What's New


Latest Webinar

IEEE Symbiotic Autonomous Systems Webinar: Sentiment Analysis: from “Smart” City to “Happy” City - 10 April 2018 at 2:00 pm ET

Derrick de KerckhovePresenter: Derrick de Kerckhove

Listen to this webinar for free here!

Although automated for text analysis since the late 1960s, Sentiment Analysis (SA) has been around since the invention of literature criticism. Henceforth addressed to the audience, not to the text, SA has been developed technically at least since 2002. It has, however, only recently been given prominence, owing to the manifold increase of available data, in particular thanks to social media. It is both an IoT and a Smart City issue.

What SA amounts to is the new possibility for institutions and businesses to listen to clients, patients, customers and citizens instead of simply imposing regulations, services and products. Of course, SA can offer advantage to various fields including health, municipal affairs, public administration, political process and policy evaluation, transportation, banking, insurance, security and business. SA has also become sufficiently affordable and relatively easy to make it valuable, if not mandatory, for public administrations to keep tabs on their charges’ feelings about their operation. The idea of the “happy city”, albeit naïve, is responding that of the “smart” city, bringing precisely an emotional content to what planners tend to measure in terms of efficiency. SA adds another set of criteria to manage smart cities and make use of available IoT. SA invites different levels of administration to target a significantly higher level of satisfaction within the social body. It is already happening in some cities. I will give examples both from case studies and from artists whose works hint at social emotion.

This approach could be particularly useful in the context of Singapore and other Asian cities that have made a great leap forward over European or American cities in terms of maximizing the adroit usage of IoT sensors present in their very large distribution of smartphones and public cameras.

Derrick de Kerckhove is former Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology at the University of Toronto, where he is professor emeritus at the Department of French. He subsequently joined the Faculty of Sociology of the University Federico II in Naples. Presently, Visiting Professor at the School of Design, Politecnico of Milan, and scientific director of the Rome based monthly Media Duemila, he is author of more than a dozen books edited in over ten languages including Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian, Slovenian, Polish, Chinese, Japanese andKorean. He is also Research Director at the Interdisciplinary Internet Institute (IN3) at l’Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Barcelona. His fields of research include Technopsychology, Psychotechnology, Neuro-cultural research, Art and communication technologies, Media Theory, Collaborative Educative Software, and Connected Intelligence.

Access more webinars on the Education page


New IEEE SAS White Paper

Symbiotic Autonomous Systems
November 2017

By Roberto Saracco, Raj Madhavan, S. Mason Dambrot, Derrick de Kerchove, Tom Coughlin

This White Paper is the result of a joint effort by several people and represents a consensus reached among the members of the IEEE Symbiotic Autonomous Systems (SAS) Initiative at the end of October 2017. Since the SAS field is in continuous evolution, this White Paper should be considered a “work in progress.”

SAS leverages many technologies and has applications in many vertical markets. The field will therefore have an increasing impact on our society—and on the way, each one of us perceives and relates to his or her environment. Hence, the issues related to Symbiotic Autonomous Systems go far beyond just technology evolution and utilization.

In this respect, the aims of this White Paper are to (1) highlight those issues that are clearly identifiable today, and (2) to indicate emerging issues, thus providing a starting point to those involved in making public policy to understand the technical fundamentals, their evolution and their potential implications.

Download the white paper (PDF, 3 MB)


News Articles

Hold the Soup! Robots Are Replacing Waiters, But Can They Keep Up?
Future Directions Blog - November 2018

China is moving fast on the adoption of robots, but not everyone is on board. While one restaurant has replaced all of it's cooks and waiters with robots, another has started firing their automated helpers. 

Read more at Roberto Saracco's Blog


Google Open-Sources AI That Can Distinguish Between Voices With 92% Accuracy
Venture Beat - November 2018

Diarization — the process of partitioning out a speech sample into distinctive, homogeneous segments according to who said what, when — doesn’t come as easy to machines as it does to humans, and training a machine learning algorithm to perform it is tougher than it sounds.

Read more at Venture Beat


The Race in Duckietown: Teaching Autonomous Driving
IEEE Spectrum - August 2018

Students at MIT get hands on experience learning the basics of Linux and ROS (Robotic Operating System) operations by programming autonomous vehicles to drive around rubber duckies, and you can too. 

Read more at IEEE Spectrum


ECN 2018 Tech And Engineering Predictions Part 2
ECN - February 2018

"Each New Year invites a host of achievements, inventions, and technological advancements. As we enter the early months of another year, industry experts share their opinions on what's ahead for tech and engineering in 2018. Below you can read part two of our three-part series."

Read more at ECN


Drone Delivery, If Done Right, Could Cut Emissions
IEEE Spectrum - February 2018

To make drone package delivery green, look at drone size, electricity source, and warehouses, researchers say

Read more at IEEE Spectrum


Why Ethical Robots Might Not Be Such a Good Idea After All
IEEE Spectrum - February 2018

The risks that a robot's ethics might be compromised by unscrupulous actors raise doubts over the wisdom of embedding ethical decision making in real-world safety critical robots

Read more at IEEE Spectrum


Have Self-Driving Cars Stopped Getting Better
IEEE Spectrum - February 2018

New reports from California suggest limits to autonomous vehicle performance

"Every January, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) releases data from companies that operated highly automated vehicles on the state’s public roads the previous year. By law, each company must report how many times a safety driver took control from an autonomous vehicle, either because the system had failed or because the human was worried it had."

Read more at IEEE Spectrum


Access past articles below.