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  • ASPI Research Series

    The ASPI Research Series publishes policy brief and working papers related to the design, policy, and societal aspects of autonomous systems. For questions about this series, contact us at

  • Policy Briefs

    Unmanned Aerial Systems and Disaster Response: A State-by-State Assessment

    This policy brief examines how state-level emergency response divisions across the United States incorporate unmanned aerial systems into their disaster-response operational plans. It documents conflicting approaches to the use of unmanned aerial systems in disaster response from one government level to another and from state to state and offers suggestions for how to reform a complicated regulatory landscape that can be a barrier to the fast responses needed in disaster situations.

  • Webinars

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

    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


    Autonomous Systems: From Driverless Cars to COVID-19 Response

    With Jamie Winders, PhD., Director, Autonomous Systems Policy Institute

  • ASPI News

    Himmelreich named to Syracuse Surveillance Technology Work Group

    Johannes Himmelreich, assistant professor of public administration and international affairs and researcher with the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute (ASPI) and the Campbell Public Affairs Institute, is one of five community members named to the Surveillance Technology Work Group that Syracuse Mayor Walsh says will ensure “surveillance tools are implemented in a safe and well-governed way.”


    Himmelreich piece on ethics of self-driving cars published in CACM

    In his paper, "Ethics of Technology Needs More Political Philosophy," Johannes Himmelreich argues that the current debate on the ethics of self-driving cars has not paid sufficient attention to political concerns such as autonomy, pluralism, and legitimacy. The paper, published in Communications of the ACM, is also accompanied by a video.


    Syracuse University Announces the Establishment of New Autonomous Systems Policy Institute

    On May 6, 2019, Syracuse University hosted the Symposium on Autonomous Systems Policy, Law, and Governance. The symposium convened faculty, scholars, and experts for a daylong discussion about governance opportunities and challenges prompted by the rapidly developing field of autonomous systems. In his opening remarks, Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud announced the establishment of the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute (ASPI).


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