On Thursday evening at the Stanford Law School, a Stanford Artificial Intelligence & Law Society (SAILS) panel titled “AI, Warfare, and Autonomous Weapons” addressed the future of autonomous weapons, the technology race between the United States and China and the current state of artificial intelligence in military use.
David Lentink and his graduate student assistant Mark Deetjen, a third-year mechanical engineering Ph.D candidate, are in the midst of developing a new method of mapping dynamic surfaces in order to discover key features of bird’s wings, which could be applied to any study of movement. According to Lentink, this could have implications in the growing drone market.
From drones acting as tour guides to mass-analyzed cookie recipes, the projects on display at the Brown Institute’s first ever media innovation showcase were anything but conventional. Funded by Brown’s year-long Magic Grants, interdisciplinary teams from Stanford and Columbia pioneered new techniques for every step of the storytelling process — from research tools for journalists to new ways of telling a story.
On April 17, a British Airways flight that was returning from Geneva was thought to have been hit by a drone as it was approaching Heathrow airport in London. Although the damage was minimal — and it is unclear that the obstruction was a drone — this incident is a timely reminder that stricter laws and…
With the increased prevalence of commercial drones, researchers at Stanford University are working with NASA to develop a drone traffic-management system in which drones will have a greater awareness of their surroundings and will communicate with other drones in order to avoid collisions.
Mark Jacobsen, a 33 year-old political science Ph.D. candidate and former Air Force C-17 transport pilot, is currently undertaking a project to send relief supplies to victims in Syria using small drones. The effort, called the Syrian Airlift Project, was developed by Jacobsen after a visit to eastern Turkey in March of last year. There,…
Matthew Cohen ’18 and Johnathan Bowes ’15 debate the ethics and efficacy of drone usage in warfare in the U.S. Cohen argues the benefits outweigh the drawbacks while Bowes claims U.S. drone policy is setting a dangerous international precedent.
The project, which served as the culmination of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ three-course sequence on aircraft design and analysis, called on students to work in teams throughout spring quarter to design unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that pursued a specific mission set.