Biography

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 also serves as the Vice-Chair of IEEE-USA’s AI Policy Committee which, on behalf of over 200,000 engineers and technologists, guides federal advocacy on legislation, rule-making, and agency decision making on anything related to AI. Prior to law school, he served as staffer for Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-6) and earned his Ph.D. in aerospace in cognitive engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology

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. He is currently a Research Assistant for NYU Law Professor Ryan Bubb and previously served in the same capacity for NYU Law Professor Tony Thompson.

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, was a PhD aerospace and cognitive engineer and post-doctoral researcher at the Cognitive Engineering Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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, speaker, and moderator for the AFL-CIO Texas Constitutional Convention, All Tech is Human NYC, Penn State’s Center for Security Research and Education, NYU Law & Tech, and NYU Law’s Center on Civil Justice.

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