IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)
Technology for the Benefit of Humanity | Virtual – October 19-23, 2021

Call for Late Papers

We would like to thank the authors who submitted papers by the initial deadline. These papers are under review.

To accommodate authors who require more time to write up their results, GHTC 2021 will have a late papers call deadline of July 2nd, with feedback provided in late July. Oral, Short and Full papers can be submitted, using the Late Papers tracks.

View the Late Papers CFP here.

Key Late Dates:
Deadline for submissions: July 12th (Firm), 2021
Notification after review: Late July

 

 

GHTC 2021 Call for Papers


Download CFP (PDF)

Call for Late Papers 18-July

GHTC 2021 will be held as a Virtual Conference due to the impact of COVID-19.

The 2021 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (IEEE GHTC 2021) is a flagship international conference sharing practical technology-enabled solutions supporting achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) by addressing the needs of underserved communities in resource constrained environments around the world.

Stakeholders from the public, private, education and research, societal, funding and donor sectors are invited to submit Oral Presentation proposals or Short Papers (early-stage results) as well as Full Papers (mature results), sharing Sustainable Development, ICT4D and Humanitarian Technology related insights, experiences, good practices and lessons learnt from a research, policy, practitioner and/or community perspective.  Papers should present analysis of initial or final research results or a case study. General project descriptions are not appropriate. Submissions will be assessed for quality, relevance, consideration of ethical issues, methodological vigor and potential or actual impact.

Submissions by community representatives, practitioners (governmental, for-profit and nonprofit), academics, private sector organizations and policy makers describing intervention design and implementation, field experiences and best practices, case studies, project monitoring and evaluation results, and original research are of particular interest. Paper submissions should include results that have not previously been published and should not have been submitted to another conference or journal.

Please note that all submissions will undergo a Plagiarism Check before being assigned for blind peer review by members of the IEEE GHTC 2021 International Technical Programme Committee (TPC), who are all experienced subject matter experts.

IEEE GHTC 2021 Thematic areas include (but are not limited to):

  • Good Health and Well Being (SDG3)
  • Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG7)
  • Communication/Connectivity in Support of Development
  • Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery
  • Quality Education (SDG4)
  • Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG6)
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG8)
  • Agriculture and Food Security (SDG2)
  • Other Related United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (e.g. SDGs 9, 11, 12, 14)
  • Technology Impacts on Societal Evolution

For complete details on topics and submission see the Call for Papers page.

As well as describing ethical and sustainability challenges and technological aspects, submissions are encouraged to consider socio-cultural, socio-economic, environmental and policy perspectives, and explain how Sustainable Development related good practices such as skills capacity building, community ownership, Co-design, Collaborative Open Innovation, and Theory of Change are applied.

Three types of submissions are invited for presentation at GHTC:

Full Papers: mature results or completed projects and should not exceed eight pages.

Short Papers: interim results, experiences and perspectives, and should be three to four pages in length including a short reference section.

Oral-Only: work-in-progress; projects at an early stage of implementation; option for community representatives, practitioners or policy makers who prefer not to write a paper. Oral-Only submissions should be described in one or two pages.

NOTE: we are accepting proposals for multi-stakeholder Special Sessions (up to 8 pages)

Accepted Full Papers, Short Papers and Oral-Only Presentations will be grouped thematically to facilitate focused discussion, community building and networking based on common interests.

Selected accepted Full Papers will be invited to submit a revised, extended version to an IEEE journal.

 

KEY DATES

Full Paper, Short Paper and Oral-only submission for review deadlineMay 15, 2021 / 4-Jun-21 (extended)
Special Sessions (e.g. demo, panel, discussion) deadlineJune 15, 2021
Notification of acceptance / revision requirementsJuly 12, 2021 (revised)
Late Full Paper, Short Paper and Oral-only submission for review deadlineJuly 2, 2021 July 18, 2021 (firm)
Late Submission Notification of acceptance / revision requirementsLate July 2021
Submission of Final Full Paper/Short Paper and Oral-only PresentationAugust 14, 2021 (revised)
Author Copyright forms deadlinesame as Final deadline
Author early registration deadlineAugust 23, 2021September 10, 2021 (revised)
Early registration deadlineSeptember 20, 2021
Recorded presentations due September 30, 2021

 


IEEE GHTC 2021 is Sponsored by IEEE Region 6, IEEE Seattle Section and IEEE SSIT, with Technical Co-Sponsorship by IEEE-USA, IEEE PELS, and (expected) IEEE CTS, IEEE EMBS, IEEE MTT, IEEE PES, and IEEE Smart Village Initiative.

