IEEE 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)
9 October 2018 | Miyazaki, Japan
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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 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. 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 symbiotic-autonomous-systems.ieee.org.
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
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)
Dr. Nemeth earned his PhD in human factors and ergonomics from the Union Institute and University in 2003, and an MS in product design from the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology in 1984. His design and human factors consulting practice and his corporate career have encompassed a variety of application areas, including health care, transportation and manufacturing. As a consultant, he has performed human factors analysis and product development, and served as an expert witness in litigation related to human performance. His 26-year academic career has included seven years in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and adjunct positions with Northwestern University’s McCormick College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Associate Professor), and Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of the Design Research Society, a Senior Life Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and has served 8 years in various roles on the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society Board of Governors. He retired from the Navy in 2001 at the rank of Captain after a 30-year active duty and reserve career.
Call for Speakers
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 email@example.com by 5 August for review.
Accepted speakers will be invited to submit an article about their workshop contribution to a special issue of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Magazine.
Deadline for Extended Abstracts: 5 August 2018
Notification of Acceptances: 19 August 2018