[FM-India] IEEE SSIT 21CW2020: 23 - 26 July 2020 : CEG Campus, Chennai, India : Call For Papers

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

CEG Campus, Anna University

Chennai, India, July 23-26, 2020

Conference website	http://21stcenturywiener.org/

Submission link	https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=21cw2020

Abstract registration deadline	December 1, 2019

Submission deadline	December 31, 2019

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

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: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=21cw2020

Important Dates

1 December 2019: Proposals for workshops or larger-scale associated 

31 December 2019: Early call for peer-reviewed papers and abstract-only 
submissions, including papers, posters, panels, and roundtable 
discussions (decision by 31 January 2020)

28 February 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 
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., 

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

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 Viekananda 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 <gopal at annauniv.edu> ; 
<gopal.tadepalli at gmail.com>

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