bio

Marc Canellas is an IEEE Science and Technology Congressional Fellow serving in the office of Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-6) where he is responsible for legislation, appropriations, and media for the policy portfolio of aerospace, cybersecurity, privacy and surveillance, science and technology, and AI and robotics.

Marc’s technical expertise is in cognitive engineering, human-automation interaction, and behavioral decision making. Prior to serving in Congress, he was a PhD and post-doctoral researcher at the Cognitive Engineering Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology. There he designed mathematical, computational, and human-subjects studies for the Office of Naval Research to build the foundations for decision support tools for military command and control in degraded and denied information environments. This research has been published in academic journals such as IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems and the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, and has been awarded by the National Science Foundation and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development.

He has also leveraged this cognitive engineering background to address questions of how to govern human-automation systems, including autonomous weapons and vehicles – publishing work in the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine and at WeRobot.

Outside of academic work, he served as the President of the Graduate Student Body at Georgia Tech from 2015-2016, responsible for advocating on behalf of over 9,500 graduate students, and authorizing and allocating a $5.1M budget. His contributions to his communities have been awarded with the Mitch Keller Lifetime Achievement Award, the Campus Life and Community at Georgia Tech Scholarship, the Colonel Leslie Callahan Memorial Fellowship, the Sam Nunn Security Program Fellowship, and the University of Missouri Unsung Hero Award. He currently serves as an At-Large/Voting Member of the IEEE-USA Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems Policy Committee.

Marc earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri and his MS and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He tweets @marc_canellas.