Program for 2021 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)

Time Plenary Track1 Track2 Track3

Tuesday, October 19

09:00-12:00 W1: Frugal Innovation and the Design Thinking Process W2: Fundamentals of Off-Grid Electrical Systems W3: Application of IoT During Pre- and Post-COVID 19 Pandemic W4: Distributed Energy meets Humanitarian Needs
12:00-13:00 TU-LB: Lunch Break & Networking Session      
15:00-15:45 TU-ME: Meet the Editors: Thinking About Publishing for a Transdisciplinary Outlet: What do you need to know?      
15:45-16:00 TU-AB: Break/Networking Session      
16:00-18:00 SPC: Student Poster Competition      
18:00-18:15 SPCW: Poll: Who did the Best Job?      

Wednesday, October 20

08:45-09:00 WE-OS: Opening Session      
09:00-09:40 WE-P1: Plenary Presentation: Widening Access to Applied Machine Learning with TinyML      
09:45-10:30 WE-P2: Plenary Presentation: Internet Coverage is Not Binary      
10:30-10:40 WE-B2: Break      
10:40-12:00   WE-H1: Healthcare 1: Healthcare Applications Supporting Visual Impairments WE-DM1: Disaster Mitigation 1: Role of web-based services and social media channels during global pandemic situations WE-EN1: Energy 1: Off-Grid Electrification
12:00-13:00 WE-LB: Lunch Break & Networking Session      
13:00-13:50 WE-P3: Plenary Panel: Social Media Disinformation and its Impact on Public Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic      
14:00-14:30 WE-P4: Plenary Presentation: Lessons Learned from MOVE      
14:30-14:40 WE-B3: Break      
14:40-16:00   WE-H2: Healthcare 2: Medical Technology WE-DM2: Disaster Mitigation 2: Data Transmission and Communication During Disasters WE-EN2: Energy 2: Sustainable Grid Technologies
16:00-16:30      
16:30-17:00 WE-NS: Networking Session: Agriculture, Healthcare, Education, Connectivity, Energy, Water      

Thursday, October 21

09:00-09:40 TH-P1: Plenary Presentation: Public Interest Tech: Educating Impact-focused Scholars and Practitioners      
09:45-10:30 TH-P2: Plenary Presentation: Making Sense of Sensing Applications for Agricultural Applications      
10:30-10:40 TH-B2: Break      
10:40-12:00   TH-AG1: Agriculture 1:Technology Adoption in Agriculture TH-H3: Healthcare 3: Supporting Stakeholder Engagement TH-ED1: Education 1: Online Service Learning
12:00-13:00 TH-LB: Lunch Break & Networking Session      
13:00-13:50 TH-P3: Plenary Panel: Tech Innovations for Healthy Aging      
14:00-14:50 TH-P4: Plenary Panel: Advancing IEEE Leadership Through New Initiatives on Sustainable Development and Energy Transformation      
14:50-15:00 TH-B3: Break      
15:00-16:30   TH-AG2: Agriculture 2: Technology Adoption in Agriculture TH-DM3: Distaster Mitigation 3: Aerial Monitoring System for disaster response and recovery TH-ED2: Education 2: Professional Preparation of Social Entrepreneurs
16:30-17:00 TH-NS: Networking Session: Agriculture, Healthcare, Education, Connectivity, Energy, Water      

Friday, October 22

09:00-09:40 FR-P1: Plenary Presentation: Hearing Aids and Internet-of-Things Ecosystem      
09:45-10:30 FR-P2: Plenary Presentation: Innovations and challenges in developing Medical Devices      
10:30-10:40 FR-B2: Break      
10:40-12:00   FR-AG3: Agriculture 3: Technology Adoption in Agriculture FR-CM: Communications based Applications and Issues FR-EN3: Energy 3: Human-Centered Design of Energy Applications
12:00-13:00 FR-LB: Lunch Break & Networking Session      
13:00-14:00 FR-P3: Plenary Panel: Think Global, Act Local: Fostering Engineering Knowledge and Capacity for Impact      
14:10-15:00 FR-P4: Plenary Presentation: Federal Policies, Programs and Funding Opportunities on Humanitarian Engineering      
15:10-16:20   FR-ED3: Education 3 FR-WS: Water and Sanitation Applications and Issues FR-EN4: Energy 4: Energy Conversion and Storage for Humanitarian Applications
16:30-17:00 FR-CL: Closing Session and Best Papers Awards      

Tuesday, October 19

Tuesday, October 19 9:00 - 12:00 (America/Los_Angeles)

W1: Frugal Innovation and the Design Thinking Process

Frugal Innovation Hub (SoE of Santa Clara University) and Latin America Frugal Innovation Network
Room: Plenary

Join Santa Clara University's Frugal Innovation Hub and the Latin America Frugal Innovation Network ESAN University (Peru) on learning how to use Frugal Innovation and the Design Thinking Process to help solve a real-world water challenge in Perú at a local scale.

Workshop outcomes:
  • Get participants familiarized with the Design Thinking Process, Frugal Innovation and Frugal Design
  • Push participants to apply and design in a practical manner an engineering solution to a social challenge
  • Expose participants to social, economic and environmental factors that can impact the sustainability and replicability of their technological solution
Activities:
  • Engage the participants with the challenge through documentation
  • Design a solution using prototype/flow diagram tools
  • Teamwork discussions
  • Business elevator pitch
  • Sharktank panel (investment challenge)
Number of participants: 25 (5 groups of 5)

W2: Fundamentals of Off-Grid Electrical Systems

Prof. Henry Louie, Seattle University
Room: track1

This half-day tutorial covers the contextual, technical, and practical implementation aspects of off-grid electrical systems in developing countries. These off-grid systems include mini-grids, micro-grids, energy kiosks, solar home systems and solar lanterns. System architectures and components, including small-scale solar, wind, hydro, biomass and conventional generation sets, batteries and converters are covered. The mini/micro-grid design process is discussed. Pre-implementation best practices, including site assessment and considerations for business model development are discussed. The instructor draws upon his firsthand experience and contemporary research to provide attendees with the foundational knowledge needed to implement or study off-grid systems. The tutorial is based on the book "Off-Grid Electrical Systems in Developing Countries".

