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[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Speakers: IEEE FDC Symbiotic Autonomous Systems Initiative Workshop @ SMC 2018


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)
October 09, 2018 | Miyazaki, Japan
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

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 https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__symbiotic-2Dautonomous-2Dsystems.ieee.org&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=aistUs9iidH1uj_a5iGTvyNxwU610oz1yq79tWp8k_I&s=0dp6Jf5dsR_bWaXnOTYaNPs0WsocJ_s6xPj9BI6dDOQ&e=.

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
* IoT

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)

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 [hidden email] by July
10th for review.
*Accepted speakers will be invited to submit an extend version of their
workshop contribution as an article for consideration in a special issue
of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Magazine*.

Deadline for Extended Abstracts: August 03, 2018
Notification of Acceptances: August 10, 2018

Raj Madhavan, Ph.D.

Member, IEEE TAB Future Directions Committee (FDC)
Steering Committee Member, IEEE TAB FDC Initiative 'Symbiotic Autonomous Systems'

Tel: +1-240-404-8795 Skype: raj_madhavan

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