[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Autonomous Technologies and their Societal Impact WS: Call for Presentations @ IEEE PHM'16

Raj Madhavan madhavan.ieeeras at gmail.com
Wed Apr 13 10:27:45 PDT 2016

2016 IEEE International Conference on Prognostics and Health Management
Full Day Workshop
June 20 & 21, 2016

Organizer: Raj Madhavan

A new IEEE Future Directions Committee (FDC) incubation project is 
aiming to bring together industry, academia, and government to 
understand the current and future implications of autonomous 
technologies via workshops and discussions consisting of presentations 
and panel discussions from leaders and experts in technological, legal, 
and public policy fields. Based on the discussions before, during, and 
after these workshops, a White Paper consisting of ‘valid’ and 
‘balanced’ concerns reflecting the state-of-the-art with an emphasis on 
technology and public policy issues that are representative of various 
stakeholders from across the globe will be published towards the end of 
2016. The findings and summaries will be made available via the FDC 
website for other initiatives and similar efforts to use them as a 
reference guide to foster discussions within the community and to foster 
best practices. First in the series, a Workshop is being organized at 
IEEE PHM'16 on June 20th to bring together researchers, practitioners, 
and agencies involved in areas related to autonomous technologies and 
their impact on society. The proposed Workshop will allow for the 
identification of the type of autonomous systems that require further 
attention in terms of their effect in impacting humanity and discussion 
on their societal impact in both positive and negative ways. Emphasis 
will be placed not only on technology and public policy issues but also 
on environmental, cultural, structural, political, and socio-economic 

The workshop will consist of invited keynotes and regular presentations 
from different perspectives and views, including but not limited to:
* Autonomous Technologies: Robotics & Automation Systems
* Socio-economic Aspects of Autonomous Technologies
* Ethical and Moral Aspects
* Societal Impact in Developed Vs. Developing Economies
* Roles of Academia, Government, Industry, and End-users

If you're working in the above areas and if the goals of the WS are of 
interest to you, we would love to hear from you!
Presentations are solicited from speakers from diverse backgrounds such 
as in the intersection of public policy and technology issues, and 
societal impacts of robotics and automation from regulatory, liability, 
safety, security, and privacy perspectives. Prospective presenters are 
invited to submit an extended abstract of 1-2 pages (max.) reporting on 
their current research and ideas that motivate discussion during the 
Workshop. Each submission will be evaluated on their relevance and 
potential contribution to the Workshop themes. It is expected that at 
least one of the co-authors of accepted presentations will attend the 
Workshop to present their work. **
Note that you're not required to write a paper but your presentation 
will be archived for the benefit of the community at an archival 
website. As a final step and as a record of the WS, we intend to capture 
key points from speakers, salient points from the discussions, identify 
missing gaps and future steps, and summarize them in a white paper to 
formulate action items. Selected presenters would be invited to 
contribute to the White Paper.

Travel support is available for selected presenters. The level of 
support will depend on the number of presenters requesting travel 
assistance and their origin of travel.*/

*Please email your abstract as a pdf document to raj.madhavan at ieee.org 
indicating your affiliation, contact details, and include a brief 

* *April 25, 2016: Extended Abstract Submission Deadline
* May 10, 2016: Notification of Accepted Presentations
* June 20-21, 2016: Workshop & Panel Discussion @ PHM’16

For more details on the incubation project and the Workshop, see 
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__phmconf.org_autonomoustech-5Fworkshop.html&d=CwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=lgRiNrfqHrr--iqmrjcwm_vysfqpGbvqK7oIzxw5Mgk&s=7Iyh0ROLi14IGn3k5Xl2BUYqH3w_bKmamx8v24V0Ruw&e= .

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