W3: Application of IoT During Pre- and Post-COVID 19 Pandemic

(A Humanitarian Services Workshop)
Shivakumar (Shiva) Mathapathi and Dr. Farid Farahmand
Room: track2

This workshop provides theory and tutorials on how to build IoT systems to monitor temperature of vaccination at all stages from vaccine manufacturer, and shipment logistics up to all the way to the last stop of delivery at hospitals and clinics. Participants have an opportunity to learn complete design aspects of IoT solutions for monitoring temperature at all levels as described above. The workshop also intended to learn in designing IoT enabled solutions for hospital/clinic settings for access to information of vaccine storage conditions, route information and patient dashboard to increase trust and reliability between patients and facilities administering the vaccine. The workshop also covers the topics of how to send real time measured data from temperature sensor to web enabled SMS services, PM tools and social media networking platform such as twitter.

W4: Distributed Energy meets Humanitarian Needs

Mark Siira, Wayne Stec, IEEE Standards SCC 21; Panos Moutis, CMU
Room: track3

The emphasis is now shifting toward a more decentralized energy infrastructure, where a mix of dispersed and low-carbon, renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, fuel cell, and battery installations - collectively called distributed energy resources (DER) - are integrated with the large centralized power plants in the power grid.

Several trends are driving this transformation. Society's desire for more sustainable ways to produce energy have spurred R&D advances, and many new products for DER applications, along with growing use of these systems, are already deployed in the market. In turn, their greater performance and expanding functionality have led to new regulations which have created compelling new business opportunities.

More recent focus on Stand-alone or remote systems or electric power in areas that do not have reliable electric delivery. These areas include application tiers, microgrids and DC systems.

Tuesday, October 19 12:00 - 13:00 (America/Los_Angeles)

TU-LB: Lunch Break & Networking Session

Room: Plenary

Tuesday, October 19 15:00 - 15:45 (America/Los_Angeles)

TU-ME: Meet the Editors: Thinking About Publishing for a Transdisciplinary Outlet: What do you need to know?

Katina Michael, founding Editor in Chief and Roba Abbas, co-editor, the IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society
Room: Plenary

Katina Michael is the founding Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society. Katina works closely with five co-editors Roba Abbas, Rafael Calvo, George Roussos, Eusebio Scornavacca and Samuel Fosso Wamba to service the IEEE and broader community of academicians and practitioners on topics that explore all things technology and society. Come along and learn more about the scope of the journal, what's expected from submissions in content and format, and how to get the most out of the review process. The first 15 minutes will be dedicated to a broad introduction, and then 30 minutes to Q&A from participants.

Journal Scope: The IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society publishes research papers on the interactions among technology, science, and society; on the impact of such interactions on individuals and society; and on the ethical, professional and social responsibility in the practice of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Within this scope, the Transactions covers a broad range of topics in such areas as energy, information and communication, health and safety, life sciences, economic issues, engineering education, environmental implications, and social effects of emerging technologies and innovations. It also addresses issues surrounding professional practice and responsibility, regulation and public policy, technology and the future of work, philosophy of technology, engineering and biotechnical ethics, and sustainability. The Transactions communicates to a wide array of readers from multiple disciplines involved in the societal impact of technology. It is multidisciplinary with joint perspectives from individuals such as engineers, scientists, technologists, ethicists, public policy experts, lawyers, health practitioners, economists, and sociologists. Emphasis is on high quality research and empirical studies, applications and technological issues, and theoretical arguments supported by evidence or proof.

Tuesday, October 19 15:45 - 16:00 (America/Los_Angeles)

TU-AB: Break/Networking Session

Room: Plenary

Tuesday, October 19 16:00 - 18:00 (America/Los_Angeles)

SPC: Student Poster Competition

Room: Plenary
Chair: Mostafa Mortezaie (DeVry University, USA)

Tuesday, October 19 18:00 - 18:15 (America/Los_Angeles)

SPCW: Poll: Who did the Best Job?

Recap of presentations
Room: Plenary

Wednesday, October 20

Wednesday, October 20 8:45 - 9:00 (America/Los_Angeles)

WE-OS: Opening Session

Room: Plenary
Chair: Behnam Dezfouli (Santa Clara University, USA)

General Chair: Behnam Dezfouli

Technical Program: Miriam Cunningham

Wednesday, October 20 9:00 - 9:40 (America/Los_Angeles)

WE-P1: Plenary Presentation: Widening Access to Applied Machine Learning with TinyML

Vijay Janapa Reddi, Associate Professor at Harvard University, VP and founding member of MLCommons
Room: Plenary

Tiny machine learning (TinyML) is a fast-growing field at the intersection of ML algorithms and low-cost embedded systems. TinyML enables on-device analysis of sensor data (vision, audio, IMU, etc.) at ultra-low-power consumption (<1mW). Processing data close to the sensor allows for an expansive new variety of always-on ML use-cases that preserve bandwidth, latency, and energy while improving responsiveness and maintaining privacy. This talk introduces the vision behind TinyML and showcases some of the novel humanitarian applications that TinyML is enabling in the field, from wildlife conservation to supporting public health initiatives. Yet, there are still numerous challenges to address. Tight memory and storage constraints, hardware/software heterogeneity, and a lack of relevant large-scale datasets still pose a substantial barrier to developing TinyML applications. To this end, the talk also touches upon some of the key challenges and opportunities for unlocking the full potential of TinyML for social good.

