The SSIT DL Program is open to any IEEE entity, but is primarily designed to provide IEEE Sections and SSIT Chapters with access to experienced speakers who can be invited to Section and Chapter events to give presentations on their specific topic(s).
This page is current as of 5th September 2016.
SSIT DL Program Chair/Coordinator
The current SSIT DL Program Chair/Coordinator is: Luis Kun, Ph.D., Fellow AIMBE, Lifetime Fellow IEEE*
Luis is currently:
- Editor in Chief – Journal of Health & Technology – Springer – IUPESM – WHO
- IFMBE Chairman Global Citizen Safety and Security WG, Member Developing Countries WG
- IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) – Board of Governors
- IEEE Life Science Technical Committee Member – SSIT Representative
- IEEE – SSIT – Chair, Distinguished Lecturer Program
- IEEE – SSIT – Distinguished Lecturer
- IEEE – EMBS – Distinguished Lecturer
- IEEE – EMBS – Editorial Board – Transactions on NanoBioscience, Steering Committee
- IEEE – Computer Society – Member, Distinguished Visitor Program
- IEEE – Computer Society Adhoc Public Policy Committee, Member – Healthcare Transformation Chair
- IEEE – Computer Society – Vice-chair Fellows Committee 2016
Requesting a DL Visit
The process for IEEE entities to request an SSIT DL visit is relatively simple:
- The requesting IEEE entity selects a Speaker from the list BELOW and contacts that Speaker direct to discuss the topic and the Speaker’s availability to give a talk at their designated location.
- While Speakers are listed BELOW in respect to their home Region, this is not to imply that they are restricted to giving invited talks only within their home Region. Any IEEE entity, including a Section or Chapter within any Region, can invite a Speaker from its own or any other Region to give a talk at a designated location, including where international travel may be involved. For example, a Speaker who is a member of Region 2 can be invited to give a talk by a Section or Chapter in Region 9. Similarly, within a large Region (say, Region 10), a Speaker in Australia can be invited to give a talk by a Section or Chapter in India.
- To minimise costs, “out-of-region” and international invitations are usually timed to coincide with the Speaker being in – or in the vicinity of – the host locality for other reasons, such as on business or attending a conference.
- If a Speaker is not available in the desired location, or the general area of the desired subject is not covered by a listed Speaker, please contact the DL Program Chair/Coordinator for assistance.
- The host IEEE entity must agree to cover all the invited Speaker’s expenses (including domestic travel, meals, accommodation and other incidentals), unless – by prior agreement – these are covered by the Speaker or supplemented by SSIT.
- In some cases, SSIT may be able to provide Speakers with supplemental funding toward their travel expenses. Subject to sufficient funds being AVAILABLE in the SSIT DL Budget – there is a modest allocation of only US$4,000/year to support such travel – SSIT may provide up to US$1,000 toward international travel and US$500 toward domestic (USA) travel to get the Speaker to the host location (either by air, train, bus, or car). The host IEEE entity (or the Speaker) must cover all additional costs. It is up to the Speaker, not the host IEEE entity, to request SSIT DL supplemental travel funding.
- Speakers seeking SSIT DL funding supplementation must first submit a proposal to the DL Program Chair/Coordinator for approval before the Speaker agrees to speak, at which time the DL Program Chair/Coordinator would approve or disapprove the engagement, usually based on financial conditions.
- After the engagement and all associated travel has been completed, Speakers must submit their travel reimbursement claim to the SSIT Treasurer on the appropriate forms with original receipts. Remember – prior funding approval of the DL Program Chair/Coordinator is required.
- For further information on Requesting a Speaker, Speaker Expenses and SSIT DL funding supplementation, please contact the DL Program Chair/Coordinator.
