IMPORTANT DATES

November 18, 2022: Panel Session and Workshop/Tutorial Proposals due
December 16, 2022: Poster Abstracts and Full Draft Papers (short length and regular length) due
March 3, 2023: Acceptance/rejection notice of Papers and Posters
April 17, 2023: Final “Camera-Ready” Papers and Poster Abstracts due

ETHICS-2023 Call for Papers: Ethics in the Global Innovation Helix

18-20 May 2023

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

IEEE ETHICS-2023 will draw together the global community of technology and ethics practitioners and theoreticians from industry, academia, government, and civil society. Issues will be explored from industry, scientific and societal perspectives, in a global and multicultural manner. ETHICS-2023 is a conference of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) (series originally launched in 2014). ETHICS-2023 is co-sponsored and hosted by the National Institute for Engineering Ethics in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University, a leading land grant university with top-ranked engineering, technology, and computing programs, and an expansive portfolio of sponsored research and engagements in the ethics and policy realms.

The triple helix model of innovation was introduced in the 1990s, developed to theorize and understand interactions between academia, industry, and government. Since then, scholars have expanded it to include additional strands or sectors, including society or the public (quadruple helix) and the natural environment (quintuple helix). The conference theme, “Ethics in the Global Innovation Helix,” underscores questions about the role and place of ethics and related concerns (e.g., social responsibility, social justice, regulatory compliance, etc.) in interactions between these strands, especially in ongoing processes of technology innovation, diffusion, evolution, and maintenance.

ETHICS-2023 Conference Topics include:

  • Global Innovation Helix and UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Innovation and Engineering Ethics Education
  • The Climate Change Innovation Helix
  • Role of Professional Engineering Societies in Ethics Innovations
  • Corporate/Industry Perspectives on Ethics, Compliance, and Innovation
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Innovation Helix
  • Technology Innovation and Justice
  • Ethics in a Quintuple Helix Model of Knowledge
  • Innovation for Digital Responsibility
  • Use and (misuse) of Ethics Expertise in AI Innovation
  • The Future of Socially Responsible Innovation
  • Other topics with significant relevance to engineering ethics or ethical issues in technology

Submissions
The ETHICS-2023 Program Committee welcomes original work not previously or not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. Individual submissions may include abstracts (to be presented as posters), short papers (3-5 pages), and regular papers (6-10 pages). We also welcome proposals for workshops (including workshops for professional development credits) and pre-organized panel sessions. All papers and abstracts will be peer-reviewed and, if accepted, published in the conference proceedings in IEEE Xplore; selected authors may be invited to expand their papers for publication in a special section of a journal. Awards will be presented for “Best Paper” and “Best Workshop.” Papers, poster abstracts, workshop proposals, and panel proposals must be submitted through EasyChair by the deadlines indicated below.

Deadlines
November 18, 2022: Panel Session and Workshop/Tutorial Proposals due
December 16, 2022: Poster Abstracts and Full Draft Papers (short length and regular length) due.
March 3, 2023: Acceptance/rejection notice of Papers and Posters
April 17, 2023: Final “Camera-Ready” Papers and Poster Abstracts due

 Detailed Submission Guidelines

Papers, poster abstracts, workshop/tutorial proposals, and panel proposals must be submitted in PDF format through the ETHICS-2023 EasyChair portal.  Please note: If you have not used EasyChair before, you will need to create an account with EasyChair before submitting your abstract, paper or proposal. To create an account, click on the “Create an account” link on the conference login page and then follow instructions. You’ll then receive further instructions by email.

Panel Session, Workshop, and Tutorial Proposals

To propose a panel session, workshop, or tutorial, submit a PDF of no more than 2 pages that outlines a clear topic, set of objectives, and format (including anticipated duration of 90 minutes or 3 hours), and explain how the session aligns with the conference theme or subthemes. Provide a list of confirmed presenters/moderators/facilitators and explain your intended plan for securing any proposed additional presenters.

