30th Australasian Conference on Information Systems

9-11 December 2019, Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Western Australia

Tutorials & Workshops

ACIS 2019 attendees registered for the full conference are also entitled to attend the tutorials being held on Sunday 8 December at the Esplanade Hotel. Attendees not registered for the full conference may still attend by making a one-day registration for Sunday 8 December. Lunch and morning and afternoon teas will be provided. There are three tutorials available:

  1. IS guided Logistics and Supply Chain Management Systems and Knowledge Management
  2. Design Science Research: A Hands-on tutorial
  3. Introduction to Blockchain Technology

If you wish to attend one or more of these tutorial, please email the tutorial presenter and also copy the email to me (John Venable, [email protected]) by Thursday. We need to know for catering purposes.

Further information about these tutorials is provided further below or you can download the PDF summary

Tutorial 1: IS guided Logistics and Supply Chain Management Systems and Knowledge Management
When: Sunday 8 December, 3:30-5:00pm

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Presenters: Dr Shastri Nimmagadda, Dr Torsten Reiners, Dr Lincoln Wood

In Supply Chain Management System (SCM) scenarios, data accumulated in various geographic locations are either as structured or unstructured. Types of data are even associated with applications in distributed system environments. These data sources are amassed up in volumes, varieties online, and offline in spatial-temporal dimensions worldwide. Emerging innovative artefact designs, technologies and modern economies bring new business opportunities with the scope of revisiting the existing data sources, associated with SCM. Due to heterogeneity and multidimensionality, we call for new constructs and methods of modelling to address data integration challenges. In recent years, the big data tools are emerging to support and organize challenging SCM, with added leading-edge data science solutions. New technologies motivate us in examining the feasibility and applicability of Integrated Project Management (IPM) in multiple industries. An integrated articulation is proposed with IS guided SCM as a digital ecosystem. The domain-, data-modelling, schema design, data warehousing and mining, visualization and interpretation artefacts are suggested to accommodate within an integrated framework. Metadata is generated using the unified framework from which data views are extracted for visualization and interpretation. Integrated SCM information systems offer new digital data solutions to large size IPM that involves multiple industries.

Keywords: Big Data, supply chain management, digital ecosystem, knowledge management.

About the presenters

Dr Shastri L Nimmagadda is currently a research fellow at the School of Management, BIS, Curtin Business School. Shastri worked for several petroleum operating and service companies in India, Australia, Uganda, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Egypt, Malaysia, Colombia, Indonesia, USA and Russia. He completed his M Tech and PhD in Exploration Geophysics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He obtained his Master of Information Technology with distinction and PhD in Information Systems from the Curtin University of Technology, Australia. His industry research interests include big data modelling, data integration, warehouse modelling, data processing, interpretation and knowledge mapping including research in domain applications in Supply Chain Management (SCM) systems. Shastri has published and presented more than 130 research articles in various international journals and conference proceedings.

Dr Torsten Reiners is a Senior Lecturer in Logistics and Supply Chain at the School of Management and director of the Logistic Research Cluster exploring the implication of the urban expansion on logistics infrastructure and agricultural supply chains. With the background in operations research, simulation, mathematical modelling, algorithm development, data visualisation, and data analytics using, among others, clustering, logic analysis of data, and sentiment analysis, his research is exploring cross-ˇdisciplinary challenges and the application of theoretical frameworks in new, academic or business, contexts. Current research involves, among other, the use of virtual reality and phenomenology in health and safety training in logistics, sentiment analysis to counteract the bull-ˇwhip effect in supply chains, event-ˇstudies on recalls and sustainable energy, sustainable information systems in oil and gas, and waste prevention in food supply chains. Recent publications (published and in revision) include work on ontologies in oil and case, sentiment analysis in the supply chain, event studies, and logic analysis of data.

Dr Lincoln C Wood is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago (New Zealand) and an Adjunct Research Fellow at Curtin University (Western Australia). He earned his PhD at the University of Auckland and received the Council of Supply Chain Management Professional’s (CSCMP) Young Researchers Award in 2009. His research follows two broad themes, first, examining sustainable and consumer-focused outcomes through supply chain practices, with a particular focus on applications in the construction sector. This includes examining a range of sustainable supply chain practices and consideration of ethical and privacy issues when using supply chain technologies and the management of operational disruptions. Second, investigating dynamic logistics relationships and the use of technology with a focus on 3PLs and logistics service providers.

