Session Speakers

Speaker Bios

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    Adam Gorrell

    US Air Force Captain

    Capt Gorrell was commissioned as a US Air Force Officer in 2004 earning his pilot wings in 2005. Selected to the B-1B Lancer, Capt Gorrell flew nearly 300 combat hours in Iraq and Afghanistan. With the rise of the MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), the United States Air Force fielded the MQ-9 Reaper (or, Predator B) and Capt Gorrell was transferred to the initial team of the Reaper program in 2008. He flew operational combat missions in the MQ-9 until 2011. To support in-theater launch/recovery of the aircraft, he deployed again to Afghanistan in 2009.

    In 2010 Capt Gorrell transferred to operational test and evaluation. As an operational test pilot, he flew MANY sorties in support of on-going, and rapid, acquisitions of Predator and Reaper systems. In 2011 he was transferred to program management, tasked with designing flight test objectives, metrics, data analysis, and reports to Air Combat Command within the mindset of “evaluation via experimentation”.

    He received his degree in aerospace engineering in 2003 from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and a Masters of engineering in space operations from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in 2010. Since then, he has been involved in numerous air and space research and development efforts focused on the future of RPA operations. Currently, Capt Gorrell is an instructor of Astronautics at the United States Air Force Academy as well as an instructor and mentor of the USAFA UAS Program.

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    Adam Rothstein

    The State Contributing Editor

    Adam Rothstein is an insurgent archivist and writes about politics, media, and technology wherever he can get a signal. He is most interested in the canons of history and prediction, the so-called “Future-Weird”, and the unstable ramifications of today’s cultural technology. He has contributed to Rhizome, The New Inquiry, The Atlantic Tech, and The Magazine, is a contributing editor at The State, and co-organized Murmuration: A Festival of Drone Culture. He tweets as @interdome.

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    Amie Stepanovich

    EPIC Director, Domestic Surveillance Project

    Amie Stepanovich is the director of EPIC’s Domestic Surveillance Project. Her work encompasses the Fourth Amendment, national security, cybersecurity, digital identity, international privacy, and open government. Ms. Stepanovich is an expert on drone surveillance and has testified in front of Congress on the need for privacy protections for domestic drone use. She has discussed the privacy implications of surveillance at many prominent events, including the Internet Governance Forum (US), the General Assembly of the Atlantic Treaty Association, and the Dialogue on Diversity conference.

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    Andra Keay

    Robot Launchpad Founder

    Andra Keay is a robot startup evangelist, Founder of Robot Launchpad, Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics and CoFounder of Robot Garden, a new robotics hackerspace. Andra is also Treasurer of the Robots Association and contributor to Robohub, the global site for news and views on robotics. She obtained her MA in Human-Robot Culture/Cultural Theory at the University of Sydney, Australia in 2011, building on a background as a robot hobbyist, STEM educator and film-maker.

    Additional Affiliations Silicon Valley Robotics – Managing Director

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    Andrea Bianchi

    NUAIR Program Manager

    Andrea is program manager for NUAIR, the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance, a regional consortium working to establish testing sites for civil and commercial UAS in Upstate New York and Massachusetts. NUAIR is working to enhance the ecosystem in the Northeast U.S for the research, development and commercialization of UAS technology, and is leading efforts to charter a New York Chapter of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). In addition to her work with NUAIR, Andrea pursues regional partnerships and economic development opportunities through CenterState CEO, a regional economic development organization based in Syracuse, NY and serving Central Upstate New York.

    A Syracuse native and Binghamton University alum, Andrea is interested in enhancing the startup and entrepreneurial community in Upstate New York. She is an organizer for Startup Weekend Syracuse and Director of Programming and Business Development for the Central New York Chapter of Girls in Tech, a global organization focused the education and empowerment of women in technology and entrepreneurship. Twitter: @AndreaMBianchi

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    Angela Schoellig

    University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies Assistant Professor

    Angela Schoellig is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS). She conducts research at the interface of robotics, controls and learning. Her goal is to enhance the performance and autonomy of robots by enabling them to learn from past experiments. Angela has been working with aerial vehicles for the past 5 years. She developed motion planning, control and learning algorithms for high-performance quadrocopter flight. Watch her vehicles perform slalom races and flight dances here:http://www.youtube.com/user/angelaschoe.

    Angela received her Ph.D. from ETH Zurich (Prof. Raffaello D’Andrea), and holds both a M.Sc. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Masters degree in Engineering Cybernetics from the University of Stuttgart. She was finalist of the 2008 IEEE Fellowship in Robotics and Automation, which supports prospective leaders in this field. Her past research, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, has been published in journals such as Springer’s Autonomous Robots, and has received coverage worldwide in mainstream TV, print and online media. More information about her research is available at:http://schoellig.name.

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    Ant Miller

    BBC Research & Development Senior Research Manager

    Ant Miller is a Senior Research Manager at BBC Research & Development, taking the brilliant inventions from the BBC technology laboratories into action in studios, on locations and in production facilities across the world. Since early 2012 Ant has been running experimental operations for UAS in broadcast and developing a safe, effective and innovative operations model for these tools. In his spare time he likes to organise Hackdays and Maker Faires, and has been known to take surprising rocket motors to social events.

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    Baptiste Tripard

    SenseFly North American Sales Director

    Baptiste is an engineer, graduated from Supaero and the TU Berlin (Master of Science in Aeronautics and Space) and also holds a Master in Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy (HEC Paris). After a first experience in a French start-up that designs jet engines for very light aircrafts, he joined SenseFly in order to manage the development of the company in North America. He is also in charge of the regulatory watch and represents SenseFly towards the different authorities and working groups worldwide.

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    BJ Ard

    Yale Law School Information Society Project Resident Fellow

    BJ Ard is a Postdoctoral Associate in Law and Thomson Reuters Fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Yale Law School, where he was Managing Editor of The Yale Law Journal and a Knight Law and Media Scholar. While in law school, he also served as a Google Policy Fellow at the Center for Democracy & Technology and was awarded the Stephen J. Massey Prize for his work as student director for the law school's mortgage foreclosure litigation clinic. Following graduation from Yale Law School, Ard served as a law clerk to the Honorable R. Lanier Anderson III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and as an intellectual property litigator at the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP. His current work focuses on intellectual property, contracts, electronic commerce, and consumer law.

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    Bob Knauff


    General Robert Knauff is chief executive officer of the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance, Inc. (NUAIR), a New York non-profit corporation leading a coalition of New York and Massachusetts aerospace industry and academic institutions working together to establish a site for the testing and certification of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and the training of their operators.

    General Knauff is a 1975 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. In his 33-year United States Air Force career he undertook a series of flying and command assignments culminating with his assignment as commander of the 6,000-member New York Air National Guard and deputy commander of the 17,000 men and women of the New York Army and Air National Guard. He commanded the 174th Fighter Wing at Hancock Field, Syracuse, New York, from 1996 to 2003, prior to becoming chief of staff of the New York Air National Guard and then its commander. In addition, he served as the Air National Guard assistant to the commander, U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command. He is a combat veteran with more than 3,900 flying hours.

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    Brendan Schulman

    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP Special Counsel

    Brendan Schulman is defending a prominent civilian drone pilot in the FAA’s first-ever federal case involving civilian drones. A commercial litigator at major New York firms for over a decade, Brendan’s practice has focused on digital evidence, electronic discovery, social media, and other law-and-technology subjects. Brendan is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was Executive Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology. He has been flying radio-control model aircraft as a hobbyist for nearly 20 years, and is also an active recreational drone builder and pilot.

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    Buddy Michini

    Airware Director of Research and Development

    Buddy Michini is the Director of Research and Development at Airware, a fast-growing startup company focused on providing a flexible development platform for the safe and reliable operation of unmanned aerial systems. Buddy recently finished a PhD at MIT's Aerospace Controls Lab, where his research focused on design, control, autonomy, and AI for indoor UAVs.

