Date: 12 November 2022

Time: 12:00 Noon – 12:00 Midnight (HKT)

Chair: Prof. Greg Adamson

The IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT)’s Field of Interest [2022] reads: “To facilitate understanding of the complex interaction between technology, science and society, including impact on individuals and society in general, ethics, professional and social responsibility in the practice of engineering, science and technology, and open discussion of the resulting issues”.

The inclusion of the word ethics in the IEEE SSIT Field of Interest happened in 2022. Prof. Greg Adamson, Chair, Advisory Committee, ISTAS2022 has readily agreed to organize an ETHICS DAY on 12 November 2022 during ISTAS2022.

Tentative Schedule:

Session #1: Educational initiatives that cultivate “ethical thinking” among future engineering/tech professionals

A roundtable discussion about:

  • the ways in which ethical thinking is a crucial skillset/mindset for engineers to cultivate if we want to foster positive “digital and societal transformations” through technological innovation;
  • how those skills/attitudes are being cultivated across different disciplinary/academic contexts;
  • what current challenges/barriers are preventing the wider uptake of these ideas; and

how organizations like SSIT and the IEEE can work in partnership/collaboration with academic programs to enable broader engagement with macroethical issues in the tech field/engineering discipline.

Heather LoveSession Chair: Dr. Heather Love, Assistant Professor, English Language and Literature, University of Waterloo, Canada