IST-Africa 2023 – Call for Full Papers

Hosted by the Government of South Africa through the Department of Science and Innovation and Supported by the European Commission (EC) and African Union Commission (AUC), IST-Africa 2023 (May) is the eighteenth in an annual series of Ministerial Level Technology Research and Innovation Conferences.

The IST-Africa Conference Series provides a world-class strategic platform rotating around Africa to strengthen technology-enabled Innovation, Science and Technology and Entrepreneurship related policy dialogues within Africa and between Africa, Europe and the rest of the world, Global Development, Research and Innovation Cooperation and Community Building. It also provides an opportunity to identify potential partners for future research cooperation under Horizon Europe and other international funding programs. IST-Africa is a unique community that brings together cross-disciplinary stakeholders from public, private, education and research, societal, funding and international donor sectors with end user communities focused on ICT and STI Research and Innovation and Technology-enabled Entrepreneurship.

IST-Africa 2023 Call for Papers invites full papers (8 pages in length) using the paper guidelines and IST-Africa template (which will be available online) for blind peer review by 31 October.

Thematic areas addressing achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include:

  • Technology-enabled Healthcare (mHealth /eHealth)
  • Technology-enhanced Learning and eSkills
  • Technology-enabled Agriculture (mAgriculture /eAgriculture) & Environmental Sustainability
  • Energy – ICT for Power Delivery, Micro-grids
  • eInfrastructures and NRENs (National Research and Education Networks)
  • Next Generation Computing: Big Data, Cloud Computing, Future Internet, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT)
  • eGovernment and Public Service Delivery
  • Content Technologies: Languages; Digital Preservation
  • Cyber Security, Privacy and Trust
  • Collaborative Open Innovation and Technology-enabled Entrepreneurship (including Social Entrepreneurship)
  • Content Technologies: Languages; Digital Preservation
  • Cyber Security, Privacy and Trust
  • Global Development (including ICT4D)
  • Societal and Ethical Implications of Technology

Papers must present analysis of policy, initial or final research results or a case study. It is important to highlight actual or expected impact as well as the level of innovation. General project descriptions or descriptions of proposed research will not be reviewed.

It is necessary for the paper submitted to include a unique element that has not previously been published and any previous published materials to be clearly referenced (including material previously published by the authors).

Each presenter can present ONE paper in the Programme. It is necessary for papers to be presented by an author / co-author and answer questions based on the presentation during the event to ensure inclusion in the Proceedings.

Please only submit papers for review where there are authors/co-authors who will complete registration. Please do not submit multiple papers for which there is only one author who can register.

IST-Africa Institute 

PoliRural webinar: Semantic Explorer: A Text Mining Tool for Smart Research

Topic:
Semantic Explorer, or Semex, is a powerful text analytics tool that works with structured and unstructured data sources to provide insights to policy makers, researchers, foresight practitioners and others who need to make informed decisions while working with large amounts of information under time constraints. A typical foresight workshop, for example, requires a lot of research to prepare briefing notes, background papers, and lists of different kinds e.g. curated reading lists (CRL) with references. In PoliRural, Semex was used to improve the quality of this preparatory work and the productivity of those responsible for its execution. For example, Semex users can find out what the article, оr a CRL, is about by looking at the system-generated summary, geo-location, keyword frequencies, and sentiment scores associated with different paragraphs and topics – all without having to read the whole thing end to end. This workshop will explain how Semex was built, how it works, as well as its current and future potential based on the experience of some PoliRural pilot regions. The event will feature an interactive session to allow participants to ask questions and/or respond to any of the points mentioned in the presentations.

Time:
Jun 22, 2022 11:00 AM in Brussels
Registration:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Dwu7Lf76S3-7uJnLvoU65w

Speakers

photo of Denis KolokolDenis Kolokol Data Scientist and Developer @KAJO Denis Kolokol graduated in 2000 from Zaporizhzhya Technical State University (Ukraine), with a MS degree in Computer Science and Management Systems, and since then has been busy developing systems of all scales in many international teams. His roles varied from tech designer and software / database engineer to data scientist and researcher. For the last several years he has been mainly focused on the development of intelligent web-services and APIs with streaming data from social resources, natural text processing and big data analysis. Prefers to work on the projects with “open data” philosophy or related to science and/or education. Particularly interested in ML applications to text processing, as well as and computer vision, statistics, and physics. His area of expertise includes languages and frameworks such as Python, SuperCollider, Django, RESTful API, Elasticsearch, Mongodb, PostgreSQL, Docker, etc.

photo of Tuula Löytty

Tuula Löytty CEO @Smart & Lean Hub Tuula has contributed to Häme (FI) region’s research, development and innovation actions for 18 years. The interventions have been addressed to value chain improvements through case studies, experiments, and capacity building. The typical target field has been the manufacturing industry and working adults.

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Agrihub INSPIRE Hackathon 2022: Results

After more than two months of hacking, the Agrihub INSPIRE Hackathon 2022 was terminated by a final presentation of results & awards ceremony. The jury members

  • Emilija Oreščanin (BioSense Institute)
  • Bente Lilja Bye (BLB)
  • Sjaak Wolfert (Wageningen Economic Research)
  • Jesus Maria Estrada Villegas (Tragsa)
  • John O’Flaherty (MAC)
  • Janek Wágner (The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs)

announced the following winners for the hackathon:

Congratulations to all the winning teams and many thanks for excellent work to all participants! See you in next INSPIRE Hackathon!

All webinars: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtlv9mpEnDeEmLuHpeeBb1A/search?query=Agrihub%20INSPIRE%20Hackathon%202022

Use of satellite and sensor data in practice (April 28, 2022)

On Thursday, April 28, we co-organized a seminar in the Úhlava, o.p.s.

Its aim was to present pilot applications in the field of satellite and sensor data not only from the Pilsen region. Thank you to all the speakers and guests present for participating!
Other co-organizers of the event were: Úhlava, o.p.s., EUROPE DIRECT KLATOVY, Plan4All, z. s.WirelessInfoLesprojekt-službyCzech Open Solutions Center spol. s r.o.Západočeská univerzita v Plzni and Šumavaprodukt s. r. o.
Below the photos from the event you will find individual presentations and the program of the event ( 20220428_DIH World-konf Final )

The seminar was held with the financial support of the DIH-World project funded under the European program H2020, grant agreement No. 952176

relevant links:
https://www.europedirect.cz/aktuality/detail/9772