Applying to Become a DL
All new Speakers to the SSIT DL Program must be approved by the SSIT Board of Governors. SSIT Members seeking to be endorsed as a Speaker in the SSIT DL Program need to apply in writing to the DL Program Chair/Coordinator. Applications should include the following supporting material:
- A one-page covering letter that summarises your qualifications and supports your claim that you are a qualified candidate for a DL (focus on where you’ve spoken, your credentials from an SSIT perspective, and why you are a good addition to the current list of Speakers);
- Your current CV, highlighting SSIT-related activities and invited talks you’ve already given on SSIT topics;
- A list of lecture topics that you’d like to be considered for; and
- Any videos of talks you may have given in the past if available.
Applications will be vetted by the DL Program Chair/Coordinator and those endorsed will be submitted to the SSIT Board of Governors for consideration and approval at their next convenient scheduled meeting. Applicants may enlist a Board member to speak on their behalf at the Board of Governors’ meeting in support of their request. Successful applicants will then have their details included in the listing below.
At its July 2015 meeting, the SSIT Board of Governors passed a motion limiting SSIT DL status to a 2-year term, renewable by application and approval of the Board of Governors, with no limit on the number of terms that can be served. This motion replaced the previous ‘open-ended’ approval of DL status. The Board of Governors also passed a motion approving 2-year terms for all current SSIT DLs, effective July 1, 2015. This motion means that all DL’s appointed before July 2015 will need to apply to have their DL status renewed and approved by the Board of Governors by June 30, 2017.
Current SSIT Distinguished Lecturers
The SSIT DL Program currently has 19 endorsed Speakers whose expertise cover a vast range of subjects and topics. You can contact a Speaker by email by clicking on that person’s name below.
Reminder – while Speakers are listed below in respect to their home Region, any IEEE entity, including a Section or Chapter within any Region, can invite a Speaker from its own or any other Region to give a talk at a designated location, including where international travel may be involved.
Region 1 – Northeastern USA
- Clinton Andrews (Senior Member), Princeton/Central New Jersey Section
E.J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Topic 1: Whose Innovations are helping? The disciplines address global warming
Topic 2: Public Roles for Technical Experts
Topic 3: Energy Security
Click HERE to go to Clint’s webpage at Rutgers.
- Carlos E. Jiménez (Senior Member), Schenectady Section
Open & Smart Government-Justice Specialist / ICT & Public Policy Adviser
Niskayuna, New York
Topic 1: Open Judiciary (Justicia Abierta): modernization of the Justice in the Information Society era. Click HERE to download a PDF copy of Carlos’s presentation on Open Judiciary (Stanford Law School CGCP track at the Open-Government-Partnership (OGP) Summit 2015).
Topic 2: Smart Government & Smart Cities: more Smart If and only If more Social.
Topic 3: Management in e-Government Projects.
Topic 4: e-Government, CyberEthics & CyberPeace.
Note: All topics can be presented in both English or Spanish. Carlos is a regular speaker in R9 with the IEEE Computer Society.
Click HERE to go to Carlos’ webpage.
- Stephen Unger (Life Fellow), Tappan Zee Sub-section
Computer Science Department
Columbia University, New York, NY
Topic: E-voting, A Non-Solution to a Non-Problem
Click HERE to go to Stephen’s webpage at Columbia.
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Region 2 – Eastern USA
- Ken Foster (Life Fellow), Philadelphia Section
Professor of Bioengineering, Department of Bioengineering
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Topic 1: What Makes Medical Technology Work
Topic 2: Health Effects of Mobile Phones
Topic 3: The Precautionary Principle: Commonsense or the Devil’s Handiwork?
Topic 4: Ethics and the Brain: Ethical Implications of the New Lie Detection Technologies
Click HERE to go to Ken’s webpage at UPENN.
- James Giordano (Senior Member), Washington Section
Chief, Neuroethics Studies Program, Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, and
Professor, Department of Neurology
Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC
Topic 1: Neurotechnology: Practical and ethical issues at the intersection of brain science and society
Topic 2: Predictive neurotechnologies in national security and defense: Social obligation or Minority Report?
