Study: Millennial parents are more likely to consider AI for their kids’ health

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IEEE Fellow and 2019 IEEE SIGHT Projects Subcommittee Chair Karen Panetta was interviewed by Karen Roby at TechRepublic about a recent IEEE study that shows millennial parents are open to using leading AI technologies for their children’s health care.

“This is the third year that IEEE has been looking at artificial intelligence and the public perception of it with all the advances that are coming out. Most people think artificial intelligence is this magic black box. But those of us in the field understand that it really is very robust, proven technology. So, how do we look at how the public is going to accept it?”

IEEE SIGHT 2020 Steering Committee & Subcommittee Call for Applicants

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IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) welcomes applicants for the 2020 Steering Committee and related subcommittees.

The IEEE SIGHT 2020 Steering Committee (SSC) will consist of:

  • IEEE SIGHT 2020 Chair – appointed by IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) Chair
  • IEEE SIGHT Immediate Past Chair
  • Projects & Assessment Chair
  • Operations Chair
  • Education Chair
  • Communications Chair

This document includes the position descriptions for the open roles on the 2020 SSC and information on the subcommittees they chair. Please apply for either SSC or subcommittee membership using the 2020 Steering Committee Nomination Form – by 30 October 2019.

2019 SIGHT Awards

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This year, the SIGHT Steering Committee (SSC) is piloting two program awards in order to recognize individual SIGHT volunteers and SIGHT groups for their leadership and contributions centered around SIGHT activities.

2019 IEEE SIGHT Volunteer of the Year Award


The purpose of this award is to recognize a professional or student member of IEEE who has made an outstanding contribution to IEEE SIGHT and a local underserved community by leveraging technology to accomplish a sustainable solution. This individual has made a long­-term positive impact in the partner community and her or his SIGHT group, exhibiting constant dedication and commitment to furthering the IEEE SIGHT mission.

Can Technology be a Lifeline – Neopenda device to monitor newborns’ vital signs

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The Washington Post brand studio (content from Cisco) published an article on Neopenda‘s wearable device to monitor newborns’ vital signs – an organization that IEEE SIGHT Uganda has collaborated with through SIGHT and HAC funding! Check out the story and video.

Additional reading – the SIGHT blog post on the project –


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This article interviews Bruce Buffalo, project team leader for a 2018 funded SIGHT project in Maskwacis, Canada, a place formerly cut-off from the online world. Maskwacis is an impoverished First Nations Canadian community grappling with addiction, unemployment, and suicide. Like many other indigenous reserves, it is a place with little access or connection to the Internet. Bruce Buffalo, a Maskwacis resident and self-taught engineer, founded the Mamawapowin Technology Society (MTS) with the objective of bringing free internet connection to Maskwacis.

“Mamawapowin” – the Cree word for bringing people together – aptly describes MTS’s mission statement: “To bring rural, First Nations people together through connectivity.”


HAC-sponsored event “Experiences in the Deployment of Emerging Technologies”

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IEEE Argentina Section and IES 9-012 “San Rafael en Informática” held its technical workshop on “Experiences in the Deployment of Emerging Technologies” from 22 – 23 November, 2018 in San Rafael, Argentina. This was one of the events that HAC sponsored in 2018.

Speakers from the United States, Central America and Argentina participated in the event.  Topics addressed included renewable energy, computing, bio-engineering, implications of technology in society, and electrical and electromechanical engineering.

IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) First Call 2019 Notice

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From 21 December 2018 through 31 January 2019, the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) is soliciting proposals to support Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Technology initiatives that align with the IEEE Board-endorsed vision of IEEE volunteers carrying out and/or supporting impactful humanitarian activities at the local level. HAC provides multiple opportunities for IEEE individuals and organizational units (OUs) to apply for and receive funding for projects, events, and conference participation support.


  • Submission deadline for HAC Projects Call 1 is 21 January 2019
  • Submission deadline for HAC Events Call 1 is 24 January 2019
  • Submission deadline for IEEE SIGHT Projects Call 1 is 28 January 2019
  • Submission deadline for HAC Conference Participation Call 1 is 31 January 2019


Eligibility requirements and full details for these four calls may be found at the HAC website.

Please note, later in Q1 2019 HAC will be releasing an updated call with further deadlines for 2019. Information will be posted on

RAS SIGHT project “Speak Up” receives two awards!

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The project “Enhancing the Speak Up! Suite of Voice Powered Games,” completed by Amal Nanavati, M. Bernardine Dias, and Aaron Steinfeld won two awards; The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s award for “Best Multi-Year Project” and The Dietrich Humanities Prize.


An Awareness Program by IEEE for Farmers on Electrical Accidents & Their Prevention

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IAS SIGHT presentation

Audience listens to presentation

This program was organized by IEEE Hyderabad Section and Bharat Institute of Engineering & Technology on 12 November 2016 at Parigi market committee office which is 50 miles away from Hyderabad City, India. Program in charge Mr. Satish and IEEE Hyderabad Section Chairman Dr. Lakshminarayana addressed and interacted with about 50 farmers who attended. They told them that electrical accidents can be avoided if basic precautions are taken. The number of deaths due to electrical accidents is increasing in the state year by year and it is very high at 400 last year. Most of the above deaths occurred in the agricultural sector. One of the frequent causes is electrical shocks due to use of defective pump motor starters. Shocks can be eliminated if the starters are enclosed in non-metallic fire resistant plastic boxes, using high-quality starter components and proper wiring and installation at a height of about 5 ft above ground rigidly a sample of such starter was shown to the audience.

Satish Chaparala (center) uses a microphone to do the demonstration. He is joined by a farmer representative (left), Dr. Lakshminarayana (right), Chair, IEEE Hyderabad Section, and IEEE student members from BIET (back row).

Farmers were alerted against deaths due to electric shock and burns caused by farmers themselves attempting to replace fuses, etc.  on transformer as they are not trained or authorised.  What to do to prevent deaths when a live overhead line wire snaps and falls on ground or a bus in which people are travelling is also explained.  All these and other common mistakes due to which people die due to electricity and how one can escape deaths were shown through a new 15 minute film made by IEEE Hyderabad Section. The marketing committee chairman and farmers said the film impressed and benefitted them by creating awareness in the subject of electrical accidents prevention.

Expert Help for Deep-Sea Catch

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Hobbled by dwindling catch, obsolete equipment, and poor safety measures, the embattled deep-sea fishing community in South India is seeking assistance of technology experts and engineering students to modernise operations and make fishing more sustainable.

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