Toronto Canada, 27 - 29th June 2013

The IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) is an annual international forum sponsored by the IEEE Society on the Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) to be held in Toronto, Canada, 27-29 June 2013.  ISTAS13 is the annual symposium of the IEEE Society on the Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) which dates back to 1989.

ISTAS'13 presenters and panellists will address the implications of living in smartworlds - smart grids, smart infrastructure, smart homes, smart cars, smart fridges...smart people. ISTAS'13 will bring together participants sharing research, projects, and ideas about people living in smart environments.  The environment around us is becoming "smarter". Soon there will be a camera in nearly every streetlight to do better occupancy sensing and ultimately a camera in every light fixture. Many appliances and everyday products such as automatic flush toilets, faucets, and sensor-operated showers are starting to use more sophisticated camera-based computer-vision technologies.

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Steve Mann - AR eyeglass and wearable computing - Veillance (Surveillance versus Sousveillance) - Click to view video

Steve Mann - AR eyeglass and wearable computing - Veillance (Surveillance versus Sousveillance) - Click to view video

Smart People

"...In a world of smart things like smart lights, smart toilets, smart grids, smart meters, smart roads, and the like, what happens when you have "smart people" (i.e. put sensors on people)?  What do we make of the growing numbers of businesses like department stores and restaurants that prohibit cameras, yet display QR codes that require cameras to read and understand?

This event will facilitate the Veillances to come together in acknowledging the wearer as a camera but also the supporting infrastructure that will enable intelligent 4G applications.


The ISTAS13 event is a powerful lineup of leaders from various fields of research coming together in a transdisciplinary manner. This symposium will prepare consumers for better understanding innovations in human computing and IT wearables, social implications and likely impacts on users of the technology.

This event promises to be the beginning of outcomes related to;

  1. Consumer awareness;
  2. Usability;
  3. A defined industry cluster of new innovators;
  4. Regulatory demands for a variety of jurisdictions;
  5. User-centric engineering development ideas;
  6. Augmented Reality design;
  7. Creative computing;
  8. Mobile learning applications
  9. Wearables as an assistive technology.



ISTAS '13 will be a transdisciplinary event for engineers, designers, scientists, artists, researchers in the social sciences, law and humanities, decision makers, entrepreneurs, inventors, commercializers, etc., as well as polymaths, and anyone who is a Designer, Artist, Sustainist, Scientist, Technologist, Engineer, and Mathematician (DASSTEMist).


Nearby Attractions

All within a 10-minute walk from University of Toronto Bahen Centre.
Royal Ontario Museum
Philosopher's Walk
Royal Conservatory of Music
Ontario Legislature (parliament building)
Art Gallery of Ontario


Kensington Market Neighborhood

OCAD Building

Sites Of Interest in Toronto

  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Eaton Centre (vertical atrium shopping centre)
  • Dundas Square at night (outside the Eaton Centre)
  • CN Tower
  • Canadian Opera Company
  • National Ballet of Canada
  • Distillery District
  • St. Lawrence Market
  • Active Surplus Electronics (famous for engineering enthusiasts), as well as two smaller electronics stores adjacent to UofT.
  • Honest Ed's (a department store, lit by 23,000 light bulbs at night. Near Bathurst subway station)
  • Boat ride in Toronto harbor (various private tourist boats and sailboats)

Toronto is known for live theatre, in 3rd place behind New York and London. 

  • Princess of Wales Theatre
  • Royal Alexandra Theatre
  • Ed Mirvish Theatre
  • Panasonic Theatre
  • Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre
  • Tarragon Theatre
  • Factory Theatre
  • Massey Hall
  • Roy Thompson Hall

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