Oct 1-3, 2018 | Las Vegas

University Pavilion

Much of the innovation occurring in UAV/UAS is taking place at leading research and technical universities around the world.

Universities specializing in drone research are invited to exhibit in the University Pavilion at Commercial UAV Expo. Share your latest research, meet with industry professionals eager to learn of the newest innovations, and find potential collaborators.

 

2017 Participating Universities:

Ferris State University

 The Surveying Program at Ferris State University was established in 1958. It is the largest undergraduate Surveying engineering program in the Midwest and one of the largest in the U.S. The program offers the following: BS in Surveying Engineering, AAS in Surveying Technology, and certificates in Surveying, GIS, and Hydrographic mapping. The Bachelor of Science in Surveying Engineering is approved and recognized by the Michigan State Board of Licensing for Professional Surveyors and is also accredited by ABET. Students graduating from the bachelor’s program after appropriate work experience are eligible to take the professional surveyor and the professional engineer examinations.
The Surveying Engineering Department has educated surveyors for more than fifty years and has provided diverse employment opportunities with large and small private surveying and mapping firms; federal, state and local governmental agencies globally. The program offers over $20,000 in annual scholarships available for students.

Indiana State University

This semester the Unmanned Systems Department at Indiana State University made a goal of becoming more involved in our local community. Ehren Samples and Matt Johnson reached out to the Terre Haute Police Department, Vigo County Sheriff’s Department, and the Vigo County Emergency Management Agency. The initial steps were a bit timid, but after sitting down with each group it became quickly apparent that there is a massive interest in drone involvement within the first responder communities. Right now these partnerships are all in their infancy, but the local departments are beginning to tremendously boost the momentum of these partnerships going forward.

North Carolina State University

 Unmanned Aerial Systems are revolutionizing data collection in geospatial sciences! NCSU is involved in multidisciplinary research involving UAS engineering, design, operation and data processing. The Center for Geospatial Analytics is at the frontier of UAS-obtained imagery processing and geospatial analysis. Our faculty and student researchers deploy UAS for a range of innovating applications and explore how to leverage open source software during data processing modelling and visualization.
A cutting-edge course “Spatiotemporal Analysis with UAV and Lidar data” introduces graduate students to monitoring, analysis, and modelling of 3D landscape change using UAS. Students discover techniques for processing 3D point clouds, creating digital terrain models and more through hands-on experiences in state-of-the-art facilities.
We are also sharing our knowledge and experience with the broader audience with our outreach initiative – UAS Operation and Analytics Workshop directed to businesses and stakeholders interested in using UAS for geospatial data generation. We welcome all drone enthusiasts!

Palomar College

Booth display will cover topics such as: Data processing with UAVs, Georeferencing, Land-cover Classification, Land-cover Change Analysis. Industry applications of UAVs: Government, Accident Investigation, Precision Agriculture, Public Safety, Utility Inspection, Environmental Assessment, and Construction Inspection. Introduction to UAV Sensors; Technical Solutions, Limitations and Considerations of UAVs; Emerging Technologies; Future Applications; and Regulations.

Penn State University

 In collaboration with the Dutton e-Education Institute and the World Campus, Penn State’s Department of Geography (link is external) has offered instructor-led online education to over 5000 current and aspiring geospatial professionals since 1999. We offer over 30 courses covering Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geospatial Intelligence core competencies and cutting-edge applications. GEOG 892: Geospatial Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems” introduces theory and methods for operating an unmanned aerial system for geospatial data acquisition and analysis.

San Diego State University

  The Department of Geography at San Diego State University (SDSU) has developed a technique for automated registration of multitemporal airborne imagery that enables detailed and near real-time image-based change detection. The technique referred to as Repeat Station Imaging (RSI) utilizes specialized image collection and processing techniques, and is well suited for automated processing of imagery collected from unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). We will demonstrate the performance of RSI using a custom processing software and several image sets collected using manned and unmanned platforms. We will show how RSI may be utilized with UAS for applications such as post-hazard damage assessment, border monitoring, search & rescue, and wildlife surveys. In addition, we will describe a range of UAS-related research and commercial collaboration efforts being conducted by SDSU’s Geography Department.

