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The Society for the Social Implications of Technology invites you to participate in the 2nd IEEE Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century: "Thinking Machines in the Physical World." The conference will focus on opportunities and threats presented by advances in cognitive computing, in the context of Wiener’s technical work and his concerns regarding technology and society.This conference follows the successful inaugural conference in Boston, June 2014.

Norbert Wiener was a mathematician, philosopher, scientist and engineer whose pioneering work in mathematics, computer science, systems control, biology and engineering led to cybernetics (the origin of “cyberspace” and “cyborgs”).

We invite paper submissions that consider Wiener’s work from perspectives across applied, hard, and social sciences, as well as the humanities, fine arts, and professional/industry practice. Conference topics will include:

-Cognitive computing in theory and practice.
-Wiener’s fields of work (cybernetics, information theory, philosophy, life sciences, interval computation, fuzzy sets, Brownian motion, analysis under uncertainty…).
-Wiener’s societal concerns (information ethics, innovation and economic development, robots and work, cyber warfare and crime, science fiction as social commentary, cybernetics and literature, art and design…)

All submissions will be online via the conference website (

Student research papers and posters are strongly encouraged, and proposals for creative/experimental session formats are welcome.

Full papers (up to 6 pages, due 14 Feb 2016) will be peer reviewed. Accepted, presented papers will be provided for publication to IEEEXplore. Authors must prepare papers in the IEEE conference style (available on the website).

Abstracts (up to 500 words) for research-in-progress and practitioner presentations will be assessed for relevance to the conference (not published in IEEEXplore), as
will student posters (A2).

If you require confirmation of acceptance earlier than the dates above, please contact us at

For questions from humanities scholars about the conference's interdisciplinary scope, please contact Heather A. Love (

Conference Location: Melbourne, Australia
Conference Starts: July 13, 2016
Conference Ends: July 15, 2016

CFP Submission Deadline: February 15, 2016

For more information, contact: Heather Love