Active Calls for Papers

First Workshop of Persuasive Technology and Society - Call for Participation

8 August 2017 @ the University of Wollongong, Australia

9.30 am Mr Paul Cunningham, CEO at IIMC, Dublin, Ireland

"What is IEEE's Society on the Social Implications of Technology (SSIT)?"

10.30 am  Ms Anni Rowland-Campbell, Intersticia

"Having a Brave Conversation: Comparing the Australian and UK Experience"

11.30 am Associate Professor Dr Win Khin, Centre Director

"The Vision for the Centre for Persuasive Technology and Society"

  • How we can work with IEEE SSIT
  • How we can be an integral part of Brave Conversations

12.30 pm Lunch

TBA. A location on campus.

1.30 pm Hot Topics

10 min presentations from researcher's in the Centre

Dr Roba Abbas: Location-based devices

Dr Mark Freeman: User-interface with persuasive technology

Dr Holly Tootell: Persuasive technology and societal education

Dr Will Tibben: Persuasive technologies for minority groups

Dr Elena Vlahu-Gjorgievska: Persuasive technologies for health initiatives

2.30 pm Panel of Provocation

Facilitated by Prof Katina Michael

Key Interdisciplinary UOW Linkages - Facing Global Challenges (to be invited):

Christopher Moore, George Mikhail, Ted Mitew, Mark McLelland, Gursel Alici

3.30 pm Wrap Up

Call for Participation - Susan Halford (SOTON) Presents @ UOW

We are fortunate to be hosting Professor Susan Halford, Director of the Web Science Institute (WSI) from the University of Southampton, to give a leading edge talk on the future of big data research from a social science perspective.

Date: Friday, 7 April 2017

Time: 11am-12pm

Where: SMART Infrastructure Facility Advisory Council Room, 6.101, University of Wollongong

RSVP: 3 April, 2017

Register here: https://katinamichael.wufoo.com/forms/register-for-susan-halfords-seminar-7-april-2017/

More details below:

Symphonic social science and the future for big data research

Abstract: 

Over recent years there has been a persistent tension between proponents of big data analytics on the one hand - using new forms of digital data to make computational and statistical claims about ‘the social’ - and, on the other hand, many social scientists who are skeptical about the value of big data, its associated methods and claims to knowledge. This talk seeks to move beyond this, taking inspiration from a mode of argumentation developed by some of the most successful social science books of all time: Bowling Alone (Putnam 2000). The Spirit Level (Wilkinson and Pickett 2009) and Capital (Piketty 2014). Taken together these works can be distinguishedas a new approach, that can be labelled as‘symphonic social science’. This bears both striking similarities and significant differences to the big data paradigm and – as such – offers the potential to do big data analytics differently. The talk will suggest that this offers value to those already working with big data – for whom the difficulties of making useful and sustainable claims about the social are increasingly apparent – and tosocial scientists, offering a mode of practice that might shape big data analytics for the future.

Susan Halford, Professor of Sociology

Professor Susan Halford is Director, Web Science Institute within Social Sciences at the University of Southampton. Her research interests range from the sociology of work and organization - with projects on the third sector, the ageing workforce and employee driven innovation - to the sociology of technology and specifically the World Wide Web. She has a particular interest in the politics of data and digital artefacts, information infrastructures and digital research methods.

Professor Halford has a background in Geography (she studied at the University of Sussex 1981-4) and Urban Studies (also at Sussex 1985-1990) and moved into Sociology when she joined the University of Southampton in 1992. Since this time she has developed a range of research around the themes of gender, work, and identity and - connected to this - exploring digital innovation in the workplace, and beyond particularly through Web Science in collaboration with colleagues in Health Sciences and Computer Sciences.

More here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/socsci/about/staff/sjh3.page

 

By Invitation Only - Cross Collaboration SOTON-UOW

Professor Susan Halford and Professor Katina Michael will be going off-site for a collaborative meeting with key PhD students who will be presenting on their research. Schedule is as follows:

Lunch at 1.30 pm, Gerroa Fisherman's Club

Sightseeing 3pm-4pm

Presentations at 4pm: format (10 min presentation, followed by 10 min discussion for each participant)

 4 PhD students from the University of Southampton, UK

     - Participant 1: J. Webster, Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training

Title: Algorithmic Taste-Makers: How are Music Recommender Systems Performing as "Cultural Intermediaries" and Shaping Cultural Consumption Practices?

Abstract: The digital age has seen the rise of new cultural intermediaries in the music marketplace. Music streaming services have invested heavily in the development of recommendation systems, which are used to enhance the quality of their user experience by selecting and organising music in a personalised fashion. As they seek to shape what we consume and how we come to consume it, music recommender systems have the potential to impact on cultural consumption practices and taste formation processes. Indeed, the automated nature of these systems means they have the potential to intervene in these social processes at a rate and scale not previously encountered. Whilst existing social science literature has begun to speculate on the impact of their cultural intermediation, little attention has been given to what music recommender systems are, how they come to exist and operate in the field, or how interaction with these systems is shaping consumption practices. The aim of my PhD is to advance our understanding of how music recommender systems are performing as cultural intermediaries and shaping consumption practice. This presentation will offer a window into my research and provide a brief account of what I have learnt so far about the cultural intermediary work of music recommender systems.

Bio: Jack is a second-year Web Science PhD student at the University of Southampton, UK. His research focusses on how the music recommender systems used by music streaming services, such as Spotify, are operating as "cultural intermediaries," shaping how cultural goods and symbolic value are circulated in the field of cultural consumption. Jack is an interdisciplinary researcher, combining perspectives from the social and computer sciences to understand both how music recommender systems work, but also how they are experienced by consumers and the rationale behind their design and implementation. If you would like to find out more Jack and his research, please visit www.jwebster.net.

 

     - Participant 2: C.N. Tochia, Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training

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Title: Does craving a digital detox make me a bad digital citizen?

Abstract: My PhD topic is looking at digital literacy and in particular joining the argument that busts the myth of the "digital native" concept. A lot of work has been done in this area already, but I believe there is a unique group of people born just before the digital / information age took over, however have a very good understanding and grasp of new digital technologies they come into contact with. Some of them are known already as the want-nots. This group therefore understands and sometimes craves the pre-digital era and I would like to understand what deters them from choosing some new technologies or wanting to access the Web less or not at all. I also have a general interest in online identities and behaviours, particularly how we present ourselves on and off the screen.

Bio: After completing a degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications from Bournemouth University I joined the advertising industry working at OMD, an Omnicom media agency. Beginning first in their Communications department then moving across to their Insight department I managed several projects across clients such as Boots, Vodafone, Hasbro, Pepsi Co and Disney. Then I moved back to a company I previously interned at, Substance Global, that specialises in PR and marketing films, TV and games. There I worked in the Social team managing over 100 + accounts for brands such as Warner Bros Interactive, 20th Century Fox, Paramount and HBO.

 

     - Participant 3: R.D. Blair, Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training

Title: Social media, learning and risk

Abstract: Social media is much lauded as a powerful tool for use in support of non-formal learning, and a tool of choice for teenagers. With this in mind the aims of my research were to determine the position of, and the barriers to the use of social media in support of learning activities by school pupils. To achieve these aims an investigation of the perceptions and use of social media by primary stakeholders at the operational level was conducted.

Data was collected from pupils and teachers using both quantitative and qualitative methods. 384 pupils responded to an online survey and 96 pupils participated in semi-structured focus group interviews. As a ratio comparable to the average teacher to pupil ratio in English secondary schools 18 teachers participated in semi-structured, individual interviews. The findings suggest that the main reason social media does not appear to be having an impact is a perception of risk. Initial findings indicated that usage of social media for learning was dominated by logistical task support (for example, clarifying instructions) mostly focused on homework activities. On further investigation findings suggest that activities which support general school work and a deeper engagement through homework understanding are taking place with a not insubstantial number of pupils.

The research findings also indicate that though social media is being used by this age group to support their learning, generally in a dyadic fashion, factors other than pupil skill and imagination in the use of social media may be in play. Of these other factors a the primary factor suggested by the findings appears to be a perceived risk to social capital accrued in a time of life in which social capital is assuming increasing importance.The reluctance of teachers to promote social media as a tool to support learning support through knowledge sharing by pupils appears to stem primarily from the possibility of risk to pupil welfare followed by professional risk to the teacher then risk to institution. With a recognition and understanding of the perceptions of risk held by the primary stakeholder at the operational level the next stage of this work is to determine how to reconcile and overcome these barriers to access the power of networked to technologies to support socially constructed learning.

