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Reese Mozer Discusses AUVSI Xponential & the Future of Agricultural Drones on Monday, June 13th at USI 2016

Monday, June 13th  Reese Mozer will be speaking at the 2016 USI Conference in Washington DC at Georgetown University. Panel: Flying High In The Fast Lane – Analyzing The Market For Unmanned Systems

Reese Mozer
CEO, American Robotics

 

As a student at the University of Southern California, Reese Mozer became intrigued by the potential use cases for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in the agricultural community. After leading the USC Aerial Robotics team at the AUVSI Aerial Robotics Competition in 2013, Reese became President of USC Aerial Robotics and was responsible for leading a team of over 30 students in the design, manufacturing, and testing of an autonomous quadcopter.

Since graduating with his Master’s in Robotic Systems Development from Carnegie Mellon University, Reece has turned his full attention to the launch of his new startup American Robotics. Unmanned Systems Institute caught up with Reece to discuss his recent trip to AUVSI Xponential and the impact of drones on the future of the agriculture industry.


 
First of all, welcome back from AUVSI Xponential. We had some really interesting feedback from another entrepreneur in the unmanned systems industry, Lily Bengfort from UAS Safeflight, in last week’s interview and I was curious to find out what were you most important takeaways from Xponential?

I think my most important takeaway from Xponential was that there seems to be a culture clash going on right now between the tech side of the industry that is trying to speed up the process of getting commercial drones into the national airspace and the government agencies that are in charge of the regulatory process. The FAA acknowledged that innovation never happens at the speed of government and that they want to have better communication with commercial enterprises in the industry so that they can share their concerns with policy makers.

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Interview with Lily Bengfort on the UAS Growth Sectors and Applications

Wednesday, June 14th  Lily Bengfort will be speaking at the 2016 USI Conference in Washington DC at Georgetown University. Panel: Making Sense of the Future – How Sensors Define the Next Generation of Unmanned Systems

Lily Bengfort 
CEO, UAS Safelight

A longtime entrepreneur with a passion for emerging technologies, Lily Bengfort was voted Maryland’s Small Business Person of the Year in 2010 for her role as CEO of CarGen, a company specializing in wireless communications for government and commercial clients working in areas with constrained bandwidth access.

Intrigued by the possibilities of the commercial drone space, she founded UAS SafeFlight last year to create safe, effective beyond line of sight technologies for the use of aerial robotics in commercial UAS operations. We checked in with Lily after her visit to AUVSI’s Xponential conference in New Orleans to get her thoughts on attending one of the world’s largest events dedicated to the UAS industry.

 


 
What was your most important key takeaway from the AUVSI Xponential conference?

I found it encouraging that the FAA is creating a new Drone Advisory Council (DAC) to provide a forum for government officials and private sector decision makers in the UAS space to share their vision for the safe introduction of unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System (NAS).

With that being said, there were many people from the private sector that voiced displeasure with the federal government for not moving quickly enough to loosen restrictions on commercial drones in the NAS.

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Interview with Mike Chumer on the Future of UAS Use for Emergency Response Scenarios

Wednesday, June 15th  Mike Chumer will be speaking at the 2016 USI Conference in Washington DC at Carnegie Library at MT. Vernon Square. Panel: Making Sense of the Future – How Sensors Define the Next Generation of Unmanned Systems

Mike Chumer
Director of UAS Research , New Jersey Innovation Institute

As the Director of UAS Research at the New Jersey Innovation Institute, Mike Chumer works with leading unmanned systems professionals and researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) to develop innovative solutions for UAS use during emergency situations such as terrorist attacks and natural disasters.

He sat down with Unmanned Systems Institute to discuss the impact of 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy on his research and shared his thoughts on the challenges of bringing together private and public sector stakeholders to work together on UAS implementation for major emergencies.


 
Your research into the use of UAS for emergency management was influenced by the State of New Jersey suffering over $35 billion in damages and 346,000 homes that were damaged or destroyed due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. What types of UAS deployment initiatives are most important for state and federal officials to consider when they are preparing to respond to a natural disaster?
A lot of people don’t realize that my research actually started well before Hurricane Sandy. It really started after the 9/11 attacks when many of us witnessed the World Trade Center being destroyed by a terrorist event. I began research that investigated collaborative technologies which can be used during responses to catastrophic events. One such technology emerged, a highly disruptive one called Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Our goal became one of reducing decision making cycle times during emergencies. The sensing capability of UAS especially video feeds from a camera and real time mapping were factors in making speedier decision during fast moving response activities.
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An Interview with Robert Katz on Unmanned Systems and Cyberattacks

