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IEEESSIT21CW 2020 : IEEE SSIT 3rd Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century


When Jul 23, 2020 - Jul 26, 2020
Where Chennai, India
Submission Deadline Mar 20, 2020
Final Version Due Jun 15, 2020
Categories    cybernetics   complex systems   norbert wiener   ethics & law

Call For Papers

21CW2020: IEEE SSIT 3rd Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century

CEG Campus, Anna University

Chennai, India, July 23-26, 2020

Conference website

Submission link

Abstract registration deadline December 1, 2019

Submission deadline March 20, 2020

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

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Submission Guidelines

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:

Important Dates

20 March 2020: Regular call for peer-reviewed papers and abstract-only submissions (decision by 15 April 2020)

31 May 2020: Final submission of accepted peer-reviewed papers due, and last call for abstract-only submissions (decision by 15 June 2020)

List of Topics

Artificial Intelligence
Cognitive Computing in Theory and Practice
Cybernetics – Science, Technology, Literature, Arts and Design
Cyber-physical systems
Cyber Security
Cyber Warfare and Crime
Egocentric Perception, Interaction and Computing
Fuzzy Sets
Game Theory
Human Computer Interaction
Information Ethics
Information Theory
Innovation and Economic Development
Life Sciences
Machine Learning
Measurement Theory
Organization Theory
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


Organizing Committee

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

Organizing Chair: Dr. T V Geetha, Dean, CEG Campus, Anna University, Chennai

HOST Department: Dr. S Valli, Head of the Department, DCSE, CEG Campus, Anna University, Chennai

Program Committee

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 ( ; (

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