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2020 CONFERENCE PROGRAM

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Conference Sessions & Events Include:

Tuesday, September 15

Virtual Outdoor Flying Demos

Experience drones in action (virtually)! Leading vendors will showcase solutions in real-world scenarios in pre-recorded videos. Tech leads will answer questions in real time via an interactive chat feature.

9:30 AM – 11:15 AM

Participating Vendors: Iris Automation, Doosan, Sundance Media Group, Sabrewing Aircraft Company, Inc. and Autel Robotics.

Emerging Tech Showcase

Technology and its capabilities are changing constantly with new features, products, and software designed to make work safer, faster, cheaper, and better. Stay up to date on what is out there and interact with leading companies about the latest changes, upgrades, and new products available within the drone industry by attending our Emerging Tech Showcase.

1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Participating Vendors: Skydio, MicaSense, RIEGL USA Inc., Sabrewing Aircraft Company, Inc., NARMA Inc., Ascent Aerosystems, Auterion, Alynix LLC, BAAM Tech, DJI, DroneUp and Autel Robotics

Company and Product Spotlight

Technology and its capabilities are changing constantly with new features, products, and applications. Join Commercial UAV News Editor Danielle Gagne showcasing leading companies and their latest services and solutions. Stay up-to-date with what is available to make your work safer, more efficient, less expensive, and more accurate. 

1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Participating Vendors: Specialty Coating Systems and Doosan

ASPRS UAS Technical Symposium

Learn basic principles of mapping with digital cameras and lidar and avoid missing out on the latest technology advances. Benefit from having someone explain 1) system design including choices for platforms and sensors, 2) fundamentals of photogrammetric image and lidar data processing, 3) common pitfalls and best practices, 5) applicable industry standards, and 5) quality control processes to ensure compliance of final products with these standards. Hear from geospatial professionals with years of practical experience who are now working on the “bleeding edge,” using UAS to produce accurate products that meet client expectations. See the attached agenda for more details.

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Megan Ritelli, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; Dan Hubert, MODUS; Ben VanderJagt, PixElement; Greg Lemke, Air Land Surveys

Wednesday, September 16

Welcome & Keynotes: Updates & Insights from the FAA and DHS

UAS Today and Onward

Steve Dickson, FAA Administrator

Over the past year, the industry and the FAA have made substantial progress related to UAS. Operators have received part 135 air carrier certification, the long-awaited remote identification rule was proposed and will soon be finalized, aircraft type certification efforts are underway, and emergency relief and public safety operations have expanded. But where is the FAA really on the path to full integration? This journey began and is progressing deliberately, with an absolute commitment to safety every step of the way. As technology has advanced; experience has been gained through real-world operations, such as those conducted under the UAS Integration Pilot Program. Regulatory efforts have progressed bringing the destination closer every day. In this keynote address, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson will discuss the state of UAS, Today and Onward.

Security Threats & Opportunities; DHS CISA Resources for Commercial Enterprises

Scott Breor, Acting Deputy Assistant Director, CISA

In his Keynote address, Scott will provide an update on threats in critical infrastructure, securing facilities, and resources available for industry including free workshops, training, and webinars through DHS CISA. The goal is protecting key infrastructure and other assets including the electric grid and water resources, and preparing for worst-case scenarios.

Protect Against Drone Attacks 

Drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems, can be used to benefit a community by transporting supplies or assisting search and rescue operations; however, they can also be used for malicious purposes. These resources provide an overview of this evolving threat and steps that can be taken to enhance risk mitigation.

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Speaker: Steve Dickson, Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration

Speaker: Scott Breor, Acting Deputy Assistant Director, CISA, Department of Homeland Security

Keynote Panel: Drone Delivery in the Era of a Pandemic

 

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Moderator: Lisa Ellman, Commercial Drone Alliance

Speaker: Kevin Wasik, Head of Global Business Development, UPS Flight Forward, UPS

Speaker: Margaret Nagle, Head of Policy and Government Affairs, Wing

Speaker: Conor French, General Counsel, Zipline

Plenary: Security in the Age of Drones

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Moderator: Lisa Ellman, Commercial Drone Alliance

Speaker: Leesa Papier, Federal Aviation Administration

Speaker: Kevin Jinks, U.S. Department of Justice

Speaker: Tim Bennett, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Speaker: Grant Jordan, SkySafe

DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Summit

sUAS Showcase for Public Safety Flight Operations

Join DRONERESPONDERS Chief Test Pilot Garret Bryl and representatives from the “Big 3” sUAS manufacturers as they showcase the latest emerging drones for public safety operations.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Moderator: Garret Bryl, L3Harris Technologies

Speaker: Romeo Durscher, DJI

Speaker: Fritz Reber, Skydio

Speaker:François-Xavier Charbonnel, Parrot Drones

Infrastructure: Road & Bridge Inspection

Whether it’s being able to inspect a bridge from the air or addressing critical infrastructure inspections in an entirely new way, drones are clearly having a significant impact on how infrastructure and transportation departments approach countless tasks. Robust data sets delivered by drones are allowing these departments to uncover even deeper levels of insight using artificial intelligence (AI) and many believe that infrastructure inspections will someday be managed by robotic systems. This session will explore how various departments have utilized the technology to save time and money and also detail how drones can and will help identify negligible issues before they turn into costly problems.

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Moderator: Finch Fulton, U.S. Department of Transportation

Speaker: Ben Lindner, Alynix/BaamTech

Speaker: Nathan Schuett, PRENAV

Speaker: Surya S. C. Congress, Texas A&M University

Speaker: Kourosh Langari, Caltrans

Machine Learning & AI

AI is powering many autonomous drone flights that require smooth, consistent flying. However, AI capabilities are also being utilized to instantly process data that collected in the field to define actionable insights and tasks.  Many companies are further refining these capabilities with Machine Learning software to pick out common features in order to identify and count different types of objects. These rapidly developing technologies promise to automate what is currently a time-consuming job. Panelists will discuss how these capabilities are changing expectation and how AI will continue to tackle the lowest-hanging fruit, automating the most basic and repetitive tasks.

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Moderator: Brendan Groves, Skydio

Speaker: Jerome Bouvard, Parrot Drones

Speaker: Ali Husain, SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company

Speaker: Dev Singh, Qualcomm

Speaker: Shana Whitmarsh, ClearSpace Aero

DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Summit

Standardized Training for First Responders Operating Drones

There is a critical need for standardized training surrounding public safety sUAS operations.  Learn how ANSI, ASTM, and NIST are working with DRONERESPONDERS to help prepare first responders for mission critical flight operations.

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Moderator: Donald Shinnamon, Unmanned Safety Institute

Speaker: Jim McCabe, American National Standards Institute

Speaker: Philip M. Kenul, TriVector Services 

Speaker: Adam Jacoff, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Women in Drones

Women in Drones: How to support, motivate, and develop a gender-balanced workforce

Industries are becoming aware that gaining gender equality it isn’t about playing a numbers game—how many women you have employed—but rather about developing a supportive framework that will attract and keep women in the field by providing paths that can lead to growth and success. But what does it mean to support women in this space, and what does that support actually look like? These are the kind of questions that companies and government agencies are starting to explore in more depth as they put a priority on diversifying their workforce, often tying those results to funding and salaries.

This is why it is even more imperative that our industry talks about what we can do to not only attract more women into the field but to support and give them opportunities to thrive. This year’s Women in Drones panel will focus on discussing concrete ways industry leaders and individuals can support, inspire, and attract more women to the industry and help them to be successful in diverse roles.

Click here to check out our Women in Drones Video Interview Project on Commercial UAV News 

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Moderator: Danielle Gagne, Commercial UAV News

Speaker: Angela Stubblefield, FAA

Speaker: Susan Eccles, Adams & Reese, LLP

Speaker: Tracy Roberts, UPS

Speaker: Danielle Rinsler, Uber

Detect and Avoid (DAA)

“True” beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations are the “holy grail” of expanded commercial drone operations. To unlock the potential of many of the most promising, economically powerful and innovative commercial drone use-cases, ranging from long-range linear asset inspections to localized drone-in-a-box concept operations with no humans on site, require the ability to operate drones BVLOS of the pilot.   Onboard or ground-based Detect and Avoid (DAA) technology to prevent drone collisions with cooperative and non-cooperative aircraft is essential to enabling expanded BVLOS operations in the National Airspace System. Session participants will discuss the merits of different systems and how they differ, the strengths and potential limitations associated with different DAA technology, and how DAA technology can be leveraged to support expanded drone operations.  

