Professor Tom Jackson and Professor Ian Hodgkinson

Professor of Information and Knowledge Management
Loughborough University
Closing Keynote: Unveiling the Hidden Costs: The Environmental Impact of Digitalization on the Road to Net-Zero Emissions

Tom Jackson (BSc, PhD) is a Professor of Information and Knowledge Management at Loughborough Business School, Loughborough University. He has over 20 years’ experience of research and industrial consultancy and secured over £40million of research funding. Known for the creation of EMOTIVE.AI which holds the world’s best f-measure for fine grained emotion detection. A system that has been able to predict in real-time the outcome of events like US and UK elections through to mental health conditions. His research also includes the pioneering work on the dark side of digital decarbonisation and the impact on the environment; the first publicly available data carbon forecasting toolkit, which serves as a valuable resource for individuals and organizations embarking on their net-zero journey; the first model of information overload, and in his earlier career he was nicknamed ‘Dr Email’ by the BBC for his work on the impact of interrupts in the workplace. He is a Member of the OECD.AI Expert Panel for Compute and Climate, Lead of the Technical Working Group for Ethics in the Government National Digital Twin Programme and an Independent Scientific Advisor within the BridgeAI programme at the Alan Turing Institute.

Ian Hodgkinson (BSc, MSc, PhD) is a Professor of Strategy at Loughborough Business School, Loughborough University (UK). Ian has published extensively on digital transformation and the role of digital innovations for service value co-creation across private and public sector contexts, with this work featuring in a range of leading academic journals (e.g. Public Administration, Public Management Review, Technovation, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Australian Journal of Public Administration). With a focus on real-world impact, his research has involved: international healthcare policy, public spending and service optimisation and digital solutions to wicked problems. Alongside this work, Ian has advanced new knowledge on the net-zero implications of digital transformations, both the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’. His research on digital decarbonization has been instrumental in guiding the critical next steps for the digital decarbonization movement and is informing the Ethics Strategy of the National Digital Twin Programme and, on the international stage, feeding into the OECD.AI Compute and the Environment Expert Group.