The 11th EAI International Conference on Advancement of Science and Technology (ICAST 2023) has been held at BiT-BDU

The 11th EAI International Conference on Advancements of Science and Technology (ICAST 2023) concluded today at Bahir Dar Institute of Technology (BiT-BDU) in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. The conference served as a pivotal platform for researchers, engineers, and industry professionals to converge and engage in stimulating discussions on ground-breaking advancements in science and technology.
During the opening ceremony, Dr. Muluken Zegeye, the conference organizer, extended a warm welcome to the esteemed guests and participants. He highlighted the significance of ICAST as a premier forum for disseminating cutting-edge research findings. Notably, since 2018, ICAST conference proceedings have been published as a book series in Springer. In 2022, the proceedings were expanded into three book series, encompassing two areas of expertise. Additionally, Dr. Muluken emphasized the conference's comprehensive structure, comprising seven tracks that delve into a broad spectrum of engineering, technology, and innovation themes. Out of the 193 paper submissions received for ICAST-2023, 89 were accepted for publication, and 68 were registered for presentation.
Dr. Mekuanint Agegnehu, Deputy Scientific Director for Research and Community Service of BiT-BDU, delivered a welcoming address, underscoring the conference's objective of fostering a vibrant exchange of ideas among researchers, engineers, and industry experts on the forefront of technological advancements. He acknowledged ICAST's remarkable evolution into an international conference of improved quality, attracting global participation. Dr. Mekuanint expressed his gratitude to all contributors for their unwavering support in making the conference a resounding success.
Dr. Mlugeta Admasu, Scientific Director of BiT-BDU, addressed his opening speech for the conference via Zoom, conveying his appreciation on behalf of the BiT-BDU community. He emphasized BiT's unwavering commitment to excellence in quality research, innovation, and education, making the organization of such conferences an annual tradition and cultural cornerstone. Dr. Mulugeta concluded by expressing heartfelt appreciation to the organizing committee for their unwavering dedication, the European Alliance for Innovation (EAI) group for their invaluable guidance, reviewers for their rigorous assessments, and BiT management for their all-encompassing support.
Prof. Daniel Kitaw, Professor of Industrial Engineering at Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, captivated the audience with his keynote speech titled "The Role of Technology Transfer for National Development." His presentation delved into the critical role of technology transfer in achieving sustainable national development in developing nations. Prof. Daniel comprehensively explored the fundamental concepts of technology transfer, addressed cultural and attitudinal barriers, and illuminated the window of opportunity for technological advancement. He challenged universities in Ethiopia to optimize the window of opportunity and emphasized the need for intervention in the educational system to foster an entrepreneurial university model. The insightful presentation sparked a lively discussion among participants, with Prof. Kitaw providing thoughtful responses to their questions.
In conclusion, ICAST-2023 showcased 68 compelling research presentations divided into parallel sessions held in seven smart class rooms. The conference served as an invaluable forum for knowledge exchange and collaboration, fostering innovation and progress in science and technology. The resounding success of ICAST-2023 underscores the importance of fostering international collaboration and knowledge sharing to address global challenges and pave the way for a brighter future.
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