[ecoop-info] International Conference. ICT that makes the difference

Guido Van Steendam guido.vansteendam at cs.kuleuven.be
Thu Jul 2 21:46:02 CEST 2009

Announcement *** call for abstracts *** call for posters

ICT that makes the difference
The Future of Ambient Intelligence and ICT for Security

International Conference
Brussels, Belgium, November 22-25, 2009

Industry, R&D, European and national science policy authorities actively
guide the computer and the internet towards new futures. New developments
are expected to contribute to the economy, the goals of the Lisbon Strategy
and the quality of life. ICT is playing an ever increasing role in national
security and in overcoming the vulnerabilities of human life.

Industrial stakeholders and science policy officials have designed scenarios
of future developments in ICT and their potential impact on the organization
of work, government and family life. The ISTAG scenarios (
http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ict/istag/home_en.html) are inspiring the design
and set up of much research and development. Increasingly, the same
developments are also addressed by social scientists and analysts of the
social impact of science, resulting in a renewed attention for  the study of
Ethical, Socio-economic and Legal Aspects (ESLA) of science and technology.

While both groups of initiatives address the same issues, the future role of
ICT in our society, in-depth interaction between the groups is only

The European Commission is encouraging all its ICT projects to pay explicit
attention to the social context and it is inviting more social studies to
focus on ICT-oriented topics. The conference is a first International
Conference of an EU funded initiative aiming at developing a strong and
operational link between both groups of activities.

Similar cross-border structures and discussions have been successfully
established in the last 30 years between the scientific, industrial and
social communities involved in biotechnology and biomedicine. The conference
will pay special attention to lessons learned from this experience.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:


The future of the computer (Ambient Intelligence; Disappearing computer;
Intelligent business environments; Personal Health Systems)


The future of the internet (Internet of things; Brains online; Distributed
decision-making by non-humans; RFID)


The future of the relation between the virtual and the real (ICT-Enhanced
reality; Crime in cyberspace; Robots as experts in law and surgery; Robots
as Personal Humanoid Assistant)


The future of ICT for human security (ICT and national security ; ICT and
the vulnerabilities of human life; Multiple identities; Biometrics)


Ethical, Socio-economic, and Legal Aspects of ICT - ESLA (Privacy; Digital
divide, e-Inclusion, Justice; ICT, the Lisbon Strategy, and social values;
Intellectual property, copyright; SPAM and phishing;  The abolition of man
and human relationships; Open access; The 'digital' fix - 'Technological'
fix, focussing on ICT)


Lessons learned from biotechnology or biomedicine (Moratorium and ban;
Containment; The 'four principles' (Beauchamp and Childress); Committees;
Precaution; Public acceptance and public revolt; The role of the media;
Human dignity)

Important dates

1  September 2009: 

Deadline for submission of abstracts and descriptionof posters

21 September2009:

Acceptance notification

22 October 2009:

Formatted abstract 

22 November 2009:

Posters (on display during conference)

22 December 2009:

Full paper 

Extended abstracts (up to 1500 words) and technical description of posters
(up to 2 pages) must be submitted online via the conference website.

Who should attend ?


Researchers in ICT


Researchers in Ethical, Socio-economic, and Legal aspects (ESLA) of science


Strategic thinkers and planners in the field of science and technology


Decision makers and advisors in industry and public policy 


Experts and other stakeholders involved in the development or analysis of
biotechnology, biomedicine and other relevant sciences and technologies.

Why ?


Network with peers 


Share information 


Disseminate the results of your work 


Be inspired by the results and work of others


Learn about the opinion and plans of leaders in the field 

The Conference is co-financed by the European Commission, DG Research,
Directorate Science, Economy and Society, ICTethics, Grant 230368

Guido Van Steendam, Leuven, Belgium (General Chair)
Ruth Chadwick, Lancaster, UK
Paul McCarthy, Lancaster, UK
Juliet Lodge, Leeds, UK
Stefano Rodota, Rome, Italy
The ICT Science Valley of The Budapest Meeting
The Security Science Valley of The Budapest Meeting

more information:  <mailto:chair.TBM2009 at theIFB.eu> chair.TBM2009 at theIFB.eu 
Network secretariat: The IFB, Craenendonck 15, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium.


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