 

GHTC 2020 Report

The 10th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC 2020) was held online on October 29- November 1 via Zoom. GHTC is an international flagship conference sharing practical technology enabled solutions addressing the needs of underserved populations and resource constrained environments around the world and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG). Specifically:

  • Agriculture & Food Security (UN SDG2)
  • Good Health and Well Being (SDG3)
  • Quality Education (SDG4)
  • Clean Water & Sanitation (SDG6)
  • Affordable & Clean Energy (SDG7)
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG8)
  • Connectivity & Communication in Support of Development
  • Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response & Recovery
  • Other UN SDGs e.g. (9, 11, 12, 14)

Attendees:

There were 149 registered attendees from 22 countries. Additionally, there were participants during the conference from the Committee, workshop presenters, panelists, speakers, press and session chairs. The map below shows the worldwide distribution of attendees.

Registration breakdown:

  • Total Registrations: 149
  • Presenters: 117
  • 1st GHTC: 68.6%
  • IEEE Member: 61.9%
  • Students: 3%

The Plenary Program sessions only were offered free and open to all with 109 unique registrations received.

Program Highlights

The Conference program featured workshops, keynote sessions, panels and special events. We also held a Student Poster Competition on Thursday evening.

The technical program consisted of 24 paper sessions with 120 papers including 3 posters.

  • 3 sessions on Agriculture & Food Security (UN SDG2)
  • 5 sessions on Good Health and Well Being (SDG3)
  • 1 session on Quality Education (SDG4)
  • 2 sessions on Clean Water & Sanitation (SDG6)
  • 3 sessions on Affordable & Clean Energy (SDG7)
  • 4 sessions on Connectivity & Communication in Support of Development
  • 3 sessions on Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response & Recovery
  • 3 sessions on Other UN SDGs

Thursday Oct. 29

  • Afternoon: Three parallel paper sessions
  • Opening session after paper sessions with remarks by IEEE President Toshio Fukuda and President-elect Susan (Kathy) Land
  • Evening (5-7pm) Student Poster Competition with attendee option to select the People’s Choice Award.
    • Judges Award ($750) AND People’s Choice Award ($250) went to the poster “Decreasing Water Usage and Increasing Income for Vietnam Small Farmers: Modeling Plant Stress with Handheld Infrared Thermometers” by Katie Pascavis of Arizona State University.
    • Technical Award ($500) went to the poster “A Review on Image-Based Wildfire Detection Systems” by Jordan Johnston of Sonoma State University.

Friday Oct. 30

  • Energy Panel session: “Technology-enabled climb up the demand-driven energy ladder: Interoperability, Growth, All-access”, organized by IEEE PELS and with “Empower a Billion Lives”
  • Three parallel tracks with paper presentations in morning and afternoon.
  • Special Interest Session:EPICS in IEEE – empowering students solve local community problems”
  • Networking time: Kept the last presentation sessions Zoom open for 30 minutes or more to allow attendees an opportunity for discussion and networking

Saturday Oct. 31

Sunday Nov. 1

  • Three parallel tracks with paper presentations
  • Closing Session featuring a keynote with Melissa Sassi, IEEE Digital Intelligence Working Group on “DQ, a measure for determining one’s digital intelligence”

 

GHTC 2020 Student Poster Winners

 

Congratulations to the winners of the GHTC 2020 virtual Student Poster Competition held on Thursday, Oct. 29. Awards were presented on Nov.1 in the GHTC 2020 Closing Session.

Judges Award ($750) AND People’s Choice Award ($250) went to the poster “Decreasing Water Usage and Increasing Income for Vietnam Small Farmers: Modeling Plant Stress with Handheld Infrared Thermometers” by Katie Pascavis of Arizona State University.

