ICT Conference: High brow international forum home
28 August, 2010 – How do we further develop deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) cryptography to enhance security?
That is one of the types of questions being presented and discussed at an international meeting being held in Paro, which ended yesterday. The highly technical information communications technology (ICT) conference, entitled ‘software, knowledge, information management and applications’ or SKIMA began on August 25.
“They’ll be presenting concepts to increase existing knowledge,” said Alamgir Hossain, one of the organisers of the SKIMA conference referring to the participants. With the majority of the international participants having the PhD abbreviation affixed to their names, it should not come as a surprise that they will address subjects of “actual interest and global relevance,” according to him.
Alamgir Hossain said that, once the concepts are presented, they would then have to await approval from a committee. Once approved, the concepts would then make it to the engineering stage or “the real world”.
Improvements to smart home technologies to assist elderly people, artificial intelligence, robotics, gaming and learning, and of course, DNA cryptography are some of the concepts that are being discussed. In total, 58 papers will be presented and reviewed by 53 participants from 10 countries.
Reflecting the advanced understanding required for such subjects, local participants pointed out difficulty in keeping up. “These are mostly PhD level papers for an international forum, so they’ve not been very relevant or informative for Bhutan,” said Tandin Gyeltshen, an assistant lecturer at CNR, Lobesa, who attended the first few presentations.
Local organiser, Nidup Dorji of the royal university of Bhutan (RUB), acknowledged that the concepts being presented are highly technical. But he pointed out that the objective from the Bhutanese perspective is to “develop networks and explore further collaboration.” He added, “The main objective is teaching and research exchange programs.”
The three-day conference, which is hosted by RUB, was opened by the education minister, Lyonpo Thakur Powdyel. Communications secretary, Dasho Kinley Dorji also attended the opening ceremony.