CONFAB to tackle digital challenges

Prof Kadim speaking during the kick-off of the international conference.

KUCHING: The 12th International Conference on Information Technology in Asia 2021 (CITA’21) was launched by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Mohamad Kadim Suadi here on Wednesday (Aug 25).

Unimas said the conference had been successfully organised biennially over the past 22 years and “it is the first time in CITA’s history that it is conducted on a virtual platform from Aug 25 to 26.”

The conference is attended by 107 participants from Unimas, Sunway University, Mulia University Balikpapan, Krea University, Khon Kaen University, Baliung University, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Universitas Bina Darma, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Shatt Al-Arab University College, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Taylor’s University, Universiti Teknologi Mara and Multimedia University.

This year’s theme is ‘Inspiring Technologies for Digital Inclusivity’, which aims to address challenges in mobilising digital technologies, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Researchers have submitted 103 papers and 28 of these papers would be published in five different SCOPUS indexed journals.

“Two distinguished speakers are scheduled to deliver their keynote speeches at the conference.

“After the launching ceremony, Professor Dr Seng Wai Loke from Deakin University, Australia presented his speech on ‘Cooperative Internet-of-Things: Perspectives on Edge Computing, Social Vehicles and Urban Robotics’.

“On Thursday (Aug 26), Associate Professor Dr Alexandra Norta from Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia will deliver his talk on ‘Blockchain Technology for Secure Internet-of-Things’.”