Sunday 18 August, 2019

NIHERST launches C'bean Youth Science Forum

The National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST) is launching its Caribbean Youth Science Forum (CYSF) 2017 for regional Lower Sixth Form science students.

In a release, NIHERST said CYSF is intended to develop the next generation of science and technology professionals from the Caribbean region whose knowledge and skills contribute to the improvement of society.

This 16th instalment of CYSF runs from August 6-13, providing its participants with an invaluable opportunity to increase their knowledge, broaden their horizons, and develop a strong sense of regional identity as they engage with top professionals in diverse STI fields and their peers from other countries.

All forum activities are ultimately geared towards providing opportunities for students to develop 21st century skills which are absolutely critical to their personal and professional development in the future.

The programme promises to cover topics including artificial intelligence and computer vision, surgical sciences, art psychotherapy, forensic pathology, chemical engineering, deep sea exploration, food and agricultural technology and the oil and gas industry.

This year’s distinguished visiting keynote speaker is Dr. Naila Murray. A native of Arima, Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Murray is currently a senior scientist and manager of the computer vision group at Naver Labs Europe (formerly known as Xerox Research Centre Europe), where she actively conducts research, and coordinates the research efforts of her team.

Her work in computer vision enables machines such as computers and smartphones to automatically understand visual content such as images and videos. This understanding leads to applications such as automated image and video tagging, aesthetics prediction, and visual attention modelling. She is the recipient of the 2014 Frank Rampersad Award for Junior Scientist, awarded by NIHERST.

A series of public lectures will also take place as follows:

Monday, August 7, 2017

A public lecture by Professor Dilip Dan will take place from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm at The University of the West Indies Teaching and Learning Complex, Lecture Theatre D.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A Public Lecture by Dr. Naila Murray will take place from 3:45 pm to 5:15 pm at The University of the West Indies Teaching and Learning Complex, Lecture Theatre D.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Public Lecture by Dr. Valery Alexandrov will take place from 3:45 pm to 5:15 pm at The University of the West Indies Teaching and Learning Complex, Lecture Theatre D.

Parking is available at Heart Ease Carpark for all four events.

For further information please visit niherst.gov.tt or see NIHERST on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NIHERST 

 

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