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    Cal Coopmans

    Utah State University, AggieAir Group PhD Student

    Cal Coopmans is a PhD student of electrical engineering at Utah State University, where he is researching, designing, and flying aerial remote sensing systems with the AggieAir group. He is finishing his PhD dissertation with the title "Cyber-Physical Systems Enabled by Unmanned Aerial Vehicle-Based Personal Remote Sensing: a Data Mission Quality-Centric Design Architecture." Mr. Coopmans has been working in aerospace for more than 10 years and has been serving as a small UAS systems engineer during his past 6 years at Utah State. Currently he manages a team of 25 undergraduate and graduate students who are designing and building UASs specifically for scientific data collection. He has been involved in the AUVSI Seafarer chapter student UAS competitions for the last 6 years, and has participated in two First and one Second place teams from Utah State.

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    Cameron Rose

    UC Berkeley, Biomimetic Millisystems Laboratory Graduate Student

    Cameron Rose is a graduate student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of Prof. Ron Fearing's Biomimetic Millisystems Laboratory, and his research focuses on modeling and control of flapping-winged robots in flight away from equilibrium.

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    Catherine Crump

    ACLU Staff Attourney

    Prior to joining the ACLU, Crump clerked for the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown, a judge on U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Crump graduated from Stanford University and Stanford Law School. She is a non-residential fellow with the Stanford Center for Internet and Society.

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    Chris Anderson

    3DRobotics CEO & Co-founder

    Chris Anderson is an American author and entrepreneur. He was with The Economist for seven years, then joining WIRED magazine in 2001 where he was the editor-in-chief until 2012. He is known for his 2004 article entitled The Long Tail; which he later expanded into the 2006 book, The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More. He is currently the cofounder and CEO of 3DRobotics, a drone manufacturing company.

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    Chris Kippenberger

    Kippenberger Racing Founder

    Chris Kippenberger is the founder of Kippenberger Racing, PR and content prototyping. Kippenberger started as an industrial design student in San Francisco. In the late ’90s he moved to LA and started working in film in post production. While there, he worked at Ridley Scott Associates where he wrote music video concepts. In the early 2000′s, Kippenberger moved to Germany where he continued working in the industry at RSA Films, Vice Germany, and Ramp. He founded Kippenberger Racing in 2010 with his partner Marcus Gelhard.

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    Christina Dunbar-Hester

    Rutgers University Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies

    Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University. Prof. Dunbar-Hester is an ethnographer who studies the intersection of technical practice and political engagement. Her book on early-21st-century activism around low-power FM radio in the U.S. will be published in 2014 by MIT Press. Her recent research centers on advocacy to raise awareness about “diversity” issues in hackerspace and free software communities.

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    Christopher Wong

    Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy, NYU Law Executive Director

    Christopher is the Executive Director of the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy at NYU Law and a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project. He is the founder of Innovate / Activate, co-director of the Open Video Conference, and co-curator of Personal Democracy Forum.

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    Clay Folden

    Aerial Photographer and Filmmaker for DSLRPros

    Clay Folden moved to Los Angeles in 2012, after graduating from the University of North Florida, to pursue a career in production. He is specializing in operating UAS for capturing footage from unique, and in some cases previously impossible angles. He is currently working on several productions as an associate for DSLRPros as well as an independent documentary destined for this years Sundance Film Festival.

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    Colin Guinn

    DJI, North America Chief Executive Officer

    Colin Guinn is chief executive officer of DJI with more than 15 years experience in aerial photography and component design. He is responsible for strategic product development of new DJI products, as well as sales and marketing for the North American market.

    Colin started Build|Design|Print which specialized in producing aerial photography, marketing material, and websites for ultra-luxury homebuilders. Maximizing the need for aerial photography, he built custom radio-controlled helicopters and specialized gimbals - leading to the creation of aerial cinematography company Avean Media.

    Colin's uniqueness to the aerial cinematography world is that he has the ability to understand the technology from an engineer's level; yet explain it in a simple, digestible way.

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    D. Parvaz

    Al Jazeera Special Projects Editor

    D. Parvaz is the special projects editor Al Jazeera, where she also reports extensively on the Middle East, especially Egypt, Iran, Libya and Syria, focusing ondemocracy and rights issues. She most recently spent a month covering the crisis in Egypt, including the violent clearing of the Rabaa Al-Adawiya sit-in in Cairo. Parvaz has also covered the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disasters in Japan and occasionally reports on US Constitutional issues. Prior to working for Al Jazeera, she worked as a freelancer in the UK and at newspapers in the US and Japan.

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    Daniel Suarez

    Author Kill Decision

    Daniel Suarez is an American information technology consultant turned author. A former systems consultant to Fortune 1000 companies, he has designed and developed mission-critical software for the defense, finance, and entertainment industries. In 2012, Suarez published “Kill Decision.” It deals with themes of espionage, artificial intelligence, and warfare using robots and drones. It describes a fictional scenario where insurgents have created automated drones that identify enemies and make the decision to kill them (the ‘Kill Decision’ ) without human intervention.

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    David Goldberg

    Queen Mary, University of London Senior Visiting Fellow

    David Goldberg  is Legal & Regulatory Specialist for the consultancy 'Unmanned Experts' and a co-author of ‘Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems & Journalists’ (Reuters Institute, Oxford University, 2013). He directs deeJgee Research/Consultancy; is a Senior Visiting Fellow, Institute of Computer and Communications Law in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London; and an adjunct Associate Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School (LA). From 1971 - 2000, he taught at the School of Law, University of Glasgow, founding the Journal of Media Law and Practice in 1980 and initiating the teaching of communications law and policy at Glasgow in 1983 at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He was an Associate Fellow, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford (2007-2013) and, until recently, taught communications law and regulation for Glasgow Caledonian University’s communications law course as well as media law to journalism students at the University of Stirling.  In 2011, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts etc (FRSA) and gained a ‘PhD by Prior Publication’ (Glasgow Caledonian University, 2011).  He has worked for the Campaign for Freedom of Information since 1984, being a co-convener in Scotland for many years.

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    David Levine

    Elon University School of Law Associate Professor of Law

    David S. Levine is an Associate Professor of Law at Elon University School of Law and an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School (CIS). He is also the founder and host of Hearsay Culture on KZSU-FM (Stanford University), an information policy, intellectual property law and technology talk show for which he has recorded over 190 interviews since May 2006. Hearsay Culture was named as a top five podcast in the ABA's Blawg 100 of 2008 and can be found at http://hearsayculture.com. His scholarship, which has been published in several law reviews including Florida, North Carolina and Stanford Online, focuses on the operation of intellectual property law at the intersection of technology and public life, specifically information flows in the lawmaking and regulatory process and intellectual property law's impact on public and private secrecy, transparency and accountability. He has spoken about his work in numerous venues, from the American Political Science Association annual meeting to the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, and internationally.

    Active in policy analysis, he has made presentations to the negotiators at several negotiating rounds for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), testified before the Library of Congress, co-authored influential law professors’ letters regarding the TPP, Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), and is a member of the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission's Protection of Trade Secret and Proprietary Information Study Group that is tasked with writing the state's hydraulic fracturing regulations. Having been interviewed and quoted in many media outlets, from NPR to the Los Angeles Times, he is a recurring contributor to Slate. He was previously a resident fellow at CIS, legislative aide in the New York State Assembly, assistant corporation counsel for the City of New York and in private practice in Manhattan. He holds a BS in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University and a JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

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    Diana Marina Cooper

    LaBarge Weinstein LLP Articling Associate

    Diana received a JD, cum laude, in 2013 from the University of Ottawa, where she pursued a concentration in Law and Technology. She previously obtained a BA and MA. During law school, Diana worked as a Research Assistant for Professor Michael Geist, and Professor Ian Kerr. Her articles on licensing have appeared in various publications including Private Equity Manager, The Corporate Counselor, The Lawyer’s PC, and Linux Journal. Diana recently developed her own blog, exploring the intersections of law and technology. Since graduation, Diana has joined the offices of LaBarge Weinstein LLP, a leading business law firm with an emphasis on the technology sector. Follow her on Twitter @Diana_M_Cooper.

