Society on Social Implications of Technology Chapter

Welcome to the Northern Virginia/Washington/Baltimore Chapter of the IEEE Society on Social Implications on Technology (SSIT).  SSIT is concerned with how technology impacts the world, and with how the application of technology can improve the world.

We have several upcoming events including the annual conference of our Society and three Chapter meetings.  Please see below for details.

IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) 2018. ISTAS is a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary forum for engineers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, philosophers, researchers, social scientists, technologists, and polymaths to collaborate, exchange experiences, and discuss the social implications of technology. IEEE ISTAS 2018 (13-14 November) is hosted by the School of Engineering and Applied Science at George Washington University, 800 22nd Street, NW, Washington, D.C., USA.
The registration is now open for this conference.  More information available on our website.

October 2018 Chapter Meeting:

Topic: Neuroweapons: The Real and Present Threat of New Neuroactive Drugs, Bugs, Toxins and Devices

When: Wednesday 17 October 2018 06:30 PM

Where: College Park Aviation Museum, 1909 Corporal Frank Scott Dr, College Park, MD. Operations Building (to the left of the museum), 2nd Floor Conference Room (Map Link https://goo.gl/maps/XfUEtvegiek )

Speaker: Dr James Giordano of Georgetown University Medical Center

Registration: * Free * Please register at https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/174606

Contact: Murty Polavarapu murtyp@ieee.org

Abstract:

The growth of neuroscience and technology (i.e. – neuroS/T) has prompted growing interest in, development of, and concerns about the use of such techniques and tools in warfare, intelligence and national security (WINS) contexts. Many neuroS/T developments are poised for current or near-future translation to investigational to operational levels, thereby moving from “the research bench to the battlefield”.

Such neuroS/T includes various drugs, and neurotechnologies for training and performance optimization of intelligence and combat personnel; and using types of transcranial electrical signal detection in brain-computer interfaces to control aircraft or vessel systems or unmanned vehicles. As well, WINS initiatives also entail the development and engagement of agents (e.g.- drugs, microbes, toxins) and devices as weapons (“neuroweapons”) to affect and modify opponents’ thoughts, feelings, senses, actions, health, or in some cases, to incur lethal consequences.  As the recent events involving novochuk, VX, sarin, and the possible use of a neuroweapon to affect US Embassy personnel illustrate, these developments pose real and present threat.

In this lecture, neuroscientist and neuroethicist Dr. James Giordano of Georgetown University Medical Center, provides description and realistic appraisal of the capabilities and limits of neuroS/T in WINS, methods and scenarios for their use, and technical and ethical issues and steps of their oversight, guidance and governance.

James Giordano PhD, MPhil is Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry, Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, and Co-director of the O’Neill-Pellegrino Program in Brain Science and Global Health Law and Policy at the Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington DC.  He is a Senior Research Fellow of the European Union’s Human Brain Project, working on neuroethical and regulatory issues in brain science; and serves as an appointed member of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary’s Advisory Council on Human Research Protections. Prof. Giordano is also the Chair of Neuroethics Subcommittee of IEEE Brain Initiative.

He is the author of over 260 publications and 7 books in neuroscience and neuroethics, and 15 governmental whitepapers on bioscience, biotechnology and biosecurity, and is the Co-Editor in Chief of the journal Philosophy, Ethics and Humanities in Medicine, and Associate Editor of the Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics. Prof. Giordano was awarded a PhD in biological psychology from the City University of New York.

Our chapter is also co-sponsoring the following meeting in Baltimore.

Topic: Navigation: The Road to GPS and Getting Beyond it

When: Tuesday 09 October 2018 06:00 PM

Where: National Electronics Museum, 1745 West Nursery Road Linthicum, MD 21090.

Speaker: Dr Kathleen Kramer of University of San Diego

Registration: * Free * Please register at https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/176584

Abstract:

Navigation can be viewed as merely determining position or direction, but more commonly it relies on knowledge of position or direction to control or monitor movement from one place to another. In this talk, the field of navigation is introduced, including the evolution of techniques up through modern navigation dominated by electronic navigation including radio, radar, and satellite. The working of GPS, a navigation system based on a constellation of satellites in medium earth orbit that provides positioning information with global coverage is explained. Since its launch in 1978, it has been in ever wider use for finding and keeping track of just about anything: people, animals, boats, trucks, planes, and more. Its initial military uses have expanded far into civilian applications both for individuals and for large-scale commerce and transportation. The wide availability of first personal vehicle GPS navigation and later mobile phone-based navigation have changed how the world does business and how people and goods are moved around. As more and more vehicles and people rely upon it, any threats to GPS navigation become more dangerous. This is a result that more systems have become completely or primarily dependent on GPS for guidance and navigation. Simple jamming of the GPS can render a system completely blind to its location, while more sophisticated attacks can spoof a GPS signal to control its navigation. Future trends and technologies to address the security issue and to move forward in navigation are discussed.

