November 3, 2014 jcaris

Deconstructing Civilian Drones Workshop

On Thursday, October 30th we hosted our 2nd lunch-time workshop, titled “Deconstructing Civilian Drones”.  Designed as an open forum type of event, we invited participants to ask any questions about UAV or drone technology.  Our conversation began with several civilian drones opened for inspection to allow participants to see first hand the technological bits and bobs that make up this emergent technology.  Jon provided an overview of the technology convergence that drives the popularity and availability of drones in academia (and beyond).  Jeffrey shared our vision of the AIRLab and asked participants to imagine how such a space might function at Smith College.


Discussion was free flowing and generally positive about drone use in academia.  Questions ranged from:

  • controlling drones,
  • autonomous flight,
  • range and flight duration,
  • accuracy of positioning,
  • regulations,
  • reliability, and
  • future directions.

We plan to offer a similar workshop in the spring.  Please let us know if you are interested in attending.



Note: no food was harmed or consumed during this workshop per Five College requirements.


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