Program for 2022 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)
Thursday, September 8
Thursday, September 8 12:30 - 15:30 (America/Los_Angeles)
This session will focus on topics around the applications of machine learning in the social good domains. We will discuss a framework centered around identifying the important societal challenges where problems can be defined for ML capabilities. We then describe the process to develop machine learning models and deploy them in the real world. We will also include case studies of ML driven systems actively being used in real-world scenarios.
In this workshop, you learn how to use low-cost and energy efficient IoT devices for sensing and communication purposes. You will be building sample applications to collect environmental information and transmit them wireless. This three-hour hands-on IoT and sensor workshop will feature the ultra-low power PSoC™ 6(Programmable System on Chip) and ModusToolbox™ software. The workshop will consist of an overview of Infineon's technology portfolio and continue with hands-on exercises programming the PSoC™ 6 to interface with various sensors and Bluetooth® via your mobile device.
Consultants Network of Silicon Valley (CNSV) is a network that promotes the skills of its consultants, fosters collaboration among its members, creates alliances with other IEEE chapters, and provides educational opportunities in Silicon Valley. With a membership of nearly 200 consulting engineers, IEEE-CNSV is a premier source of high-tech consulting talent. This session will discuss how CNSV can work with the GHTC community. For example, initiatives by people and organizations in the GHTC community may find help from technology experts within CNSV. Also, people in the GHTC community may speak at CNSV meetings to expand awareness of their work.
Thursday, September 8 15:00 - 16:00 (America/Los_Angeles)
Thursday, September 8 16:00 - 18:00 (America/Los_Angeles)
Thursday, September 8 18:00 - 21:00 (America/Los_Angeles)
Facilitators for this session include: Erin Shelby, Shelby HR Solutions, and Claire Wemp, Ph.D., Thermal Applications Engineer, DuPont
Separate registration required
Gender equality is one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals on which GHTC is focused. Additionally, the technology industry is increasingly aware of the need to include a variety of backgrounds and capabilities in the workforce. This session will be an open discussion on challenges and opportunities facing young engineers, women in engineering, and minorities in academia and industry. Topics to be covered include opportunities for networking, mentoring, and finding role models.
Friday, September 9
Friday, September 9 8:45 - 9:00 (America/Los_Angeles)
Friday, September 9 9:00 - 9:30 (America/Los_Angeles)
Over the last decade the work of my lab has primarily focused on developing novel connectivity solutions, both cellular voice and SMS and Internet, and partnering to deploy them with underserved people throughout the world in hard rural (including Papua, Indonesia; Aurora, Philippines; Northwest Territories, Canada; Oaxaca, Mexico; and many others) and dense urban contexts (primarily our ongoing Seattle Community Network project). In this talk I reflect on lessons learned; specifically the "myth of the unconnected", differences between rural and urban networks, thoughts deployments, and others. I end with a focus on our exciting current efforts in Seattle and future opportunities for engineering-focused work in connectivity.
Friday, September 9 9:35 - 10:05 (America/Los_Angeles)
Why and how can we as leaders in industry and academia better ‘connect the dots' between innovation and improved societal outcomes? Students of engineering and technology disciplines often express their reason for choosing their field of study and careers is because of their interest and motivation to design the improvements in the world in which we all live and work. Statistics show that many who chose to leave the field did not feel fulfilled in this vision. Yet, most major improvements in our world over the last twenty plus years were conceived of and driven by innovations in engineering, technology and science. Many companies design "tech for good" initiatives to demonstrate core values, retain and motivate talent, partnerships, and systems thinking. With an eye towards creating positive impact and to better prepare for disruptions through the pace of digital transformation, examples of designing and implementing best practices for tech for good programs are shared. And, hear more about how the critical role of at least one explosive area-the role of data-will drive significant advancement in building a more sustainable and equitable world.
Friday, September 9 10:10 - 10:40 (America/Los_Angeles)
P1: Plenary: Advancing Frontiers of Sustainable Innovations through a Global Network of Technologists
This talk will focus on how emerging technologies offer a transformative opportunity to address pressing global sustainable development challenges. We will discuss real-world examples of sustainable technologies that are relevant to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. We will explore how IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (IEEE HAC) offers high-impact engagement opportunities for IEEE members to advance technologies for the benefit of marginalized communities globally.
