Celebrating its fifth edition, the Sibiu Innovation Days 2024 conference has become a significant milestone on Romania's innovation map, playing a crucial role in fostering collaborative networks among experts from industry, public administration, and the academic research community. Building upon the success of its four previous editions since 2020, the Sibiu Innovation Days 2024 conference continues to promote the growth of an innovation ecosystem in the Transylvania area. This ecosystem is centered around the Cluj IT and Sibiu IT Clusters, with a profound impact on shaping the economic and social vitality of the entire region.
The organizing team comprises the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, through the Hasso-Plattner Knowledge Transfer Institute and the Cluj IT and Sibiu IT Clusters. The Sibiu Innovation Days 2024 conference is scheduled to take place on October 24th and 25th, 2024. As a novelty this year, within the framework of the European CoDEMO (Co-Creative Decision-Makers for 5.0 Organizations) project, ULBS is receiving support from Marquardt Schaltsysteme SCS to facilitate one of the workshops titled "5.0 Value Co-Creation Mechanisms and Experimentations: Case Studies."
The format of the event will include four sections:
Emerging technologies, including Blockchain, Quantum Computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Internet of Things (IoT), whether utilized individually or in combinations such as AIoT and IIoT, possess a disruptive nature that is poised to fundamentally reshape the functioning of specific industries, education, and society at large. These technologies act as catalysts for digital transformation, fostering the emergence of novel business models and opportunities for development. Among a multitude of research initiatives, Blockchain technologies have undergone swift evolution, transitioning from applications like cryptocurrencies and decentralized ledgers to a decentralized, programmable, and secure infrastructure. At the European Union (EU) level, the construction of a Blockchain services infrastructure is underway, known as the European Blockchain Partnership, with each country hosting a node. The applications stemming from Blockchain technologies encompass various domains, including the automation of compliance checks in time-sensitive processes, verification of data integrity, electronic medical records, European digital identity management, authentication of educational diplomas and credentials, dependable data sharing among different EU authorities, as well as applications in finance, insurance, and energy supply. At the national level, since 2023, the application for the digital assessment of the written papers of the Baccalaureate exam, administered by the Ministry of Education, integrates the Blockchain technology developed by the experts of the Special Telecommunications Service (STS), which is an active participant in the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI).
Concerning generative artificial intelligence and tools embedded in technologies like ChatGPT, Bard, Bing Chat, etc., the year 2023 witnessed a surge in information and challenges. These developments culminated in the approval, on February 2nd, 2024, of the inaugural EU law designed to regulate AI. This legislation establishes a classification framework based on the potential risks posed by applications utilizing artificial intelligence. Its primary objectives are to enhance the security of AI systems, ensure their compliance with human rights, and establish clear parameters for the use of AI in military, crime, and security contexts.
In the next few years, quantum technologies will make it possible to do things quickly that simply cannot be done today, from complex computational tasks such as modeling biomolecular and chemical reactions that the most powerful supercomputers cannot handle today to sending sensitive information securely anywhere or diagnosing diseases faster and more accurately just by looking inside cells. Intense research based on quantum mechanics has led to major technical advances in many different fields, including quantum computing, sensors, simulations, cryptography, and telecommunications. On 5 December 2023, the EU Council released a declaration that EU Member States are signing to indicate that they recognize the strategic importance of quantum technologies for the EU's scientific and industrial competitiveness and are committed to working together to develop a world-class quantum technology ecosystem across Europe, with the ultimate goal of making Europe the 'quantum valley' of the world, a leading global region for quantum excellence and innovation. Through the RONAQCI (Romanian National Quantum Communication Infrastructure) project and SID2024, Romania is aligning itself with these efforts.
In addition to the aforementioned themes, Education, Cybersecurity, and Digital Transformation in both industry and society continue to be focal points at SID2024. The emphasis, however, lies on approaching these subjects in a sustainable, resilient manner that is centered on human needs. The conference serves as a valuable opportunity for all ULBS partners to share the latest research and innovation outcomes from their ongoing projects.
The event is looking to strengthen the collaboration among all these stakeholders, while also improving the way in which we understand and use the innovative services available in Transylvania and in the Sibiu region. The conference activities will emphasize current research and development concerns of companies active in the area, as well as create new opportunities for collaboration among participants active in a wide array of industries and fields. While highlighting contributions from Hasso-Plattner Knowledge Transfer Institute, active in the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, to the development of the local innovation ecosystem, the conference represents an important component in consolidating Sibiu City’s position as an emerging innovation center
We are looking forward to having you as a guest at this unique event! Join us for a two days journey in innovation between October 24th and 25th 2024!
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