Artificial Intelligence Symposium: 3rd IFLA Satellite Symposium on Artificial Intelligence

Announcing the 2023 Artificial Intelligence Symposium: 3rd IFLA Symposium on Artificial Intelligence

North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa

5 - 7 September 2023

The North-West University Library and Information Service, Information Technology and the Faculty of Engineering: School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, in collaboration with the IFLA IT Section, are pleased to host this Artificial Intelligence Symposium.  The symposium aims to bring together industry leaders to discuss digital transformation strategies institutions can apply to enable agile, collaborative, and integrated service operations. The objective is to promote partnerships, networking, and collaborations within different organisations in developing e-services supporting teaching, learning, and research. This implies innovative changes and adaptability in human skills and creative imagination to establish, develop, and maintain an enabling Teaching and Learning environment aligned with digital tools. New methods and techniques will be explored for future research avenues in various fields of Artificial Intelligence, Infrastructure and Computation, and Machine Learning.

Aim of the Event

The symposium aims to bring together industry leaders to discuss digital strategies institutions can apply to enable agile, collaborative, and integrated service operations. This implies innovative changes and adaptability in human skills and creative imagination to establish, develop, and maintain an enabling Teaching and Learning environment aligned with digital tools. New methods and techniques will be explored for future research avenues in various fields of Artificial Intelligence, Infrastructure and Computation, and Machine Learning.

Important Dates

  • First call for papers: 24 March 2023
  • Second call for papers: 27 April 2023
  • Closing date for abstracts: 15 June 2023
  • Paper confirmations: 26 June 2023
  • Early bird registration: 9 June - 11 July 2023
  • Online registration: 12 July - 25 August 2023
  • Onsite registration: 4 September 2023
  • Conference date: 5 - 7 September 2023

Theme

The central conference theme is Artificial Intelligence in teaching, learning & research: Promoting Digital access to information through automation.

The subthemes are as follows:

1. Artificial intelligence

  • Robotics Process Automation
  • Humanoid Robots for libraries
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Speech processing (Text-speech solutions)
  • Machine Learning
  • Deep Learning

2. Robots in industry and education

  • AI-assisted learning
  • Intelligence for applications and workflows
  • Agile processes for personalised learning
  • Library Chatbot
  • AI Ethics and safety
  • Preservation of Indigenous knowledge

3. E-learning

  • e-Learning Tools
  • Virtual Learning Environments
  • Web-Based Learning
  • Social interactions
  • Gamification

4. Machine Visualisation

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Extended Reality (Virtual reality, Augmented Reality & Mixed Reality)
  • Image Processing

5. Infrastructure & computation

  • AI and security systems
  • AI in the cloud
  • Blockchain
  • Smart Sensor Networks
  • Communication Systems and networks

6. Technology & Trends

  • Digitalisation
  • Big Data
  • Data Analytics
  • Internet of things
  • Data ethics and innovation

7. AI literacy and Governance

  • AI strategy in the organisation
  • Workforce development and competency building in AI
  • Developing digital literacy courses for AI

 

Abstracts and Submissions

We invite papers for the 2023 Artificial Intelligence Symposium: 3rd IFLA Symposium on Artificial Intelligence. North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Submission Types

Virtual and face-to-face paper presentations:
The length of the paper presentations must not be more than 20 minutes. After the presentation, question time will be allowed. 

Poster presentations:
Design the poster so that it is easy to read and include some visuals or charts. At the top of the poster, the title and author's names and affiliations must be indicated. The poster size should be A1 international paper size in portrait format.

PechaKucha
These sessions should cover work-in-progress reports, new developments, innovations, and good practices. It is a short, focused, visually appealing, and inspiring narrated slide show.

Panel discussions
Panel discussions will be accommodated. These discussions should address a common theme.

 

IFLA IT Section participation and other stakeholders

IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) promotes libraries as vital institutions that enhance people's lives through equitable access to knowledge and information. Innovation and principles of freedom of access to information by use of technology and various platforms indiscriminately are embraced. 

The symposium advances the interests of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) objectives by promoting partnerships and collaborations. The conference will be interdisciplinary, involving different NWU internal stakeholders. It will promote national and international imperatives on the AI agenda, processes, and systems with the involvement of other interested universities, such as the University of Pretoria and Sol Plaatje University. The Government departments, such as the Department of Basic Education, will be among the other stakeholders. A few IFLA IT Section and AI SIG objectives that link to the proposed venture are reflected below: 

  • Encouraging the development of e-Services in libraries and supporting innovation.
  • Promoting and encouraging the accessibility of resources.
  • Representing members' interests worldwide to promote high provision and service standards.
  • Preservation of knowledge regarding the knowledge database created and research generated from the AI and Robotics projects, focusing on research.
  • Responding to the needs of users whilst applying high ethical standards. In response, worldwide ideals should reflect- in private, public, and voluntary services.

