January 14, 2015 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

By Lisa Michienzi, Intern, King's Communications & Media Relations 

Dr. Benjamin Muller, King’s Associate Professor with the Department of Political Science, is acting visiting scholar this year at the University of Arizona. Dr. Muller, whose distinguished multidisciplinary research focuses on borders, technology, identity and security will be presenting his research in a lecture series through the University of Arizona’s Confluencenter called “iBorders: Drones & Designs,” January 14, 2015 at the Playground bar and Lounge in Tucson, Arizona.

Dr. Muller’s lecture will focus on the role of borders and borderlands through a technological scope.  His presentation will outline how various forms of technology play important roles in our everyday lives whether we realize it or not.

His lecture will examine the virtual border that exists between countries, and how the use of drones, biometric technology, surveillance, architecture, and other technological tools change our perception of identity, security and experiences when we interact with borders.

Currently, Dr. Muller’s research at the University of Arizona is focused on a variety of areas. While on sabbatical he will be examining emerging technologies and techniques of border security and mobility, the development of AVATAR (Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real-Time), and his self-entitled project “Ferocious Architecture.”

“Ferocious Architecture” will examine the increasing cost and creation of border facilities, the reliance on identification and security technologies involved with border infrastructure, and border practices.