Drones and Aerial Robotics Conference Coming Oct. 11-13 to NYC
BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, September 30 2013
Now's the time to register for the Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference, taking place October 11-13 at NYU and co-curated by PDF co-curator Christopher Wong (who is also the executive director of the Engleberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy at NYU School of Law).
Imagine a near future in which autonomous robots roam the skies, performing everything from law enforcement, to communications, to crop dusting, shipping and logistics. Sound implausible? Perhaps—but that is the future that the aerospace industry and a new class of entrepreneurs are busy preparing.
In 2012, Congress passed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act, tasking the FAA with the development of a plan for safely integrating unmanned aerial vehicles into domestic airspace by 2015. As that deadline looms, DARC provides the first opportunity for broadening the conversation beyond the usual drone debates. Presented by the Engelberg Center, and in partnership with Yale ISP, Princeton CITP, and the MacArthur Foundation, DARC is the first forum to bring together speakers and attendees from across a wide spectrum of expertise, to learn side by side about the contours of the unmanned systems landscape, and work together to develop a constructive law and policy agenda.
The conference schedule features an exciting lineup of speakers, including Dr. Vijay Kumar (University of Pennsylvania; on leave as Assistant Director for Robotics & Cyber-Physical Systems at the White House OSTP), Missy Cummings (former Navy fighter pilot and director of the MIT Humans and Automation Lab), Daniel Suarez (author of Kill Decision), Michael Toscano (President and CEO of AUVSI), Chris Anderson (founder and CEO of 3D Robotics), Henri Seydoux (founder and CEO of Parrot SA), Heather Knight (roboticist at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute), Stuart Banner (UCLA School of Law, author of Who Owns the Sky?), Ed Waggoner (NASA), and Robbie Hood (NOAA), to name just a few.
DARC also features over 20 workshops, working groups, and roundtables covering a broad range of topics, ensuring something for everyone, but also emphasizing the interdisciplinary focus of the conference: aerospace engineers will help inform legal conversations; legal experts and policy advocates will experience drone technology first-hand; government officials will be exposed to the larger cultural conversations occurring around the technology they are tasked with regulating.
Register now for DARC at droneconference.org/register. Registration includes admission to all conference speakers, panels, workshops, and special events, including a hack day sponsored by Parrot, and the AfterDARC drone demo show. For readers of techPresident, we're offering a special promotional code that entitles you to a 30% discount off the Individual-level ticket price. Enter DARCFRIEND30 at registration to take advantage of the offer.
And in case you are wondering, yes, there will be live demonstrations of drones and other aerial robotics.