bio

Dr. Marc Canellas is a third-year law student at NYU School of Law and a Jacobson Leadership Program in Law and Business Scholar and Cybersecurity Service Scholar. He is the co-founder and Board Member of Rights over Tech a student organization focused on ensuring that human and civil rights take primacy over technology and the power structures that create it. He was also an Article Selection Editor for the NYU Review of Law and Social Change. Outside of law school, he serves as the Chair of IEEE-USA’s AI Policy Committee advising federal and state policymakers on AI governance.

Marc’s passion is in public defense and using his technology and policy expertise to support human and civil rights in the face of carceral technologies like predictive policing, face recognition, and DNA so. While in law school, he has interned with the Brooklyn Defender Services, the Bronx Defenders, the Federal Defenders of New York, and the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. He has been a research assistant for NYU Law Professors Erin MurphyRyan Bubb, and Tony Thompson. He also served as a Committee Chair for the ABA’s AI Legal Ethics Working Group.

Prior to law school, Marc was an IEEE/AAAS Congressional Science and Technology Fellow serving in the office of Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-6) where he was responsible for legislation, appropriations, and media for aerospace, cybersecurity, privacy and surveillance, science and technology, AI, and robotics. Prior to serving in Congress, Marc earned his PhD in aerospace and cognitive engineering working in the Cognitive Engineering Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Aerospace Engineering. There he used mathematical, computational, and human-subjects studies to develop decision support tools for military command and control in degraded and denied information environments.

Marc’s work has been published in technical journals such as IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, AI Magazine, Communications of the ACM, and the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine; legal, technology, and national security outlets such as Slate, Just Security, and WeRobot; and has won awards from the National Science Foundation and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany. He has also been an invited panelist, speaker, and moderator for the Athens Roundtable, AFL-CIO Texas Constitutional Convention, Practicing Law Institute, All Tech is Human NYC, Penn State’s Center for Security Research and Education Symposium, NYU Law & Tech, and NYU Law’s Center on Civil Justice.

Prior to his Ph.D., Marc earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri. He tweets @marc_canellas.