Encyclopedia of Developing Regional Communities with Information and Communication Technology


About the Editors


The extensive experiences and expertise of Professor Stewart Marshall in higher education, Professor Wal Taylor in regional governance and Professor Xinghuo Yu in information technology would bring a unique mix of disciplines/areas to this project with an integrated multidisciplinary approach.

Professor Stewart Marshall

Professor Stewart Marshall is the Director of the Distance Education Centre at the University of the West Indies, based at the Barbados campus but serving all the English speaking islands in the Caribbean. He moved there in March 2004 from Central Queensland University in Australia, where he was the foundation Dean and a Professor of the Faculty of Informatics and Communication. Although originally an electrical engineer with the Central Electricity Generating Board in the UK, Professor Marshall has worked in higher education since 1973 in England, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Southern Africa and the Caribbean. He was the foundation Professor of Communication at the Papua New Guinea University of Technology, foundation Professor of Communication Studies in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University, and foundation Coordinator of Academic Studies and Professor of Distance Education at the Institute of Distance Education at the University of Swaziland in Southern Africa.

Professor Marshall's research interests are in the role of communication and information technologies in distance education, especially in developing countries. He has published several books and over 70 book chapters, refereed articles and conference papers.

Website: http://www.infocom.cqu.edu.au/Staff/Stewart_Marshall/

Professor Wal Taylor

Professor Wal Taylor has a wide experience in community development with 35 years in public sector service delivery in rural and regional communities. As a regional manager, he held responsibilities for staff delivery in counselling, economics, trade, chemical use, quarantine, food product development, information technology, leadership development, and community consultation processes for regional development projects: rural industry adjustment in central and northern Queensland, social and industry audits of Central Queesland, the development of a regional international business exchange for Central Queensland, regional consultation and environmental sustainability assessment for for water storage projects on the Fitzroy Basin, building social capital for mining towns.

Professor Taylor has served at board level on many regional development organisations. He has traveled widely to research community development in a number of cultural settings in north America (USA Canada & Mexico), Europe (England, Ireland, Scotland, Holland), Thailand, New Zealand and all Australian States. He has been recognized for his efforts in community development being awarded Citizen of the Year and a public sector Achievement Award. He has more than 50 publications in community informatics, regional development, community development, leadership and agricultural research. His current research interests are in the use of information technology products and services in regional areas as an enabler of community development.

Website: http://www.infocom.cqu.edu.au/Staff/Wallace_Taylor/

Professor Xinghuo Yu

Xinghuo Yu is Professor and Associate Dean Research & Development of the Faculty of Engineering at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Melbourne Australia. He was with the Central Queensland University, Australia from 1991-2002 where, before he departed in early 2002, he was a full Professor and the Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Informatics and Communication. He has held Adjunct/Visiting Professorships at City University of Hong Kong, Harbin Institute of Technology China, Bogazici University Turkey, and Huazhong University of Science and Technology China. He has recently been conferred Emeritus Professor of Central Queensland University. His research interests are predominately in the areas of Information Technology, Intelligent Systems and their applications in industrial, social and economic systems.

Professor Yu has published over 200 refereed papers in technical journals, books and conference proceedings. He has co-edited five books and one special issue in the International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, including “Variable Structure Systems: Towards the 21st Century” (Springer Verlag 2002) and “Applied Decision Support with Soft Computing” (Springer Verlag, in press), and “Closing the Digital Divide: Transforming Regional Economies and Communities with Information Technology” (Greenwood, in press). He is a Fellow of Institution of Engineers Australia, a Senior Member of the Institition of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and was the sole recipient of the 1995 Central Queensland University Vice Chancellor's Award for Research. He was also the General Chair of the 6th International Workshop on Variable Structure Systems held on the Gold Coast, Australia in December 2000. He has been on the program committees of many international conferences.

Professor Yu is a member of the following professional organizations: the Australian Computer Society National Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems, and the Technical Committee on Modelling and Simulation and the Technical Committee on Control of the International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED). Currently he is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems – Part I, a leading journal in the areas of systems, control and information sciences. He is also on the Steering Committee of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, a leading journal in telecommunication.

Website: http://web.fe.rmit.edu.au/~xinghuo/