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UWI to host regional ICT development meeting

For Release Upon Receipt - January 27, 2010

St. Augustine

A meeting this week at The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago, will achieve significant strides in developing research opportunities for faculty and graduate students in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) across Latin America and the Caribbean. Advancing the ICT research agenda across the hemisphere will be a focus of the upcoming technical meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Collaborative ICT Research Federation (LACCIR), which will take place from January 27th to 29th at the St. Augustine Campus. The UWI has recently joined LACCIR as its Caribbean “spoke” and will now play a leadership role in encouraging researchers across the Caribbean to participate in LACCIR’s competitive research opportunities.


LACCIR is a regional organization that offers research resources and collaboration opportunities to selected partners across Latin America and the Caribbean. The LACCIR technical meeting, organized in part by the UWI Business Development Office and the International Office, will seek to encourage collaborative academic research in ICT as an enabler of economic and social development.  Its membership is comprised of leading research Universities from South and Central America and the Federation is supported by Microsoft and the Organisation of American States.


Professor Kim Mallalieu, Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is one of the UWI’s representatives for LACCIR and she will be among the feature speakers at the meeting. To find out more about Kim Mallalieu and her work, please visit


Professor Ignacio Casas Raposo is a full faculty professor of information technologies at the Department of Computer Science (DCS), School of Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica (PUC), Chile. Ignacio is the co-founder and co-director of the 12-year-old RELATED network for the development and use of TEL in Latin America. Since May 2007 he has been executive director of the LACCIR Federation Virtual Institute for the advancement of ICT applied research in the region. He is an active member of IEEE and Colegio de Ingenieros de Chile, and serves as a member of the board of directors of several technology development enterprises.


For more information about the LACCIR technical meeting, please visit the official website at, or contact Mr Sharan Singh, Director of the International Office, at, (868) 663 3348 or (Fax) 662 6930.


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