New forum for debate on whether society is ready for smarter use of technology
Open Thoughts
27/02/2013

The aim of the Open Thoughts forum is to answer different questions such as how technology can help find solutions to the challenges of today's world, whether society is ready to process the vast quantity of data produced, and how ICTs and the internet help make it more sustainable and more competitive.

A number of experts have started giving their opinions on these questions, including Aleix Valls, director of the Mobile World Centre and the Mobile World Festival, and ngel A. Juan and Daniel Riera, lecturers in the UOC's IT, Multimedia and Telecommunications department and coordinators of the ICSO-HAROSA research programme at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3). The forum for debate is led by this research programme, which looks into optimizing complex systems through hybrid algorithms, and parallel and distributed computing on the internet.


Online models for collaboration between companies and researchers

ngel A. Juan and Daniel Riera, the programme's coordinators, are senior lecturers in the UOC's IT, Multimedia and Telecommunications department. Juan has published the first blog article, focusing on e-research and the trend towards online collaboration models, both in research and in business consultancy, which transcend national and continental borders.


Improved mobile technology

The second contribution was made by Aleix Valls, director of the Mobile World Centre and the Mobile World Festival. Valls looked at the impact of mobile technology and the recently opened Mobile World Centre, the purpose of which is to publicize how this technology is helping improve our everyday lives. This forum is a Mobile World Capital initiative, one of the organizers of the Mobile World Congress taking place in Barcelona from 25 to 28 February.


The initiative

Open Thoughts is an initiative run by the UOC's Research and Transfer Support Office. It began in 2012 with a debate on gender and ICTs where around twenty international experts answered the question: What if Steve Jobs had been a woman?

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