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    Drunken Predator Drone


    Unmanned Alcoholic Vehicle, keeping the world safe for...well...not really keeping it safe, per se.

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    Dustin Boyer


    Dustin Boyer is the cofounder of Tacocopter, the first company to develop drones for commercial food delivery. In addition to Tacocopter, Dustin is working on starting a hotel in San Francisco for technology entrepreneurs, scientists and artists. He previously worked at Google and Harvard Law School where he was on the submissions committee for the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology. He briefly attended Stanford University and was an intern on the speech writing team for Eliot Spitzer's 2006 gubernatorial campaign. He likes black bean tacos with extra guacamole. Follow him on twitter @nub.

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    Ed Waggoner

    NASA Director, Integrated Systems Research Program Office

    As director of the Integrated Systems Research Program Office, Ed Waggoner is responsible for the overall planning, management and evaluation of the directorate's efforts to conduct integrated, system-level research on promising vehicle and operational technologies in a relevant environment that meet energy, environmental and mobility objectives.

    In addition, he supports the associate administrator in a broad range of mission directorate activities, including strategic and program planning; budget development; program review and evaluation; and external coordination.

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    Eileen Shibley

    Cal UAS Director Unmanned Systems

    Eileen Shibley accepted her first management position as Chief of the Simulation Laboratory. She and the team evolved China Lake’s Simulation Laboratory into the Integrated Battlespace Arena (IBAR) and Eileen served as it’s first Director. Ms Shibley was also the first Project Manager for NAVAIR’s RDT&E network from 2001 to 2003. From 2005 to 2008, Ms. Shibley served as Director of the Emergent Weapons Systems Office. From Jan 09 through March 2010, Ms. Shibley was on loan to the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) where she developed a $150M M&S Program for this Joint organization.

    Ms. Shibley currently serves as the Lead of the Cal UAS Portal Consortium, a California effort focused on enhancing and generating additional Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) business opportunities at Inyokern Airport and throughout California. Ms. Shibley has been actively involved as a Director of the China Lake Alliance Board of Directors since Nov 2011 and was recently (Jan 2013) selected to serve as Executive Director.

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    Eirik Solheim

    Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) Project manager, development department

    Editor and writer. In addition to keeping NRKbeta he works on various web projects at NRK (Norway’s public broadcaster). Eirik’s hobbies include aerial photography, macro-time-lapse photography, pursuing majestic wildlife via drone, among many others.

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    Elevated Element

    Elevated Element

    Belinda and Terry founded Elevated Element in 2009 as a way to combine both their backgrounds in fine art, education and technology. Authors of the upcoming book, Drone Art: Baltimore, they have spent the last two years capturing new perspectives of iconic landmarks using their own custom designed UAV’s. This experience has not only yielded a body of unique creative work, but also led to the engineering of hardware designs that made such works possible. The pair plan to bring these exciting designs to market in the near future. In addition, they promote STEM initiatives through regular demonstrations at K-12 schools. These efforts are currently being developed into a curriculum that presents this emerging technology in a fun and engaging manner.

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    Emily Bell

    Tow Center for Digital Journalism Director

    Emily Bell was director of digital content for Britain's Guardian News and Media from 2006 to 2010. Previous to that post, Bell was editor-in-chief of Guardian Unlimited from 2001 to 2006. Under Bell, the Guardian received numerous awards, including the Webby Award for a newspaper website in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009, and British Press Awards for Website of the Year in 2006, 2008 and 2009. Bell first joined the Observer newspaper, which became part of Guardian News and Media, in 1990, as a business reporter specializing in media business, marketing and technology. Bell is a leading media commentator in the U.K., writing about broadcasting and media policy issues. She is a 1987 graduate of Christ Church, Oxford University, where she earned a master's degree in jurisprudence.

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    Eric W. Frew

    University of Colorado Boulder Associate Professor & Director, Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles

    Dr. Eric W. Frew is an associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences and Director of the Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles (RECUV) at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU). Dr. Frew has been designing and deploying unmanned aircraft systems for over fifteen years. His research efforts focus on autonomous flight of heterogeneous unmanned aircraft systems; optimal distributed sensing by mobile robots; miniature self-deploying systems; and guidance and control of unmanned aircraft in complex atmospheric phenomena. Dr. Frew was co-leader of the team that performed the first-ever sampling of a severe supercell thunderstorm by an unmanned aircraft.

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    FREE ESSAM Artist

    ESSAM is a New York based artist, born in New York and raised in Maine; He joined the US Army in 2003 where he served three years as a geospatial analyst. In 2006 ESSAM enrolled in the School of Visual Arts where he received a BFA in Photography. It was the military that informed his work as an artist were he now seeks to create conversations on both social and political issues. Over time ESSAM’s work became more experimental until in early 2012 he began working in the streets of New York. Over a 9-month period working stealthily by night he created his most notable work. ESSAM’s Drone campaign received national media attention and is largely responsible for raising awareness and bringing the dialogue on foreign and domestic UAV use to its current level. In November of 2012 ESSAM was arrested in his home by the NYPD for his artistic work on drones, his case is currently pending.

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    Faye Jones

    Florida State University College of Law Professor

    Faye Jones is a professor and faculty administrator at the Florida State University College of Law. Ms. Jones practiced law in the U.S. Navy, and is a member of The Florida Bar. She teaches Information Privacy Law and a Cyberspace Law Seminar. Her research interests include developing legal frameworks for emerging technologies, cybercrime and identity theft, trust-based Internet accountability, and online privacy law.

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    Fergus Pitt

    Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University Research Fellow

    Fergus Pitt is currently a research fellow at The Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, leading a program of work investigating sensors and drones as reporting tools. He's primarily a journalist and project manager, with experience building online and mobile products, leading digital design & development teams, developing and implementing strategy. While working with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation he started producing and reporting radio current affairs, stepped sideways into online development and production, then ran projects to roll out a new suite of digital radio services, numerous online initiatives, led the rebuild of the ABC’s local journalism sites and ran ABC Radio’s mobile strategy. He received his MA in Journalism (Business & Economics) from Columbia University in New York, and a BA in Journalism from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

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    Finn Brunton

    NYU Steinhardt — Media, Culture and Communications Assistant Professor of Media, Culture and Communications

    Finn Brunton is a scholar of the relationships between society, culture and information technology -- how we make technological decisions, and the consequences of those decisions. In particular, he focuses on the adoption, adaptation, modification and misuse of digital media and hardware; privacy and information security; network subcultures; and obsolete and experimental media platforms. He is the author of *Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet* (MIT, 2013), along with numerous articles and talks. Brunton received an MA from the European Graduate School (Saas-Fee, Switzerland) and a PhD from the University of Aberdeen's Centre for Modern Thought. Prior to his NYU appointment, he was an Assistant Professor of Information at the University of Michigan's School of Information.

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    Frank Pasquale

    University of Maryland Professor of Law

    Frank Pasquale is a Professor of Law at the University of Maryland. He has written extensively on the law of automation, in contexts ranging from law enforcement to health care to finance. He has published over 25 scholarly articles, and his book The Black Box Society: Technologies of Reputation, Search, and Finance is under contract with Harvard University Press.

    Pasquale has been a Professor at Seton Hall Law School, a Visiting Fellow at Princeton’s Center for Information Technology, and a Visiting Professor at Yale Law School and Cardozo Law School. He was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University. He has testified before the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives, appearing with the General Counsels of Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo. He has also presented before a Department of Health & Human Services/Federal Trade Commission Roundtable and panels of the National Academy of Sciences.

