Scientific Conference

Conference dates: April 21 and 22, 2021

Conference venue: Online - Turība University Facebook page and platform Cisco Webex

Official languages: Latvian and English

XXII International Scientific Conference of Turība University
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND GREEN THINKING

Topicality:

From virtual assistant SIRI to unmanned cars, artificial intelligence (AI) solutions are entering our daily lives faster and faster. Although science fiction often illustrates AI as human-powered robots, AI can incorporate anything, including innovative solutions that help protect the environment. 2020 has seen incredible success for AI, but significant improvements are still needed in infrastructure and energy efficiency, such as extensive and in-depth research to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including building sustainable infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation1.

AI can lead to conflicting impressions: while some list professions that will disappear as AI develops and outline apocalyptic scenarios, others point to the benefits of a more sustainable future. Examples are already visible in our daily lives - thermostats that regulate the heating supply, avoiding unnecessary energy consumption and costs, virtual assistants who answer questions from corporate and institutional customers around the clock, etc.

In 2020, the global AI software market grew by 54% compared to 2019, reaching $ 22.6 billion. Despite the changes that AI will bring in terms of employment, AI is projected to boost global economic growth: in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors, AI will contribute to increase the global GDP by 12.5% in 2030 (5.5% of profits related to productivity and 7% of the increase due to product improvements).2

1 www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-consumption-production
2 www.statista.com/statistics/607960/worldwide-artificial-intelligence-market-growth

Section topics

Entrepreneurship and Tourism

Supervisors: Associate Professor Zane Driņķe and Professor Maija Rozīte

  • Innovations for sustainable business
  • AI solutions in tourism
  • New and safe in tourism
  • Human resources in business and AI
Communication

Supervisor: Jana Bunkus

  • Environmental communication opportunities and challenges
  • Digital solutions in communication
  • Crisis communication under the influence of Covid-19
Law

Supervisor: Professor Ingrīda Veikša and Professor Jānis Načisčionis

  • AI legal framework
  • Security of personal data in the digital age
  • AI solutions in the field of law
Education

Supervisor: associate professor Daina Vasilevska

  • Innovations in the education system
  • Advantages and disadvantages of distance learning
  • AI solutions in education
Information technologies

Supervisor: Jānis Pekša

  • Green technology solutions and development
  • Development of AI in Latvia and in the world
  • Building a data-driven society

Conference program

APRIL 21
10.00
Opening ceremony of the conference
- Address by Andris Teikmanis, Head of the Chancellery of the President of Latvia
- Address by Kaspars Rožkalns, Director General at Investment and Development Agency of Latvia
- Address by Aldis Baumanis, Rector and Chairman of the Board of Turība University
10.30
Panel discussion “Latvia as green technology superpower - areas, opportunities, challenges”
Participants:
- Imants Martinsons, Head of the " Nākotnes mobilitāte " action line of the Green Tech Cluster
- Elmārs Gengers, Representative from the Latvian Information and Communication Technology Association (LIKTA)
- Artūrs Toms Plešs, Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development
- Oleg Filipovich, Director of the Electronic Procurement Department of the State Regional Development Agency
- Kristaps Banga, Head of Innovation Accenture Latvia
- Jānis Pekša, Head of the IT Department of the Turība University
12.00
Foreign guest lecturers
- Computer scientist and researcher Dr. Boris Nikolai Konrad (Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior in Nijmegen, Germany) “Are we smarter than the robots that are constantly learning?”
- Assoc. Prof. Ricardo Vinuesa (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden), “The role of artificial intelligence in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”
13.30-14.30
Break
14.30
Practical workshop in cooperation with Information Technology company Emergn, part 1 (in Latvian):
- Aldis Ērglis, "Emergn" Head of Machine Learning Laboratory;
- Muntis Rudzītis, representative of "Emergn";
- Aleksandrs Toršins, representative of "Emergn"
15.20
Mini lecture Sannsyn Latvia (in English):
- Kristaps Bebris, Research Assistant, University of Latvia, Data Scientist Sannsyn Latvia.
15.40
Practical workshop in cooperation with Information Technology company Emergn, part 2 (in Latvian):
- The workshop, led by Aldis Ērglis, Muntis Rudzītis and Aleksandrs Toršins, will demonstrate the smart technologies and their practical application.
16.30
Conclusions and initiatives - how to apply digital and green technologies in every business.
- Jānis Pekša, Head of the IT Department of the Turība University, and Conference Moderator - Oskars Priede.
17.00
End of the first day.
APRIL 22
10.00
student section (head: associate professor Iveta Liniņa)
12.00
work in five parallel sections
13.00
break
14.00
work in five parallel sections
16.00
conclusions / summary

Participation

You can participate in the conference:

  • with publication and presentation;
  • with publication only;
  • with presentation only;
  • as a listener.

Submission of papers:
Abstracts (1400-1600 characters, including spaces) should be submitted by February 15, 2021. The full text of the paper, not exceeding sixteen pages (40,000 characters, including spaces), should be submitted via EasyChair, deadline March 31, 2021. Language of the paper: Latvian or English.

Guidelines for manuscripts are available HERE.

Publications:
The conference proceedings will be published electronically, on the University's website and indexed by the EBSCO and ProQuest databases. All papers will be two blind peer reviewed by experts from the Conference Scientific Board.

Application for participation in the student section

- Application Paper Title Deadline: March 7, 2021.
- Full Paper Submission Deadline: April 7, 2021.

The design rules of the scientific work are available HERE.

Application for listeners

The first day of the event will be live streamed on the Turība University’s Facebook page, it is not necessary to apply to watch the stream. The live broadcast will be available HERE.

The second day of the event will be live streamed on Cisco Webex, and to watch the live the stream, you must apply by filling out the application form by April 20. A live access link will be sent to the email address you have provided.

You are welcome to contact us by email: conference@turiba.lv

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