Empowering Innovation for Positive Change: Be Part of IEEE GHTC 2024

April 17, 2024

Students presenting research

Join fellow students and researchers October 23 through 26, 2024, virtually or in person at Villanova University for the 14th annual IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC). Every year, this event brings together researchers from around the world who are working on and interested in the application of technology to address critical issues for resource-constrained and vulnerable populations. Two types of submissions are invited for presentation at IEEE GHTC 2024, full papers and oral-only project talks. 

The deadline to submit your full paper or abstract is May 19th. For further information, contact Neil Wasserman, a member of the GHTC organizing committee and adjunct professor in GW Engineering’s Department of Computer Science, by emailing [email protected]. Submit your papers, mark your calendars, and be part of IEEE GHTC 2024 to be at the forefront of technology-driven humanitarian solutions!

IEEE GHTC is an international flagship conference focused on advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. An example of a humanitarian technology showcased last year was a low-cost ultraviolet light therapy apparatus to treat jaundice in newborns presented by Dr. Krista Donaldson from Stanford University. At IEEE GHTC 2024, submissions will cover work done to alleviate poverty, provide education and connectivity, and create equitable access to water, energy, and secure food sources with minimal impact on the planet and environment. Papers are peer-reviewed and published in IEEE conference proceedings.

Wasserman is tasked with publicity and generating interest in participation within the Washington D.C. area, particularly among the GW community. The conference’s themes align closely with interdisciplinary efforts at GW, including initiatives like the GW co-led NIST-NSF Institute for Trustworthy AI in Law & Society (TRAILS) which addresses the risks and governance opportunities related to AI technologies. Given the entrepreneurial spirit of many involved in these endeavors, the conference is also a great opportunity for those involved in the Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship to engage and collaborate.

Through presentations of both mature research and reportage of ongoing projects, IEEE GHTC provides an environment where seasoned practitioners and students new to the field can ask questions and share lessons learned. For GW Engineering undergraduate students seeking to make a positive impact but unsure of their path, attending the event provides an invaluable opportunity to dive into the field of humanitarian technology and learn from these world-class practitioners.

“One theme Dean Lach emphasizes is that undergraduates who can manage the interface between the technical world and consequential world, meaning what the world needs, will be in a much better position than those who just have the technical skills,” said Wasserman. “Participating in this conference is a great way to explore this intersection.”