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Lunch Timer with Peter Asaro and Sarah Tang – Non-Military Drones: What Laws and Ethics Do We Need?

Monday, March 30, 2015
12:15 pm


Robertson Hall, Bowl 001

Food and discussion begin at 12:15 pm. Open to current Princeton faculty, fellows and students only. RSVP required. Co-sponsored with WWS and LAPA.

This talk is the second in our “Can Law Keep Up with New Technology?” series of lunch timers. Each program explores the current state of an emerging technology and the legal and ethical considerations that stem from it. Peter Asaro and Sarah Tang will discuss non-military drones: what is possible now and in the near future using drone technology and how we should think about their effect on privacy in public space, considering surveillance and remote sensing capabilities. CITP Director Ed Felten will moderate.


Peter Asaro is a Visiting Fellow at CITP, Assistant Professor at the School of Media Studies of The New School, and an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. He is also co-founder and vice-chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, and spokesperson for the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, an international coalition of NGOs. His research focuses on the ethical, legal and policy implications of robotic systems. He is currently working on a book that examines agency and autonomy, liability and punishment, and privacy and surveillance as it applies to the design and use of consumer robots, industrial automation, smart buildings, autonomous vehicles, UAV drones, and military robots. He received his PhD in philosophy and master of computer science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Sarah Tang is a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. She works in the GRASP lab with Dr. Vijay Kumar. Her research interests are in robotics (in particular, quadrotors), nonlinear control, hybrid dynamical systems, and multi-robot cooperation. More specifically, she is currently working on aggressive manipulation of cable-suspended payloads with quadrotor systems.

Sarah received her B.S.E. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in June 2013. Her senior thesis was titled “Vision-based control for autonomous quadrotor UAVs” and was advised by Dr. Robert Stengel.