WICT 2008 Attracting High Interest


The organising committee announced that WICT 2008 has attracted the interest of the local ICT researchers .

WICT 2008, the First National ICT Conference promoting research and application of technologies and practices in the field of ICT is being organised by the University of Malta’s Faculty of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) on 17 and 18 November. ICT professionals are encouraged to participate in what is being considered the largest national event concerning cutting edge ICT.

Abstract submissions covering a broad range of research topics were submitted by the various research groups within the Faculty of ICT at the University of malta as well as from the ICT industry. These research topics include: Social Networks, User-adapted systems, Tunable Inductors, Location Based Services, Cognitive Networks, Full Contract Specification and Analysis, Computer Security, Computer Graphics, Video Streaming, Hardware Design/Verification, Natural Language Processing, Computer Simulation and Model Checking, among others.

These topics will be presented during the two-day WICT Conference this November. These topics will be complementing the two high-profile keynote speaches on the topics of Computer Mediated Living and Identity Management to be delivered by Dr. Stephen Hodges, Microsoft Research Lab Cambridge and Dr. Pythagoras Papdimitriou, Sun Microsystems. The visit of these two guest speakers is being made possible by Microsoft Malta Ltd and Computime.

The following are abstracts randomly chosen from two of the submitted abstracts:

“Using Hidden Markov Models in Credit Card Transaction Fraud Detection – “The ever-growing electronic world is providing companies with more opportunities to interact with their clients and offer new services online. The chosen technology, which is going to be implemented and tested, is Hidden Markov Models, which, for many years, have been effectively implemented in other similar areas. The flexibility offered by these models together with the similarity in concepts between Automatic Speech Recognition and credit card fraud detection has instigated the idea of testing the usefulness of these models in our area of research.”

“A practical approach to runtime verification of real-time properties for Java programs – Given the intractability of exhaustively verifying software, the use of runtime –verification, to verify single execution paths at runtime, is becoming popular. Although the use of runtime verification is increasing in industrial settings, various challenges still are to be faced to enable it to spread further. We present dynamic communicating automated with timers and events to describe properties of systems, implemented in Larva, an event-based run time verification tool for monitoring temporal and contextual properties of Java programs.”