September 6-8, 2022  •  Caesars Forum  •  Las Vegas

University Pavilion & Roundtable Discussion

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 were invited to exhibit in the University Pavilion at Commercial UAV Expo.

Participating in the University Pavilion allows you to share your latest research, meet industry professionals eager to learn of the newest applications, and promote programs of study. Project posters should be informative and compelling!

Price & Inclusions: 

○ 2021 Price: $800 USD

Included in the price: 

○ Two Exhibitor Exhibit Hall Only Passes: Welcome Cocktail Reception, Product Preview sessions, and access to the exhibition hall.

○ Two Exhibitor Conference Passes: Provides access to all industry presentations, keynote sessions, Welcome Cocktail Reception, Product Preview sessions, and access to the exhibition hall.

○ Exhibit Hall Display Area: 6’x30” table, university title sign, poster wall for displaying posters, (2) chairs, waste basket, pipe & drape (NOTE: electricity is not included but can be ordered for additional cost)

Interested? Please contact Krista Randall, krandall@divcom.com 

University Roundtable Discussion

As more universities are looking to implement new UAV programs of study or keep already established program up to date with the latest UAV applications, faculty and administration are left to set standards, determine best practices, stay within regulation, and more. This interactive roundtable is open to anyone involved in an academic role who wanted to discuss and learn from others on topics such as: program & curriculum development, preparing students for the workforce, liability & insurance, qualifications for instructors, and student recruitment & assessment.

2021 Topics Include: Practical Flight Training for the Real World, Building Collaborations On Campus and Off to Provide Training and Increase Enrollment, Preparing Students for the Commercial Workforce, Leveraging UAV Graduate Education to Enhance Your Career.

2021 Participating Universities

Capitol Technology University

Capitol Technology University, a non-profit accredited private university based in the Greater Washington D.C. area, offers career-enhancing graduate online degree programs at both the Ph.D. and master’s levels.  Degrees offered online by Capitol Tech include a Ph.D. in Aviation, a Ph.D. in Unmanned Systems Applications, and three master’s degrees related to aviation and unmanned systems:  The MS in Aviation Cybersecurity, MS in Aviation, and MS in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Policy and Risk Management.  The university also offers a Bachelor of Science in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems in residence at the campus in Laurel, Maryland.

Fullerton College

The Fullerton Drone Lab is the new drone technology program at Fullerton College. The program consists of piloting courses as well as application training emphasizing in construction, inspection, surveying and public safety. In addition, the actual lab course brings engineering, machining and programming students together to develop aerial, terrestrial or submersible drones to address industry issues. Degrees in autonomous systems development and certificates in skills like: thermal imaging, topographic surveying, and inspection are available or being developed.

 Palomar College

Palomar College’s drone programs prepare students for employment in many fields including: mapping and surveying; environmental management; real estate; journalism; search and rescue; agriculture; videography; public safety; as well as cultural resource management and archaeology.  The curriculum provides hands-on training in flight operations, LiDAR, data processing and analysis, and preparation for the Part 107 exam.

 The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University is home to a burgeoning UAV community. Under the umbrella of #OSUAviation we are proud to be researching and using drones in the fields of data collection, photogrammetry and urban air mobility. Our Aerospace Research Center is involved in UAV integration into the National Airspace System, aerodynamic research, and policy development among other projects. The University’s airport is the first FAR Part 139 certificated airport in the country to use UAVs as a component of our airfield management practices. From the end-user side, Ohio State’s Center for Aviation studies has created, and oversees, an FAR Part 107 training course for the public and is implementing curricula for students within the traditional fixed wing pilot track to better prepare them for the advances of tomorrow.

University of North Dakota – Research Institute for Autonomous Systems

The University of North Dakota, Research Institute for Autonomous Systems (RIAS) is built upon the core UND values of community, lifelong learning and discovery. With a well-articulated plan, expertise across a broad set of disciplines, and an organized, committed team, we continue to RIAS to the challenge of providing autonomous technologies and policies that serve society.

Utah State University

2019 Participants

Capitol Technology University

Capitol Technology University, a non-profit accredited private university based in the Greater Washington D.C. area, offers career-enhancing graduate online degree programs at both the Ph.D. and master’s levels.  Degrees offered online by Capitol Tech include a Ph.D. in Aviation, a Ph.D. in Unmanned Systems Applications, and three master’s degrees related to aviation and unmanned systems:  The MS in Aviation Cybersecurity, MS in Aviation, and MS in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Policy and Risk Management.  The university also offers a Bachelor of Science in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems in residence at the campus in Laurel, Maryland.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle is one of just a few universities in the country to offer a bachelor’s degree in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Science. Embry-Riddle is the nexus of aviation education, students benefit from much more than prestige. The Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science program provides graduates with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to become industry leaders in a variety of UAS related fields, including UAS pilots, sensor operators, mission planners and ground technicians. Students study the spectrum of the industry including hazardous operations, government regulations, surveillance, data collection, and even the engineering aspects of UAS.

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 $25,000 in annual scholarships.

Fullerton College

The Fullerton Drone Lab is the new drone technology program at Fullerton College. The program consists of piloting courses as well as application training emphasizing in construction, inspection, surveying and public safety. In addition, the actual lab course brings engineering, machining and programming students together to develop aerial, terrestrial or submersible drones to address industry issues. Degrees in autonomous systems development and certificates in skills like: thermal imaging, topographic surveying, and inspection are available or being developed.