University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) researchers from Sustainable and Resilient Civil Infrastructure (SARCI) Center have been exploring Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology with Photogrammetry in several application areas including civil infrastructure works. Various sensors including visible light camera and Infrared (IR) camera are being used on the UAV platform for photogrammetry studies. Prior to any project work, we perform comprehensive calibration studies to ensure high standards in the data collection from the sensors. We are capable of performing Real Time Kinematic (RTK) and Post Processing Kinematic (PPK) of high precision GNSS data for accurate geo-referencing of the collected imagery. As a part of various research projects funded by different government agencies, we employed UAVs to monitor health condition of infrastructure assets including highway pavements, bridges, embankments, dams, levees, railways and transmission towers; to estimate material stockpile volumes; and perform reconnaissance surveys as a part of post disaster emergency response surveys. We achieve excellent results with near survey grade accuracy. Our UAV platform is also equipped with top gimbal that facilitates monitoring of hard to access areas such as tall transmission towers and underside of the bridge decks. The UTA presentation at the Pavilion covers some of these items including UAV photogrammetry studies, data collection procedures and data mining as well as data analysis that provide infrastructure health condition assessments to quantification of distress.

2016 Participants

Del Mar College

 Del Mar College
 UAS Technology Education Consortium
Program Contact: Phillip Davis, Professor

This program represents the UASTEC.ORG project consortium. They are a three year grant project funded by the National Science Foundation to build UAV training and education curriculum.

Indiana State University

Indiana State University
 College of Technology Unmanned Systems
Program Contact: Sam Morgan, Director Unmanned Systems

ISU’s work includes formalizing their partnership with the Unmanned Center of Excellence, precision agriculture, UAS integration to controlled airspace, real estate business applications, military testing support, and sensor comparison.

Penn State University

 Penn State University
 Online Geospatial Education at Penn State
Program Contact: Karen Schuckman, Senior Lecturer

In collaboration with the Dutton e-Education Institute and the World Campus, Penn State’s Department of Geography (link is external) has offered instructor-led online education to over 5000 current and aspiring geospatial professionals since 1999. We offer over 30 courses covering Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geospatial Intelligence core competencies and cutting-edge applications. GEOG 892: Geospatial Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems” introduces theory and methods for operating an unmanned aerial system for geospatial data acquisition and analysis.

Rutgers University

 Rutgers University
 Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Program Contact: Javier Diez, Associate Professor

Aerial and Submersible Vehicle Capable of Flight and Underwater Navigation

Unmanned underwater and aerial vehicles (UUVs and AUVs) have become quite popular over the last decade with much focus on underwater gliders and flying multirotors. However, an area that has seen very little progress is that of a vehicle capable of flight and underwater navigation. We have built the first fully functional unmanned aerial and underwater vehicle platform that is capable of operating in both air and underwater with seamless transition between both mediums. These unique capabilities combined with the robustness, high maneuverability and reliability of multirotor vehicles, result in a disruptive technology for both civil and military application including air/water search and rescue, inspection, repairs and survey missions among others. 

2015 Participants

Michigan Tech

 Michigan Tech
 Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
Program Contact: Dr. Thomas Oommen, Associate Professor

San Diego State University

 San Diego State University
 Department of Geography
Program Contact: Llyod (Pete) Coulter, Research Specialist

University Nevada, Las Vegas

 University of Nevada, Las Vegas
 Department of Criminal Justice
Program Contact: Milia Heen, Graduate Student

University of Washington

 University of Washington
 Remote Sensing, College of the Environment
Program Contact: Monika Moskal, Professor

The Commercial UAV Event for:


Surveying & Mapping


Civil Infrastructure


Mining & Aggregates


Construction


Process, Power & Utilities


Law Enforcement, Emergency Response & Search and Rescue


Precision Agriculture

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