Friday 9:15

Challenges in ICT adoption for a sustainable future (download presentation)

Soulla Louca

As internet races ambitiously towards critical mass, key demographic variables like income, educational standard, technological skills and population density drive the adoption of information and communication technology (ICT). The world is in the midst of a knowledge upheaval, complemented by opening up an entirely new panorama in ICT. The social and economical dividends of ICT appear to be boundless with the potential to contribute in achieving significant economic, social and environmental benefits. Recent and projected developments in the fields of ICT are indeed revolutionary in nature. Their impact in science and technology, commerce and industry, business, administration, governance and so on will further revolutionize our society. One of the main challenges, however, is in the adoption of these new technologies. The talk will concentrate on a selection of challenges we are faced with in achieving technological diffusion for shaping the experience of ICTs and technological innovation that would contribute to a global green economy and a sustainable future.

About the speaker

Soulla Louca received her Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1994 from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Prior to that, she had received a B.A in Computer Science and Mathematics and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University respectively.  She has participated and coordinated numerous projects including National Science Foundation (NSF- USA), Research Promotion Foundation (RPF-Cyprus) and European; has served as a reviewer for various international conferences/journals as well as an ICT expert for the European Commission.  Her research interests include socio-economic aspects of Green ICT, e-learning, social integration and digital divide, and e-business Since June 2008; she is the Chair of the Domain Committee for Information Communication Technologies for the European program COST (Co-operation for Science and Technology, www.cost.eu ).  Dr Louca is an Associate Professor at the University of Nicosia in the Department of Management and Management Information Systems.