TANGERANG – We are currently living in a very fast-paced digital world. It feels like we just welcomed Industry 4.0 but now talks on Society 5.0 are growing. In aims to keep up and staying relevant to the current trends, Multimedia Nusantara University (UMN) and The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) collaborated again with a joint virtual conference on the 12th-13th of October 2021.
The joint virtual conference are The 6th International Conference on Media Studies (CONMEDIA) and The 2nd International Conference on Smart Cities, Automation, and Intelligent Computing Systems (ICON-SONICS). UMN organizes these conferences biyearly.
Dr. Eng. Niki Prastomo, S.T., M.Sc, The Dean of the Engineering and Informatics Faculty, also the General Chair of this conference explains that both CONMEDIA and ICON-SONICS is an international event where international and local researchers come together to discuss current trends on technologies.
Despite the fast-paced progress, UMN also noted the importance of sustainability.
“The progress we want to make is the one that assures sustainability, notably in development. In this dynamic digital environment, i’m sure you’d find lots of potentials and possibilities to make another progress in knowledge which is beneficial for mankind,” said Dr. Ninok Leksono, M.A., the Rector of UMN.
The conference held in two days invited four keynote speakers which are Prof. Dr. Ir. D.A.I. Marpaung, Head of Nonlinear Nanophotonics group. Jessy Abdurrahman, CEO of ZI.CARE Indonesia. Dr. Rifai Chai, lecturer from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. Irawan Harahap, S.T.,M.M., the Chief of Digital Tech Ecosystem & Development in Sinar Mas Land.
The keynote speakers touches on how technological innovations like big data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) are incorporated in social issues or challenges. Their discussion aligns with the concept of Society 5.0.
“90% of the world’s data was just created in the last two years, so we are really in the age of information, age of data, age of communication,” said Prof. Marpaung during his presentation. This huge increase in information is also known as Big Data.
Society 5.0 was first introduced by Japan in the G20 summit in Osaka, they describe it as a “Super Smart Society”. According to a Japanese Government website, Cabinet Office, Society 5.0 is a human-centered society that balances economic advancement with the resolution of social problems by a system that highly integrates cyberspace and physical space. This is a society that Japan aspires to be.
Dr. Chai’s research is the perfect example of solving social problems with the help of AI, a technology that’s currently growing more and more globally. His research combines AI and Brain-Computer Interface (BCI).
“BCI measures the human brain activity and in research, we try to find past the normal muscular activity. BCI research trends have been growing since 1990, it’s the highest in 2020. There’s 900 publications on BCI in 2020. It is a cutting edge technology, a lot of researchers in universities globally are trying to apply BCI in their research,” explains Dr. Chai.
During his presentation, he showed how he manages to control a wheelchair with just his brain signals using a non-invasive method of BCI. Where a patient’s brain waves will be measured using sensors applied on the scalp area without the need of surgery and direct contact with the brain.
“We just tap into the brain signal, and we can use it to help humans communicate or control things. This is especially for people with severe disabilities, for example if their hands can’t function properly but their brains can. so the idea here is that we use the brain signal to help them communicate, control some things like for example the wheel chair,” said Dr. Chai.
Touching on sustainability, innovation, also AI, Mr. Harahap shares how Sinar Mas Land is currently trying to make BSD City into a Smart City. They are trying to address the new world’s challenges: better city management and economy, quality life of citizens and healthy environment for future generations.
Mr Harahap shares how they will be integrating a command center supported by hundreds of CCTV cameras with AI embedded into them that will help with traffic. Other things are high-speed data connection and digital services, and upgrading their customer services, aiming to fully support their customers’ needs. They even have programs to boost local start-up businesses that specializes in technology.
Other than making BSD City smarter, Sinar Mas Land also dreamed of creating the first green district which was realized in 2011.
“The district has been certified by building and construction authority Singapore. Every building will be certified to ensure sustainability and quality,” said Mr. Harahap.
Other than the keynote speakers, this conference also gives other academics an opportunity to present their papers regarding to the theme and topics provided. Recognition are also given to the best papers which are:
All presentations by the keynote speakers and other presenters led to a very fruitful discussion among all the participants, fulfilling the goal of this conference. We hope that this conference will inspire future research and even collaborations.
By Levina Chrestella Theodora | UMN News Service
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