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New president for IFIP

Paul Brislen, Editor. 27 September 2016, 7:18 am
New president for IFIP

The International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) ha a new president.

The global professional association for the ICT industry, of which IITP is a member, has elected Professor Mike Hinchey to the role.

Hinchey is a director of Lero, the Irish software research centre, professor of software engineering at the University of Limerick, Ireland and a consultant to NASA.

He succeeds Leon Strous, who completed his second consecutive term as President at the 2016 General Assembly held as part of last week's World IT Forum (WITFOR) 2016 in Costa Rica.

Hinchey says he will continue Strous' work.

"As the umbrella society for national ICT professional bodies around the world, IFIP represents the people working in ICT and has access to the knowledge and expertise of over half a million ICT professionals and researchers through our member societies," he said.

"When it comes to the ICT sector, we really do represent the world.  We want to play a larger role by promoting professionalism and ethics in ICT, and by bringing together the right experts who can apply technology to solve some of the challenges we currently face as a society."

Also at WTIFOR, IFIP announced it was to partner with the XPRIZE initiative in its new US$5 million AI XPRIZE.

XPRIZE, the global leader in incentivised prize competitions, announced the new AI XPRIZE in February this year, to promote collaboration and exploration into ways that AI and human-machine interaction can help to solve the world's greatest challenges.

As an Advocate Partner, IFIP will promote the AI competition to the 500,000+ ICT professionals and researchers in its member societies, encouraging those with an interest in AI to participate in the four-year competition. IFIP will identify and propose judges and scientific advisory board members, including its own IFIP experts, and has agreed to engage its member community to find mentors and technical experts to assist the teams in refining and enhancing their submissions.


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