Mt. San Antonio College

The Mt. San Antonio College Photography Program, in collaboration with the college’s Aeronautics Department, is introducing several new degree and certificate programs that will train students in the technical and creative skills required for successful careers in a variety of UAV fields. These disciplines include photogrammetry, and drone camera operations, as well as 360 degree and 3D commercial imaging.  Mt. SAC is a leader in UAV flight and drone-based photography education. The college has made a significant commitment to these programs with the intention of helping students succeed, becoming leaders in this new and growing industry. Our research is centered around ensuring our educational initiatives accurately reflect and align with the rapidly evolving technical fields that utilize drone photography and the needs of those businesses seeking well-educated and skilled UAV employees.

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

Learn how to leverage data gathered from drones, satellites, and lidar. Penn State World Campus offers a fully online certificate program that focuses on remote sensing, terrain mapping, and image analysis and draws upon the resources of one of the most respected spatial data science programs in the U.S. Stop by the Penn State booth to speak with a professor, learn about the accelerated admissions process, and explore your online learning options. New classes begin approximately every 12 weeks.

Visit worldcampus.psu.edu/uavexpo to view Penn State’s comprehensive portfolio of online geospatial programs.

Rio Hondo College

This Certificate of Achievement in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) targets students interested in becoming a GIS Technician. A GIS technician utilizes standard GIS tools and utilities to enter and correct data in GIS databases such as locating addresses, georeferencing scanned maps, digitizing and collecting and processing data from the field. Most duties assigned to GIS Technicians are routine with a heavy amount of database entry and management with eventual generation of maps from data. A GIS Technician performs no data interpretation after data has been stored unless under the guidance of the analyst. Many students enrolled in GIS at Rio Hondo College have degrees in a variety of disciplines. After completing the GIS courses, these students could be labeled as the GIS Analyst within their area of discipline (Crime Analyst, Environmental Planner, etc.)

University of Aberdeen

UAVs have considerable potential for coastal habitat monitoring and mapping. This presentation describes some recent research work carried out in Scotland, UK, to utilize off-the-shelf commercial drone platforms and sensors for monitoring a number of coastal sites to identify areas of erosion and accretion.

University of North Dakota – Research Institute for Autonomous Systems

The University of North Dakota, Research Institute for Autonomous Systems (RIAS) is built upon the core UND values of community, lifelong learning and discovery. With a well-articulated plan, expertise across a broad set of disciplines, and an organized, committed team, we continue to RIAS to the challenge of providing autonomous technologies and policies that serve society.

2018 Participants

Embry-Riddle is one of just a few universities in the country to offer a bachelor’s degree in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Science. Embry-Riddle is the nexus of aviation education, students benefit from much more than prestige. The Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science program provides graduates with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to become industry leaders in a variety of UAS related fields, including UAS pilots, sensor operators, mission planners and ground technicians. Students study the spectrum of the industry including hazardous operations, government regulations, surveillance, data collection, and even the engineering aspects of UAS

The Mt. San Antonio College Photography Program, in collaboration with the college’s Aeronautics Department, is introducing several new degree and certificate programs that will train students in the technical and creative skills required for successful careers in a variety of UAV fields. These disciplines include photogrammetry, and drone camera operations, as well as 360 degree and 3D commercial imaging.  Mt. SAC is a leader in UAV flight and drone-based photography education. The college has made a significant commitment to these programs with the intention of helping students succeed, becoming leaders in this new and growing industry. Our research is centered around ensuring our educational initiatives accurately reflect and align with the rapidly evolving technical fields that utilize drone photography and the needs of those businesses seeking well-educated and skilled UAV employees.

The University of North Dakota, Research Institute for Autonomous Systems strives become a global leader in unmanned and autonomous systems research, application, and policy development. UND-RIAS works to create new autonomous systems through multidisciplinary research and lead development of world-changing autonomous policies, with the goal of driving a vibrant, diverse, and sustainable economy consistent with ethical and legal standards.

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.

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.

Recent advancements have been made to the platforms that carry sensors and cameras. This has allowed small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) to become affordable for applications outside of defense (commercial and research). sUAS flight altitudes, along with improvements in sensors and cameras, have provided users with high spatial resolution data, which require post-processing. Part of the research being conducted at the Drone Lab of the Imaging Science Department at Rochester Institute of Technology is calibration of sUAS imagery. It is very important to ensure that data being collected from sUAS are being calibrated correctly (based on the illumination conditions under which the image was captured). Currently, we have tested known radiance to reflectance conversion methods (1-point and 2-point Empirical Line Method (ELM)) against a newly developed At-Altitude Radiance Ratio (AARR) method, which does not require calibration targets in the scene.

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. The UTA presentation at the Pavilion will cover UAVs, Photogrammetry studies and field data collection on various transportation assets including pavements, bridges and material stockpiles and provide their performance to quantification assessments

Drone-based lidar applications in natural resource management. Forestry canopy studies, physical stream habitat assessment support, powerline vegetation encroachment studies, and oil & gas well pad site water management.

WSU National Institute for Aviation Research will be promoting their UAS-related research and certifcation testing services including environmental and electromagnetic testing and virtual engineering.

2017 Participants

 Ferris State University
 Surveying Engineering Department
 Program Contact: Sagar Deshpande, Professor

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
 Unmanned Systems Department
 Program Contact:

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
 The Center for Geospatial Analytics
 Program Contact: Zachary Arcaro, Assistant Director

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
 Earth, Space & Environmental Sciences
 Program Contact: Dr. Wing Cheung, Professor

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
 Department of Geography
 Program Contact: Karen Schuckman, Professor

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
 Department of Geography
 Program Contact: Pete Coulter, Professor

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
 Sustainable and Resilient Civil Infrastructure (SARCI) Center
 Program Contact: Dr. Anand Puppala, Professor

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
 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
 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
 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
 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. 

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