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Advisory Board
Rini Sherony

Sr. Principle Engineer
Safety Research Center Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America

Rini Sherony is a Sr. Principal Engineer at Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) which is part of Toyota Technical Center located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is with Toyota for the past 18 years working in crash data analysis, active safety/advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) design, testing and planning. Rini has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. At CSRC She is the lead for active safety/ADAS collaboration research and crash data analysis. Her current responsibilities include development of test procedures, surrogate target, and testing for active safety systems like Pre-Collision, Pedestrian Pre-Collision system, Lane departure warning and prevention systems, etc. She is part of organizing committees for many scientific conferences like SAE World Congress, SAE Active Safety, FAST Zero conferences, IEEE Intelligent Vehicle Symposium, etc. She is involved in several SAE standards development committees in the area of active safety/ADAS. She has co-authored over 40 papers in automotive safety and has 6 patents.

Maryanna Saenko

Lux Research

Maryanna Saenko is an Analyst at Lux Research and a member of the Autonomous Systems 2.0 service. She covers technological and market developments in Autonomous Systems. Some representative topics include: autonomous vehicles, robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles, and artificial intelligence. Prior to joining Lux Research, Maryanna worked as a senior research associate at Cabot Corporation, where she worked on the directed particle assembly platform investigating conductive polymeric blends for electronic applications.Maryanna graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering and a B.S. in both Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. She has research experience in a wide range of areas including autonomous vehicles, wheel design for lunar rovers, thin film technology, material characterization, and epidemiology.

Mark A. Dombroff

Dentons US LLP

Mark Dombroff is a partner of Dentons US LLP. The focus of his practice is the aviation and transportation industry, including litigation, regulatory, administrative and enforcement matters, security, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigations and employee related issues.

Dombroff has counseled and guided numerous aviation and other companies through accident/incident investigations, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investigations and civil litigation. He also handles numerous safety, enforcement and regulatory matters before the FAA/NTSB and other administrative agencies, whether arising from accidents or as independent matters. This includes matters involving not only the FAA and NTSB, but many issues involving State, TSA, Homeland Security, Justice and Treasury. He provides counseling and representation not only to airlines, but also to aviation service providers and aerospace manufacturers. @MarkDombroff

Heather Ashton

Research Manager, Service Innovation and Connected Products
IDC Manufacturing Insights

Heather Ashton is a Research Manager at IDC Manufacturing Insights. Heather leads the Service Innovation and Connected Products Strategies Service, where she focuses on how manufacturers are applying transformational technology like IoT to aftermarket service in their efforts to increase customer centricity. Automotive is one of the key industries that Heather’s research covers. Heather has enjoyed working as an industry analyst for nearly two decades, and she is an active participant and speaker at industry events. She contributes regularly to the IDC Community blog, including a recent post on connected cars that can be viewed here:  https://idc-community.com/manufacturing/manufacturing-value-chain/obd_ii_offers_way_for_older_cars_to_become_connected

Steve Brown

Board of Commissioners
Fayette County (Ga.)

Steve Brown was elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2010 and is serving his second four- year term, which will expire on December 31, 2018. He is the commissioner for District 3, representing Peachtree City.

In an effort to promote state legislation to aid and protect Georgia’s cities and their citizens, he co-founded the Metropolitan Atlanta Mayors Association, a collaborative alliance comprised of the 67 cities in the greater Metro Atlanta area. He has held numerous posts with Georgia Municipal Association and served on the Policy Cabinet of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority.

Mr. Brown has been a featured speaker at conferences across the Southeastern United States on the subjects of transportation planning, land use planning, retail trends, stormwater planning and homeland security. Mr. Brown is a leading conservative voice in metropolitan Atlanta on mass transit, traffic congestion mitigation, transportation funding as well as multi-use path infrastructure.


David Goldstein

Senior Analyst
U.S. Government Accountability Office

David Goldstein is a Senior Analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent, nonpartisan agency that helps inform Congress and the public by reporting on how well government programs and policies are meeting their objectives. David’s work at GAO has covered aviation safety and security, highway safety, airport and highway infrastructure development, and environmental protection. Prior to GAO, David worked for a transportation engineering and planning firm and the Federal Highway Administration.