Topic 3: Neuroimaging pain: Technical, neuroethical, and socio-legal issues
Topic 4: Neurotechnology, psychiatry, and society: Avoiding Icarus’ folly and Faustian bargains
Click HERE to go to James’s webpage at GUMC.
- Luis Kun (Life Fellow), Northern Virginia Section
Editor in Chief – Journal of Health & Technology – Springer – IUPESM – WHO
IFMBE Chairman Global Citizen Safety and Security WG, Member Developing Countries WG
Topic 1: Transforming Healthcare through Interoperability
Topic 2: Evolución y Transformación del sistema sanitario y de la salud pública: un gran desafío del Siglo XXI
Topic 3: The National Health Information Infrastructure, Bioterrorism and Public Health
Topic 4: Hurdles in the Information Age on Public Health Practice and Health Care Delivery
Topic 5: “Social Implications of Technology” – Repercusiones de la Ciencia, la Tecnología y los Cambios climáticos en la Aldea Global
Topic 6: “Social Implications of Technology” – The Importance of Education in Science and Technology for the Development of a Nation
Note: All topics can be presented in both English or Spanish.
Click HERE to go to Luis’s webpage on the IEEE Computer Society DVP website.
- Kevin Passino (Fellow), Columbus Section
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and
Director of the Humanitarian Engineering Center
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Topic 1: Talk or Short Course on Humanitarian Engineering
Topic 2: Talk or Short Course on Computational Humanitarianism
Topic 3: Talk or Short Course on Engineering Ethics
Click HERE to go to Kevin’s webpage at ECE-OSU.
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Region 3 – Southern USA
- Ron Arkin (Fellow), Atlanta Section
Regents’ Professor & Director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory
Associate Dean for Research & Space Planning
College of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Lab URL: http://www.cc.gatech.edu/ai/robot-lab/
Topic 1: People Behaving Badly, Robots Behaving Better? Embedding Ethics in Autonomous Combat Robots
Topic 2: The Ethical Quandaries of a Practicing Roboticist
Topic 3: How to not build a Terminator
Topic 4: Intimate Robotics: Ethical Aspects of Personal Human-Robot Interaction
Click HERE to go to Ron’s webpage at Georgia Tech.
- Joseph Herkert (Life Senior), Eastern North Carolina Section
Lincoln Associate Professor of Ethics and Technology
School of Letters and Sciences
Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes
Arizona State University, Mesa, AZ
Topic 1: Engineering Ethics
Topic 2: Ethical Challenges of Emerging Technologies
Click HERE to go to Joe’s webpage at ASU.
- Janet Rochester (Life Senior), Hampton Roads Section
SSIT President, 2008-09
Retired Lead Member of the Engineering Staff at Lockheed Martin
Topic: Becoming a Professional
Click HERE to visit Janet’s SSIT DL page.
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Region 4 – Central USA
- Philip Hall (Senior Member), Southeastern Michigan (SEM) Section
Principal Fellow, The University of Melbourne (Australia)
Topic 1: Integrating business, science and technology for business and community resilience.
Topic 2: New technologies and their role in our security, culture, democratic, social and economic systems.
Topic 3: Water, Energy & Food Security: technology challenges of thinking in a nexus perspective.
Topic 4: Water, Energy & Food Security: reframing the discussion on sustainability and growth.
Topic 5: Water Quality Management: operational frameworks for effective compliance monitoring and the case for real time monitoring and reporting.
Topic 6: Spatial Management solutions for autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles in the Land, Marine and Air sphere of operations.
Click HERE to visit Phil’s SSIT DL page.
- Michael Loui (Fellow), Central Illinois Section
Dale and Suzi Gallagher Professor of Engineering Education
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Topic 1: Incident at Morales: An Engineering Ethics Story
Topic 2: Ethical Issues in Scientific Research: Video Vignettes
Topic 3: Organizing Student Groups and Teams
Topic 4: Structured Pairing in an Electronics Laboratory, and a Model of Research Mentoring
Click HERE to go to Michael’s webpage at Illinois.
