A Case Study of Humanitarian Use of Drones


Due to the Corona Crisis the Event has been cancelled.
IEEE SSIT Switzerland hopes the Presentation can be held in the very near future.

When disaster hits it is often difficult to estimate the current situation, especially in remote location where access is difficult under normal conditions already, but next to impossible after a tornado, a land slide or an earth quake.

After the disastrous earthquake in the Himalayan state of Nepal of 25 April 2015, shortly after the event NGOs deployed drones to map a landslide area for post-disaster relief and reconstruction of dwellings and transport infrastructure.

To assess the work done with the drones in Nepal, SSIT member Ms Ning Wang went to Nepal in 2019 for fieldwork.

She presented a paper titled “A Success Story that Can Be Sold?” at the SSIT ISTAS conference in Medford, MA, USA in November 2019. You are welcome to listen to her story and discuss her findings at our Zurich meeting


  Date and Time




  • Date: 18 Mar 2020
  • Time: 06:30 PM to 09:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC+01:00) Bern
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  • Sihlstrasse 33
  • Zürich, Switzerland
  • Switzerland 8001
  • Building: Glockenhaus
  • Room Number: Sofia
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  • Thomas Schmid, IEEE Switzerland chapter of Society on Social Implications of technology


Ms Ning Wang Ms Ning Wang of Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME) University of Zurich (UZH)


Ms Ning Wang currently works at the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME), University of Zurich.

Before joining Zurich University she worked for the UN as well as for private companies, as an ethicist.


Address:Winterthurerstrasse 30, , Zürich, Switzerland, 8006


18:30 Meeting, presentation

20:00 move to restaurant Glockenhof for further discussion

Ms Ning Wang intends to set up a IEEE SIGHT chapter and is looking for support here in Switzerland.