3 – 4 June 2021

Civilian and Defence
Applications of Artificial
Intelligence, Big Data and
High Performance Computing

Venue:
International Convention Centre Council for
Scientific and Industrial Research Pretoria and online

Scientific Rationale

COVID pandemic has called for a faster transition towards the digitalization of services and data as key factor to manage societal needs, sustain economic growth, develop local communities, balance inequalities. The digital transformation is ignited by the creation and use of scientific hubs and infrastructures dedicated to Artificial Intelligence (AI), High Performance Computing (HPC) and Big Data. Digital infrastructures are developed by establishing key collaborations between public institutions and private enterprises. The goal is to create state of the art, world class national modern hubs under a coordinated strategic perspective. South Africa and Italy are currently moving along this direction.

Event Programme

Formal Opening

Moderator

Silvia Marrara – Embassy of Italy

Pierguido Sarti – Embassy of Italy

Welcome address

H.E. Paolo Cuculi – Ambassador of Italy to South Africa

Daan du Toit – Deputy Director-General – Department of Science and Innovation

Introduction

Sanzio Bassini – IFAB – International Foundation Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for Human Development

Happy Sithole – Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – The National Integrated Cyber Infrastructure System

Programme – 3 June 2021

Programme – 4 June 2021

Session 1: Disaster management and prevention

Moderator:

  • Andiswa Mlisa – South African National Space Agency

Speakers:

  • David Fabi – Italian Civil Protection
  • Dechlan Pillay and Alpheus Mashigo – Department of Cooperative Governance
  • Luigi Lupoli – Leonardo and Lucia Luzietti – e-GEOS
  • Morwapula Mashalane South African National Space Agency
  • Pasquale Lelio Iapadre and Paola Inverardi – University of L’Aquila
Session 2: Environmental monitoring and forecasting

Moderator:

  • Andiswa Mlisa – South African National Space Agency

Speakers:

  • Guido Rianna – CMCC and Antonio Tirri – Leithà, Gruppo Unipol – European Extreme Events Climate Index (E3CI ): an operational service for weather-induced hazard assessment and management
  • Peter Lukey – Chief Director: Knowledge and Information Management – Climate Change, Air Quality and Sustainable Development Branch – Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment
  • Francesco Briotti – Leonardo and Fabio Volpe – – Head of Optical and Hyperspectral Applications – e-GEOS
  • Mary-Jane Bopape – South Africa Weather Service – The South African Weather Service forecasting systems
Session 3: Health, e-health and personalized medicine

Moderator:

  • Bruce Mellado – University of the Witwatersrand

Speakers:

  • Jonathan Mapelli – University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
  • Jabu Mtsweni – Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
  • Marco Viceconti – Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli
  • Caradee Wright – South African Medical Research Council – Exploring the intersection of precision medicine and environmental health; where ‘cure’ and prevention meet
Session 4: AI for SMMEs growth and economic recovery

Moderator:

  • Francesco Petruccione – University of KwaZuluNatal and and National Institute of Theoretical and Computational Sciences

Speakers:

  • Rita CucchiaraUniversity of Modena and Reggio Emilia – University and SMES collaboration in Computer Vision and Deep Learning
  • Kanyiso Walaza – Department of Cooperative Governance
  • Michela Milano – University of Bologna – The centre for SMEs: How to ease the uptake of AI technology for SMEs
  • Tervern Jaftha – Senior Manager: Technology Business Incubation – Department for Small Business Development
Session 5: Smart cities

Moderator:

  • Francesco Petruccione – University of KwaZuluNatal and and National Institute of Theoretical and Computational Sciences

Speakers:

  • Laura Po – University of Modena and Reggio Emilia – Towards sustainable mobility for citizens and the environment
  • Antony Cooper – Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – Towards inclusive, resilient and sustainable smart cities
  • Balasubramanian Chandramouli – CINECA – Smart Bologna and AI
  • Andrea Teschioni – Leonardo and Elena Francioni – Platforms and New Initiatives Manager – e-GEOS
Session 6: Smart PA and services to citizens

Moderator:

  • Francesco Petruccione – University of KwaZuluNatal and and National Institute of Theoretical and Computational Sciences

Speakers:

  • Gianluca Mazzini – LEPIDA Scpa
  • Lucas Mogashoa – Corporate and Digital strategy – SITA
  • Paolo Traverso – Bruno Kessler Foundation
  • Alberto Minorini – Head of Mediterranean Area – Italtel

Programme – 4 June 2021

Session 1: Infrastructures

Moderator:

  • Daniel Adams – Department of Science and Innovation

Speakers:

  • Sanzio Bassini – IFAB – International Foundation Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for Human Development
  • Happy Sithole – Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
  • Emanuele Scano – Stato Maggiore della Difesa – Italian Armed Forces
  • Dumisani Ngwenya – Head of Research and Innovation – SENTECH
Session 2: Digital providers

Moderator:

  • Sagren Moodley – Department of Science and Innovation

Speakers:

  • Cristian Randieri – Founder & CEO – Intellisystem Technologies
  • Happy Sithole – Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – Approaches to digital infrastructure provision
  • Simone Zanotti – E4 Computer Engineering
  • Davide Tacchino – Vodacom
Session 3: Cyber-Security, AI and new technologies

Moderator:

  • Anwar Vahed – National Integrated Cyber Infrastructure System

Speakers:

  • Laura Carpini – Head of Unit for international policies and cyber-security – Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Louise Leenen –University of the Western Cape
  • Andrea Teschioni – Leonardo
  • Domenico Grandoni – e-GEOS
Session 4: Coastal and maritime surveillance

Moderator:

  • Tommy Bornman – South African Environment Observation Network

Speakers:

  • Tommaso Santillo – Guardia di finanza
  • Marjolaine Krug – OCIMS Scientific Advisor and Project Manager– Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment
  • Salvatore Di Bartolo – Leonardo and Filippo Daffinà – Product Manager SeonSE – e-GEOS
  • Tholo Pholoto and Andrew Cothill – Institute of Maritime Technology – ARMSCOR
  • Keith Mokoape Chairman of the Reserve Force Council – Operation Phakisa: creating jobs while safeguarding the coastline of South Africa

All COVID-19 Protocols will be observed

In collaboration with:

3-4 June 2021

International Convention Centre – Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

Pretoria and online