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STEM Café to probe drone technology Nov. 12

November 8, 2013

Image of a droneWhen most people hear the word “drone,” they think of covert military airstrikes, but proponents of autonomous systems see them becoming a part of everyday life.

Experts have proposed their use in everything from aerial art to pizza delivery.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, NIU STEM Outreach invites community members to learn more about drone technology at “Attack of the Drones?” This free event will take place at O’Leary’s Restaurant and Pub, 260 E. Lincoln Hwy. in DeKalb. Food and drinks are available for purchase from O’Leary’s.

David Gunkel, a professor of communication at NIU and author of “The Machine Question,” will discuss the social costs and benefits of unmanned systems. Abul Azad, a professor of technology at NIU, will discuss the development history of drones, their various designs, the technologies involved in creating them and their capabilities, possible uses, and benefits.

This event is one of NIU’s monthly STEM Cafés, in which community members hear brief, informal talks on cutting-edge research in science, technology, engineering and math and then get their questions answered by STEM experts.

For more information, contact Judith Dymond at (815) 753-4751 or [email protected].