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    Gabriel Voisin

    Bird & Bird LLP Lawyer

    Gabriel is a French qualified lawyer working in London. His practice frequently involves counselling clients on various aspects of technology law, including drone issues. He is part of an EU UAS Legal, Regulatory & Commercial Interest Group to discuss and develop the relevant legal, regulatory and commercial issues. He is a regular contributor to a range of privacy and regulatory publications including IAPP, Expertises (French publication) and BNA’s Privacy & Security Law Report. Gabriel is a member of the French Association of Data Protection Officers (AFCDP). Twitter: @gvoisin

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    Gabriella Levine

    Protei COO, Hardware Developer and Creative Collaborator

    Gabriella Levine is a creative technologist, interested in the relationship between technology and ecology. She has exhibited works internationally including Ars Electronica. She is former fellow at Instructables.com and Unreasonable at Sea, an adjunct professor at ITP, Tisch – NYU, and COO of Protei, open source shapeshifting sailing robots.

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    Greg Lindsay

    World Policy Institute Senior Fellow

    Greg Lindsay is a journalist, urbanist, and speaker. He is a contributing writer for Fast Company and an author of the international bestseller Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next. He is also a senior fellow of the World Policy Institute, a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, and a research affiliate of the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI).

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    Greg McNeal

    Pepperdine University Professor

    Greg McNeal is a professor of law and public policy at Pepperdine University and a writer for Forbes. His research focuses on the intersection of law, security, public policy, and emerging technologies. Professor McNeal has testified before Congress regarding the privacy issues associated with integrating UAS into domestic airspace, and he has consulted with UAS manufacturers, and other Fortune 500 companies on matters related to security, privacy and law. His popular writing has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Times, The Baltimore Sun, National Review Online and other publications. He has appeared on Fox News Channel, NPR, BBC, C-SPAN, CNN and other national media outlets as an expert commentator on security and public policy. His legal scholarship has been published in journals such as The Georgetown Law Journal and The Northwestern University Law Review and his forthcoming book will be published by Oxford University Press. Follow him on Twitter @GregoryMcNeal.

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    Team Grey Goose


    Based in the NY/NJ/PA region, Team Grey Goose (not affiliated with the spirit brand) is comprised of a diverse and growing group of R/C FPV enthusiasts. Their ranks include engineers, educators, software designers, and lens-based media artists. The team formed through a common passion for FPV flight and interest in the use of open source flight control systems. Initially meeting online in a users forum, the group soon began to convene regularly for flight practice and to compare field notes. Since then they have grown and evolved by becoming active in community outreach to advocate for the hobby in the form of workshop instruction and demonstrations at educational and art institutions.

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    Heather Knight

    Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon Social Roboticist

    Heather is currently conducting her doctoral research at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute and running Marilyn Monrobot Labs in NYC, which creates socially intelligent robot performances and sensor-based electronic art. Founder of the Robot Film Festival and Cyborg Cabaret, Heather was on the 2011 Forbes List for 30 under 30 in Science.

    Additional Affiliations Marilyn Monrobot – Social Roboticist

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    Henri Seydoux

    Parrot CEO & Founder

    Mr. Henri Seydoux Founded Parrot, Inc. and has been its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since June 2003. Mr. Seydoux founded Parrot S.A. in 1994 and has been its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since January 31, 1994. He is a Partner at H2i Technologies SA.

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    Irina Manta

    Hofstra University Deane School of Law Associate Professor

    Irina Manta is an Associate Professor at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. Her research examines the intersection between intellectual property law and social science, with a focus on psychology. She has most recently written about the hedonic value of trademarks and its legal implications, the problem of cognitive bias in copyright infringement litigation, and the role of criminal sanctions in intellectual property. Before joining Hofstra, Irina was an Assistant Professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a Visiting Associate Professor at Brooklyn Law School. She also served as a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School and a clerk for Judge Morris S. Arnold of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. While a student at Yale Law School, she was a tributes editor for the Yale Law Journal.

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    James Bridle

    booktwo.org Artist

    James Bridle is a writer, artist and technologist based in London, UK. He writes for the Observer newspaper and for magazines online and off, including Domus, Icon, Wired, the New Statesman and Frieze. His work has been exhibited internationally, and he speaks regularly at events worldwide on the subject of technology, networks and culture.

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    Jason Schultz

    NYU School of Law Associate Professor

    Jason Schultz is an Associate Professor of Clinical Law at NYU School of Law and Director of the Technology Law & Policy Clinic. Before joining NYU Law, Jason was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and the Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic. Jason was a Senior Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), an intellectual property law attorney at the firm of Fish & Richardson, P.C. and served as a clerk to the Honorable D. Lowell Jensen of the Northern District of California. While a student at Boalt Hall, he managed the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and interned for the Honorable Ronald M. Whyte of the Northern District of California.

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    Jennifer Urban

    UC Berkeley School of Law — Samuelson Clinic Assistant Clinical Professor of Law

    Jennifer M. Urban is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at the UC Berkeley School of Law. Broadly, her research considers how values such as free expression, freedom to innovate and privacy are mediated by technology, the laws that govern technology, and private ordering systems.

    Recent Clinic and research projects include work on data handling by third-party providers; privacy and consumer rights in mobile and smart grid data; cloud services for e-mail, social networking, and other communications; individual privacy rights in light of biometrics, drone surveillance, and other emerging technological surveillance capabilities; copyright and Internet platforms; fair use and orphan works; free and open source licensing; and defensive patent licensing. See her work at: http://www.law.berkeley.edu/php-programs/faculty/facultyProfile.php?facID=579

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    John DeLisi

    National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Director of the Office of Aviation Safety

    Mr. DeLisi has been with the National Transportation Safety Board since 1992 and was appointed the Director of the Office of Aviation Safety in 2012.

    He began his career with the NTSB as an aircraft systems engineer in the Aviation Engineering Division, which is responsible for investigating the airworthiness of aircraft involved in major aviation accidents. During this time, he was an on-scene investigator for 20 major airline accidents and 6 international investigations. He authored 16 safety recommendation letters that have led to improvements on air carrier aircraft, such as: the B737, B757, B767, and A-320.

    In 2000, Mr. DeLisi became chief of the Aviation Engineering Division. He also served as the Chief, Major Investigations Division and managed over a dozen major airline accident investigations, including the investigation of the Comair accident in Lexington, Kentucky. Later, as Deputy Director, he oversaw the investigations of the ditching of US Airways flight 1549 on the Hudson River and the Colgan Air accident in Clarence Center, New York.

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    John Kaag

    University of Massachusetts Lowell Associate Professor of Philosophy

    John Kaag is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is the author, most recently, of a forthcoming volume on drone warfare entitled “Combat Drones” co-authored with Sarah Kreps. He has published on a variety of topics including military ethics and and democratic oversight of drones in the New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education. His “Moral Hazard of Drones” (published in the NYT last summer) was cited widely in such publications as the Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Orion, and in publications of the Council for Foreign Relations. He is regularly invited to give commentary on the ethics of new military technologies on National Public Radio.

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    John Villasenor

    UCLA Professor

    John Villasenor is a professor of electrical engineering and public policy at UCLA and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. His work addresses the intersection of technology, policy and law. John has written for publications including Billboard, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Fast Company, Forbes, the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Scientific American, Slate, and the Washington Post. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Intellectual Property System.

    Additional Affiliations The Brookings Institution – Nonresident Senior Fellow

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    Joris van Hoboken

    Information Law Institute at New York University Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Joris van Hoboken is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Information Law Institute at New York University. His research addresses law and policy in the field of digital media, electronic communications and the internet, with a focus on privacy and freedom of expression. Specific research interests include the regulation of selection intermediaries and new forms of publicity in the online environment, such as search engine and social media publicity, and the regulation of user data collection by online services. He serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Dutch digital rights organization Bits of Freedom.

