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Autonomous Systems Policy Symposium

Goldstein Auditorium (Schine Student Center)

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Autonomous Systems and Their Policy, Law, and Governance Implications
Autonomous Systems Policy Initiative, a new Syracuse University-wide effort, is convening faculty and students across disciplines, along with industry experts from the public, private, and non-profit sectors to explore the technology, policy, and wider social implications of autonomous systems.

From self-driving cars to drone delivery systems, from robotic underwater vessels to smart-home technologies, autonomous systems are transforming our world—posing complex social, ethical, and legal questions that demand interdisciplinary, multi-faceted research.


8:00 - 8:30  Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9:00  Welcome and Opening Remarks
David Van Slyke, Dean of the Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Kent Syverud, Chancellor, Syracuse University
Jamie Winders, Director, Autonomous Systems Policy Initiative, Chair and Professor of Geography, Syracuse University

9:00 - 10:15  Keynote by Travis Mason ’06 BA (PSc), VP and Head of Regulatory and Certification, UAM, Airbus

10:15 - 10:30  Break

10:30 - 12:00  Panel 1: Technology and Design
Moderated by Jamie Winders
Pam Cohn, Managing Partner, Ascension Global
Sam Edelstein, Chief Data Officer, City of Syracuse
Louise Manfredi, Assistant Professor, Industrial and Interaction Design, Syracuse University
Senem Velipasalar, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Syracuse University

12:00 - 1:00  Lunch
1:00 - 2:30  Panel 2: Policy and Governance
Moderated by David Van Slyke
Peter Blanck, University Professor and Chairman, Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University
Jamie Boone, Vice President, Government Affairs, Consumer Technology Association
Tina Nabatchi, Joseph A. Strasser Endowed Professor in Public Administration, Syracuse University
Austin Zwick, Assistant Teaching Professor, Public Affairs, Syracuse University

2:30 - 2:45  Break

2:45 - 4:15  Panel 3: Broader Social Implications
Moderated by Jamie Winders
Suho Han, Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship, Syracuse University
Ingrid Erickson, Assistant Professor, Information Studies, Syracuse University
Nicol Turner Lee, Fellow, Center for Technology Innovation and Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
Andrew Maxwell, Senior Program Manager, C&S Companies

4:15 - 5:00  Closing Remarks

For more details about the Autonomous Systems Policy Initiative, please visit: Additional details about the event will be forthcoming for conference participants.

For more information, contact Jamie Winders via email at

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Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.