- Keith Miller (Member), St. Louis Section
Orthwein Endowed Professor of Lifelong Learning in the Sciences
College of Education, Technology Learning Center
University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO
Topic 1: Computer ethics
Topic 2: Ethical issues related to cyborgs and robots
Topic 3: Online learning
Click HERE to go to Keith’s webpage at UMSL.
- Karl Perusich (Senior Member), Calumet Section
Associate Professor, ECET
Purdue University College of Technology, South Bend, IN
Topic: Information in Warfare
Click HERE to go to Karl’s webpage at Purdue.
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Region 5 – Southwestern USA – No Distinguished Lecturers, but applications welcome.
Region 6 – Western USA
- Subrata Saha (Life Senior Member), Seattle Section
Research Professor in the Dept. Restorative Dentistry and an Affiliated Faculty in the Dept. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry
University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195.
Topic 1: Ethics in Bioengineering and Medicine
Topic 2: Advances in Medical Technology and their Ethical Challenges
Topic 3: Ethics & Responsibility in Research
Click HERE to go to Subrata’s webpage at SUNY Downstate Medical Center NY, where he worked until October 2016.
Region 7 – Canada – No Distinguished Lecturers, but applications welcome.
Region 8 – Europe, Middle East & Africa – No Distinguished Lecturers, but applications welcome.
Region 9 – Latin America – No Distinguished Lecturers, but applications welcome.
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Region 10 – Asia & Pacific
- Greg Adamson (Senior Member), Victorian Section
Principal Fellow, Melbourne School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Australia
SSIT Board of Governors 2010-15 and SSIT President 2015-16
IEEE Victorian Section Chair 2012-13
Founding chair, SSIT Australian Chapter, 2005-12
Topic 1: Internet and Society
Topic 2: Engineering Ethics
Topic 3: Technology and Society
Topic 4: Health informatics
Topic 5: Barriers to socially beneficial technology
Topic 6: Information security
Click HERE to go to Greg’s webpage at The University of Melbourne.
- Wan Abdul Rahim Wan Mohd Isa (Senior Member), Malaysian Section
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Computer and Mathematical Sciences
Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), 40450 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Topic 1: IT Management and Information Architecture
Topic 2: Human Computer Interaction
Topic 3: Value Sensitive Design (Ethics/Culture/Islam)
Topic 4: Rural Informatics and Mobile Learning
Click HERE to go to Wan Abdul Rahim Wan Mohd Isa’s webpage at UiTM.
- John Lewis (Member), New South Wales Section
Researcher at The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia
Topic 1: Information Management
Topic 2: Business Intelligence Technology and Strategy
Topic 3: eHealth and Human Services
Topic 4: Health informatics
Topic 5: Addressing disadvantage through use of interactive ICT services
Click HERE to go to John’s profile on LinkedIn.
- Pradeep Ray (Senior Member), New South Wales Section
Professor and Director, WHO Collaborating Centre on eHealth at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia
IEEE Distinguished Lecturer on eHealth (2014-2015)
Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Communication Society (2014-16)
Founder and Chair, IEEE ComSoc eHealth Technical Committee (2009-2013, Chair 2011-2013)
Founding Chair, IEEE Healthcom (since 1999) – see ieeehealthcom2016
Topic 1: E-Health and mHealth Systems
Sub-topic 1.1: Cooperative Management and Interoperability of Telemedical Information Systems
Sub-topic 1.2: Strategies, Assessment and Evaluation of eHealth and mHealth Systems
Sub-topic 1.3: eHealth for Aged Care
Sub-topic 1.4: Cooperative Management of Healthcare Information Systems Network and Systems Management
Topic 2: E-Business Management for different industry sectors (e.g., telecommunications, healthcare and finance)
Topic 3: Ontology Driven Multi Agent Systems
Click HERE to go to Pradeep’s webpage at APuHC.