3 – 4 June 2021

Event Programme

Programme – 3 June 2021

Registration & Introductions

8:00-8:30
Welcome coffee and tea

8:30-9:00
Formal opening
Moderators: Silvia Marrara and Pierguido Sarti – Embassy of Italy
H.E. Paolo Cuculi – Ambassador of Italy to South Africa
Daan du Toit – Deputy Director-General – Department of Science and Innovation

9:00-9:40
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 – NICIS

9:40-9:50
IFAB-NICIS MoU Signing Ceremony

Coffee and tea break

9:50-10:00

Session 1: Disaster management and prevention

10:00-11:15

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 – Head of Emergency services and operations – e-GEOS
  • Morwapula Mashalane – Remote Sensing Scientist, SANSA – Earth Observation in Disaster management: Risk reduction and Mitigation
  • Pasquale Lelio Iapadre and Paola Inverardi – University of L’Aquila – HPC for disaster resilience: a value chain approach – The HPC4DR project
  • Q&A
Session 2: Environmental monitoring and forecasting

11:20-12:20

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
  • Q&A
Session 3: Health, e-health and personalized medicine

12:25-13:25

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
  • Q&A
LUNCH

13:30-14:30

Session 4: AI for SMMEs growth and economic recovery

14:30-15:30

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
  • Q&A
Coffee and tea break

15:35-15:45

Session 5: Smart cities

15:45-16:45

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
  • Q&A
Session 6: Smart PA and services to citizens

16:50-17:50

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
  • Q&A

Programme – 4 June 2021

Registration

8:30-9:00

Session 1: Infrastructures

9:00-10:00

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
  • Q&A
Session 2: Digital providers

10:05-11-05

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
  • Q&A
Coffee and tea break

11:10-11:20

Session 3: Cyber-Security, AI and new technologies

11:20-12:20

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
  • Q&A
Session 4: Coastal and maritime surveillance

12:25-13:40

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
  • Q&A
Conclusions

13:45-13:55

Sanzio Bassini – IFAB and Happy Sithole– CSIR

LUNCH

13:55-14:40

Focus on opportunities in KwaZulu-Natal

14:40-15:30

A breakout session by Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN)

    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