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Event Recap

Jun 9, 2021

Event recap | The human dimensions of autonomous systems employing AI

By the GeoTech Center

A GeoTech Hour discussion exploring what should be off-limits when it comes to autonomous systems paired with artificial intelligence, particularly when they have the ability to impact human lives.

Digital Policy Technology & Innovation

Event Recap

Jan 6, 2021

Event recap | Tech and data recommendations for the new administration

By GeoTech Center

In this episode of the GeoTech Hour, hosted Wednesday, January 6, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST, panelists make recommendations on how the new administration can prioritize data and tech applications.

Digital Policy Technology & Innovation

In the News

Nov 20, 2020

The necessity of adaptability and resilience in the decade ahead: GeoTech Center Fellows at STAR-TIDES 2020

By Atlantic Council

The General Session panel featuring GeoTech experts focused Star-Tides' mission toward the specific theme of cross-cutting efforts, using technology to connect resources from across the various silos of the public and private sector. Addressing questions of how to empower people and communities to be resilient against the changes that Friedman highlighted, panelists offered the idea of complex adaptive coalitions, an effort to build those "ecosystem relationships" Friedman referred to. Panelists highlighted themes of digital governance and identity, as well as distributed data ownership, among other innovative ideas to redesign our society in the face of accelerating changes.

Cybersecurity Digital Policy

Joseph T. Bonivel Jr., PhD, is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center. He is a subject matter expert for the Department of Defense (DOD), where he leads technology incubation and maturation for the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering’s Journal of DoD Research & Engineering. Bonivel is a former AAAS big data and analytics science and technology policy fellow at the National Science Foundation (NSF). In his AAAS fellowship role, he fostered entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology commercialization of research that has been previously supported by government-funded research. He served a similar fellowship role at United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Bonivel’s role at USAID was twofold in helping to understand how digital technology can stop the spread of health epidemics (Ebola) and designing and developing predictive algorithms to measure USAID’s influence on their bilateral donors and partners. 

Before his AAAS fellowships, Bonivel was a senior research engineer for United Technologies Research Center (UTRC). At UTRC he was responsible for developing, identifying, and implementing protocols to evaluate the mechanical performance of novel materials and structures within the various businesses of United Technologies Corporation.

Bonivel holds a PhD in Mechanical and Materials Science Engineering from the University of South Florida. He earned a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering at the University of South Carolina. 

He was recently awarded Technologist of the Year by the Southern New England Association of Technical Professionals and was profiled by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of its 100 Modern Men. Bonivel has also spent time teaching engineering and physics at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.