October 28-30, 2019 | The Westgate | Las Vegas

2019 CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Monday, October 28, 2019

Outdoor flying demos (registration required)

Live Outdoor Flying Demonstrations

Seeing drones and software in action before you invest in a system provides much-needed insight into their capabilities. That’s why Commercial UAV Expo Americas, in cooperation with Sundance Media Group, offers the opportunity for you to see and compare systems in real-world scenarios.

Click here to learn more and to find out how to register for the demos. 

Product previews (conference pass required)

Product Previews

Learn about the newest supplier advances and best practices for specifying, planning and executing projects in Product Previews presented by exhibiting companies.

Click the “+” below to see a full schedule with times and locations.

See Full Schedule

Some of these session will be repeated in the Exhibit Hall Theater during exhibit hours – see that schedule here. Visit these vendors on the exhibition floor to learn more! 

  Track I – Pavilion 9 Track II – Pavilion 10
2:15-2:30 PM Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc. Leica Geosystems
2:30-2:45 PM Trimble Inc. / Applanix RIEGL USA
2:45-3:00 PM Septentrio Virtual Surveyor
3:00-3:15 PM Phase One Industrial C-Astral Aerospace
3:15-3:30 PM Epson America, Inc. Phoenix LiDAR Systems
3:30-3:45 PM Harris Corporation Simactive
3:45-4:00 PM YellowScan Autel Robotics
4:00-4:15 PM Aerial Response Solutions Ardenna
4:15-4:30 PM LiDAR USA Gem Systems
4:30-4:45 PM Consulate General of the Czech Republic MicaSense
4:45-5:00 PM Quantum Systems SOARIZON® by Thales
5:00-5:15 PM SureStar International Inc. Pix4D
5:15-5:30 PM AeroVironment NW Rapid Manufacturing
5:30-5:45 PM Wingtra Fruity Chutes
5:45-6:00 PM PAE ISR GeoCue Group
6:00-6:15 PM FLIR Systems Inspired Flight

workshops & symposia (registration required)

Workshops & Demonstrations

Commercial UAV Expo hosts a variety of training and educational workshops presented by leading vendors & associations including ASPRS, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, GeoCue Group, MAPPS, Roswell Flight Test Crew, Sundance Media Group. Click here to learn more about the workshops & demos being offered at this years event. 

happy hour – exhibit hall

Welcome Happy Hour

Kick off the opening of the Exhibit Floor with friends and colleagues at the Welcome Happy Hour at the Westgate, the hotel Elvis Presley called home when he performed in Las Vegas (including 58 consecutive sold-out shows at the Westgate in 1969!). Check out the latest UAS solutions. Talk with vendors and enjoy beer and wine at this ever-popular event.

Entrance included with registration pass. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

7:30-8:30 University Session

Day 1
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

8:00-10:00 BREAKFAST (only available for conference registrants)

10:00-5:00 Exhibit HAll Open

9:00-10:45 opening & Keynotes

2019 Opening Keynotes

Industry leaders will share knowledge and insight in a keynote lineup that’s sure to inform and inspire. Hear from the key players integrating drones into the airspace and the influencers driving innovation and growth. Including:

A Conversation with Administrator Bridenstine: A Vision for the Future – James Bridenstine, Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Additional keynote presentations to come!

10:45-11:30 Networking break – Exhibit HAll

11:30-12:30 Conference Sessions

Day 1
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Urban Air Mobility (UAM): How Close Are We?

  • UAM Panel Discussion
  • Speakers: Lisa Ellman, Travis Mason, Seleta Reynolds
Lisa Ellman
Melvin Johnson
Seleta Reynolds
Travis Mason

11:30-5:30 New this year! DRONERESPONDERS Public safety summit

2019 DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Summit

This two-day 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 at this first-of-its-kind summit event.

Additional registration is required for this event. Click here to learn more. 

12:30-2:00 Lunch (Included with conference registration)- Exhibit HAll

2:00-3:30 Conference Sessions

Day 1
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Construction – Vertical Breakout Session

  • Toward AI via Drones
  • Speakers: Oliver Smith
  • Applying Drones for Projects at Bechtel
  • Speakers: Wyatt Ferguson
  • Presentation to be announced
  • Q&A and Round table Discussions with Presenters
  • Speakers: Wyatt Ferguson, Oliver Smith
Oliver Smith
Wyatt Ferguson

Energy – Vertical Breakout Session

  • Presentation to be announced
  • The Real Takeaways on How Drones are Reshaping the Renewable Industry
  • Speakers: Randall Warnas, Keith Aubin
  • Drones & Next Steps at Southern Company
  • Speakers: Dean Allen Barefield
  • Q&A and Round table Discussions with Presenters
  • Speakers: Ken Stewart, Dean Allen Barefield, Randall Warnas, Keith Aubin
Ken Stewart
Keith Aubin
Randall Warnas
Dean Allen Barefield

Surveying & Mapping – Vertical Breakout Session

  • Drone Mapping Accuracies and Limitations Using Ultra High Resolution Camera Systems
  • Speakers: Christian Stallings
  • Common Errors in Survey-grade Mapping Workflows
  • Speakers: Jason Rolfe, Gregory Saunders
  • Flood Forecasting and Model Verification: Exploiting a Group 3 UAS
  • Speakers: Susan Van Cooten, Robert Moorhead
  • Q&A and Round table Discussions with Presenters
  • Speakers: Jason Rolfe, Matthew Burgess, Christian Stallings, Gregory Saunders, Susan Van Cooten, Robert Moorhead
Matthew Burgess
Christian Stallings
Gregory Saunders
Jason Rolfe
Susan Van Cooten
Robert Moorhead

