Samantha Kappagoda and David K.A. Mordecai have been reappointed to American Bar Association Science and Technology Law (SciTech) Section leadership positions, where they have been active members since 2019 and 2018 respectively.
Samantha Kappagoda will continue serving as Vice-Chair of both the Big Data Committee and the Internet-of-Things Committee. She previously also served from 2019 to 2023 as Vice-Chair of the Insurance Technology and Risk Committee.
Dr. Mordecai has been reappointed as Chair of the Space Law Committee, and Co-Chair of the Nanotechnology Committee, and previously also served as Vice-Chair of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics from 2018 to 2022. In addition, Dr. Mordecai has been an invited speaker at the AI & Robotics Institute in both 2021 and 2020. Both Kappagoda and Mordecai were invited speakers at the 2019 American Bar Association Annual Meeting and 34th Intellectual Property Law Conference (ABA-IPL).
Recently Dr. Mordecai and Ms. Kappagoda co-authored a two-part article published in the Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 Issues of the American Bar Association (ABA) SciTech Lawyer, entitled Objects May Be Closer Than They Appear: Uncertainty and Reliability Implications of Computer Vision Depth Estimation for Vehicular Collision Avoidance and Navigation. Recent events accompanying increased adoption of machine learning applications of computer vision to safety-critical use-cases for cyberphysical systems has sharpened focus on the necessity of risk mitigation, reliability, safety, and security. An emergent risk domain across embedded cyberphysical systems involves the proliferation of camera-based autonomous driver assistance and vehicular navigation systems and the application of computer vision technology to perform the complex tasks of depth estimation, as well as object detection and image recognition. The two installments in this series primarily focused on depth estimation tasks associated with operating and environmental conditions as well as spatial and temporal scales generally applicable to rural and highway settings (Part 1) and to urban settings (Part 2).
In addition, Dr. Mordecai recently authored The Critical Role of Transmission and Storage Capacity in Balancing Intermittent Generation and Transient Load, in the Winter 2023 issue of ABA Natural Resources and Environment, as well as Automated Personal Assistants with Multiple Principals: Whose Agent Is It? in the Winter 2020 edition of ABA SciTech Lawyer.
Dr. Mordecai and Ms. Kappagoda are President and Chief Economist, respectively, of Risk Economics, Inc. Dr Mordecai is also Adjunct Professor of Econometrics and Statistics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Visiting Scholar at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences NYU, advising research at RiskEcon® Lab @ Courant Institute. Ms. Kappagoda is also Visiting Scholar at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences NYU, co-advising research at RiskEcon® Lab @ Courant Institute.
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