Friday, September 9 10:40 - 11:00 (America/Los_Angeles)
Friday, September 9 11:00 - 12:00 (America/Los_Angeles)
Friday, September 9 12:00 - 13:00 (America/Los_Angeles)
Friday, September 9 13:00 - 13:50 (America/Los_Angeles)
David Parent (Professor of Electrical Engineering, SJSU)
C. Wang (Director, DigiKey Academic Program)
This panel will bring together industry and academic experts to discuss "quality education: a post-pandemic view." Panelists will describe how they were able to carry on teaching during the pandemic and what lessons and methods they learned that they will continue using going forward.
Friday, September 9 13:50 - 14:00 (America/Los_Angeles)
Friday, September 9 14:00 - 14:30 (America/Los_Angeles)
P2: Plenary: One Week Wonder - Emergency PPE Delivery via A Global Humanitarian Collaboration of Makers
When the state of California shut down all but essential services on March 19, 2020, Maker Nexus was not quite a year in business as a non profit organization offering a community makerspace. Based at the time on a membership use model, 100% in person, Maker Nexus suddenly faced an existential crisis. One week later, Maker Nexus was delivering hospital approved, sterilizable and reusable face shields, as well as other PPE at no charge directly to grateful, exhausted, medical professionals. A prototype was developed in less than 24 hours based on a global open source collaboration. During the next 48 hours, Maker Nexus delivered prototypes to local hospitals, allowing us to iterate and refine the design. Hospital approval achieved, a committed group of staff, members and volunteers swung into action to deliver. Over the next few weeks the delivery network spread out across the country and even outside the US borders. In the end, Maker Nexus and its team of volunteers directly manufactured and delivered over 85,000 reusable face shields at no charge to medical professionals throughout the UNited States. Maker Nexus' design and shared resources, including staff and members, combined with other local manufacturing companies as they were able to come up to speed to deliver over 300,000 additional face shields at no charge before the need could be met by traditional manufacturing. Having experienced the power of the open source, nonprofit maker space model in rapid response to a global emergency, Maker Nexus can share an entirely different perspective on the value of the maker movement community and local makerspaces to responses to global humanitarian crises.
Friday, September 9 14:35 - 15:05 (America/Los_Angeles)
MOVE Community Outreach, an IEEE-USA Initiative, is an emergency relief program committed to assisting victims of natural disasters with short-term communications, computer, and power solutions. These temporary emergency relief provisions help those affected stay connected and make sure they can access the help they need. Services include phone charging, internet & communications support, and lighting to disaster victims.
Friday, September 9 15:05 - 15:20 (America/Los_Angeles)
Friday, September 9 15:20 - 17:30 (America/Los_Angeles)
- 15:20 Multiple disciplinary research collaboration in an academic environment: the university as a driver for frugal innovation
- 15:45 Detecting the destruction of populated sites in northeastern Nigeria from Sentinel-2 satellite imagery by EfficientNet
- 16:10 Comparing the robustness of U-Net, LinkNet, and FPN towards label noise for refugee dwelling extraction from satellite imagery
- 16:35 Determining which Carbon Capture Method and Application are Most Beneficial for Social Entrepreneurs in Kenya
- 17:00 Motorcycle and Vehicle Detection for Applications in Road Safety and Traffic Monitoring Systems
Friday, September 9 15:20 - 17:00 (America/Los_Angeles)
- 15:20 Social Media Data-Driven Sentiment Analysis for COVID-19 and COVID-19 Vaccines
- 15:45 Deep Learning-Based Path Loss Prediction Model for 5G mmWave
- 16:10 Massive RF Simulation Applied to School Connectivity in Malawi
