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Boston Alumni Event: The Soaring Popularity of Drones

Nov. 28, 2018, 6 p.m. - Nov. 28, 2018, 8 p.m.

Location: The State Room, Harborside Salon

Join us for an exciting evening in Boston, which will begin with Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud providing opening remarks.

Yang Wang, Assistant Professor at the School of Information Studies, and Dan Pacheco, Peter A. Horvitz Endowed Chair in Journalism Innovation at the Newhouse School of Public Communications will discuss drones and how they’re being used in research and teaching efforts across campus and beyond.

Ask questions and learn from the experts about how drones play a role in everyday life—in ways you might never have imagined—and can put people’s privacy at risk.

6 p.m. Alumni Reception
6:40 p.m. Panel Discussion
7:30 p.m. Alumni Reception

Cost: $10 for alumni and guests, $5 for youth (under the age of 21).
Cost includes drinks, appetizers, and our program.

The State Room, Harborside Salon
60 State Street, 33rd Floor
Boston,  MA 02109

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About the Speakers

Yang Wang

Yang Wang is an assistant professor at the School of Information Studies in where he co-directs the SALT lab. His research focuses on privacy and security, and social computing. Wang studies human behavior with technology as well as the design and evaluation of novel technology that helps people to achieve better privacy and security. He draws from social sciences and sub-disciplines of computer science such as human-computer interaction, software engineering, and machine learning. His interests also lie in public policy issues, especially those regarding privacy. Professor Wang’s research has been supported by NSF, Department of Education, Google, Alcatel-Lucent, and The Privacy Projects. His work primarily focuses on design and evaluation of usable privacy and security technologies for use internationally, and the privacy and use of Drones (quad copter/hobby) and encryption.

Dan Pacheco

Dan Pacheco holds the Peter A. Horvitz Chair of Journalism Innovation at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, and is a pioneer in the use of virtual reality for journalism. In 2014 he started and co-produced The Des Moines Register’s  Harvest of Change VR project for the Oculus Rift, the world’s first large-scale use of virtual reality by a commercial news organization. Harvest of Change earned an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2015 for its innovative use of 360-degree video for virtual reality. Pacheco also explores new technologies shaping the future of media, including augmented reality, citizen sensor networks and drones. 

Parking Information

In addition to metered parking throughout the area, public parking is available at the base of the 60 State Street building. Once on State Street, drive .2 miles turning right onto Merchants Row. Take a quick left down into the garage to secure ticket at gate and follow directions to self-park below. Pricing subject to change. Additional parking available at 75 State Street and Post Office Square – both less than 5 minutes walking distance.

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