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IEEE ISTAS 2019 (Boston, 15 – 16 November)

November 15 @ 8:00 am - November 16 @ 6:00 pm

The IEEE Society for Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) invites you to participate in its flagship event, the 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society.  IEEE ISTAS 2019 takes place 15- 16 November in Boston MA, hosted by the School of Engineering of Tufts University, on its Medford Campus.

IEEE ISTAS is an interdisciplinary forum for engineers and policy makers, entrepreneurs and educators, philosophers and researchers, social scientists and technologists, practitioners and polymaths to collaborate, exchange experiences, and discuss the social, cultural, ethical, economic and environmental implications of technology.

This year’s program includes Tom Coughlin (President, IEEE-USA) and Babak Dastgheib-Beheshti, IEEE Region 1 Director.

Plenary Panels
IEEE Division VI Society Presidents will share interdisciplinary insights and discuss collaboration opportunities.

IEEE SSIT Standards Committee and IEEE Standards Association will share insights into Creating Ethically Informed Standards.

Call for Papers (Deadline 23 August)

We welcome proposals for papers, discussion panels and workshop sessions focused on the relationship between technology, sustainable development and social issues ranging from the economic and ethical to the cultural and environmental.

Conference Themes include (but are not limited to)

  • Sustainable Development (including ICT4D) and Humanitarian Technology
    • Technological and Social Innovation supporting the UN SDGs, including eAgriculture, eEducation, Energy and eHealth
    • Collaborative Open Innovation and Multi-Stakeholder Co-Design
  • Ethics/Human Values
    • Socio-Cultural Differences
    • Ethical Standards, Autonomous Vehicles and Artificial Intelligence
    • Ethical Use of Big Data, Blockchain, Human Genome Editing, IoT, Neurotechnology & Open Data
    • Balancing Personalisation with Personal Privacy
    • Balancing National Security with Personal Privacy
  • Universal Access
    • Digital Literacy and 21st Century Skills
    • Current Challenges in Technology Policy
  • Societal Impacts (including traditionally disadvantaged communities, e.g. indigenous peoples, women, youth, elderly and differently-abled)
  • Protecting the Planet
    • Green Technology
    • GEOValue
    • Climate and Environment
    • Sustainable Technologies

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another conference or journal.

Paper submissions for IEEE ISTAS 2019 will follow a single stage review and acceptance process, should align with at least one of the topics listed below, be 4000 – 5000 words max. on up to 6 pages, and comply with the IEEE format and specifications as described in the ISTAS 2019 Paper Template.

Click here to submit full papers.

Author and co-author details should only be added in the online submission form. No author details should be included in the pdf uploaded.

A paper will only be published in the Conference Proceedings if the author or a co-author registers for the Conference and presents the results during the event. Any author or co-author can only present one paper in the program.

Papers accepted for the Conference Proceedings and presented during the conference by their author or co-author will be submitted for publication in IEEE Xplore. Some papers may be selected for revision and publication in a special issue of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine and/or IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society.

Workshop/Panel Submissions – Deadline 30 August

2 page panel and workshop submissions for a 90 minute parallel session should be sent by email to secretariat.istas@gmail.com up to 30 August.

Please outline the objectives, alignment with conference theme, presenters with short abstract and expected impact. There must be a minimum of three presenters confirmed for each session, who are not also presenting papers.

Please note that each presenter must register for the conference.

For paper, workshop or panel related queries, please contact secretariat.istas@gmail.com



November 15 @ 8:00 am
November 16 @ 6:00 pm


IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT)
IEEE Standards Association


Tufts University, School of Engineering
200 College Ave
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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