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IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference Preliminary Program Released, Advance Registration Ends 16 September

WASHINGTON (8 September 2011) — The role technology can play in helping to solve the world's most pressing humanitarian and development challenges will take center stage during the inaugural IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, 30 October -- 1 November 2011, in Seattle.

Researchers and technologists from around the world will outline and discuss solutions for improving lives and creating business opportunities for people in emerging nations. The event is motivated by IEEE's core purpose to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. One of its major goals is to stimulate the growth of a worldwide community that places priority on developing technology for sustainable human prosperity.

Presenters include scientists, engineers, technology professionals and academics, as well as representatives from foundations, governments and non-government organizations.

The discount for advance registration expires on 16 September. The current cost is $450 for IEEE members, $550 for non-members and $200 for IEEE life members and students. See http://www.ieeeghtc.org/ for more information and to register.

Dr. Tony Marjoram, former head of engineering, Division of Basic and Engineering Sciences, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will deliver the keynote address on Monday morning 31 October. At 10:30 a.m., he will participate in a "What Works" panel with representatives from The Hunger Project, Arizona State University, Green Empowerment, the IEEE Committee on Earth Observation and Engineers Without Borders.

A sampling of paper presentations includes, "Modular Waste/Renewable Energy System for Production of Electricity, Heat, and Potable Water in Remote Locations"; "An Efficient Design of Solar Cell Antenna for Mobile and Vehicular Applications"; "Reducing Maternal Mortality: An Ultrasound System for Village Midwives"; and "An Open Source Mobile App for Assisting Health and Agricultural Aid in Haiti."

Conference chair Paul Kostek commended the program committee for "an excellent job assembling a program that attendees will find both interesting and helpful in identifying new projects and technology applications."

For more on the preliminary program, see http://www.ieeeghtc.org/pdf/GHTC%20Program%20b.pdf.

For exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, contact Wah Garris at myintwa@ieee.org.

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