Dr Turgay Celik
Professor of Digital Transformation and the Director of the Wits Institute of Data Science at the School of Electrical and Information Engineering
Navigating the AI Renaissance: Strategies for Thriving as an Academic in the Age of Technological Titans
Dr Turgay Celik received his second PhD degree from the University of Warwick, Coventry, U.K., in 2011. He is currently a Professor of Digital Transformation and the Director of the Wits Institute of Data Science at the School of Electrical and Information Engineering. He also leads the Digital Fabrication Lab at Wits, sponsored by a Turkish State Agency. He was the founding director of the DSI’s National E-science Postgraduate Teaching and Training Platform. He developed several Honours and Masters’s programmes in big data, data science, artificial intelligence, and computer science in the Faculty of Science at Wits. He is the national coordinator of BRICS NU ITG on Computer Science and Information Security. He is involved in the Autonomous Vehicle Project of the Department of Transport. His research interests include theoretical and applied signal and image processing, computer vision, (explainable) artificial intelligence, data-driven optimal control, robotics, (health) data science, cybersecurity and remote sensing. He is involved with several national and international projects, from health to mining to climate change. His publications have received more than 7000 citations on Google Scholar Index with an h-index of 40 and an i-10 index of 76. He has been listed in the “Top 2% Scientists Worldwide Identified by Stanford University.” He is ranked 6th among the top 8 computer scientists in South Africa by Research.com. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Access, IET Electronics Letters, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, Springer Signal, Image and Video Processing, and BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. He was recently appointed as the Subject Editor-in-Chief of the “Information and Communication” stream of IET Electronics Letters.
Prof . Georg Borges
Professor of Civil Law, Legal Informatics, German and International Business Law and Legal Theory and the managing director of the Institute for Legal Informatics at Saarland University, Germany
“Challenges in regulating AI – the Example of the European AI Act”
Georg Borges is a Professor of Civil Law, Legal Informatics, German and International Business Law and Legal Theory and the managing director of the Institute for Legal Informatics at Saarland University, Germany. From 2004 to 2014, he was Professor of Law at Ruhr-University Bochum. Beside this, he was also a Judge at the State Court of Appeals, Hamm Circuit. Since February 2023, he is also a distinguished visiting professor at the University of Johannesburg, Faculty of Law. As an expert on IT Law and on law and informatics, Prof. Borges authored several books and numerous articles in the field. Prof. Borges is involved in numerous projects in the field of IT and legal informatics. Currently, a focus of his interest is on the legal framework of AI.