Canberra’s computing skills secure global tech conference

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) has selected Canberra for the 2020 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (IEEE SSCI).

“We selected Canberra due to its competitive bid that demonstrated to us significant local support both from the ACT government and UNSW Canberra as well as involvement of the world class computational intelligence scientists to lead various committees,” said Professor Nikhil Pal, president IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham said the Business Events Bid Fund played a significant role in securing the conference for Canberra.

“This will be a huge economic and tourism boost for the ACT,” Birmingham said. “Canberra will have the chance to show-off its unique experiences and attractions whilst at the same time see millions injected into local businesses and the economy.”

Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the city was combining its thirst for knowledge with a growing tourism sector.

“We are proactively working with industry to develop AI capability in Canberra, including funding trials of controls for automated vehicles with local company Seeing Machines,” he said.

The conference will be hosted at the National Convention Centre Canberra with workshops held at UNSW Canberra.

“The secret recipe for a successful bid of an international conference is people with the knowledge, experience, determination, and good will to work together for the bid,” said Professor Hussein Abbass of UNSW Canberra.

“This is what I received from the Canberra Convention Bureau; a team of professionals who supported me all the way with their network of connections, experience to get financial support, knowledge of the local environment, and positive attitude. They were in it to win it.”