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Autonomous Systems Policy Institute

The Autonomous Systems Policy Institute (ASPI) is a university-wide initiative at Syracuse University focused on the intersection of technology, society and policy.

ASPI has three main goals:

  • to create an environment of intellectual exchange and cross-disciplinary work and education between engineering; humanities; and physical, biological and social sciences;
  • to pursue projects that respond to the current social, economic and environmental challenges brought about by artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies and;
  • to foster relations with local, regional and international bodies in order to help governments, industries and civic organizations develop laws, policies and practices around the above challenges.
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The Autonomous Systems Policy Institute, housed in the Maxwell School, is an inaugural member of U.S. AI Safety Institute Consortium.

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The symposium will connect academics with policymakers and newsroom leaders for discussions around AI innovations and vulnerabilities. It also will serve as the launch event for the Academic Alliance for AI Policy, an organization making AI experts’ advice accessible to lawmakers and policymakers in their efforts to regulate AI.
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The fellowship is primarily focused on providing the space and opportunity for faculty members in the humanities whose research intersects with the study of technology to develop their work, a potential syllabus and curate a conversation that focuses on their fields of study.
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Baobao Zhang has received up to $200K to research the role of citizens in the governance of artificial intelligence systems.

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Hamid Ekbia has been appointed to serve as the next director of the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute beginning July 2023 and will join the Maxwell School as a University Professor in January.
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The summit provided the opportunity for manufacturing, government, technology and academic interests to collectively explore ways the United States can elevate its leadership in advanced air mobility systems. Winders’ panel discussed the industry supply chain, the policies and regulatory frameworks needed to govern the use of flying vehicles and the impacts of the technology on society.

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Their research is the first to develop an effective machine learning approach to identify latent patterns of preclinical Alzheimer's Disease from MRI brain scans.

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The recognition includes an award of $100,000 annually for the next two academic years, as well as access to use of the state-of-the-art Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform. Yu expects to use the Microsoft fund to further her research on identifying exaggeration in health claims.
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Krista Kennedy and co-authors examine transparency and disclosure information of next-generation medical wearables.

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