The rapid development in robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, as well as the commercial availability of these products, is making inroads into the education sector, specifically in libraries. Beyond automated storage and retrieval systems, we now have autonomous shelf-reading robots, telepresence and humanoid robots, chatbots and voice activated systems. Robots and AI are becoming our co-workers. A number of higher education institutions around the world have deployed and implemented robotics and AI for internal operations as well as for public services. This combination of skilled human resources, robotics and AI technologies complement library services in the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) era.
We are pleased to announce a new Symposium on Robotics and AI in the Libraries in the Education Sector. This follows a highly successful pre-conference on robotics with the International Federation of Library Associations at the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau, Berlin, in August 2019. The department of Library Services, in collaboration with IFLA IT section, are organising an International Symposium on Robotics and AI in Libraries, from 10-11 November 2021. The Symposium will be hosted by the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Robotics and AI have the following applications in Library settings:
The Symposium will include:
To participate as an Attendee, Presenter, Sponser please CLICK HERE to sign up. Registration and payment will be open soon.
Please note that registration is only for proposal submissions and not conference attendance. No financial support can be provided by the organizers.
For further information, please contact
Conference administrator : Una Mgwenya at [email protected]
Local Committee Chair : Lazarus Matizirofa at [email protected]