Message from the EditorHeather Love, Editor, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) Newsletter
This issue of the SSIT newsletter includes important reminders about submission deadlines for the November 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) conference, updates on recent talks by SSIT Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Luis Kun, and information about a host of conference, publication, and postdoctoral opportunities.
I invite submissions for future newsletters. To announce an event, news item, volunteer opportunity, calls for papers, and award notice, or other article, please contact me at Heather.Love@usd.edu.
Submissions for the June 2018 newsletter are due by 20 May 2018. Note that regular newsletter publication will pause during the months of July and August, so please aim to submit announcements that pertain to those months in time for the June issue.
ISTAS Submission Deadline Reminder: 15 June 2018
15 June is the deadline for submitting panel, tutorial, and workshop proposals as well as papers for consideration as part of the conference program at SSIT's flagship conference!
This year's conference theme is "Technology, Ethics, and Policy," and more information is available in the complete conference announcement below or on the ISTAS website.
Dr. Luis Kun Delivers Distinguished Lectures
On 23 and 24 April 2018, Dr. Luis Kun delivered the following series of lectures as part of the SSIT Distinguished Lecturer Series:
Many thanks to the IEEE Pittsburgh Section for organizing the lectures, and to the SSIT, Women in Engineering, the IEEE Power and Energy, IEEE Industry Applications, and IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Societies for their support of these events.
SSIT Distinguished Lecturers are invited to submit updates regarding their activities to Heather.Love@usd.edu for announcement in future newsletters.
Call for Applications: Postdoctoral Fellow at Arizona State University (ASU) Center for Smart Cities and Regions
Arizona State University's (ASU) new Center for Smart Cities and Regions (CSCR) is looking for a postdoctoral fellow to join us in the fall to work on autonomous vehicles, smart living labs, and a variety of other projects.
Questions can be directed to Thad Miller at Thad.Miller@asu.edu, and you can find out more about the CSCR initiative on their website.
The following upcoming conferences should be of interest to many SSIT members:
Sixth Annual Governance of Emerging Technologies and Science (GETS) Conference
16-18 May, 2018, Tempe, AZ, USA
The Sixth Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies and Science (GETS): Law, Policy and Ethics is premised on the belief that there is much to be learned and shared from and across the governance experience for various emerging technologies.
The conference will consist of plenary and session presentations and discussions on regulatory, governance, legal, policy, social and ethical aspects of emerging technologies, including (but not limited to): nanotechnology, synthetic biology, gene editing, biotechnology, genomics, personalized medicine, digital health, human enhancement technologies, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, data analytics, telecommunications, information technologies, surveillance technologies, technology and privacy, cybersecurity, geoengineering, neuroscience, military technologies, artificial intelligence, algorithms, autonomous cars, and robotics.
Keynote speakers include:
Forum on Philosophy, Engineering and Technology
30 May-1 June 2018, College Park, MD, USA
The 2018 Forum on Philosophy, Engineering and Technology (fPET) will have research presentations at the intersection of philosophy and engineering. The mission of fPET is to encourage reflection on engineering, engineers, and technology; and to build bridges between existing organizations of philosophers, engineers and scholars in related fields.
Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) Seventh Biennial Conference
29 June-2 July 2018, Ghent, Belgium
The Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) is an interdisciplinary community of scholars who approach the philosophy of science with a focus on scientific practice and the practical uses of scientific knowledge. For further details on our objectives, read our mission statement.
The SPSP conference will be held at the University of Ghent and provides a broad forum for scholars committed to making detailed and systematic studies of scientific practices - neither dismissing concerns about truth and rationality, nor ignoring contextual and pragmatic factors. The conference aims at cutting through traditional disciplinary barriers and developing novel approaches. We welcome contributions from not only philosophers of science, but also philosophers working in epistemology and ethics, as well as the philosophy of engineering, technology, medicine, agriculture, and other practical fields. Additionally, we welcome contributions from historians and sociologists of science, pure and applied scientists, and any others with an interest in philosophical questions regarding scientific practice.
Keynote speakers at the 2018 conference include:
SPSP 2017-18 Organizing Committee:
2018 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS)
13-14 November 2018, Washington, DC, USA
SSIT invites you to attend and participate in ISTAS 2018, a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary forum for engineers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, philosophers, researchers, social scientists, technologists, and polymaths to collaborate, exchange experiences, and discuss the social implications of technology. The 2018 conference theme is "Technology, Ethics, and Policy." For the latest updates, visit the ISTAS website.
We welcome proposals for papers, panel and workshop sessions focused on the relationship between technology and social issues ranging from the economic and ethical to the cultural, and environmental; in particular, we invite submissions that engage with the following topics:
Panel, Tutorial and Workshop proposal deadline: 15 June 2018
Paper submission deadline (max 5000 Words): 15 June 2018
Accept/Reject notification date for proposed papers: 25 June 2018
Publish your Ethical Dilemma
The IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology has partnered with the IEEE Life Members Committee (LMC) to publish accounts of Society members' experiences grappling with ethical dilemmas in professional contexts. If you have an experience that involved navigating an ethical dilemma, consider sharing it with your colleagues through the SSIT or LMC newsletters.
A joint SSIT/LMC committee will vet all initial submissions, and authors will work with the editors of the two publications to finalize their submissions. Accepted Ethical Dilemma articles will be published simultaneously in the June and December issues of both newsletters.
Article submissions must be between 300 and 500 words in Microsoft Word format. The IEEE Legal Department requires that all articles be fully sanitized to protect the privacy of people and organizations.
Read an example of a previously published ethical dilemma, John Impagliazzo's story, from our June 2017 newsletter.
Submit manuscripts to Rosann Marosy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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