, Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training

Title: Algorithmic Taste-Makers: How are Music Recommender Systems Performing as "Cultural Intermediaries" and Shaping Cultural Consumption Practices?

Abstract: The digital age has seen the rise of new cultural intermediaries in the music marketplace. Music streaming services have invested heavily in the development of recommendation systems, which are used to enhance the quality of their user experience by selecting and organising music in a personalised fashion. As they seek to shape what we consume and how we come to consume it, music recommender systems have the potential to impact on cultural consumption practices and taste formation processes. Indeed, the automated nature of these systems means they have the potential to intervene in these social processes at a rate and scale not previously encountered. Whilst existing social science literature has begun to speculate on the impact of their cultural intermediation, little attention has been given to what music recommender systems are, how they come to exist and operate in the field, or how interaction with these systems is shaping consumption practices. The aim of my PhD is to advance our understanding of how music recommender systems are performing as cultural intermediaries and shaping consumption practice. This presentation will offer a window into my research and provide a brief account of what I have learnt so far about the cultural intermediary work of music recommender systems.

Bio: Jack is a second-year Web Science PhD student at the University of Southampton, UK. His research focusses on how the music recommender systems used by music streaming services, such as Spotify, are operating as "cultural intermediaries," shaping how cultural goods and symbolic value are circulated in the field of cultural consumption. Jack is an interdisciplinary researcher, combining perspectives from the social and computer sciences to understand both how music recommender systems work, but also how they are experienced by consumers and the rationale behind their design and implementation. If you would like to find out more Jack and his research, please visit


     - Participant 2: C.N. Tochia, Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training


Title: Does craving a digital detox make me a bad digital citizen?

Abstract: My PhD topic is looking at digital literacy and in particular joining the argument that busts the myth of the "digital native" concept. A lot of work has been done in this area already, but I believe there is a unique group of people born just before the digital / information age took over, however have a very good understanding and grasp of new digital technologies they come into contact with. Some of them are known already as the want-nots. This group therefore understands and sometimes craves the pre-digital era and I would like to understand what deters them from choosing some new technologies or wanting to access the Web less or not at all. I also have a general interest in online identities and behaviours, particularly how we present ourselves on and off the screen.

Bio: After completing a degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications from Bournemouth University I joined the advertising industry working at OMD, an Omnicom media agency. Beginning first in their Communications department then moving across to their Insight department I managed several projects across clients such as Boots, Vodafone, Hasbro, Pepsi Co and Disney. Then I moved back to a company I previously interned at, Substance Global, that specialises in PR and marketing films, TV and games. There I worked in the Social team managing over 100 + accounts for brands such as Warner Bros Interactive, 20th Century Fox, Paramount and HBO.


     - Participant 3: R.D. Blair, Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training

Title: Social media, learning and risk

Abstract: Social media is much lauded as a powerful tool for use in support of non-formal learning, and a tool of choice for teenagers. With this in mind the aims of my research were to determine the position of, and the barriers to the use of social media in support of learning activities by school pupils. To achieve these aims an investigation of the perceptions and use of social media by primary stakeholders at the operational level was conducted.

Data was collected from pupils and teachers using both quantitative and qualitative methods. 384 pupils responded to an online survey and 96 pupils participated in semi-structured focus group interviews. As a ratio comparable to the average teacher to pupil ratio in English secondary schools 18 teachers participated in semi-structured, individual interviews. The findings suggest that the main reason social media does not appear to be having an impact is a perception of risk. Initial findings indicated that usage of social media for learning was dominated by logistical task support (for example, clarifying instructions) mostly focused on homework activities. On further investigation findings suggest that activities which support general school work and a deeper engagement through homework understanding are taking place with a not insubstantial number of pupils.

The research findings also indicate that though social media is being used by this age group to support their learning, generally in a dyadic fashion, factors other than pupil skill and imagination in the use of social media may be in play. Of these other factors a the primary factor suggested by the findings appears to be a perceived risk to social capital accrued in a time of life in which social capital is assuming increasing importance.The reluctance of teachers to promote social media as a tool to support learning support through knowledge sharing by pupils appears to stem primarily from the possibility of risk to pupil welfare followed by professional risk to the teacher then risk to institution. With a recognition and understanding of the perceptions of risk held by the primary stakeholder at the operational level the next stage of this work is to determine how to reconcile and overcome these barriers to access the power of networked to technologies to support socially constructed learning.

Bio: Robert Blair is a final year PhD candidate at the Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training, department of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. He holds an MSc Information Systems from the University of East Anglia and an MSc Web Science from the University of Southampton. For his PhD research Robert is investigating the driving factors affecting change in the use of digital technologies. In particular, he is interested in the apparent enthusiasm for the use of Social Media displayed by children and young adults and the possibility of how this may be leveraged to support formal and non-formal learning. Prior to commencing his research Robert gained over 20 years experience of teaching Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science in compulsory, further and higher education.


