Langkawi Pacis 2017 : Langkawi

The Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS) is a premier information systems conference in the Asia Pacific region and is affiliated with the Association for Information Systems (AIS) since its inception in 1993. PACIS serves to provide a platform for Information Systems and Information Technology academics and professionals to share their research findings, ideas and practices in a high quality annual forum. PACIS 2017 which will be the 21st conference will be held in Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa Langkawi, Malaysia. This will be the second time PACIS will be located in Malaysia after the 10th PACIS was successfully held in Kuala Lumpur in 2006. The 3-day conference will be preceded by a doctoral consortium, workshops and relevant meetings. PACIS 2017 will be organized by Malaysia Chapter of the Association for Information Systems (MyAIS) and will be hosted by Department of Information Systems, School of Computing, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM).

UUM is a specialised university focussing on management education and is widely recognised as the eminent management university in Malaysia. UUM also acts as a catalyst for socio-economic development in the northern region of Peninsular Malaysia. It is envisaged that the university’s basic infrastructure, state-of-the-art facilities and the local and international pool of human resources will provide the much needed impetus to develop and sustain most, if not all socio-economic activities in the region.

UUM has a strong and large IS and multimedia research groups capable of organizing a well-planned and executed PACIS conference with more than 50 full-time academics and over 200 PhD and research students. This comprised of the IS research group in the Department of IS from the School of Computing, the Multimedia Technology Group from the School of Multimedia Technology & Communication, and the Accounting IS Group from the School of Accountancy.

The School of Computing (SOC) in UUM has proven track records in organizing international IT conferences. The 8th Knowledge Management International Conference & Exhibition (KMICe 2016) will be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand this year after successfully hosted the previous seven biennial KMICe conferences since 2001. The International Conference on Computing & Informatics (ICOCI) has successfully completed its 5th biennial series last year in Istanbul, Turkey. Both KMICe and ICOCI are ISI and SCOPUS-indexed and have attracted participants from all over the world. The 6th ICOCI will be held in April 2017 in Japan.   Under a strong collaboration with Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commissions (MCMC) and ITU, UUM was elected as the Asia Pacific Centre of Excellence for Rural ICT Development by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in 2007. Through this, SOC has successfully organized the Rural ICT Development Conference for the 5th time last year in Sabah, with a new name International Conference on Information and Communication Technology for Transformation (IC-ICT4T). Under a collaboration with Internet Society of Malaysia, SOC has organized the 4th International Conference on Internet Applications, Protocols and Services (NETAPPS 2015) in Cyberjaya last year.

Apart from actively organizing these four international conferences, SOC has seriously engaged in certified trainings through two training units; Computing Professional Enrichment and Development Division (CoPED) and the UUM Big Data Task Force (BDTF).

The following are three main reasons that have been identified in support of locating PACIS 2017 in Malaysia.

  • First, the proposed event location which will be in the Island of Langkawi, is a world heritage Geopark, one of only 5 in the world, provides unique opportunity for participants to relate sustainable development, geological heritage and the natural environment to their respective area of expertise. The location will undoubtedly attract strong attendance from neighboring South East Asian countries such as Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and East Timor. With PACIS’ reputation as a premier information systems event in the Asia Pacific region together with UUM’s presence as the Asia Pacific Centre of Excellence for Rural ICT Development for the ITU, this will draw the interest of countries in Asia Pacific region such as China (PRC), Japan, Australia, South Korea, Taiwan (RC), Hong Kong, New Zealand, Mongolia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Samoa and Tonga, in addition to the SEA countries above.
  • Second is the collaboration between UUM and the Malaysia Chapter of the Association for Information Systems (MyAIS). The chapter has just been formed and has just organized the first election for its office bearers. The chapter consists of IS academics and researchers from Malaysia’s leading public and private universities and colleges. The academics are responsible in managing and teaching around thirty IS programs at the undergraduate and postgraduate level, which involve around three thousand students. The chapter is currently active in organizing activities such as talks by senior IS scholars, doctoral consortium for PhD students in the field of IS, and the chapter’s annual general meeting. The aim of these activities is to increase the membership of the chapter. In addition to teaching, the public university IT council provides a network that links the academia to the IT industry. With the strong links to the IT industry, PACIS 2017 can also be an avenue to showcase actual, real-life applications of information systems and related technologies in IS practices that addresses IS issues from the perspective of the IS practitioners. This will provide the mix and balance between academics and actual practice that will hopefully instigate the development of new ideas, creativity, insights, directions for the advancement of IS research amongst the IS community.
  • Third, UUM in particular the School of Computing have a long track of organizing very successful conferences and seminars at the international level. To sustain this, the School has always insists on double-blind peer-review, rigorous paper selection but expedite with the School’s own Conference Management System (CMS) to produce high-quality acceptance and original contribution within the stipulated time period. The experiences of organizing previous and forthcoming events would ensure the smooth running of the PACIS 2017 consistent with the successes of past PACIS conferences.
Date: 17-19 July 2017
Location: Langkawi, Malaysia