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Cambodia hosts SKIMA once again

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Ninety people from 17 countries attended the 14th SKIMA conference held at CamTech University from December 2-4. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Cambodia hosts SKIMA once again

Cambodia hosted the 14th international conference on Software, Knowledge, Information Management and Applications (SKIMA) for the first time after it was cancelled three times due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The three days conference held from December 2-4 at CamTech University and sponsored by The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) focused on digital transformations for a sustainable university as the main subject this year.

Chhem Kieth Rethy, minister delegate attached to the prime minister and secretary of state at The Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation, presided over the conference’s opening ceremony.

“The conference provides a unique opportunity for science and technology experts, researchers, management experts, knowledge engineers, software engineers and information systems managers to share ideas, experiences and perspectives aimed at promoting practical solutions for development in response to sustainably development goals,” said Kieth Rethy.

This is the second time the international conference was held in Cambodia and the first time the event was hosted by CamTech University.

According to the press statement released by the conference, SKIMA has three broad objectives: To promote practical solutions for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals; to bring together all manner of experts from across the tech sector to work towards achieving the SDGs and to provide a platform for the participants to share ideas, experiences and perspectives.

The first SKIMA conference held in Cambodia took place in 2018.

Cambodia’s second SKIMA event was attended by about 90 experts and researchers, as well as practitioners from higher education institutions, private company representatives, research and development organisations, NGOs and domestic and international government agencies from 17 countries.

The workshop was attended by the leaders and faculty of many of Cambodia’s leading higher education institutions such as CamTech University, University of Puthisastra and Kirirom Institute of Technology.

International higher education institutions from the United Kingdom, Australia, France, China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Hungary, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Poland, Sri Lanka, Tunisia and Nepal, all sent representatives such as administrators, researchers or faculty, according to the organizers.

“Discussions focused on transforming research and innovation using new digital technologies, especially data science and artificial intelligence,” the organisers said.

Topics discussed ranged from artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented and virtual reality to website design and wireless telecommunications.

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