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[robotics-worldwide] [news] Call for Speakers: Sustainable Humanitarian Technologies Forum at ICRA'18 (May 24, 2018)

Raj Madhavan
SUSTAINABLE HUMANITARIAN TECHNOLOGIES FORUM
The Role of Robotics, Automation, and AI in Developing Economies
Full-day Forum, International Conference on Robotics and Automation
(ICRA), May 24, 2018
ORGANIZERS: Raj Madhavan & Daniel Asmar
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__icra2018.org_sustainable-2Dhumanitarian-2Dtechnologies_&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=6XxfUxGRxfIphCJl4d11v8_ukvcPIUflzZirfVRv47A&s=14HA1OEc5uBkxXWxJ09KNL5pJO0JEBuPEliCu4FaZlw&e=

Humanitarian robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence
technologies will play an ever-increasing role in global development,
particularly in developing economies, in the coming years sooner than
one might think or be willing to admit. We are already witnessing
several instantiations of such applications in established domains
ranging from manufacturing and defense to emerging areas such as
disaster response, firefighting, and education, to name a few (for
instance, see https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.ieee-2Dras.org_ras-2Dsight_projects&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=6XxfUxGRxfIphCJl4d11v8_ukvcPIUflzZirfVRv47A&s=8Ojg-wn2ccpL_TqwdEoahlVWu71zTNJUNaiFw8hGJZE&e= for a listing
of the projects being carried out under the auspices of the IEEE RAS
Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology). The United Nations
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development consists of seventeen
Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) that include building resilient
infrastructures for sustainable industrialization and fostering
innovation (Goal 9) to strengthening and revitalizing global
partnerships for sustainable development (Goal 17) among others.

Adoption of emerging technologies tends to be slow in developing
countries due to reasons that are usually beyond GDP rates and standard
of living indices. Whilst the potential of these technologies is for the
most part undeniable, the challenge lies in making them reliable,
cost-effective and easily accessible for the masses by taking into
account socio-economic, cultural, environmental, and sustainability
factors. Additionally, ethical, legal, and societal considerations of
robotics, automation, and other emerging AI technologies are of
paramount importance as the demarcation lines between individual
privacy, safety, and security and those of the collective society get
blurred without timely governance and regulation.

To address these concerns, the Sustainable Humanitarian Technologies
Forum will take on the above issues centered on the following three themes:
* Robotics, Automation, and AI Technologies for the benefit of humanity
* Technology-Policy and Ethical, Legal and Societal (ELS) Aspects of
Emerging Technologies
* Global South Considerations (particularly those of developing
countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America)

The Forum will bring together experts and thinkers from both technology
and public policy domains. The format will consist of keynote addresses
and regular presentations with a mini panel discussion after each
thematic session covering the gamut of issues stemming not only from
research, development, and deployment standpoints but also those from
public perception of robotics, automation, and AI.

An hour-long panel discussion will conclude the Forum with audience
participation both at the conference venue and elsewhere (via Twitter
and Facebook). As a record of the Forum, we intend to capture key points
from speakers, salient points from the discussions, identify missing
gaps and future steps, and summarize them in a post-event White Paper to
formulate action items.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
If you are working in the above areas and if the goals and themes of the
Forum are of interest to you, we would love to hear from you! We are
soliciting presentations from researchers and practitioners from
industry, academia, NGOs, NPOs, regulatory, and funding agencies. Please
email us a 2-page (max.) write-up of your background, experience, and
what you would like to present at the Forum to <[hidden email]>.
In addition, include a separate section in your submission on how your
participation/presentation would benefit the Forum. Note that you are
not required to write a paper but your presentation at the Forum will be
archived post-event for the benefit of the community.
Depending on the level of interest, selected presenters will be invited
to write an expanded article for a special issue journal. Along with
your submission, let us know if you would be interested in submitting an
article to such a special issue.

More information is available from
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__icra2018.org_sustainable-2Dhumanitarian-2Dtechnologies_&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=6XxfUxGRxfIphCJl4d11v8_ukvcPIUflzZirfVRv47A&s=14HA1OEc5uBkxXWxJ09KNL5pJO0JEBuPEliCu4FaZlw&e=.

