Prayag
A Centre
of
Knowledge Informatics
for
Sustainable Development
(Dedicated to the spirit of Creativity and Innovation...
Creativity
• Creativity is the ability to see relationships where none exist."-- Thomas Disch,
Sc. fiction author and poet...
Informatics
• Mathematics and Logic
• Electronics and Communication
• Systems Design/Engineering
• Application Domains [Sc...
Informatics
• Mathematics and Logic
• Electronics and Communication
• Systems Design/Engineering
• Application Domains [Sc...
Informatics
• Mathematics and Logic
• Electronics and Communication
• Systems Design/Engineering
• Application Domains [Sc...
Sustainable Development
• Development which meets the needs of the present without
compromising the ability of future gene...
Sustainable Development
• Development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future
gene...
Sustainable Development
• Development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future
gene...
Biglan’s classification of disciplinesBIGLAN Hard: Single paradigm Soft: Lack a single common paradigm
Pure
Nonlife/
Life
...
IT for Sustainable Development
– Enrichment of Physical Environment and Cultural Heritage
– Improvement of the accessibili...
Levels of Inter-disciplinary Informatics
• First orbit integration: The integrating disciplines share the
same Biglan cate...
Prayag - A Centre of Knowledge Informatics for Sustainable Development
• To incubate IT centric interdisciplinary R&D in n...
Prayag - A Centre of Knowledge Informatics for Sustainable Development
• To incubate IT centric interdisciplinary R&D in n...
Prayag - A Centre of Knowledge Informatics for Sustainable Development
• To incubate IT centric interdisciplinary R&D in n...
Deliverables:
• Technical reports
• Research publications (Both Applied & Basic)
• Books and monographs
• Workshops, Semin...
Deliverables:
• Technical reports
• Research publications (Both Applied & Basic)
• Books and monographs
• Workshops, Semin...
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  1. 1. Prayag A Centre of Knowledge Informatics for Sustainable Development (Dedicated to the spirit of Creativity and Innovation) By Sanjay Goel, JIIT, 2011
  2. 2. Creativity • Creativity is the ability to see relationships where none exist."-- Thomas Disch, Sc. fiction author and poet • The creative process is a matter of continually separating and bringing together, bringing together and separating, in many dimensions. Albert Rothenberg , Creativity researcher • Problems cannot be solved by thinking within the framework in which the problems were created. -- Albert Einstein. • Synergy between thinkers from seemingly different disciplines has helped in giving major turns to civilization. -- Heisenberg • If at first, the idea is not absurd, there is no hope for it. -- Albert Einstein • If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. -- Henry David Thoreau, author, philosopher
  3. 3. Informatics • Mathematics and Logic • Electronics and Communication • Systems Design/Engineering • Application Domains [Science, Engg., Business, Govt.] • Many specialized subfields have emerged at the edges of informatics and other disciplines. – Management information systems, engineering informatics (e.g., mechatronics, construction informatics), bio-informatics, computational finance, computational linguistics, computational psychology, health- informatics/medical informatics, geo-informatics, chem-informatics, museum-informatics, digital archives and library, computational archaeology, digital media, computer games, cognitive sciences, computational physics, computational maths, computational sociology, social informatics, computational economics, learning technology/education technology, etc. Evolution of Informatics
  4. 4. Informatics • Mathematics and Logic • Electronics and Communication • Systems Design/Engineering • Application Domains [Science, Engg., Business, Govt.] • Old Computing was about what Computers can do, New computing is about what people can do. - Shneiderman Evolution of Informatics
  5. 5. Informatics • Mathematics and Logic • Electronics and Communication • Systems Design/Engineering • Application Domains [Science, Engg., Business, Govt.] • Old Computing was about what Computers can do, New computing is about what people can do. - Shneiderman • People in different professions and disciplines deal with ‘information’ differently. • The basic conceptions, form, and nature of ‘information’ also differs across disciplines Evolution of Informatics
  6. 6. Sustainable Development • Development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. - World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987  Intra- and Inter-generational Equity  Environmental, Economic, Social, and Cultural Dimensions
  7. 7. Sustainable Development • Development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. - World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987  Intra- and Inter-generational Equity  Environmental, Economic, Social, and Cultural Dimensions • Sustainability problems are complex, hence they are beyond the realm of any single discipline. • Sustainable solutions requires systems thinking - inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary approach, multi-perspective integration, and innovation. – Enrichment of Physical Environment and Cultural Heritage – Improvement of the accessibility and quality of Basic Facilities • Nutrition, water supply, housing, sanitation, health care, energy, transport, and safety – Improvement of the support system for enhancing Human’s Happiness by focusing on higher level human needs – social, cognitive, aesthetics, and self actualization. • Competence - Quality of Education system • Autonomy – Empowerment • Relatedness, equity, cooperation, and collaboration • Creativity
  8. 8. Sustainable Development • Development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. - World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987  Intra- and Inter-generational Equity  Environmental, Economic, Social, and Cultural Dimensions • Sustainability problems are beyond the realm of any single discipline • Sustainable solutions requires systems thinking - inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary approach, multi-perspective integration, and flexibility • Interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches are really very difficult to develop because the involved disciplines normally differ not just in terms of objectives, content, and practices but also, perspectives, thinking patterns, and also epistemological and pedagogical culture. --- Two Cultures (Snow, 1959), Biglan’s Classification of Disciplines (1973)  Complex software projects are inherently interdisciplinary and hence face challenges in identifying the real needs.