Bio: Robert Blair is a final year PhD candidate at the Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training, department of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. He holds an MSc Information Systems from the University of East Anglia and an MSc Web Science from the University of Southampton. For his PhD research Robert is investigating the driving factors affecting change in the use of digital technologies. In particular, he is interested in the apparent enthusiasm for the use of Social Media displayed by children and young adults and the possibility of how this may be leveraged to support formal and non-formal learning. Prior to commencing his research Robert gained over 20 years experience of teaching Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science in compulsory, further and higher education.

 

     - Participant 4: F. Hardcastle, Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training

Abstract: This talk will be loosely based on a draft submitted to TOIT's Special Section on Computational Ethics and Accountability that is currently under review. As part of it I will introduce a conceptual sociotechnical intervention called TATE (Targeted Advertising Tracking Extension) that - using semantic web technologies, W3C PROV model, and the concept of sociotechnical imaginary - aims to contribute to supporting accountability in the Online Behavioural Tracking and Advertising (OBTA) landscape. On-going work involves evaluating a hypothetical implementation and normalisation of this model informed by STS theories to identify overlapping interests, values, and incentives of various stakeholder groups to map its design to these spaces. 

Bio: Faranak is a PhD candidate at the Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Southampton. Studying Web Science has challenged her views about society and technology. She is currently interested in critically engaging with the Web and the Internet from the intersection of arts and design, technology, sociology, and STS, and continuously tries to avoid letting the disciplinary boundaries to discipline her "thinking”, “designing", and “making”.

2 students and 2 honoraries from UOW's School of Computing and Information Technology

     - Associate Research Fellow and PhD Candidate, Robert Ogie, SMART Infrastructure Facility*

     - Honorary Fellow Dr Roba Abbas, Persuasive Technology and Society

Title: Big (Geospatial) Data and Location Intelligence in Action: The Consumer Perspective

Abstract: The big data movement has, in recent years, promised to deliver a wide range of benefits to organisations, offering business insights generated through the analysis of vast and varied datasets. The potential to create an enhanced understanding of consumer and corporate opportunities, through the extraction of trends and patterns, is certainly appealing from a business perspective. Increased emphasis is now being placed on the use of geospatial datasets. This essentially refers to “geo-enriched” data; data that is supplemented with a geographic component, and when contextualised, layered with additional levels of detail, and analysed, provides some form of “location intelligence”. The proliferation of consumer location-based services (LBS) applications, in conjunction with the wealth of publicly accessible geospatial data and supporting applications, now signifies that location intelligence activities are not exclusive to geographic information systems (GIS) professionals, as was traditionally the case. Rather, advanced mapping and location capabilities are now accessible to the individual user or consumer. This presentation provides a practical demonstration of consumer-level location intelligence and the societal implications of “geo-enriched” data analysis more specifically.

Biography: Dr Roba Abbas is an Honorary Fellow with the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at the University of Wollongong, Australia and is the Associate Editor (Administrator) for the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine. She completed her Australian Research Council (ARC)-funded Doctor of Philosophy on the topic of Location-Based Services Regulation in 2012, earning special commendations for her thesis titled “Location-Based Services Regulation in Australia: A Socio-Technical Approach”.

    - Mr Asslam Umar Ali, Doctoral Candidate, School of Computing and Information Technology

Title: Analysis Framework to Integrate Knowledge Derived from Social Media for Civic Co-Management during Extreme Climatic Events

Abstract: Information generated on social media during extreme climatic events has forever changed disaster relief and response. This information shared as private conversation on public social media platforms is reliant on citizens to share their personal information and knowledge. This type of content generated by individuals with geospatial information has been termed ‘Volunteered Geographical Information’. A large number of VGI have used social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to crowd-source disaster information in real-time for effective management of infrastructure systems and their population. Therefore, providing more eyes on the ground and a source of intelligence that serve to improve situational awareness. On the other hand, managing the disaster activities is challenging, complex and involves various stakeholders; agencies, organisation, managing individual with different roles, resources and goal. This also puts time constraints on the decision makers make information intensive activities. Therefore, it challenging to coordinate or obtain timely and right type information from the social media channels. More importantly the disaster management activities follow a standard set of disaster management plans with set goals. Whereas, currently crowdsourced applications do not generally interact to share knowledge with the existing disaster management activities. This presentation shows results of social media data analysis obtained during floods and provides some interesting insights to type information (text/photos) shared, their relationship and how this could used by emergency management teams. 

Bio: Asslam Umar Ali is a Business Intelligence professional at the Information Management Unit, University of Wollongong. His educational background connects the technology and business spectrum, with a bachelors degree in Electronics Engineering and a Master in International Business and a MBA specialisation in Engineering Management. Asslam is enthusiastic about data analytics, visualisation and data informed decision making.

     - Honorary Associate Professor Dr MG Michael, Persuasive Technology and Society

Check-in at hotel at 6pm

Dinner at 7.00 pm (venue to be announced)

Close 9.30 pm

Body Sensor Networks Conference

The 2017 conference will be held in: 

The High Tech Campus
High Tech Campus 1
5656 AE Eindhoven – The Netherlands

May 9-12, 2017

Welcome to the 14th International Conference on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks (BSN2017) website. Wearable biosensors are becoming increasingly pervasive.  Although many of these devices currently target the consumer market, the potential for medical-grade sensors is increasingly evident.  Body sensor networks increase the opportunity to measure physiology and behaviour outside the clinical setting.  Means of communication, on-chip and off-line data processing and proper modelling turn these measurements into useful information.

Current BSN applications range from performance monitoring and enhancement in athletes, soldiers, and first responders to assistive technologies that improve quality of life in chronic diseases such as hypertension, cardiac failure, COPD, kidney failure, diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, dementia and others.  Additionally, the opportunity to change the conduct of clinical trials and basic chronic disease management is compelling.

The High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, is a unique biotope for close academic/private partnerships and a major industrial hub in Western Europe. Hence, the role of industry as a technological driver of BSN developments and the interaction with the clinical community is a major focus of this year´s conference.

The 14th International Conference on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks (BSN2017) wishes to accompany the ongoing BSN research efforts and to offer a forum for discussion of key issues, new directions and innovative solutions for sensor and systems development, data management and interpretation, and communications.  This meeting will highlight:

  • development of new wearable systems including smart textiles and minimally invasive sensors
  • technical developments in the area of low power electronics, energy harvesting and miniaturization
  • interaction of body-worn sensors with indoors measurement systems integrated into items of daily life (like chairs, seats, beds, etc.)
  • health and performance monitoring applications such as energy balance, hydration status, movement analysis, etc.
  • strategies for human and animal behavioral monitoring including mood state, cognitive status, vigilance, and sleep quality
  • clinical applications to improve objective health assessments, remote telemedical assessments, and everyday health status monitoring and systems that enhance patient self management and quality of life
  • characterizing quality of data and regulatory compliance requirements for medical management applications
  • wearable data security and privacy considerations
  • next generation body powered, nanosensors, and minimally invasive implantable measurement systems
  • development of new and improvements of existing implants including the connection of these to external body sensor networks

Read more here

Call for Participants - #braveconversations

What a fantastic lineup at Brave Conversations! Check it out here. Buy tickets here.

Programme

DAY ONE – MONDAY 10TH APRIL

A “Human Hack Day” bringing together human minds to society’s challenges

The first day of the conference will be a workshop bringing together people from the business, government and community sectors with researchers from a range of disciplines.

Themes we will explore include:

  • Democracy & politics
  • Privacy & individual liberty
  • New economics
  • Technology leadership & ethics

We need brave conversations around:

  • In a “post-truth” world how can we slow the spread of fake news?
  • What are the dangers of life inside our social bubbles and continuous positive reinforcement?
  • In new economics, what will the impact of changing structures, networks and innovation be?
  • Open Source or protecting IP? How can you change business models without giving away shareholder value?
  • How to add value in the age of ubiquitous connectivity and total knowledge?
  • Managing your reputation in an increasingly transparent world
  • Everyone benefits? If the web is the ultimate force for globalisation how do we ensure everybody benefits?
  • “Should humanity become God” – who or what do we want to become as a species?
  • The rise of the hyper-corporation and the ramifications for the world.

Join us on Twitter #braveconversations and add to the list.

CFP for the IEEE Journal of RFID

The IEEE Journal of Radio Frequency Identification (JRFID) is a newly launching IEEE journal that publishes peer-reviewed manuscripts addressing various aspects of RFID circuits, systems, standards, and applications. RFID involves multidisciplinary areas of research and development, encompassing a broad spectrum of science and engineering expertise. This call for papers intends to solicit contributions in all areas pertinent to the RFID technology.

