OSRC workshop

Cape Town- South Africa

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OpenSourceResearch collaboration (OSRC) continues its educational program with a new workshop for young researchers in low-and middle-income countries.

The next workshop will be held in Cape Town- South Africa.

The expected date is the 16th May 2024 from 12:00-18:00 local time at Cape Town. 

The one-day workshop is a new collaboration between OpenSourceResearch orgnaisation and Cape Town University Hospital

Many well-known expert speakers will join the OSRC facilitators to talk about:

  1. Mathematical basis of AI
  2. AI in surgery
  3. Computer simulation models in medical research
  4. Ethics in AI
  5. AI in medical research

The workshop will include lectures about AI, dynamic discussions in addition to group work.

The participants will present their innovations which will be discussed and developed during the workshop.

Surgeons attending the ihpba2024 conference are welcome to join the workshop

Link to the conference

Registration via OSRC webpage (the package includes registration for the workshop plus one year full access to OSRC website and activities)

Registration is free for members of OSRC

The workshop will include many open discussions and group exercises.

To allow more participants to benefit from the workshop, OSRC decided to run it as a hybrid workshop with possibilities to attend physically or online.

There will be a lunch and two coffee breaks included in the registration fee

More details will be presented on our website in the coming few weeks.

Aim of the OSRC is to reduce the expanding gap between developed and developing countries. This can be achieved through continuous education of researchers and to-be researchers from low-and middle-income countries.

The inclusion of low-and middle-income countries in generating scientific knowledge will increase generalizability of research results.

Other subjects covered in this workshop will be:

  • Scientific thinking
  • Basic and applied research
  • Open source intelligence
  • Using the available resources to conduct research

Three reasons to explain why OSRC focuses on developing countries

1.      Economic resources: developing countries or call them emerging economies have huge, sometimes untapped resources. Misallocation of resources is common but this is manageable.
2.      Pool of talents: These emerging economies have well educated and young population but they need training. This is also manageable.
3.      The ubiquitous use of internet and mobile phones: makes it possible for these emerging economies to leapfrog and catch with the developed world. Open-source products are available to researchers but they need to know more about them. This is also manageable.

Higher levels of education is a decisiv factor:

In a new book, “Global Productivity: Trends, Drivers, and Policies”, the World Bank uses an algorithm to sort through many combinations of countries, looking for groups that seem to be converging with each other. Based on the productivity performance of 97 economies since 2000, the bank identifies five clubs. The three gloomiest groups comprise fairly poor countries. A fourth contains some big ones of unfulfilled potential, such as Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa.

The most successful club spans all today’s advanced economies as well as 16 emerging markets, such as China, India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam 

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