     - Participant 4: F. Hardcastle, Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training

Abstract: This talk will be loosely based on a draft submitted to TOIT's Special Section on Computational Ethics and Accountability that is currently under review. As part of it I will introduce a conceptual sociotechnical intervention called TATE (Targeted Advertising Tracking Extension) that - using semantic web technologies, W3C PROV model, and the concept of sociotechnical imaginary - aims to contribute to supporting accountability in the Online Behavioural Tracking and Advertising (OBTA) landscape. On-going work involves evaluating a hypothetical implementation and normalisation of this model informed by STS theories to identify overlapping interests, values, and incentives of various stakeholder groups to map its design to these spaces. 

Bio: Faranak is a PhD candidate at the Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Southampton. Studying Web Science has challenged her views about society and technology. She is currently interested in critically engaging with the Web and the Internet from the intersection of arts and design, technology, sociology, and STS, and continuously tries to avoid letting the disciplinary boundaries to discipline her "thinking”, “designing", and “making”.

2 students and 2 honoraries from UOW's School of Computing and Information Technology

     - Associate Research Fellow and PhD Candidate, Robert Ogie, SMART Infrastructure Facility*

     - Honorary Fellow Dr Roba Abbas, Persuasive Technology and Society

Title: Big (Geospatial) Data and Location Intelligence in Action: The Consumer Perspective

Abstract: The big data movement has, in recent years, promised to deliver a wide range of benefits to organisations, offering business insights generated through the analysis of vast and varied datasets. The potential to create an enhanced understanding of consumer and corporate opportunities, through the extraction of trends and patterns, is certainly appealing from a business perspective. Increased emphasis is now being placed on the use of geospatial datasets. This essentially refers to “geo-enriched” data; data that is supplemented with a geographic component, and when contextualised, layered with additional levels of detail, and analysed, provides some form of “location intelligence”. The proliferation of consumer location-based services (LBS) applications, in conjunction with the wealth of publicly accessible geospatial data and supporting applications, now signifies that location intelligence activities are not exclusive to geographic information systems (GIS) professionals, as was traditionally the case. Rather, advanced mapping and location capabilities are now accessible to the individual user or consumer. This presentation provides a practical demonstration of consumer-level location intelligence and the societal implications of “geo-enriched” data analysis more specifically.

Biography: Dr Roba Abbas is an Honorary Fellow with the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at the University of Wollongong, Australia and is the Associate Editor (Administrator) for the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine. She completed her Australian Research Council (ARC)-funded Doctor of Philosophy on the topic of Location-Based Services Regulation in 2012, earning special commendations for her thesis titled “Location-Based Services Regulation in Australia: A Socio-Technical Approach”.

    - Mr Asslam Umar Ali, Doctoral Candidate, School of Computing and Information Technology

Title: Analysis Framework to Integrate Knowledge Derived from Social Media for Civic Co-Management during Extreme Climatic Events

Abstract: Information generated on social media during extreme climatic events has forever changed disaster relief and response. This information shared as private conversation on public social media platforms is reliant on citizens to share their personal information and knowledge. This type of content generated by individuals with geospatial information has been termed ‘Volunteered Geographical Information’. A large number of VGI have used social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to crowd-source disaster information in real-time for effective management of infrastructure systems and their population. Therefore, providing more eyes on the ground and a source of intelligence that serve to improve situational awareness. On the other hand, managing the disaster activities is challenging, complex and involves various stakeholders; agencies, organisation, managing individual with different roles, resources and goal. This also puts time constraints on the decision makers make information intensive activities. Therefore, it challenging to coordinate or obtain timely and right type information from the social media channels. More importantly the disaster management activities follow a standard set of disaster management plans with set goals. Whereas, currently crowdsourced applications do not generally interact to share knowledge with the existing disaster management activities. This presentation shows results of social media data analysis obtained during floods and provides some interesting insights to type information (text/photos) shared, their relationship and how this could used by emergency management teams. 

Bio: Asslam Umar Ali is a Business Intelligence professional at the Information Management Unit, University of Wollongong. His educational background connects the technology and business spectrum, with a bachelors degree in Electronics Engineering and a Master in International Business and a MBA specialisation in Engineering Management. Asslam is enthusiastic about data analytics, visualisation and data informed decision making.

