These four workshops center on how technological convergence is calling for professionals to advance their communication skills
Prior to the Second World War, some of the primary modes of communication involved physically conveying information in-person, writing letters, sending telegrams or using telephones. The advent of main frame computers in the 1970s revolutionized the way information or data could be managed. The pace and volume of work had obvious economic advantages. This, in tandem with the revolution in telecommunications, shrunk international boundaries and enabled organizations to outsource significant parts of their business operations, e.g., word-processing, accounting services, payroll, billing, etc., to overseas firms.
With the creation of the World Wide Web in the 1990s, outsourcing became very profitable because of real-time data transfer, and companies began to take advantage of lower labour costs in overseas countries such as India, Brazil and China.Today, the internet is the primary medium of communication where signals are seamlessly transmitted in real-time, across time zones in virtual space and our communications are inherently nuanced by our socio-cultural differences. Communications now require that everyone is working together and systems work everywhere. This workshop is centered on how the nature of communications is changing under this scenario.
Intended Audience: Graduate and mid-career engineers and other professionals