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 supremacy 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 supporting the growing technological civil rights movement that is stopping the deployment of biased predictive policing and risk assessments, establishing new protections against face recognition, and ensuring cybersecurity and privacy in the face of persistent surveillance. As a law student he has worked with the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and with the Federal Defenders of New York. His work is informed by his prior experiences as a technology staffer in Congress and as a PhD aerospace and cognitive engineer studying human decision making and human-machine interaction.

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.

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.