DRONES AT HOME - Phase 2
The conference consists of a series of panels, screenings, and open sessions that explore issues related to the domestication of drones -- whether in the context of warfare, science fiction, design, cultural studies, regulatory policy, or distributed and embedded intelligence. These various events, mobilizing conversations among artists, engineers, and other scientific and creative researchers, are geared toward the development of new research initiatives, analytical concepts, and experimental forms.
FRIDAY, MAY 11
9-11 ROBOTICS, BIOINTERFACE, AGENCY (Panel Discussion) Eric Virre, Geoffrey Barrows and Vernor Vinge, moderated by Sheldon Brown
11-1 Lunch, with Screening: DRONE WARS, by John Odam
1-2:30 DRONING FROM DIY TO DARPA (Roundtable)
3-4:30 DRONE VISUALITY (Roundtable)
5-6 Wine Bar
6-7 UNMANNED (Performance), Jordan Crandall
SATURDAY, MAY 12
9-11 DRONE ECONOMIES (Panel Discussion) Arthur and Marilouise Kroker, David Brin, Ryan Calo, moderated by Ricardo Dominguez
1-3 DRONE SUBJECTIVITIES, MEDIATIONS AND PERPSECTIVES (Panel Discussion) Lisa Parks, Peter Asaro, Caren Kaplan, moderated by Jordan Crandall
4-5 Coffee Break
5-7 Screening: SLEEP DEALER, by Alex Rivera (followed by a discussion with the director)
7:30 Dinner at host hotel
James Barkley is currently a Lead Software Systems Engineer in the Open Services department at The MITRE Corporation. He has more than 14 years of experience in software development as a consultant or contractor and ten years of experience with the open source community. Jim has particular experience in the arenas of web development, modeling & simulation, 3D printing, virtualization, scientific computing, numerical methods, enterprise architecture, and application security. Prior to working for MITRE, Jim worked for General Dynamics supporting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Satellite Services. Jim graduated from University of Colorado at (Boulder, Colorado campus) with a Computer Science degree in May of 2002.
Geoffrey Barrows started Centeye in 2000 shortly after finishing graduate school. Before that, he worked five fun years at the Naval Research Laboratory. He designs chips and likes to hack hardware. In 2003, he was included in the MIT Technology Review’s TR-100 young innovator list. He is intrigued by biologically inspired signal and information processing.
David Brin, author and scientist, is best known for his Uplift series, the novels in which humans must help chimpanzees and dolphins reach full sentience so that humans can in turn be made full galactic citizens. Also notable is his 1985 novel The Postman. Made into the motion picture of the same name by actor/director Kevin Costner (1989), The Postman also holds the distinction of having won the Hugo, the Nebula, and the John W. Campbell Awards, as well as a commendation from the American Library Association.
M. Ryan Calo runs the research around privacy and robotics, including the Disclosure by Design and Legal Aspects of Autonomous Driving Projects, at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society. Calo\'s work has appeared in the New York Times, the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal, and other news outlets. Calo serves on several advisory and program committees, including the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the Future of Privacy Forum, the Mozilla Legal Advisory Board, and National Robotics Week.
Dr. Todd Hylton is VP of business and technical strategy at Brain Corporation, a startup company based in San Diego, CA working to develop electronic systems inspired by biological neural systems for applications in robotics and vision. Prior to joining Brain Corporation he worked at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as a program manager, where he developed and managed programs in neuromorphic electronics, the foundations of intelligence, and small unmanned systems. Previously, he worked in the semiconductor equipment industry and the magnetic storage industry, including 4 years at IBM in the early development of giant magnetoresistive technology. He holds a B.S. in physics from M.I.T. and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University. Dr. Hylton is the author of 19 patents and more than 30 scientific publications.