IEEE Journal of RFID Topic Areas:

§  Antenna and design

§  Tags and Readers

§  Circuits and systems

§  Protocols and networks

§  Signal propagation and processing

§  Energy Harvesting

§  Data and Power transfer

§  Modulation schemes

§  Modeling, simulation, implementation

§  RFID sensors

§  Near field communications

§  Smart and programmable tags

§  RFID Manufacturing processes

§  RFID applications in Health care, Finance, Transportation, security, inventory management, and RFID tracking of information, location, asset, energy, and people

§  Internet of Things

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Authors are encouraged to submit original, unpublished work on RFID. We consider both brief papers (5-page) and regular-length articles. Acceptance shall be based on the peer reviews from the editors and the selected reviewers. The Journal is published quarterly with the first issue scheduled to appear in March of 2017. The IEEE Council on RFID (CRFID) that comprising of 15 IEEE member societies sponsors the Journal.

All IEEE journals require an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) for all authors.  See the ORCID instructions. Paper submissions are handled through Manuscript Central website: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jrfid

 

IEEE CRFID Educational Mega Challenge on Smart Cities (Phoenix, Arizona)

More here

To engage and interest undergraduates, graduate students, and their advisors, the new
IEEE Council on RFID (CRFID) is offering a competition that addresses real-world problems and is

  • Open to any accredited, degree-program educational institution
  • Composed of teams with at least one IEEE student member and at least one advisor who is an IEEE member

2017 CHALLENGE: SMART CITIES

The 2017 challenge focuses on the use of radio frequency identification RFID in Smart Cities. Teams will be rated on how they plan and evaluate a solution that incorporates RFID technology and systems. Teams are asked to prepare as if responding to a request for proposal (RFP).

  • The team will choose a city and a problem it faces that can be addressed by a smart city solution (e.g., traffic flow, mass transit, infrastructure support, revenue collections, parks management, etc.)
  • The team will identify a solution that includes the use of RFID.
    For support from the RAIN Alliance, passive UHF RFID must be included in the solution.
  • The team will identify the steps needed to implement the solution.
  • Submissions must be an 8-10-page summary, which includes:
    • Problem statement
    • Proposed solution
    • Differentiator (why this solution vs. others)
    • Resource summary (Personnel and equipment)
    • Team summary – bios, function
  • Optional bonus points for:
    • A paper prepared for a CRFID peer-reviewed conference proceedings.
    • YouTube video or privately available video /slide show.
    • Partnering with an Industry Advisor from RAIN Alliance
    • Partnering with an Industry Advisor
    • Use of other resources, for example:
      • IEEE’s Smart Cities initiative has a repository of publications
      • the US federal government recently announced it is committing over $80 million – led by NSF with a $60M commitment over two years – toward the Smart Cities Initiative
      • equipment sponsored by a RAIN Alliance member

DEADLINE: JANUARY 31, 2017

Judges from IEEE CRFID and the RAIN Alliance will select the top three teams to present at the
IEEE RFID 2017 conference at the RFID Journal Live! event in Phoenix, Arizona in May 2017.

Up to $5,000 (USD) student travel support is available from IEEE CRFID and the RAIN Alliance. Alliance members will prep presenters whose solution uses passive UHF.

For more information, please contact Emily Sopensky, President, Council on RFID. e.sopensky@ieee.org

CFP: Tutorials for IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Network Analysis and Mining 2017 (Sydney, Australia)

Tutorial Chairs

  • Hady Wirawan Lauw, Singapore Management University, Singapore, hady (at) hadylauw (dot) com
  • Katina Michael, University of Wollongong, Australia, katina (at) uow (dot) edu (dot) au
  • Katharina Zweig, TU Kaiserslautern, Germany, zweig (at) cs (dot) uni-kl (dot) de

The IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Network Analysis and Mining (ASONAM) provides a premier interdisciplinary forum to bring together researchers and practitioners from all social networking analysis and mining related fields for presentation of original research results, as well as exchange and dissemination of innovative, practical development experiences. ASONAM 2017 seeks to address important challenging problems with a specific focus on the emerging trends and industry needs associated with social networking analysis and mining. The conference solicits experimental and theoretical findings along with their real-world applications. In addition to the technical program, the conference will feature tutorials, workshops, panels, exhibits, and demos.

ASONAM 2017 welcomes proposals for short and long tutorials from active researchers and experienced tutors. Ideally, a tutorial will cover the state-of-the-art research, development and applications in a specific social network analysis and mining direction, and stimulate and facilitate future work. High preference will be given to tutorials on interdisciplinary directions, novel and emerging applications.

A one-page description of the tutorial (including title, authors’ short bios, abstract, and background expected from the audience) will be included in the conference proceedings.

Submission
Proposals should include the following items:

  • Title
  • Abstract (up to 150 words)
  • Rationale of presenting the tutorial at ASONAM 2017 (up to 250 words)
  • Target audience and prerequisites (up to 100 words)
  • A list of forums with their time, location, approximate number of attendees, and URLs of the slides/notes if the tutorial or a similar/highly-related tutorial has been presented by the same author(s) before (up to 150 words for each entry) – the similarities/differences with the one proposed for ASONAM 2017 should be highlighted
  • A list of other tutorials given by the authors – please list titles, presenters, forums, locations and approximate number of attendees only
  • A list of tutorials on the same/similar/highly-related topics given by other people (up to 150 words for each entry) – the similarities/differences with the one proposed for ASONAM 2017 should be highlighted
  • Authors' short bio and their expertise related to the tutorial (up to 150 words per tutor)
  • An outline of the tutorial in the form of a bullet list (up to one page)
  • Length of the tutorial (1.5-2 hours for short tutorials and 3-4 hours for long tutorials)
  • A list of up to 25 most important references that will be covered in the tutorial
  • Any specific audio/video/computer requirements for the tutorial

Submission

Proposals must be submitted by e-mail to:

  • Hady Wirawan LauwSingapore Management University, Singapore, , hady (at) hadylauw (dot) com
  • Katina MichaelUniversity of Wollongong, Australia, , katina (at) uow (dot) edu (dot) au
  • Katharina Zweig, TU Kaiserslautern, Germany, , zweig (at) cs (dot) uni-kl (dot) de

 

Key Dates

 

Submission deadline:

April 10, 2017 11:59 PM American Samoa Zone (UTC-11)

Notification of acceptance:

May 20, 2017

Camera-ready version of the description:

June 25, 2017 11:59 PM American Samoa Zone (UTC-11)

NFC Innovation Award

Who: NFC Forum

What: NFC Innovation Awards

Theme: Recognizing Breakthrough Products and Start-ups

When: Nominations due January 11, 2017; winners will be announced March 14, 2017

Where: (Awards reception) Green Valley Ranch Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada

Details: https://nfcforum.secure-platform.com/a/organizations/main/home

Judges: https://nfcforum.secure-platform.com/a/page/judges

Questions: Please contact Lisa Gundlach at lgundlach@nfc-forum.org.

 

NFC Innovation Program Timeline:

Submission Entry Period: December 5, 2016 – January 11, 2017

Judging Period: January 18 – February 14

Semi-finalists Announced: February 15

Award Ceremony - Winners Announced: March 14

 

About the NFC Innovation Awards

The NFC Innovation Awards were created to recognize breakthrough products and start-ups and to raise awareness and exposure of the outstanding implementations of NFC in a wide range of industries. The award program is open to member and non-member companies; systems integrators, agencies and media companies may also submit nominations on behalf of their clients. There is no fee to enter.

Winners will be chosen based on innovation, benefits, results, user experience and NFC Impact. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, January 11, 2017.

Winners will be announced at an awards reception to be held in Las Vegas at the Green Valley Ranch Resort on Tuesday, March 14 (co-located with NFC Forum member meeting).

CFP: Socio-ethical Approaches to Robotics Development (IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, March 2018)

Background

Converging approaches adopted by engineers, computer scientists and software developers have brought together niche skillsets in robotics for the purposes of a complete product, prototype or application. Some robotics developments have been met with criticism, especially those of an anthropomorphic nature or in a collaborative task with humans. Due to the emerging role of robotics in our society and economy, there is an increasing need to engage social scientists and more broadly humanities scholars in the field. In this manner we can furthermore ensure that robots are developed and implemented considering the socio-ethical implications that they raise.

