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Nizhny Novgorod to Become a World Center of Business Informatics for Three Days

From September 24th – 26th 2012, the 11th International Conference on Perspectives in Business Informatics Research (BIR 2012) will take place at the HSE campus in Nizhny Novgorod. We asked Professor Eduard Babkin, Head of HSE Department of Information Systems and Technologies, to tell us about the conference.

Eduard Babkin
Eduard Babkin

— Dr. Babkin, please tell us more about the BIR conference.

— The idea of this type of conference was born in Scandinavian universities, with the aim of organizing a community of researchers from Baltic countries who study the problems of business informatics. Eventually, interest in the conference grew, and leading universities from other countries started participating in it. The HSE joined this elite club thanks to our old partner – the University of Rostock, one of the founders of the conference.

Initially, researchers from HSE Nizhny Novgorod published their papers in BIR digests, then we became members of the permanent organizing committee, and today we are hosting the event here in Nizhny Novgorod. The fact that Nizhny Novgorod is hosting such a conference is testament to the high educational and research potential of the HSE Nizhny Novgorod campus and its standing within the European academic community.

— Who will come to the Perspectives in Business Informatics Research in Nizhny Novgorod this year?

— The list of participants and programme committee of the conference, headed by Prof. O. Kozyrev, Director of HSE Nizhny Novgorod campus, includes leading academics in business informatics from Russia, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Poland, Canada, and other countries.

World-renowned researchers, such as Professor Robert Winter (University of St. Gallen, Switzerland) and Professor Boris Mirkin (HSE, Moscow), will speak at the event.

— What is the programme of the conference?

— We are planning to discuss the most pressing and relevant areas of business informatics: from knowledge management to developing new innovative organizational models. This is a very interesting range of problems, and if we can, we hope to find solutions to these issues, which have enormous potential in various areas of human activity. On September 24th, roundtable discussions and a postgraduate consortium will take place where postgraduate students will have an opportunity to show their studies to leading international academics and get valuable advice from them. The main sessions of the conference and lectures by invited academics will take place on September 25th-26th. In addition to this, the conference will include seminars on information logistics, long-distance education and IT infrastructure management for small enterprises.

— Are you planning to issue any papers as a result of the conference?

— Yes, the best papers of the conference have already been included in a separate volume of the science and technology journal Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP), published by Springer.

— Have any IT companies expressed interest in the conference?

— Leading global companies in information and communication technology are providing financial and technical support for the conference. The primary sponsor of the BIR 2012 conference is the MERA Group. Other sponsors of the conference include SAP CIS, TECOM Group, and Altavision.

— Will BIR 2012 in Nizhny Novgorod lead to any practical results?

— Undoubtedly, such a high-level international conference taking place in Nizhny Novgorod will increase the interest in developments in business informatics among Nizhny Novgorod based companies, as well as raising interest among foreign investors in the IT industry in Nizhny, as the global problems in this area which will be discussed by the academics are also relevant for the local business community. During the roundtable discussions, the experts will talk about some problems directly related to our region. The results of the conference will be available to students of the Higher School of Economics, who will have the opportunity to use them in their studies and research.

Up-to-date information on the dates and details of the BIR 2012 conference are available on the conference website. For any questions regarding the conference, please contact Natalia Aseeva via e-mail at: naseeva@hse.ru.

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