IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section 2017 Fall Conference 🗓


Advancing Technology
for Humanity

IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section
2017 Fall Conference

Ethics in Engineering, Science and Technology

Conference Program
(Draft v3)

November 9, 2017
Greater Detroit Area (venue tbc)
Michigan, USA

Table of Contents

1. Welcome 3
2. Program 4
3. Venue 5
4. Keynote Address 6
5. Invited Speakers 7
5.1 Tamara Bonaci (University of Washington) 7
5.2 Cheryl Brown (University of North Carolina Charlotte) 8
5.3 Claude Louis-Charles (Microsoft Corporation) 9
5.4 Ali Muzzafar (Deloitte) 9
6. Panel 10
7. Event Support 11
8. Conference Committee 12
9. 2017 SEM Section Officers 13

1. Welcome
Welcome to the IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section 2017 Fall Conference. This event is produced by the Southeastern Michigan Section to provide you with a number of personal and IEEE-related opportunities.
• Once again, a very highly regarded and entertaining keynote speaker.
• Invited speakers that will present overviews of their work with respect to the conference theme, Ethics in Engineering, Science and Technology. We are sure there is something for everyone in the range of topics this diverse mix of talented speakers will cover.
• Networking time to catch up with friends and make new acquaintances. Everyone at the Conference is an ‘expert’ in something, and one of the most fascinating aspects of a Section wide conference is finding those interesting individuals you will meet ‘for the first time’. So be sure to make that extra effort to introduce yourself to someone you have not met before.
• Socialize over the Conference Dinner with both old and new friends.
• Recognition of some of our volunteers who have contributed so much to our Section’s success in the past year.
This year, we have chosen Ethics in Engineering, Science and Technology (ETHICS 2017) as the theme for our Fall Conference, in recognition of the difficulty in a modern world of fulfilling multiple and sometimes conflicting moral obligations to different parties. By the 19th century, the emergence of engineering as a distinct profession was accompanied by a need to clarify the relationship between the self-interest that practitioners of engineering have in advancing their careers and business interests, and their moral obligations to society, to their employers and/or clients, and to their profession. As global, social, environmental and business pressures have evolved over the past 150 years, ethical dilemmas have intensified. It has become necessary for all of us to reflect carefully as we traverse an evolving and increasingly challenging ethical landscape.
ETHICS 2017 provides an exciting opportunity for researchers, regulators, educators and practitioners alike to debate, discuss and deliberate issues concerning modern engineering ethics and ethical standards, and their impact on our lives, careers, profession and society. Our Keynote and invited speakers, panel forum, and a reception will enable exchange of experience and perspectives on many levels.
Please enjoy the Conference and the presentations, and take advantage of the wealth of intellectual and network resources available here today. Thank you for your attendance and for supporting the IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section.
Robert Neff
SEM Section Chair

2. Program

1630-1700 Registration / Networking
1700-1705 Welcome & Opening Remarks: PHILIP HALL (Conference Chair)
1705-1735 Speaker #1: CHERYL BROWN (University of North Carolina Charlotte)
1735-1800 Speaker #2: ALI MUZZAFAR (Deloitte)
1800-1830 Speaker #3: TAMARA BONACI (University of Washington)
1830-1900 Speaker #4: CLAUDE LOUIS-CHARLES (Microsoft Corporation)
1900-1930 Panel & Open Forum Q&A: JOHN HAVENS (Moderator)
1930-2030 Conference Dinner
2030-2115 Dinner Keynote: JOHN HAVENS (IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics in AI/AS)
2115-2130 Closing Remarks: Robert Neff (Chair, IEEE SEM Section)

3. Venue
The conference venue will be in the Greater Detroit Area. Details to be advised once the actual venue is confirmed.

4. Keynote Address
“Prioritizing ethical considerations at the front-end of design”

John C. Havens
Executive Director of The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems

John C. Havens is the Executive Director of the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems (see He is also a regular contributor on issues of technology and wellbeing to Mashable, The Guardian, HuffPo and TechCrunch and is author of Heartificial Intelligence: Embracing Our Humanity To Maximize Machines and Hacking Happiness: Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World.

John was an EVP of a Top Ten PR Firm, a VP of a tech start-up, and an independent consultant where he has worked with clients such as Gillette, P&G, HP, Wal-Mart, Ford, Allstate, Monster, Gallo Wines, and Merck. He is also the Founder of The Happathon Project, a non-profit utilizing emerging technology and positive psychology to increase human wellbeing.

John has spoken at TEDx, at SXSW Interactive (six times), and as a global keynote speaker for clients like Cisco, Gillette, IEEE, and NXP Semiconductors. John was also a professional actor on Broadway, TV and Film for fifteen years.