Source: https://www.robots.com/images/Robot%20Integration.jpg

Source: https://www.robots.com/images/Robot%20Integration.jpg

This call for papers, supposes that more recently, projects have brought on board personnel with a multidisciplinary background to ask those all important questions about “what if” or “what might be” at a time that the initial idea generation is occurring to achieve a human-centered design. The ability to draw these approaches into the “design” process, means that areas of concern to the general public are addresses. These might include issues surrounding consumer privacy, citizen security, individual trust, acceptance, control, safety, fear of job loss and more.

In introducing participatory practices into the design process, preliminary results can be reached to inform the developers of the way in which they should consider a particular course of action. This is not to halt the freedom of the designer, but rather to consider the value-laden responsibility that designers have in creating things for the good of humankind, independent of their application.

This call seeks to include novel research results demonstrated on working systems that incorporate in a multidisciplinary approach technological solutions which respond to socio-ethical issues. Ideally this Robotics and Automation Magazine paper is complemented by a paper submitted in parallel to Technology and Society Magazine that investigates the application from a socio-ethical viewpoint. 

ARLINGTON, Va. (Nov. 9, 2010) Greg Trafton, center, a cognitive scientist with the Naval Research Laboratory, discusses Octavia, left, an MDS or mobile, dexterous, social robot, to exhibit hall attendees during day two of the Office of Naval Research 2010 Naval Science and Technology Partnership Conference. Octavia is part of the Office of Naval Research human robotics interaction research program which focuses on the abilities of teams of humans and autonomous systems to communicate clearly, collaborate to solve problems, and interact via means both locally and remotely. U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams - This Image was released by the United States Navy with the ID 101109-N-7676W-127. 

ARLINGTON, Va. (Nov. 9, 2010) Greg Trafton, center, a cognitive scientist with the Naval Research Laboratory, discusses Octavia, left, an MDS or mobile, dexterous, social robot, to exhibit hall attendees during day two of the Office of Naval Research 2010 Naval Science and Technology Partnership Conference. Octavia is part of the Office of Naval Research human robotics interaction research program which focuses on the abilities of teams of humans and autonomous systems to communicate clearly, collaborate to solve problems, and interact via means both locally and remotely. U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams - This Image was released by the United States Navy with the ID 101109-N-7676W-127. 

Schedule:

March 10 - Call for papers

August 1 - Submission deadline

October 1 - Author notification

November 15 - Revised paper submitted

November 25 - End of the second review round

November 30 - Final acceptance decision communicated to Authors

December 10 - Final manuscripts uploaded by authors

March 10, 2018 -  issue mailed to all members

* Information for authors can be found here.

CFP: Robotics and Social Implications (IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, March 2018)

Guest Editors

Ramona Pringle (Ryerson University), Diana Bowman (Arizona State University), Meg Leta Jones (Georgetown University), Katina Michael (University of Wollongong)

Background

Robots have been used in a variety of applications, everything from healthcare to automation. Robots for repetitive actions exude accuracy and specificity. Robots don’t get tired, although they do require maintenance, they can be on 24x7, although stoppages in process flows can happen frequently due to a variety of external factors. It is a fallacy that robots don’t require human inputs and can literally run on their own without much human intervention. And yet, there is a fear surrounding the application of robots mostly swelled by sensational media reports and the science fiction genre. Anthropomorphic robots have also caused a great deal of concern for consumer advocate groups who take the singularity concept very seriously.

Stephanie Dinkins and Bina48, Sentients (Video Still), 2015

Stephanie Dinkins and Bina48, Sentients (Video Still), 2015

It is the job of technologists to dispel myths about robotics, and to raise awareness and in so doing robot literacy, the reachable limits of artificial intelligence imbued into robots, and the positive benefits that can be gained by future developments in the field. This special will focus on the hopes of robot application in non-traditional areas and the plausible intended and unintended consequences of such a trajectory.

Getting Social: Robot Therapists Help Acclimate Children with Autism. Source: http://www.paperdroids.com/2013/02/26/getting-social-robot-therapists-help-acclimate-children-with-autism/

Getting Social: Robot Therapists Help Acclimate Children with Autism. Source: http://www.paperdroids.com/2013/02/26/getting-social-robot-therapists-help-acclimate-children-with-autism/

Engineers in sensor development, artificial consciousness, components assemblage, visual and aesthetic artistry are encouraged to engage with colleagues from across disciplines- philosophers, sociologists and anthropologists, humanities scholars, experts in English and creative writing, journalists and communications specialists- to engage in this call.

Multidisciplinary teams of researchers are requested to submit papers addressing pressing socio-ethical issues in order to provide inputs on how to build more robust robotics that will address citizen issues. For example:

  • How can self driving cars make more ethical decisions?
  • How can co-working with robots becoming an acceptable practice to humans?
  • How might their be more fluent interactions between humans and robots?
  • Can drones have privacy-by-design incorporated into their controls?

This issue calls for technical strategic-level and high-level design papers that have a social science feel to them, and are written for a general audience. The issue encourages researchers to ponder on the socio-ethical implications stemming from their developments, and how they might be discussed in the general public.

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Broad Vertical Sectors

•    Driverless cars, buses, transportation
•    Military robots
•    Security robots
•    Assistive technologies
•    Robots as companions
•    Robots as co-workers
•    Ageing population
•    Children with syndromes
•    Learning technologies
•    Mentorship
•    Sex trade
•    Conversation

 

Multidisciplinary Angles:
•    Privacy-enhanced technologies, privacy by design, security, ethics
•    Legal entity, trust, control, moral agency, authority, autonomy, liberty, regulatory
•    Cultural, philosophical, anthropological, sociological, critical, phenomenological, normative
•    Real, virtual, conscious, artificial intelligence, anthropomorphic

 

Proposed Schedule

Paper Submission: April 30, 2017

Author Notification of Paper Acceptance: August 1, 2017

Final Revised Paper: November 1, 2017

Publication Date: March 1, 2018

 

How to Submit

Formatting guidelines for IEEE Technology and Society Magazine are available here. Select the Magazine menu  and go to "Information for Authors".

All papers are to be submitted to https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tsm

During the submission process you will be asked to enter in your details if you are a new author to the Magazine. You will also be asked to enter the names and email address of three academics who might be able to review your article. These individuals must not be close contacts.

Papers cannot go over 5,000 words, including references. A variety of paper types are acceptable including: commentaries, opinion pieces, leading edge, industry views, book reviews, peer reviewed articles etc.

Guest Editor Biographies

Ramona Pringle

Ramona Pringle is an Assistant Professor in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University and Director of the Transmedia Zone, an incubator for innovation in media and storytelling. As a writer, producer and digital journalist, Ramona’s work examines the evolving relationship between humans and technology. She is a technology columnist with CBC, and the writer and director of the interactive documentary “Avatar Secrets.” Previously, she was the interactive producer of PBS Frontline’s “Digital Nation” and editor in chief of “Rdigitalife”. Ramona is a co-editor of the IEEE Potentials Magazine special edition, “Unintended Consequences: the Paradox of Technological Potential” (2016) and an associate editor of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine. Ramona’s projects have been featured at festivals and conferences including i-docs, Power to the Pixel, TFI Interactive, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Hot Docs, SXSW, NXNE, Social Media Week, TEDx, and in publications including the New York Times, Mashable, Cult of Mac and the Huffington Post. Ramona has a Master’s Degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

Diana Bowman

Diana M. Bowman is an Associate Professor in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law  and the  School  for  the  Future  of  Innovation  and  Society  at  Arizona State University,  and a visiting  scholar  in  the  Faculty  of  Law  at  KU  Leuven.  Diana’s research has primarily focused on the legal and policy issues associated with emerging technologies, and public health law. Diana has a BSc, a LLB and a PhD in Law from Monash University, Australia. In August 2011 she was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria (Australia).

Meg Leta Jones

Prof. Meg Leta (previously Ambrose) Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Communication, Culture & Technology program at Georgetown University where she researches rules and technological change with a focus on privacy, data protection, and automation in information and communication technologies. She is also an affiliate faculty member of the Science, Technology, and International Affairs program in Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, the Center for Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law Center, and the Brussels Privacy Hub at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Dr. Jones's research interests cover issues including comparative information and communication technology law, engineering and information ethics, critical information and data studies, robotics law and policy, and the legal history of technology. She engages with indisciplinary fields like cyberlaw, science and technology studies, and communication and information policy using comparative, interpretive, legal, and historical methods. Ctrl+Z: The Right to be Forgotten, her first book, is about the social, legal, and technical issues surrounding digital oblivion. Advised by Paul Ohm, Dr. Jones earned a Ph.D. in Technology, Media & Society from the University of Colorado, Engineering and Applied Science (ATLAS). Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., she earned a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2008, where she focused on technology and information issues. She has held fellowships and research positions with the NSF funded eCSite project in the University of Colorado Department of Computer Science, the Silicon Flatirons Center at the University of Colorado School of Law, the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and CableLabs. Since 2013, Dr. Jones has been teaching and researching in Washington, DC at Georgetown University.