Speaker Bio:

Kathleen A. Kramer is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of San Diego, San Diego, CA. She is also an IEEE Director (Region 6 Director).  She worked to develop new engineering programs as a founding member of the faculty and eventually became the chair of electrical engineering, and then serving as Director of Engineering (2004-2013), providing academic leadership for all of the university’s engineering programs. She has also been a Member of Technical Staff at several companies, including ViaSat, Hewlett Packard, and Bell Communications Research. Author or co-author of over 100 publications, she maintains an active research agenda and has recent publications in the areas of multisensor data fusion, intelligent systems, and neural and fuzzy systems. Her teaching interests are in the areas of signals and systems, communication systems, and capstone design.  She received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering magna cum laude with a second major in physics from Loyola Marymount University, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

November 2018 Chapter Meeting: 

Topic:  Thoughts on Border Control in the age of El Chapo and deep learning

When: Thursday 8 November 2018 06:30 PM

Where:  To be announced

Speaker: Dr Pramud Rawat of Data Analysis and Simulation Services,

Registration: * Free * To be announced. 

Contact: Murty Polavarapu murtyp@ieee.org

Abstract: To be updated.

Please contact us if you have suggestions for more topics or for speakers.  We also need volunteers!

The Chapter’s most recent meetings include:

A WELLNESS-CENTRIC HEALTHCARE SYSTEM WITH INTEROPERABLE PUBLIC HEALTH: THE MULTIDIMENSIONAL GLOBAL THREATS, INTERDEPENDENCES OF THE CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURES, AND GEOMEDICINE

A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO QUANTUM COMPUTERS AND THEIR SOCIETAL IMPLICATIONS

EMERGING BIOTECHNOLOGIES: IMPLICATIONS FOR NATIONAL SECURITY AND BIODEFENSE

HUMAN GENOME EDITING – PROMISE AND PERIL

THE IP GUYS, TWO ENGINEERS TURNED LAWYERS TO ENCOURAGE AND PROTECT OUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

EMERGING NEUROTECHNOLOGIES: PRACTICAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES AT THE INTERSECTION OF BRAIN SCIENCE AND SOCIETY

IS TECHNOLOGY MAKING US DUMBER OR SMARTER?

SSIT’s  activities at Society level include:

  • IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, an award-winning journal containing both peer-reviewed and general interest articles.
  • The International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS), held annually. Support and sponsorship of additional conferences.
  • An active network of SSIT chapters spanning the globe.
  • Awarding of the periodic IEEE Carl Barus Award for Outstanding Service in the Public Interest.
  • A Guest Lecturer program on critical topics of interest.
  • Online discussion of social impacts of technology through forums, website, blogs, and social media.
  • Support for members who speak, publish and advocate on SSIT topics within the Society or as participants in other IEEE societies and professional activities.

Membership in SSIT is open to all IEEE members and student members. Affiliation with SSIT with all benefits except voting rights is available to persons who are not members of IEEE.

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Upcoming Events

Mon 22

Overview of the IEC-61850 Standard

October 22 @ 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
Tue 23

5G Technology: Status and Challenges

October 23 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Thu 25

Beyond Sunlight: Solid State Lighting

October 25 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

News

ISTAS 2018 will be in Washington, DC!

Technology, Ethics, and Policy

Nov. 13 & 14th, Washington DC — Now Accepting Papers and Proposals

The IEEE Society for Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) invites you to attend and participate in the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) 2018.

ISTAS is a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary forum for engineers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, philosophers, researchers, social scientists, technologists, and polymaths to collaborate, exchange experiences, and discuss the social implications of technology.

ISTAS 2018 will be held at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at George Washington University, 800 22nd Street, NW, Washington, D.C., USA

The changes that humanity is facing would be hard to imagine just a few generations back.  The world population grew from a 6 to 7.6 billion, from 1995 to 2017. It is expected to reach 8.2 B by 2030 and 9.7 B by 2050. In this Information Era, advances in computing, information and communications have completely changed our education, health, commerce, finances, privacy, security, national defense, weather forecasting, food production, water, energy, transportation, and all the world’s Critical Infrastructures.

The IEEE SSIT ISTAS Conference is a leading forum where the social implications of technology can be identified and discussed.  The Washington DC venue provides an opportunity to connect leading technologists with interested policy experts as well as their peers from all over the globe.

IEEE’s Society on Social Implications of Technology covers all aspects associated with this title.  We have identified five “pillars” as primary focal points:

 

 

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Mon 22

Overview of the IEC-61850 Standard

October 22 @ 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
Tue 23

5G Technology: Status and Challenges

October 23 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Thu 25

Beyond Sunlight: Solid State Lighting

October 25 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM