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IEEE ISTAS 2020 Public Interest Technology (Arizona State University)

November 12 - November 14

Public interest technologies (PIT) serve to address social needs and challenges in society. People working in this space ask communities what their needs are first, without presuming they know what is best for them and generally use a participatory approach to innovation with values in mind and cultural awareness. In short, context matters in the creation of technologies and technological systems. We are particularly interested in definitions, concepts, frameworks, applications and elaborations with respect to the following areas of Public Interest Technology.

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The conference will be held in Tempe, Arizona between the 12-14 November 2020. The conference venue is known as the Memorial Union and is located at 301 E Orange St, Tempe, AZ 85281. The closest hotel to the venue is The Graduate Hotel, for which we have secured excellent rates for attendees at the event.

Please note, there are co-located events to ISTAS20 that will be announced over the coming months. We invite you to consider staying the whole week and participating in a diverse range of workshops and training around the theme of the conference. ASU is a pioneer in Public Interest Technology education, Science and Technology Policy, and Innovation and Global Development Studies. We hope you will consider extending your stay with us in Tempe between the 9-15th November.

General Chair – Katina Michael, Arizona State University

Program Committee Chair – Roba Abbas, University of Wollongong

  • The 30 member strong international technical program committee will be announced shortly

Organizing Committee Co-Chairs – Netra Chhetri, Nalini Chhetri, Arizona State University

  • Cindy Dick – Event Management
  • Salah Hamdoun – Publications Chair
  • Elma Hajric – Workshop and Tutorials Chair
  • Farah Nájar Arévalo – Social Media Co-chairs
  • Martin Andrés Pérez Comisso- Social Media Co-chairs
  • Katina Michael – Conference Web Site Co-Chair
  • Terri Bookman – Conference Web Site Co-Chair
  • Michael Cardinale – Conference Treasurer
  • Other members of the Social Policy Engineering Collective:
    • Emma Frow – Governance of Emerging Biotechnologies
    • Kirk Jalbert – Civic Science for Environmental Futures Collaborative
    • Darshan Karwat – Reengineered.org
    • Laura Hosman – Solarspell.org
    • Faheem Hussain – Development for Displaced Population
    • Thad Miller – Center for Smart Cities and Regions
  • Jay Pearlman – VP IEEE SSIT Conference Chair

Keynote and Invited Speakers

  • Professor Jeremy Pitt – Imperial College London (Keynote)
  • Professor Christine Perakslis – Johnson and Wales University (Keynote)
  • Professor Joseph Carvalko – Quinniapac University (Keynote)
  • Professor Isabelle Pedersen – Ontario Tech University (Keynote)
  • Dr Fatima Zahrae Chrifi Alaoui – San Francisco State University (Invited Speaker)
  • Dr Jennifer Oliva – Seton Hall University (Invited Speaker)
  • Dr Rebecca Monteleone – University of Toledo (Invited Speaker)
  • Mr Andreas Sjöström – VP, Capgemini (Invited Speaker)

Submission Guidelines: All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. The deadline for paper submission of all types is 14th September 2020. All papers must be submitted through EasyChair. The template can be found here.


IEEEISTAS20 proceedings will be published in the IEEEXplore database by IEEE. Abstracts and short papers under 2,000 words will be available from the conference web site post peer review. Select papers will be chosen for inclusion by the guest editorial team led by Dr Roba Abbas, in a special issue of the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine for publication in 2021, after authors extend their papers, and agree to undergo a new peer review process.


All questions regarding the conference should be emailed to ieeeistas20@protonmail.com.


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Memorial Union – ASU
301 E Orange St
Tempe, AZ 85281 United States
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