|09:00 - 10:30|
Session 4: Developing a workforce fit for purpose: the importance of academia- industry collaboration
Advances in technology are rapidly changing the workplace and a different set of skills will be required in tomorrow’s digital economy. The business community is facing a shortage of skilled workers which will increase significantly in the future in view of the changing digital environment. Universities are expected to produce graduates that have the sets of competencies needed for a digital economy and society, and are aligned to the skills needs of industry. In order to do that, Universities need to have an understanding of these industry skills needs and tailor their educational system needs to the needs of industry. This session will address the following issues:
- Which are the most important workforce skills required by industry in the digital economy?
- How can academic institutions be adapted to respond to the needs of the digital economy?
- What forms of collaboration and/or partnerships should take place between industry and academia to ensure that the competencies of University graduates are aligned to the needs of industry?
- How can Universities be more proactive and participate more in defining the skills needs of the future?
Moderator: Ayanna Howard, Professor, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA-[biography]
- Gaidi Faraj, Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs, African Leadership University (ALU), Rwanda-[biography][presentation]
- Marco Lorenzatti, University of Blas Pascal, Argentina-[biography] [presentation]
- Mustapha Benjillali, Associate Professor, INPT, Morocco-[biography] [presentation]
- Michael C. Huffman, Director, Office of Continuing and Professional Education, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA-[biography] [presentation]
|10:30 - 11:00||
|11:00 - 12:30|
Session 5: Universities as drivers of AI research and innovation
Universities play a key role as drivers of cutting edge research and innovation. At the same time, large technology companies are also heavily investing in the field of research and development, in particular in the field of AI and machine learning. The session looks at the role of universities in driving AI research, and presents concrete examples of AI labs and incubators as platforms for technology start-ups. Some issues covered are:
- How universities can become key drivers of AI research and innovation?
- Successful examples of universities’ AI labs, including start-up companies, and challenges to be addressed
- Academia-industry partnerships in the field of AI
Moderator: Max Louwerse, Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Artificial Intelligence, Tilburg University, Netherlands-[biography]
- Ayanna Howard, Professor, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA-[biography] [presentation]
- Kiran Trivedi, Associate Professor, Department of Electronics & Communication, SS Engineering College, Gujarat Technological University, India-[biography][presentation]
- Karl Ricanek, Professor of Computer Science, University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA-[biography] [presentation]
- Lav Varshney, Principal Research Scientist, Salesforce Research Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA-[biography] [presentation]
|12:30 - 14:00|
|14:00 - 15:30|
Session 6: How the digital transformation is changing academic programmes: the example of e-health
This session will discuss new academic programmes that are emerging in view of digital developments, in particular new interdisciplinary programmes. The example of e-health will be presented, featuring speakers from different disciplines (health/medicine, technology/IT, public policy etc). Universities active in the use of digital human capacity augmentation in the training of health practitioners and in the delivery of health services will share their experiences.
Moderator: Mike Nxele, Senior Capacity and Digital Skills Development Officer, ITU-[biography]
- Leanne M. Currie, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia (UBC) School of Nursing, Canada-[biography] [presentation]
- Liu Yun, Professor, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Fudan University, China-[biography] [presentation]
- Philippe Sabatier, Professor and Director of BioHealth Computing Schools, Grenoble Alpes University, France-[biography] [presentation]
|15:30 - 16:00|
16:00 - 17:30 |
Session 7: Strengthening ITU-academia partnerships
This session will discuss ways and means of how ITU and the academic community can strengthen their collaboration to develop capacities and skills for the digital transformation. It will present examples of successful collaboration as well as discuss proposals for future partnership opportunities.
Moderator: Michael Best, Associate Professor, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA-[biography]
- Susan Teltscher, Head, Capacity and Digital Skills Development Division, ITU-[biography]
- Jian Song, Professor, Department of Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University, China - [biography]
- Alain Louchez, Managing Director, Center for the Development and Application of Internet-of-Things Technologies (CDAIT), Georgia Institute of Technology, USA-[biography]
- Marco Lorenzatti, University of Blas Pascal, Argentina-[biography]
- Mustapha Benjillali, Associate Professor, INPT, Morocco-[biography]
- Michael C. Huffman, Director, Office of Continuing and Professional Education, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA-[biography]