Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference
On October 11-13, 2013 The American Assembly organized a track on the policy implications of increasing drone use at the Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference, hosted by the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy at New York University School of Law. As drones take to the skies above communities, they will play a major role in the future of cities in terms of safety, infrastructure, and economic impact. Complementing its ongoing programs in the future of urban policy and development, The Assembly helped organize sessions on Drones and the Future of Public Space as well as Safety & Securing Public Airspace. The Assembly also brought together thought leaders from its work in other programs to this timely project, including representatives from CenterState CEO, Northeastern UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NuAir), and the World Policy Institute as well as its partners at the US Air Force Academy.
Drones and the Future of Public Space explored the governance implications of what is now an indistinct boundary between public and private spaces as drones begin to enable public access to what is now considered national airspace. The convening, chaired by Diana Marina Cooper from LaBarge Weinstein LLP, hosted Greg McNeal of Pepperdine University, Marcel LaFamme of Rice University, Paul Voss of Smith College's Picker Engineering Program, Peter Asaro of the New School, and Stuart Banner of UCLA School of Law, Woodrow Hartzog of Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. The Assembly brought Greg Lindsay of the World Policy Institute to moderate the discussion. This panel served as the impetus for the formation of a working group to continue to develop constructive findings on the future of drones in public space.
Safety & Securing Public Airspace was a roundtable discussion considering the pertinent issue of safety and drones. The session welcomed a variety of perspectives from Adam Gorrell of the US Air Force, Andrea Bianchi of NuAir, John DeLisi of the National Transportation Safety Board, Mike Winn of DroneDeploy, Missy Cummings of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Victoria Stone of Poms & Associates. Paul Quimby, Master's Candidate at the Human and Automation Lab at MIT, is chair of the session and moderated the roundtable.
An important theme explored throughout the programming of this convening was the economic development implication of drones on domestic metropolitan economies.