Robert Katz
Disaster and Terrorism Advisor, FEMA
Business Development and Capture Mentor by day, firefighter-paramedic by night. As an innovative thought leader, Robert has proudly conceived, captured, proposed, and executed countless rewarding initiatives to serve both his community, and his country. These encompassed complex C4ISR and GEOINT architectures for MIT, Johns Hopkins, NIST, Navy, Army, Air Force, NASA, DHS, DoT, DoD, State, Treasury, USAID, FEMA, CIA. Before creating his global non-profit, Robert served 10 years as a Principal BD executive for a number of major corporations, including Lockheed Martin, creating completely new Homeland Security & Defense markets from scratch in the US, India, Hong Kong, Japan, and throughout Europe. Between BD, proposal, and capture engagements for his wonderful clients, Robert sneaks in valuable time to help construct designer dresses with his daughter, as well as coordinate global counter-terrorism and disaster responses with his son.

 
As someone who has worked in the cybersecurity space for most of your career, what are the most critical challenges that the auto industry has to overcome in order to convince the general public that autonomous vehicles can be made secure from cyber attacks before they begin to enter the commercial auto market?

This reassurance to counter feelings of cyber-insecurity requires the unified efforts of solid communicators across the full spectrum of stakeholder domains – not just engineers, not just manufacturers, but urban planners, public leaders, elected officials, regulatory bodies, and community advocates, as well. They each in a different way understand best the basic emotions that motivate the public. Skeptical or fearful “passengers” may be relieved to know that most of us regular now experience travel in autonomous “vehicles.” In fact, modern commercial airliners are almost entirely self-controlled during the majority of a typical flight – while take-offs and landings are still usually performed manually by a pilot…at least for now. Imagine – that’s for a vehicle flying tens of thousands of feet above the ground at a several hundred miles an hour. So for down-to-Earth public acceptance of autonomous automobiles, this is mainly an issue of introducing the new technology paradigm gradually, in increments, to overcome natural (and understandably healthy) fear and anxiety.

On the public sector side of cybersecurity in the unmanned systems industry, are there any particular technological innovations that you believe will enable government and military agencies to protect from the possibility of data hacks and breaches against UAV/UAS that are conducting operations concerning national security?

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An Interview with General Poss on UAS

Maj. Gen. James O. Poss
Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C
General Poss received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Southern Mississippi. He served in Desert Storm with the U.S. VII Corps RC-12 Guardrail Battalion in Saudi Arabia, and was Director of Intelligence for Central Command Air Forces deployed to Southwest Asia at the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom. The general commanded the 488th Intelligence Squadron, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, flying RC-135s in combat during the Kosovo Air War. He has also commanded the 609th Air Intelligence Group at Shaw AFB, S.C., and 70th Intelligence Wing at Fort George G. Meade, Md. Read more.

Why was ASSURE founded and how do the research institutions that make up ASSURE contribute to the long term mission of the organization? 
ASSURE is an FAA Center of Excellence (COE).  FAA COE’s are part of a Congressionally-mandated program designed to provide the FAA with academic support for aviation related research.  ASSURE exists to provide the FAA the research they need to write Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) rules and polices.  ASSURE has been operational since last September, but has been a team for three years.  We have 23 universities in ASSURE and over 100 corporate members.  We picked universities with the most practical experience with applied UAS research.  As result, we sit on 16 different aviation rule making committees, are core to three FAA UAS test sites and only the DoD flies more UAS hours than ASSURE!

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Monday, June 13, 2016 

8:00am                           Registration Opens with Coffee & Networking
8:45am                           Opening Remarks
9:00 – 9:45am            Keynote Presentation
9:50 – 10:30am         Panel – Flying High in the Fast Lane: Analyzing the Market for Unmanned Systems   

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand current market growth for unmanned aerial systems and vehicle systems
  • Understand current market growth for unmanned vehicle systems
  • Hear the latest 5-10 year industry projections
  • Uncover the fastest growing market segments
  • Identify key growth inhibitors
10:30 – 10:50am       Introductions to Day 1 Living Groups Activity

Spend 25 minutes meeting with your conference ‘Living Group’.  Attendees will be grouped together so that starting on Day 1 you will have an opportunity to meet new contacts and maximize your conference experience.

In addition to meeting your Living Group, you will also take part in an interactive activity to determine the top challenges facing the unmanned systems industry.  The top challenges for each group will be announced at the end of the session!

 10:50 – 11:30am       Morning Networking Break

Take this opportunity to mingle with your peers in an intimate setting to build relationships and establish future partnerships. Refreshments & snacks will be served on the exhibit floor.

11:30 – 12:15pm   Panel – Artificial Intelligence in Unmanned Systems: Cause for Concern or Optimism?  

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the market potential for A.I. in this sector
  • Identify the possible pitfalls of A.I. embedded in unmanned systems
  • Discuss how A.I can enhance unmanned systems technology
  • Hear examples of A.I. in action and on the horizon
12:15 – 1:15pm            Break for Lunch

Take this opportunity to mingle with your peers in an intimate setting to build relationships and establish future partnerships. Lunch will be served on the exhibit floor.

