IEEE 2014 Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century

Date: 24-Jun-14 to 26-Jun-14
Location: The Westin Waltham Boston / Boston / Massachusetts / United States
Category: IT Technology Engineering Science Conferences & Trade Fairs

On the 120th anniversary of his birth and 50th anniversary of his death, the IEEE is gathering scientists and engineers from around the world to a conference commemorating his life and work.

Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century is a program of activities, including the IEEE 2014 Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century initiated to reintroduce him to a younger generation.

During his life, Dr. Norbert Wiener influenced mathematics, philosophy, science, technology, ethics, biology, prosthesis, education, manufacturing and many other fields. Cyberspace is named after his multidisciplinary approach, “cybernetics”, a transdisciplinary approach for exploring regulatory systems, their structures, constraints, and possibilities. He was an early practitioner of diversity and social inclusion, and an advocate of social responsibility in the development of technology. This conference will look at his ideas and the influence they have today. It is part of a renewed interest in Dr Wiener’s work, an interest that is being reflected in research, writing and practice, and in both old and new media.
The Draft Conference Agenda will be published four months before the conference. Currently planned elements of the conference include:
A “Personal recollections” evening
An IEEE Milestone award and tour to locations where Wiener worked
PhD research student symposium
Keynote speakers on panels providing multi-disciplinary perspectives reminiscent of the Macy conferences key to Wiener’s approach (see below)
Invited speakers
Open call peer-reviewed sessions (while attempting to minimise the number of simultaneous streams)
Panels and other structures: We are particularly interested in proposals from organizations interested in the conference who would like to incorporate one or more of their own meetings or activities within the conference framework.


engineers, anthropologists, security experts, scientists, cybernetics and robotics enthusiasts, ethicists


engineers, industry representatives

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