- 16:35 RuralSync: Providing Digital Content to Remote Communities in the Philippines through Opportunistic Spectrum Access
Friday, September 9 15:20 - 17:30 (America/Los_Angeles)
- 15:20 A Smart Prevention Management in Gestational Diabetes Mellitus
- 15:45 Towards Generating Contextual and Empathetic Response for Covid-related Queries
- 16:10 A Comparative Analysis Of Regression Algorithms With Genetic Algorithm In The Prediction Of Breast Cancer Tumors
- 16:35 quEASY: A tilting interface to alleviate vehicle-induced motion sickness in passengers
- 17:00 Finite State Automata for Real-Time Health Electronic Record Update: A survey
Friday, September 9 15:20 - 17:00 (America/Los_Angeles)
- 15:20 Market demand analysis and validation of Ace Aquatec Seal Detection system for protecting salmonids from predation in fish farms
- 15:45 Mitigation Intermediary Transactions within Kenya's Agricultural Supply Chain
- 16:10 Peanut maturity classification by features extracted from selected hyperspectral components
- 16:35 Design and Testing of a Low-Cost Wheel-Driven Crop Sprayer
- 15:20 IEEE Smart Village Testbed Micro-grids and Sensors
- 15:45 Accelerating Mini-grid Feasibility Assessments with Rapid Engineering and Business Model Evaluation
- 16:10 The repurposing of nickel metal hydride hybrid electric vehicle batteries for solar energy storage applications in rural Pacific Island communities
- 16:35 SEMFI: A Software-Based and Real-Time Energy Monitoring Platform for WiFi IoT Devices
Friday, September 9 15:30 - 17:00 (America/Los_Angeles)
Friday, September 9 17:00 - 18:00 (America/Los_Angeles)
Friday, September 9 18:00 - 21:00 (America/Los_Angeles)
Timothy Lee, Director, IEEE Region 6
Dustin Li, Special Programs Director, Information Technology Disaster Resource Center
Kevin Cox, CEO & Founder, Hope Crisis Response Network - Disaster Resource Village
Dave H. Crocker, Volunteer, Silicon Valley Chapter, Information & Planning Coordinator, American Red Cross, principal with Brandenburg InternetWorking, and Senior Member of IEEE
In conjunction with the presence of the MOVE Community Outreach truck at the conference, this is a panel discussion among representatives from organizations involved with emergency response and disaster recovery. Besides providing onsite services for disaster recovery, MOVE also offers educational outreach regarding Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The focus will be on communications, computing, and power during disaster response, but may expand from there. After a brief description of the MOVE truck, the emphasis will be on stories about what works and lessons learned.
Saturday, September 10
Saturday, September 10 9:00 - 9:30 (America/Los_Angeles)
Care shows up in many ways and forms in technology research, design, and practice, and increasingly so. Touching upon some of these wide-ranging manifestations of care in technological interactions, this talk will consider also what futures of care work might look like. It will conclude with some lessons for futures of work more broadly, and how we might infuse these with care.
Saturday, September 10 9:35 - 10:05 (America/Los_Angeles)
Humanity is exposed with decades of unresponsible behaviour, resulting in dramatic need for decarbonization and preventing climate change. Consumption of fossil- and other carbon-based fuels and generation of electricity from unsustainable energy sources propagates in every facet of our life. In IT, we are uniquely positioned to measure sustainability of our solutions and cradle-to-cradle, from production to disposal, of equipment and service usage. By making IT sustainable, we can expand it to the rest of enterprises and eventually all vertical markets and to our daily life. In this talk, I will showcase how we at Hewlett Packard Labs develop IT Technologies for Sustainability, contributing to humanity and planet earth. I will discuss megatrends and present some solutions.
