Welcome to the IEEE UK and Ireland Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology.
IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) provides IEEE members with the opportunity to work with a large network of volunteers around the world carrying out and/or supporting impactful humanitarian activities on the local level.
The UK and Ireland Section’s SIGHT committee was formed in November 2018 based on Section Vice-Chair Mona Ghassemian’s proposal at the Section AGM. The committee aims to support IEEE members in the UK and Ireland to identify local societal challenges and propose opportunities in the sustainable development and humanitarian technology space.
A formal petition to form an UK & Ireland SIGHT group was submitted in August 2019 and it was approved in September 2019 by IEEE SIGHT Committee under number 19-036.
The IEEE UK and Ireland SIGHT committee has identified the following areas to address community problems:
- Assisted living tech: Inclusive multi-sensor platform for autistic kids that encourage social interaction
- Senior citizen assisted tech: Improving quality of lives of ageing population in the country by reducing the sense of loneliness
- Navigation tech for blind and/or deaf assisted living: To improve independent living for blind and/or deaf population in the country by providing navigation haptic tools
- Empowerment and assisted learning and access to local resources for refugees especially for women and children
The IEEE UK and Ireland SIGHT committee is looking for a new SIGHT Chair to support and coordinate its activities. The Section SIGHT committee chair is responsible for engaging and guiding Section members to submit their proposals, liaising with the Region 8 SIGHT committee and reporting on activities during Section meetings.