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    Joseph Lorenzo Hall

    Center for Democracy & Technology Senior Staff Technologist

    Joseph Lorenzo Hall is the Senior Staff Technologist at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the internet remains free, open and innovative. Prior to joining CDT in 2012, Hall was a postdoctoral research fellow with Helen Nissenbaum at New York University, Ed Felten at Princeton University and Deirdre Mulligan at University of California, Berkeley.

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    Julia Horwitz

    EPIC Open Government Attorney

    Julia Horwitz is an open government attorney and the head of EPIC’s Open Government Project. She oversees EPIC’s Freedom of Information Act requests, administrative appeals, and litigation. Ms. Horwitz is also an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, where she co-teaches a practicum course on litigating under the U.S. open government laws. Her FOIA work focuses mainly on consumer privacy and domestic surveillance.

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    Kate Darling

    MIT Media Lab IP Research Specialist

    Kate Darling is an IP Research Specialist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab and a Ph.D. candidate in Intellectual Property and Law & Economics at the ETH Zurich. After surviving law school, she went on to pursue her passion for innovation policy at the intersection of law and technology. Her work has covered economic issues in copyright and patent systems, and she now also increasingly writes and lectures about robotics and law, with a particular interest in social and ethical issues.

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    Katherine Jo Strandburg

    NYU School of Law Professor of Law

    Katherine Strandburg concentrates her teaching and research in the areas of patent law and innovation policy and information privacy law. She is particularly interested in understanding how the law in these areas might accommodate and reflect the importance of collaborative and emergent collective behavior.

    Prior to coming to NYU, Prof. Strandburg was Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law. She has been a visiting professor at NYU, Fordham, and Illinois law schools. Professor Strandburg obtained her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School with high honors in 1995 and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard D. Cudahy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She is an experienced litigator, is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and has authored several amicus briefs to the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Court of Appeals dealing with patent law issues. She is past Chair of the AALS Section on Intellectual Property.

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    Kevin Bankston

    Center for Democracy & Technology Sr Counsel and Director of Free Expression Project

    Kevin Bankston is Senior Counsel and Director of the Free Expression Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age. Prior to joining CDT in February 2012, he was a Senior Staff Attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

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    Lea Rosen

    DARC Director of Research

    Lea Rosen is an Oakland, CA-based lawyer and writer with a special interest in the questions - philosophical and regulatory alike - that have accompanied advances in UAV technology. Her writing on drones has appeared in The New Inquiry and XRDS, the student magazine of the ACM. In 2012, she helped incorporate OpenWatch, a technology startup that builds open-source applications to empower citizen news reporting. Lea has worked with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Freedom of the Press Foundation, the Center for Justice and Accountability, the Philadelphia ACLU, and the National Lawyers Guild. She holds a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, and a B.A. from New College of Florida.

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    Madiha Tahir

    Independent Journalist

    Madiha R. Tahir is an independent journalist. Her work has appeared in a host of outlets including PRI/BBC’s “The World”, Foreign Affairs, Democracy Now!, The Wall Street Journal, Caravan, The National, Global Post, The New Inquiry and The Columbia Journalism Review, among others. Tahir has reported on post-war Swat, the 2010 Pakistan floods, the Baloch separatist movement, Islamist organizations and aid politics, Pakistani electoral politics, and the terror wars, including drone in Pakistan. She is co-editor of a collection of essays, Dispatches from Pakistan, with Vijay Prashad and Qalandar Bux Memon. Tahir is also currently a doctoral candidate at Columbia University.

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    Marcel LaFlamme

    Rice University Graduate Student

    Marcel LaFlamme is a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at Rice University in Houston. His dissertation research examines the rise of unmanned aircraft testing and training on the Upper Great Plains, and is being supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

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    Margot Kaminski

    Yale Information Society Project Executive Director

    Margot E. Kaminski is a Research Scholar in Law, Executive Director of the Information Society Project, and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School and a former fellow of the Information Society Project. While at Yale Law School, she was a Knight Law and Media Scholar and co-founder of the Media Freedom and Information Access Practicum. Following graduation from Yale Law School, she clerked for The Honorable Andrew J. Kleinfeld of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has been a Radcliffe Research Fellow at Harvard and a Google Policy Fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Her research and advocacy work focuses on media freedom, online civil liberties, data mining, and surveillance issues.

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    Mark Corcoran

    ABC News (Australia) Journalist

    From Afghanistan to Antarctica, senior reporter/producer Mark Corcoran spent 15 years travelling to every continent on assignment for ABC-TV’s weekly international affairs program Foreign Correspondent.

    Mark has a special interest in security and terrorism issues. From 2001-10 he reported extensively on the political, social and military impact of Washington’s declared ‘Global War On Terrorism’ from a diverse range of locations including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Somalia, the US, France, Greece and Norway.

    From 2008-11 he took on the additional role of Foreign Correspondent presenter, hosting the program from assignment locations and the ABC’s Sydney studios.

    Mark has received numerous national and international journalism awards and his news documentary reports have been broadcast on several international networks including CNN International, BBC World (News), CBC Canada, Al Jazeera, NHK Japan and TV New Zealand.

    His last assignment was to Cairo in 2011, where he spent two weeks in Tahrir Square with protestors during the ‘Egyptian Revolution’.

    In 2012-13 Mark was on study leave as a Visiting Fellow and research student at the University of Technology Sydney, examining potential news gathering applications of drone technology and the associated privacy, safety and regulatory issues. He also leads an ABC News research project on the subject.

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    Matt Caccavale

    Deloitte & Touche, LLP Manager

    Matt is a Manager in Deloitte’s Security and Privacy service offering. As a Deloitte GovLab Fellow he is currently researching the impact of unmanned systems on the public sector. His work with Samra Kasim has been featured in NextGov, Governing, and New America Foundation’s DroneU. Matt is an experienced risk professional, with a focus on information security, continuity planning, and bioterrorism and pandemic influenza exercise design. He holds an MSPPM from Carnegie Mellon, and spends his free time hanging out with his wife Lisa and son Hayden. You can reach him on Twitter at @AMCaccavale

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    Matt Waite

    Drone Journalism Lab at University of Nebraska Founder

    Matt Waite is a professor of practice at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, teaching reporting and digital product development. He is also a graduate of the college, earning a Bachelor of Journalism degree in 1997.

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    Matthew Schroyer

    DroneJournalism.org Founder

    Matthew Schroyer is the founder of DroneJournalism.org, home of the Professional Society of Drone Journalists. This organization, focused on advancing responsible use of unmanned aircraft systems into reporting, has more than 70 members across 15 countries. He is a communications specialist and social network analyst for the National Science Foundation grant EnLiST, which seeks to improve STEM education through innovative collaborations between teachers, communities, businesses, and university researchers. There he also leads the Drones for Schools initiative, which gives students a unique STEM experience as they design, fabricate, program, and deploy drones to provide aerial imaging services to their communities. Additionally, he writes about drone, sensor, and data journalism, and publishes open-source sensor designs on MentalMunition.com.

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    Max Bruner

    Mavrx CEO and Founder

    Max Bruner is the CEO and Founder of Mavrx, the aerial imaging platform that is unlocking the power of images by using robotics and web-based software to empower global enterprises. Max is a Forbes "30 under 30" for law and policy, a Harry S. Truman Scholar, a former advisor to the Obama Administration in technology infrastructure investments, and a graduate of Cambridge University.

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    Meg Leta Ambrose

    Dept of Comm, Culture & Tech, Georgetown Assistant Professor

    Meg is an assistant professor at Georgetown University in the department of Communication, Culture & Technology. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in Engineering and Applied Science and J.D. from the University of Illinois. Her teaching and research focuses on international technology policy and the governance of emerging technology.

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    Michael Toscano

    AUVSI President and CEO

    Michael Toscano is the President and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). In this role, Mr. Toscano oversees all aspects of the more than 7,500 member organization as well as represents the unmanned systems industry before Congress, the media and other stakeholders.

