ISTAS 2017

IEEE 2017 International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS 2017):
From Good Ideas to Practical Solutions

9 – 11 August, 2017 in Sydney, Australia

The SSIT Board of Governors is pleased to announce that the next IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS 2017) will be held in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia from 9 – 11 August, 2017. The date and location of ISTAS 2017 has been chosen to coincide with the annual IEEE Panel of Conference Organizers (IEEE POCO) event, which will be held Sydney from 7 – 9 August, and the biennial IEEE Sections Congress, which will also be held in Sydney from 11-13 August, 2017.

The theme for ISTAS 2017 – From Good Ideas to Practical Solutions – has been chosen to focus on how we can identify a good technological idea and transition it into a practical solution that delivers real benefits to society. It will bring together scientists, engineers, technologists and scholars from multiple disciplines to hold a dialogue on many technological and societal issues, and collaborate on ideas to develop and utilize innovative solutions to address them.

The main conference will be supported by several workshops and special sessions, including the 10th Workshop on Social Implications of National Security, hosted by the Dr Katina Michael (University of Wollongong), and a Doctoral Mentoring Workshop for PhD Students, hosted by the University of New South Wales.


April 30, 2017 Submission deadline for paper abstracts
May 8, 2017 Abstracts – notification of acceptance
June 5, 2017 Final manuscripts submission deadline
June 19, 2017 Final manuscripts – notification of acceptance
August 10-11, 2017 ISTAS 2017 Main Conference

General enquiries, including information for authors, should be forwarded to the ISTAS 2017 General Chair, Philip Hall (


Call for Papers Keynote & Invited Speakers Program-At-A-Glance
For Authors Associated Events Registration
Venue & Location Patrons & Sponsors Committee


The ISTAS 2017 program structure provides for 6 keynote speakers, 72 papers (oral presentations) and 12 panels across 3 parallel sessions.

Paper proposals are solicited for oral presentations from industry, government and academia (including students) covering relevant research, technologies, methodologies, tools and case studies relevant to the conference theme and tracks. Papers on policy implications are also welcome. Full papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings. Papers accepted in the conference proceedings and presented during the conference will be submitted for inclusion in IEEE Xplore.

Authors are invited to submit abstracts (maximum of 500 words, free format) to the ISTAS 2017 General Chair, Philip Hall ( by the Submission closing date. Authors will be advised by the specified Notification date if their abstract has been accepted, and if so, will be invited to submit their full manuscript by the Final Manuscript Submission deadline.

ISTAS 2017 Tracks

  • Smart Materials, Smart Buildings & Smart Cities
  • Climate, Environment & Sustainable Technologies
  • Communications, Security & Privacy
  • Artificial Intelligence & Autonomous Systems
  • e-Health, Age Care & Assisted Living
  • Internet of Things & Consumer Electronics
  • Digital Senses, Virtual Reality & Augmentation
  • Web Science & Big Data
  • Green ICT
  • Defence Technologies for Public Good
  • Humanitarian & Emergency Management
  • Ethics, Law & Policy

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We have an exciting range of Keynote and Invited Speakers lined up, including:

Dr Moshe Y. Vardi, FIEEE
George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and Director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, Rice University, Houston TX, USA.

  • Keynote topic: Humans, Machines, and Work: The Future is Now

Dr Vardi is the recipient of several awards, including the ACM SIGACT Goedel Prize, the ACM Kanellakis Award, the ACM SIGMOD Codd Award, the Blaise Pascal Medal, the IEEE Computer Society Goode Award, and the EATCS Distinguished Achievements Award. He is the author and co-author of over 500 papers, as well as two books. He is a fellow of several societies, and a member of several academies, including the US National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Science. He holds honorary doctorates from the Saarland University in Germany, Orleans University in France, UFRGS in Brazil, and University of Liege in Belgium. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Communications of the ACM.

