Vietnam Academy Of Social Sciences

Scientific conference “Artificial Intelligence and Industry 4.0: Promoting creativity or challenges for humanities & social sciences”


In the framework of cooperation between the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) and the Francophone university agency (AUF), on the morning of October 25th, 2019, at headquarters No.1 Lieu Giai, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, the VASS organized a conference with the topic “Artificial Intelligence and Industry 4.0: Promoting creativity or challenges for the humanities & social sciences”.

Attending the conference were Ms. Ouidad Tebbaa – Regional Director of AUF Asia Pacific Office; MSc. Nguyen Thanh Ha, Head of the International Cooperation Department; speaker - Professor Mokhtar Ben Henda, University of Bordeaux, France with experts and researchers from Vietnam Institute for Economic, the Institute of Sociology, the Institute of Human Studies, the Centre for Analysis and Forecast and other research institutions.

Ms. Ouidad Tebbaa – Regional Director of AUF Asia Pacific Office, delivered the opening speech at the conference Panorama of the conference

At the opening speech, Ms. Ouidad Tebraa warmly welcomed the attendance of the participants and highly appreciated the position of VASS, as a research center in Humanities & Social Sciences of Vietnam. She stated that AUF is ready to support VASS and other research institutions in strengthening connectivity, establishing networks of major research centers in the world, and this conference is the first step to analyze and clarify the correlation and intersection between Industry 4.0, artificial intelligence and Humanities & Social Sciences.

Artificial Intelligence - AI is considered as one of the core technologies of the Industrial Revolution 4.0. Many countries have begun to recognize the inevitable development trend and the enormous transformation impact of AI in all aspects of social life, changing the balance of economic, military and political power. Vietnam is also not on the sidelines of this development direction.

At the conference, participants listened to the presentation by Professor Mokhtar Ben Henda, the University of Bordeaux, France with the content “Artificial Intelligence and Industry 4.0: Intersection with Humanities & Social Sciences”.

Prof.  Mokhtar Ben Henda gave a speech at the conference  

Prof. Mokhtar Ben Henda is known as a senior professor at La Manouba University, Tunisia. He is an expert of the High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (HCERES); ISO experts, ISO/IEC JTC1 SC36 WG1 research group - Terminology system array, UNESCO ITEN FMSH forum members (creation, transformation, digital publishing), official member of ORBICOM, a network of UNESCO forums on standardization for smart cities in the context of industrial revolution 4.0 with regional and international experiences and policy implications for Vietnam.

The presentation emphasized that the humanities & social sciences will find their place in the context of digital technology, whereby algorithms and artificial intelligence will be applied to research; interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research trends will be no boundaries, from the perspective of technology and humanities & social sciences will offer practical solutions to social issues. In particular, Prof. Mokhtar Ben Henda also deeply analyzes the meaning of the intersection between artificial intelligence and humanities & social sciences, according to which Al will apply to the aspects of (cognitive sciences, social practices, management, arts, ethics, social norms and laws, digital humanities, etc.).

The speech of Prof. Mokhtar Ben Henda has brought valuable information in the application of artificial intelligence and industry 4.0 in humanities & social sciences research; Applying digital humanities to research, training and publishing, as well as opening new research directions from artificial intelligence in data analysis on social fields (literature, language, heritage, history, music, art…).

Saying that doesn't mean robots can replace humans in all field. No matter how smart and superior artificial intelligence is, it is only a means served people. Humans will continue to be at the center of the artificial intelligence society, but each individual will need to make more efforts to keep up with the development of technology.

Nguyen Thu Trang

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