IEEE ISTAS 2023 Advance Programme / Register Here!

By on August 21st, 2023 in Conferences, Social Implications of Technology, SSIT Announcements

IEEE ISTAS 2023 takes place at Swansea University, Wales from 13 – 15 September. IEEE ISTAS 2023 is the flagship conference of IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT). The theme of IEEE ISTAS 2023 is “Technology and Analytics for Global Development”.

IEEE ISTAS 2023 is Technical Co-sponsored by IEEE Region 8, IEEE UK and Ireland Section, IEEE UK and Ireland SSIT Chapter and IEEE UK and Ireland Education Chapter.

IEEE ISTAS 2023 is Supported by the School of Management, Swansea University.

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IEEE ISTAS 2023 Advance Programme

The IEEE ISTAS 2023 Program incorporates a mix of keynote presentations, paper sessions, workshops and interactive panels, which are aligned with SSIT’s Technical Activities.

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 Keynote Presentations include:

  • Cycles of Development and Artificial Intelligence in Systems of Survival, Prof. Sajda Qureshi, University of Nebraska
  • The Role of Engineering and Technological Innovation in Addressing Societal Challenges, Miriam Cunningham, IEEE Humanitarian Technology Board
  • Mobile Payment App Use for Digital Financial Inclusion: Affordances, Constraints, and Cross-country Cultural Influences, Prof. Raghav Rao, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Navigating Tensions between Indigenous Communities and Global Development Partners: Reflections on 25 Years of Fieldwork in East Africa, Mr. Abdalla Badhrus, Muslim Education & Welfare Association, Kenya

Plenary Panels  include:

  • IEEE Societies: Addressing Climate Change Challenges (13 September)

Moderator: Luis Kun, President, IEEE SSIT
Description | The IEEE is currently working in multiple areas to deal with climate change. Some of these efforts include: Electrification of the transportation infrastructure which is one of the most promising solutions to reducing carbon emissions; hydrogen as a viable fuel source. Many are calling for hydrogen to be part of future energy sources; the use of distributed energy resources (DERs) and microgrids is integral to provide a flexible and resilient energy system that can help meet the growing demand for clean energy.

Panellists include:

  • Saifur Rahman, President, IEEE
  • Rakesh Kumar, Past President, IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society
  • Nita Patel, President, IEEE Computer Society
  • Metin Akay, Past President, IEEE EMBS
  • Fernando Guarin, Past President, IEEE EDS, Smart Cities
  • Manuel Delgado-Restituto, President, IEEE Circuits and Systems Society and Victor Grimblatt (Circuits and Systems Society, White Paper on Climate change)
  • Public Safety Technologies and Climate Change (14 September)

Moderator: Luis Kun, President, IEEE SSIT
Description | The main objectives of this panel include to discuss: how Society can better address the aspects of Emergency Management (Awareness, Preparation, Prevention, Response and Recovery) and secondly how we connect the IEEE Public Safety Technology Initiative with the Climate Change Sustainability Initiative. Over 40 nations are facing food insecurity and forced migration because of either floods or drought and fire. In public health, the threats characteristics are of global threats with local impact and local threats with global impact. These affect health, security, education, economy, everything. Globalization, connectivity and speed are fundamentally crucial to the response. Requirements include fast: detection, fast and effective communication, fast and effective integration and fast and effective action.

Panellists include:

  • Kamal Al-Haddad, Director, IEEE Division 6
  • Martin Llamas Nista, President, IEEE Education Society
  • Mariusz Malinowski, President, IEEE Industrial Electronics Society
  • Alan Chong, President, IEEE Professional Communication Society
  • Steven (Zhaojun) Li, President, IEEE Reliability Society
  • Ravikiran Annaswamy, President, IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society
  • Wei-Jen Lee, Chair, IEEE Program Director Climate Technologies Sustainability
  • Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan, Past Chair, IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee 2022
  • Ethics and DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion): A Key to Technological Advancement

Moderator: Mark A. Vasquez, CAE, Sr. Program Manager, IEEE TechEthics
Description |As technology rapidly evolves and new capabilities become widely available, the tech industry must be consciously and consistently aware of the people it stands to leave behind via traditionally inequitable practices and systems. Among other places, these inequities are found in hiring practices, public services (healthcare, education, policing, etc.), and product development life cycles. Ethical design, development and deployment of technology must be rooted in the values of equality, diversity, equity, inclusion and justice so that all members of society can contribute to innovations that will fundamentally change the way in which we live our lives. This IEEE TechEthics panel will address why the adoption of these values must become a professional skill and explore practical steps the technology industry can take to apply this in their practices.

Panellists include:

  • Floriane Fidegnon, Consultant at BMNT
  • Prof. Jacqueline Corbett, Laval University

Professional Development Workshops include:

  1. IEEE Humanitarian Technology Board Best Practices on Technological Innovation based engagement with Local Communities
  2. Indigenous Knowledge and Information Technology
  3. Innovation Strategy Development and Implementation

The Public Interest Technology (PIT) for Innovation in Global Development Workshop will take place on 12 September.

We look forward to your active participation.