  • Panel Sessions address broad topics of relevance to the conference. They typically last 90 minutes and involve either (1) a combination of presentations, which can take a variety of formats, such as traditional full-papers, shorter-form position statements and responses, round-table discussions, etc., or (2) audience dialogue, which could include a Q&A discussion. Organizers are responsible for confirming a moderator and at least three panelists by the conference early registration deadline, and all moderators/panelists must register for the conference.
  • Workshops are interactive sessions that focus on a narrowly defined topic. They typically last 90 minutes or 3 hours and involve a combination of presentations, dialogue between facilitators and participants, and activities that allow participants to try out or implement new ideas. Workshop facilitators must register for the conference by the early registration deadline.
  • Tutorials are didactic sessions that deliver a focused lesson on a topic relevant to the conference theme and they typically last 90 minutes or 3 hours. A facilitator/teacher typically presents material to audience members who are interested in the topic but not yet subject-matter experts. Tutorials may be offered for Professional Development Hours. Tutorial facilitators must register for the conference by the early registration deadline.

Regular Papers

These contributions are between 6-10 pages including references and will receive full peer-review for consideration for presentation in a paper session and publication in the ETHICS-2023 Conference Proceedings (published through IEEE Xplore). Full-length papers are expected to present original, cutting-edge research; they should contain detailed and explicit methodology and/or theoretical underpinnings  and a comprehensive literature review, and they must clearly explain the work’s novelty and contribution to its respective field. Full-length papers must be formatted in accordance with the IEEE conference template. If a paper is accepted, at least one author must register for the conference; if more than one author presents a paper, all of the presenters must be registered. Authors of selected regular papers may be invited to revise and expand their work for publication in a special issue of a journal.

Short Papers

These contributions are between 3-5 pages including references and will receive full peer-review for consideration for presentation in a paper session and publication in the ETHICS-2023 Conference Proceedings (published through IEEE Xplore). Short papers may present preliminary findings from work in progress, industry/practitioner/creative perspectives on issues relevant to the conference theme or subtheme, or relevant student research projects. They should present and discuss a clear and focused central idea, incorporate discussion of relevant research/contexts, and provide references as appropriate. Short papers must be formatted in accordance with the IEEE conference template. If a paper is accepted, at least one author must register for the conference; if more than one author presents a paper, all of the presenters must be registered.

Abstracts

These contributions should be no longer than one page and will receive desk review by the Program Co-Chairs for consideration for presentation in a poster session and publication of the abstract in the ETHICS-2023 Conference Proceedings (published through IEEE Xplore). Abstracts should provide a summary outlining the proposed poster presentation’s topic, purpose, argument, and alignment with the conference theme or subtheme, and provide references as appropriate. Abstracts must be formatted in accordance with theIEEE conference template. If an abstract is accepted, at least one author must register for the conference; if more than one author presents a poster, all of the presenters must be registered.

Please note that multiple submissions of papers and poster abstracts by the same author will normally be limited to no more than three items (e.g., two papers, one poster abstract). If you would like to submit more papers or abstracts, please provide a rationale and request permission from the Program Co-chairs prior to submission

Paper Evaluation and Publication

All ETHICS-2023 submissions will be evaluated according to:

  • Relevance (consider ethical issues, address conference theme or subtheme)
  • Quality (e.g., well argued, methodological basis, evidence-based, grounded in theory)
  • Significance/Originality
  • Balance, Structure, and Clarity
  • Importance of Findings and Conclusions (for work in progress short papers, findings may be preliminary)

All accepted and presented regular papers, short papers, and poster abstracts will be published in the ETHICS-2023 Conference Proceedings published through IEEE Xplore. If this is your first time publishing with IEEE, you might appreciate visiting the IEEE Author Center. Additional author/presenter tips are available here.

Best Paper and Best Workshop Awards
The conference Best Paper Award will be determined by a subcommittee of conference organizers appointed by the Program Co-Chairs. Nominees for Best Paper will be selected by the Program Co-Chairs based upon the assessments of peer reviewers.  The Best Workshop Award will be determined by evaluations submitted by attendees.

More Information
ETHICS-2023 Program Co-Chairs:

Joe Herkert (jherkert@ncsu.edu)

Justin Hess (jhess@purdue.edu)