On October 25, 2012, Assistant Professor Todd Humphreys appeared as a witness before Congress during a field forum where he discussed the appropriate domestic use of drones.
The forum was hosted by U.S. Congressman Ted Poe and was sanctioned by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. It was held at Rice University in Houston, Texas.
According to the FAA, as many as 30,000 drones will patrol the skies by 2020. Many questions of privacy and the appropriate use of drones have arisen from the increased use of drone technology. These questions were covered during the forum, which featured two panels of witnesses. Each witness was asked to speak for five minutes, followed by a question and answer period by Members of Congress.
Questions covered issues such as the use of drones by law enforcement for investigation of crimes, whether weapons should be permitted on law enforcement drones and what federal agency should oversee the domestic use of drones.
A video of the field forum can be found at at http://jones.adobeconnect.com/p6pshdpmd4c/
Humphreys' remarks begin at 0:31:55 and he speaks several times during the question and answer session.
Humphreys has previously testified before Congress in Washington, D.C. in July 2012 on the vulnerability of civil UAVs to GPS spoofing.
For more information on Humphreys’ research, visit his Radionavigation Laboratory website.