IRISS Symposium

MARCH 3-4, 2017

The IRISS symposium on drones will be a space of confluence, where researchers from across academia (social science, arts, law, business, engineering) along with local business and policy innovators to discuss the design, development, and deployment of remote and in-situ sensing systems. The IRISS Symposium will be held in ATLAS 100 on March 3-4, 2017. All events are free and open to the public. For a pdf of the event poster, click here.

Keynote Speaker: Hugh Gusterson will give a keynote talk titled "Remote Killing: Drones, Democracy and War" on March 3, 2017 at 4pm in ATLAS 100.

Hugh Gusterson is a Professor of International Affairs and Anthropology at The George Washington University. His interests lie at the nexus of militarism, nuclear culture, anthropology of science, ethics, and international security. His research focuses on the interdisciplinary study of the conditions under which particular bodies of knowledge are formed and deployed, with special attention to the science of war, the military, and nuclear weapons. His recent book, Drone: Remote Control Warfare, investigates the dillemas of the drone warfare and how it has reshaped the landscape of battle.

On March 4, Kim Garcia will recite poems from her book, DRONE, winner of the 2015 Backwaters Prize. Kim is the author of The Brighter House, winner of the 2015 White Pine Press Poetry Prize, DRONE, winner of the 2015 Backwaters Prize, and Madonna Magdalene, released by Turning Point Books in 2006. Her chapbook Tales of the Sisters won the 2015 Sow’s Ear Poetry Review Chapbook Contest. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Crab Orchard Review, Crazyhorse, Mississippi Review, Nimrod and Subtropics, and her work has been featured on The Writer’s Almanac. Recipient of the 2014 Lynda Hull Memorial Prize, an AWP Intro Writing Award, a Hambidge Fellowship and an Oregon Individual Artist Grant, Garcia teaches creative writing at Boston College.

Please visit the Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Poetry section, where we are honored to showcase two of Kim Garcia's poems from her book, Drone: (1) Drone: Tour of Duty (2) Night Flight, Night Vision.


Hugh Gusterson, George Washington University
“Remote Killing: Drones, Democracy and War”

SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 9:30AM - 3:15PM

9:30am - 10am
Introduction to IRISS
Cory Dixon, Integrated Remote and In Situ Sensing, CU

10am - 11:30am
Panel 1: Policy, Regulation, Law
Brian Argrow, Aerospace Engineering, CU
Bill Goodwin, AirMap General Counsel
Blake Reid, CU Boulder Law School
Mark Wiranowski, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

11:30am - 12pm
Poetry Reading from Drone (2016)
Kim Garcia, Poet

12:45pm - 1:15pm
Phone Homer: Clytemnestra’s Guide to Surveillance-Free Living
Michelle Ellsworth, Dance, CU

1:15pm - 3:15pm
Panel 2: Ethics, Power, Knowledge
Major Joe Chapa, US Air Force Academy
Eric Frew, Aerospace Engineering, CU
Kim Garcia, Poet
Mara Goldman, Geography, CU
Hugh Gusterson, George Washington Univ.