The AIRLab (Aerial Innovation and Robotics Lab) is a planned maker- or hackerspace at Smith College where students, faculty, and staff of the Five Colleges can design, program, build, test, simulate, and ultimately fly civilian drones—and potentially other kinds of creative robotics.
Jon Caris is the GIS Specialist at Smith College and director of the Spatial Analysis Lab. He studies how decisions made in the political economy manifest themselves upon the landscape. He is particularly interested in visualizing partitioned, regulated space that unintentionally marginalizes individuals and communities. Jon is also tinkering with kite, balloon, and small-unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAV) platforms to capture aerial imagery for a variety of mapping and analysis projects. He is also learning how to ride a unicycle.
Jeffrey Moro is a researcher and artist with Five College Digital Humanities, a Mellon-funded program in the Five College Consortium of Western Massachusetts. He wears many different hats at 5CollDH, including running a fellowship and microgrant program, consulting on and assisting with grant-funded projects, managing a speaker series, teaching classes and workshops, and creating digital resources. In his research, he works on electronic literature, interactive and games, software studies, and the history of media forms and technologies. Current projects include E.LIT / NET.ART, The Recirculator, and The_Critical_Is, which was a recipient of a microgrant from the Association for Computers and the Humanities. He holds a BA in English and Theater & Dance from Amherst College.
Eric Poehler is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His research interests include Greek and Roman Archaeology and archaeological theory and method. He is the co-director of the Pompeii Quadriporticus Project, an archaeological investigation of one of the largest monumental structures in Pompeii, in which he employs non-invasive methodologies and cutting-edge research technologies, including experiments with UAVs.