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 17th 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.

Key Dates

April 30, 2017 Submission deadline for paper abstracts (EXTENDED)
May 8, 2017 Notification of acceptance
June 5, 2017 Final manuscript submission deadline


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

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