Hawai‘i International Conference on System Sciences draws top IT scholars and professionals to the Big Island

Hawai‘i International Conference on System Sciences 2018

Over 1000 of the world’s top academics, researchers, and practitioners in computer science and information technology will gather at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island of Hawai‘i for the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) from January 2-6, 2018 to discuss trending topics and future concepts that may lead to the next big technological discovery in the world.

Over the past five decades, HICSS has built a distinguished reputation as the premier forum for the exchange of ideas in the Information Systems (IS) industry.  It is one of the longest-running general-purpose scientific conferences in the world and is recognized for its ability to bring together top IS academics and professionals from over 1,000 universities in an interactive working environment.

“Many of HICSS’ past papers have contributed to discoveries in information technologies and scientific knowledge in the IS industry. Early research theories and models of the Internet, drones, social media, human technology, etc., were all discussed at HICSS years before its debut,” says Tung Bui, HICSS conference chair and professor at the University of Hawai‘i – Shidler College of Business. “HICSS’ influence will continue to strongly shape the future direction of technology research in the world.”

Currently, HICSS is the top conference in terms of citations according to Google Scholar. Approximately 600 papers will be presented through 139 sessions. In addition, HICSS will feature two keynote speakers. Inhi Suh, general manager of IBM Collaboration Solutions, will present “Cognitive Computing and the Future,” on January 4, 12:45 p.m., and Larry Smarr, founding director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, will present, “Toward a Global Research Platform for Big Data Analysis,” on January 5, 12:45 p.m.

According to Bui, these presentations, along with HICSS’ symposia, workshops, and tutorials, define the world that we all will be living in. “A world that will be governed by a cyber-physical system with artificial intelligence operating in dense digital networks,” says Bui. “We live in a smart city in the context of information-driven and resilient urbanism; cybercops, real-time traffic monitoring, distance learning for our children, etc. Also, healthcare diagnosis, information security and everyday tasks we take for granted are changing rapidly. It requires a redefinition of values, power, and politics in an Internet-driven digital infrastructure.”

The 6,000-page proceedings of the 2018 conference are available for the research community and the public at large at https://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10125/49887. Last year’s proceedings received more than 200,000 downloads from more than 142 countries.

HICSS is sponsored by the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.


Throughout its 50 year history, HICSS has promoted technological innovations and has advanced the research and development in the IS and technology fields publishing approximately 19,000 refereed papers. HICSS has also featured renowned researchers and practitioners from the technology industry who served as keynote speakers.

The conference will feature 10 research tracks, and 33 symposia, workshops and tutorials on topics such as digital transformation, big data, cybersecurity, cognitive computer and smart toys.  

For more information, visit the HICSS website at hicss.hawaii.edu.