Engineering as Social Experimentation: Involving the public in the design process

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Date(s) - 07/27/2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Creekside Restaurant and Bar


Engineering as Social Experimentation: Involving the public in the design process

Presented by Prof. Kevin Passino of The Ohio State University

Without question, technology is changing our society. And as the implementing force of those changes, the engineering community needs to become more aware of the impact of those changes. This talk, which is part of Prof. Passino’s course on “Ethics in Electrical and Computer Engineering“, is part of this on-going discussion .


The engineering design process, from a broad perspective, includes testing products and processes on the public to see if they work well. When there are technology failures, then engineering should redesign (create version 2 of the technology) so that further failures do not occur, especially if those failures result in loss of life or degradation of health of the client. In this talk, this process of engineering as social experimentation will be explained and compared and contrasted to standard experiments. A range of case studies will be used to illustrate the main points.


5PM: Registration, appetizers and networking
5:30: Introduction of Prof. Passino 
5:40: Presentation (Prof. Passino, 5:40- 6:40)


Kevin M. Passino received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1989. He is currently a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Director of the Humanitarian Engineering Center at The Ohio State University. He is on the IEEE Humanitarian Engineering Activities Committee and is currently a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology. He has served as the Vice President of Technical Activities of the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS); was an elected member of the IEEE Control Systems Society Board of Governors; was the Program Chair of the 2001 IEEE Conf. on Decision and Control;  He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

He is co-editor (with P.J. Antsaklis) of the book “An Introduction to Intelligent and Autonomous Control,” Kluwer Academic Press, 1993; co-author (with S. Yurkovich) of the book “Fuzzy Control,” Addison Wesley Longman Pub., 1998; co-author (with K.L. Burgess) of the book “Stability Analysis of Discrete Event Systems,” John Wiley and Sons, NY, 1998; co-author (with V. Gazi, M.L. Moore, W. Shackleford, F. Proctor, and J.S. Albus) of the book “The RCS Handbook: Tools for Real Time Control Systems Software Development”, John Wiley and Sons, NY, 2001; co-author (with J.T. Spooner, M. Maggiore, R. Ordonez) of the book “Stable Adaptive Control and Estimation for Nonlinear Systems: Neural and Fuzzy Approximator Techniques,” John Wiley and Sons, NY, 2002; author of “Biomimicry for Optimization, Control, and Automation,” Springer-Verlag, London, UK, 2005; and co-author (with V. Gazi) of the book “Swarm Stability and Optimization”, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany, 2011; author of “Humanitarian Engineering: Advancing Technology for Sustainable Development, Edition 3, Bede Pub., OH, 2016. For more information, see:

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