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Keynote Speakers for ICFME 2020


Prof. Giuseppe Ciccarone
Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Giuseppe Ciccarone, Full Professor of economic policy at the Department of Economics and Law of the Sapienza University of Rome, is the Director of the Sapienza School for Advanced Studies and the Delegate of the Rector for the Sapienza University Press. After graduating in Economics in the same University, he was awarded the M.Phil in Economics and the Ph.D in Economics at the University of Cambridge. He was then Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Economics of Harvard University. From 2011-2017 he was the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and he is now Fellow of the Global Labor Organization and Member of the International Research and Expert Network, Pôle Emploi, Paris. He is the Editor in Chief of Economia & Lavoro – Interdisciplinary review of economic policy, sociology and industrial relations – and a member of the Advisory Board of the online review nelMerito.it. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Labour – Review of labour economics and industrial relations – and a member of the Editorial Board of the Eurasian Economic Review, of the Bulletin of the North Caucasus Federal University and of the Central Asian Review of Economics and Policy. His main research interests are in labor economics and in monetary economics and policy, with particular attention to dynamic stochastic general equilibrium models. His recent work has focused on the role of undeclared work in affecting labor market dynamics and the ability of financial imperfections to modify the effects of monetary policy on rational asset price bubbles. He also devoted substantial research effort to behavioral economics and its applications, pioneering the introduction of imperfect rationality into macroeconomic general equilibrium models. He presented his work and delivered keynote speeches in many international conferences. He is the author of several books and his articles have been published in important Italian and international scientific journals like: Economic Theory, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Public Choice, Economics Letters, Journal of Macroeconomics, Economic Modelling, B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, Review of Political Economy, Journal of Modern Italian Studies.


Chancellor’s Prof. Vinod Kumar
Carleton University, Canada

Dr. Vinod Kumar is a Chancellor’s Professor of Technology and Supply Chain Management of the Sprott School of Business (Director of Sprott School, 1995-2005), Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Kumar has published over 400 articles in refereed journals and proceedings other than publishing dozens of books and monographs; his articles have been cited over 9000 times. He has won several Best Paper Awards in prestigious conferences, Scholarly Achievement Award of Carleton University for the academic years 1985-86 and 1987-88, Research Achievement Award for the year 1993, 2001, 2007 and 2015, and the Graduate Mentoring Award in 2011.  Dr. Kumar has widely consulted industry and government. He is co-editor of one, associate-editor of another and on the editorial board of six International Journals. In addition, Dr. Kumar has also served for several years on the Board of Governors and the Senate for Carleton University and on the Board of the Ontario Network of e-Commerce.

Dr. Kumar’s research interests are in optimizing performance of operation systems; supply chain sustainability; technology transfer; new product development; technology adoption; e-commerce applications and e-Government. He is on Canadian Who’s Who since last several years. Personal website: www.carleton.ca/vkumar

Speech Title: The Challenge of Saving Lives of Elderly in Covid-19 Pandemic: The Role of Autonomous Systems and their Trustworthiness

Abstract: An autonomous homecare system can ensure independence for elderly people and increase cooperation, social interaction, and adaptation. Widespread diffusion and inclusion of information and communication technology (ICT) in modern equipment since the final decades of the twentieth century has advanced the concept of machine autonomy. This study seeks to understand the effect of trust required for elderly people to accept autonomous homecare systems instead of human support. It attempts to reveal how trust and personal characteristics can increase intent to adopt an autonomous system. Through an empirical study of elderly people in Canada and structural equation modeling analysis, this study argues that elderly people can be motivated to develop trust in this less-familiar system if they both believe they can operate it and find a sense of belongingness and feelings of social interactivity from this seemingly living machine system.




Keynote Speakers for ICFME History


Prof. Alessio Ishizaka
University of Portsmouth, UK

Prof. Harri Ketamo
Tampere University of Technology, Finland

Prof. Xavier Cartañá Alvaro
United International Business School, Spain

Prof. Vinod Kumar
Carleton University, Canada

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