Tangerang – As a form of commitment to the development of Information Communication Technology (ICT), Multimedia Nusantara University (UMN) since 2011 has held regular international meetings in the form of conferences called CONMEDIA-ICONSONICS. This year is the sixth CONMEDIA conference and the second ICONSONICS conference. Carrying the theme “Unlocking The Potential of Smart Digital Technology and Multimedia for Sustainable Development” as a form of response to technology that is not only oriented to the current generation, but also as a sustainable development effort for future generations.
“The progress we want to make is progress that ensures sustainability, especially in development. In this dynamic digital environment, I am sure you will find many potentials and possibilities to make other advances in knowledge that benefit humanity,” said UMN Rector, Dr. Ninok Leksono, M.A. in his speech.
Umn’s first ict international conference was called the International Conference on New Media Studies (CONMEDIA). This event became a forum that formed an international network in helping researchers to disseminate research results in an international environment. This forum is also a meeting room for ICT practitioners in discussing and interacting to improve their respective insights and knowledge.
In 2017, UMN also successfully organized another international conference with different topics from CONMEDIA but complemented each other. The conference is called the International Conference on Smart Cities, Automation & Intelligent Computing Systems (ICON-SONICS). Since then, CONMEDIA and ICON-SONICS have been merged into an international conference event that is regularly held annually.
This year, CONMEDIA & ICONSONICS 2021 is again implemented to strengthen, strengthen, and expand the network. This year, CONMEDIA & ICONSONICS 2021 collaborated with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Indonesia Section to accommodate the publication of research papers in the IEEEXplore network. This event also cooperated with STMIK STIKOM Indonesia (STIKI) Denpasar and the Association of Informatics and Computer Science Universities (APTIKOM).
“CONMEDIA & ICONSONICS 2021 is expected to absorb more international research papers than previous conferences, and certainly with more classy scientific spectrum content. In addition, practitioners, academics, and government agencies can also benefit greatly regarding smart digital technology and multimedia,” said Acting Chairman, Dr. Eng. Niki Prastomo is also the Dean of the Faculty of Technology and Informatics umn.
The scientific field in the CONMEDIA & ICONSONICS 2021 conference is divided into two. Conmedia’s scientific field includes applications, mobile technology, interactive media design, business intelligence and management, strategic information systems, computational science and technology, and embedded systems and communication. Iconsonic covers the fields of science: smart cities, automations, and intelligent computing systems.
Niki explained, the development of smart digital technology and multimedia is very closely related to the development of technologies supporting the Industrial Revolution 4.0 and Digital Transformation. Digital transformation refers to a process that uses digital technology to create new innovations or modify business processes, cultures, and consumer experiences to deal with business changes and market needs. Furthermore, economist Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum explains that this fourth industrial revolution will affect how we live and work and will differ in scale, scope, and complexity compared to previous revolutions. This is what underlies the importance of building technologies that support sustainable development.
“The development of technology today has a rapid pace, both from applications, system intelligence, automation, internet infrastructure, big data, and multimedia. Sustainability issues are an important point that needs to be considered by academics, industry practitioners, and stakeholders. Hopefully, from this topic raised, the benefits and impacts of technological development can be felt by future generations,” continued Niki explaining his hopes at the conference held online.
The management of technologies that support sustainable development requires good collaboration from many parties, including academics and industry practitioners to optimize digital transformation. Discussion and discussion of creative ideas that explore the potential of digital and multimedia technology is needed in order to achieve a comprehensive understanding. That way, the benefits can be felt by various parties and able to become an advantage that is not only enjoyed by the current generation, but also for generations to come.
This international conference is held for two days on October 12-13, 2021. In addition to conferences and presentations of scientific works, keynote sessions were also held with speaker Prof. Dr. Ir. D.A.I Marpaung from the University of Twente, The Netherlands; Dr. Rifai Chai from the University of Technology, Australia; Jessy Abdurrahman, B.Comp.Sci. (Hon.), CEO of Zi.Care; and Irawan Harahap, S.T., M.M. who is Sinar Mas Land Chief of Digital Tech Ecosystem & Development. The speakers conveyed how technological innovations such as Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are included in social issues or challenges and are in line with the concept of Society 5.0.
“90% of the world’s data was created in just the last two years, so we’re really in the information age, the data era, and the communication era,” Marpaung said during the presentation. A huge increase in this information was later referred to as Big Data.
Each speaker presented his research, such as Rifai which combines Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Brain-Computer Interface (BCI). Ai and BCI will harness technology by using brain signals to control equipment supporting human activities. Specifically, this technology is prepared for people with disabilities. At different times, Jessy presented her research on the digitization of medical records ( Electronic Medical Record ). This digitization system is made so that a patient’s medical record can be centralized and integrated with WHO standards. Hopefully, every patient who will move hospital does not need to bother with the medical record file at the previous hospital. In contrast to Rifai and Jessy, Irawan presented about the construction of BSD City located in Tangerang into a smart city. Smart cities are digital-based services for better city and economic management, quality citizen life, and a healthy environment for future generations.
Held online through the Gather.town app, the event is able to provide new experiences and more interaction in online conferences. Participants gave a positive response to the initiative of the committee to choose this application.
“This Gather application is expected to provide a more free networking experience such as the experience at offline conferences. Participants can create their own avatars and seem to be present and gathered in one place. A little treat the longing gathered in person. In parallel, participants can meet each other, discuss their needs in one conference room without disturbing other participants,” Niki concluded.
by Stephanus Novi | UMN News Service
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