Gaetano Borriello Feet on the Ground Humanitarian Symposium
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Please join us for the Gaetano Borriello Feet on the Ground Humanitarian Symposium on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 1:30 to 6:00 pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport. The symposium, which will feature talks by researchers and humanitarian leaders who are applying technology solutions to real-world problems, will be held during the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC15), October 8-11 in Seattle.

Our friend and colleague, Gaetano Borriello, passed away earlier this year. He was a Fellow of the IEEE, a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington, and a recognized leader in the fields of mobile and ubiquitous computing who devoted a significant portion of his career to developing technologies that improve conditions in low-resource settings. He led the development of a suite of open-source mobile data collection tools, known as the Open Data Kit (ODK), that are used by humanitarian programs worldwide to advance public health, human rights, political participation and environmental stewardship. Dr. Borriello demonstrated how research can impact the lives of people around the globe, and the symposium will honor his many contributions.

Jim Jefferies, President of the IEEE USA, will join the symposium to deliver a special announcement, which will be followed by a series of keynote presentations and technical talks by experts in developing and applying technologies to address humanitarian challenges. Featured speakers will include:

    John Bennett, Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation Initiatives, University of Colorado, Denver and past president, Engineers Without Borders

    Eric Brewer, Professor, Computer Science Division, University of California, Berkeley

    Kiersten Israel-Ballard, Technical Officer, Maternal and Child Health/Nutrition, PATH

    David Thau, Manager of Developer Relations, Google Earth Engine & Google Earth Outreach

    Heather Underwood, Associate Director, Inworks and Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Denver

    Lorenzo Violante Ruiz, Learning & Innovation Coordinator, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

    Roy Want, Research Scientist, Google

In addition, a panel of researchers who worked with Dr. Borriello on the Open Data Kit will offer their perspectives on its role in aiding humanitarian work around the globe, featuring Waylon Brunette, Ph.D. Candidate, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington; Nicola Dell, Assistant Professor, Computing & Information Sciences, Cornell University; and Carl Hartung, Co-founder & CTO, Nafundi, and Sam Sudar, Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington.

Professor Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, will open proceedings with a tribute to Dr. Borriello's life and work. The symposium is co-chaired by Professor Richard Anderson, Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, and Dr. Sheree Wen, United States national commissioner to UNESCO, chair of IEEE Seattle and vice chair of GHTC15.

In addition to honoring the life and contributions of Dr. Borriello, we will also celebrate the 70th anniversary of UNESCO, the United Nations Education Science and Culture Organization. Since 1945, UNESCO has united people in 197 countries, endeavoring through education, science and culture to improve lives through peaceful collaborations.

Attendance at the Gaetano Borriello Feet on the Ground Humanitarian Symposium is open to members of the public in addition to GHTC15 conference registrants. Because space is limited, individuals who plan to attend the symposium without registering for GHTC15 are encouraged to RSVP in advance. There will be no on-site registration.

Organized by IEEE, the world's largest technical professional society with over 400,000 members in over 160 countries, the cross-disciplinary Global Humanitarian Technology Conference focuses on advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. More than 300 people from 30 countries are expected at GHTC15. Learn more and register to attend the entire GHTC15 conference at