Call for Participation - Paul Cunningham IEEE's Social Implications of Tech President Presents at UOW

First Workshop on Persuasive Technology and Society

Date: Friday, 8 August 2017

Time: 9.30am-3.30pm (* delegates can come for individual keynotes, panels or stay for the whole day)

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

RSVP: 4 August, 2017

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Co-designing Ethical Interventions in Resource Constrained Environments

Paul M. Cunningham, IEEE SSIT President

Paul M. Cunningham, IEEE SSIT President

We are fortunate to be hosting Mr Paul Cunningham, IEEE Society on the Social Implications of Technology President from Dublin, Ireland, to give a leading edge talk on co-designing ethical interventions in resource constrained environments. Paul will also be speaking on the importance of engineers and informaticians getting involved in IEEE activities, especially linked to humanitarian engineering. All welcome! Paul is President and CEO of International Information Management Corporation, and Founder and Director of the IST-Africa Institute. His vision for Africa is awesome- come and hear about it.

Time: 9.30am - 10.30am

Abstract: This SSIT Distinguished Lecture focuses on social implications and ethical issues to be considered when designing interventions in resource constrained environments. It introduces the concepts of collaborative open innovation and co-design in the context of Global Development and addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It then discusses socio-cultural differences, ethical conundrums and ethical research principles. These concepts are then contextualised through an African case study focusing on the co-design approach taken to implementing a cross-border health oriented, research and innovation project supported by the European Commission. The DL will conclude by providing recommendations to be considered for interventions in resource constrained environments.

Biography: Paul M Cunningham is the President and CEO of International Information Management Corporation, Founder and Director of the IST-Africa Institute, a visiting senior fellow at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, and Founder and Coordinator of mHealth4frika. Paul works as a technology, strategy, and policy expert for organizations including the World Bank as well as European and nationally funded research and innovation programs in Europe and Africa. Supported by the European Commission and African Union Commission, IST-Africa (www.IST-Africa.org) is a not-for-profit strategic collaboration with ministries and national councils responsible for innovation, science and technology adoption, implementation, policy and research in 18 African Member States. At Wrexham Glyndŵr University (Wales), Paul focuses on Social Implications of Technology and ESGDC (Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship). Supported by the European Commission under Horizon 2020 (European Research and Innovation Framework Programme), mHealth4Afrika (www.mHealth4Afrika) is co-designing an open source, multilingual mHealth platform integrating electronic medical records, medical sensors, and generation of monthly aggregate health indicators to strengthen primary healthcare delivery in resource constrained urban, rural and deep rural health clinics in Africa. An IEEE Senior Member, Paul is 2017 - 2018 President, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT); Projects Chair, IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee; Member, IEEE Technical Activities Board and IEEE Global Public Policy Committee; and Founder and Chair, IEEE SSIT IST-Africa SIGHT (Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology). Paul is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin; has studied at postgraduate level in Hungary and USA; and is completing a PhD at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV), Stockholm University. Paul is a member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland (M Inst D.) and a former Board Director (2008 – 2012) of Meeting Professionals International.

 

Having a Brave Conversation: Comparing the Australian and UK Experience

Anni Rowland-Campbell, Director of Intersticia

Anni Rowland-Campbell, Director of Intersticia

Ms Annie Rowland-Campbell, Director of Intersticia, philanthropist and communications expert, will also be joining us among a brilliant day's line up. Anni was the brain-child behind "Brave Conversations" on April 10-11 held in Canberra, Australia bringing some 100 people together from industry, government and the general community to have what they considered brain conversations related to technology and society broadly. She is very active in the Web Science Trust, and will be sharing her thoughts with us on what a brave conversation actually entails.

