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  • Autonomous Systems Policy Institute

    An interdisciplinary effort that will advance knowledge and teaching in the field of autonomous systems by exploring new frontiers in policy, law and governance of these fast-expanding technologies.

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  • What is ASPI?

    The Autonomous Systems Policy Institute (ASPI) is a campus-wide institute dedicated to interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching on the design, governance, and wider implications of autonomous systems; and to critically engaging and shaping the policy and ethical frameworks that guide the use and development of autonomous systems.

    ASPI’s work focuses all autonomous systems, from driverless cars to unmanned aerial vehicles to maritime systems. This broad approach, plus ASPI’s interdisciplinary reach, allows it to offer a synthesizing, critical perspective on how autonomous systems impact the world around us and what kinds of policies, norms, and practices can best shape their ethical and fair use.

    ASPI brings academic insight, community needs, and industry developments into conversation and joint action. It involves faculty from all Syracuse University schools and colleges and creates research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students across campus. ASPI also hosts speaker series, public events, and student and faculty workshops.

    Areas of potential collaboration include the following:

    • public policy and social science experts at the Maxwell School;
    • legal scholars in the College of Law;
    • ethical and philosophical expertise in the humanities from the College of Arts and Sciences;
    • industry development and dynamics in the Whitman School and the School of Information Studies;
    • media relevance in the Newhouse School;
    • basic and applied research in the Colleges of Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Arts and Sciences;
    • design applications in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the School of Architecture;
    • new educational imperatives and inclusion possibilities in the School of Education; and
    • health and mobility implications of these new technologies in the Falk College.

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    >> Learn more about our study opportunities related to the field of autonomous systems.

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    Winders served on NAPA report panel advising FAA policy on small UAS

    Professor Jamie Winders was one of five panelists on a Congressionally mandated report exploring the policies and procedures related to the registration of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The report, released in August 2021, was conducted by the National Academy of Public Administration as an independent audit of the FAA’s registration policies for small (under 55 pounds) unmanned aircraft. The report is intended to guide policy decisions regarding the registration and regulation of UAS.


  • ASPI Fall 2021 Courses

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    Inaugural ASPI Symposium

    View the Opening Remarks and Keynote Address.

    Symposium on Autonomous Systems Policy, Law, and Governance
    May 6, 2019

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  • The Governance of AI Research Group

    The Governance of AI Research Group

    Kennedy discusses the exciting work of the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute (ASPI)

    Syracuse University Associate Professor Dr. Krista Kennedy and as host, our Burton Blatt Institute colleague Diane Wiener, discuss the exciting work of the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute (ASPI), the importance of “human/machine collaboration” and the opportunities and challenges autonomous systems hold for persons with disabilities.

  • Contact Information

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    Jamie Winders
    Director, Autonomous Systems Policy Institute
    Professor, Geography and the Environment

Autonomous Systems Policy Institute
200 Eggers Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244-1020
Phone: +1.315.443.4056