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    Mike Dewar

    New York Times R&D Lab Data Scientist

    Mike Dewar is a Data Scientist at the New York Times R&D Lab. Mike has a PhD in modelling complex systems using data from the University of Sheffield, UK. His work now focuses on building tools to study behaviour.

    Before joining the New York Times, Mike worked at the New York tech company bit.ly, and completed postdoctoral positions at Sheffield, Edinburgh and Columbia Universities.

    Mike is a data ambassador for the non-profit DataKind, and has published widely on signal processing, machine learning and data visualisation.

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    Mike Winn

    DroneDeploy CEO

    Mike is CEO of DroneDeploy. A long time model aircraft and drone hobbyist, and more recently co-founded DroneDeploy to enable simple, reliable drone operations. DroneDeploy is building commercial drone operations software, that enables companies to simply and safely operate drone fleets. He previously worked at Google and has lived (and flown drones) around the world.

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    Mirza Shahzad Akbar

    Foundation for Fundamental Rights Co-founder

    Mirza Shahzad Akbar is the co-founder, legal director and a trustee of Foundation for Fundamental Rights, an organisation that provides legal aid to enforce fundamental rights guaranteed under the constitution of Pakistan. He is a barrister-at-law, having earned his LLM from University of Newcastle (UK) and LLB from University of London (UK/Pakistan). He has served as a legal consultant and special prosecutor for the National Accountability Bureau (Islamabad/Lahore, Pakistan)

    Shahzad qualified as a Barrister from Lincolns Inn and also holds a LLM from University of Newcastle. He is enrolled as a practising advocate with the Punjab Bar Council. From 2004 till 2008, Shahzad worked as Special Prosecutor with the National Accountability Bureau in Pakistan, prosecuting public office holders in Geneva, Madrid and London for corruption and money laundering. In 2008, Shahzad joined a leading practice, Farooq Law Associates, as Resident Partner in their Islamabad office. Since 2011, he is heading the Foundation for Fundamental Rights (FFR).

    Shahzad’s conversion to human rights practice took place in 2010 when he started representing the civilian drone victim families from Pakistan’s North Waziristan Agency. This made him the first lawyer to challenge US-led drone warfare in Pakistan which killed over 3000 unnamed people since 2004, mostly citizens of Pakistan. FFR’s campaign against drone attacks in Pakistan challenges this unchecked and unaccountable programme. Shahzad represents a growing number of victim families from Waziristan in Pakistani Courts.

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    Missy Cummings

    MIT Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Director of Humans & Automation Lab

    Mary (Missy) Cummings received her B.S. in Mathematics from the United States Naval Academy in 1988, her M.S. in Space Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1994, and her Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2003. A naval officer and military pilot from 1988-1999, she was one of the Navy’s first female fighter pilots.

    Her previous teaching experience includes instructing for the U.S. Navy at Pennsylvania State University and as an assistant professor for the Virginia Tech Engineering Fundamentals Division. Her research interests include human supervisory control, human-unmanned vehicle interaction, bounded collaborative human-computer decision making, direct-perception decision support, simulation and evaluation of human interaction in automated systems, and the ethical and social impact of technology.

    Additional Affiliations Duke University Mechanical Engineering and the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences – Associate Professor

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    MIT Gates Team

    MIT Gates Team

    The global health drones team is composed of five Health Sciences and Technology PhD students: Justin Lee, Adam Pan, Vyas Ramanan, Nikhil Vadhavkar, and Andrew Warren. Working under Prof. George Barbastathis at MIT and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the team is developing a cheap and accessible drone-based medical care delivery system for the developing world.

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    Nabiha Syed

    Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz Associate

    Nabiha represents media clients in a wide range of content related matters. Prior to joining LSKS, she was the First Amendment Fellow in The New York Times Company’s legal department, where she counseled reporters on legal issues in news gathering and litigated access to courts and freedom-of-information issues. Following Nabiha’s graduation from Yale Law School, she received a Marshall Scholarship and attended Oxford University, where she studied comparative approaches to libel, copyright, and freedom of information.

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    Natalie Jerimijenko

    NYU Steinhardt Associate Professor of Visual Arts

    Jeremijenko directs the xdesign Environmental Health Clinic. Previously she was on the Visual Arts faculty at UCSD, and Faculty of Engineering at Yale. Her work was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial of American Art (also in 1997) and the Cooper Hewit Smithsonian Design Triennial 2006-7. She has a permanently installed Model Urban Development on the roof of Postmasters Gallery in Chelsea, featuring 7 residential housing developments, concert hall, and other public amenities, powered by human food waste where it continues to toy with new conceptions of urban futures, and re-imagine our relationship to nonhuman organisms. Her work is described as experimental design, hence xDesign, as it explores the opportunity new technologies present for non violent social change. Her research centers on structures of participation in the production of knowledge, and information and the political and social possibilities (and limitations) of information and emerging technologies -- mostly through public experiments.

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    Nathan Jurgenson

    The New Inquiry Contributing Editor

    Nathan Jurgenson is a social media theorist, working on issues related to self-documentation, surveillance, photography, and digital dualism. He is a Contributing Editor for The New Inquiry and co-founder of the Cyborgology Blog and the Theorizing the Web Conference.

    Additional Affiliations Cyborgology – Co-founder, Theorizing the Web – Co-founder

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    Nicolas Doldinger

    Director / Producer Director / Producer

    Originally from Munich, Germany, Nicolas has been part of the NYC film community for over 5 years as Director, DP, Producer as well as Steadicam Operator. Whether documentary, branded content or features, his fascination with the use of technology in filmmaking has always pushed him to embrace new technologies like 3D, Motion Control and most recently UAV-cinematography in his productions.

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    NodeCopter NodeCopter

    The NodeCopter movement began in Berlin in 2012 when a small team of people came together to hack on Parrot's AR drones.

    NodeCopter hackathons have resulted in the development of a plethora of modules and projects. Today, they can control drones from a computer keyboard, Leap Motion, the Nintendo Wii, PS3, XBox and all kinds of other game-pads. Many developers have little to no experience hacking on hardware. But since the NodeCopter movement started, people have been excited about the idea of programming flying drones with such an easy Javascript syntax.

    Nodecopter at DARC will be represented by Robin Mehner and Tim Koschützki. They will show a NodeCopter demo at AfterDARC and will be bringing their expertise to lead the hackathon on the third day of DARC.

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    Olivia Rosane

    The State Contributing Editor

    Olivia Rosane is a contributing editor at The State, where she writes about the intersections between literature and technology. In June, she organized and curated Murmuration: A Festival of Drone Culture with fellow state blogger Adam Rothstein. Her work has appeared in YES! Magazine, A Tale of Four Cities, Lapham’s Quarterly’s “Roundtable blog, and The New Inquiry. She currently lives in New York, where she writes and shelves books at the Strand bookstore. Follow her on Twitter @orosane.

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    Open Drone Control

    Transvergent Research Group

    OpenDroneControl(ODC) is an open source software platform for developing interactive artworks and research projects with drone technology. We propose to demonstrate several projects developed and allow attendees to get hands on with the technology.

    The development of this project was initiated by the Transvergent Research Group, including Media Art and Technology graduate student researchers Tim Wood, Sterling Crispin, and RJ Duran. The technology was developed under the direction of Professor Marcos Novak at the transLAB, housed within the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at the University of California Santa Barbara.

    Team RJ Duran, Sterling Crispin, Tim Wood

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    Parker Higgins

    Electronic Frontier Foundation Activist

    Parker Higgins is an activist and writer at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, focusing on free speech through the lens of privacy and copyright issues. His writing on drones has been featured in The New Inquiry, The Alpine Review, and more. Parker and fellow EFF activist Trevor Timm operate the @Drones Twitter account, which was named one of the 140 best Twitter feeds of 2013 by TIME Magazine.