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Moderator: Matt Clark, Hogan Lovells

Speaker: Maxime Gariel, Xwing

Speaker: Andy Thurling, NUAIR

Speaker: Vijay Somandepalli, American Robotics

Speaker: Gary Watson, fortem Technologies

Industrial Applications

The utilization of unmanned aircraft systems for commercial industrial purposes has often been limited on account of a wide variety of factors including environmental safety, GPS denied environments, difficulty in automation, obstacle avoidance, inability to fly BVLOS, restricted battery life and other factors. Speakers will discuss specific challenges in various industrial environments and best practices for scaling drones programs effectively, use of computer vision and moving toward automation, and what kind of options and support they’d like to see from solutions providers.

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Moderator: Khaled Salem, Saudi Aramco

Speaker: Alexander Harmsen, Iris Automation Inc.

Speaker: Mike Kelly, Evergy

Speaker: Tom Stegge, Xcel Energy

DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Summit

Law Enforcement sUAS Operations and Best Practices

As American law enforcement agencies continue to embrace drone technology, they face a myriad of pitfalls surrounding how they operate. Learn about the latest strategies top police departments are using to ensure successful outcomes.

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Moderator: Chad Karlewicz, Renton Police Department

Speaker: Brian Hon, Arizona Department of Public Safety

Speaker: Thomas Madigan, Alameda County Sheriff’s Office

Speaker: DJ Smith, Virginia State Police

UTM: Updates & Timelines

The development of UAS Traffic Management (UTM) systems is a big topic in the drone industry and impacts how the technology will be adopted across the globe. This kind of fully automated system will integrate drones with manned aviation in the sky, and could change the way everyone thinks of what it means to operate a drone. This session will explore how different stakeholders define a UTM system and how the development of one will impact commercial markets across the world.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Moderator: Parimal Kopardekar (PK), NASA

Speaker: Philip Butterworth-Hayes, Unmanned Airspace

Speaker: Praveen Raju, FAA

Speaker: Andy Thurling,  NUAIR

Speaker: Shana Whitmarsh, ClearSpace Aero

Utility Inspection

Many energy companies are finding cost savings by making use of UAVs for transmission or distribution lines periodic inspections. Drones have also been used to detect issues before they turn into problems for wind turbines inspection work while also keeping inspection crews safe by keeping them on the ground. In an industry where tragedies are still happening, the impact of drones on safety cannot be overstated. This session will explore how energy companies are using drone to do everything from instantly identify broken insulators that are frayed to solve the big data problem that many organizations sort through when creating enterprise drone programs.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Moderator: Dyan Gibbens, Trumbull 

Speaker: Haris Balta, Siemens

Speaker: Robert McCoy, Crown Castle

Speaker: Antoine Martin, Accenture

Speaker: Michael Hartnack, Guidehouse

DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Summit

Law Enforcement and Policing UAS Roundtable Discussion

Immerse yourself in focused discussion with top police, sherrif, and other law enforcement UAS program leaders from  throughout the Americas in this DRONERESPONDERS pubic safety rountable discussion.

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Moderator: Rob Samuels, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

Speaker: Carl Blando, Boston Police Crime Scene Response Unit

Thursday, September 17

Keynotes: Updates from the White House and UPS Flight Forward Team

Update from U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios

Michael Kratsios, Chief Technology Officer of the United States, The White House

Michael Kratsios will provide a brief update from the White House Office of Science and Technology.

Building a Drone Delivery Airline While Balancing the Gender Equation

Beth Ann Troutman Staley, Business Development, UPS; Olivia De Angelis, UAS Industrial Engineer, UPS;  Candice McHargue, Maintenance Controller, UPS; Caesha Putt, HR Business Partner, UPS 

UPS Flight Forward Inc. has celebrated many things over the last year.  In this inspiring Keynote the women on the team will talk about their roles in the successful drone airline and how they’re advocating for women to hold leadership positions in this new industry. Panelists will be announced soon.

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Speaker: Michael Kratsios, Chief Technology Officer, The White House

Speaker: Beth Ann Troutman Staley, Business Development, UPS Flight Forward Inc. 

Speaker: Olivia De Angelis, UAS Industrial Engineer, UPS Flight Forward Inc. 

Speaker: Candice McHargue, Maintenance Controller, UPS Flight Forward Inc. 

Speaker: Caesha Putt, HR Business Partner, UPS Flight Forward Inc. 