 UNMANNED VEHICLE BREAKOUT SESSION 

1:15 – 2:10pm                  Panel – Analyzing the Policy and Regulatory Environment   

Learning Objectives:

  • Hear the latest regulatory updates on testing and progress
  • Understand challenges and possible solutions
  • Discuss how major corporate entrants into the market impact progress
  • Updates on centralizing regulation for unmanned vehicles

UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEM BREAKOUT SESSION

1:15 – 2:10pm                     Panel – UAS Policy and Regulatory Update

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify growing applications and policy implications
  • Understand key issues around civil and public UAS operations
  • FAA updates
  • Discuss possible disruptions that can impact regulation

UNMANNED VEHICLE BREAKOUT SESSION 

2:15 – 3:00pm                     Case Study

USI case studies feature engaging, passionate thought leaders, whose presentations expose new ideas in unmanned systems that are supported by concrete evidence and are relevant to current and future industry trends. Presentations will explore novel and counterintuitive approaches to solving complex challenges and leveraging opportunities on the horizon.

UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEM BREAKOUT SESSION

2:15 – 3:00pm                     Case Study

USI case studies feature engaging, passionate thought leaders whose presentations expose new ideas in unmanned systems that are supported by concrete evidence and are relevant to current and future industry trends. Presentations will explore novel and counterintuitive approaches to solving complex challenges and leveraging opportunities on the horizon

3:00 – 3:45pm         Afternoon Networking Break

Take this opportunity to mingle with your peers in an intimate setting to build relationships and establish future partnerships. Refreshments & snacks will be served on the exhibit floor.

 UNMANNED VEHICLE BREAKOUT SESSION 

3:45 – 4:30pm         Panel – Integrating Autonomous Cars into Traffic: Myths and Realities  

Learning Objectives:

  • Get and update on how automobile manufacturers are working to get autonomous vehicles in traffic
  • Understand differences between consumer applications vs. commercial
  • Discuss the required safety redundancies
  • Learn what pilots are underway and which have been successful and why

UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEM BREAKOUT SESSION

3:45 – 4:30pm   Panel – UAS Integration and Safety Applications

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the latest technologies making UAS safer
  • Understand the largest areas of growth in this segment
  • Hear how these applications can foster UAS growth

PLENARY SESSION

4:35 – 5:30pm            Panel – Cybersecurity Strategies for Unmanned Systems

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify cyber threats and possible points of weakness for cyber threats
  • Understand the technologies available to prevent and mitigate attach
  • Hear about the biggest challenges to securing unmanned systems
 5:30 – 6:15pm            Closing Cocktail Reception

Don’t miss this interactive and fun reception amongst your colleagues and peers toasting an incredible day of thought leadership and collaboration.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

8:00am                                  Registration Opens with Coffee & Networking
8:45am                                  Opening Remarks
9:00 – 9:45am                    Keynote Presentation
9:50 – 10-30am                  Panel – Tapping the Value of Unmanned Systems Data  

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how organizations are utilizing data as an asset
  • Discuss the role of the cloud in storing, transferring and managing data
  • Hear what you never knew data is teaching us about unmanned systems
  • Discover approaches to analyzing sensor data    
10:30 – 11:15am                Morning Networking Break

Take this opportunity to mingle with your peers in an intimate setting to build relationships and establish future partnerships. Refreshments & snacks will be served on the exhibit floor.

11:15 – 12:15pm               Panel – Growth and Market Potential Perspectives from Financial Services  

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what market segments capital will flow to in the next 2-3 years
  • Explore what technologies and applications are most promising today
  • Discuss industry M&A activity
  • Analyze who some of the major industry players will be in the years to come
12:15 – 1:15pm                  Break for Lunch

Take this opportunity to mingle with your peers in an intimate setting to build relationships and establish future partnerships. Lunch will be served on the exhibit floor.

UNMANNED VEHICLE BREAKOUT SESSION 

 1:15 – 2:10pm                     Panel – Transforming Your Commute with Autonomous Cars     

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how autonomous vehicles can transform commuting for the 8 million Americans that travel over an hour to work each day
  • Discuss new features auto manufacturers are planning
  • Analyze the market opportunities opening up with free time in the car

UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEM BREAKOUT SESSION

1:15 – 2:10pm                     Panel – Breakthrough Technologies Reshaping UAS   

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the latest technologies impacting UAS
  • Debate the implications of anti-drone technology
  • Explore what applications are driving demand for innovation

UNMANNED VEHICLE BREAKOUT SESSION 

2:15 – 3:00pm                     Case Study

USI case studies feature engaging, passionate thought leaders whose presentations expose new ideas in unmanned systems that are supported by concrete evidence and are relevant to current and future industry trends. Presentations will explore novel and counterintuitive approaches to solving complex challenges and leveraging opportunities on the horizon.

UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEM BREAKOUT SESSION

2:15 – 3:00pm                     Case Study

USI case studies feature engaging, passionate thought leaders whose presentations expose new ideas in unmanned systems that are supported by concrete evidence and are relevant to current and future industry trends. Presentations will explore novel and counterintuitive approaches to solving complex challenges and leveraging opportunities on the horizon.

3:00 – 3:45pm   Afternoon Networking Break

Take this opportunity to mingle with your peers in an intimate setting to build relationships and establish future partnerships. Refreshments & snacks will be served on the exhibit floor.

UNMANNED VEHICLE BREAKOUT SESSION 

3:45 – 4:30pm   Panel – Building the Case for Commercial and Consumer Autonomous Automobiles  

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze the realities and benefits to widespread adoption
  • Discuss ROI for commercial transportation and shipping
  • Understand how automated technology can potentiallyreducemotor vehicle accidents and deaths

UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEM BREAKOUT SESSION

3:45 – 4:30pm   Panel – UAS Growth Sectors and Applications  

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how agriculture, energy and other industries are innovating with UAS
  • Discover the fastest growing market segments
  • Analyze challenges for market penetration
4:35 – 5:30pm   Panel

Learning Objectives:

  • Panel TBD
5:30 – 6:15pm   Closing Cocktail Reception

Don’t miss this interactive and fun reception amongst your colleagues and peers toasting an incredible day of thought leadership and collaboration.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

8:45am                                     Opening Remarks
9:00 – 10:10am                     Panel

Learning Objectives:

  • Panel TBD
10:15 – 11:00am                Case Study

USI case studies feature engaging, passionate thought leaders whose presentations expose new ideas in unmanned systems that are supported by concrete evidence and are relevant to current and future industry trends. Presentations will explore novel and counterintuitive approaches to solving complex challenges and leveraging opportunities on the horizon.

11:00 – 11:40am                Morning Networking Break

Take this opportunity to mingle with your peers in an intimate setting to build relationships and establish future partnerships. Refreshments & snacks will be served on the exhibit floor.

11:45 – 12:30pm               Closing Keynote  
12:30pm               Conference Closing Remarks
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2016 Shows:

June 13-15, 2016
Washington, DC

Pre-Conference Workshop June 13th

October 3-5, 2016
Washington, DC

Pre-Conference Workshop October 3rd

Standard Pricing

Public Sector Registration: $750.00
Private Sector Registration: $850.00

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Panel – Future Growth and Innovation in Unmanned Systems

 

 Moderator:
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DAWN M.K. ZOLDI, Colonel, USAFStaff Judge AdvocatePrinceton University Helmuth RitzerCTO, moovel Alain KornhauserDirector of Transportation Program, Princeton University
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Keith KaplanCEO, Tesla Foundation/

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Hulsey Smith, Chairman and Executive Officer, Aero Kinetics

 

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The many ways we use the Internet today were unimaginable when it was being constructed years and years ago. Similarly, unmanned systems will one day be used in ways that most of us would never envision. What opportunities and innovations may become commonplace across the globe 10, 20 or even 50 years from now? Panelists will discuss how much unmanned systems can grow and how prevalent they can become in our daily lives.

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Energy, Agriculture and More: Applications and What’s Working Today
 Moderator:
David Bird
Editor
Journal of Unmanned Vehicles Systems
Jeff Sloan
National UAS Project Office Manager
United States Geological Survey
Victor Ingurgio
Research Psychologist
United States Army Research Institute
Robert Blair
President
Idaho Grain Producers Association
Russ Metzler
Director UAS Services
Asymmetric Technologies
 

 

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The integration of unmanned aerial systems into the airspace can create 12,000 California jobs in its first three years. UAS testers are actively experimenting with UAS to harness wind and solar energy off the coast of California, which could produce a major boost to the renewable energy market.

Another major factor in this job growth is the potential for UAS in agriculture. Crop monitoring can change how farmers’ plan their fields, when they plant for the season, and determine what harvesting methods are most effective. Panelists will showcase how UAS technology has been tested in the United States and how it can drastically alter how we harvest food and energy.

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Aero Kinetics is an agile 21st century Aerospace and Defense firm with distinct business units in Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Aviation Engineering and Certification, Special Missions Operations, Aviation Consulting, and Aircraft Maintenance and Management. Founded by W. Hulsey Smith in 2003, Aero Kinetics rapidly delivers aerospace and defense technology, services, and solutions to our clients that enable them to maintain technological and operational superiority, by bridging the gap between the conceptual and the tangible.

www.AeroKinetics.com

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