bio

Dr. Marc Canellas is a second-year J.D. 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 Vice President of NYU Law’s 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 also serves as the Vice-Chair of IEEE-USA’s Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems Policy Committee.

Marc’s passion is in public defense and using his technology and policy expertise to support human rights in the face of emerging technologies like predictive policing and face recognition. While in law school, he has interned with the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and the Federal Defenders of New York.

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 was a PhD aerospace and cognitive engineer and post-doctoral researcher at the Cognitive Engineering Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Aerospace Engineering. There he completed mathematical, computational, and human-subjects studies toward developing 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 and the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making; legal, technology, and national security outlets such as Slate, Just Security, IEEE Technology and Society Magazine and WeRobot, and has won awards from the National Science Foundation and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. He has also been an invited panelist and moderator at the AFL-CIO Texas Constitutional Convention, Practicing Law Institute, All Tech is Human NYC, Penn State’s Center for Security Research and Education Symposium, and NYU Law & Tech.

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.