3:30-4:30 Networking break – Exhibit HAll

4:30-5:30 Conference Sessions

Day 1
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Forestry & Agriculture – Vertical Breakout Session

  • Golf Courses Maintenance with UAS: Greenways & Vegetation
  • Agriculture-Related Operations & Opportunities
  • Speakers: James Grimsley
  • Next-Level Drones for Agriculture
  • Presentation to be Announced
  • Round table Discussion Groups with Presenters
  • Speakers: Michael McVay, Jeremy Groeteke, Matthew Grassi
Matthew Grassi
Michael McVay
Jeremy Groeteke
James Grimsley

UAS Traffic Management (UTM) Updates & Progress

  • 4:30pm - 5:30pm UTM Panel Discussion
  • Speakers: Joseph Rios, Reinaldo Negron, Philip Butterworth-Hayes, Jarrett Larrow, Ken Stewart
Philip Butterworth-Hayes
Jarrett Larrow
Joseph Rios
Reinaldo Negron
Ken Stewart

Utilities – Vertical Breakout Session

  • UAS at Crown Castle: Current & Future Applications
  • Speakers: Robert McCoy
  • Utilities Turning Big Drone Data into Bigger Results
  • Speakers: Dusty Birge, Curtis Kayton
  • Q&A and Round table Discussion Groups with Presenters
  • Speakers: Todd Schlekeway, Robert McCoy, Curtis Kayton, Dusty Birge
Todd Schlekeway
Robert McCoy
Curtis Kayton
Dusty Birge

Poolside connect & happy hour

Poolside Connect & Happy Hour

Connect with peers poolside at the Westgate. Each cabana will represent a vertical industry and be hosted by industry leaders. Find the cabana that matches your industry and you’ll find your peers! Beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks will be available.

Additional registration is required for this event.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

8:00-10:00 BREAKFAST (only available for conference registrants)

10:00-4:00 Exhibit HAll Open

9:00-10:00 Conference Sessions

Day 1
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Expanded Operations

  • 9:00am - 10:00am Expanded Operations Panel Discussion
  • Speakers: Todd Graetz, Greg Agvent, Basil Yap, Matt Edwards, Jay Merkle
Jay Merkle
Greg Agvent
Basil Yap
Todd Graetz
Matt Edwards

9:00-5:00 New this year! DRONERESPONDERS Public safety summit

2019 DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Summit

This two-day 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 at this first-of-its-kind summit event.

Additional registration is required for this event. Click here to learn more. 

10:00-10:30 Networking break – Exhibit HAll

10:30-11:30 Conference Sessions

Day 1
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Drone Industry Visionaries: Part 1

  • 10:30am - 11:30am Drone Industry Visionaries Panel
David Hansell
Brandon Torres Declet
Mariah Scott

Security & Counter-UAS

  • 10:30am - 11:30am Security & Counter-UAS Panel Discussion
  • Speakers: Grant Jordan, Luke Fox, Angela Stubblefield, Rob Sweet, Brendan Groves, Carissa VanderMey
Angela Stubblefield
Carissa VanderMey
Rob Sweet
Luke Fox
Grant Jordan
Brendan Groves

11:30-12:30 Conference Sessions

Day 1
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Drone Industry Visionaries: Part 2

  • 11:30am - 12:30am Drone Industry Visionaries Panel
David Hansell

Remote ID

  • 11:30am - 12:30pm Remote ID Panel Discussion
  • Speakers: Lisa Ellman, Philip M. Kenul, Greg Agvent, Angela Stubblefield
Philip M. Kenul
Greg Agvent
Angela Stubblefield
Lisa Ellman

12:30-2:00 Lunch (Included with conference registration)- Exhibit HAll

2:00-3:30 Conference Sessions

Day 1
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Infrastructure & Transportation – Vertical Breakout Session

  • Integrating UAS Data: Transportation to Emergency Response
  • Speakers: Darshan Divakaran
  • Drones & Autonomy: Current Uses & Looking to Future
  • Speakers: Todd Petersen
  • Scaled BVLOS Operations in The NAS
  • Speakers: Todd Graetz
  • UAS for Monitoring Ports
  • Q&A and Round table Discussions with Presenters
  • Speakers: Darshan Divakaran, Todd Graetz, Michael Goldschmidt, Shayne Gill, Todd Petersen
Shayne Gill
Todd Petersen
Todd Graetz
Michael Goldschmidt
Darshan Divakaran

Mining & Aggregates – Vertical Breakout Session

  • Drones for Mining Stewardship in Northern Canada
  • Speakers: Sarah Kohlsmith
  • Additional Presentations to be Announced
  • Q&A and Round table Discussions with Presenters
  • Speakers: Bradley Middlemiss, Sarah Kohlsmith
Sarah Kohlsmith
Bradley Middlemiss

3:30-4:00 networking break – Exhibit HAll

4:00-5:00 Final Conference session

Day 1
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Unmanned Systems Experts – View into the Future

  • Panel Discussion
Michael Blades
Sanjay Gupta
Peter Shannon
Philip Finnegan

***Schedule and presenters subject to change.

The Commercial UAV Event for:

 


Construction


Energy & Utilities


Forestry & Agriculture


Infrastructure & Transportation

Mining

Mining & Aggregates


Public Safety & Emergency Services


Security


Surveying & Mapping

 

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