Technical Award ($500) went to the poster “A Review on Image-Based Wildfire Detection Systems” by Jordan Johnston of Sonoma State University.

 

Decreasing Water Usage and Increasing Income for Vietnam Small Farmers: Modeling Plant Stress with Handheld Infrared Thermometers

A Review on Image-Based Wildfire Detection Systems

 

Special Sessions at GHTC 2020

 

GHTC 2020 features several sessions of special interest over the next few days:

 

  • Special Interest Session: “EPICS in IEEE – empowering students solve local community problems” (Friday Oct. 30 2:50-3:10 p.m. PT)

How to execute a community service project with IEEE’s support (through EPICS in IEEE).

How HAC/SIGHT responded to the COVID pandemic – vision and process improvements with examples of some funded projects and building collaboration opportunities.

GHTC 2020 celebrates the 10th anniversary for IEEE GHTC. The anniversary program will consist of some remarks and two panel discussions, one on the evolution of GHTC and the other on IEEE’s role in Humanitarian Technology.

  • Special Interest Session: Diversity and Inclusion in Engineering (Saturday Oct. 31 3:30-4:30 p.m.)

Interactive discussion led by Tom Coughlin, past President IEEE-USA
This talk discusses the IEEE response to institutional racism and the issues with diversity and inclusion in the engineering professions. It also gives several examples of what IEEE members have done to help improve diversity and inclusions and ends with a discussion with the attendees on what they can do to improve diversity and inclusion in the technical professions.

  • Closing Session and Keynote (Sunday Nov. 1 Noon-1 p.m. PST)

Closing remarks and presentation on Digital Literary with Melissa Sassi, “DQ, a measure for determining one’s digital intelligence”

 

Access to GHTC 2020 Plenary Sessions

 

The GHTC 2020 Organizing Committee is  pleased to announce

FREE ACCESS to GHTC 2020 PLENARY SESSIONS (Registration required)

The Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) is the flagship IEEE forum for presenting and discussing humanitarian technology innovation and deployment. The technical focus of the Conference is complemented by an integrated understanding of broader contexts—economics, policy, culture, environment—that impact successful humanitarian technology implementation.

The 10th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (IEEE GHTC 2020) will share practical technology-enabled solutions addressing needs of underserved communities in resource constrained environments around the world in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

GHTC 2020 takes place from Thursday October 29 through mid-afternoon Sunday November 1. See the preliminary program schedule here. Note: Time Zone is PT (e.g. +3 ET, +8 GMT+1). Note time change from PDT to PST on November 1.

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Global Humanitarian Technology – What Is It?

 

Virtual Lunch Presentation
Date: Friday October 23, 2020; High Noon PT
Live Stream from Seattle Washington

Join us for a presentation on Global Humanitarian Technologies. Find out what global humanitarian technology is and how you can play a vital role in saving and improving thousands of lives, making healthier humans and providing services and help for people that do not have lighting when they go to bed or clean water to drink when they are thirsty.

We will discuss:
1. New and innovative technologies that are present today and being used throughout the globe to help save and improve thousands of lives
2. Clean water, electrification, communications Network, Emergency Response
3. Creation of technologies and deployment of systems to remote areas
4. Who is part of the team? How can you help? Who is being helped?
5. How simple devices can be deployed to improve the lives of many
6. IEEE Smart Cities will present a simple power grid technology & deployment
7. When is the next global humanitarian technology conference? Where is it?

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Registration Open for GHTC 2020

Registration for GHTC 2020 is now Open.

Early Registration Extended to 28-September

NEW – reduced attendees rates: $300 IEEE Member & $100 IEEE Student/LM

The 10th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (IEEE GHTC 2020) is an international flagship conference sharing practical technology enabled solutions addressing the needs of underserved populations and resource constrained environments around the world and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG).

GHTC 2020 will have an exciting and varied program of workshops, panels, keynotes and technical presentations.

GHTC 2020 takes place ONLINE (PT) from Thursday October 29 through mid-afternoon Sunday November 1. See the preliminary program schedule here.

Click button to go to registration page to view options and fees; special 10th Anniversary Discounts are courtesy of support from Financial Patrons, including IEEE HAC and IEEE Seattle Section.
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Preliminary Speaker Announcement