5. Invited Speakers
5.1 Tamara Bonaci (University of Washington)
“Privacy Threats Against Brain-Computer Interfaces”

Tamara Bonaci

Lecturer & Researcher
Northeastern University and the University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Tamara is a researcher interested in security and privacy of cyber-phsyical systems, in particular emerging biomedical technologies. Her current research focuses on security and privacy issues related to neural engineering systems, visual prosthesis, and teleoperated robots.

In the area of neural privacy and security, Tamara has been working towards understanding and quantifying the amount of private information that can be extracted using a person’s electro-physiological signals as information sources. She has also worked on research and development of a signal processing mechanism, referred to as the BCI Anonymizer, which will be used to prevent and mitigate privacy attacks.

In the area of teleoperated security, Tamara has been investigating potential security threats against the next-generation teleoperated robotic systems. She has worked towards quantifying the impact of these threats on remote operators, robots, as well as teleoperated procedures as a whole. In addition, Tamara has been researching and developing mitigation strategies against the detected attacks, which rely on human operator’s haptic interaction with the system.

Tamara received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from the University of Washington, Department of Electrical Engineering, and her B.S. degree from the University of Zagreb, Croatia.

5.2 Cheryl Brown (University of North Carolina Charlotte)
“RFID Implant Technology and Artificial Intelligence: Can We Spell Ethics and Trust?”

Cheryl L. Brown, PhD
Associate Professor
Associate Chair and Undergraduate Coordinator
Political Science and Public Administration
American Council on Education Fellow (2007 – 2008)
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Cheryl L. Brown is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration and a faculty affiliate of the Data Science Initiative at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Brown’s current research focuses on privacy, ethics, and trust in big data for precision medicine and health quantification for connected and autonomous vehicles, both projects she presented at National Institutes of Health conferences.

She teaches courses on privacy, ethics, and governance of big data; cybersecurity policy and the Internet of Things; and Chinese domestic and foreign policy. Brown received her B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Florida and Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Political Science, specializing in Chinese studies, from the University of Michigan. She contributed to the health sector of the 5th Cybersecurity Framework Workshop of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in 2013. Her writings in the social sciences and engineering include topics on health biometrics and privacy in China and the United States; China’s second-generation identification card and RFID technology; cultural dimensions of e-government and smart cards; and ethics in engineering, data science, robotics, and biomimetics. She is an active member of IEEE and participates in IEEE standards working groups on ethics, privacy, and security.

5.3 Claude Louis-Charles (Microsoft Corporation)

Claude Louis-Charles
Director Healthcare
Microsoft Corporation
Washington D.C.

Claude is the Director Healthcare, at Microsoft Corporation, where he is directly responsible for Microsoft Federal Healthcare consulting services for all Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

5.4 Ali Muzzafar (Deloitte)
“Youth and technology in a changing world”

Ali Muzzafar
Senior Consultant, Deloitte
Orange County, CA USA

Ali Muzzafar is a Senior Consultant at Deloitte and currently serves as Chairman of the Sir Syed Global Scholar Award ( – a non-profit organization providing Higher Education Scholarships to students in India. He was a United Nations Youth Delegate at the 2017 Winter Youth Assembly, and serves as Vice-Chair of the recently established Student and Young Professionals Committee in the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT).

6. Panel
“Ethics in Industry and Innovation”

Moderator: John Havens (IEEE Standards Association)


Tamara Bonaci (University of Washington)
Cheryl Brown (University of North Carolina Charlotte)
Jennifer Dukarski (Butzel Long)
Claude Louis-Charles (Microsoft Corporation)
Bill Moylan (Eastern Michigan University)
Ali Muzzafar (Deloitte)

7. Event Support
We thank our patrons and sponsors for their generous support of our IEEE SEM Fall Conference: ETHICS 2017.

Financial Sponsors

Technical Co-Sponsors

In cooperation with the:
• IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee
• ACM Special Interest Group on Computers and Society
• ACM Committee on Professional Ethics

8. Conference Committee
Conference Chair
Philip Hall, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Chair, Chapter 3, IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section

SEM Section Chair
Robert Neff, IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section

Kimball Williams, IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section

Finance Chair
Nevrus Kaja, The University of Michigan

Registration Chair
David Mindham, ITC Holdings Corporation

Local Arrangements Chair
Ravi Nigam, IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section

Patronage, Sponsorship and Exhibits Chair
TBA, IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section

Publications Chair
Ravi Nigam, IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section

Publicity Co-Chairs
Akio Fujimaki, IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section
Rajeev Verma, IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section

Student & Young Professionals Chair
Nevrus Kaja, The University of Michigan

Scott Lytle, Yazaki Testing Center

Conference Liaisons
Charles Rubenstein, Pratt Institute and ETHICS Symposium International Steering Committee Chair

9. 2017 SEM Section Officers
Included updated list from the 2016 Fall Conference or 2017 Spring Conference booklet.