Experts Meeting: Humanitarian Drones

A discussion of pivotal issues facing the international humanitarian community with respect to the deployment of drones in disaster situations.

Event Details

Location

swissnex Boston
420 Broadway, Cambridge , Massachusetts 02138 United States

Date

May 15, 2018 from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm America/Cambridge Bay (UTC-06:00)

Cost

FREE

swissnex Boston, WeRobotics, and MIT Solve present Experts Meeting addressing pivotal issues facing the international humanitarian community with respect to the deployment of drones in disaster situations.

The development of protocols and guidelines to inform the safe, responsible and effective use of drones in disaster zones started in earnest in 2014 through the work of the Humanitarian UAV Network. The Experts Meeting will review the latest developments around the Code of Conduct and specific guidelines, particularly those on conflict sensitivity and the draft guidelines around the use of humanitarian cargo drones. A key goal of the Experts Meeting will be to address the implementation challenges of said Code of Conduct and formulate corresponding strategies for implementation contexts, including the encouragement of formal institutional endorsements.

Next, we’ll focus on Aerial Artificial Intelligence in order to take stock of the very latest developments, opportunities and challenges in the application of AI, machine learning and computer vision to automatically analyze aerial imagery with respect to features of direct interest to the international aid and development community. The Experts Meeting will seek to identify synergies in existing and planned research as well as projects to formulate a common roadmap in the development of AI solutions for aerial imagery.

Organizations invited

MIT CSAIL, MIT Lincoln Labs, Amazon AWS, MapBox, CrowdAI, UNICEF, Rockefeller Foundation, ETH, DataKind, Simon Fraser University, OpenAerialMap, WFP Innovations, ESRI, Autodesk, Microsoft, DigitalGlobe, Planet Labs, DroneDeploy, Pix4D, Duke Marine Labs, Trimble, QCRI.


If you are interested in participating in this discussion, please reach out to Jonas at swissnexboston dot org.

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