Wednesday, October 20 9:45 - 10:30 (America/Los_Angeles)

WE-P2: Plenary Presentation: Internet Coverage is Not Binary

Elizabeth M. Belding, Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of California, Santa Barbara
Room: Plenary

Access to information and communications technologies plays a pivotal role in the socio-economic development of any community. Currently, there are more than 4 billion people with Internet access, representing about half of the world population. Connectivity efforts typically focus on the remaining half of the population. At the same time, discrepancies in access for the 4 billion who do use the Internet are daunting. In this talk, we will examine digital inequality amongst those who do have Internet access, dissecting the Internet experience within the US and abroad in detail.

Wednesday, October 20 10:30 - 10:40 (America/Los_Angeles)

WE-B2: Break

Room: Plenary

Wednesday, October 20 10:40 - 12:00 (America/Los_Angeles)

WE-DM1: Disaster Mitigation 1: Role of web-based services and social media channels during global pandemic situations

Room: track2
Chair: Adil Usman (University of California Santa Cruz, USA)
10:40 Vehicle detection using YOLO and mobility tracking during COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns
Marion Ivan Tan, Clyde Calgo and Sheanne Eric Cabantac (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines); Jaime Luis E Honrado (Ateneo de Manila University & Skyeye, Inc., Philippines); Nathaniel Libatique (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines); Gregory Tangonan (Ateneo Innovation Center, Philippines)
pp. 1-7
11:00 Understanding COVID-19 Public Sentiment Towards Public Health Policies Using Social Media Data
Olivia Figueira, Yuka Hatori, Liying Liang, Christine Chye and Yuhong Liu (Santa Clara University, USA)
pp. 8-15
11:20 Evaluation of rule-based, CountVectorizer, and Word2Vec machine learning models for tweet analysis to improve disaster relief
Radhika Goyal (Lynbrook High School, USA)
pp. 16-19
11:40 Deploying Kalahok 1.0: Profiling Disaster-Stricken Communities Towards Intervention Initiatives
Joseph Marvin Imperial and Manolito Octaviano (National University, Philippines); Jesvir Zuniega (Bicol University, Philippines); Angelica De La Cruz and Rachel Edita Roxas (National University, Philippines)
pp. 20-23

WE-EN1: Energy 1: Off-Grid Electrification

Room: track3
Chair: Henry Louie (Seattle University, USA)
10:40 SESDC Pre-Feasibility Toolkit Economic Validation For Microgrids In Developing Countries
Robert Nutter (IEEE PES SES DC Working Group, USA); Jaspreet Singh (IEEE PES, USA); Peter Dauenhauer (University of Strathclyde & Snohomish County PUD, USA)
11:00 A Rural Microgrid Field Pilot in India Ensuring Reliable Electricity Supply and Social Upliftment
Shiv Kumar Singh (Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India); Ankush Sharma (Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India); Santanu Mishra (Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India); Suresh Chandra Srivastava (Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India); Deep Mukherjee (IIT Kanpur, India); Anurag. K Srivastava (West Virginia University, USA); Noel Schulz (Washington State University, USA)
pp. 24-27
11:20 An Approach Towards a Sustainable Urban City - Utilization of Existing Rooftop Solar Energy Panels by Making Use of DC Appliances
Ashir Hamim Rifat and Muckbul Hossain (Brac University, Bangladesh); Rifatul Islam Abir and Shoud Noman (BRAC University, Bangladesh); Tahmidul Ashraf and A. K. M Abdul Azad (Brac University, Bangladesh)
pp. 28-32
11:40 Energy-Efficient Programming Languages for Mobile Applications
Shashikala Mahadevappa and Silvia Figueira (Santa Clara University, USA)
pp. 33-38

WE-H1: Healthcare 1: Healthcare Applications Supporting Visual Impairments

Room: track1
Chair: Miriam Cunningham (IIMC / IST-Africa, Ireland)
10:40 Application for Measuring Eyelid Weakness in Individuals with Myasthenia Gravis
Shixin Qin, Germaine Y Ng, Hua Lo, Yanzhang Li and Ami Cuneo (University of Washington, USA); Matthew Preston (UW Medicine, USA); Nicholas Ames and John Raiti (University of Washington, USA)
pp. 39-42
11:00 Inexpensive Voice Assisted Smart Eyewear for Visually Impaired Persons in Context of Bangladesh
Md. Mahmudul Kabir Peyal, Quazi Md. Ahnaf Ul Haque and Tashfia Tahiat (Brac University, Bangladesh); Sadia Habib (BRAC University, Bangladesh); Al Noor and A. K. M Abdul Azad (Brac University, Bangladesh)
pp. 43-50
11:20 Wearable Device Using Depth Sensor for the Visually Impaired
Sophia L Zhou, Jon Cili, Jay Nagpaul and Rutvik Parikh (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA)
11:40 Effatá: Obstacle Identification System to help the Blind in Urban Displacement
Lukas Bergengruen, Diego Duran and Rafael Sotelo (Universidad de Montevideo, Uruguay)
pp. 51-54

Wednesday, October 20 12:00 - 13:00 (America/Los_Angeles)

WE-LB: Lunch Break & Networking Session

Room: Plenary

Wednesday, October 20 13:00 - 13:50 (America/Los_Angeles)

WE-P3: Plenary Panel: Social Media Disinformation and its Impact on Public Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Room: Plenary

Moderator: Yuhong Liu, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Santa Clara University
Panelists:
  • Laura Robinson: Affiliated faculty at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center, and an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Santa Clara University.
  • Subramaniam Vincent: Director, Journalism and Media Ethics program at Santa Clara University
  • Étienne Brown: Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at San Jose State
Attempts to influence people's beliefs through misinformation have a long history. Recently, the pervasiveness of social media makes the massive propagation of misinformation much cheaper and influential, raising great concerns from the public. During the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the circulation of false or misleading claims is more dangerous than ever. Beyond the possibility of physical harm, what is its impact on people's political opinions, emotions, physical safety and personal autonomy? What factors may influence people's resistance against misinformation? Is it possible and desirable to control misinformation spread by regulating it?

