IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) 2013

December 14, 2012

The IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) is an annual international forum sponsored by the IEEE Society on the Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) to be held in Toronto, Canada, 27-29 June 2013. ISTAS13 is the annual symposium of the IEEE Society on the Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) which dates back to 1989.

ISTAS’13 presenters and panellists will address the implications of living in smartworlds – smart grids, smart infrastructure, smart homes, smart cars, smart fridges…smart people. ISTAS’13 will bring together participants sharing research, projects, and ideas about people living in smart environments. The environment around us is becoming “smarter”. Soon there will be a camera in nearly every streetlight to do better occupancy sensing and ultimately a camera in every light fixture. Many appliances and everyday products such as automatic flush toilets, faucets, and sensor-operated showers are starting to use more sophisticated camera-based computer-vision technologies.


The ISTAS13 event is a powerful lineup of leaders from various fields of research coming together in a transdisciplinary manner. This symposium will prepare consumers for better understanding innovations in human computing and IT wearables, social implications and likely impacts on users of the technology.

This event promises to be the beginning of outcomes related to:

  1. Consumer awareness;
  2. Usability;
  3. A defined industry cluster of new innovators;
  4. Regulatory demands for a variety of jurisdictions;
  5. User-centric engineering development ideas;
  6. Augmented Reality design;
  7. Creative computing;
  8. Mobile learning applications
  9. Wearables as an assistive technology.


  • Wearable computing
  • Augmediated reality
  • The Veillances
  • Everyday life
  • Social concerns
  • Traditional fields of interest to SSIT


ISTAS ’13 will be a transdisciplinary event for engineers, designers, scientists, artists, researchers in the social sciences, law and humanities, decision makers, entrepreneurs, inventors, commercializers, etc., as well as polymaths, and anyone who is a Designer, Artist, Sustainist, Scientist, Technologist, Engineer, and Mathematician.