IMPORTANT DATES
* Deadline for Submission of 2-page write-up: Feb. 15, 2018 (email to
<[hidden email]>)
* Notification of Acceptance: February 25, 2018
* Forum: May 24, 2018 (confirmed)


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[robotics-worldwide] [news] (DEADLINE Feb. 15th) Call for Speakers: Sustainable Humanitarian Technologies Forum at ICRA'18

Raj Madhavan
SUSTAINABLE HUMANITARIAN TECHNOLOGIES FORUM
The Role of Robotics, Automation, and AI in Developing Economies
Full-day Forum, International Conference on Robotics and Automation
(ICRA), May 24, 2018

Organizers: Raj Madhavan & Daniel Asmar
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__icra2018.org_sustainable-2Dhumanitarian-2Dtechnologies_&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=HxH8Z390y9GuN58fc5KTEBOWhc3FHXcFvkzsVmpm81k&s=J8gthjguiGGkkV1xdMRImiQDqkW5eXnAtPImMELRdoU&e=

Humanitarian robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence
technologies will play an ever-increasing role in global development,
particularly in developing economies, in the coming years sooner than
one might think or be willing to admit. We are already witnessing
several instantiations of such applications in established domains
ranging from manufacturing and defense to emerging areas such as
disaster response, firefighting, and education, to name a few (for
instance, see https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.ieee-2Dras.org_ras-2Dsight_projects&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=HxH8Z390y9GuN58fc5KTEBOWhc3FHXcFvkzsVmpm81k&s=dUbekq_njRDEMzXzEOumb91jH8vODrKQJvRs7N9Qkgw&e= for a listing
of the projects being carried out under the auspices of the IEEE RAS
Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology). The United Nations
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development consists of seventeen
Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) that include building resilient
infrastructures for sustainable industrialization and fostering
innovation (Goal 9) to strengthening and revitalizing global
partnerships for sustainable development (Goal 17) among others.

Adoption of emerging technologies tends to be slow in developing
countries due to reasons that are usually beyond GDP rates and standard
of living indices. Whilst the potential of these technologies is for the
most part undeniable, the challenge lies in making them reliable,
cost-effective and easily accessible for the masses by taking into
account socio-economic, cultural, environmental, and sustainability
factors. Additionally, ethical, legal, and societal considerations of
robotics, automation, and other emerging AI technologies are of
paramount importance as the demarcation lines between individual
privacy, safety, and security and those of the collective society get
blurred without timely governance and regulation.

To address these concerns, the Sustainable Humanitarian Technologies
Forum will take on the above issues centered on the following three themes:
* Robotics, Automation, and AI Technologies for the benefit of humanity
* Technology-Policy and Ethical, Legal and Societal (ELS) Aspects of
Emerging Technologies
* Global South Considerations (particularly those of developing
countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America)

The Forum will bring together experts and thinkers from both technology
and public policy domains. The format will consist of keynote addresses
and regular presentations with a mini panel discussion after each
thematic session covering the gamut of issues stemming not only from
research, development, and deployment standpoints but also those from
public perception of robotics, automation, and AI.

An hour-long panel discussion will conclude the Forum with audience
participation both at the conference venue and elsewhere (via Twitter
and Facebook). As a record of the Forum, we intend to capture key points
from speakers, salient points from the discussions, identify missing
gaps and future steps, and summarize them in a post-event White Paper to
formulate action items.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
If you are working in the above areas and if the goals and themes of the
Forum are of interest to you, we would love to hear from you! We are
soliciting presentations from researchers and practitioners from
industry, academia, NGOs, NPOs, regulatory, and funding agencies. Please
email us a 2-page (max.) write-up of your background, experience, and
what you would like to present at the Forum to <[hidden email]>.
In addition, include a separate section in your submission on how your
participation/presentation would benefit the Forum. Note that you are
not required to write a paper but your presentation at the Forum will be
archived post-event for the benefit of the community.
Depending on the level of interest, selected presenters will be invited
to write an expanded article for a special issue journal. Along with
your submission, let us know if you would be interested in submitting an
article to such a special issue.

More information is available from
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__icra2018.org_sustainable-2Dhumanitarian-2Dtechnologies_&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=HxH8Z390y9GuN58fc5KTEBOWhc3FHXcFvkzsVmpm81k&s=J8gthjguiGGkkV1xdMRImiQDqkW5eXnAtPImMELRdoU&e=.

IMPORTANT DATES
* Deadline for Submission of 2-page write-up: Feb. 15, 2018 (email to
<[hidden email]>)
* Notification of Acceptance: February 25, 2018
* Forum: May 24, 2018 (confirmed)

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