Saturday, September 10 10:10 - 10:40 (America/Los_Angeles)
P4: Plenary: Revolutionizing the Retail Informal Sector in Africa: Use Case of the Smart Kibanda Project
A Kibanda is an open-fronted cubicle structure used for informal business. About 80% of retails in Kenya operates a kibanda: meaning for every 100m distance, there is a high probability of having at least one Kibanda. It is estimated that the retail informal sector contributes about 55% of GDP in the sub - Saharan Africa. The kibanda owners live near their business location because they have to move business commodities to and from their residences to business locations. The profit margins are small and highly variable. Kibandas do not support a 24 hour business environment. A Smart Kibanda is a project that aims to solve the major problems in traditional retail outlets in an affordable, secure, convenient, employing great aesthetics, and provision of renewable energy and storage units. The smart kibanda project is fully funded by IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) / Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC). Four fully functional units have been designed, developed, and deployed in Eldoret, Kenya as pilots. The presentation highlights lessons learnt, challenges encountered, principles in local problem solving using technologies, accomplishments, engineering design principles, recommendations, replicability, and the importance of working with the community to facilitate user-centered design for sustainability and scalability purposes.
Saturday, September 10 10:40 - 11:00 (America/Los_Angeles)
Saturday, September 10 11:00 - 12:00 (America/Los_Angeles)
Saturday, September 10 12:00 - 13:00 (America/Los_Angeles)
Saturday, September 10 13:00 - 13:40 (America/Los_Angeles)
EPICS in IEEE is a committee within the IEEE Educational Activities Board that believes that service-learning can positively impact our students and our communities. We believe in empowering engineers and technical professionals to impact communities, both local and global. In this workshop, the audience will receive a brief introduction to service learning pedagogy, our committee's funding priorities, and the proposal process to receive funds from our committee. We will include a summary of best practices for project proposals as well, to increase the likelihood of selection for funding from our committee. There will be time for questions and answers at the end, or you can review our materials online at www.epics.ieee.org.
Saturday, September 10 13:45 - 14:30 (America/Los_Angeles)
Lisa Armstrong, Associate Dean and Professor, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Yi Fang, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Santa Clara University
Subbu Vincent, Director of Journalism and Media Ethics, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are fundamental to promoting robust journalism that supports a healthy society, by fostering well-researched, complex stories that explore different perspectives and voices. News stories can be audited for how often they are quoting people around a diversity categorization, e.g., gender, race/ethnicity, expertise, etc. DEI audits are high touch and expensive to do manually. Not surprisingly, they are usually done only once a year and retroactively by a few well funded, large news organizations. But for everyday reporters and editors who are part of large and small newsrooms, there is no "everyday system" to monitor their own quoting patterns and nudge themselves towards DEI norms. To start addressing this gap with human-augmented technology, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and the School of Engineering at SCU joined hands to prototype an on-demand DEI audit toolkit for US newsrooms based on AI and NLP technologies, funded partly by the Google News Initiative and Facebook Research. This panel will discuss the "What, So What, and Now what" of technology solutions for DEI audits from an opportunities and guardrails perspective.
Saturday, September 10 14:35 - 15:05 (America/Los_Angeles)
Ecological footprint is a measure of the use of all forms of nature, including energy, for humans to continue their day-to-day living. Ecological footprint per capita is one of the most widely recognized indicators of environmental sustainability and the world today is concerned about this sustainability. Machine Learning has been significantly applied in the critical areas of ecological sustainability and social innovation. This talk will highlight some of these applications such as to predict and analyze the ecological footprint, optimizing transportation logistics, and waste management. Societies rely heavily on energy as it aids in human sustainability. Carbon footprints make up a large part of the ecological footprint primarily because of energy consumption. Energy consumption and associated CO2 emissions around the world have increased rapidly in the past few decades due to the rising population and living standards. The talk will also focus on how Machine Learning is used in the renewable energy sector, which is critical to sustainable progress. The talk will conclude with some possible future directions.
