Commercial UAV Expo Europe  

September 3-5, 2024  •  Caesars Forum  •  Las Vegas

Close this search box.

Details for Six Plenary Sessions and Full Conference Program Announced for Commercial UAV Expo


Register Before August 3 and Save $200 – Visit

LAS VEGAS, NV, July 19, 2018 – Commercial UAV Expo, the leading event for professionals integrating or operating UAS in key vertical industries, now has complete detailed information at about the robust education program for the 4th annual event, taking place October 1-3 at the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas.  The educational advisory board, comprised of leaders in the industry, have worked diligently to develop a comprehensive program which will offer several keynote presentations, six plenary sessions, eight deep dive vertical industry workshops and more. Full event information can be found here, and registration details can be found here.

“The educational advisory board has put together a stellar program and we are thrilled to share the dynamic speakers and session topics which will be offered at our event in October for commercial drone professionals looking for the most up to date information and tools on how to implement or operate a successful drone program,” said Lisa Murray, Group Director of Diversified Communications and organizer of Commercial UAV Expo. “Our speakers are truly a who’s who list of experts in the industry who will share up to date information, case studies and provide a glimpse into the future.”

The main conference program will begin on Tuesday, October 2 with opening remarks by Lisa Murray and Keynote Chair Gretchen West of Hogan Lovells and Commercial Drone Alliance.  Daniel K. Elwell, the FAA’s Acting Administrator and Michael Perry, DJI’s Managing Director of North America will deliver keynotes, with more to be announced.  Following the keynote will be the first plenary session which will focus on UAS Integration Pilot Program Update & Progress to Date with a focus on public-private partnerships, anticipated timelines to improve communications, security and privacy risks and the acceleration of the approval of operations.   The panel will include industry leaders from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, CNN Worldwide, AIRXOS A GE Venture, and Northern Plains UAS Test Site.

From 5:00 – 5:45 pm conference attendees will have the opportunity to choose between two additional plenary sessions.  The first on What the Sky will look like in the Future, moderated by Gretchen West of Hogan Lovells and Commercial Drone Alliance, will engage thought leaders who are moving toward Urban Air Mobility.  The second plenary on Powering Drones will offer new ways to charge drones with discussions on lithium ion, tethered, solar and over-the-air.

Wednesday, October 3 will kick off with three dynamic panel discussions.  The first will be led by Lisa Ellman of Hogan Lovells and Commercial Drone Alliance, Travis Mason of Airbus and Susan Roberts of AIRXOS who will provide Regulatory and UTM Updates.  Additional panelists comprised of government and market leaders will be announced.  Lisa Ellman will also lead the discussion on Data, Hacking and Counter Drone Technology during the second plenary session of the morning where she will be joined by experts from Airspace Systems, Inc. and SkySafe to discuss ensuring the security of a UAV program from flight to data.  The third plenary session of the morning will include Bradley Koeckeritz, US Department of the Interior; Assel Ayapova, AES Corporation; and Colin Snow, Skylogic Research who will discuss In-House Versus Outsourcing Your Drone Program.

The conference program will also offer eight deep dive workshops focused in the areas of DOTs and Infrastructure, Process & Power, Survey & Mapping, Large Asset Installations (Cell Towers, Wind Turbines, Solar), Public Safety, Mining & Aggregates, Construction and Precision Agriculture.   In addition, there will be a three-part panel of Drone Industry Visionaries which will kick off on Tuesday, October 2nd at 1:30 pm with leaders from organizations including DroneDeploy, Delair, Intel, Pix4D and AIRXOS A GE Venture and Trumbull Unmanned.  This panel of visionaries will debate and discuss the future of UAS as well as the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

A full conference pass will also provide attendees access to Product Previews starting on Monday, October 1st from 2:15 – 6:15 pm where 20+ companies will provide sneak peaks into the newest supplier advances and best practices for specifying, planning and executing projects.  The exhibit hall will offer more than 200 booths and will be open to conference attendees for a Welcome Happy Hour on Monday, October 1st from 6:30 – 7:30 pm; on Tuesday, October 2nd from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and on Wednesday, October 3rd from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

In addition, commercial UAV professionals will have access to offsite drone demonstrations for various applications from inspection to public safety; technical seminars sponsored by AirGon, Embry-Riddle and ASPRS; Exhibitor Education Theaters and several networking events.  For a list of sessions, speakers and a program overview, visit Early-bird pricing ends August 3, 2018, conference registrants who register by that date will save $200 at

About Commercial UAV Expo Americas

Commercial UAV Expo Americas, presented by Commercial UAV News, is a conference and exhibition exclusively focused on the commercial drone market covering industries including Surveying & Mapping; Civil Infrastructure; Aggregates & Mining; Construction; Process, Power & Utilities; Precision Agriculture; Law Enforcement, Emergency Response and Search & Rescue (SAR).  The fourth annual Americas event is taking place October 1-3, 2018 in Las Vegas. Commercial UAV Expo Europe launched in Brussels in June 2017 and will take place in Amsterdam 8-10 April 2019. For more information, visit  and or email [email protected].

The events are organized Diversified Communications, a leading organizer of conferences, trade shows and online media with 15 years in the geospatial arena, including Commercial UAV Expo Americas, Commercial UAV Europe, Commercial UAV News, SPAR 3D Expo & Conference,, AECNext Technology Expo & Conference, AEC Next News and International LiDAR Mapping Forum.


© Diversified Communications. All rights reserved.