Katina Michael

Katina Michael is a professor in the School of Computing and Information Technology at the University of Wollongong.  She is the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine editor-in-chief and also serves as the senior editor of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine. Since 2008 she has been a board member of the Australian Privacy Foundation, and also served as Vice-Chair. Michael researches on the socio-ethical implications of emerging technologies. She has also conducted research on the regulatory environment surrounding the tracking and monitoring of people using commercial global positioning systems (GPS) applications in the area of dementia, mental illness, parolees, and minors for which she was awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery grant.

CFP: Proceedings of IEEE 2017 Ethical Considerations in Design of Intelligent Autonomous Systems

Background to Special Issue

Currently working on a second round review of a proposal for Proceedings of the IEEE. The project is taking form and has been already 4-5 months in the making. 

I am working with Alan Winfield whose Lab I had the pleasure of visiting at UWE at Bristol in October of this year. And also alongside my dear colleague Jeremy Pitt from Imperial College whom I've had the great honor of writing for previously. Our fourth guest editor in Vanessa Evers whom will bring a great deal of finesse to the design space known as human media interaction.

I will continue to update this space with the invited authors on this project as the details emerge. And shortly I hope we can confirm that indeed the proposal has been approved by PIEEE.

Introduction

The so called 4th industrial revolution and its economic and societal implications is no longer an academic concern, but has become a matter for political as well as a public debate. The Fourth Industrial Revolution - characterised as the convergence of robotics, AI, autonomous systems and information technology, or cyber-physical systems - was the focus of the World Economic Forum, at Davos, in 2016. In the US the White House initiated a series of public workshops on artificial intelligence (AI) and the creation of an interagency working group; the UK parliamentary select committee on Science and Technology commenced an Inquiry on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, and the European Parliament committee for legal affairs published a draft report with recommendations to the Commission on Civil Law Rules on Robotics.

Notably all of these initiatives express the need for serious consideration of the ethical and societal implications. Machine ethics has been transformed from a niche area of concern of a few engineers, philosophers and law academics, to an international debate. For these reasons a special issue focused on the ethics of intelligent autonomous systems is not only timely but necessary.

150220-N-LV331-001 - WASHINGTON (Feb. 20, 2015) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus observes a bay replica of desert conditions used for testing technology innovations at the Naval Research Laboratory. During his visit, Mabus spoke with project experts and observed ongoing innovations to electronic warfare systems, anti-submarine warfare projects and autonomous systems. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales/Released). Source https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1782872. Armando Gonzales. WASHINGTON, DC, US. VIRIN150220-N-LV331-001 Search DVIDs

150220-N-LV331-001 - WASHINGTON (Feb. 20, 2015) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus observes a bay replica of desert conditions used for testing technology innovations at the Naval Research Laboratory. During his visit, Mabus spoke with project experts and observed ongoing innovations to electronic warfare systems, anti-submarine warfare projects and autonomous systems. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales/Released). Source https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1782872. Armando Gonzales. WASHINGTON, DC, US. VIRIN150220-N-LV331-001 Search DVIDs

We propose a special issue that is broad in scope, spanning both robot and AI ethics and ethical robots and AI systems. The former is broadly concerned with the ethical use of autonomous systems including standards and regulation - in a nutshell ethical governance, while the latter is concerned with how autonomous systems can themselves be ethical, i.e. be imbued with ethical values. Both are of critical importance. Ethical governance is needed in order to develop standards that allow us to transparently and robustly assure the safety of autonomous systems and hence build public trust and confidence. Ethical autonomous systems are needed because, inevitably, near future systems are moral agents; consider driverless cars, or medical diagnosis AIs, both of which will need to make choices with ethical consequences.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry chats with Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin and a leader of Google's Self-Driving Car Project while sitting inside one of Google's self-driving cars at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship's Innovation Marketplace on the campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, on June 23, 2016. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]. 23 June 2016, 12:44. U.S. Department of State from United States.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry chats with Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin and a leader of Google's Self-Driving Car Project while sitting inside one of Google's self-driving cars at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship's Innovation Marketplace on the campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, on June 23, 2016. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]. 23 June 2016, 12:44. U.S. Department of State from United States.

 

Proposed Schedule

Submission of papers: May 15, 2017
Reviews back to authors: Aug 15, 2017
Submission of revised papers: Sep 15, 2017
Final decision for all papers: Oct 15, 2017
Complete issue to Editorial Office: Nov 15, 2017
Publication: Dec 2017 - Jan 2018

 

Invited Papers from the Following Authors who have accepted to participate:

Amanda Sharkey and Noel Sharkey, Sheffield University, UK

David J. Gunkel, Northern Illinois University, USA

Ema Arisa, Hirotaka Osawa et al., University of Tokyo, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Huw Price and Stephen Cave, Cambridge University, UK

Meg Leta Jones, Kate Darling, Georgetown University, MIT Media Labs, USA

Michael Fisher and L.A. Dennis, University of Liverpool, UK

Peter Asaro, The New School, USA

Ramona Pringle, Isabel Pedersen, Avner Levin, Ann Cavoukian, Ryerson University, UOIT, Canada

Stuart Russell, UC-Berkeley, USA

Wendell Wallach, Yale University, USA

* Note: Invitations do not imply acceptance of final papers. Authors invited to submit full papers will undergo a rigorous peer review process. Papers not accepted for the PIEEE special may be considered for other publication outlets (e.g. IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, or IEEE Technology and Society Magazine).

 

Guest Editor Details

Alan Winfield
Bristol Robotics Laboratory
Alan.Winfield@uwe.ac.uk

Alan Winfield is Professor of Robot Ethics at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK, and Visiting Professor at the University of York. He received his PhD in Digital Communications from the University of Hull in 1984, then co-founded and led APD Communications Ltd until taking-up appointment at UWE, Bristol in 1991. Winfield co-founded the Bristol Robotics Laboratory and his research is focussed on understanding the nature and limits of robot intelligence. He is a member of the editorial boards of Swarm Intelligence and the Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence, and an associate editor of Evolutionary Robotics.

Winfield is passionate about communicating research and ideas in science, engineering and technology; he led UK wide public engagement project Walking with Robots, awarded the 2010 Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke medal for public promotion of engineering. Winfield is an advocate for robot ethics; he was co-organiser and member of the 2010 EPSRC/AHRC working group that drafted the Principles of Robotics; he was a member of the team that drafted British Standard BS 8611: Guide to the ethical design and application of robots and robotic systems (2016), and he currently co-chairs the General Principles committee for the IEEE global initiative on Ethical Considerations in Autonomous Systems. He serves on the Ethics Advisory Board for the EU flagship Human Brain Project, and is a member of the WEF Global Future Council on the Future of Technology, Values and Policy. 

Winfield has published over 200 works, including Robotics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2012), and lectures widely on robotics (including robot ethics) presenting to both academic and public audiences.


Representative Publications:

Boden, M., Bryson, J., Caldwell, D., Dautenhahn, K., Edwards, L., Kember, S., Newman, P.,  Parry, V., Pegman, G., Rodden, T., Sorell, T., Wallis, M., Whitby, B. and Winfield, A. F. (2011) Principles of Robotics. The United Kingdom’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Website.

Winfield, A. F. (2012) Robotics: A very short introduction. Oxford University Press.
Grand, A., Wilkinson, C., Bultitude, K. and Winfield, A. F. (2012) Open Science: A new 'trust technology'? Science Communication, 34 (5). pp. 679-689.

Woodman, R., Winfield, A. F., Harper, C. and Fraser, M. (2012) Building safer robots: Safety driven control. International Journal of Robotics Research, 31 (13). pp. 1603-1626.

Winfield, A. F., Blum, C. and Liu, W. (2014) Towards an ethical robot: Internal models, consequences and ethical action selection. In: Mistry, M., Leonardis, Aleš, Witkowski, M. and Melhuish, C., eds. Advances in Autonomous Robotics Systems, Springer, pp. 85-96.

Dennis, L. A., Fisher, M. and Winfield, A. F. (2015) Towards verifiably ethical robot behaviour. In: Proceedings of the twenty-ninth AAAI conference on artificial intelligence, Texas, USA, January 2015.

