Prof. Judy van Biljon

International Development Informatics Association :
Chairperson

Keynote Speech Abstract

Title: Innovating with Knowledge Mobilisation and Visualization in the 4IR era

Abstract: The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) necessitates a radical rethink of our usual practices. We need to consider how to maximise opportunities to improve livelihoods, mitigate the challenges in exacerbating existing inequalities and provide strategic leadership on national, organizational and individual levels.  Knowledge Mobilisation has the potential to forge strong and meaningful connections between research, policy and practice across sectors, disciplines and countries. 4IR technologies and applications enable fast, stable and secure high-speed data connections and communications. Digital transformation, artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques are supportive in dealing with the increasing information load, yet the final sensemaking and interpretation can be performed only by humans. Highlighting some lessons from the global response to the 2020 health pandemic as point of departure in dealing with the 4IR, this talk will focus on abstraction and visualization as mechanisms for knowledge creation and transfer in scientific research and postgraduate supervision.

Personal Information

Judy van Biljon is a professor of Information Systems and holds the South African Research Chair’s Initiative, Chair in Information and Communication for Development hosted by the School of Computing at the University of South Africa.

Her disciplinary focus is on Human-Computer Interaction for Development. She has contributed to the body of academic knowledge by publishing on Human-Computer Interaction evaluation and interaction design for marginalised groups, technology adoption, and sustainability in digital learning for resource-constrained environments.

As open-distance electronic learning (ODeL) practitioner, she has published on cohort supervision in ODeL and knowledge visualisation for postgraduate supervision. She has authored more than 30 accredited journal papers and 80 conference papers and has supervised eight PhD students and eleven master’s students to completion. She is the recipient of the UNISA Chancellor’s award for Excellence in Research and a Leadership in Research Award.

She serves on the editorial board of established journals like the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries and Information Technology for Development. As Chairperson of the International Development Informatics Association (IDIA) she is involved in capacity building initiatives through the IDIA biennial conference series and through the establishment of the Southern African Chapter of the International Network for Postgraduate Students in the area of ICT4D (IPID).

Human-Computer Interaction for Development
97%
Open-distance Electronic Learning
95%
Research Excellence
55%
Leadership
75%

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