Being Human in a Global Village – IEEE 2020 Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century

By on May 22nd, 2021 in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Case Studies, Conferences, Environment, Ethics, Human Impacts, Social Implications of Technology, Societal Impact

22-25 July 2021, Chennai, INDIA

N R Narayana Murthy to present Opening Speech on 22 July 2021.
Infosys co-founder and long-time commentator on technology and society, Narayana Murthy will open the 21st Century Wiener conference with a speech reflecting the conference theme, “Being human in a global village”. His interest in Norbert Wiener reflects the strong links between Wiener and the early IT industry in India.

Interview with Prof. V Rajaraman, Honorary Professor, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru

“Prof. Norbert Wiener is the father of cybernetics, a formalization of feedback with myriad applications in engineering. We, in India, had the privilege of two visits by him in 1953 and 1956. I am happy we have a conference Chennai in July 2020 on the importance of his work.” – N. R. Narayana Murthy, Indian IT industrialist and the Co-Founder of Infosys


“I was at MIT during 1949-50 when Prof. Wiener was Professor at MIT.  Prof. Wiener was at Maths Department but his reach covered cybernetics and software. I would like to say the software industry in United States came into being because of Norbert Wiener.
Prof. Wiener cared for the students apart from the discipline and I would often ask him about software in the developing countries like India. He always provided the advice and methodology. It was an honor for me to have known him and learn from him. I wish the Function on 16th July 2019 all success.” – (Late) F C Kohli , Indian industrialist, Father of the Indian Software Industry.
(Late) F C Kohli addressed in India event at IIT Bombay 2018. A tribute to Mr. F C Kohli published in Hindu Business Line on 27th November 2020.


I was honored to present 21st Century Norbert Wiener Memorial lecture, “THINKING MACHINES IN THE PHYSICAL WORLD IN THE CONTEXT OF 21st CENTURY”   at IEEE 2016 Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century India Events, April 22-23 2016 (part of IEEE 2016 Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century India Events on 13 – 15 July 2016, Melbourne Australia) [Link] in association with  IEEE India Council [Link] National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bangalore , NASSCOM and it has gained wide popularity.
The organizing committee of “IEEE 2016 Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century” have also uploaded the lecture artifact at official page of this conference :- [Link]
Also, I feel glad to recall that this was one of the world prestigious honor –“Norbert Wiener Award”  (organized by IEEE System, Man and Cybernetics Society endowment administered by IEEE Foundation) – 1st prize in the 1st year  was awarded to me in 1977 for globally appreciated and acknowledged innovatory paper entitled “Cybernetics and General Systems Theory – A Unitary Science ?”. The end of that award winning lecture by me was nothing but a new beginning of wide opportunity in Science and Technology and it opened thousands of doors in future Technological and Industrial growth. The lecture material was requested/communicated/released (or proposed) at various Indian and International institutions and organizations like :-  
Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT
Oxford University
Jadavpur University
……. and many more on the way. – (Late) Dwijesh Dutta Majumdar, Honorary Director-Secretary of the Institute of Cybernetics Systems and Information Technology, Kolkata.


Keynote Speakers

Prof Ashok Jhunjhunwala
Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras.Dr Katina Michael
Director, Centre for Engineering, Policy and Society, Arizona State University, USA & Senior Editor – IEEE Consumer Electronic Magazine.Dr Russell Andrews
Medical Advisor, Nanotechnology and Smart Systems, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center.Dr. Simone Garatti
Associate Professor, Politecnico di Milano, Italy.Dr. Witold Pedrycz
Canada Research Chair, IEEE Fellow University of Alberta, Canada.

Norbert Wiener : India Special Session

Raghu Krishnapuram,
– Chief Guest,
Robert Bosch Centre for Cyber-Physical Systems, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru (IISc).

Special Session: Powers of Projection: Contemporary Art & Cybernetics

Dr. Madhan Karky, Lyricist, Screenwriter, Researcher, Chennai, India.

Zach Pearl, MFA, Media Arts Curator & PhD Candidate, University of Waterloo, Toronto, Canada.

Special Session: Geopolitics & Internet Governance

Samiran Gupta – Head of India for The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Featured Speakers

Prof. Greg Adamson
Associate Professor and Enterprise, School of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC, Australia.Dr Heather Love
Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo, Canada.Dr Laurie Lau
Chairman, APATAS, Hong Kong.Dr Luis Homem
Center for Philosophy of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (CFCUL), Portugal. Dr Michael Rigby
Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, Acting Deputy Director at the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN), University of Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Sarbani Banerjee Belur
Senior Project Research Scientist, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay.

Panel Discussion : Healthcare 2030


Dr K Ganapathy,
– Moderator,
– Formerly Adjunct Professor at IITM and Anna University.
Tamilnadu Dr MGR Medical University in Feb 2021 conferred the “Distinguished Professorship for Life” award.

Conference Supporter’s

Dr Amar Bose, 1929 – 2013, CEO Bose, former student and colleague of Dr Wiener

Bruce Schneier, security expert

Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman, authors, Dark Hero of the Information Age: In Search of Norbert Wiener, the Father of Cybernetics

Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Adjunct Professor of Law.

Dr Mary Catherine Bateson, writer and cultural anthropologist

Dr Rafael Capurro, chair, International Centre for Information Ethics

Dr Richard Stallman, President, Free Software Foundation

Dr Robert Vallée, chair World Organization of Systems and Cybernetics

Vernor Vinge, mathematician and multi-award winning science fiction writer

Dr Vint Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

Reading Corner

For avid readers of all ages enjoy.

Prof Mareels: 2014 Conference Highlights

Norbert Wiener & Thinking Machines

SSIT president Dr. Greg Adamson discusses the connections between Norbert Wiener and this year’s conference theme.

Related Events

Several exciting pre-conference events will be held in India. Find out more here.