     - Honorary Associate Professor Dr MG Michael, Persuasive Technology and Society

Check-in at hotel at 6pm

Dinner at 7.00 pm (venue to be announced)

Close 9.30 pm

Body Sensor Networks Conference

The 2017 conference will be held in: 

The High Tech Campus
High Tech Campus 1
5656 AE Eindhoven – The Netherlands

May 9-12, 2017

Welcome to the 14th International Conference on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks (BSN2017) website. Wearable biosensors are becoming increasingly pervasive.  Although many of these devices currently target the consumer market, the potential for medical-grade sensors is increasingly evident.  Body sensor networks increase the opportunity to measure physiology and behaviour outside the clinical setting.  Means of communication, on-chip and off-line data processing and proper modelling turn these measurements into useful information.

Current BSN applications range from performance monitoring and enhancement in athletes, soldiers, and first responders to assistive technologies that improve quality of life in chronic diseases such as hypertension, cardiac failure, COPD, kidney failure, diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, dementia and others.  Additionally, the opportunity to change the conduct of clinical trials and basic chronic disease management is compelling.

The High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, is a unique biotope for close academic/private partnerships and a major industrial hub in Western Europe. Hence, the role of industry as a technological driver of BSN developments and the interaction with the clinical community is a major focus of this year´s conference.

The 14th International Conference on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks (BSN2017) wishes to accompany the ongoing BSN research efforts and to offer a forum for discussion of key issues, new directions and innovative solutions for sensor and systems development, data management and interpretation, and communications.  This meeting will highlight:

  • development of new wearable systems including smart textiles and minimally invasive sensors
  • technical developments in the area of low power electronics, energy harvesting and miniaturization
  • interaction of body-worn sensors with indoors measurement systems integrated into items of daily life (like chairs, seats, beds, etc.)
  • health and performance monitoring applications such as energy balance, hydration status, movement analysis, etc.
  • strategies for human and animal behavioral monitoring including mood state, cognitive status, vigilance, and sleep quality
  • clinical applications to improve objective health assessments, remote telemedical assessments, and everyday health status monitoring and systems that enhance patient self management and quality of life
  • characterizing quality of data and regulatory compliance requirements for medical management applications
  • wearable data security and privacy considerations
  • next generation body powered, nanosensors, and minimally invasive implantable measurement systems
  • development of new and improvements of existing implants including the connection of these to external body sensor networks

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Call for Participants - #braveconversations

What a fantastic lineup at Brave Conversations! Check it out here. Buy tickets here.



A “Human Hack Day” bringing together human minds to society’s challenges

The first day of the conference will be a workshop bringing together people from the business, government and community sectors with researchers from a range of disciplines.

Themes we will explore include:

  • Democracy & politics
  • Privacy & individual liberty
  • New economics
  • Technology leadership & ethics

We need brave conversations around:

  • In a “post-truth” world how can we slow the spread of fake news?
  • What are the dangers of life inside our social bubbles and continuous positive reinforcement?
  • In new economics, what will the impact of changing structures, networks and innovation be?
  • Open Source or protecting IP? How can you change business models without giving away shareholder value?
  • How to add value in the age of ubiquitous connectivity and total knowledge?
  • Managing your reputation in an increasingly transparent world
  • Everyone benefits? If the web is the ultimate force for globalisation how do we ensure everybody benefits?
  • “Should humanity become God” – who or what do we want to become as a species?
  • The rise of the hyper-corporation and the ramifications for the world.

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CFP for the IEEE Journal of RFID

The IEEE Journal of Radio Frequency Identification (JRFID) is a newly launching IEEE journal that publishes peer-reviewed manuscripts addressing various aspects of RFID circuits, systems, standards, and applications. RFID involves multidisciplinary areas of research and development, encompassing a broad spectrum of science and engineering expertise. This call for papers intends to solicit contributions in all areas pertinent to the RFID technology.

IEEE Journal of RFID Topic Areas:

§  Antenna and design

§  Tags and Readers

§  Circuits and systems

§  Protocols and networks

§  Signal propagation and processing

§  Energy Harvesting

§  Data and Power transfer

§  Modulation schemes

§  Modeling, simulation, implementation

§  RFID sensors

§  Near field communications

§  Smart and programmable tags

§  RFID Manufacturing processes

§  RFID applications in Health care, Finance, Transportation, security, inventory management, and RFID tracking of information, location, asset, energy, and people

§  Internet of Things


Authors are encouraged to submit original, unpublished work on RFID. We consider both brief papers (5-page) and regular-length articles. Acceptance shall be based on the peer reviews from the editors and the selected reviewers. The Journal is published quarterly with the first issue scheduled to appear in March of 2017. The IEEE Council on RFID (CRFID) that comprising of 15 IEEE member societies sponsors the Journal.

All IEEE journals require an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) for all authors.  See the ORCID instructions. Paper submissions are handled through Manuscript Central website: