A Call for Pinpointing the Current Limits of Computer Applications in Potential Sectors
Dr. Reza Zamani (Senior Lecturer, SCIT, UOW)
Building 3, Room 224
12:30 PM ~ 1:30 PM, Thursday, 30th April 2015
Like computers, steam engines, telephones, airplanes, and televisions have changed the way humans live but there are two unique features about computers which, compared to other devices, make computers distinct, namely networking, and programming. That is why computer applications have enhanced Communication, Education, Engineering, Business, Art, and Medicine, to name a few among various potential sectors. A variety of issues must be dealt with, however, before relatively full utilisation of computer applications in potential sectors become possible. The ability of being programmed and networked together provides an incredible variety for the tasks which computers can perform, playing the role of telephones, televisions, video recorders, typewriters, compasses, pianos, and numerous other devices in a single device. In a very near future, microchips will drive our sophisticated cars and communicate with other microchips installed on other cars to find about congested routes, and at the same time, when embedded in our bodies, will constantly report our health to our virtual doctors, which themselves are computers, to react correspondingly. In fact, sooner or later computers will blur the boundary dividing fantasy from reality. However, a wide range of social and technical matters must be dealt with for the relatively full applications of computers in potential sectors become conceivable. With respect to such a wide range of social and technical matters, in this seminar, the current limits are pinpointed, and educational strategies circumventing these limits are discussed.
Dr Reza Zamani is currently a senior lecturer in the School of Computing and Information Technology. He has received his PhD degree from the University of Wollongong in 1995, with the thesis title of "Intelligent Graph-Search Techniques: An Application to Project Scheduling under Multiple Resource Constraints". His main teaching interests include Web Programming and Evolutionary Computation. He has widely published in A- and A*- journals of Evolutionary Computation, Operations Research, and Artificial Intelligence like IEEE Transactions of Evolutionary Computation, European Journal of Operational Research, and Minds and Machines. Since he has been a PhD student in UOW, he has taught a variety of subjects in Programming, Web Development, Databases, and Web Semantics.