Submissions Due June 15, 2024

The world’s longest-standing scientific conference on information technology management, the Hawaii Conference on Systems Sciences (HICSS) is inviting participation at its 58th conference running January 6 to 10, 2025 on the Big Island of Hawaii. Open AIR is eager to recruit researchers from the African continent and elsewhere to contribute to this conference.

Under the “Internet and Digital Economy” track, HICSS is calling for papers addressing generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) and consumer-facing technologies, such as augmented reality equipment, wearable devices, e-textiles, smart home products, biometric authenticators, virtual environments, mobile applications, and other facets of the data-driven economy in which consumers are immersed.

When consumer goods and services are intertwined with the Internet of Things (IoT), with virtual places (the metaverse), and even with people themselves (the human-machine merger), the result is an ever-expanding array of networked data streams. For consumers, the evolution of immersive equipment augmenting physical reality and embedded devices enhancing human capacity marks a sea change from earlier wearable technology like fitness monitors and smart watches. What happens, however, when GenAI—previously trained only on textual or imagery data—gets hold of these data? And what potential exists for GenAI to itself manipulate connections between humans and machines or even create entirely new realities in the virtual and physical worlds?

In this minitrack, we invite authors to submit new conceptual, empirical and theoretical submissions that address issues related to the intersections amongst GenAI and consumer-facing, data-driven technologies in a variety of contexts, including but not limited to the following themes:

  • Emerging trends regarding the intersections and potential convergences of GenAI and IoT (e.g., in areas such as supply chain management, predictive maintenance, personalized customer experiences,smart cities/infrastructure, healthcare)
  • Analysis of the successes, failures, winners, and losers at GenAI and IoT convergences
  • Technologies, applications, legality, security and organizational issues related to GenAI and IoT, (e.g. biometrics, text analysis, smart technology data streams, and predictive sensing)
  • Machine learning and big data management related to GenAI and IoT (e.g. storing, accessing, analyzing, and reacting to data)
  • Data governance, ownership, and regulatory issues (e.g. data protection, privacy, intellectual property) at the intersection of GenAI and IoT.
  • Opportunities and challenges related to consumer behavior (e.g., ethics concerns, algorithmic bias, human-machine interaction changes, behavioral modifications) with respect to wearable and embedded technologies in light of GenAI
  • Key issues for innovators, developers, IT firms, and technology vendors

Author instructions and the paper submission portal are available online here. Papers must not exceed 10 pages (including references) and be submitted using the Initial Format Specifications in MS Word, converted to PDF format for submission.

The final date for submission is June 15, 11:59 PM Hawaii time.