Dr Ron Arkin, FIEEE
Regents’ Professor, College of Computing and Director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory, Georgia Tech, Atlanta GA, USA, and Visiting Fellow, School of Electrical and Computer Science, Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

  • Keynote topic: Robots that Need to Mislead: Biologically-inspired Machine Deception

Prof. Arkin is the recipient of several awards, including the Outstanding Senior Faculty Research Award from the College of Computing at Georgia Tech, and the Outstanding Achievement in Research Award from the University of Massachusetts Computer Science Department. He has also served as Associate Dean for Research and Space Planning in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech since October 2008; a STINT visiting Professor at the Centre for Autonomous Systems at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden; held a Sabbatical Chair at the Sony Intelligence Dynamics Laboratory in Tokyo, Japan, and served as a member of the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Group at LAAS/CNRS in Toulouse, France.

His research interests include behavior-based reactive control and action-oriented perception for mobile robots and unmanned aerial vehicles, hybrid deliberative/reactive software architectures, robot survivability, multi-agent robotic systems, bio-robotics, human-robot interaction, robot ethics, and learning in autonomous systems. He has over 170 technical publications in these areas, and also written several text books including Behavior-Based Robotics (co-edited with G. Bekey, 1998), Robot Colonies (1997), and Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots (2009).

Prof. Arkin serves/served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Intelligent Systems, International Journal of Social Robots, and the Journal of Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing, as a member of the Editorial Boards of Autonomous Robots, Machine Intelligence and Robotic Control, Journal of Intelligent Service Robotics, Journal of Field Robotics, International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, and the Journal of Applied Intelligence, and is the Series Editor for the MIT Press book series Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents. He has provided expert testimony to the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Pentagon and others on Autonomous Systems Technology.

Prof. Arkin has served on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (2010-2012), the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (1999-2004), as a founding co-chair of the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Robot Ethics (2004-2009), co-chair of the Society’s Human Rights and Ethics Committee (2006-2011), and also served on the National Science Foundation’s Robotics Council (2001-2002). He holds a B.S. Degree from the University of Michigan, an M.S. Degree from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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The Conference Program is taking shape and promises to offer a stimulating and thought-provoking “something” for everyone with an interest in the societal impacts of technology, and how we can turn good ideas into practical solutions. An overview of the Conference Program will be published here very soon!
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Information about other events to held in association with ISTAS 2017 will published very soon!
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Authors wishing to participate at the Conference must register individually. Each selected Paper requires at least ONE author to attend the Conference and present the Paper. Only papers actually presented at the Conference shall be included in the conference publications and be eligible for inclusion in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

Paper submissions for IEEE ISTAS 2017 will follow a two stage review and acceptance process: (1) Abstract (approx. 500 words), and (2) Full Paper manuscript (max. 5,000 words). Papers should be aligned with at least one of the Tracks listed in the ISTAS 2017 Call for Papers.

Abstracts may be submitted in either Word or PDF format, and be in either free format or follow the same structure as your final paper.

Full Papers must be submitted in Word format (i.e. with .doc extension) and take into account of any feedback provided at the Abstract review and acceptance stage. Full Papers should be limited to a maximum of six (6) pages and must comply with the IEEE format and specifications as described in the ISTAS 2017 Paper Template, which can be downloaded HERE. Unless otherwise advised, authors are required to submit their final full paper manuscripts to the ISTAS 2017 General Chair, Philip Hall ( by the Final Manuscript Submission closing date.

Acceptance or rejection of Full Papers is based on blind peer review by the ISTAS 2017 International Programme Committee. Therefore,  please ensure that no contact details are provided within the text or properties of the document when submitted. These will be added by the Author(s) when the document has been reviewed and accepted for presentation at the Conference and inclusion in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.
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Conference fees and registration details will published here very soon!
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Information on the Conference venue, local travel and accommodation options will published very soon!
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Details of our Patrons & Sponsor packages, and a list of our Patrons and Sponsors, will be published here very soon!
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Details of our Conference Organising Committee will be published here very soon!
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