GUST con­cludes 17th IFIP Con­fer­ence

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Gulf Univer­sity for Science and Tech­nol­ogy (GUST) con­cluded the 17th an­nual In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion for In­for­ma­tion Pro­cess­ing (IFIP) Con­fer­ence. The event brought to­gether ap­prox­i­mately 75 schol­ars from around the globe to present re­search find­ings con­ducted on the sub­ject of this year’s con­fer­ence: Chal­lenges and Op­por­tu­ni­ties in the Dig­i­tal Era. Among these, 11 are from GUST. The event was held over a pe­riod of four days on GUST’s cam­pus, and it is the first time that this sym­po­sium was held in Kuwait.

With the ex­po­nen­tial growth of dig­i­tal fo­rums across the world on a mul­ti­tude of plat­forms, it is im­per­a­tive the aca­demic com­mu­nity ex­plore dif­fer­ent ways of adapt­ing to new re­al­i­ties to con­duct busi­ness. This is es­pe­cially true to­day as op­por­tu­ni­ties af­forded to con­sumers - due to the sheer vol­ume of in­for­ma­tion ac­ces­si­ble to them - presents chal­lenges to com­pa­nies that need to con­stantly create in­no­va­tive strate­gies to re­main rel­e­vant. Sim­i­larly, con­sumers are also chal­lenged as they seek op­ti­mal ways of sift­ing through in­for­ma­tion which in­un­dates them, and makes the process of se­lect­ing the best prod­uct or ser­vice provider in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult. Prior to the con­fer­ence, a doc­toral col­lo­quium was held to give Ph.D. can­di­dates and re­search stu­dents an op­por­tu­nity to present their work to a panel of ex­perts to get feed­back and gain fur­ther in­sight in their area of study.

Con­fer­ence Co-Chair and GUST Vice Pres­i­dent of Aca­demic Af­fairs, Dr Salah AlSharhan, said, “As the world around us changes, so must we. As aca­demics, we must con­sis­tently strive to find ways to re­late to and con­nect with the wider world. This con­fer­ence was a prime op­por­tu­nity to learn from other schol­ars and aca­demics, learn how their find­ings can be ap­plied lo­cally, and also ce­ment GUST’s place as a ver­i­ta­ble re­gional knowl­edge hub.”

Pre­sent­ing find­ings on be­half of GUST will be Nabae As­far, Dr Saeed Askary, Dr Ahmed El Mor­shidy, Dr Ahmed Has­sanein, Dr Khalid Kis­s­wani, and Pro­fes­sor Ta­her Ali, who ex­plored the top­ics of e-Busi­ness, e-Ser­vices, and e-So­ci­ety. Also in at­ten­dance, were prom­i­nent schol­ars such as Pro­fes­sor Yo­gesh Dwivedi from Swansea Univer­sity in Wales, Pro­fes­sor George Bal­a­ba­nis from City Univer­sity in Lon­don, Dr Win­fried Lamers­dorf from the Univer­sity of Ham­burg, and Pro­fes­sor Matti Man­ty­maki, from Univer­sity of Turku, Fin­land.

Con­fer­ence Co-Chair and Dean of Col­lege of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Prof An­to­nis Sim­inti­ras, said, “This con­fer­ence yielded some in­ter­est­ing re­sults, and I was ex­cited to hear the dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives schol­ars from around the world pre­sented to us. I’d also like to thank Kuwait Foun­da­tion for the Ad­vance­ment of Sciences and That Al Salasil for their sup­port in help­ing put to­gether such a high pro­file and pres­ti­gious con­fer­ence. The IFIP con­fer­ence has taken place an­nu­ally for the last 16 years, how­ever, this is the first time that it has taken place in Kuwait. The pre­vi­ous con­fer­ence was held in The In­dian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in Delhi, and ex­plored the top­ics of Smart Cities, In­no­va­tion, and Sus­tain­abil­ity.

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