International computer experts meet to tackle global problems


Date: 21/04/2009

An innovative conference at the University of Western Sydney will attract international experts to discuss how information technologies can help resolve complex challenges such as a carbon free economy, the energy crisis and even social cohesion.

The 3rd international United Information Systems Conference (Uniscon) pools diverse scientific events into one program around the central research theme of capturing, processing and smart utilisation of information.

This is the first time the event, 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.

Professor Simeon Simoff, Head of the UWS School of Computing and Mathematics says the gathering is much more than a discussion of the latest technology.

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

A key public event at Uniscon 2009 will be an open forum on Friday 24 April in which a panel of experts will explore how information and communications technology (ICT) can help the world solve problems.

"Information and communications technology is essential when tackling complex - interconnected - problems like climate change and keeping societies cohesive," says Professor Simoff.

"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."

"Knowledge and innovation - driven by ICT - fuel efficient and sustainable development," he says.

Professor of Information Technology at UWS, and a General Chair of Uniscon, Professor Athula Ginige, says the conference has a particular focus on finding ways to bring the advantages of ICT to a wide cross section of businesses and individuals.

"Many of the biggest breakthroughs in computing still only benefit large corporations because of the high costs or complexities of installation or operation," says Professor Ginige.

"The challenge is to deliver the sophisticated systems being adopted by big business to small and medium enterprises and individuals."

Professor Ginige says the web is one way to broaden access to information management tools.

"Increasingly information systems are built on web architecture - it's become an almost universal platform which can offer tremendous versatility in the way information is gathered, processed and accessed."

The UWS School of Computing and Mathematics is emerging as a world class research centre for ICT, web engineering and design. This has been recognised not only through UWS hosting Uniscon 2009 but is reflected in the 10 UWS papers competitively selected for presentation at the conference.

For more information on Uniscon 2009 and for a full program of abstracts visit:
http://www.uniscon2009.org/

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