Keynote Panel: Expanded Ops, Regulatory Update & Lessons Learned from IPP

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Moderator: Erik Amend, FAA UAS Integration Office

Speaker: Katelyn McCauley, San Diego IPP

Speaker: Cathy Cahill, Univ. of Alaska IPP

Speaker: Mark Blanks, Virginia Tech

Speaker: Eileen Lockhart, Xcel Energy

Plenary: The Economic Impact of a Pandemic and a Path Forward

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Moderator: Michael Blades, Frost & Sullivan

Speaker: Matt Dunlevy, SkySkopes

Speaker: Ian Smith, Ware

Speaker: Tom Walker, DroneUp

Speaker: Grant Guillot, Adams and Reese LLP

DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Summit

Fire Rescue sUAS Operations and Best Practices

Fire Rescue agencies are using drones to help save lives, protect property, and respond to a wide variety of emergencies.  Join UAS program managers from top fire departments as they discuss how they conduct flight operations.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Moderator: Christopher Sadler, York County Department of Fire and Life Safety

Speaker: Harold Schapelhouman, Menlo Park Fire Protection District

Speaker: Scott Mlakar, Willoughby Fire Department

Speaker: Derrick Ward, Los Angeles Fire Department

Data Analytics

In order to take full advantage of the greater insight and efficiencies that drones can provide, companies require a clear strategy for how they will secure, store, manage, and mine the massive amount of aerial data. That means having precise technical knowledge regarding the particular inspection at hand is not the only thing needed. Big data analysis expertise is required to take full advantage of the greater insights and efficiencies that drones can provide. This session will explore how people, processes and technology are all part of what an effective approach to doing so can look like.

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Moderator: Ethan Hunt, AT&T

Speaker: Matthew May, URSA

Speaker: Youssef Benchouaf, SolSpec, Inc. 

Speaker: Jon Gaster, KSI Data Sciences Inc. 

Drone Industry Visionaries I

A visionary is defined as a person who is “thinking about or planning the future with imagination or wisdom.” This type of thinking is especially important in the drone industry, where new regulations and technology innovations cause this future to shift on what can feel like a daily basis. 

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Moderator: David Hansell, Loon LLC

Speaker: Leon van de Pas, Unify

Speaker: Ben Marcus, AirMap

Speaker: Brian Yutko, Boeing NeXt

Speaker: Lorenz Meier, Auterion

DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Summit

Fire Rescue UAS Roundtable Discussion

Engage in meaningful conversation with top UAS program leaders from fire rescue services throughout the Americas in this DRONERESPONDERS pubic safety roundtable discussion.

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Moderator: Richard Fields IV, Los Angeles Fire Department

Speaker: Charles Werner, DRONERESPONDERS

Surveying & Mapping

Autonomous drones are beginning to see use in jobs that require smooth, consistent flying and AI is becoming a powerful force to be reckoned with in the drone industry. Right now, AI has an even more important task than providing autonomous flight: processing data collected in the field and turning it into actionable insights.

Many companies are making progress toward having AI pick out common features such as control points and Machine Learning software is increasingly used to identify and count different types of objects. These rapidly developing technologies promise to automate what is currently a time-consuming job. In the short term, AI will continue to tackle the lowest-hanging fruit, automating the most basic and repetitive tasks.

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Moderator: Sam Billingsley, Ragan Smith Associates

Speaker: Thomas Haun, Turner Mining Group

Speaker: Dan Bochicchio, Groundwater and Environmental Services, Inc.

Speaker: Martin Helmke, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Speaker: Matt Thomas, SAM, LLC

Construction

One of the most rapidly growing sectors for drone integration is construction. The construction industry has discovered the many ways in which drones can add value and the use of UAVs has been steadily increasing over the last few years by construction companies, architects and surveyors. During this session, you will find out what the future of construction looks like due to the rise of smart solutions, automation and drone usage. Scaling a UAV program and the best approaches to capturing information for integration into established workflows will also be addressed.

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Moderator: Todd Schlekeway, NATE

Speaker: Italo Cruz, CORE Construction

Speaker: Ryan Hittie, Brasfield and Gorrie

Speaker: Douglas Spotted Eagle, Sundance Media Group, LLC

Drone Industry Visionaries II

A visionary is defined as a person who is “thinking about or planning the future with imagination or wisdom.” This type of thinking is especially important in the drone industry, where new regulations and technology innovations cause this future to shift on what can feel like a daily basis.

