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

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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


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


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.

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.

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


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



Questions: Please contact Lisa Gundlach at


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)


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.



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. 


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)


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:

Getting Social: Robot Therapists Help Acclimate Children with Autism. Source:

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.



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

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.

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:  
  2. IEEE CE Society Link for CEM:   
  3. Submission URL:  

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 ( 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: 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 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:

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.

Author Guidelines: There is no fixed template for magazine articles. Text should be provided separately from photos and graphics and may be in Word or LaTeX format. Original photos and graphics are required for the final submission; images embedded in Word or Excel documents are NOT suitable but figures and graphics may be provided in a PowerPoint slide deck, with one figure/graphic per slide. The authors must own the copyright on any images, photographs or graphics or have obtained explicit permission for use of all such material when a third party owns the copyright. Alternatively, copy left images and materials may be used once the relevant license terms are complied with, including citations to the original source/author. It is the responsibility of the author(s) to demonstrate such compliance and document the corresponding license agreements (a URL is sufficient) in notes accompanying the submitted article. The authors should include a PDF file with a suggested layout of the article. Figure captions must be provided and ideally figures/graphics should be cited in the text of the article. An IEEE copyright form will be required. The manuscripts need to be submitted online using the following URL: This ScholarOne site will automate the generation of a single submission document if the authors have the correct files prepared in advance.

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

Select papers to be published in a special section of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine in 2017

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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,

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,

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.



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.