The IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) announces the selection of Roba Abbas of the University of Wollongong, Australia, as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society (TTS), beginning May 9, 2023.
Professor Katina Michael of Arizona State University, USA, has begun her second accomplished three-year term as TTS EIC. Due to the rising number of submissions and international growth of SSIT publications, the Board of Governors has approved the co-EIC model across its publications.
“Our new Co-EIC is internationally recognized, as a leading voice in the socio-technical field, chairing the Socio-Technical Systems Technical Committee at the IEEE Society on the Social Implications of Technology, and bringing a unique skillset to the T&S community at large. Dr Abbas’ interdisciplinary skillset is evidenced in her experience across Business, Informatics, and Engineering Schools and in her time in industry,” said Michael.
Dr Abbas has held numerous governance and teaching roles at the University of Wollongong’s Faculty of Business and Law. She has Guest Edited several special issues and sections of TTS and TSM over the past decade, as well as serving in numerous official IEEE roles, such Co-Editor, Associate Editor and Administrator of IEEE publications, the IEEE Australia Council Student Activities Coordinator and Conference Technical Program Chair. Her research interests focus on complex socio-technical systems design, emphasizing transdisciplinarity, co-design and the intersection of society, technology, ethics, and regulation. Her teaching experience is in courses such as information systems, operations management, human-centered design, e-business management, engineering design and logistics systems.
“I’m looking forward to co-developing TTS to a recognized interdisciplinary journal within the IEEE and beyond, where we will strive positive contributions to processes, procedures, and production related initiatives in service of SSIT’s pillars and mission,” said Abbas. “As we face increasingly complex challenges, I firmly believe in the significance of collaboration, ethics and interdisciplinarity in socio-technical studies, and advocate for research and projects that advance our understanding of the responsible and ethical implementation of these systems and of the social implications of technology.”
“I encourage all readers to engage with Roba’s seminal contributions over the years especially in the domains of socio-technical co-design, public interest technology, and regulation,” said Michael. “Roba’s research into socio-technical systems design and public consultation processes, provides a valuable approach to design with members of society, and ethical and regulatory considerations, in mind,” she continued.