Committees

Organising Committee

The organising committee is comprised of various stakeholders. 

North-West University (NWU)

NWU Library & Information Service (LIS)

  • Neli Tshabalala: Director Shared Services
  • Cecil Gasa: Manager: Library Systems - Shared Services
  • Dr Sabelo Chizwina: Director Information & Learning Services
  • Ntobeko Sikhakhane: Acting Senior Manager Outreach, Projects and Quality
  • Adri Jansen: Special Collections Librarian

NWU IT: Academic Support Services

  • Andiswa Msi: Director, IT Academic and Office Solutions
  • Lizwi Njani: Business Analyst, IT Academic and Office Solutions

NWU Teaching, Learning & Research: Faculty of Engineering

  • Prof Pieter van Vuuren: Professor, School of Electrical, Electronic, and Computer Engineering
  • Prof Henri Marias: Professor, School of Electrical, Electronic, and Computer Engineering
IFLA IT Section and AI SIG
  • Dr. Edmund Balnaves, Chair, IFLA IT Section - Director Prosentient Systems, Australia
  • Dr. Andrew Cox, Convenor IFLA  AI SIG - Senior Lecturer University of Sheffield - Information School, United Kingdom 
  • May Chang: Mentor IT Section and Committee Member AI SIG - Library Chief Technology Officer, University of Cincinnati, United States of America
  • Chipa Maimela: Committee Member AI SIG - Senior Coordinator: Training (Library) University of Pretoria, South Africa
University of Pretoria
  • Mr Lazarus Matizirofa: Deputy Director - Scholarly Communications, Digital Services & Systems
Sol Plaatje University
  • Mr. Kagiso Ledwaba: Information Librarian, Humanities

Registration Information

  • Early bird registration: 9 June - 11 July 2023
  • Online registration: 12 July - 25 August 2023

Note: The registration fee does not inclue the Cocktail function, Gala dinner and excursion.

Registration Fees

Category Fee (Rands)
Early Bird Registration  
Early Bird - Local Registration R 4200.00
Early Bird - International Registration R 4200.00
Early Bird - Virtual Attendance Registration R 3200.00
Early Bird - Students and Pensioners R 3200.00
Early Bird - Students and Pensioners: Virtual Attendance Registration R 2200.00
   
Standard Registration  
Local Registration R 4800,00
International Registration R 4800.00
Day Registration R 1500.00
Virtual Attendance Registration R 3500.00
Virtual: Day Registration R 1200.00
Students and Pensioners R 3500.00
Students and Pensioners: Day Registration R 1200.00
Students and Pensioners: Virtual Attendance Registration R 2500.00
Students and Pensioners: Virtual Day Registration R  800.00
   
Social Events  
Gala Dinner R 600.00
Cocktail R 600.00
   
Excursions  
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About the Conference (Venue, Directions and Accommodation)

Venue and Directions

The conference will be presented in a hybrid format, with virtual and in-person presentations.

Physical venue: The Feather Hill, Potchefstroom, South Africa 

Address: The Feather Hill, Dagbreek Landgoed, Ext. 1133, Potchefstroom, 2520, South Africa

GPS Coordinates

26º39´36.1"S 27º07´49.2"E
-26.6600353, 27.1303386

The Feather Hill

Map

Route to Featherhill Venue

Directions from Potchefstroom:

  • Head on R501 from Potchefstroom
  • Turn right onto the Dagbreek (restricted usage) road next to Tuscany Ridge Estate.
  • Follow the road for 1.8 km to the top of the hill and turn right.
  • Turn left once you have passed the CRC Church.

 

Car Rental and Shuttle Services

Accommodation

Programme

To follow.

Exhibitors

To follow.

Contact Information

Neli Tshabalala
NWU: Library and Information Service, Director Shared Services
Organising Committee
neli.tshabalala@nwu.ac.za

Dr. Edmund Balnaves
Chair, IFLA IT Section - Director Prosentient Systems, Australia
ebalnaves@prosentient.com.au

May Chang
Mentor IT Section and Committee Member AI SIG - Library Chief Technology Officer, University of Cincinnati, United States of America
may.chang@uc.edu

Cecil Gasa
NWU: Library and Information Service, Manager Library Systems
Organising Committee
cecil.gasa@nwu.ac.za

Lizwi Njani
NWU: IT Academic and Office Solutions, Business Analyst
lizwi.njani@nwu.ac.za

 

Sponsors

To follow.

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