  9. 9. Biglan’s classification of disciplinesBIGLAN Hard: Single paradigm Soft: Lack a single common paradigm Pure Nonlife/ Life Concerned with universals & simplification Quantitative, Atomistic structure Knowledge is Cumulative, Linear, Hierarchical (closely connected concepts and principles, fixed content) community is competitive but gregarious Abstract-Reflective leaning Logical reasoning, linear argument, reliance on facts, and concepts Focused and instructive teaching-learning Maths/Natural Sciences/Phy/Chem/Astronomy/ Geology/Oceanography/ Botany/Zoology/ Genetics/Physiology/Biochemistry Concerned with particulars Qualitative, Holistic Reiterative, knowledge is not superseded Nonlinear, Spiral, Open Individualistic Concrete-Reflective Broad command of intellectual ideas, creativity and expression Constructive and interpretive teaching- learning Language/Linguistics/Literature/Phil./ Comm./Religion/Creative writing/ Intl, Relations/ Eco./History/ Geography/ Archaeology Sociology/ Anthropology/ Area studies/ Political Science/ Psychology Applied Nonlife/ Life Concern: mastery of the physical environment Focus on problem solving, practical skill, & Integration and application of knowledge Aim: products and techniques Knowledge community is gregarious Content is linear, factual understanding, Abstract-Active Civil/Mechanical/Electrical/ECE/Chemical/ Ceramic/Computer Engg./Health technologies/ Computer Sc./ Pharmacy/Agriculture/ Horticulture/ Medicine/Psychiatry//Dentistry/ Concern: enhancement of professional practice Focus on personal growth, intellectual breadth, reflective practice, and life-long learning skills Aim: protocols and procedures Knowledge community is gregarious Reiterative acquisition of knowledge Concrete-Active Accounting/Banking/Finance/ Business Admn./ Agricultural Economics/Managerial Eco/Marketing/ Law/Advertising/ Journalism/Library & Archival Sciences/ Architecture/City planning/Interior design/Crafts/ Arts/Dance/Music Recreation/Education/Nursing/Agribusiness/ Conservation/Fishing/Forestry/ Counseling/ HR/Organizational behavior
  10. 10. IT for Sustainable Development – Enrichment of Physical Environment and Cultural Heritage – Improvement of the accessibility and quality of Basic Facilities • Nutrition, water supply, housing, sanitation, health care, energy, transport, and safety – Improvement of the support system for enhancing Human’s Happiness by focusing on higher level human needs – social, cognitive, aesthetics, and self actualization. • Competence - Quality of Education system • Autonomy – Empowerment • Relatedness, equity, cooperation, and collaboration • Creativity • Sustainability requires systems thinking, inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary approach, multi-perspective integration, and flexibility.
