IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)
Technology for the Benefit of Humanity // Villanova University, USA / October 11-14, 2023

Plenary/Special/X-Track Sessions 2013

GHTC Special Sessions

All held in Mediterranean Center Monte Carlo Room, unless noted


Opening Plenary
8:00 am – 10:00 am

Location: Mediterranean Center – Riviera & Granada

  • Welcoming Remarks – Keith Moore, Conference Chair
  • Keynotes:

“Diagnostics tools for neglected tropical diseases” (Download Presentation)
Tala de los Santos, PATH

“Computational Microscopy, Sensing and Diagnostics for Telemedicine and Global Health Application”
Aydogan Ozcan, UCLA

Conference Dinner/Reception
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: Mediterranean Center – Riviera & Granada

  • Keynote;

“Preparing Students for Innovative, Game Changing, Purposeful Careers” (Download Presentation)
James Plummer, Stanford University


Session A3
10:30 am – 12:30 pm

EPICS in IEEE Workshop

The workshop will include an overview of IEEE’s implementation of the Engineering Projects In Community Service (EPICS) Program of Purdue University.  The EPICS in IEEE program fosters partnerships between university students and high school students to work with non-profit organizations to deliver technical solutions to local communities. The overview will include examples of successful partnerships from around the globe. Following the overview, attendees will participate in an interactive session focused on developing a proposal/petition for funding, followed by a presentation on next steps.

Presenters: Kapil Dandekar and Prasanna Venkatesan

Session B3
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Workshop: IEEE Actionable Data Book – Beyond the Horseless Carriage

This two-hour workshop will focus on the impact of new technologies on learning, education and training. Team members from the IEEE Actionable Data Book Project will each give a short presentation and lead discussion on a different aspect of a rapidly changing technical and pedagogical landscape.

Project participation is free and open to interested parties: see

Dr. Edilson Arenas, School of Engineering, CQUniversity, Australia
Avron Barr, Director, The LETSI Foundation (Learning, Education, and Training Systems Interoperability)
Carolyn Dickerson, Teacher and School Technology Administrator
Patrick Kane, Internet of Things Evangelist, Cypress Semiconductor
Tyde Richards, Chair, IEEE Actionable Data Book Project and IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee

Session C3
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Student Poster and Student Paper Contests
Session Chair: Ramesh Nair


8:00 am – 10:00 am

Location: Mediterranean Center – Riveria & Granada


“Innovating in Times of Disaster”
Desiree Matel-Anderson, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Willow Brugh, Geeks Without Bounds

“Making an Impact through Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software” (Download Presentation)
Gerardo Capiel, Benetech

“Technology and Infrastructure for Emerging Regions”
Eric Brewer, UC Berkeley

Session D3
10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Special Interest Groups on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) Workshop

This session provides an overview and introduction of IEEE SIGHT. SIGHTs are IEEE volunteer groups focused on addressing community issues and development using technology.


Kartik Kulkarni, Chair IEEE SIGHT Steering Committee
Holly Schneider Brown, Program Manager, IEEE SIGHT
Deepak Mathur, R10 HTC Coordinator
Alfredo Herrera, R7 HIC Founding member
Anand B, Chair, Madras SIGHT

Session F3
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Panel: Culturally Relevant and Usable Innovation and Technology

Moderator: Erna Grasz, Asante

Gathii Kanyi
Stan Mierzwa
Cormac Lynch

Session G3
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Young Professional Project Contest
Session Chair: Soon Wan


8:00 am – 10:00 am

Location: Mediterranean Center – Riveria & Granada


“Red Cross Disaster Apps for Smartphones” (Download Presentation)
Dominick Tolli, American Red Cross

“Advanced Technology Research and Capability Insertion”
Andy Vidan, MIT Lincoln Lab

“Crisis Response – Google” (Download Presentation)
Nigel Snoad, Google Crisis Response

Session H3
10:30 am – 12:30 pm

X-Track: Featured Speakers

“Robotics and Automation Technologies for Improving the Quality of Life for Humanity”
Raj Madhavan, Chair, IEEE RAS – SIGHT

“Thermoelectric solutions for charging cellphones in off-grid locations”
Roger Johnson, Founder and CEO, Eidon Foundation

“Repair is Noble: Fixing the Global Water Crisis”
Cait Emma Smith,
Julia Bluff,

“The Ultimate Robot Challenge at Fukushima”
Kevin Roe, Esq., R&D Patent Attorneys

Session J3
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm


“IEEE-Canada (R-7) Humanitarian Activities”
This presentation will show how much progress have been made since forming HIC as an Adhoc committee in 2009 and became a standing committee with its own structure under R-7 Bylaws This committee now is dealing with all IEEE-Canada volunteers across the country with many Humanitarian related projects that will be highlighted in this presentation.

Humanitarian Initiative Committee (HIC) Overview
Dr. Ferial El-Hawary, IEEE-Fellow, IEEE-Canada (R-7) HIC Chair

IEEE Canada HIC Ottawa  Section Activities 2013
Sri Priya Sundararajan, Ottawa Section

Why choose Montreal to be the site of R-7 GHTC 2014
Laurent Lamarre, Ireq (Hydro Quebec)

“Social Intelligence Gathering for Disaster Response
Ryan Bank, Founder and CEO, Social Intelligence Inc

Empowering Off-grid Rural areas in Sub-Saharan Africa Using Wind, Water, Sunshine and Wastes
V. K. Damodaran, Director General and Managing Trustee of INGCORE

Closing Plenary
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Location: Mediterranean Center – Riveria & Granada

Keynote and Panel:

“Mobile Devices in Disaster Readiness and Response” (Download Presentation)
Pamela McCauley Bush, University of Central Florida

Ryan Bank
Nigel Snoad
Dominick Tolli
Andy Vidan

Closing Remarks: Keith Moore, Conference Chair