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27th ITS European Regional Conference announced

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On the heels of other ITS conferences happening this year, the European Regional Conference was recently announced for September 8-10th, 2016.
The event will be cohosted in Cambridge, United Kingdom, by Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Cambridge. A call for papers has already been issued on the ITS website, and panel submissions are also welcomed; deadline for submissions is March 7th.
The topic of the conference will be on the north-south digital divide and relevant topics.

Deadline extension for ITS Taiwan

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The deadline for abstracts for the 21st Biennial ITS conference to be held this summer in Taipei has been extended to February 1st. The deadline for the 10th PhD seminar has also been extended, to April 10th. The PhD seminar of the ITS conference is a great opportunity for young researchers to present their work and get top level feedback, and many past students of digital society have presented there. So, get writing!

More information on the conference website.

 

Happy 2016!

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To all of digital society’s friends, present and past, we wish you a wonderful, fruitful 2016.

2016 will be a busy year for us, with three ITS conferences – the 2016 African Regional ITS Conference in Accra, Ghana (March 10-11, 2016), the 2016 Biennial Conference in Taiwan (June 26-29, 2016) and the 27th European Regional Conference in Cambridge (September 8-10, 2016) – as well as many other activities, both in Japan and overseas.

So watch this space, and may the new year be filled with health and success in all your endeavours.

JSICR meeting on ICT for emergency response and resilience

This Friday, November 6th, Waseda University will be hosting the 1st Japan Society of Information and Communication Research (JSICR) meeting on ICT for emergency response and resilience. The presenters will cover topics such as, among others, the role of media, applications of big data and the interplay of social capital and ICT in emergency situations. Participation is free.

We hope to see you there!

Date and time: November 6th 2015, 10:00-15:15
Venue: Waseda main campus, building 19, room 610
More information: http://www.jsicr.jp/operation/study/kokusai.html

Seminar Meeting 2012.4.19

Seminar Meeting 2012.4.19

Welcome to the second seminar class of spring 2012!

Ready?

Agenda

  1. Introductory message by Professor Mitomo
  2. Presentations by fourth semester Master’s students: Lee, Scheath
  3. Practical issues and Closing

1.  Introductory message by professor

Today’s agenda

Job opportunities for seminar students

2. Presentations (2)

I. Analysis of Mobile Spectrum Assignment Policy in Korea (Lee, Chung Sol)

Background to spectrum allocation via auction in Korea in August 2011
Literature review: Why auction the spectrum? Advantages.
Literature review specifically for the 2011 auction in Korea
Research question and hypothesis
Methodology and Structure
References
Comments / Questions:

  • In what aspects will the case comparison take place? This also ties in to some general vagueness issues.
  • Are the cases selected really comparable? It may be better to look for other cases that were held in the same time frame and bear more similarities to the Korean case.
  • Investigate the auction in more detail, and then extend the comparison to another country’s case, and possibly re-phrase the research question and hypothesis

II. Feasibility and Cost-Benefit of Implementing LIMS in a pathology laboratory (a case in Calmette Hospital, Cambodia), Ly Scheath

Background
Reasons for current study
Thesis objectives
Research Question
Research Methods and Procedures
Significance
LIMS available and Costs and Benefits
Questions / Comments:

  • Will the human cost be included in the CBA? (training etc.) Special attention should be paid to fixing the time frame of CB calculation.
  • How will system benefits be evaluated? (reliability, effectiveness, and efficiency)
  • It may be worthwhile try to find past case studies in related literature.
  • Do not focus purely on CBA, but on the form and level of the benefit itself. [List all possible benefits]

3. Practical issues and Closing

The seminar for the fourth semester students will be held after the regular Master’s seminar in the same room (#316)

In the next seminar meeting, Elaine, Maria, and Film will present their MA thesis plans/progress.

This week’s notes were kept by Maria. Note-keeper for  next week will be Riyung.

Lee will be responsible for setting up the equipment before the seminar class [computer, projector, and extension cord should be taken from the professor’s office and projection screen from the 7th floor]

About the web-page

Four new students have joined the seminar. It is requested that one of them at least offer to take over administrator responsibilities from Film, as he will be graduating this semester.

About the welcome party

Date of the welcome party: Thursday, May 17th, 7-9pm

Cost: ~3500¥/person. There are two potential places for the welcome party for new students, one close to Takadanobaba station and the other in Shinjuku. More information on the event will be sent to the mailing list.

Seminar Meeting 2012.1.12

Seminar Meeting 2012.1.12

Overview

  • New Year’s Greetings from Professor Mitomo
  • Advice to thesis writers from 4th-semester students
  • Presentations: Hitomi and Thuy
  • Next up

New Year’s Greetings from Professor Mitomo

The professor welcomed students to the first seminar meeting of 2012, and wished everyone a productive new year. There were plenty of cookies to celebrate.

The fourth semester students all handed in their theses and now only have the oral presentation to go before they can finish. Well done everyone!

