The 16th International Conference on Informatics and Semiotics in Organisations (ICISO) was successfully held on 19-20 March 2015, in Toulouse, France. ICISO2015 is IFIP WG8.1 working conference. It was organised and hosted by France Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) in collaboration with Henley Business School, University of Reading. The conference proceedings have been published by Springer IFIP Advances in Information and Knowledge Management in Complex Systems.

Prof. Kecheng Liu (Director of Informatics Research Centre, Head of Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting, University of Reading) has chaired the conference. Leading professors and researchers in Organisational Semiotics & Informatics as well as industrial experts in Knowledge Management from worldwide participated in this conference.

“Information and Knowledge Management in Complex Systems” is the main theme of ICISO 2015. It provided a focal platform for researchers to share their talents and expertise in various domains. More importantly, it offered a tremendous opportunity to pave the way for potential collaborations among research forces and industrial practices. Presentations were categorised into four sessions based on their domain.

This conference sent out a mind-blowing signal towards the synergy between two vectors: research efforts and industrial practices, common yet covered differently. These links run through theories, through methodologies, and through applications. The conference also shared the powerful effects of the technology-push and business-pull created by the exploration in Information and Knowledge Management in Complex Systems. To stimulate this intended "cross-pollination", four industrial experts from DLR and CEA respectively have shared their empirical findings as well as their own practical experiences in the conference, and Professor Ronald Stamper, the founder of the Organisational Semiotics, given an inspirational keynote speech on scientific methods for building more advanced research programmes in Organisational Semiotics.

We are pleased to witness this conference has made significant contribution on bringing researchers from different countries closer for exploring collaborative links for innovative ideas and for engaging the wider organisational semiotics community. We also hope this conference will demonstrate the pace of innovation for all future events.

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Conference Chair, Professor Kecheng Liu, opening the conference

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Programme Chair, Dr Keiichi Nakata chairing the opening session 

Ruediger Suess and Uwe Knodt, from DLR – the German Aerospace Center, giving keynote speech “Bottom-Up! - Social Knowledge Sharing in DLR”

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Ronald Stamper, Professor Emeritus from University of Twente, giving special speech “Invariance, Scientific Method and Building a Research Programme in Organisational Semiotics”

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Vincent Minier and Vincent Bontems, from French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), giving keynote speech “Knowledge Management and Digital Diagrammatisation of Innovative Technical Systems”

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Organising Chair, Dr Weizi Li, chairing the session one
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Programme Chair, Daniel Galarreta from Centre National d’Etudes Spatiale(CNES), introducing keynote speakers on day 2

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Group photo for ICISO 2015 participants in Toulouse, France, 19-20 March 2015


P.S. Some of the participants were requesting the slides from Xian Jin, Qin Zheng, and Lily Sun, if you are interested please find it at here.