10e. ICT for Sustainable Development in IR4.0 Era

Track Chair(s)

  • Rabiah Abdul Kadir, Institute of IR4.0, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia rabiahivi@ukm.edu.my
  • Nazlena Mohamad Ali, Institute of IR4.0, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia nazlena.ali@ukm.edu.my
  • Layth Sliman, Engineering School of Digital Technologies EFREI, Paris-Pantheon-Assas University, France layth.sliman@gmail.com
  • Riza Sulaiman, Institute of IR4.0, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia riza@ukm.edu.my
  • Mohammad Nazir Ahmad, Institute of IR4.0, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia mnazir@ukm.edu.my
  • Ang Mei Choo, Institute of IR4.0, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia amc@ukm.edu.my

Goals and Objectives of the Track

Sustainable development goals (SDGs) are established to end poverty, improve health and education, and promote prosperity and well-being through environmental sustainability. The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It requires global partnerships and participation in the integration of environmental, social, economic, and governance dimensions in the process of development. The concept of sustainable development is conceived as a balance of sustainable economic growth and ecological regeneration. The development of science and technology plays a significant role in achieving SDG targets by improving the efficiency and effectiveness of new and more sustainable development methods. Developing technology, creating innovation, and producing breakthrough solutions are critical for delivering SDG targets. Through Industry 4.0, technology today plays a significant role in sustainable economic, social and environmental development.

Information and communication technology (ICT) is driving innovation, efficiency, and effectiveness across all sectors and resources by providing everyone with the potential to access and share information and then utilize it to create new opportunities. It is changing the way businesses are managed. ICT can also be used to assist governments in delivering better public services as well as creating smart and resilient cities with large scale data-centric manifesto. ICT has improved the way we work and live as well as our outlook on the development of urban areas. The fourth industrial revolution has made it possible for us to transform production, management, and governance into more effective and efficient systems in connected societies.

However, it is also important to consider potential negative impacts or constraints of ICT in sustainability. There are emergent risks and externalities, the potential for exploitative uses (including by state and private sector actors), and perverse consequences of implementing ICT without sufficient protections and safeguards, especially for vulnerable groups.

Technologies such as the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, data analytics, machine learning, and 3D printing can be used to create, expand, and monitor the effectiveness of sustainable development and environmental compliance across the globe. As technology changes how we live, it will continue to profoundly impact how we regenerate and protect our environment through sustainability. At the same time, there are limits and downsides to the narrative of technological optimism, and these should be considered and explored objectively.

In this session, we are looking for both applied and theoretical research to further the application of connections between the usage of ICT for achieving SDG targets in the era of the fourth industrial revolution.

Contributions related to the following areas and fields are welcome:

  • State-of-the-art ICTs to be developed and deployed for SDGs.
  • Role of ICTs to reach SDGs using technology of IR4.0 such as IoT, machine learning, 3D printing etc.
  • Impact of ICTs in enhancing the lives of peoples and enable them to live more independently.
  • Constraints for ICTs in contributing to genuine sustainable development.
  • AI and ML methods used to analyze huge data to track progress toward certain SDGs.
  • Case studies reviewing how the technology today plays a significant role in sustainable economic, social, and environmental development.
  • Case studies of how ICTs can negatively impact particular groups, communities, populations, or geographies.
  • ICT influence on the dimensions of sustainable development of a nation.
  • Insights of large-scale data on the successful application of ICT for sustainable development.