IHTC Program

Saturday 4th December

The IEEE IHTC 2021 Program incorporates a mix of plenary presentations, thematic sessions and workshops.

UTC Details
11:00 Plenary 4:Humanitarian Activities in Region 9
Alberto Sánchez, IEEE Region 9 Director
11:15 ICT4D Applications and Case Studies 1
Community Water System Mapping (CWSMap): A Mobile App for Improved Water Management in Low Resource Settings
Lee Voth-Gaeddert (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa); Andy Florian Irakoze (St. Louis University, United States); Andrew Schranck (Global Health Engineering LLC, United States) and Flavio Esposito (St. Louis University, United States)
Parlamento 2030 Tool
Alba Couso and Belén Aguero (CIECODE – Political Watch, Spain)
Towards a Low-cost and Mobile System for Quarantine Tracking during Pandemics
Maha Yaghi, Tasnim Basmaji, Abdullah Alsalmani, Reem Salim and Mohammed Ghazal (Abu Dhabi University, United Arab Emirates)
e-IHT: A Novel Ethical Methodology for the Integration of Intelligent ICT4D and Humanitarian Technologies, within the Framework of Cultural Preservation
Luis F. García-Lara (Department of Design, Faculty of Architecture, Art and Design, Universidad Catolica de Temuco, Chile); Ignacio G. Bugueño-Córdova and Alfonso O. Ehijo-Benbow (Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Universidad de Chile, Chile)
12:45 Lunch Break
13:30 ICT4D Applications and Case Studies 2
From e-Waste to Robots: A Case Study on e-Waste Upcycling in Low-to-middle Income Countries
Ateeq Ur Rehman, Jonah Mack and Parvez Alam (The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
Satellite Image Segmentation of Gold Exploration Areas in the Amazon Rainforest Using U-Net
José Matheus Carvalho Boaro, Pedro Thiago Cutrim dos Santos (Computer Applied Group, Brazil); Arthur Serra (TeleMidia Lab, Brazil); Venícius Garcia Rego, Carlos Vinicios Martins and Geraldo Braz Junior (Computer Applied Group, Brazil)
The Role of ESG in Sustainable Development: An Analysis through the Lens of Machine Learning
Akshat Gupta, Utkarsh Sharma and Sandeep Kumar Gupta (Shiv Nadar University, India)
An Entrepreneurial Approach to Deploying Technologies in the Digital Emerging Markets
Ali Zalzala (Community Tracks Ltd, United Kingdom)
15:00 Break
15:05 Plenary 5:Presentation title to be confirmed
Maike Luiken, 2021 IEEE Vice President – Member & Geographic Activities
15:25 Break
15:30 Ethical Considerations in Technology Implementation and Artificial Intelligence Workshop
Workshop Chair: Keeley Crockett, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
The aim of this workshop is to raise awareness of the ethical, social, moral and environmental responsibilities of implementing digital technologies that include Artificial Intelligence products and services.
Welcome and overview – Ethical considerations for developing responsible and trustworthy technologies
Keeley Crockett, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Ethical Considerations in Technology Implementation and AI Panel
Panel Chair: Prof. Paul Cunningham, IST-Africa Institute, Ireland

  • Nell Watson, Chair & Vice-Chair respectively of the IEEE’s ECPAIS Transparency Experts Focus Group, and P7001 Transparency of Autonomous Systems committee on A.I. Ethics & Safety, UK
  • Nelishia Pillay, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Dora Kaufman, University of São Paulo (USP, Brazil)
  • Sean Brophy, Manchester Metropolitan Business School, GM AI Foundry, UK
Overview of the IEEE 7000 standard
Prof. Ali Hessami
Wrap up and Close
17:00 Break

Comprehensive Approach to Rural Electrification Processes Workshop
Universal access to electricity is one of the target within SDG7 in the Agenda 2030.

Electricity is a proven driver of empowerment of isolated and disadvantaged communities, when treated as a complex and multifaceted action. Indeed, access should not be analysed as a binary variable (connection/no connection), but rather through a manifold set of indicators that allow a comprehensive evaluation of the most suitable electrification strategy for the beneficiaries.

In this context, the traditional simplified techno-economic approaches are being revolutionized more and more to include social and environmental evaluations and/or to provide a long-term perspective. This new approach to electrification planning reduces the investment risk and supports decision makers in developing projects that respect the needs and peculiarities of the beneficiary communities, favouring their effectiveness and durability.

18:35 Closing Plenary