Welcome to the latest installment of our new "middle-of-the-month" IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) newsletter. Read on for more information about December's announcements and news, conference updates, and volunteer opportunities.
Report on Ethics from Greg Adamson, SSIT President
Over the past two years, ethics activities within IEEE have risen enormously. These activities are being driven by several changing circumstances:
Update on IEEE IST-Africa/SSIT SIGHT Activities in 2016
IEEE IST-Africa/SSIT SIGHT was established in 2015 to carry out cross-border interventions in IST-Africa Partner Countries, initially in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and South Africa. SIGHT members currently include senior representatives of University of Gondar (Ethiopia), Strathmore University (Kenya), Chancellor College (Malawi), Nelson Mandela University (South Africa) and IST-Africa (Ireland)
We secured a project grant from the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (IEEE HAC) in 2016 to fund travel and equipment costs associated with volunteer activities in rural and deep rural Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and South Africa. Based on an assessment of infrastructure and skills deficits carried out in rural and deep rural health clinics during 2015, the SIGHT volunteers have started the sensitization process in advance of installing touch screen laptops, tablets and WiFi routers, initially in three clinics (one each in Ethiopia, Kenya and Malawi). This complements the activities of mHealth4Afrika, a European Commission co-funded Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation project focused on strengthening maternal and new born healthcare delivery in rural and deep rural health clinics.
Based on our cross-border, socio-cultural focus, the IEEE IST-Africa/SSIT SIGHT is developing and validating a replicable model to lower implementation risks associated with local volunteer-driven, technology enhanced interventions in rural environments. The strategy mobilizes collaborative open innovation, comparative baseline needs, and infrastructure assessments. Working from an ethos of sharing knowledge, lessons learned, and good practices, co-design and adaptation to local needs, this model will be applied over time in 18 IST-Africa partner countries.
For more information, please contact Paul Cunningham at email@example.com.
The following upcoming conferences will be of interest to SSIT members:
IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics
8-10 January, 2017, Las Vegas, NV, USA
SSIT is a proud to collaborate with the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society in holding their 35th annual conference, IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE), to be co-located with the CES® 2017 trade show. ICCE is the established forum for innovative research in all areas of consumer electronics.
The theme for ICCE 2017 is Virtual and Augmented Lifestyle. This year during the Mobile World Congress, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg stated that: "VR is the next platform, the most social platform." VR/AR technology has reached a level of maturity where it is about to impact on our daily lifestyle.
The ICCE 2017 program also features new activities designed to make it a more exciting conference, including affinity tracks organized with the IEEE Biometrics and RFID councils, the IEEE Cloud Computing initiative and the IEEE Society for the Social Implications of Technology. There will also be a dedicated industry track to highlight new and emerging industry research activities.
For more information and registration, visit our website.
IST-Africa Week 2017
8-11 May 2017, Windhoek, Namibia
Call for Papers - Extended Deadline 23 December
Hosted by the government of Namibia through the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology, supported by the European Commission and African Union Commission, and technically co-sponsored by IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT), IEEE Region 8 and IEEE South Africa Section, IST-Africa Week 2017 is the twelfth in an annual series of ministerial level technology research and innovation conferences.
Core thematic areas for IST-Africa 2017 include:
For further information, please email Secretariat@IST-Africa.org.
IEEE 2017 International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS 2017)
9-11 August, 2017, Sydney, Australia
The SSIT Board of Governors is pleased to announce that ISTAS 2017 will be held in Sydney, Australia. The date and location of ISTAS 2017 has been chosen to coincide with the annual IEEE Panel of Conference Organizers (IEEE POCO) event, which will be held in Sydney from 7-9 August, and the biennial IEEE Sections Congress, which will also be held in Sydney 11-13 August, 2017.
The theme for ISTAS 2017 is "From Good Ideas to Practical Solutions", and is designed to focus on how we can identify a good technological idea and transition it into a practical solution that delivers real benefits to society. It will bring together scientists, engineers, technologists and scholars from multiple disciplines to hold a dialogue on many technological and societal issues, and collaborate on the co-creation of ideas to develop and utilize innovative solutions to address them.
Call for Papers
The ISTAS 2017 program structure provides for six keynote speakers, 72 oral and paper presentations, and 12 panels across three parallel tracks.
Paper proposals are solicited for oral presentations from industry, government and academia (including students) covering relevant research, technologies, methodologies, tools and case studies relevant to the conference theme and tracks. Papers on policy implications are also welcome. Full papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings. Papers accepted in the conference proceedings and presented during the conference will be submitted for inclusion in IEEE Xplore.
ISTAS 2017 Tracks:
28 February 2017 - Submission deadline for paper abstracts
13 March 2017 - Notification of acceptance
15 May 2017 - Final manuscript submission deadline
For details including information for authors, please visit the conference website. General inquiries should be addressed to the ISTAS 2017 General Chair, Philip Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Katina Michael announces the following calls for papers for SSIT-related IEEE publications:
We are pleased to announce that Greg Adamson and Joe Herkert have been selected by the Division VI Award Selection Committee to receive the 2016 Distinguished Leadership Award for their work to propagate the Field of Interest of a Division VI Society. Many congratulations, Greg and Joe!
Division VI is composed of these IEEE Societies: Education, Industrial Electronics, Professional Communication, Product Safety Engineering, Reliability, Social Implications of Technology, Technology & Engineering Management
SSIT Contribution to 2017 TAB Ad-hoc Committees
SSIT has been invited to contribute to the work of two TAB Ad-hoc Committees during 2017.
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Newsletter Submission Guidelines
If you would like to submit a news item, SSIT-related update, volunteer opportunity, Call For Papers, award notice, or idea for a "Feature Article" for a future issue of the SSIT newsletter, please contact the editor Dr. Heather Love at Heather.Love@usd.edu. Submissions for the January 2017 newsletter are due 26 December 2017.
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