Drones: From Technology to Policy, Security to Ethics: 30.1.2015 at ETH Zurich

This one-day conference will look at the advances being made in drone technology and its broader policy implications, both by bringing different stakeholder communities together and showcasing the cutting-edge research being done at ETH Zurich.

Drones: From Technology to Policy, Security to Ethics

Friday, 30 January 2015, 9.00 – 17.00

ETH Zurich, Audi Max, HG F 30


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Drones, flying robots, and unmanned aerial vehicles are terms that evoke a variety of images and connotations - from modern warfare to recreational use. Indeed, it’s because drones are widely accessible, relatively inexpensive, and highly adaptable that people see them so differently.
For example, while scientists remain interested in the wide-ranging technological opportunities robotics represent, the international relations community continues to focus on the developmental, legal-ethical, humanitarian and security aspects of unmanned systems.
This division of interests may seem innocent, but it has led to problems, including legal, ethical, and socio-political policy gaps in how drones should be used. To narrow these gaps, the scientific and policy communities will have to enter in a dialogue to assess the potential and the risks.


 09.00 - 09.20     Registration and coffee

 09.20 - 09.30     Opening and welcome
                            Dr. Jürg Brunnschweiler, ETH Zürich

 09.30 - 10.00     Cutting-edge research in robotic flight
Prof. Roland Siegwart (PDF, 1.2 MB),
                            Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems,
                            ETH Zurich

10.00 - 10.15       Mark Müller (PDF, 2.8 MB), Institute for Dynamic Systems
                            and Control, ETH Zurich

10.15 - 10.45       Research applications and development
                            Prof. Lian Pin Koh (PDF, 40.7 MB), University of Adelaide,

10.45 - 11.15       Industry and business applications                           
                            Dr. Jürg Wildi, (PDF, 2.7 MB) Vice President Technology,
                            RUAG Schweiz AG

11.25 - 12.50       Laboratory Tours
                            Dynamic Systems and Control Laboratory,
                            ETH Zurich - Prof. Raffaello D’Andrea

11.25 - 12.05       Labor Tour 1
12.10 - 12.50       Labor Tour 2

11.30 - 13.00       Lunch

13.00 - 13.30       Drones – policy making and legal regulations
                            Dr. Jean-Baptiste Jeangene Vilmer (PDF, 67 KB),
                            Paris Institute of Political Studies, France

13.30 - 14.00      The security dimensions of drones
                            Paul Scharre, Center for a New American Security,
                            United States [presentation not available]

14.00 - 14.30      Drones for humanitarian interventions
                            Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (PDF, 641 KB), Peace Research
                            Institute Oslo, Norway

14.30 - 15.00       Ethical considerations
                            Dr. Alexander Leveringhaus, University of Oxford, UK
                            Dr. Leveringhaus was substituted by  
                            Prof. Peter Faber (PDF, 129 KB), Head ISN ETH Zurich.

15.00 - 15.30       Coffee Break

15.30 - 16.30       Panel discussion
                            Facilitated by Peter Faber, Head of ISN,
                            ETH Zurich 

                            - Prof. Lian Pin Koh, University of Adelaide, Australia
                            - Dr. Jürg Wildi, RUAG Schweiz AG, Switzerland
                            - Paul Scharre, CNAS, United States
                            - Dr. Alexander Leveringhaus, University of Oxford, UK              

16.30 - 16.45       Wrap-up and Closing
                            Dr. Barbara Becker, ETH Global

16.45 - 17.15       Farewell drinks

This conference is part of the Science and Development Series

Organizers: ETH Global and International Relations and Security Network , ETH Zurich

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