Grand, A., Wilkinson, C., Bultitude, K. and Winfield, A. F. (2016) Mapping the hinterland: Data issues in open science. Public Understanding of Science, 25 (1). pp. 88-103.

Winfield, A. F. (2016) Written evidence submitted to the UK Parliamentary Select Committee on Science and Technology Inquiry on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. Discussion Paper. Science and Technology Committee (Commons), Website.


Katina Michael
University of Wollongong
katina@uow.edu.au

Katina Michael is Professor who researchers the Socio-ethical Implications of Emerging Technologies at the University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia, and is a Visiting Professor at Nanjing University, and Visiting Academic at the University of Southampton. She began her career working for Nortel Networks as a telecommunications engineer in 1996, and received her PhD in Information and Communication Technology from the University of Wollongong in 2003. Michael became the editor in chief of IEEE Technology & Society Magazine in 2012, and senior editor of IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine in 2015. Michael also has a masters degree from the law faculty at the University of Wollongong where she studied national security. Her research focuses on the interplay between technological innovation, societal concerns, ethics, law and regulation, and the impact of intended and unintended consequences.

Michael is the Routledge series editor of Emerging Technologies, Ethics and International Affairs of which several volumes are related to social robots, healthcare robots and drones. She has co-edited a dozen special issues for a variety of journals including PIEEE, IEEE Potentials, IEEE Computer, IEEE Technology & Society Magazine, Computer Communications on topics related to converging technologies: RFID, Location-Based Services, Big Data and Embedded Systems.

Michael has held an annual workshop which is now in its tenth year on the Social Implications of National Security, that was originally funded by the Australian Research Council. She has presented to Prime Minister & Cabinet, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, and and Booze & Allen around emerging technologies in law enforcement and defence. She also was awarded a large ARC-Discovery Project grant in 2008 on Telecommunications Policy on the topic of Location-based Services Regulation in Australia and was the director of the IP Location Services Programme which was jointly sponsored by Andrews Corporation. Michael has published widely across disciplines including Technology, Security, Law, Policy, Media, and Culture.

Representative Publications:

L Perusco, K Michael, 2007. Control, trust, privacy, and security: evaluating location-based services, IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, 26 (1), 4-16.

Michael, K. & Michael, M. G. (2007). “Homo Electricus and the Continued Speciation of Humans”. In Marian Quigley (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Information Ethics and Security (pp. 312-318). United States of America: IGI Global.

MG Michael, SJ Fusco, K Michael, 2008. A research note on ethics in the emerging age of überveillance, Computer Communications, 31 (6), 1192-1199.

KD Stephan, K Michael, MG Michael, L Jacob, EP Anesta, 2012. Social implications of technology: The past, the present, and the future, Proceedings of the IEEE 100 (Special Centennial Issue), 1752-1781.

Katina Michael, M.G. Michael, 2012. "Implementing Namebers Using Microchip Implants: The Black Box Beneath The Skin", in Jeremy Pitt (ed) This Pervasive Day: The Potential and Perils of Pervasive Computing.

K Michael, KW Miller, 2013. Big data: New opportunities and new challenges, Computer, 46 (6), 22-24.

K Michael, MG Michael, 2013. No limits to watching? Communications of the ACM, 56 (11), 26-28.

K Michael, MG Michael, 2013. The future prospects of embedded microchips in humans as unique identifiers: the risks versus the rewards, Media, Culture & Society, 35 (1), 78-86.

MG Michael, K Michael, 2016. National security: the social implications of the politics of transparency, Prometheus, 24 (4), 359-363.


Jeremy Pitt
Imperial College London
j.pitt@imperial.ac.uk

Jeremy Pitt is Professor of Intelligent and Self-Organising Systems in the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE) at Imperial College London. He was awarded a PhD in Computing from the Department of Computing, Imperial College London, in 1991, and was appointed to a Lectureship in the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering in 1996, followed by promotion to Senior Lecturer (2000), Reader in Intelligent Systems (2004) and Professor (September 2015).

Pitt’s research programme focuses on developing formal models of social processes using computational logic, and their application to self-organising and multi-agent systems, for example in agent societies, agent communication languages, and electronic institutions. This work has produced a number of innovative software systems, most recently the multi-agent simulation platform PreSage-2 and the serious game Social mPower. 

Since joining EEE, Pitt has taught courses on Software Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction and Artificial Intelligence, has graduated 17 PhD students, and has acted as Deputy Head of the Intelligent Systems & Networks research group since 2005. He also has a strong interest in the social impact of technology, and has edited two recent books, This Pervasive Day (IC Press, 2012) and The Computer After Me (IC Press, 2014). Articles on his work have appeared in Wired magazine, the Financial Times, and Süddeutsche Zeitung.
He has published more than 200 articles in journals, international conferences, workshops and book chapters, winning a number of Best Paper prizes. Pitt is a Senior Member of the ACM, a Fellow of the BCS (British Computer Society), and a Fellow of the IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology); he is also an Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems (TAAS) and an Associate Editor of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine.


Representative publications

Jeremy Pitt, Aikaterini Bourazeri, Andrzej Nowak, Magdalena Roszczynska-Kurasinska, Agnieszka Rychwalska, Inmaculada Rodríguez Santiago, Maite López-Sánchez, Monica Florea, Mihai Sanduleac: Transforming Big Data into Collective Awareness. IEEE Computer 46(6): 40-45 (2013)

Jeremy Pitt, Dídac Busquets, Sam Macbeth: Distributive Justice for Self-Organised Common-Pool Resource Management. TAAS 9(3): 14:1-14:39 (2014)

Jeremy Pitt, Andrzej Nowak: The Reinvention of Social Capital for Socio-Technical Systems. IEEE Technol. Soc. Mag. 33(1): 27-33 (2014)

Jeremy Pitt, Alexander Artikis: The open agent society: retrospective and prospective views. Artif. Intell. Law 23(3): 241-270 (2015)

Jeremy Pitt, Dídac Busquets, Régis Riveret: The pursuit of computational justice in open systems. AI Soc. 30(3): 359-378 (2015)

Sam Macbeth, Jeremy Pitt: Self-organising management of user-generated data and knowledge. Knowledge Eng. Review 30(3): 237-264 (2015)

 


Vanessa Evers
University of Twente
v.evers@utwente.nl


Vanessa Evers is a full professor of Computer Science at the University of Twente’s Human Media Interaction group and Director of the DesignLab for multidisciplinary research. She received a M.SC. in Information Systems from the University of Amsterdam, and a Ph. D. from the Open University, UK. During her Master studies she spent two years at the Institute of Management Information Studies of the University of New South Wales, Sydney. After her Ph.D. she has worked for the Boston Consulting Group, London and later became an assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam’s  Institute of Informatics. She was a visiting researcher at Stanford University (2005-2007). Her research interests focus on on interaction with intelligent and autonomous systems such as robots or machine learning systems as well as cultural aspects of Human Computer Interaction. She has published over 80 peer reviewed publications, many of which in high quality journals and conferences in human computer interaction and human robot interaction. She serves on Program Committees of ACM/IEEE HRI, ACM SIGCHI, HSI, ACM CSCW and ACM Multimedia. 

Evers is frequently interviewed about her work on national public tv, newspapers or magazines. She won the best thesis prize awarded by the Dutch National Society of Registered Information Specialists, was co-author of the James Chen best paper award of the journal on User Modeling and User Adapted Interaction together with then her Ph.D. student Henriette Cramer. She holds the 2014 Opzij talent award. Vanessa is an editor for the International Journal of Social Robotics, she is co-chair of the ACM International Human Robot Interaction Steering Committee and Associate Editor of the Human Robot Interaction Journal.


Evers Representative Publications

Heerink, M., B.J.A. Kröse, B.J. Wielinga, and V. Evers (2010). Measuring acceptance of assistive social agent technology by older adults: the Almere model. International Journal of Social Robotics, 2(4), 361-375.

Wang, L., Rau, P-L., Evers, V., Robinson, B., Hinds, P. (2010). When in Rome: The role of culture and context in the adherence to robot recommendations. Proceedings of the 5th ACM/IEEE international conference on Human Robot Interaction, HRI’10, Osaka.

Lazar, J., Abascal, J., Davis, J., Evers, V., Gulliksen, J., Jorge, J., McEwan, T., Paterno, F., Persson , H., Prates, R., Von Axelson, H., Winckler, M., Wulf, V. (2012). Public Policy Activities in 2012 Related to Human-Computer Interaction: A 10-Country Discussion. Interactions 19(3).

