The Center for Science, Technology, and Society (CSTS) at Missouri S&T provides an intellectual space for scholars and students to work together on critical issues related to technical problems and controversies from a global and interdisciplinary perspective.

By studying contemporary controversies, historical transformations, scientific and technical communication, policy issues, and ethical questions, the Center advances research in the areas in which science and society intersect, supports work that presents scientific ideas to general audiences, and establishes opportunities for faculty and students to improve their abilities to convey the significance of their work to the public.  The creation of programs and research that integrate science, technology, and social concerns increases the impact of research programs and prepares S&T students to be educators and ambassadors to the public on the vital role science and technology play in all our lives.

Upcoming Conference

Artificial Intelligence and You: The Social and Human Dimensions of AI

Missouri S&T Center for Science, Technology, and Society

Please join us April 25 - 27, 2024

Submit abstracts by March 1st. 2024, using this Google form

Be sure to include all the information requested. 

The Missouri S&T Center for Science, Technology and Society invites proposals for paper presentations, poster sessions, and panel discussions for the Spring 2024 conference, Artificial Intelligence and You: The Social and Human Dimensions of AI

With the rise of the use of generative AI in most facets of human life, scholars, practitioners, and the general public should pause frequently to ask questions about the technologies that humans are rapidly allowing to have more and more agency over our daily lives. 

What is AI? What does it mean to be artificial? How is intelligence created? What are the advantages and disadvantages when data gathered by artificial intelligence impacts human decision-making in areas such as healthcare, personal security, or consumerism? What do you do when your smart device tells you to breathe or move or sleep and what does this suggest about the future of human agency? 

Abstracts should be 250 words or less and should deal with almost any theme(s) about AI, including, but not limited to:

-Development of AI itself                                                  -Biomarkers and Impacts on Human Behavior      

-Ethics                                                                                        -Education

-Policy                                                                                      -Historical Contexts

-Implementation                                                                   -Social Dimensions

-Commodification of Human Data                              -Developing Models

The conference will be held on the campus of Missouri S&T in Rolla, Missouri Thursday evening, April 25, Dr. Joy Lisi Rankin (NYU and the Center for Responsible AI), will present a keynote talk, with a welcome reception after. Friday all day and Saturday morning will comprise the paper, poster, and panel sessions. Students are particularly encouraged to participate.

Submit abstracts by March 1st, 2024, using this Google form. Be sure to include all the information requested. 

Papers will be 15 minutes long, with 5 minutes for questions. 

Panel proposers need to submit a panel abstract as well as the names/titles/abstracts of all the 15-minute papers in the panel (max of 4). The panel proposer will be responsible for communicating with the other panelists concerning acceptance and registration. 

Poster presenters will need to be at their poster for at least an hour (to be scheduled) for discussion; posters will be on display the entire conference.


If you have any questions, please contact the Director of the CSTS, Dr. Kathleen Sheppard (sheppardka@mst.edu).