Tutorial 2: Design Science Research: A Hands-on Tutorial
When: Sunday 8 December, 9:00am-5:00pm
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Presenter: A/Prof John Venable
Abstract Design Science Research continues to grow in prominence within information systems, because of its strong emphasis on relevance to practice and its ability to make immediate, practical impact on practice. Despite this, there are commonly misunderstandings about DSR and many experienced researchers are unfamiliar with it, due to the emphasis in their research training on behavioural research methods. New perspectives on DSR continue to evolve and new methods and techniques for conducting and managing DSR projects are being developed and made available.
This is an applied tutorial, aimed at novice and experienced researchers who wish to learn more about Design Science Research (DSR) and/or to develop and progress their own DSR work. During the tutorial, the attendees will be introduced to various DSR concepts and current trends, to create a coherent perspective on DSR and its relationship to other research paradigms. Attendees will also be introduced to several specific and applied techniques for planning and conducting DSR, which were developed or co-developed by the workshop organiser.
Sessions Attendees are welcome to attend any or all of the four sessions.
  • Session 1: Foundations of Design Science Research The first session will introduce the attendees to the DSR research paradigm and to various concepts, issues, and current trends in DSR, in order to create a coherent perspective on DSR and its relationship to other research paradigms. The latter three sessions will each introduce techniques developed or co-developed by the presenter.
  • Session 2: Problem analysis, ideation, evaluation, and theorising in DSR using CCM4DSR CCM4DSR: Coloured Cognitive Mapping for Design Science Research (Venable 2014, further enhanced version developed and under preparation for journal submission)
  • Session 3: Managing risk in DSR using RMF4DSR, TRiDS, and MeRMaiDS RMF4DSR: Risk Management Framework for Design Science Research (Pries-Heje et al, 2014) TRiDS: Treatments for Risk in Design Science (Venable et al, 2019) MeRMaiDS: Methodology for Risk Management in Design Science (unpublished), which incorporates RMF4DSR and TRiDS into a coherent methodology
  • Session 4: Designing and conducting evaluations in DSR using MEDS MEDS: Methodology for Evaluation in Design Science: Further enhanced version of FEDS (Venable et al. 2016) developed and under preparation for journal submission.
Keywords: Design Science Research, Research Methodology, Problem Analysis, Evaluation, Risk Management

About the presenter
Associate Professor John Venable is Discipline Lead for Business Information Systems (BIS) at Curtin University, Australia. Dr Venable is an internationally recognised expert in Design Science Research (DSR), with more than 50 publications about or applying DSR. He has held academic positions in Information Systems (IS) and Computer Science in the USA, Denmark, New Zealand, and Australia. He serves in editorial roles on five international journals and regularly serves as chair, track chair, and program committee member of international research conferences. He has published extensively in international conferences and journals including EJIS, JIT, ISJ, Info&Mgmt, IT&P, CAIS, SJIS, and Wirtschaftsinformatik.

Tutorial 3: Introduction to Blockchain Technology
When: Sunday 8 December, 9:00am-3:00pm

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Presenters: Dr Vidy Potdar & Mr Sai Charan Mamidi

The introduction of cryptocurrencies, especially Bitcoin, has introduced the idea of blockchain technology to the mainstream. A blockchain is a constantly growing distributed database which protects data against tampering and revision of information. The idea behind blockchain is to have the ability to establish and verify trust with no requirement for a centralized system. Rather, this power could be given into a decentralized community, which makes it not just more secure but also both more effective and quicker to scale. Blockchains can be classified to Public/ permissionless and Private/ permissioned. Any organization can choose among the prominent frameworks available i.e. Ethereum, Hyperledger Fabric, Quorum, Corda, Ripple, etc. to build a blockchain application to solve their challenges.

Hyperledger Fabric is a permissioned blockchain infrastructure providing a modular architecture with a delineation of roles between the nodes in the infrastructure, execution of Smart Contracts (called “chaincode” in Fabric) and configurable consensus and membership services. This tutorial will teach the basics of blockchain and participants will get the opportunity to build simple blockchain applications using Hyperledger Fabric. It will be a very hands on tutorial experience and the participants will get an opportunity to understand and apply blockchain to their industry sector.

Keywords: Blockchain, Hyperledger, Blockchain Application, Distributed Ledger, Private Blockchains


About the presenters

Dr Vidy Potdar a multi-award winning researcher and the Founding Director of the Blockchain R&D Lab, which is a joint-partnership between Curtin University and Natsoft Corporation. He has secured over $1.5 million in external research funding by building strong industry partnerships. He has an outstanding publications track record along with 9 on-time PhD completions. He is also very active in media. His research interests are in Blockchain, Internet of Things, Wireless Sensor Networks, Smart Grids and Smart Cities.

Mr Sai, currently working for Natsoft Corporation as solution architect and leading Blockchain team in Hyderabad. He is working on multiple blockchain use cases including Agricultural Supply Chain Tracking, Insurance Claims etc. In the past he worked for Zebi Data which was the first in India to develop a Blockchain based Land Registry model for Lands in Amaravathi, Andra Pradesh. He has won multiple contests in different coding platforms including HackerRank, Codechef etc. Participated and qualified for ACM-ICPC 2014 Asia finals. In 2014, he was the DC Finalist for Aspirations 2020, programming contest by Infosys. In 2015, he qualified for ACM-ICPC Asia Regionals from Gwalior and Amrithapuri. He also served as a Problem Setter in Codechef, SPOJ.

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