Joosse, M.P., Sardar, A., Lohse, M. & Evers, V. (2013).  BEHAVE-II: The Revised Set of Measures to Assess Users’ Attitudinal and Behavioral Responses to a Social Robot. International Journal of Social Robotics, 5(3), 379-388.

Gallego-Perez, M. Lohse, and V. Evers, “Improving psychological wellbeing with robots” in 24th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), 2015.

F.C.A. Groen, G. Pavlin, A. Winterboer, V. Evers (2016) A hybrid approach to decision making and information fusion: Combining humans and artificial agents, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Available online 30 September 2016, ISSN 0921-8890, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.robot.2016.08.009.

International Conference on IoT 2016 (Singapore)

I am serving on the Program Committee for CIoT 2016 to be held in Singapore organised by the Global Science and Technology Forum (GSTF). Papers are due 29th September.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Internet of Things Architecture
  • Interoperability of IoT systems
  • Social Acceptance of IoT Systems
  • Physical world event processing
  • Mobile IoT
  • Smart and urban mobility
  • IoT device or circuit design
  • IoT applications and services
  • Architecture and systems design
  • Interface and control systems
  • IoT analytics
  • Security of Things
  • Consent acquisition and ethics in IoT
  • Human-Computer Interaction and privacy in IoT
  • Location privacy in IoT
  • IoT and Human-Data Interaction
  • Cognitive IoT
  • IoT based e-Commerce
  • Smart City Applications
  • Crowd Sensing and Management
  • Smart Grids and Energy Management
  • Intelligent Transport and Applications

The Internet of Things (or IoT for short) refers to uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure, connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). 

Through sharing and networking, CIoT 2016 will provide an opportunity for researchers, practitioners and educators to exchange research evidence, practical experiences and innovative ideas on issues related to Internet of Things.

IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine - Call for Papers

The following excerpt has come from the incoming Editor in Chief of IEEE CES. We say thanks to the wonderful Dr Peter Corcoran from Ireland and welcome to Saraju Mohanty.

Main links to CES Magazine are:

  1. Link at IEEE Xplore: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/servlet/opac?punumber=5962380  
  2. IEEE CE Society Link for CEM: http://cesoc.ieee.org/publications/ce-magazine.html   
  3. Submission URL: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cemag  

I am forwarding the call Saraju sent out to all his editorial board:

Call for Papers - IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine

The IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine (CEM) is the flagship magazine of the consumer electronics (CE) society of IEEE (http://cesoc.ieee.org/publications/ce-magazine.html). Currently, the magazine is published on a quarterly basis and features a range of topical content on state-of-art consumer electronics systems, services and devices and associated technologies. Following is the persistent link of IEEE-CEM at the IEEE Xplore: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/servlet/opac?punumber=5962380. The Magazine features regular sections devoted to standards, patents & IP matters, security & digital content, device tear-downs and reviews of books and engineering software & design tools.

If you are interested in contributing please contact the editor in chief (EiC) at saraju.mohanty@unt.edu for feedback and to discuss the suitability of your ideas for an article. ScholarOne Manuscripts URL for the submission of the manuscripts to IEEE-CEM is the following: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cemag.

Aims and Scope: The scope of the consumer electronics magazine covers the following areas that are related to “consumer electronics” and other topics considered of interest to consumer electronics: Video technology, Audio technology, White goods, Home care products, Mobile communications, Gaming, Air care products, Home medical devices, Fitness devices, Home automation & networking devices, Consumer solar technology, Home theater, Digital imaging, In-vehicle technology, Wireless technology, Cable & satellite technology, Home security, Domestic lighting, Human interface, Artificial intelligence, Home computing, Video Technology, Consumer storage technology. Studies or opinion pieces on the societal impacts of consumer electronics are also welcome. Articles should be broadly scoped – typically review and tutorial articles are suited to the Magazine. Technical articles may be suitable but these should be of general interest to an engineering audience and of broader scope than archival technical papers. Authors need to target a broad engineering audience - specialized technical papers are generally too narrow in scope for IEEE magazine and should be submitted to the IEEE Transactions. Articles related to the background story behind engineering standards or practical experiences in product specification and design of mainstream consumer systems/devices are particularly welcome. Tutorials on CE related technologies or techniques are also strongly encouraged. Blogs or similar personal content from a Website can be adapted into an article as long as the author owns the original copyright, or the content is covered by a Creative Commons license, or equivalent.

Please discuss with the Editor in advance of submitting an article. Some example topics of interest include the following, but not limited to the following: (1) Audio/Video Systems and Technologies, (2) Augmented Reality and Immersive TV, (3) Automotive Electronics, (4) CE and Cloud Computing, (5) CE in Smart Cities, (6) Communications, Networking, & Wireless Sensor Networks for CE, (7) Consumer Information and Communications Technology (ICT), (8) Digital Broadcasting and HDTV, (9) Digital Imaging and Display Technologies, (10) Gaming Devices & Systems, (11) Haptics and Multitouch, (12) Hardware Components, Architectures, and Systems for CE, (13) Home Healthcare Technologies & Services, (14) Home Networks, Robotics & Control Systems, (15) HumanComputer Interaction (HCI) and User Interface, (16) Internet of Things (IoT), (17) Mobile Devices, (18) Video Processing and Codecs, (19) Security, Privacy, Content Protection, and Digital Rights Management, (20) Signal Processing & Analysis for CE, (21) Smart Grid and CE, (22) Smart Imaging and Cameras, (23) Social and Economic Impacts of CE, (24) Storage and Digital Media.

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Editorial Board:

Saraju P. Mohanty, University of North Texas, Editor in Chief (EiC)

Peter Corcoran, National University of Ireland Galway, Emeritus EiC

Katina Michael, University of Wollongong

Will Lumpkins, L-3 Communications

Tom Coughlin, Data Storage Consulting

Stephen Dukes, Imaginary Universes LLC

Pallab Chatterjee, Media & Entertainment Technologies

Stu Lipoff, IP Action Partners LLC

Soumya Kanti Datta, EURECOM Research Center Robin Bradbeer, Pearl Technologies Ltd Bernard Fong, Automotive Parts and Accessory, Systems R&D Centre Anirban Sengupta, Indian Institute of Technology, Indore Himanshu Thapliyal, University of Kentucky Konstantin Glasman, Saint Petersburg State University of Film and Television Tom Wilson, Tandem Launch Inc., Montreal Fabrizio Lamberti, Politecnico di Torino Yu Yuan, CATE Global Corporation Vincent Wang, DTS Inc., Singapore Technology Center Euee S. Jang, Hanyang University, Seoul Hyoungshick Kim, Sungkyunkwan University Shiyan Hu, Michigan Technological University Petronel Bigioi, FotoNation Ltd., Galway Sally Applin, University of Kent Niranjan Ray, Siliocn Instiutute of Technology, Bhubaneswar Susanne Wende, Noerr LLP Madhavi Ganpathiraju, University of Pittsburgh Abdullah S. Almuttiri, De Montfort University Joseph Wei, SJW Consulting Inc. Mike Borowczak, Erebus Labs Prasun Ghosal, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur

The 9th Workshop on the Social Implications of National Security

Theme: The Socio-Ethical Implications of Implantable Technologies in the Military Sector

Convenors: Katina Michael, M.G. Michael, Jai C. Galliot, Rob Nicholls

Venue: Richard Newton Conference Room, Level 5, Building 193, The University of Melbourne

Date: 12 July 2016

Workshop co-located with IEEE Norbert Wiener Conference

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Call for Abstracts

The military sector has been investing in nanotechnology solutions since their inception. Internal assessment committees in defense programmatically determine how much complex technology will be systematically diffused into the Armed Forces. The broad term nanotechnology is used to encompass a variety of innovations from special paint markers that can determine unique identity to RFID implants in humans. With the purported demand for these new materials, we have seen the development of a fabrication process that has catapulted a suite of advanced technologies in the military marketplace. These technologies were once the stuff of science fiction- everything from exoskeletons to wearable headsets with accelerated night vision, to armaments that have increased in durability in rugged conditions with the ability to be commanded centrally and without human intervention. But what of the emergence of the so-named supersoldier, a type of Iron Man? 

