Workshop on Data Management in Connected Environments for Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection, September 2021, Panama

By Héctor Poveda - Universidad Tecnológica de Panama, IEEE ComSoc Panama Chapter and Yessica Sáez - Universidad Tecnológica de Panama, IEEE ComSoc Panama Chapter

The Workshop “Data Management in Connected Environments for Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection” was a hybrid event organized by the Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá (UTP), the University of Pau et Pays de l’Adour (UPPA), and the École Nationale Supérieure d’Électronique, Informatique, Télécommunications, Mathématique et Mécanique de Bordeaux (ENSEIRB-MATMECA). This event had the collaboration of the IEEE Computer Society (CS), Panama Section, and the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Panama Section, and was financed by the Innovative Projects Solidarity Fund ARCHAC of the Service for Cooperation and Cultural Action for Central America (SCAC). This workshop aimed to identify and promote technological solutions to problems related to environmental management and sustainable development.

The workshop was an activity to promote the creation of the France-Central America Multidisciplinary Research Center. It was held on 16 and 17 September, 2021 (both in person and via Zoom), and featured keynote speakers and technical presentations on the latest technological developments and innovations in fields that drive the utility and potential of connected environments.

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During the first day of the workshop, Mr. Héctor Montemayor, President of the Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá; Mrs. Chloee Foyer, First Counselor of the French Embassy in Panama; and Mr. Paulo Pais, Regional Advisor of the Cooperation and Cultural Action Service for Central America were in charge of the welcome ceremony, highlighting the importance of this type of event. The first keynote presentation was given by Dr. Yannis Manolopoulos from Open University of Cyprus. During his presentation, Dr. Manolopoulos presented state-of-the-art methods for point of interest (POI) recommendations based on deep learning techniques. Following this presentation, six works were presented, including “IoT Data Sharing Management,” “Robots and Connected Environments,” “Acoustic Monitoring System Based on Lora,” among others.

The second day featured two keynote speeches. The first keynote speaker was Dr. Ernesto Damiani from Khalifa University, UAE. Dr. Damiani presented a survey on some microservice frameworks, highlighting the problems of controlling resource utilization and power consumption. The second keynote presentation was given by Dr. Esma Aïmeur, from the University of Montreal, Canada, who highlighted the urgent need for privacy-preserving measures on three fronts: the technical, regulatory, and human sides. During this second day of the workshop, there was also a technical session with four short talks related to the main theme, where topics such as expert systems, machine learning, and long short-term memory network applications, among others, were addressed.

During both days, each of the keynote and technical presentations was followed by a question-and-answer session moderated by IEEE ComSoc Panama Section members. This event had the participation of around 75 people, including students, professors, and researchers from Panama, Colombia, Canada, Italy, France, and other countries.