Wednesday, October 20 14:00 - 14:30 (America/Los_Angeles)

WE-P4: Plenary Presentation: Lessons Learned from MOVE

Grayson Randall, IEEE MOVE Team Operations Lead
Room: Plenary

As climate change continues to have an impact throughout the world, the IEEE MOVE program continues to respond to supply power and communications at disaster events. The IEEE-USA MOVE program celebrates its 5th anniversary. MOVE continues to grow with great support from the members and the donation of a second satellite response vehicle. IEEE MOVE has also started an expansion into the international space with programs in India and the Caribbean. This talk will discuss why the program continues to grow worldwide.

Wednesday, October 20 14:30 - 14:40 (America/Los_Angeles)

WE-B3: Break

Room: Plenary

Wednesday, October 20 14:40 - 16:00 (America/Los_Angeles)

WE-DM2: Disaster Mitigation 2: Data Transmission and Communication During Disasters

Room: track2
Chair: Paul M Cunningham (IIMC / mHealth4Afrika / IST-Africa Institute, Ireland)
14:40 Network Hazard Flow for Multi-Tiered Discriminator Analysis Enhancement with Systems-Theoretic Process Analysis
Acklyn Murray and Danda B. Rawat (Howard University, USA)
pp. 55-61
15:00 Fixing Mobile Emergency Call Geo-Location Once and For All
Ghassan Al-Nuaimi (Flinders University, Australia); Matthew Lloyd (New Zealand Red Cross, New Zealand); Saeed Ur Rehman and Paul Gardner-Stephen (Flinders University, Australia)
pp. 62-67
15:20 NetSkylines: Digital Twins for Evaluating Disaster Communication
Tobias Meuser (Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany); Lars Baumgärtner (Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany); Benjamin Becker (Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany)
pp. 68-71
15:40 Designing a LoRa-based Smart Helmet to Aid in Emergency Detection by Monitoring Bio-signals
Marcus Choi, Guanting Li, Ross Todrzak, Qian Zhao and John Raiti (University of Washington, USA); Paul B Albee (Vulcan Inc., USA)
pp. 72-75

WE-EN2: Energy 2: Sustainable Grid Technologies

Room: track3
Chair: Henry Louie (Seattle University, USA)
14:40 DeLorean Energy: The potential of Asynchronous V2G Fleets as Peak Shaving Units
Jordan Randleman, Chris Pitterle, Pranav Rao, Arjun Chimni and Navid Shaghaghi (Santa Clara University, USA)
pp. 76-85
15:00 A New Approach to Developing Community Solar Projects for LMI Communities in ERCOT's Competitive Electricity Markets
Tam Kemabonta (Arizona State University, USA); Erick Jones (University of Texas at Arlington, USA); Dana Harmon (Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute, USA); Jason Pittman (Big Sun Solar, USA)
pp. 86-93
15:20 Investigation of the Electric Power System for San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos Archipelago
Nicole E Fronsdahl and Pritpal Singh (Villanova University, USA)
pp. 94-100
15:40 Condition Monitoring of Electric Vehicle Drives deployed in Rural Electric Transportation
Adil Usman (University of California Santa Cruz, USA); Bharat Singh Rajpurohit (IIT Mandi, India); Muhammad Safeer Khan (Arkansas Tech University, USA); Michael Akbar (Numerica Solutions, India)
pp. 101-107

Wednesday, October 20 14:40 - 16:30 (America/Los_Angeles)

WE-H2: Healthcare 2: Medical Technology

Room: track1
Chair: Miriam Cunningham (IIMC / IST-Africa, Ireland)
14:40 Demonstration of a low-cost EEG system providing on-demand communication for locked-in patients
Dongho Koo and Hernan Felipe Herrera Polanco (University of Washington, USA); Michael C Cross (University of Washington, USA & Tsinghua University, China); Yeon Hee Rho, Nicholas Ames and John Raiti (University of Washington, USA)
pp. 108-111
15:00 A Low-cost, Automated, Portable Mechanical Ventilator for Developing World*
Saad Pasha (Ujala Technologies, Pakistan); Eesha Tur Razia Babar (UET & None, Pakistan); Jack Schneider, John Heithaus and Muhammad Mujeeb-U-Rahman (Ujala Technologies, USA)
pp. 112-118
15:20 Improving the Use of Surgical Suction Pumps in Sierra Leone
Asja Mucha (TU Delft, The Netherlands); Jan Henk Dubbink (Masanga Hospital, Sierra Leone); Stefan Persaud and Adithyan Senthil Athiban (TU Delft, The Netherlands); Jan-Carel Diehl (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
pp. 119-126
15:40 Heart Lung Health Monitor: Remote At-Home Patient Surveillance for Pandemic Management
Shereena Shaji (Amrita University, India); Rahul Krishnan Pathinarupothi (Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India); Ekanath Rangan (Amrita University, India); K. A. Unnikrishna Menon (Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India); Maneesha Ramesh (Amrita University, India)
pp. 127-130
16:00 Clinical investigation as an iteration tool for the design of low-risk medical devices: A case study of an IV drip monitoring system
Kavyashree Venkatesh, Deval Karia and Manish Arora (Indian Institute of Science, India)
pp. 131-137

Wednesday, October 20 16:30 - 17:00 (America/Los_Angeles)

WE-NS: Networking Session: Agriculture, Healthcare, Education, Connectivity, Energy, Water

