[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Speakers: IEEE FDC Symbiotic Autonomous Systems Initiative Workshop @ SMC 2018

Raj Madhavan ieeefdc.sas at gmail.com
Mon Jul 23 07:04:20 PDT 2018


Symbiotic Autonomous Systems: Fostering Technology, Ethics, Public 
Policy, and Societal Enablers
Full-day WS @ 2018 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and 
Cybernetics (SMC 2018)
October 09, 2018 | Miyazaki, Japan
ORGANIZERS: Raj Madhavan and Francesco Flammini

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 

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. The 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=aistUs9iidH1uj_a5iGTvyNxwU610oz1yq79tWp8k_I&s=0dp6Jf5dsR_bWaXnOTYaNPs0WsocJ_s6xPj9BI6dDOQ&e=.

The proposed full-day WS will allow for the discussion of the 
implementations and implications of symbiotic autonomous systems. In 
addition to technical aspects, important factors such as socio-economic 
issues and public policy requirements need to be taken into 
consideration. To address these concerns, the WS will take on the above 
issues centered on the following two themes
* Theme #1: Enabling Technologies and Existing Gaps
* Theme #2: Ethical, Legal, and Societal Considerations

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
* Regulation and governance aspects that arise through the development 
and deployment of these technologies
* Economic and market implications (e.g. the future of work)
* Privacy, Safety, and Security implications
* Standards and best practices
* AI/Deep learning
* Sensors/biosensors and actuators, and smart materials
* Wireless communications/5G
* IoT

The WS is anticipated to have the following (tentative) schedule divided 
into the following two sessions:
* Session 1: 9:30 AM–12:30 PM (1 Keynote + 4 Technical Talks + Q&A + 
Discussion #1)
* Session 2: 1:30 PM–5:30 PM (1 Keynote + 6 Technical Talks + Q&A + 
Discussion #2)

We are inviting researchers and practitioners in industry, academia, and 
government from the above communities to present at this WS. 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 
10th for review.
*Accepted speakers will be invited to submit an extend version of their 
workshop contribution as an article for consideration in a special issue 
of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Magazine*.

Deadline for Extended Abstracts: August 03, 2018
Notification of Acceptances: August 10, 2018

Raj Madhavan, Ph.D.

Member, IEEE TAB Future Directions Committee (FDC)
Steering Committee Member, IEEE TAB FDC Initiative 'Symbiotic Autonomous Systems'

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

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