Virtual Event | September 15-17, 2020

2020 CONFERENCE PROGRAM

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Conference Sessions & Events Include:

Tuesday, September 15

Outdoor Flying Demos

Seeing drones and software in action before you invest in a system provides much-needed insight into their capabilities. Leading vendors will demonstrate a range of drone applications in real-world scenarios. Not only will airframe and sensor capabilities be showcased, but viewers will be able to see resulting data sets and processing solutions for the full end-to-end view of the technology solutions, narrated by experts who will also filed questions from viewers.

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM (PST)

Participating Vendors: More information coming soon!

Wednesday, September 16

Opening Keynote - UAS Today and Onward

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.

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Keynote Speaker: Steve Dickson, FAA

Keynote Panel - Drone Delivery in the Era of Pandemic

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Moderator: Lisa Ellman, Commercial Drone Alliance & Hogan Lovells

Speaker: Panelists to be announced

Security in the Age of Drones

11:30 AM – 12:15 AM

Moderator: Brian Harrell, Department of Homeland Security

Speaker: Panelists to be announced

DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Summit

The DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Summit will unite drone operators and program managers across law enforcement, fire rescue, and other emergency services for strategic discussions and workshops surrounding the evolving use of unmanned aircraft systems. Topics will include program development and management, training standards and certification, mutual assistance, and more. Join thought leaders from across the Americas to help shape the future of unmanned systems across public safety. Public Safety Summit Program details to come.

Infrastructure: Road & Bridge Inspection

Whether it’s being able to inspect a bridge from the air just as easily as from the water or addressing critical infrastructure inspections in an entirely new way, drones are clearly having a significant impact on how infrastructure and transportation departments. 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 could become an integral part of infrastructure surveillance.

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM (PST)

Speakers: to be announced

Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence

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 (PST)

Speakers: to be announced

Industrial Applications

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM (PST)

Speakers: to be announced

Detect and Avoid (DAA)

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM (PST)

Speakers: to be announced

UTM - Updates and Timelines

The development of UAS Traffic Management (UTM) systems is a big topic in the drone industry as a whole. 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 (PST)

Speakers: to be announced

Utility Inspection

Many utilities are finding cost savings by making use of UAVs for transmission or distribution lines periodic inspections. Drones have also been used to detecting issues before they turn into problems for wind turbines inspection work, and helps to keep inspection crews on the ground. Being able to utilize software and algorithms that will be able to identify broken insulators or strands that are frayed opens up an entirely new value proposition, and the current and future capabilities of the technology will be explored in this session.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (PST)

Speakers: to be announced

Thursday, September 17

Keynotes

Where is the industry at this moment? What lies ahead? Get personal perspectives from the

top thought leaders, visionaries, and innovators in commercial UAS.

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Keynote Speaker: to be announced

Keynote Panel - Expanded Operations, Regulatory Update & Lessons Learned from IPP

Making drone flight operations highly accessible and practical for large organizations is an essential element for the adoption of the technology, and it’s why increased adoption rates of BVLOS and other expanded operations are so crucial. Organizations that will be or already are building a complete drone program that nests within existing enterprise policies and procedures need to understand what kind of advantages expanded operations represent and what it will mean to unlock them. This session will explore what it means to leverage aviation expertise to collect actionable data that is otherwise difficult, dangerous or costly to gather.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Moderator: Lisa Ellman, Commercial Drone Alliance & Hogan Lovells

Speaker: Jay Merkle, FAA

Speaker: additional panelists to be announced

Economic Impact of Pandemic, and Path Forward

11:30 AM – 12:15 AM

Moderator: Mike Blades, Frost & Sullivan

Speaker: Panelists to be announced

DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Summit

The DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Summit will unite drone operators and program managers across law enforcement, fire rescue, and other emergency services for strategic discussions and workshops surrounding the evolving use of unmanned aircraft systems. Topics will include program development and management, training standards and certification, mutual assistance, and more. Join thought leaders from across the Americas to help shape the future of unmanned systems across public safety. Public Safety Summit Program details to come.

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.

Not only precise technical knowledge regarding the particular inspection at hand is needed however in order to advance big data analysis expertise is required to take full advantage of the greater insights and efficiencies that drones can provide.

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM (PST)

Speakers: to be announced

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 (PST)

Speakers: to be announced

Drone Industry Visionaries

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. The visionaries that will be part of this session are set to provide an incredible look at the future of this technology along with insight around what needs to happen in the present to see these visions realized.

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM (PST)

Speakers: to be announced

Remote ID: Industry Perspectives

FAA officials have been steadfast in their claims that a universal remote identification (Remote ID) system is needed, and plenty others have mentioned that it is critical for the industry at large to move forward. Creating a Remote ID solution that answers the simple question of, “who’s operating that drone?” will help everyone become familiar and comfortable with the technology to open up countless opportunities with it. This session will explore what the ultimate Remote ID solution should look like and what it will mean for the entire industry to see it enabled.

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM (PST)

Speakers: to be announced

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 (PST)

Speakers: to be announced

Drone Industry Visionaries

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. The visionaries that will be part of this session are set to provide an incredible look at the future of this technology along with insight around what needs to happen in the present to see these visions realized.

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM (PST)

Speakers: to be announced

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 (PST)

Speakers: to be announced

Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)

Advanced Air Mobility (UAM) has emerged as a key concept of the interconnected urban environment of the future, where small drones along with the current and future means of travel will converge. Small drones that will be doing everything from performing an inspection to making deliveries will be operating in the same space as larger drone taxis. The insights and updates that will be shared about this topic will showcase how drone technology is going to be integrated into the everyday lives of people from across the globe.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (PST)

Speakers: to be announced

Drone Industry Visionaries

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. The visionaries that will be part of this session are set to provide an incredible look at the future of this technology along with insight around what needs to happen in the present to see these visions realized.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (PST)

Speakers: to be announced

Confirmed Speakers Include 

Alexander Harmsen, Iris Automation
Amir Husain, SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company
Andreas ‘Baron’ Wesemann, Utah State University
Andy Thurling, NUAIR
Antoine Martin, Accenture
Brendan Groves, Skydio
Brian Harrell, Department of Homeland Security
Clem Newton-Brown, Skyportz
Douglas Spotted Eagle, SUNDANCE MEDIA GROUP, LLC
Ed De Reyes, Sabrewing Aircraft Company, Inc
George Mathew, Kespry
Grant Guillot, Adams and Reese LLP
Italo Cruz, CORE Construction
Jack Elston, Black Swift Technologies
Jay Merkle, FAA
Jean-Baptiste Lacambre, iXblue, Inc
Joel Buettner, Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District
Jon Gaster, KSI Data Sciences Inc
Klaas Jacob Klasen, Lufthansa Technik AG
Leesa Papier, FAA
Lisa Ellman, Commercial Drone Alliance & Hogan Lovells
Mark Haynes, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
Matt Thomas, SAM, LLC
Matthew May, URSA, Inc.
Maxime Gariel, Xwing Inc.
Michael Blades, Frost & Sullivan
Michael Hartnack, Guidehouse
Michael Zeller, Dynam.AI
Nathan Schuett, PRENAV
Peter Whitmarsh, CSA
Praveen Raju, Federal Aviation Administration
Ryan Hittie, Brasfield and Gorrie
Steve Dickson, FAA
Steven Athanas, Swanson Group Aviation LLC
Surya Sarat Chandra Congress, Texas A&M University
Susan Eccles, Adams & Reese, LLP
Trevor Witt, Kansas State University
Youssef Benchouaf, SolSpec, Inc.

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