Public forum: How computers can help save the world

Date: 15/04/2009

The public are invited to join a unique international forum "Digital Economy x Digital Ecosystems - the panacea for our troubled World" on Friday 24 April at the University of Western Sydney in which a panel of experts will explore how information and communications technology (ICT) can help the world tackle contemporary problems such as climate change.

The free forum will be a highlight of an innovative conference which will draw expertise from around the world for the 3rd international United Information Systems Conference (Uniscon).

This is the first time Uniscon, which is expected to attract over 100 delegates from almost 20 countries, will be held in Australia. It will run from 21 to 24 April at the UWS Campbelltown campus.

Delegates will discuss how computing and information technology can help solve complex challenges such as a carbon free economy, the energy crisis and even keeping societies cohesive.

Professor Simeon Simoff, Head of the UWS School of Computing and Mathematics says the gathering is much more than a discussion of the latest information communications technology (ICT) research.

"The diverse mix of researchers attending the conference creates a dynamic and fertile environment for innovation and new ideas to grow," says Professor Simoff.

"ICT is a major driver of innovation and is essential when tackling complex - interconnected - problems like climate change and keeping societies cohesive," he says.

"These challenges demand constant and rapid analysis of vast amounts of data. ICT can provide the infrastructure - tools and systems - for people to make sense of the priceless information encoded in such data."

Professor Athula Ginige, Professor of Information Technology at UWS and a General Chair of Uniscon says the world's best ICT research will be presented at the conference including research from UWS.

"Ten UWS papers have been competitively selected for presentation at Uniscon 2009 from a world-wide call," says Professor Ginige.

"Having a significant research presence at the conference as well as being selected to host the event signals the UWS School of Computing and Mathematics is emerging as a world class research centre for ICT, web engineering and design."

WHAT: Open Forum, Uniscon 2009 Conference
WHEN: Friday 24 April 2009, 11am to 1pm
WHERE: Building 30, Room 30.G.206, UWS Campbelltown campus, Narellan Road, Campbelltown.
INFO: For more details or to register for the FREE public forum visit



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