Time: 10.30am - 11.30am

Abstract: Check out braveconversations.org and intersticia.com.au

Biography: Anni Rowland-Campbell – Director of Intersticia. Bachelor of Arts – Fine Arts, History & Philosophy of Science (Melbourne);  Master of Arts – Modern European Art, specialising in Design for Theatre (Courtauld Institute, London);  Grad. Certificate of Public Policy (UNE);  Master of Business & Technology, focusing on Knowledge Management (UNSW);  Masters of HRM and Coaching Psychology (Sydney);  theory and research towards a PhD – now being put into practice through teaching. Anni is fundamentally an observer and practitioner of Web Science and a passionate advocate for digital literacy. In her early years Anni lived in Melbourne, Sydney, Paris and London.  She worked in various roles at the Sydney Opera House, the National Theatre of Great Britain, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Julian Ashton Art School, and the Australian Opera. She served as Research Officer to Hon. Peter Collins QC MP, then NSW Minister for the Arts, which afforded her the opportunity to contribute towards the encouragement and support of the arts at a strategic policy level. In 1990 Anni went to live on a cotton and grazing property near Narrabri, NSW, during which time she worked with both the Moree Gallery Foundation and Yurundiali Aboriginal Arts Co-Operative, with a focus on business planning and community development.  In 1993 Anni returned to Sydney and became Executive Director of the NSW Division of the Institute of Public Administration, whilst simultaneously developing Intersticia as a consultancy in new media strategy and education in the early days of the World Wide Web. From 1996 to 2004 Anni juggled young children and her role as Executive Director of GAMAA, the association for suppliers to the graphic communications industries.  During this time Anni undertook research into the impact of digital technologies on graphic communications (as part of Print21); founded the GAMAA Leadership Programme; created the PrintEx exhibition in Sydney, and developed an international industry network. In 2004 Anni was engaged by Fuji Xerox Australia as Industry Marketing Manager and subsequently as a new-media consultant.  During this time Anni initiated Fuji Xerox’s research into the future of the Web which involved the management and undertaking of two Australian Research Council funded projects: the first focused on the impact of semantic technologies on printing and publishing; the second developed this further by investigating the practice of Sustainability Reporting (see www.circlesofsustainability.org). In addition Anni was instrumental in connecting Fuji Xerox Australia with the globally recognised Xerox Innovation Group as an Australian based research organisation in its own right. In 2009 Anni began her collaboration with Peter Thompson at ANZSOG (the Australian and New Zealand School of Government) to integrate digital socio-technical concepts (now recognised as the Social Machine) into the Managing Public Communications Executive Programme.  This work evolved into two ANZSOG funded research projects:  Government as a Social Machine, articulating the role of Government within a Social Machine ecosystem; and Developing an Australian Government Web Observatory.  Both of these linked Australia with the global research being undertaken at the Web Science Institute.  In 2017 this culminated in the first Brave Conversations event held in Canberra, and which will now be replicated around the World as a forum to connect research with practice to more effectively understand, manage, govern and develop the evolving Web.

 

Panel of Provocation

The panel of provocation will be chaired by Katina Michael, and feature our resident "outside the square box" thinkers, Dr Ted Mitew and Dr Christopher Moore. Both of these academics are not conventional and flamboyant innovative thinkers. We look forward to having a lively discussion with them, and some brave conversations with audience interaction. 

Time: 2.30pm-3.30pm

Featuring Ted Mitew and Christopher Moore

Biography: Dr Teodor Mitew is a Senior Lecturer in digital media at the University of Wollongong, with a background in internet studies and actor network theory. His long-term research interests are in the internet of things, object oriented ontology, and distributed content networks. He is currently working on projects involving smart textiles, peer-to-peer clothing, open source maker communities, memetic warfare, and virtual reality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biography: Dr Christopher (Chris) Moore is a lecturer in Digital Media and Communication. Originally from Tasmania, Chris graduated from the University of Wollongong and worked as a journalist before conducting his PhD research on intellectual property and the rise of ‘open’ mechanisms for managing copyright in the digital domain. In 2010, Chris moved to Melbourne to take up an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellowship examining the changes occurring in the digital games industry. Returning to Wollongong in 2014, Chris joined the School of Arts, English and Media in the faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts and is currently teaching DIGC310 Digital Game Cultures and DIGC330 Digital Asia.

 

More detailed schedule available here

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: 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.

Source: https://cdn.techinasia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/robot-helps-elderly-people-exercise.jpg

Source: https://cdn.techinasia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/robot-helps-elderly-people-exercise.jpg

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.