Imbibe Computational Intelligence, Expert Urges Computer Science Students
The paradigm and evolution of Computer Intelligence (CI), as opposed to Artificial Intelligence, has created data management as the new role in the 21st Century, and as such students of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) must equip themselves with the knowledge in CI in order to be able to meet industry demands in the foreseeable future.
Mr. Olusola Teniola, the Guest Speaker at the Town and Gown Seminar of the Department of Computer and Information Science, Covenant University, gave this charge on Thursday, September 29, 2016, while delivering a lecture on the topic, ‘Computational Intelligence paradigm: An Evolutionary Process in a Solution Space of Diversity’.
Teniola, who is President, Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), told the gathering featuring the former Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor Charles Ayo, the Head, Department of CIS, Dr. Olufunke Oladipupo, faculty, staff and students, that Computational Intelligence helps to make proper sense of the large volumes (both in terms of the velocity, validity and veracity) of the data and complex algorithms that has made data scientists the sought after profession in the modern era of Computer Science.
While defining computational intelligence as a set of nature-inspired computational methodologies and approaches to address complex real-world problems to which mathematical or traditional modeling can be useless for a few reasons, he said the methods used are close to the human’s way of reasoning, i.e. it uses non exact and non-complete knowledge, and it is able to produce control actions in an adaptive way.
He highlighted the five main complementary techniques used by CI as the fuzzy logic, which enables the computer to understand natural language; the artificial neural networks, which permits the system to learn experiential data by operating like the biological one; evolutionary computing, which is based on the process of natural selection; learning theory; and probabilistic methods, which helps dealing with uncertainty imprecision.
Speaking about how solutions are proffered to industry problems, Mr. Teniola said Information Technology leaders can use a set of new technologies, otherwise known as Operational Intelligence Platforms (OPS), to reduce the time and cost required to implement monitoring, alerting and adaptive decision-making.
Another telecommunication expert at the seminar, Mr. Stanley Alozie, said what Mr. Teniola had given the students is an insight into problems the society would be dealing with in the next 10 years. The key thing in the industry, he averred, is adaptability of theory and solving real life problems. “Some of the problems you would be presented with borders on the Internet of Things (IoT); how devices are being connected. You need to ask yourself how you can get involved and solve these problems, Ask not what the industry can do for you, but what you can do for the industry,” Alozie admonished.
The former Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor Charles Ayo, in his remarks, acknowledged that Mr. Teniola’s presentation may be technical to most of the students, and as such, the CIS Department should domesticate it. He added that the Department should identify the needs in the industry so that it can build the capacity of the students.
Also, the HOD, Dr. Olufunke Oladipupo, who described Computational Intelligence as the emergent theme in the computer world, expressed appreciation to the Guest Speaker, Mr. Olusola Teniola, for taking time out of his busy schedule to help in getting students of the department to be relevant.