IEEESSIT21CW 2021 : IEEE SSIT 3rd Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century
Call For Papers
21CW2020: IEEE SSIT 3rd Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century
CEG Campus, Anna University
Chennai, India, July 22-25, 2021
Conference website http://21stcenturywiener.org/
Submission link https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=21cw2020
Abstract registration deadline December 1, 2020
Submission deadline March 1, 2021
Theme Being Human in a Global Village
IEEE Conference Number 48944
The phrase “Global Village” was coined by Canadian media theorist and philosopher Marshall McLuhan to describe how the propagation of media technologies creates an ever-more interconnected world. McLuhan was deeply influenced by the work of Norbert Wiener, a mathematician, technologist, and philosopher whose work in cybernetics brought ideas like “complexity, computing, communications, and control” to the quest for a General Systems Theory. Wiener’s work offered a comprehensive blend of theory and practice spanning across the “Global Village,” and this conference pays tribute to both the global dimension of his legacy and his ethical commitment to valorizing human freedom and autonomy within a society increasingly dominated by cybernetic systems.
21CW2020: “Being Human in a Global Village” is the third in a series of conferences initiated by the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT), following events in Boston (2014) and Melbourne (2016). The 2020 event invites us to consider how we – as policy makers, parents, citizens, business owners, researchers, humans – need to be proactively preparing for a new world in light of the challenges coming our way in the form of artificial intelligence, or machine learning. For instance, young people need to be flexible and adaptable as the workplace in 20 years’ time will be very different from today.
This conference will have three general themes:
The state of technologies initiated by Wiener.
The social impact of those technologies.
Wiener’s 1950s engagement and travels in India.
More specifically, we invite participants to consider how Wiener’s work resonates with various contemporary interpretations of the concept “global village.” For example, literary scholar Sue-Im’s claims that it has come to designate “the dominant term for expressing a global coexistence altered by transnational commerce, migration, and culture,” while Thomas Friedman defines of the global village as a world “tied together into a single globalized marketplace and village.”
Contemporary cybernetics began as an interdisciplinary study connecting the fields of control systems, electrical network theory, mechanical engineering, logic modeling, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, anthropology, and psychology in the 1940s, through the Macy Conferences. Studies in cybernetics provide a means for examining the design and function of any system, including social systems such as business management and organizational learning, achieving both effective and human functioning.
We invite innovative session proposals, and paper, student poster and practitioner submissions that consider Wiener's work from perspectives across applied, physical, and social sciences, as well as the humanities, fine arts, and professional/industry practice. The areas of interest for this conference include and not limited to:
Evolution of Cybernetics
Theories of Mind, Cognition and the Nervous System
Feedback and Control Theory
Norbert Wiener – The Person
What Technology Wants
Space – Wiener Crater on the Far Side of the Moon
Ethics and Artificial Intelligence
We invite the following types of submissions:
Full papers for peer-review and publication in IEEE Xplore (must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference; 2500-3500 words)
Abstracts for paper or poster presentations not to be published in IEEE Xplore (250-350 words)
Proposals for workshops, panels, roundtable discussions, or other innovative sessions related to the conference theme (please explain relevance to theme; 250-500 words)
Authors preparing full papers should consult IEEE conference templates for guidelines on composing and formatting conference papers. Please ensure that all template text is removed prior to submission:
Submission Link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=21cw2020
20 March 2021: Regular call for peer-reviewed papers and abstract-only submissions (decision by 15 April 2021)
31 May 2021: Final submission of accepted peer-reviewed papers due, and last call for abstract-only submissions (decision by 15 June 2021)
List of Topics
Cognitive Computing in Theory and Practice
Cybernetics – Science, Technology, Literature, Arts and Design
Cyber Warfare and Crime
Egocentric Perception, Interaction and Computing
Human Computer Interaction
Innovation and Economic Development
Perceptual Control Theory
Psychology - Neuropsychology, Behavioral Psychology, Cognitive Psychology
Robotics and Industrial Automation
Science and Technology Studies
Science Fiction as Social Commentary
Technology as a prosthetic device and human factor enhancer
Uncertainty and Paradox
Patron: Prof. M K Surappa, Vice Chancellor, Anna University, Chennai
Conference Chair: Prof. T V Gopal, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, CEG Campus, Anna University, Chennai
Finance Chair: Mr. C R Sasi, Formerly Chairman IEEE Madras Section
Planning Chair: Prof. T Srinivas, Indian Institute of Science., Bengaluru
Publicity Chair: Dr. Vijaykumar Varadarajan, University of New South Wales, Australia
Organizing Chair: Dr. S Iniyan, Dean, CEG Campus, Anna University, Chennai
HOST Department: Dr. S Valli, Head of the Department, DCSE, CEG Campus, Anna University, Chennai
Dr. T.V. Geetha, Formerly Dean, CEG Campus, Anna University, Chennai
Program Chair: Prof. Greg Adamson, University of Melbourne, Australia
Publications and Communications Chair: Dr. Heather Love, University of Waterloo, Canada
All peer-reviewed papers 21CW2020 proceedings will be submitted to IEEEXplore for publication.
The conference is a part of the 225 years celebrations of the College of Engineering, Guindy Campus, Anna University, Chennai and will be held in the Vivekananda Auditorium, the CEG TAG Auditorium and the Henry - Maudslay Hall located within this campus.
All questions about submissions should be emailed to Dr. T V Gopal, Conference Chair, 21CW2020 (firstname.lastname@example.org) ; (email@example.com)