Aerial Innovation and Robotics Lab

AIRLab

A Five College Digital Humanities Project
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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.

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Jon Caris

Jon Caris

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Jeffrey Moro

Jeffrey Moro

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Eric Poehler

Eric Poehler

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Jon Caris

Jon Caris

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

Jeffrey Moro

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

Eric Poehler

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.

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As part of our critical and educational mission, the AIRLab working group collects articles, news reports, media, and creative works related to drones and other forms of aerial robotics. Using social media, we curate these stories into a Corpus.

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Aerial robotics are hot-button issues with policy, privacy, and surveillance ramifications alongside their potential use in research and teaching. We’ve developed a Survey so we can learn from you what kinds of experiences, concerns, and ideas you have for aerial robotics. Let us know what you think!

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In the fall of 2015, we’re launching a Maker Space at Smith College, equipped with an open floor plan with moveable furniture and equipment storage cabinets for optimal flexibility and for hosting multiple simultaneous projects.

On our Blog you’ll find accounts of our working group meetings, info about our ongoing projects, and news about guidelines and best practices we’re developing for work with aerial robotics here in the Five Colleges and beyond!

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