Over 100 scholars and researchers in the emerging ICT area of Visualization technology commenced a two day workshop at JKUAT, Monday, August 20, 2018 aimed at popularizing large scale adoption and use of data visualization concept techniques that transforms complex data into simple relatable graphs and images, easily understood by wide audiences.
The symposium dubbed, Advancing Multi-disciplinary Data, Information and Scientific Visualization for Strategic and Sustainable Development, drew participants from various countries including, Kenya, Nigeria, China, Japan and Germany. It was expected to come out with strategies that promote better understanding of trends and patterns of events capable of aiding improved decision making at individual and wide spectrum of governmental and non-governmental authorities.
Mr. Francis Wangusi, Director General Communications Authority of Kenya, lauded the Impact of data visualization in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, Vision 2030 and the Big Four Agendas.
In a speech read by the Director, Multimedia Services, Communications Authority of Kenya, Eng. Leo Boruett, the Director General said improved decision making promotes alignment of programmes and resources for optimum achievement of results that are able to yield solutions to real world problems and catalyse socio-economic development.
“Visualization can therefore play a role in the realization of global development agenda such as Sustainable Development Goals as well as national development goals for Kenya’s Vision 2030 and the Big Four Agenda. Overly, visualization should be able to yield solutions to real world problems and catalyze socio-economic development,” said Mr. Wangusi
Dr. Ruben Thuo, Dean JKUAT’s School of Medicine, who was representing the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Ngumi, underscored the significance of data visualization saying JKUAT guided by the enactment in 2016, of the open research data policy had been at the forefront in taking the lead in the promotion of science and technology Africa.
‘As a university, we pledge to maintain the momentum in order to provide better understanding of our research products, help open and improve science in Kenya, Africa and indeed the world’
Prof. Ngumi informed the workshop JKUAT through the ICT Centre of Excellence and Open Data, had made deliberate move to support the generation, , storage, and sharing of research data in an open format.
“We have also partnered with IBM to build a technical professional capacity and establish an Open Research Data Cloud that will store, preserve and share data with the public in an easy manner while protecting Intellectual Property rights of owners,” said Prof. Ngumi.
The workshop, organized by Prof. Wafula Muliaro and held in Africa for the first time, had six sessions including Manufacturing and Industry; Policy Regulation and Strategic Management; Universal Healthcare; Computer Graphics; Media and Animation; and Food and Nutrition Security; making it an appropriate forum for scientists to interact and assess advances in technological innovations for industrialization.
Among the keynote leading scholars slated to present during the conference included; Prof. Benjamin Aribisala of Lagos state University who will speak on African Open Science Platform and Medical Application of Data Visualization, Prof. Koji Koyamada of Kyoto University slated to discuss the question of Data Visualization and causality and Prof. Xiaoru Yuan of Peking University will focus on “Data Visualization for Everyone”.