School of Information Studies (iSchool) Assistant Professor Yang Wang will discuss his research on drones and privacy at an event in Boston in November hosted by the Syracuse University Alumni Association.

Wang will be joined by Dan Pacheco, the Peter A. Horvitz Chair of Journalism Innovation at the Newhouse School of Public Communication, to share information about the use of drones in research and teaching efforts across campus and beyond.

Wang has conducted significant research in the area of privacy expectations in relation to drones and other unmanned remote-controlled aircraft.  In 2016 Wang, along with iSchool Assistant Professor Yun Huang and two doctoral students, published a paper, “Flying Eyes and Hidden Controllers,” that outlined a qualitative study of privacy perceptions of civilian drones use in the United States.

Pacheco’s research explores new technologies shaping the future of media, including drones, augmented reality, and citizen sensor networks. In 2014 he started and co-produced The Des Moines Register’s “Harvest of Change” virtual reality project for the Oculus Rift, the world’s first large-scale use of virtual reality by a commercial news organization.

The alumni event, featuring an introduction by Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud, will allow both Wang and Pacheco to outline their research and teaching on drones, and highlight projects on campus where drones and drone technology are a part of the curriculum. The session will be interactive and will offer time for a question and answer session with the faculty members.

The event will be held on Wednesday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the State Room at the Harborside Salon – 60 State Street, Boston. The cost of attendance is $10, and includes drinks and appetizers at the alumni reception prior to the program. Attendees are asked to RSVP online.