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    Patrick Egan

    AUVSI Silicon Valley Chapter President

    Patrick Egan is the Editor of the Americas Desk at sUAS News and Host and Executive Producer of the sUAS News Podcast Series. He serves as the president of the Silicon Valley chapter of AUVSI. He also consults to the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Battle Lab. Patrick has been in the unmanned aircraft field for 8+ years working as a proponent for the business use of unmanned aircraft.

    Additional Affiliations sUAS News – Editor of the Americas Desk

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    Paul W. Quimby

    Humans and Automation Lab, MIT Master’s Candidate

    Paul is a master’s candidate in the MIT Dept. of EECS, concentrating in computer system engineering. He received his bachelor’s from MIT in 2012 in computer science. Paul’s research with HAL includes developing infrastructure and user interfaces for human supervisory control of micro aerial vehicles. His master’s work involves analyzing and visualizing ground-penetrating radar data for operator decision support tools.

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    Paul Voss

    Smith College — Picker Engineering Program Associate Professor of Engineering

    Paul Voss is an Associate Professor in the Picker Engineering Program at Smith College with expertise in fluid mechanics, aerial vehicle design, and atmospheric science. He developed the world’s smallest controllable research balloons, flying them remotely for atmospheric studies in locations ranging from the Amazon and Antarctica, to Mexico City, Svalbard, and New England, with JPL now evaluating the potential for a flight on Venus. Paul is a Senior Member of AIAA and is currently developing unusual drones for atmospheric science. He has also become a strong advocate for a new drone code of ethics that respects property rights, affirms landowner control over the near-ground airspace, and reduces the need for excessive FAA regulation of private property. His home city of Northampton recently became the first municipality in the United States to adopt this language and challenge the federal government’s expansion of public drone airspace into our backyards and local communities.

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    Peter Asaro

    The New School Assistant Professor & Director of Graduate Programs

    Dr. Asaro is Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Programs for the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York City. He is the co-founder and vice-chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, and has written extensively on lethal robotics from the perspective of just war theory and human rights. Dr. Asaro’s research also examines agency and autonomy, liability and punishment, and privacy and surveillance as it applies to consumer robots, industrial automation, smart buildings, autonomous vehicles, and drones.

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    Raphael Pirker

    Team BlackSheep Co-founder

    Raphael Pirker is the co-founder of Team BlackSheep, who has pioneered the so-called "FPV" movement. FPV is the revolution of the remote control hobby through the use of miniature video cameras, long range video transmission links and virtual reality goggles. Their stunts have gained world-wide attention and turned into a YouTube phenomenon after one of their aircraft managed to buzz the Statue of Liberty in New York City. Flights in some of the world's most spectacular locations have followed. They are regarded as one of the leading forces of a community-driven, DIY drone scene that is rapidly gaining traction all across the globe.

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    Robbie Hood

    NOAA Director of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program

    Robbie Hood, internationally recognized atmospheric scientist and descendant of the first elected chief of the Cherokee Nation, is the program director of NOAA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program. The fledgling UAS program received $3 million in direct support for fiscal year 2008 and is expected to grow as the agency experiments with its use of unmanned aircraft for climate and weather research, ecosystem assessments, improving forecasts, and other applications.

    Growing up in Neosho, Mo., and Picayune, Miss., Hood developed an early interest in weather by witnessing the devastating effects of Hurricane Camille in Mississippi in 1969 and the 1974 Neosho tornado. Her childhood fascination turned into a successful research career studying precipitation, thunderstorms, and hurricanes using remote sensing technology aboard satellites and aircraft.

    Hood led the Storm Intensity Monitoring Group at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and participated in field programs in Australia, Brazil, the Marshall Islands, Alaska, Costa Rica, and the coastal United States. She served as mission scientist on four NASA field experiments studying hurricane development and intensity change. She has also served on a number of multi-agency committees and co-chaired the Joint Action Group for Tropical Cyclone Research, sponsored by the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology.

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    Robert A. Heverly

    Albany Law School of Union University Associate Professor

    Robert A. Heverly is an Associate Professor of Law at Albany Law School of Union University. Prior to joining the faculty at Albany Law School in July 2010, Professor Heverly was a Visiting Professor of Law at Michigan State University College of Law. Before that he was a member of faculty at the University of East Anglia’s Norwich Law School serving as a Lecturer in Intellectual Property and Director of the LL.M. in Information, Technology and Intellectual Property Law. Prof. Heverly earned his LL.M. from Yale Law School, after which he undertook a Resident Fellowship with the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, where he retains an affiliation as a Faculty Fellow.

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    Russell de la Torre

    Scoutuav.com Founder

    Russell founded scoutuav.com, a resource for DIYer’s to learn about and build their own flying robots. He is an active member in the flying robot community. In his spare time he designs, builds and flies his own robots. A graduate of NYU’s ITP, there he studied digital fabrication and autonomous robots.

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    Ryan Calo

    University of Washington School of Law Asst. Professor

    Ryan Calo is an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Law and a former research director at CIS. A nationally recognized expert in law and emerging technology, Ryan’s work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, Wired Magazine, and other news outlets. Ryan serves on several advisory committees, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and the Future of Privacy Forum. He co-chairs the American Bar Association Committee on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence and serves on the program committee of National Robotics Week.

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    Samra Kasim

    Deloitte Consulting LLP Strategy & Operations Senior Consultant and Deloitte GovLab Innovation Fellow

    Samra Kasim is a Strategy & Operations Senior Consultant and Deloitte GovLab Innovation Fellow at Deloitte Consulting LLP. Her professional experience and research interests are at the intersection of technology and policy. Samra is currently researching the applications and implications of robotics technologies in the public and private sectors. She is also interested in data security and privacy issues resulting from these technologies. Her work with Matt Caccavale has been featured in NextGov, Governing, and New America Foundation’s DroneU. She received her MPP from the University of California, Berkeley. You can follow her on Twitter at @samrakasim.

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    Sarah Wanenchak

    University of Maryland-College Park Doctoral Candidate

    Sarah Wanenchak is a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland-College Park, currently working on a dissertation focused on social media and contemporary social movements. Their essays have appeared in The New Inquiry and Gizmodo, and they are a regular contributor to Cyborgology.

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    Seda Gürses

    Information Law Institute Research Fellow

    Seda Gürses is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Media, Culture and Communications Department and at the Information Law Institute working on privacy, security, surveillance studies and requirements engineering. Recently, she has been empirically studying and critically reflecting on the assumptions and methods that inform prominent strands of privacy research within computer science. Further topics of interest in her research include questions of privacy and design in online social networks, anonymity as a cultural and technical phenomenon, feminist critique of computer science and activist use of information technologies. Previously Seda was a post-doctoral researcher at COSIC (Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography) in the Department of Electrical Engineering of the KU Leuven, Belgium. There she also acted as the coordinator of the interdisciplinary project SPION (Security and Privacy in Online Social Networks) funded by the Flemish Agency for Innovation in Science and Technology (IWT). Seda received her PhD at the Department of Computer Science of the KU Leuven; her Master's degree in Informatics at the Humboldt University Berlin in Germany; her B.S. in Mathematics and B.A. in International Relations and Peace from the University of Redlands in the USA.

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    Sergei Lupashin

    ETH Zurich Researcher

    Sergei is an autonomous systems factotum (Grand/Urban Challenge, Flying Machine Arena, etc.) who is now transitioning to the “real world”, leading a stealth-ish startup.

    Additional Affiliations University of Zurich – Researcher

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    Shawn Musgrave

    MuckRock Editor

    Shawn Musgrave is the editor and manager of MuckRock, a hybrid investigative outlet and public records service dedicated to making government documents accessible for all. Shawn leads MuckRock's Drone Census, which in 2012 submitted records requests to more than 350 government agencies across the country and found a number of drones in unexpected places. The 2013 Drone Census is launching in the fall as a collaboration with Motherboard. Beyond MuckRock, Shawn's writing on national security, government transparency and law enforcement has appeared in The Boston Globe, DigBoston, The Phoenix, The Progressive and Motherboard.