Saturday, September 10 15:05 - 15:20 (America/Los_Angeles)
Saturday, September 10 15:20 - 17:30 (America/Los_Angeles)
- 15:20 Technology Applications in Teaching at the Right Level Programs
- 15:45 Community Capacity Building: A Renewable Energy Workshop as an Investment in Sustainable Businesses in the Galapagos Islands
- 16:10 Save Tuba: A Gamified App for Children to Explore Environmental Issues and Develop Sustainable Behaviors
- 16:35 Design and Deployment of Content Stacks and Portable Asynchronous Learning Platforms for Socially Distanced Learning in a Pandemic or Post Disaster Situation
- 17:00 Mobile based social networking platform for remote school ecosystem in resource-constrained areas - An Indian case study
- 15:20 The Impact of Social Media Use on Young Adults' Quality of Life During the COVID-19 Pandemic in South India
- 15:45 On-Device Prediction for Chronic Kidney Disease
- 16:10 The Impact of Ebola and COVID on the Provider-Patient Relationship in Sierra Leone's Maternal Health Care System: Cues for Technology Innovation
- 16:35 A Narrative Review of Demand Generation Strategies for Family Planning in Low- and Middle -Income Countries
- 17:00 Gaia VR: A Virtual Reality-based Neuro and Biofeedback Meditation Application
Saturday, September 10 15:20 - 17:00 (America/Los_Angeles)
- 15:20 Micronutrient-Fortified Drinks: Commercial Products and Compelling Opportunities
- 15:45 Empowering Middle-Aged Women to Bolster Food Security in their Communities
- 16:10 Smallholder farmer-centric integration of IoT and Chatbot for early Maize diseases detection and management in pre-visual symptoms phase
- 16:35 UAV-assisted Multi-modal Detection and Severity Assessment for Red Spider Mites in Tea
- 15:20 Promoting Inclusive Work with Digital Assistance Systems: Experiences of Cognitively Disabled Workers with In-Situ Assembly Support
- 15:45 Humanitarian Technology Due Diligence, Part II, United Nations SDGs 5 (gender equity) and 8 and 10 (economic equality)
- 16:10 A sociotechnical analysis of interventions to promote safer working conditions in informal e-waste recycling settings
Saturday, September 10 18:00 - 21:00 (America/Los_Angeles)
Sunday, September 11
Sunday, September 11 9:00 - 9:30 (America/Los_Angeles)
Research has long demonstrated the benefits of diversity for team performance, including startup success. Nevertheless, investors remain less likely to invest in women compared to their male counterparts. This talk will share data-driven research findings that shed light on the nature and extent of gender bias in venture capital allocation. Solutions for lasting change will be discussed.
Sunday, September 11 9:35 - 10:05 (America/Los_Angeles)
Given the time and energy we spend worrying about the Internet‘s flaws, it's easy to forget how the Internet makes our lives better in many ways. This talk will highlight one underappreciated aspect: how the Internet has the capacity to improve the human species by increasing pro-social interactions and reducing anti-social ones. The talk will also show how this scenario probably won't be realized because of misguided regulatory efforts to "fix" the Internet.
Sunday, September 11 10:10 - 10:50 (America/Los_Angeles)
Lia Holland (Campaigns and Communications Director, Fight for the Future)
Mai Ishikawa Sutton (Co-founder and editor of COMPOST, an online magazine about the digital commons, as well as a Digital Commons Fellow with the Commons Network and a contributor to the Internet Archive's work on the decentralized web)
Nathan Schneider (Assistant Professor, Media Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder and Director, Media Enterprise Design Lab)
The internet in the West today is dominated by a handful of companies, including Amazon, Apple, Google, Meta (Facebook), Microsoft, TikTok, and Twitter. Each company sets the terms and conditions for how individuals engage with their platform and can potentially ban them according to those terms, including for their speech. In return for free access to these platforms, individuals provide personal information and effectively lose control over that information. In some countries, governments have pressured tech companies to censor and provide information on individuals and groups that the government disfavors.
Web3 - sometimes called the Distributed Web - potentially represents a fundamental change in this dynamic, especially as regards the question of control. The number "3" implies a specific historical view of how the web evolved, from an initial "open" state in the 1990s and early 2000s (web1) towards ever greater corporate centralization and power, leading to the dominance of a handful of Big Tech corporations today (web2). It posits web3 as the next step in this evolution, towards a more decentralized future, in which our online experience is not shaped (or not only shaped) by these companies.
This panel will examine the positive and negative implications that web3 has for human rights, including access and equity, privacy, social mobilization online, and other issues.
