[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Autonomous Technologies and their Societal Impact at IROS'16 (October 13th)

Raj Madhavan madhavan.ieeeras at gmail.com
Thu Oct 6 17:13:45 PDT 2016

An IEEE Future Directions Committee (FDC) incubation project, entitled 
"Autonomous Technologies and their Societal Impact" is bringing together 
industry, academia, and government to understand the current and future 
implications of autonomous technologies via workshops and forums 
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 and forums, 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 IEEE 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.

The first workshop in the series was organized at IEEE PHM'16 in Ottawa 
on June 20th focusing on issues relevant to North America, in general 
(see https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__phmconf.org_autonomoustech-5Fworkshop.html&d=DQICaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=e4dpAVgooZ7bIbUeO5adLjxD72ZujPcqh8FZAzb7lJE&s=-X5fR30TqEeDhw5MzANCQjO6hyRgGjZjxOSun3a5L5g&e= ). The second WS in 
the series is taking place at the Stockholm International Peace Research 
Institute (SIPRI) in Stockholm on Sept. 2nd. It aims to bring together 
researchers, practitioners, and agencies involved in areas related to 
autonomous technologies and their impact on society with particular 
attention to topics that are relevant to laws, regulations, and issues 
from a European perspective (see 
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.sipri.org_events_2016_workshop-2Dautonomous-2Dtechnologies&d=DQICaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=e4dpAVgooZ7bIbUeO5adLjxD72ZujPcqh8FZAzb7lJE&s=GVfcCHLb80IiDwnd3QF8s-N3klk-YsmHSoIOWR2GspU&e= ).

Third in the IEEE FDC incubation project series, the ATSI Forum at 
IROS'16 on Oct. 13th will allow for discussion on the design of 
autonomous technologies and their societal impact in both positive and 
negative ways with particular emphasis on issues relevant to the 
Asia-Pacific region but not exclusively. Emphasis will be placed not 
only on technology and public policy issues but also on environmental, 
cultural, structural, political, and socio-economic factors.

More details on speakers and title is available from 
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.iros2016.org_autonomous-5Ftechnologies-5Fforum.html&d=DQICaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=e4dpAVgooZ7bIbUeO5adLjxD72ZujPcqh8FZAzb7lJE&s=0KoX0afFX7eKlhizIltrVWs6fNeC9yyrXASmWzcd3uA&e= . I look 
forward to your participation!

Raj Madhavan
Chair, IEEE FDC-ATSI Project
<raj.madhavan at ieee.org>

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