A10-day mega international conference titled “Information Communication and Artificial Network (ICAN) Conference 2021”has begun.
The virtual program was inaugurated from Delhi on July 1 with the theme “Communication Refined 2021”.The fourth edition of the ICAN conference, an outcome of collaboration between Delhi Media School and Deakin University of Australia, accommodated 60 communication experts as the speakers at the conference from five continents and 11 different countries, said a press release.
From Bangladesh, Daffodil International University’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communication Head Dr. Sheikh Shafiul Islam joined the opening ceremony as a special guest.
Around 100 researchers from Bangladesh, India, Australia, USA, France, Italy, South Korea, Ghana, Singapore, Malaysia and Mexico will present their research papers at the conference.
The 10-day conference would be divided into nine technical sessions, three workshops, seven panel discussions, three special sessions and 10 master classes.
At the inauguration, the speakers said new communication platforms are being innovated to continue communication over social and digital media platforms even amidst this pandemic so that human beings are not alienated from interacting each other.
Most importantly, addition of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in different spectrum of human communication has created both the challenges and options, they said.“Adoption of newer technologies is a demand of the days. However, we need to make our society ready to adopt the technology properlyso that human beings can reap the utmost benefits,” said Dr Sheikh Shafiul Islam.
He expressed his deep concerns with the social erosion over using TikTok, Likee and other similar apps and platforms of social media that have already negatively affected a big section of the youth in different parts of the world including Bangladesh.
Dr. Islam put stress on media literacy in a mass scale.
The inauguration was also attended by a host of prominent media and communication scholars including Professor ShahidRasul, Professor Ujjal Kumar Chowdhury, Professor AmbrishSaxena, Dr. SusmitaBala, Professor Usha Raman and Professor KG Suresh.
The key purpose of the conference is to build a platform to connect researchers and students among themselves with an opportunity to present their research, said the organizers.
They said the ICAN conference is also working as a bridge among the professionals from diverse fields of human communication.