Room: Plenary

Thursday, October 21

Thursday, October 21 9:00 - 9:40 (America/Los_Angeles)

TH-P1: Plenary Presentation: Public Interest Tech: Educating Impact-focused Scholars and Practitioners

Dr. Deborah Estrin, Cornell Tech
Room: Plenary

The profound societal and economic impacts of digital technology have engendered a growing interest in innovations that intentionally serve societal good. Public Interest Tech is an emerging scholarly and professional field that is defined by the deployment of technological expertise in service of public needs--from consumer rights, criminal justice, and trustworthy information ecosystems, to education, public health, and the environment. In this presentation we will describe our efforts to educate the next generation of impact-focused scholars and practitioners through novel Public Interest Tech (PiTech) interventions: PiTech Studio, Impact Fellowships, and Visiting Practitioners programming. A strong diversity of perspectives and experiences is critically important to building effective PiTech, and we work to reflect this priority across our programs.

Thursday, October 21 9:45 - 10:30 (America/Los_Angeles)

TH-P2: Plenary Presentation: Making Sense of Sensing Applications for Agricultural Applications

Dr. Anna Forster, University of Bremen
Room: Plenary

This talk will first introduce MoleNet, which is a self-developed and maintained hardware platform for underground and other challenged environments, developed mostly for agricultural applications. We will explore together our experience with the system itself and with its deployments. The focus of the talk is however on what to do from this data: how to make the next step from sensing to making sense of the data. What are the users' expectations? What are the challenges? What is needed to make such applications truly useful and help us reach the Sustainable Development Goals.

Thursday, October 21 10:30 - 10:40 (America/Los_Angeles)

TH-B2: Break

Room: Plenary

Thursday, October 21 10:40 - 12:00 (America/Los_Angeles)

TH-AG1: Agriculture 1:Technology Adoption in Agriculture

Room: track1
Chair: Darelle Van Greunen (Nelson Mandela University, Ireland)
10:40 Ecosystem approach to sustainable aquaculture for smallholder farmers
Nataraj Kuntagod (Accenture, India); Sanjay Podder, Rambhau Rote and Satya Sai Srinivas (Accenture Solutions Pvt Ltd, India); Neelkanth Mishra and Ayush Chopra (Center for Aquatic Livelihood Jaljeevika, India)
pp. 138-141
11:00 AI-Based Crop Rotation for Sustainable Agriculture Worldwide
Julius Schöning (Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, Germany); Mats Richter (Osnabrück University, Germany)
pp. 142-146
11:20 Optimal Deployment Planning to Maximize Coverage of Agricultural Operations with Effective Resource Utilization
Swagatam Bose Choudhury (Tata Consultancy Services Limited, India); Sanat Sarangi and Srinivasu Pappula (Tata Consultancy Services, India)
pp. 147-154
11:40 Digital Display Recognition towards Connected Sensing Systems for Precision Agriculture
Sanket Junagade, Prachin Jain, Sanat Sarangi and Srinivasu Pappula (Tata Consultancy Services, India)
pp. 155-162

TH-ED1: Education 1: Online Service Learning

Room: track3
Chair: Pritpal Singh (Villanova University, USA)
10:40 Global STEM Education through e-Service Learning in the Time of COVID-19: A Case Study
Grace Ngai, Kenneth Wai Kwan Lo, Stephen Chi Fai Chan and Shuheng Lin (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
pp. 163-168
11:00 Reconceptualizing Online Experiential Learning: Case Study of a Tele-engineering Project
Shuheng Lin, Kenneth Wai Kwan Lo, Grace Ngai, Stephen Chi Fai Chan, Artemis Mei Ling Kuo and Anson Chun Wong (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
pp. 169-172
11:20 Upgrading the Digital Intranet in the Galapagos Islands
Javier Urquizo, Olivia Lajeunesse, Paige Bonvallet and Michael Carrigan (Villanova University, USA); Nathaly Simuy Sanchez Chan (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden); Pritpal Singh (Villanova University, USA); David Lansdale (Beyond Chacay Foundation & USFQ, Ecuador); Cesar Martin (Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, Ecuador)
pp. 173-180
11:40 The Impact of the Deaf Community on Student Learning in a Service-learning Study Abroad Experience
Nusaybah Abu-Mulaweh and William Oakes (Purdue University, USA)
pp. 181-187

TH-H3: Healthcare 3: Supporting Stakeholder Engagement

Room: track2
Chair: Miriam Cunningham (IIMC / IST-Africa, Ireland)
10:40 Peer and Non-Peer Academic Scientists and Peer Support Specialist Community of Practice: Stakeholder Engagement to Advance the Science of Peer Support
Karen Fortuna (Dartmouth College, USA); Mbita Mbao (Simmons University, USA); Arya Kadakia (Dartmouth College, USA); Amanda Myers (Rivier University, USA); Daniel Fischer (National Empowerment Center, USA); Sandi Macdonald (International Association of Pre-Menstrual Disorders, Canada); Sheila Brunchet (International Association of Pre-Menstual Disorders, Canada); Iga Hintz (National Empowerment Center, Poland); Rebecca Rossom (HealthPartners Institute, USA); Jessica Brooks (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA); Joseph Kalisa (University of Rwanda, Rwanda); Claver Haragirimana (Opromamer, Rwanda); Marianne Storm (University of Stavanger, Norway & Molde University College, Norway); George Mois (University of Georgia, USA); Emre Umucu (University of Texas at El Paso, USA); Margaret Almeida (Harvard University, USA & The Mental Health Cntr of Greater Manchester, USA); Jennifer Rivera (Boston College, USA); Yaara Zisman Ilani (Temple University, USA); Maria Venegas (Veterans Affairs, USA); Robert Walker (Department of Mental Health, USA)
pp. 188-194
11:00 Stakeholders' Perspectives on Partnering to Inform the Software Development Lifecycle of Smartphone Applications for People with Serious Mental Illness
Marianne Storm (University of Stavanger, Norway & Molde University College, Norway); Amanda Myers (Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University); Maria Venegas (Veterans Affairs, USA); Jessica Brooks (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA); Alyssa Gocinski (Boston College, School of Social Work, USA); Karen Fortuna (Dartmouth College, USA)
pp. 195-199
11:20 Designing an interactive real-time web-mapped dashboard to visualise conflict ceasefires data over COVID-19 infection rates: facilities and the way ahead
Devanjan Bhattacharya, Sanja Badanjak, Christine Bell, Fiona Knäussel, Laura Wise, John Allison and Benjamin Bach (University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (Great Britain))
pp. 200-207

