Science for Human Rights: Quantitative Methods for Security and Humanitarian Aid

Date & Time

Wed, 04/06/2011
5:30pm-7:00pm

Overview

Recent technological advances in information gathering and processing have been successfully used to defend people against abuses, and to direct aid where it can be most effective. Virtually all of the technology now used for Human Rights was developed for vastly different purposes. The suitability of the technology for improving human conditions is yet another example of how application of science expands beyond the purposes envisioned by its developers.

This presentation describes some of the methods in use today, including Research and Information Gathering, Computational Tools, and Data Visualization. Specific examples include satellite imaging, crowd sourcing, artificial  intelligence, automated image analysis, alternative data sources, quantitative models of forced migration, and geospatial mapping.

Resources:

Amnesty International: Science in Human Rights

Amnesty International: Human Rights Now Blog

AAAS Science and Human Rights Program

 

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Speaker

Eric L. Michelsen
University of California, San Diego

 Eric Michelsen studies and teaches fundamental physics at the University of California, San Diego. He is very interested in education, especially science education. Eric received his PhD in Physics in June 2010.

One of his research areas involves testing of Einstein’s theory of gravity by tracing out the orbit of the moon with a laser, often to 1mm accuracy (the thickness of a dime). In a former life, Eric was an electrical engineer in semiconductors and data communication systems.

Eric has been a supporter of Amnesty International for over 30 years. He has been a member of AIUSA’s Executive Director’s Leadership Council for the past 5 years.

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