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DateThursday, September 03, 2015

Super Lero Brings ICIS to Dublin

Estimated 1500 Delegates to Attend 37th Annual International Conference on Information Systems in Dublin


150904_LERO_Professor_Brian_Fitzgerald _Molly_Malone_Pepperdine_University_Professor_John_Mooney.jpgA Dublin bid committee co-chaired by Professor Brian Fitzgerald of Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, has beaten off stiff competition to host a prestigious international technology conference. The 37th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) will take place in the Convention Centre, Dublin in December 2016 with an estimated 1,500 global delegates and their partners.



Running since 1980, ICIS is the premier conference of the Association for Information Systems, which has more than 4,000 members in 95 countries and is the leading professional society for Information Systems academics. Up until recently, Dublin has been unable to partipate due to a lack of sizeable conference facilities but now becomes only the seventh European city to host the event in ICIS's 37 year history. 



Professor Fitzgerald has an extensive background in Information Systems, and having attended numerous ICIS conferences he is a well known figure in the community. He told that the Irish bid had been in the planning over the last three years and the process to host the ICIS conference is very competitive. "Dublin won out against Munich, Vienna and Istanbul, which is a significant coup for us. It reflects Ireland's growing reputation as a global technology centre," he said. 



Co-chair Professor John Mooney, who hails from Enniscorthy, graduated from UCD with both BSc and MSc in computing. He went on to lecture at the university and cofounded Realex Payments in 2000 with Colm Lyons. In 2001 he headed stateside to work at Pepperdine University, California, whilst remaining as a non-executive director of Realex until March of this year. He said: "Eamon De Valera, famously referred to the traditional Irish melting-pot of the crossroads, where Irish people gathered to converse, reflect, empathise, and celebrate, thereby bringing disparate groups together. The Information Systems academic discipline finds itself at several ‘crossroads' as different past influences converge."



He referred in particular to the convergence of academe and industry; enterprise and consumer technologies; different geographic regions and research traditions; open versus proprietary modes of publication and economic and social responsibilities. "The theme of the 2016 conference is "Digital Innovation at the Crossroads" and ICIS 2016 will be a timely opportunity to review the technology implications of these metaphorical ‘crossroads'."


The conference is supported by Lero funder Science Foundation Ireland, along with Fáilte Ireland and several companies in the IT sector such as Intel, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Realex Payments and SOS Ventures.



Lero is a global leader in software research. It combines the best in Irish software talent by bringing together researchers from Dublin City University, Dundalk Institute of Technology, NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin and University of Limerick.




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