Thursday, October 21 12:00 - 13:00 (America/Los_Angeles)

TH-LB: Lunch Break & Networking Session

Room: Plenary

Thursday, October 21 13:00 - 13:50 (America/Los_Angeles)

TH-P3: Plenary Panel: Tech Innovations for Healthy Aging

Room: Plenary

Moderator: Joseph Wei, Managing Director, Technology Ventures Group; Past-sponsorship Chair, GHTC, Advisor/Past-chair of IEEE SCV Section
Panelists:
• Steve Ewell: Executive Director, Consumer Technology Association Foundation
• Michael Philips: Technology Strategy and Relationships Director, AARP

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2021-2030 the Decade of Healthy Aging that brings together governments, civil society, international agencies, professionals, academia, the media, and the private sector to improve the lives of older people, their families. Both AARP and CTA Foundations have common goals of linking older adults with technologies that enhance their lives. In this panel discussion, the speakers will share past and on-going programs they have been working on that bring innovative solutions to the older adults.

Thursday, October 21 14:00 - 14:50 (America/Los_Angeles)

TH-P4: Plenary Panel: Advancing IEEE Leadership Through New Initiatives on Sustainable Development and Energy Transformation

Room: Plenary

Moderator: Rudi Schubert, Director, New Initiatives for the IEEE Standards Association
Panelists:
  • Maike Luiken, IEEE Vice President - Member & Geographic Activities
  • Juan Carlos Montero, Part-Time Lecturer Professor at the University of Costa Rica
  • Sampath Veeraraghavan, Global Chair, IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee
Sustainability has a global focus at the United Nations, national and local levels, along with multiple facets that are highly interrelated. While Affordable and Clean Energy is a UN SDG itself, it also provides the infrastructure supporting goals for health, education, clean water and many more elements of international focus. This session will provide an overview of IEEE initiatives and leadership in sustainable development. IEEE has a wide breadth of programs ranging from global perspectives to local level projects and communities working towards a more sustainable world. Recently, IEEE has embarked on amplifying its visibility in sustainability through cross-organizational efforts, as well as external engagement in key global alliances on renewable energy. As IEEE communities of interest continue to grow and accelerate, this session will highlight key programs and opportunities for greater participant engagement in support of sustainability.

Thursday, October 21 14:50 - 15:00 (America/Los_Angeles)

TH-B3: Break

Room: Plenary

Thursday, October 21 15:00 - 16:30 (America/Los_Angeles)

TH-AG2: Agriculture 2: Technology Adoption in Agriculture

Room: track1
Chair: Darelle Van Greunen (Nelson Mandela University, Ireland)
15:00 Lessons learnt from deploying an IoT sensing system for e-Agriculture in South Africa
Yemisi Oyedele and Phumla Dlamini (Nelson Mandela University, South Africa); Darelle Van Greunen (Nelson Mandela University, Ireland); Tinashe R Chizema (Centre for Community Technologies & Tinashe Chizema, South Africa)
pp. 208-212
15:20 Towards Building a Data-Driven Framework for Climate Neutral Smart Dairy Farming Practices
Mohit Taneja (Walton Institute of Information and Communication Systems Science & Telecommunications Software and Systems Group, Ireland); Nikita Jalodia (Waterford Institute of Technology & Walton Institute for Information and Communication Systems Science, Ireland); Behnam Dezfouli (Santa Clara University, USA)
pp. 213-218
15:40 Innovating Solar Charging Kiosks for Shambatek's Agricultural Business in Kenya
Dane Nicklaus (Penn State University, USA); John Gershenson (The Pennsylvania State University, USA)
pp. 219-224
16:00 GrapeSense: A Grape Aging Classifier Using Residual Transfer Learning On Drone Images
Maanit Sharma (St. Ignatius College Preparatory, USA); Navid Shaghaghi (Santa Clara University, USA)
pp. 225-228

TH-DM3: Distaster Mitigation 3: Aerial Monitoring System for disaster response and recovery

Room: track2
Chair: Adil Usman (University of California Santa Cruz, USA)
15:00 UAV 3D-Draping System for Sharing Situational Awareness from Aerial Imagery Data
Toru Yamanouchi (LLC. Spatial Architects, Japan); Go Urakawa (University of Hyogo, Japan); Shigeru Kashihara (Osaka Institute of Technology, Japan)
pp. 229-232
15:20 Calling Ground Support: Cooperative DTNs for Improved Aerial Monitoring Systems
Julian Zobel and Tobias Meuser (Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany); Ralf Steinmetz (Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany)
pp. 233-240