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    Stephen Gorevan

    Honeybee Robotics Chairman

    Stephen Gorevan co-founded Honeybee Robotics in 1983 and currently serves as the company’s Chairman. He is principally responsible for guiding the company’s direction toward the application of advanced robotic and automation techniques to new applications in the aerospace sector. His responsibilities include new technology development, company and engineering management, design and systems engineering. Mr. Gorevan has over 25 years of experience in leading advanced robotics and automation design, development, and implementation efforts for NASA, defense and industry. He currently serves as a Co-Investigator on the science teams for the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) and the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) SAM instrument and is a member of the Venus Science Definition Team.

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    Stuart Banner

    UCLA School of Law Professor of Law

    Professor Banner is a legal historian who has written about a wide range of topics in American and British legal history. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Fulbright Scholar Program, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Professor Banner graduated from Stanford Law School, where he was articles editor of the Stanford Law Review. He clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court. He practiced law at Davis Polk & Wardwell and at the Office of the Appellate Defender, both in New York. Before coming to UCLA, he taught at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Tara McKelvey

    BBC News Feature Writer

    Tara McKelvey is a feature writer for BBC News. A 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, she is also a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review and the author of "Monstering: Inside America’s Policy of Secret Interrogations and Torture in the Terror War" (Basic Books).

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    Ted Wierzbanowski

    ASTM F-38 UAS Standards Committee Chair

    Ted Wierzbanowski is a retired USAF Colonel and an experimental test pilot. He has been deeply involved in advanced aircraft development since the early 80s when he was the first Air Force test pilot/project manager for the X-29 program. During that time he also was the fighter branch chief at the Air Force Flight Test Center and helped create and then manage a new organization responsible for all one-of-a-kind and research Air Force Flight Test Center aircraft programs. After leaving the X-29 program Ted moved on to the X-30/NASP program where he served in many senior level positions over a period of seven years including an assignment at Palmdale Plant 42 where he served as the X-30 /NASP Detachment Commander. Ted retired from the Air Force in 1994 and went to work at AeroVironment (AV) where he managed many advanced technology electric vehicle, distributed energy, and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) programs. When he recently retired from AV he was AV’s Director of UAS Airspace Integration and responsible for AV’s interaction with the FAA and other government agencies on UAS issues. In the past he was the President of UNITE (UAV National Industry Team), the Industry Co-Chair of the FAA’s Small UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), a member of the current FAA UAS ARC, and a member of EUROCAE UAS Working Groups 73 and 93. He is currently the Chair of the ASTM F-38 UAS Standards Committee that is focused on developing consensus standards in support of the upcoming FAA rule on small UAS.

    Ted graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1968 and also has a M.S. in Systems Management from USC. He is a graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School and the Defense Systems Management College as well as a member of Society of Experimental Test Pilots and a senior member of AIAA. In 2012 he received the AUVSI Outstanding Contributor Award for all of his work in supporting UAS airspace integration efforts.

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    Timothy Reuter

    DC Area Drone User Group President

    Timothy Reuter is President of the DC Area Drone User Group, the largest in-person community of drone operators in the US, and founder of the Drone User Group Network, an international association of community organizations dedicated to promoting the use of civilian drone technology for the betterment of humanity. He is also the creator of Drone U, a public education platform focused on the social, legal, and philosophical implications of drone technology. Timothy became interested in drones through the maker movement, which dictates that if you see something cool you should try and build one for yourself. During the week, Timothy works as a senior adviser on issues of international development. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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    Timothy Takahashi

    Arizona State University Professor of Practice in Aerospace Engineering

    Timothy Takahashi is Professor of Practice in Aerospace Engineering at Arizona State University where he teaches Aircraft Design, Aerospace Structures and Materials and Aerodynamics. He has a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Sciences from the University of Rochester. He recently completed a JD with an emphasis on High-Tech Law from Santa Clara University. Before joining Arizona State University, Professor Takahashi spent 16 years in the Aerospace and Defense industry, working at Raytheon, Lockheed-Martin, Northrop-Grumman and NASA. He has written more than 40 papers in aerospace science disciplines, and is now focusing scholarly attention on the public policy implications of emerging technology.

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    Tom Hannen

    BBC Senior Innovations Producer

    Tom Hannen works in the BBC’s Global Video Unit as Senior Innovations Producer. Working with a small team, he is currently learning how to build, fly and film with small unmanned multi-rotor helicopters.

    He’ll talk about why BBC Global News decided to do the project, what the issues are around getting something like this up and running inside a news organisation, UK aviation rules, how the copters work, and some video examples using their 3D printed brushless gimbal designs.

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    Trevor Timm

    Electronic Frontier Foundation Activist

    Trevor Timm is an activist and writer at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where he specializes in surveillance, free speech, and government transparency issues. He is also the co-founder and executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, which supports and funds independent journalism organizations dedicated to transparency and accountability in government. He has contributed to The Atlantic, Al-Jazeera, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Harvard Law and Policy Review, The New Inquiry, and PBS MediaShift. With Parker Higgins, Trevor also co-operates the @Drones Twitter account, which was named one of the 140 best Twitter feeds of 2013 by TIME Magazine.

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    Victoria Stone

    Poms & Associates Commercial Insurance Broker

    Vikki Stone is a veteran of the insurance and risk management industry, with more than 30 years of experience placing commercial and personal lines for middle market companies, manufacturers, distributors, property owners, technology firms, individuals and families. She is currently Senior Vice President at Poms Associates. She was previously President of Stone, Harris & Stone, which was acquired by Poms & Associates in March 2012. Vikki earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance/Business Administration from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business.

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    Vijay Kumar

    University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science Professor

    Vijay Kumar is the UPS Foundation Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania, and on sabbatical leave at White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he serves as the assistant director for robotics and cyber physical systems. Dr. Kumar is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2003), a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (2005) and a member of the National Academy of Engineering (2013). Dr. Kumar’s research interests are in robotics, specifically multi-robot systems, and micro aerial vehicles. His work and teaching have been recognized and highlighted by many institutions and organizations.

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    Wazhmah Osman

    Temple University Assistant Professor of Media Studies

    Wazhmah Osman received her PhD and masters from New York University in the departments of Media, Culture, and Communication and Near Eastern Studies respectively. Her research focuses on global and transnational media, media development in conflict and post-conflict areas, democracy, and public sphere formation through the lenses of gender/sexuality, race/ethnicity, and class. Her critically acclaimed documentary, Postcards from Tora Bora, has screened in film festivals nationally and internationally. For more information please visit www.postcardsfromtorabora.com.

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    Woodrow Hartzog

    Cumberland School of Law at Samford University Assistant Professor

    Woodrow Hartzog is an Assistant Professor at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He is also an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. His research focuses on privacy, human-computer interaction, and robotics. His work has been published in numerous scholarly publications such as the California Law Review, Michigan Law Review, and Washington Law Review and popular publications such as The Atlantic and The Nation. He has been quoted or referenced in numerous articles and broadcasts, including NPR, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and Bloomberg. He previously worked as a trademark attorney at the United States Patent and Trademark Office and in private practice. He has also served as a clerk for the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

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    Zack Schildhorn

    Lux Capital V.P. & Director, Operations

    Zack is a Vice President and Director of Operations with Lux Capital, based in the Firm’s New York headquarters. Zack has been working with Lux since 2006, focusing on marketing, operations, and investments within energy, novel materials, and technologies at the intersection of the digital and physical worlds. Zack led Lux’s investment in Shapeways and has worked extensively with a number of Lux portfolio companies including Transphorm, Kurion, and Siluria.