Sunday, September 11 10:50 - 11:00 (America/Los_Angeles)
Sunday, September 11 11:00 - 12:00 (America/Los_Angeles)
- 11:00 LATAM Intelligent Filter for Education (LIFE): A Modular Water Purification and STEM Education Tool
- 11:25 Implementation of the STEAM Method to motivate and inspire primary and secondary school students in Colombia to pursue space science research, NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge (HERC) 2020, 2021, 2022 Project Case Study
Sunday, September 11 12:00 - 13:00 (America/Los_Angeles)
Sunday, September 11 13:00 - 13:50 (America/Los_Angeles)
This session will present various global programs offered by HAC and the best practices for the design and development of the IEEE HAC/SIGHT sustainable development program. The audience will have an opportunity to network and learn about the successfully implemented HAC projects.
Sunday, September 11 14:00 - 14:30 (America/Los_Angeles)
P6: Plenary: Clean energy solutions replacing portable fossil fuel generators: Technology and lessons from Ukraine and Hurricane Ida
This presentation will show the progress of highly mobile alternatives to using portable fossil fuel generators in disaster or humanitarian relief efforts to provide critical power when the grid is down or where it does not exist. First I will examine the use cases and dynamics of where power is commonly needed citing disaster relief and medium term support after Hurricane Ida. We will then examine humanitarian assistance examples in Ukraine supporting both internal and international refugees as well as communications, medical, municipal and relief organizations. From a technology perspective, it will focus on safe and energy dense Lithium Ion batteries, generation options with a focus on lightweight solar, refrigeration, weatherization, power conversion, and ability to scale towards larger longer lasting microgrids. The difference between portability and mobility, Cost models, Speed of deployment, re-use and Logistics lessons will be covered.
Sunday, September 11 14:30 - 14:50 (America/Los_Angeles)
Sunday, September 11 14:50 - 15:10 (America/Los_Angeles)
Sunday, September 11 15:10 - 17:00 (America/Los_Angeles)
- 15:10 Operational Excellence & Responsiveness to Pump Monitoring Through LifePumpLink
- 15:35 A Community Water System Mapping (CWSMap) Platform for Supporting Rural Water Operators
- 16:00 M3MLF: Mapping, Measuring and Monitoring Using the Machine Learning Framework for Dynamic Water Source Classification
- 16:25 Water Access in the Unhoused Setting of Portland, Oregon: Overlooked and Impactful
Sunday, September 11 15:10 - 17:20 (America/Los_Angeles)
- 15:10 Design of an affordable lower limb bionic prosthesis
- 15:35 Detection and Low-Latency Notification of Improper Backpack Posture using Deep Learning
- 16:00 A Wearable Device For Postoperative Breast Cancer Rehabilitation With Machine Learning For Motion Tracking
- 16:25 A Gamified Approach to Cognitive Assessment with Machine Learning Based Predictions
- 16:50 Assisted Mobility: an application to help the blind to use public transport
Sunday, September 11 15:10 - 17:00 (America/Los_Angeles)
- 15:10 Selection of multicriteria decision analysis methods for electrification projects in rural Sub-Sahara Africa - A case study in Niger
- 15:35 Installing Solar for Haitian Civil Society with Emphases on Maintenance and Empowerment
- 16:00 Optimizing Renewable Energy Share in Remote Areas Microgrids and Its Trade-off to Cost
- 16:25 Design of a Dust Cleaning Machine to Reduce Dust Soiling on Solar PV Panels in Ghana
Sunday, September 11 18:00 - 20:00 (America/Los_Angeles)
The IEEE P2851 standard defines a dependability lifecycle of products with focus on interoperable activities related to functional safety and its interactions with reliability, cybersecurity, SOTIF (Safety of the intended functionality) and real time. The standard also describes methods, description languages, data models, and databases that have been identified as necessary or critical, to enable the exchange/interoperability of data across all steps of the lifecycle encompassing activities executed at IP, SoC, system and item levels, in a technology independent way across application domains such as automotive, industrial, medical and avionics safety critical systems. The speaker, who is the chair of the working group on the standard will provide more insights into the topic.
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