TH-ED2: Education 2: Professional Preparation of Social Entrepreneurs

Room: track3
Chair: Pritpal Singh (Villanova University, USA)
15:00 Academic Social Entrepreneurship in Higher Education and its Impact on Students Entering the Workforce
Erica Blaze, Nicole Cingolani, Adira Nair and Nicholas Vescera (Penn State University, USA); John Gershenson (The Pennsylvania State University, USA)
pp. 241-246
15:20 Recent Advances in Socially Relevant Computing: Status and Perspectives
Acklyn Murray and Danda B. Rawat (Howard University, USA)
pp. 247-252
15:40 Humanitarian Technologists as Prototypical V-Shaped Professionals
Daniel B Oerther (Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA)
pp. 253-257
16:00 Attributes Based Ranking and Selection of Vending Carts using Fuzzy TOPSIS
Suraj Bhat (Indian Institute of Technology, India); Subir Saha (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India); Vinay Gupta (IEC College of Engineering, India)
pp. 258-264

Thursday, October 21 16:30 - 17:00 (America/Los_Angeles)

TH-NS: Networking Session: Agriculture, Healthcare, Education, Connectivity, Energy, Water

Room: Plenary

Friday, October 22

Friday, October 22 9:00 - 9:40 (America/Los_Angeles)

FR-P1: Plenary Presentation: Hearing Aids and Internet-of-Things Ecosystem

Dr. Octav Chipara, The University of Iowa
Room: Plenary

Over the last decade, researchers have successfully improved the performance of hearing aids by leveraging the increasing capabilities of hardware platforms, which enabled sophisticated signal processing algorithms. In contrast, I expect that further improvements will not be driven primarily by better hardware but rather by the integration of hearing aids into the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. The IoT ecosystem is composed of resource-constrained devices such as phones, smart glasses, or Internet-enabled doorbells. As an example of this trend, I present two benefits of integrating smartphones and hearing aids. First, I will discuss how smartphones helped improve our understanding of the performance of hearing aids in the real world. Next, I will explain how smartphones can help better personalize hearing aids to meet a user's individual hearing needs. Finally, I will conclude with a vision of hearing aids in which they are tightly integrated into the IoT ecosystem.

Friday, October 22 9:45 - 10:30 (America/Los_Angeles)

FR-P2: Plenary Presentation: Innovations and challenges in developing Medical Devices

Dr. Farid Farahmand, Sonoma State University
Room: Plenary

In this brief talk we explore the building blocks and applications of the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT). We talk about technical challenges of developing IoMT and its tremendous value for patient care. We also briefly examine the logistical hurdle in developing novel medical devices, including navigating FDA regulations.

Friday, October 22 10:30 - 10:40 (America/Los_Angeles)

FR-B2: Break

Room: Plenary

Friday, October 22 10:40 - 12:00 (America/Los_Angeles)

FR-AG3: Agriculture 3: Technology Adoption in Agriculture

Room: track1
Chair: Paul M Cunningham (IIMC / mHealth4Afrika / IST-Africa Institute, Ireland)
10:40 Offloading an Energy Efficient IoT Solution to the Edge: A practical Solution for Developing Countries
Gibson Kimutai (University of Rwanda & Moi University, Rwanda); Alexander Ngenzi (Jain University, Rwanda); Said Ngoga (University of Rwanda, Rwanda); Anna Förster (ComNets, University of Bremen, Germany)
pp. 265-272
11:00 Optimization of Generational Grain Spawn and Mushroom Production In Tropical Environments
Asgar Ali, David Tauman, Belle Sullivan and Khanjan Mehta (Lehigh University, USA)
pp. 273-280
11:20 Data to Donations: Towards In-Kind Food Donation Prediction across Two Coasts
Esha Sharma (North Carolina State University, USA); Lauren Davis (North Carolina A&T State University, USA); Julie Ivy and Min Chi (North Carolina State University, USA)
pp. 281-288
11:40 Ground Clutter Mitigation and Insect Signature Detection for Polarimetric C-Band Doppler Weather Radar
Maniraguha Fidele (African Center of Excellence in IoT, University of Rwanda, Rwanda & Rwanda Meteorology Agency, Rwanda); Anthony Vodacek (Rochester Institute of Technology, USA); Emmanuel Ndashimye (Carnegie Mellon University Africa & University of Rwanda, Rwanda); Gerard Rushingabigwi (African Center of Excellence in IoT, University of Rwanda, Rwanda)
pp. 289-296

FR-CM: Communications based Applications and Issues

Room: track2
Chair: Yuhong Liu (Santa Clara University, USA)
10:40 Escaping the Dead Zone: a Bottleneck in Humanitarian Ionospheric Radio Communications
Ben A. Witvliet (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
pp. 297-303
11:00 coreemu-lab: An Automated Network Emulation and Evaluation Environment
Lars Baumgärtner (Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany); Tobias Meuser (Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany); Bastian Bloessl (TU Darmstadt, Germany)
pp. 304-311
11:20 Is Social Diversity Related to Misinformation Resistance? An Empirical Study on Social Communities
I Chang, Orion Sun, Jasper Ahn and Yuhong Liu (Santa Clara University, USA)
pp. 312-318
11:40 Model for Humanitarian-Centered Technology for Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises (MSME), United Nations SDGs 8 & 10
LaVonne Reimer (Descant Labs, USA)

FR-EN3: Energy 3: Human-Centered Design of Energy Applications

Room: track3
Chair: Henry Louie (Seattle University, USA)
10:40 Kashmiri Hamam: An Exploration of Technical Design Within Traditional Architecture and Culture
Sabahat Sakinah and Mahshida Hamid (Islamic University of Science and Technology, India); Paarth Chopra (University of California- Berkeley, USA); Afshan Anjum Baba (Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir & India, India); Asad H. Sahir (Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, India); Daniel Sweeney (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
pp. 319-326
11:00 A theory of change for cleaner cooking: building a health belief model for service design starting with the slums of Kathmandu
Brita Fladvad Nielsen (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway); Paras Khanal (NTNU, Norway)
pp. 327-330
11:20 Analysis of Agricultural Waste Briquettes as a Sustainable Charcoal Substitute in Kenyan Markets
Xiaochen Yuan (Penn State University, USA); John Gershenson (The Pennsylvania State University, USA)
pp. 331-337
11:40 Micro-controllers, Sunlight, and Educators from Two Continents: The Genesis of Mutually Beneficial Techno-cultural Relations
Geraldine Light (Walden University, USA); Jorge Santiago-Aviles and Aavo I Reinvald (University of Pennsylvania, USA); Meredith J Bolen (Energy Institute High School, USA); Tashweena Heeramun (University of Pennsylvania, USA); Promise O Adebayo-Ige (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA); Erin Brown (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
pp. 338-341

