Peter Asaro

Assistant Professor, The New School

Dr. Peter Asaro is Assistant Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York City, and Affiliate Scholar at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society. His current research focuses on the social, cultural, political, legal and ethical dimensions of robotics and artificial intelligence. He has written widely-cited papers on agency and autonomy, liability and punishment, and privacy and surveillance as it applies to military robotics, consumer robots, industrial automation, smart buildings, and autonomous vehicles. He also has an engineering background in machine learning, computer vision and robotics, and earned his PhD in the History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science and Master of Computer Science degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Dr. Asaro is co-founder and vice-chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control ( which is part of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots (, a coalition of NGOs.