The Dole Institute of Politics is launching its Innovations Series, which will focus on the crossroads between science, technology and public policy. The inaugural event is a two program series on drones that will explore their technology, wide array of uses, and the ethical questions about their deployment.
PART I – Unmanned Drones: Soldiers without Uniforms
7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, Dole Institute
Retired Naval Admiral Timothy Beard and Scott Winship, both currently of global security company, Northrop Grumman, will discuss the technological development, military history, future capabilities and ethics of drones.
PART II – Branching Out: Exploring New Uses for Drones
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, Dole Institute
Drones are often associated with military procedures. But Dr. Kurt Barnhart, director for the Applied Aviation Research Center of Kansas State University, and Dr. Shawn Keshmiri, from the KU Department of Aerospace Engineering, will discuss applications of drone use that range from disaster relief to search and rescue, environmental sciences and agriculture.