The professor described the process of the oral exam and reminded interviewees to especially focus on their contribution, and also bring an extra copy of their thesis in case some specific point needs to be discussed.

Advice to thesis writers from 4th-semester students

The fourth semester students had advice for the rest of the seminar class:

  • Start early and stay healthy, and you’ll finish just fine
  • Write down your structure, you’ll find out you have a lot less to write than you think
  • While writing, put in your references immediately, because you will not be able to remember them afterwards
  • Start your reading early

Presentations: Hitomi and Thuy

First semester students Hitomi and Thuy did their presentations today

Hitomi: Digital Divide in India

This presentation concerned the discrepancy between macro-level reporting on the digital divide in India, according to which the divide is narrowing, and micro-level observations, which show that the divide is getting wider.

In the discussion, the issues of digital divide definition, and the differences between a hypothesis and a research question were brought up.

Thuy: Leap-frogging as a way to combat the digital divide in Vietnam

The next presentation also concerned the digital divide, but from a different perspective. The main focus was on the advantages and disadvantages of using leap-frogging as a strategy for combating the digital divide.

The different definitions of digital divide were again brought up, and then the possible problems concerning the gathering of reliable data were discussed, as well as some potential solutions.

Next up

There might be a chance to visit the NTT DoCoMo showroom on February 2-3.

Next week, third semester students will make their final presentations for this semester.

Notes will be taken by Riyung.

Seminar Meeting 2011.9.29

Seminar Meeting 2011.9.29

In the first seminar class of the autumn semester for 2011 we welcomed three new students and set our plans for the semester to come.

  • Welcome new students!We have three new students join our seminar class this semester. Hitomi form Japan, Ren from Korea, and Thuy from Vietnam joined us on Thursday. Welcome ladies!
  • Introduction to the seminar classTo start off the class (our zemi), professor Mitomo explained the purpose of the seminar class. This semester we will be doing mostly student presentations.
  • PresentationsPresentations are usually about 10 minutes long. The slides should be in English, but the presentation can be either in English or Japanese. 3rd semester students will take over the first 2 weeks of presentations followed by the new students and the 2nd semester students. Presentation order:
    • 1st week (10.6): Maria, Film, Elaine
    • 2nd week (10.13): Socheat, Lee, and, if there is time, Thuy
    • 3rd week (10.20): Hitomi, Ren
    • 4th week (10.27): Millya, Wenjin, Riyung
  • Extra statistics classThere will most likely be an extra (non-credited) class on statistical analysis with a focus on thesis writing. This class is NOT mandatory. The details will be discussed with Nassar next week.
    • If you can, please leave the 5th period on Thursdays open.
  • Upcoming eventsOn a Wednesday or Thursday afternoon to be specified, those wishing to will be given the opportunity to visit the NTT showroom. The exact date of the study visit will be decided once our schedules have been solidified. Again, this event is not mandatory.
  • Welcome nomikaiThe date for the welcome party will be decided next week (Responsible: Tong)
  • The websiteThere was a brief introduction on the zemi’s website, http://digitalsociety.jpFilm explained the registration process and how to use the website, and will be in charge of giving access to the new students. (Responsible: Film)Next steps for the website:
    • We need to make a Japanese-language version
    • Everyone is asked to bring in suggestions for a new logo!
  • Omiyage time!Cake-eating is a tradition for our zemi.The debate on the best pineapple cake is as yet unresolved. Taiwanese students are asked to bring more cakes for comparative research.
  • ITS conference in BudapestThe professor brought up the International Telecommunications Society’s Regional Conference held in Budapest earlier in September, which Tong, Manit, and Maria attended.Students wishing to attend other conferences are encouraged to look up theITS Regional Conference in Perth, Australia (November 13-16)AEA Conference “Towards a Digital Society” in Luxembourg (December 1-2)ITS Regional Conference in New Delhi, India (February 23-24, 2012)and everyone should keep in mind the

    ITS Biennial Conference 2012 in Phuket, Thailand (November 18-21, 2012)

    For more information on the ITS conferences, please check: http://www.itsworld.org/content/?con0

    Financing for conference attendance in case of a paper presentation is given only to PhD students. However, privately-financed Master’s students can ask at CIE for other subsidies available to them.

  • Classes at GSAPSA clarification was made concerning the contents of the two courses given by Professor Mitomo this semester; while the courses are described as ‘introductory’ and ‘advanced’, this distinction is not so clear in practice and students are free to take whichever they want.
  • Sub-zemiA second session was held during the 5th period for 4th semester Master’s students to discuss their thesis proposals with the Professor.
  • Wrap upNotes for this seminar class were kept by Maria, and will be uploaded on the website (Responsible: Maria)Next zemi’s notes will be kept by Wendy (Responsible: Wendy)

Sorry if I got anyone’s name wrong, despite asking you to spell your name twice.

See you Thursday!