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IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference Seeks Paper & Poster Abstracts by 18 April

WASHINGTON (5 April 2016) — Sarang Shaikh, secretary and treasurer of the IEEE Karachi (Pakistan) Section, attended his first IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) last year. He delivered a presentation on a telemedicine project he helped launch and describes his event participation as “amazing” and “life-changing.”

Dr. Kathleen Kramer, IEEE Region 6 director-elect and a professor of electrical engineering at the University of San Diego, also found her time at GHTC 2015 rewarding.

“I was particularly inspired by the diversity of projects for solutions in disaster and crisis response where technology was recombined and repurposed to match the real needs of real people globally and locally,” she said.

Call for Papers

Planning for GHTC 2016 ( is well underway, and organizers are accepting technical paper and poster abstracts on humanitarian technologies and their deployment until Monday 18 April. Proposals for case studies, panel discussions and workshops are also sought.

“At GHTC, multiple disciplines interact to identify, create and advance technology to benefit humanity,” 2016 GHTC Chair Joe Decuir said. “The conference’s focus is research, applied technology and case studies pertaining to humanitarian technology and its application.”

GHTC’s theme, “Technology for the Benefit of Humanity” is presented in nine focus areas:

* Energy
* Health
* Disaster Management
* Connectivity & Communication
* Humanitarian Challenges & Opportunities
* Water & Sanitation
* Agriculture
* Education
* Deployment

Accepted papers, posters and proposals will be presented at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport on 13-16 October. For more on the call for papers, see

To read more about the Karachi Section telemedicine project and other highlights from GHTC 2015, see

Submission Instructions

Author guidelines and submission instructions are available at The submission schedule is:

* 18 April: abstract or proposal deadline
* 15 June: paper deadline for review
* 15 August: final copy-ready paper deadline

To submit a paper abstract, go to

GHTC attracted more than 260 people from 23 countries last year. It is organized by IEEE Region 6 (Western United States) and IEEE Seattle Section. Technical cosponsors include IEEE-USA, IEEE Society for Social Implications of Technology, IEEE Power and Energy Society, IEEE Consumer Electronics Society, IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, and IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.

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