  11. 11. Levels of Inter-disciplinary Informatics • First orbit integration: The integrating disciplines share the same Biglan category along all the three bi-level axes, • IT + other non-life, hard, and applied discipline (any engineering) • Second orbit integration: The integrating disciplines share the same Biglan category along any two of the three bilevel axes. • 2.1- IT + non-life, hard, and pure discipline, e.g., mathematics, physics, chemistry, etc. • 2.2 - IT + life, hard, and applied discipline e.g., agriculture, psychiatry, medicine, etc., • 2.3 - IT + non-life, soft, and applied discipline, e.g., architecture, journalism, advertising, dance, music, art, management, finance, etc., • Third orbit integration: The integrating disciplines share the same Biglan category along only one of the three bilevel axes. • 3.1 - IT+ life, hard, and pure discipline, e.g., biology, biochemistry, genetics, etc., • 3.2 - IT + life, soft, and applied discipline, e.g., recreation, education, counseling, etc., • 3.3 - IT + non-life, soft, and pure discipline, e.g., linguistics, literature, history, communication, economics, archaeology, etc. •Fourth orbit integration: The integrating disciplines do not share the same Biglan category along any of the three bi-level axes. • IT + life, soft, and pure discipline, e.g., psychology, sociology, area study, anthropology, etc. Our GoalsOur Goals
  12. 12. Prayag - A Centre of Knowledge Informatics for Sustainable Development • To incubate IT centric interdisciplinary R&D in newer, relatively unexplored, and divergent application domains with a special focus on sustainability. – Create prototypes – Incubate startup business/social ventures • To do the groundwork for creation of new paradigms with a special focus on sustainability. – To enrich IT culture, theory, and practice (professional, research, and pedagogical) through infusion of selected appropriate elements in the culture, theory, and practice of divergent disciplines and professions.
  13. 13. Prayag - A Centre of Knowledge Informatics for Sustainable Development • To incubate IT centric interdisciplinary R&D in newer, relatively unexplored, and divergent application domains with a special focus on sustainability. – Create prototypes – Incubate startup business/social ventures • To do the groundwork for creation of new paradigms with a special focus on sustainability. – To enrich IT culture, theory, and practice (professional, research, and pedagogical) through infusion of selected appropriate elements in the culture, theory, and practice of divergent disciplines and professions. • To identify, document, and analyze – IT centric innovations and sustainable approaches in various domains. – Interdisciplinary practices and approaches in IT industry and academia. – Inhibiting and facilitating factors for promoting innovation and inter- disciplinary R&D work.
  14. 14. Prayag - A Centre of Knowledge Informatics for Sustainable Development • To incubate IT centric interdisciplinary R&D in newer, relatively unexplored, and divergent application domains with a special focus on sustainability. – Create prototypes – Incubate startup business/social ventures • To do the groundwork for creation of new paradigms with a special focus on sustainability. – To enrich IT culture, theory, and practice (professional, research, and pedagogical) through infusion of selected appropriate elements in the culture, theory, and practice of divergent disciplines and professions. • To identify, document, and analyze – IT centric innovations and sustainable approaches in various domains. – Interdisciplinary practices and approaches in IT industry and academia. – Inhibiting and facilitating factors for promoting innovation and inter-disciplinary R&D work. • To evolve models and methods for initiating and managing IT centric inter-disciplinary work and education. – To enrich existing courses through new interdisciplinary approaches – To create IT centric interdisciplinary educational programs
  15. 15. Deliverables: • Technical reports • Research publications (Both Applied & Basic) • Books and monographs • Workshops, Seminars, Webinars, Conferences, Short courses, Active online communities • Working Prototypes • Independently sustainable projects (in and outside JIIT) • Infusion of Interdisciplinary approaches in existing courses • New Elective courses • New Degree programs Prayag - A Centre of Knowledge Informatics for Sustainable Development
  16. 16. Deliverables: • Technical reports • Research publications (Both Applied & Basic) • Books and monographs • Workshops, Seminars, Webinars, Conferences, Short courses, Active online communities • Working Prototypes • Independently sustainable projects (in and outside JIIT) • Infusion of Interdisciplinary approaches in existing courses • New Elective courses • New Degree programs Requirements: • Funding for – honorarium for guest experts, scholars, authors, and editors – hiring research fellows – offering visits and sabbaticals to experts of diverse disciplines and professions – scholarships – study tours and visits • Infrastructural support (including IT and Library) Prayag - A Centre of Knowledge Informatics for Sustainable Development

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