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Moderator: David Hansell, Loon LLC

Speaker: Tom Walker, DroneUp

Speaker: Dan Burton, DroneBase

Speaker: Mariah Scott, Skyward, A Verizon company

Speaker: Joshua Ziering, kittyhawk.io

DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Summit

sUAS Software for Public Safety Operations

Join DRONERESPONDERS Test Pilot Tim Martin and several of the sector’s top software companies as they showcase the latest software designed to enhance public safety drone operations.

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Moderator: Timothy Martin, Los Angeles Country Regional Training Center

Speaker: Gopal Rajaraman, Motorola Solutions

Speaker: Angad Singh, Pix4D

Speaker: Justin Steinke, AiRXOS

Remote ID: Industry Perspectives

FAA, security agency officials and other industry stakeholders have been highly focused on the need for a comprehensive remote identification (Remote ID) system for drones. Most stakeholders agree that remote ID is a critical linchpin for the industry at large to move forward with expanded operations. Creating a Remote ID solution that answers the simple question of, “who’s operating that drone?” virtually will open up countless opportunities for the technology, but exactly how that question is answered as well as who has access to this information remains a topic of discussion.  The FAA published its Remote ID Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in December of last year and more than 53,000 public comments were submitted in response.  The highly-anticipated Final Remote ID rule is expected to be published in December of this year.  This session will explore what the final Remote ID rule should look like, how different stakeholders believe it should be implemented and what eventual implementation  will mean for the entire industry.

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Moderator: Lisa Ellman, Commercial Drone Alliance

Speaker: Mike Glasgow, Wing

Speaker: Ted Lester, AiRXOS

Speaker: Brendan Groves, Skydio

Speaker: Greg Agvent, CNN

Agriculture & Ranching

A growing number of farmers have seen how drones can improve the quality of the crop, boost yields and reduce waste of fertilizers and crop protection products. Additionally, drones have been used to do everything from count trees to assess different types of stand damage to map harvest units. This session will provide you with insights into how farmers are implementing aerial tools and how to efficiently use drones to achieve higher yields by identifying problems before they happen.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Moderator: James Grimsley, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Speaker: Andreas ‘Baron’ Wesemann, Utah State University

Speaker: Trevor Witt, Kansas State University

Speaker: Joel Buettner, Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District

Speaker: Jack Elston, Black Swift Technologies

DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Summit

Next Steps for Advancing Public Safety sUAS Operations

Join the DRONERESPONDERS in this round-table wrap-up as they discuss the summit highlights and next steps for advancing public safety sUAS operations across the Americas.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Moderator: Christopher Todd, AIRT

Speaker: Michael Leo, NYC Fire Department

Speaker: Charles Werner, DRONERESPONDERS

Speaker: Roxana Kennedy, Chula Vista Police Department

Drone Industry Visionaries III

A visionary is defined as a person who is “thinking about or planning the future with imagination or wisdom.” This type of thinking is especially important in the drone industry, where new regulations and technology innovations cause this future to shift on what can feel like a daily basis.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Moderator: David Hansell, Loon LLC

Speaker: Doosoon Lee, Doosan Mobility Innovation Inc.

Speaker: Kenneth Stewart, AiRXOS

Speaker: Barry Alexander, Aquiline Drones

Speaker: Ed De Reyes, Sabrewing Aircraft Company, Inc.

Urban Air Mobility Becomes Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)

NASA adopted new terminology to define its vision for the airspace of the future, replacing Urban Air Mobility (UAM) with Advanced Air Mobility (AAM). This new terminology better captures how a small drone that is performing an inspection will safely share the same airspace with larger drone taxis, and how this emerging industry will revolutionize air travel in urban, suburban, rural, and tribal environments.   Insights and updates around this evolution and the future of the airspace will be shared in this session to showcase how drone technology will be integrated into the everyday lives of people from across the globe, as well as the policy, regulatory and technology advancements that will be necessary for AAM to succeed in the long term.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Moderator: Finch Fulton, U.S. Department of Transportation

Speaker: Robert Pearce, NASA

Speaker: Nathan Diller, White House Office of Science and Technology

Speaker: Eric Allison, Uber

Speaker: Clem Newton-Brown, Skyportz

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Construction

Drone Delivery

Drone Delivery


Energy & Utilities


Forestry & Agriculture


Infrastructure & Transportation

Mining

Mining & Aggregates


Public Safety & Emergency Services


Security


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