Frontier Technologies for Sustainable Development: Opportunities and Challenges

29 November 2021 By In IFIP TC12 Blog

Frontier Technologies for Sustainable Development: Opportunities and Challenges | Western Sydney University

Western Sydney University and the Australian Computer Society organised on 29 September thought leadership event under the world-wide celebration and recognition of the 60th Anniversary of IFIP. This four and a half hour international event, titled “Frontier Technologies for Sustainable Development: Opportunities and Challenges”, had two sessions: Frontier Technologies for Health and Wellbeing and Frontier Technologies for Equality with speakers from Western Sydney University, CSIRO, Amazon Web Services, Coviu Global Pty Ltd, and Flinders University. The event was opened by the IFIP President Elect Anthony Wong. The event attracted more than 150 attendees across the globe. Brief overview of WSU Sustainability and Resilience Decadal strategy aligned with UN SDGs set the context of the presentations at the event.

The panel presentations and the Q&A in the first session, which has been aligned with UN SDG 3 (Good Health and Wellbeing), addressed the challenges and directions of the development of AI and its relation to the broader area of digital health. Separate presentations has focused on sensitive data access in healthcare (a fundamental problem, amplified during the pandemic) and on recent successful solutions for encryption data technics, complacent with ISO 8000, and allowing application of pattern extraction and model building AI algorithms. The third presentation painted the landscape of future realistic technological solutions connecting AI, telehealth  and biomedical engineering, which built on the accelerated developments and practices during the pandemic.

The panel presentations and the Q&A in the second session, which has been aligned with UN SDG 1 (No poverty) and 10 (Reduced Inequalities) addressed the challenges of AI solutions for improving the equality across nations. Linking to the first session were the equity aspects of the access to healthcare through telehealth and data-driven diagnostics and clinical decision advise systems. A case study from the agriculture food domain demonstrated disruptive technological solutions, based on broader integration of decentralised AI technologies, for knowledge-driven value creation for smallholder farmers. Amazon Web Services presented their approach to inclusion, diversity and equity and the vision in addressing .

The event is the first of an annual international workshop series of thought leadership events planned under the title “Frontier Technologies for Sustainable Development: Opportunities and Challenges.”

 

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