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WORLDCOMP'10 Invited Lecture - Dr. Ziga Turk

Last modified 2010-06-22 18:17

Past Communication Revolutions Changed Civilizations: What to expect from the current one?
Dr. Ziga Turk
Professor, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia,
Secretary General, Reflection Group on the Future of Europe, Brussels, EU
Former minister, Growth in the Government of Slovenia & national Lisbon Strategy Coordinator during the Slovenian presidency of the EU.

Date: July 12, 2010
Time: 06:00pm - 07:00pm
Location: Ballroom 7


    Humans are social beings. Communication is an essential element for socialization of persons, for building everyting, from a family, local community, a business a state or an entire civilization. Throughout history, changes in communication tools and technologies had an impact on society, economy and on how states were governed. If access to communication tools was limited and available to few, it empowered the top layers, the centers, the emperors. Without communication tools and information storage most decision making has to be confined to a few people around the powerful individual.

    Democratization of communication technology empowered the masses and enabled that more people could be relied upon in decision making. Based on his research of the history of design communication, the author claims that the last communication revolution in the past was the availability of inexpensive paper that ignited the renaissance and, together with movable type, provided the basis for the European dominance in science, technology, economy and military. Paper is instrumental to the type of democracy that we have. Internet democratized electronic communication and has invited even more people into knowledge processes. Never before had so many people had access to so much information, knowledge, computing power and other empowered smart people. Never before was the percentage of knowledgeable people not working for the government so big. This is bound to have an impact on have societies are governed. The issue will be, how to make use of all those empowered individuals outside of the government to public good.


    Ziga Turk is professor of design communication at the University of Ljubljana and Secretary General of the Reflection Group on the Future of Europe (the "Gonzales wise men group") in Brussels. He was a minister for Growth in the Government of Slovenia and national Lisbon Strategy Coordinator during the Slovenian presidency of the EU. Dr. Turk was a visiting professor or lecturer in Stockholm, Zagreb, Istanbul, Dublin and Cork. He has written over 120 scientific papers on the topic of the use of information and communication technology in construction, on representing design information, on design communication, open access scientific communication and on philosophical foundations of CAD. Since 1994 he was taking part in the Framework research projects, two larger ones he also coordinated. In the early 1990s he did pioneering work in Web search engines (evolving into CNET's and in the introduction of the Web to the construction industry.

Academic Co-Sponsors
The Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing (BISC)
University of California, Berkeley, USA

Collaboratory for Advanced Computing and Simulations (CACS)
University of Southern California, USA

Intelligent Data Exploration and Analysis Laboratory
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA

Harvard Statistics Department Genomics & Bioinformatics Laboratory
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

BioMedical Informatics & Bio-Imaging Laboratory
Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Hawkeye Radiology Informatics, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa, USA

Minnesota Supercomputing Institute
University of Minnesota, USA

Center for the Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Medical Image HPC & Informatics Lab (MiHi Lab)
University of Iowa, Iowa, USA

The University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA

Knowledge Management & Intelligent System Center (KMIS)
University of Siegen, Germany

UMIT, Institute of Bioinformatics and Translational Research, Austria
SECLAB of University of Naples Federico II
University of Naples Parthenope, & Second University of Naples, Italy

National Institute for Health Research
World Academy of Biomedical Sciences and Technologies
High Performance Computing for Nanotechnology (HPCNano)
Supercomputer Software Department (SSD), Institute of Computational Mathematics & Mathematical Geophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences

International Society of Intelligent Biological Medicine

The International Council on Medical and Care Compunetics

The UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

VMW Solutions Ltd.
Scientific Technologies Corporation
HoIP - Health without Boundaries

Space for Earth Foundation
Medical Modeling and Simulation Database (EVMS) of Eastern Virginia Medical School & the American College of Surgeons

Corporate Sponsor

Other Co-Sponsors
Manjrasoft (Cloud Computing Technology company), Melbourne, Australia

Hodges' Health


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