IFIP#60 Future of Information Processing Event Series Continues 

To celebrate IFIP’s 60th anniversary, we are putting together a series of 10 virtual panel events featuring members and associates of IFIP and showcasing the interesting and impressive work they do. Events in the series will consist of four or five panellists and a moderator presenting for an hour and fifteen minutes, and are running through to 6 December 2021.

The recordings of the first two Future of Information Processing Panels can be found on the IFIP YouTube channel.

Here are details of upcoming panels in the IFIP#60 series.

IFIP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct: A Document for its Time

4 October 15:00-16.15 CEST


In this session, some of the creators of the IFIP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct will gather to talk about the Code’s importance. In today’s rapidly transforming digital landscape, it is vital to set explicit boundaries and outline clear values. To quote from the Code’s preamble: “The entire computing profession benefits when the ethical decision-making process is accountable to and transparent to all stakeholders. Open discussions about ethical issues promote this accountability and transparency.

More information and registration link are available here


Decision Making for a Sustainable Global Society

11 October 13:00-14:15 CEST


This session will consider individual, organisational, governmental, and societal decision making and how the decisions made by each of these stakeholders’ affect global sustainability. With the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) at the heart of the conversation, our aim is to reflect on decision making, decision support and decision support systems (DSS) over the last 60 years and consider new opportunities to innovate and disrupt in order to enable and achieve a more resilient, sustainable society.

More information and registration link are available here


Autonomous vehicle safety and security: An information Processing imperative

18 October 15:00-16:15 CEST


Worldwide, over 1.35 million people lose their lives each year to roadway traffic accidents. Autonomous vehicles have the potential to drastically reduce this carnage by leveraging breakthrough advancements in computational power, algorithms and sensing technologies. However, there is a significant hurdle: a lack of governance by national regulatory bodies to guide dependable and secure design, construction and operation of autonomous vehicles. This panel of global experts, organized by the leaders of a WG10.4 project on this subject, will discuss information processing advancements that are imperative to the realization of highly dependable and secure road vehicles. In addition to discussing technical aspects of such advancements, they will also debate related societal and ethical issues.

More information and registration link are available here


Trends on Computing Systems

25 October 17:00-18:15 CEST


The panel will focus on computing system trends responding to the demand for lower power and higher performance in the Internet of Things (IoT) world. The panellists will touch on several innovative aspects of computing, such as new ultra-efficient, many-core 3D architectural designs for the next generation of eco-friendly servers inspired by mammalian brains, and principled approaches to incorporate self- and situational-awareness to ensure safety and reliable deployment of computational (software and hardware) platforms. They will address the viability, expected performance and power consumption of such promising computing systems as well as their economic, social and ethical impact.

More information and registration link are available here


Future Trends in Databases: From Data Science through Artificial Intelligence to Quantum Computing

22 November 17:00-18:15 CET


This panel will focus on emerging topics in database research, such as data engineering technologies supporting data science, issues of data quality in modern application domains, performance optimization with the support of artificial intelligence, and quantum computing for databases, with particular emphasis on future trends envisaged in this field.

More information and registration link are available here


Cybersecurity Skills

29 November 15:00-16:15 CET


This session will examine the multidimensional challenge posed by cyber security skills, the need for which has gained increasing recognition on a global scale. One fundamental problem is that the desired skills are in short supply, resulting in recruitment and retention issues for employers. However, a further underlying challenge is that cyber security itself actually encompasses a broad range of areas, with different knowledge, experience and skillsets being relevant to different roles. This can result in knock-on challenges in understanding the skills landscape and interpreting whether particular skills are matched to our needs. The panel will consider these issues, including the part that academic qualifications, industry certifications and professional standards can potentially play in providing a solution.

More information and registration link are available here


IFIP TC3 Zanzibar Declaration: The Outcomes

6 December 10:45-11.45 CET


This session will publicise the main outcomes of a series of events addressing educational and social challenges to achieving “Sustainable Education in a Digital Age of Rapidly Emerging Technologies,” and how to overcome them. This session is under the umbrella of the IFIP TC3 Zanzibar Declaration, which began in March of 2021 and will continue until November of 2021.

This event will be part of the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2021.

More information and registration link are available here