Friday, October 22 12:00 - 13:00 (America/Los_Angeles)

FR-LB: Lunch Break & Networking Session

Room: Plenary

Friday, October 22 13:00 - 14:00 (America/Los_Angeles)

FR-P3: Plenary Panel: Think Global, Act Local: Fostering Engineering Knowledge and Capacity for Impact

Room: Plenary

Moderator: Iana Aranda, Director, Engineering Global Development, ASME and President, Engineering for Change
Panelists:

  • Nishant Agarwal, Founder & CEO, Life and Limb (P) Ltd., (India)
  • Abdul Rashid Mussah, Graduate Assistant at the University of Missouri-Columbia (USA)
  • Valentina Ospira, Architect (Colombia)
  • Brandon Simmons, Graduate Assistant at Villanova University (USA)

Friday, October 22 14:10 - 15:00 (America/Los_Angeles)

FR-P4: Plenary Presentation: Federal Policies, Programs and Funding Opportunities on Humanitarian Engineering

Aline McNaull, Senior Legislative Representative, IEEE-USA
Room: Plenary

The federal government organizes many programs, through the Department of State, USAID and other research agencies, that support humanitarian engineering projects. This talk will provide an overview of these programs and funding opportunities and will offer a brief overview of how IEEE-USA is working with these agencies to ensure that the United States can address humanitarian needs in a manner that is sustainable and technology-based. From ensuring the sustainability of our oceans to collaborating with developing nations on remote sensing and environmental monitoring, IEEE-USA members have been at the forefront of developing technological solutions to global challenges. Ensuring refugees access to electric grids and that they have access to clean water are just some of the many issues that IEEE engineers address through humanitarian programs. Lastly, this talk will provide a summary of how IEEE-USA can be helpful in working with the federal government, Congress and the administration to ensure robust support for the federal programs that support technical work in humanitarian fields.

Friday, October 22 15:10 - 16:20 (America/Los_Angeles)

FR-ED3: Education 3

Room: track1
Chair: Pritpal Singh (Villanova University, USA)
15:10 An English to Punjabi Educational Video Translation Pipeline for Supporting Punjabi Mother-Tongue Education
Navid Shaghaghi, Smita Ghosh and Raghav Kapoor (Santa Clara University, USA)
pp. 342-348
15:30 Automating Translation of Educational Material to Promote Global Education
Devesh Katta, Revanth Thantepudi, Hannah Kareti, Vedya Konda, Mahalakshmi Nagulapati, Maria Joseph Israel and Navid Shaghaghi (Santa Clara University, USA)
15:50 Investigating the Economic Feasibility of Community-Scale Plastic Recycling Facilities
Susan H Cheng, Laura E. Marsiglio, Kelly M Mulvaney, Brian C Slocum, Donald Morris, Ganesh Balasubramanian and Khanjan Mehta (Lehigh University, USA)
pp. 349-355

FR-EN4: Energy 4: Energy Conversion and Storage for Humanitarian Applications

Room: track3
Chair: Henry Louie (Seattle University, USA)
15:10 Fuzzy Logic Based MPT Algorithm for Reconfigurable Photovoltaics
Rakeshkumar Mahto, Nate Ruppert, Aaron Nguyen and Gaurav Kalotra (California State University, Fullerton, USA)
pp. 356-359
15:30 A Prototype Small Utility-Scale Joint Vertical Axis Wind Turbine and Solar Energy System (VAWT/SES) to Provide Water Pumping in Remote Areas of Uganda
Jacquelynne Hernandez (Energy Storage Technologies, USA); Samuel J Roberts-Baca (University of Denver & Sandia National Laboratories, USA); Gabriel Gurule (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
pp. 360-367
15:50 Design and ideation workshop for ejector-based refrigeration system with disaster relief applications
Kartik V Bulusu (The George Washington University, USA)
pp. 368-370

FR-WS: Water and Sanitation Applications and Issues

Room: track2
Chair: Yuhong Liu (Santa Clara University, USA)
15:10 Guidelines for the design of digital knowledge: Empowering Bangladeshi communities to improve their water safety
Nayantara Thomas (TU Delft, The Netherlands); Annemarie Mink (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands); Abhigyan Singh (TU Delft, The Netherlands); Bilqis Amin Hoque (EPRC, The Netherlands); Doris Van Halem (TU Delft, The Netherlands); Jan-Carel Diehl (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
pp. 371-378
15:30 Mobile Application to Distribute Water Quality and Weather Information in Rural Nicaragua
Angela Musurlian, Allan Morales, Rachael Freitag, Alexa Grau, Justin Ling, Sarah Ortiz-Jones and Greta Seitz (Santa Clara University, USA)
pp. 379-383
15:50 Design and development of Air to Water Generator for the Village in Kerala, India
Harish P, Sayee R, Pranesh S and Sumedh Degaonkar (Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India); Sara Kaya and Omar Kiwan (Saxion University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands); Renjith Mohan and Sowndaram C S (Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India)
pp. 384-391

Friday, October 22 16:30 - 17:00 (America/Los_Angeles)

FR-CL: Closing Session and Best Papers Awards

Room: Plenary

Closing remarks; Best Paper Award; Poster Competition winners announced. GHTC 2022 Introduction.