Keynote Speakers

Prof. Ulrich Klauck holds a diploma degree in Medical Computer Science from Heidelberg University and Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences (1985) and a doctoral degree (Dr. sc. hum.) from Heidelberg University (1991). Before joining Aalen University of Applied Sciences he worked as a scientist for Bruker Analytical Instruments (Karlsruhe, Germany) in the area of pattern recognition and analysis of MR spectra.

He started his academic career at Aalen University in the Faculty of Electronics. From 1996 to 2001 he was vice rector for research and international affairs. In 2000 he founded the Department of Computer Science and was head of the department from 2000 to 2006 and from 2010 to 2014. From 2002 to 2006 he was member of the academic senate, since 2006 he is member and vice director of the board of directors.

Prof. Klauck is teaching in image processing, pattern recognition, autonomous systems and machine learning. He was leading several research projects and industrial projects in the area of image processing and pattern recognition. He is also head of a small company for technology transfer (STZBAI, Steinbeis Transferzentrum). He is currently a visiting professor, Central University of Technology Free State


Ashley Jacobs is a Systems Engineer for Cisco Systems based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He joined the company in 2007 and has fulfilled several engineering roles, working with customers and Cisco partners. He is part of the Internet of Things Engineering team in South Africa.

Ashley holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and several Industry certifications. He has been in the IT industry for the past 13 years.









Robert Davison is a Professor of Information Systems at the City University of Hong Kong. His current research focuses on virtual Knowledge Management and Collaboration in Chinese SMEs. He has published over 200 articles in a variety of international journals (such as MIS Quarterly, the Information Systems Journal, Journal of IT, Journal of the AIS, Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Decision Support Systems, Communications of the AIS, and Communications of the ACM) and conferences. Robert is the Editor-in-Chief of the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries and the Information Systems Journal. Home Page:

Keynote topic: The Importance of Context in Research