The National Executive Council (NEC), Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), working with the Conferences Committee, today announced the readiness to host the eleventh (11th) International Conference.
NCS is dubbed the biggest and premier professional association in Nigeria’s tech sector. It is the umbrella body of all IT professionals, interest groups and stakeholders in Nigeria.
With about 15,000 members, spread across all the states of the federation, NCS remains the only national IT society with highly-skilful and dependable domain experts in various fields of Information Technology.
Speaking during a virtual press briefing about the upcoming NCS International conference, the President, Professor Adesina Sodiya, a fellow of NCS, said that with major interest groups including; ISPON, ITAN, NiWIIT, ITSSP, AITP, NITPCS and structural organs; College of Fellows, Chapters, NACOSS, the Association remains committed to promoting and leapfrogging IT development in Nigeria.
He described the International Conference is the biggest and most influential IT event in Nigeria.
NCS International Conference year 2020
He announced that the Conference will hold from Tuesday 11th to Thursday 13th of August 2020 virtually, with the theme “Emerging Applications and Technologies for Industry 4.0 (EATI 2020)”.
“In the last forty-two years of NCS existence, our conference venue has been rotated amongst the six geopolitical zones in the Country. Even the 2020 conference was initially scheduled to hold in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State before the pandemic. Interestingly, this is the first time NCS will be holding virtual Conference in the history of this society.
“The challenge posed by COVID-19 reaffirms the need for Information Technology Professionals to change their strategies. Infact, Covid-19 has introduced a new normal paradigm shift which the whole is currently battling with.
“The theme of the conference was carefully and scientifically chosen in order to provide the needed technological supports for industries in this modern society. Industry 4.0 or the Fourth Industrial revolution is simply about smart manufacturing. The technological components of industry 4.0 are full process and production line automation; intelligent control of cyber-physical systems; and adoption of Internet of things (IoT), robotics, big data analytics, cloud computing, and machine learning. As a nation, our industries must leverage on these technologies for enhanced profitability and economic well-being.
“The conference will focus on important issues related to the theme and sub themes such as:
- Innovative Strategies for addressing cybersecurity and privacy challenges in industry 4.0
- A New Generation of Cyber Physical Systems in the Era of AI
- Identity and Population management strategies for stimulating digital Economy
- Youth Innovation and Sustainable Productivity
- Future Learning
- The Future University: Academia-Industry collaboration for Industry 4.0
- Applications and Techniques in Industry 4.0
- Applications and Techniques in High Performance Computing and Networks
- Technology governance, Policy and Regulatory framework
- Smart manufacturing: Implications for Small, Medium and Large-Scale Enterprises
- Connectivity Infrastructural Requirements for Industry 4.0
- Financial Systems and Services for Industry 4.0
Prof. Sodiya added that this year’s International Conference will provide a multi-stakeholder forum to examine pertinent considerations in showcasing emerging applications and technologies to achieving fourth industrial revolution that will lead to Sustainable Development. Engagement opportunities will be explored during the Conference to present and develop effective strategies, creative approaches and practical solutions.
“Specific highlights of the conference include Official Opening and Keynotes, Plenary and Parallel Sessions, Technical Sessions, Seminars, Induction of New Members, Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Platform, Exhibition and Products Launch, Public Sector ICT Showcase, networking, NITDA session, National IT Competitions, Fellows’ Forum and Annual General Meeting”, he said.
The event will also feature NCS President Award for distinguished personalities and groups in IT industry and winners of NCS organised competitions.