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.

Hope to see you at our April and May 2019 Chapter meetings (Details below).  Our meetings are now accessible by WebEx from wherever you are in the world! You must register at the Registration link and ask for WebEx instructions under Special Request area on the registration site.

You can also now earn IEEE Certified Professional Development Hours for a small administrative fee.

We have to cancel our April 11 and May 1, 2019 Chapter Meetings due to unforeseen circumstances.  Will reschedule for early Fall. But our Chapter is co-sponsoring the following meeting of Computer Society Chapter on a topic of interest to our community. 

May 2019 Chapter Meeting:

Date: April 30, 2019 (Tuesday)
Topic: Computing Medicine
Speaker: Prof. Ophir Frieder of Georgetown University
Time: 6:30 PM for networking (Talk begins 7:00 PM)
Place: 1244 Oak Ridge Ave, McLean, VA (Dolley Madison Library), Meeting Room 2
Registration (Free): https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/194779
Abstract: Computing continues to change the landscape of nearly all domains, medicine included. For instance, drug resistance is predicted and avoided via data mining applications; radiological reading errors are detected and prevented via natural language processing; and disease outbreak is detected early via text mining techniques. These are but just some examples where computing is reshaping medical practice. Specifically, we describe the monitoring of social media to detect disease outbreak and describe the implications of such surveillance schemes to healthcare planning for a major children-focused hospital. We continue by describing how conventional mining approaches significantly improve urinary tract infection treatment plans as developed jointly with and for another major hospital. Finally, we describe automated means for the detection of differences in radiological readings and describe how such detection schemes are used in yet a third major hospital.

Speaker Bio: Ophir Frieder holds the Robert L. McDevitt, K.S.G., K.C.H.S. and Catherine H. McDevitt L.C.H.S. Chair in Computer Science and Information Processing and previously served as the Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Georgetown University. He is also Professor of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Biomathematics in the Georgetown University Medical Center. In addition to his academic positions, he is the Chief Scientific Officer for Invaryant, Inc. (formerly UMBRA Health, LLC.) and a Research Associate at the Institute of Information Science and Technology at the Italian National Research Council (ISTI-CNR). He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, IEEE, and NAI, and a Member of Academia Europaea and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

The Chapter is seeking nominations for leadership positions for 2019.  Please contact Murty Polavarapu (murtyp@ieee.org) if you are interested.

If you have any suggestions for topics and speakers, please contact the Chapter Chair Murty Polavarapu. We also need volunteers!

The Chapter’s most recent meetings include:

NEUROWEAPONS: THE REAL AND PRESENT THREAT OF NEW NEUROACTIVE DRUGS, BUGS, TOXINS AND DEVICES

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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