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1st March 2023: 21st March 2023 (Extended):

Paper submissions

1st May 2023:

Notification of acceptance

9th June 2023:

Submission of final version

30th June 2023:

Early bird registration

ISTAS23 Call for Papers

ISTAS23 Call for Papers: Technology and Analytics for Global Development

The IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) is the flagship conference of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT). ISTAS is a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary forum for engineers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, philosophers, researchers, social scientists, and technologists to collaborate, exchange experiences, and discuss the social implications of technology.

IEEE ISTAS 2023 invites submission of full papers and short papers by 1st March 2023 21st March 2023 (Extended) that are aligned with SSIT’s technical areas and provide insight into the Role of Technology and Analytics for Global Development supporting achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another conference or journal. Each presenter will present one paper in the Programme. Click here to view Author Guidelines and links to paper template.

Papers accepted following the quality check, which are presented in the conference session by an original author/co-author taking live questions will be submitted as part of the Conference Proceedings for potential publication in IEEE Xplore.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

Track 1: Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Technology 

  • Initiatives focusing on the promotion of the UN-SDGs to diverse groups in society
  • Applications of technology (e.g., AI, metaverse) and analytics (e.g., big data, social media) for sustainable development
  • Addressing the unintended consequences (e.g., exclusion, discrimination) of technologyand analytics in developed countries
  • Emerging technologies and analytics for resilient supply chains (e.g., agrifood, humanitarian)
  • Digital transformation of public (e.g., e-government, digital government) and not-for-profit organisations
  • Case studies that apply technologies and analytics in a development context
  • Digital platforms and social media for sustainable societies
  • The role of  technology and analytics for sustainable tourism and hospitality services
  • Smart technologies and sports analytics to ensure healthy lives and well-being. 


Track 2: Universal Access (Fintech, Education, Health)  

  • Open banking and financial inclusion
  • FinTech platforms for economic development
  • Digital payments, ecosystems, and apps
  • Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology
  • The role of AI, machine learning, and big data in sustainable finance and fintech sector
  • Developing skills and talent in sustainable finance and fintech sectors
  • Neobanks, and Islamic banking for sustainable development
  • Innovative learning environments (e.g., extended reality – XR)
  • Ethical implications, unintended consequences of immersive technologies
  • Opportunities and challenges  of digitizing education
  • Equality, diversity, and inclusion in technology-enabled education
  • AI-enabled learning systems (e.g., adaptive learning systems, recommender systems)
  • Implications of educational technologies
  • Smart technologies (e.g., wearable devices, digital platforms) and analytics for healthcare  innovations in developing countries


Track 3: Protecting the Planet (Agritech, sustainable livelihoods) 

  • The use of technologies to support remote monitoring of crops and animals, the monitoring and maintenance of agricultural machinery and systems for the monitoring and optimisation of farm yields
  • New technologies and innovative technology applications within agricultural processes for increased yields, efficiencies, and product quality
  • The use of immersive technologies in the enhancement of training/ education within the Agri-Tech sector
  • Initiatives to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in the field of AgriTech
  • Initiatives to drive best manufacturing practices, such as lean manufacturing & six sigma tools to the installation & service functions across the agri-food sector
  • Successful models of collaboration in the AgriTech space across academia, industry, government and community groups
  • Precision agriculture and remote sensing


Track 4: Societal Impact (IS, ICT4D 3.0, Circular economies) 

  • Technology and analytics for disaster risk reduction and emergency response
  • IS for gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • Digital innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Digital transformation, gig economy, and social innovation
  • Datafication and digitalisation for digital development
  • Green IS and sustainable development
  • Industry 4.0 technologies and circular economies for social and economic development
  • AI and analytics for sustainability
  • ICT4D 3.0 to support smart cities, urbanisation, and sustainable livelihoods
  • Applications of IS and analytics to address grand societal challenges
  • IS and ICT4D 3.0 adoption studies in developing countries
  • Challenges for the circular economy in developed and developing countries
  • Applications of circular economy frameworks and best practices
  • Circular economy business models for remanufacturing, refurbishing products
  • Sustainability and 4th Industrial Revolution
  • The role of Industry 4.0 for sustainable livelihoods and agri-food supply chains
  • The impact of technology e-waste on developing countries


Track 5: Ethics and Human values 

  • Big data and AI governance structures and governance models for global development
  • Technology, analytics, and the future of law
  • AI and analytics in legislation, in legal practice and in the courtroom
  • Analytics, privacy, and self-determination
  • Technological vs/and legal normativity
  • Responsible innovation and the future of analytics
  • Papers on Bruno Latour scholarship.
  • Institutional frameworks and international cooperation for sustainable development


Track 6: Public Interest Technology for Innovation in Global Development (Co-Located Virtual Workshop)

  • (Co-)creation of knowledge and open information infrastructures / projects / services
  • Global development projects with an emphasis on public interest technology frameworks, models, approaches
  • Innovation ecosystems, and product innovations for inclusion
  • Technology, responsible innovation, and global development
  • Socio-technical systems and approaches (specific to technology and analytics)
  • Local, regional, national, international, and grand societal challenges in the context of socio-technical systems
  • Multi-stakeholder perspectives in relation to technology design and development
  • Human-centred, participatory, co-design, by design and values-based approaches and projects
  • Case studies of global technology and development deployments
  • Process interventions for innovation in global development
  • Research-teaching nexus in supporting cross-institutional and cross-sectoral
  • partnerships toward open, transdisciplinary models, projects, and programs


Track 7: Smart Technologies for Defence, Security and Stability 

  • Smart technologies (AI, blockchain, IoT) and analytics for defence and security
  • Smart technologies and analytics  to improve security and social stability
  • AI and big data applications in counter-terrorism, pre and post attacks
  • Application of big data analytics against risk index in defence
  • The role of smart technologies and analytics in cyber security and cyber warfare
  • The role of AI role in counter-espionage, mobile phone security and data tracking
  • AI and threat modelling in defence and social stability
  • AI distributed design and implementation for security and defence
  • AI human-centred design for defence
  • Adoption and implementation of smart technologies by armed forces
  • Digital transformation and inter-organisation data sharing in defence
  • The role of social media intelligence and analysis in defence


Track 8: Intelligent Systems and Supply Chains for Sustainable Development 

  • Enablers, barriers, and resources required to successfully apply cutting-edge technologies (e.g., AI, big data analytics)
  • Supply chain optimisation in the context of industry 4.0
  • Improved decision-making through the application of big data technologies
  • Supply chain transparency improvement by applying blockchain and IoTs
  • Supply chain resilience enhancement with industry 4.0 technologies
  • Case studies that apply emerging technologies across different stages of a supply chain
  • Supply chain risk management with different digital technologies
  • Supply chain efficiency improvement with autonomous robotics
  • Technologies (e.g., AI, big data analytics) for resilient emergency response supply chains
  • Intelligent and safe transportation
  • Smart cities and smart grid
  • Renewable energies
  • Expert systems for healthcare data
  • Green scheduling problems
  • Opinion Evolution


Track 9: Indigenous Knowledge and Technology for Sustainable Development

  • Indigenous knowledge and technological solutions for climate action, energy security, and water management
  • Integration of indigenous knowledge in the design, development, and implementation of technology.
  • Indigenous knowledge and technological solutions for gender equality and women empowerment.
  • Indigenous ecosystems for sustainable tourism and other economic development opportunities.
  • Preserving and disseminating indigenous knowledge beyond the SDGs.
  • Fostering collaborations between local communities and international actors (e.g., funding agencies., researchers, policy makers)