| Azaraimy HH |
THE fourth International Neural Network Society (INNS) symposium focusing on Computational Intelligence in Information Systems (CIIS) was launched last night.
It was aimed at providing a platform for researchers to exchange ideas and present new research advances in general areas related to computational intelligence and their applications in various domains.
The INNS series was previously hosted in Auckland, New Zealand in 2008, Lima in 2011, and Bangkok in 2012.
The event were launched by Minister of Communications, Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, in a ceremony held at Parkview Hotel, Jerudong.
The ceremony began with a welcome speech by the Acting Vice Chancellor of ITB, Associate Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman.
The three-day symposium is being held at Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) from November 7, hosted by ITB’s School of Computing and Informatics.
According to ITB, a total of 34 papers will be presented covering various themes which include presentations from renowned speakers such as Dr Soo-Young Lee from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Professor Dr Paul Chung from Loughborough University and Professor Dr Irwan King from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
The event will see high quality papers being presented. It has attracted researchers, academicians, industry practitioners and students from diverse nations including Switzerland, Hungary, the United Kingdom, Australia, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam.
In his speech, the minister said, “We are fortunate to be in this period of time to witness the fastest and most fascinating changes in technology advancement, especially in the ICT sector. Brunei does not want to be left behind and the symposium would enable us to engage and to be more active to further improve our facilities and infrastructure.”
The minister believed that the Internet of Everything (IOE), the gesture-recognition technology such as Microsoft Kinect, robotics artificial intelligence and voice recognition software will introduce efficiency into our daily lives; 3D printing in advanced manufacturing will bring unprecedented products; and information systems will streamline and centralise many moving parts of one’s daily life into an almost intuitive and easy-to-use systems of information management, and a safeguard measure must be in place to protect data privacy and prevent data loss.
He believed the above points attribute to the development of Big Data, where ITU describes Big Data with the following characteristics: Volume (data anytime, anywhere), Velocity (every millisecond), Variety (the reality of data is messy) and Veracity (data in doubt).
“I am very pleased to see the alignment of the symposium with the vision of the Ministry of Communications which is Smart Society by 2017.
“It is through research, sharing of knowledge and intelligence that we can nurture the growth of innovation in Brunei.
“Eventually, from innovation, we can achieve our vision for a Smart Society.
“The Ministry of Communications ensures that our vision towards a Smart Society is, indeed, moving towards achieving Vision 2035 where Brunei aims to be known for its well-educated and highly skilled people,” said the minister.
The minister highlighted that the benefits of the symposium and related activities will include capacity building in areas of ICT, enhancement of technological transfer and development, sustainable ICT industrial development and employment opportunities.