Initiative Vision

SymbiosisToday, we are at a crossroads, whereby continued advances in computerization and digitalization are bringing 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.


Mission Statement

The IEEE Symbiotic Autonomous Systems (SAS) Initiative aims to take a leadership role in fostering consensus on how best to bring about symbiotic relationships between autonomous systems, and capitalize on the recognition that Symbiotic Autonomous Systems 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 pave the way for the development of a new field of symbiotic systems science to consolidate and advance technological expertise with emphasis on ethical, societal, legal implications, and with the objective to promote human-centric economic growth.



  • Take the lead in developing the new field of Symbiotic Systems Science
  • Foster interdisciplinary technology deployments that take into account Ethical, Legal, and Societal considerations
  • Promote human-centric economic growth


IEEE SAS Steering Committee

Initiative Chair Roberto Saracco
Committee Members Iddo Bante
Tom Coughlin
Stuart Dambrot
Derrick de Kerckhove
Francesco Flammini
Witold Kinsner
Robby Robson
Program Manager Terence Martinez, IEEE Future Directions


Value Proposition

SAS Initiative Value Proposition