[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Speakers: IEEE Future Directions Symbiotic Autonomous Systems Initiative WS @ SMC 2017

IEEE-FDC SAS ieeefdc.sas at gmail.com
Sun Jul 16 11:53:07 PDT 2017

Fostering Technology, Ethics, Public Policy, and Societal Enablers
Full-day WS @ SMC 2017 October 7, 2017 (date to-be-confirmed)

Directions ‘Symbiotic Autonomous Systems’ Initiative)

Economic and societal forces, enabled by the evolution and convergence 
of several technologies, are driving the development of a novel 
generation of systems. Today, we are at a crossroads, on the cusp of 
significant transformative changes that will impact society worldwide, 
revolutionizing global business operations and fundamentally altering 
how inanimate objects are perceived in a world increasingly reliant on 
autonomous systems. A key outcome of this transformation will be a 
notable shift in the interaction of previously independent systems, 
including humans, and an increased awareness and responsiveness to 
autonomous systems that will lead to the development of symbiotic 
relationships that have significant implications for human society as a 
whole.  The IEEE, with cooperation from its operational units having 
strong technology roots in pursuing the development of technologies for 
the benefit of humanity, is ideally positioned to play a major role in 
this revolution. A new IEEE Future Directions Symbiotic Autonomous 
Systems (SAS) Initiative is taking a leadership role in fostering 
consensus on how best to bring about symbiotic relationships between 
autonomous systems, and capitalize on the recognition that SAS are 
poised to have a revolutionary impact on society over the coming years. 
Collaborating with IEEE communities and global organizations conducting 
ongoing efforts in the area of autonomous and intelligent systems, the 
Initiative will facilitate the development of a new field of Symbiotic 
Systems Science (SSS) to consolidate and advance technological expertise 
with emphasis on ethical, legal, and societal (ELS) implications, and 
with the objective to promote human-centric economic growth. Additional 
details are available from https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__symbiotic-2Dautonomous-2Dsystems.ieee.org&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=RkSbzMyCdAj1hHlVFsrI79T2k_2Fwj4k9YkdJZ2qFzM&s=pwJ_y-Xw36UuIWF9NZZ4nbXhkKDqX57LJty7bRrUz-E&e= .
The proposed WS will allow for the discussion of the implementations and 
implications of symbiotic systems. In addition to technical aspects, 
emphasis will be placed on important factors that need to be taken into 
consideration such as environmental, structural, and socio-economic 
constraints. The WS will consist of presentations of research, public 
policy, and ELS issues as invited and regular talks and stimulate active 
participation of all attendees. Topic areas, include, but are not 
limited to:
* Applications of technologies that constitute the building blocks for a 
next generation of SAS
* Integration of new technology approaches paving the way for a new 
field of SSS
* Road-mapping the evolution of autonomous systems
* Regulation and governance aspects that will inevitably arise through 
the development and deployment of these technologies
* Economic and market implications of the diffusion of autonomous systems
* Raising awareness in this area across the world to develop the next 
generation workforce by preparing individuals to step into these new areas
* Standards and best practices
* AI/Deep learning
* Sensors/biosensors and actuators, and smart materials
* Data analytics
* Wireless communications/5G
* IoT

The WS is anticipated to have the following (tentative) schedule divided 
into two sessions:
* Session 1:  8:30 AM – 12:30 PM (2 Keynotes + 6 Regular Talks including 
a coffee break)
* Session 2: 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM (2 Keynotes + 4 Regular Talks including a 
coffee break)
* Moderated Panel Discussion: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

We are inviting experts from the above communities to present at this 
Workshop. Please submit a 2 page (max.) extended abstract on the topic 
of your talk and how it aligns with the themes of the Initiative. Also 
indicate your research interests and experiences in the abstract as it 
relates to the proposed topic. Email your submissions to 
<ieeefdc.sas at gmail.com> by July 31st for review.

Deadline for Extended Abstracts: July 31, 2017
Notification of Acceptance: August 5, 2017

Raj Madhavan, Ph.D.

Founder & CEO
Humanitarian Robotics Technologies, LLC, MD, USA

Chair, RAS-SIGHT (Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology)
Chair, Robotics and Automation Research and Practice Ethics Committee
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

Co-Chair, IEEE TAB FDC Initiative 'Symbiotic Autonomous Systems'
Member, IEEE TAB Future Directions Committee (FDC)

Co-Chair, Economics of Machine Automation and Humanitarian Issues
Excom Member, IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems

Tel: +1-240-404-8795 Skype: raj_madhavan

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