This workshop will focus on humancentric implantable technologies in the military sector. The key questions it will seek to discuss with respect to implants include: (1) What are the social implications of new proposed security technologies? (2) What are the rights of soldiers who are contracted to the defense forces? (3) Does local military law override the rights provided under the rule of law in a given jurisdiction, and thus, what are the possible legal implications? (4) How pervasive are these technologies in society at large? (5) And what might be some of the side effects experienced by personnel in using these devices that have not yet been tested under conditions of war and conflict? More broadly the workshop seeks to understand the socio-ethical implications (community), social contract (individual), and stakeholder (industry/government) perspectives.

This one day workshop invites multidisiplinary views from experts in the nanotechnology space.

 

Workshop Series Background

The Social Implications of National Security workshop series began in 2006 funded by the Australian Research Council, Research Network for a Secure Australia. The RNSA funded the workshop until 2012, and spear-headed the "Human Factor Series" for the lifetime of the research network. Its proceedings have been deposited in a variety of key stakeholders, including the National Library, the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, the Commisioner for Law Enforcement Data Security in Victoria and the NSW Police Academy libraries of Australia. The workshops have been hosted in Wollongong, Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Toronto. There have been representatives from government, industry, defense, emergency services organisations, academia, and society at large at each of the workshops.

 

Program Schedule

  • 9.00 AM Registration
    • 9.15 AM Welcome and Introduction, Professor Katina Michael
    • 9.45 AM Keynote Speaker: Professor R.E. Burnett, National Defense University
  • 10.30 AM Morning Tea
    • 11.00 AM Professor Donna Dulo, Sofia University
    • 11.30 AM Dr Jai C. Galliot, Soldier Enhancement, University of New South Wales
    • 12.00 PM Associate Professor Diana Bowman, Nanotechnology Regulation for the Brain, Arizona State University
  • 12.30 PM Lunch
    • 1.30 PM Dr Rain Liivoja, Humanitarian Law, University of Melbourne
    • 2.00 PM Tim McFarland, University of Melbourne
    • 2.30 PM Panel (Includes Professor Marcus Wigan, Mr Lindsay Robertson and Mr Jordan Brown)
    • 3.30 PM Kayla HeffernanHCI, Design & Implants, University of Melbourne
  • 4.00 PM Afternoon Tea
  • 6.00 PM Dinner (walk to venue)

 

Invitations for Participation

Direct invitations for participation (over the Internet, or face-to-face in Melbourne) will shortly be sent out to the following researchers and practitioners:

Alan Rubel, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Alexander Hayes, University of Wollongong

Amal Graafstra, DangerousThings.com

Andrew Goldsmith, Flinders University

Ann Light, University of Sussex

Avner Levin, Ryerson University

Charlotte Epstein, University of Sydney

Christine Perakslis, Johnson and Wales University (*contacted: checking schedule)

Daniel Ratner, Engineer and technology entrepreneur (*contacted: awaiting reply)

Darren Palmer, Deakin University (*contacted: awaiting reply)

David Forbes, University of Melbourne (*contacted: awaiting reply)

David Vaile, UNSW

Diana Bowman, University of Michigan (* speaking)

Donna Dulo, Sofia University (*contacted: deliberating)

Eleni Kosta, Tilburg University

Ellen McGee, Ethics consultant (private practice) (*contacted: declined)

Emmeline Taylor, Australian National University

Eugene Kaspersky, Kaspersky Labs

Fritz Allhoff, Western Michigan University

Gary Retherford, Six Sigma Security

Gary T. Marx, MIT

Geoffrey Spinks, University of Wollongong

George Conti (*contacted: unavailable the week of 12th July)

Gordon Wallace, University of Wollongong

Herman Tavani, Rivier College

Ian Warren, Deakin University

Isabel Pederson, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Jackie Craig, Defence Science Technology Group

Jairus Grove, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Jennifer Seberry, University of Wollongong

Jeremy Pitt, Imperial College London

Jill Slay, UNSW Canberra

Kayla Heffernan, University of Melbourne (*speaking)

Katherine Albrecht, CASPIAN

Kaylene Manwaring, UNSW

Kevin Warwick, Coventry University

Keith Miller, University of Missouri - St. Louis

Kobi Leins (*contacted: in flight transit, submitting abstract)

Lisa Shay, West Point Military College (*contacted: declined as in special training)

Liz McIntyre, CASPIAN

Lyria Bennet Moses, UNSW

Lucy Resnyansky, DSTO

Lindsay Robertson, UOW (*speaking)

Luis Kun, National Defense University (*contacted: awaiting reply)

Marcus Wigan, Swinburne University (*speaking)

Mark Andrejevic, University of Queensland

Mark Burden, University of Queensland

Mark Gasson, University of Reading

Mark Ratner, Northwestern University

Max Michaud-Shields, Deputy Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment (*contacted: awaiting reply)

Mianna Lotz, Macquarie University

Michael Eldred, Arte-Fact.org

Mirielle Hildebrandt, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Nick O'Brien, Charles Sturt University

Parag Khanna, New America Foundation

Patrick Lin, California Polytechnic State University (*contacted: declined, on holiday)

Peter W. Singer,  New America Foundation

Rain Liivoja, University of Melbourne (*speaking)

Ramona Pringle, Ryerson University

R.E. Burnett, National Defense University (*keynote)

Rafael Capurro, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Rebecca Hester, Virginia Tech University (*contacted: deliberating)

Roba Abbas, University of Wollongong

Roger Bradbury, Australian National University

Roger Clarke, Australian National University

Rob Sparrow, Monash University (*contacted: declined based on workload)

Sharon Bradley-Munn, University of Wollongong (* speaking)

Simon Bronitt, University of Queensland

Susan Dodds, University of Tasmania

Tamara Bonaci, University of Washington

Thomas James Oxley, University of Melbourne (*contacted: cannot make it due to training)

Tim McCormack, Harvard University (*contacted: declined as in flight transit)

William A. Herbert, Hunter College CUNY (*contacted: declined due to other projects)

 

IEEE Potentials on "Unintended Consequences" (Pringle, Michael & Michael)

IEEE Potentials is seeking contributions to a special issue guest edited by Ramona Pringle+, Katina Michael* and MG Michael*. The theme of the issue is: “Unintended Consequences: the Paradox of Technological Potential”.

We are looking for critical reviews and analyses, case examples, commentaries, interviews, opinion pieces, stories, projections and science fiction narratives from researchers, futurists, practitioners and storytellers, examining the hidden implications of our ever-digital lives.

While we are open to predictive scenarios of what the near future will bring, we are also looking for contemporary analysis as well. After all, we are living at a time where the line between science fiction and reality is blurring: our relationships are mediated, our memories are archived, and our identities are public documents. What are the implications of rapidly advancing technology on government (e.g. military drones), organizations (e.g. data analytics), and our personal lives (e.g. wearables)?

With all great innovation comes responsibility; an inevitable dark side, and with the exponential growth of technology, the window within which we can examine the ethics and consequences of our adoption of new technologies becomes increasingly narrow. Instead of fear mongering, how do we adjust our course, as a society, before it is too late? We are looking for disruptive perspectives, and articles that present solutions and blueprints, while questioning the status quo. These may take the form of precautionary tales, scenario-based planning and action, assessment impacts and response, design principles, standards, regulations, and laws, organisational policies and approaches to corporate social responsibility, externality fines and penalties for breaches, advocacy, and the formation of specialised global NGOs.

IEEE Potentials is interested in manuscripts that deal with theory, practical applications, or new research. They can be tutorial in nature.

Submissions may consist of either full articles or shorter, opinion-oriented essays. When submitting an article, please remember:

     All manuscripts should be written at the level of the student audience.

     Articles without equations are preferred; however, a minimum of equations is acceptable.

     List no more than 12 references at the end of your manuscript. No embedded reference numbers should be included in the text. If you need to attribute the source of key points or quotes, state names in the text and give the full reference at the end.

     Limit figures to ten or fewer, and include captions for each.

     Articles should be approximately 1,500–4,000 words in length; essays should be 900–1,000 words.

     Include an individual e-mail address and a brief biography of four to six lines for each author.

All submitted manuscripts are evaluated by the IEEE Potentials reviewer team and graded in accordance with the above guidelines. Articles may be required to go through multiple revisions depending on reviewers’ grades and comments.

 

Timeline:

CFP distribution: 30 November 2015

Expression of interest (abstract submission): 8 January 2016

Feedback to authors: 15 January 2016

Final paper submission: 15 March 2016

Proof back to authors: 15 April 2016

Publication Date: July/August 2016 (vol. 35, no. 4)

 

Guest Editors

+Ramona Pringle is an Assistant Professor at the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University.

*Katina Michael is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at the University of Wollongong.

*MG Michael is an honorary Associate Professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at the University of Wollongong.