Keynote Speakers


Keynote 1: Libraries As A Force For Change In The Digital Age

Dr. Ingrid Parent

President, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
University Librarian, University of British Columbia, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


The 2009 winner of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship, Dr. Parent is recognized nationally and internationally for her outstanding contributions to libraries and to the library profession. She has played an active role in developing policies and best practices for libraries particularly in the areas of resource access and digital activities.

The digital agenda, including the collection of electronic publications and archival records, the provision of new and efficient digital services, and converting analogue information to digital formats, is an enduring interest for Dr. Parent. While with Library and Archives Canada, she led activities to develop national standards and policies for managing digital material, and has made The University of British Columbia Library’s digital plan a top priority.

Over her career, Dr. Parent has been involved with several international information associations including UNESCO, the International Publishers Association, the ISSN International Network, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the Association of Research Libraries.

She has been actively involved in the governance of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) for the past 14 years. Dr. Parent is currently serving as the organization’s president for a two year term beginning August 2011. Within IFLA, Dr. Parent has been a strong proponent of equitable access to information and promoting the diversity of voices in the world of information.

Her appointment in 2009 to The University of British Columbia as University Librarian marks a return to her alma mater, where Dr. Parent earned a Bachelor of Arts in Honours History and a library science degree. After her graduation, she moved to eastern Canada, and held increasingly senior positions, culminating in her role as Assistant Deputy Minister, Library and Archives Canada (LAC). Dr. Parent served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network from 2009 - 2012, and was its Treasurer as well as the Chair of its Finance & Audit Committee. In June 2011, Dr. Parent was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa.


Keynote 2: From Institutes to General Public:
TELDAP's ICT-enabled Digitization Project and Open Data Movement

Dr. Der-Tsai Lee 李德財校長

President, National Chung Hsing University
Distinguished Research Fellow, Academia Sinica

Dr. Lee received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Taiwan University in 1971, and the M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1976 and 1978 respectively.

Dr. Lee is President of National Ching Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan as of Aug. 1, 2011. He has been with the Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, where he is also a Distinguished Research Fellow since July 1, 1998 and was the Director from July 1, 1998 to September 15, 2008. Prior to joining the Institute of Information Science, he was Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Northwestern University, where he has worked since 1978. He is also a Distinguished Research Chair Professor of Computer Science in Dept. of Computer Science and Information Engineering, and Graduate Institute of Electronics Engineering, National Taiwan University; Chair Professor of National Taiwan Tech, National Chung Hsing University and National Chiao Tung University.

Dr. Lee was President of IICM (2002-2006), Executive Director of the Taiwan Information Security Center (TWISC) (2007-2011), Research Center for Information Technology Innovation, Academia Sinica, and currently serves as Deputy Program Director of Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program, sponsored by National Science Council, Taiwan, and Chair of CODATA-Taiwan, International Council for Science (ICSU).

His research interests include design and analysis of algorithms, computational geometry, VLSI layout, web-based computing, algorithm visualization, software security, bio-informatics, and digital libraries.

 He has published over 160 technical articles in scientific journals and conference proceedings (web ) with h-index 44 by Google Scholar. He is Editor of Algorithmica, ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage, LNCS Transactions on Computational Science, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Int'l Journal of Computational Geometry & Applications, and Series Editor of Lecture Notes Series on Computing for World Scientific Publishing Co., Singapore.

He is Fellow of IEEE (1992), Fellow of ACM (1997), Academician of Academia Sinica (2004), a Recipient of the Humboldt Research Award (2007), a Recipient of the Science Profession Medal, National Science Council (2008), an elected Member of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) (2008) and appointed Humboldt Ambassador Scientist in Taiwan (2010).


Keynote 3: From Information Organization to Knowledge Construction:
Toward Semantic and Knowledge-Based Search

Dr. Wei-Ying Ma 馬維英博士

Assistant Managing Director
Microsoft Research Asia

Microsoft Corp.


Dr. Wei-Ying Ma is an Assistant Managing Director at Microsoft Research Asia, where he oversees multiple research groups including Web Search and Mining, Natural Language Computing, Data Management and Analytics, and Internet Economics and Computational Advertising. He and his team of researchers have developed many key technologies that have been transferred to Microsoft’s Online Services Division, including Bing Search Engine and Microsoft Advertising. He has published more than 250 papers at international conferences and journals. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Distinguished Scientist of the ACM. He currently serves on the editorial boards of ACM Transactions on Information System (TOIS) and is a member of the International World Wide Web (WWW) Conferences Steering Committee. In recent years, he has served as program co-chair of WWW 2008 and as general co-chair of ACM SIGIR 2011. He received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan in 1990. He earned both a Master of Science and a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1994 and 1997, respectively. More information about him can be found at