Caren Kaplan is Professor of American Studies and affiliated faculty in Film Studies, Cultural Studies, and Science & Technology Studies at UC Davis. She is the author of Questions of Travel: Postmodern Discourses of Displacement (Duke 1996) and the co-author and co-editor of Introduction to Women s Studies: Gender in a Transnational World (McGraw-Hill 2001/2005), Between Woman and Nation: Transnational Feminisms and the State (Duke 1999), and Scattered Hegemonies: Postmodernity and Transnational Feminist Practices (Minnesota 1994) as well as two digital multi-media scholarly works, Dead Reckoning and Precision Targets. Her current research focuses on aerial views and militarized visual culture.
Arthur Kroker is Canada Research Chair in Technology, Culture and Theory and the Director of the Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture (PACTAC) at the University of Victoria, Canada. His most recent book is Body Drift: Butler, Hayles, Haraway (University of Minnesota Press:forthcoming fall 2012). His many book publications include The Will to Technology and the Culture of Nihilism: Heidegger, Nietzsche & Marx_(University of Toronto Press, 2004), The Possessed Individual, Spasm, and Data Trash: The Theory of the Virtual Class (with Michael A. Weinstein).
Marilouise Kroker is Senior Research Scholar at the University of Victoria. She is the author with Arthur Kroker of Hacking the Future. She has co-edited and introduced numerous anthologies including the much discussed trilogy on the politics of the body--Digital Delirium, Body Invaders and The Last Sex. Together they edit the electronic journal CTheory.
Dr. Falko Kuester received an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1994 and MS degree in Computer Science and Engineering in 1995 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 2001 he received his PhD from the University of California, Davis and currently is the Calit2 Professor for Visualization and Virtual Reality at the University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Albert Yu-Min Lin is a Research Scientist at the University of California, San Diego and an Emerging Explorer of the National Geographic Society in the field of technology enabled exploration. He founded and co-Directs the UC San Diego, National Geographic Engineers for Exploration Program and currently leads a major international effort known as the Valley of the Khans Project.
Michael Nosal is a Human Factors Engineer and group lead for Design in the Open Services department at the MITRE Corp. He has over twenty years of experience in the software industry, and has worked for Lotus Corporation, IBM, Symantec and Kayak.com. At MITRE, he has designed and built user interfaces for a variety of domains including healthcare, meta-search, geospatial analysis, and has spent three years building mission information management systems for US Air Force UAS operations. Michael received his degree in Computer Science from Brown University in 1990.
John Odam has a background in publishing and graphic design but he has gradually found his way into video production over the last 20 years, first as an animator and then as a documentarian. Since 2003 he has been Director of Production at Alternate Focus, which distributes documentaries about the politics and history of the Middle East.
Dr. Lisa Parks is Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of California-Santa Barbara. She is the author of Cultures in Orbit: Satellites and the Televisual (Duke, 2005) and co-editor of Down to Earth: Satellite Technologies, Industries and Cultures (Rutgers 2012), Planet TV (NYU 2003), and Undead TV (Duke 2007). Dr. Parks has published articles on aerial and satellite imaging of the wars in Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfur, Afghanistan, and Iraq and is currently finishing a new book that explores vertical fields of mediation, entitled Coverage: Media Space and Security after 9/11 (forthcoming, Routledge).
Wayne Perryman is a researcher at NOAA Fisheries Service Southwest Fisheries Science Center, which conducts cutting-edge scientific research to support the management and conservation of domestic and international living marine resources. The focus of his research has been to develop aerial photographic techniques that allow accurate counting of the numbers of marine mammals in large aggregations, and to also determine the size and shape of individual animals. The count data that is collected forms an integral part of the abundance estimates for populations of dolphins in the eastern tropical Pacific and for seals and sea lions from the California Bight to the Aleutians.
Alex Rivera is a New York based digital media artist and filmmaker. His first feature film, SLEEP DEALER premiered at Sundance 2008, and won two awards, including the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Rivera is a Sundance Fellow and a Rockefeller Fellow.
Dr. Erik Viirre specializes in neurotology (diagnosis and outpatient treatment of vertigo, balance disorders, and tinnitus). He has been with the UCSD Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology since 1998. A member of numerous scientific boards, Dr. Viirre is also an Associate Research Professor in the UCSD Department of Cognitive Science and the Director of the Applied Cognitive Science Laboratory at the Naval Health Research Center, San Diego.