David Bird

Founding Editor
Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems

As an Emeritus professor of Wildlife Biology and Director of the Avian Science and Conservation Centre of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Dr. David Bird has published close to 200 scientific papers on birds of prey and other wildlife and supervised 50 graduate students. His name graces the covers of no less than ten books. Dr. Bird has been working with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for about eight years and currently supervises two M.Sc. students working on UAVs.He is the founding editor of a new electronic peer-reviewed publication, the Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, which is the official journal for Unmanned Systems Canada. In the last two years, he has also given several keynote or plenary talks on UAVs and wildlife studies at conferences world-wide. Dr. Bird has organized several workshops on the applications of UAVs for wildlife studies.

Robert Blair

VP of Agriculture, Measure, Drones as a Service
Idaho Grain Producers Association

Robert Blair is a fourth generation farmer from north central Idaho managing 1,500 dryland acres of wheat, barley, peas, lentils, chickpeas, alfalfa, and cows. The farm is situated on the edge of the rolling hills of the Palouse and not far from his Alma Mater the University of Idaho where he received his B.S. in Agriculture Business.

His journey with precision agriculture started in 2003 using a PDA for simple mapping. That evolved into all different types of equipment, including Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) in 2006. Robert’s use, vision and advocacy of these technologies helped him become the Precision Ag Institute’s 2009 International Farmer of the Year.

Robert is the current president of the Idaho Grain Producers Association, past chairman of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) Research & Tech Committee, chairman of the U.S. Wheat/(NAWG) Joint Biotech Committee, a past Idaho Farm Bureau Federation county president, and an initial member of Idaho’s UAS steering committee.

Brian Markwalter

SVP, Research and Standards
Consumer Technology Association

Brian Markwalter is Senior Vice President of Research and Standards for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $285 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry and owner of the International CES. Mr. Markwalter is responsible for overseeing CTA’s ANSI-accredited standards development operation and extensive market research capability. Under Mr. Markwalter’s direction, CTA hosts more than 70 committees, subcommittees and working groups that produce standards used in millions of consumer devices. CTA standards are referenced by EPA, FCC and other government agencies. CTA’s market research has a rich 75 year history producing objective research, tracking sales data and forecasting trends.

Mr. Markwalter represents CTA’s technical interests in industry and international venues related to digital television, broadband access, spectrum management, standards and intellectual property, smart grid and energy efficiency. Mr. Markwalter has participated in joint U.S.-China development programs on standards and presented at FCC workshops on a variety of subjects. His leadership in the industry is reflected through positions on the Advanced Television Systems Committee Board of Directors, IEEE Consumer Electronics Society Board of Governors, NTIA’s Online Safety and Technology Working Group, FCC’s Technological Advisory Council, FCC’s Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee and NIST’s Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Governing Board.

Prior to joining CTA, Mr. Markwalter worked as Director at Intellon Corporation, a semiconductor company specializing in power line communications. In this role, he helped develop and launch the technology adopted by the HomePlug Powerline Alliance for data networking over residential power lines and holds seven patents in this area. Mr. Markwalter holds BS and MS EE degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a licensed professional engineer.

Scott Le Vine

Engineering Professor
Centre for Transport Studies, Imperial College London

Le Vine is appointed as an Assistant Professor at SUNY New Paltz, a Research Associate at Imperial College, and a Visiting Professor in the School of Transportation and Logistics at Southwest Jiaotong University (Chengdu, China).He is a trustee of the charity Carplus, and serves on the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ standing committees on Public Transport Innovations (TRB-AP020), Intelligent Transportation Systems (TRB-AHB15), and Vehicle Automation (TRB-AHB15[1]).  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and holds a Professional Planning (PP) licence (#33LI00595000) in New Jersey, U.S.Le Vine co-edited (with John Polak) a 2015 Special Issue of Transportation on Shared-Mobility, and recently co-authored (with Martin Lee-Gosselin) the Transport and Environment chapter of the forthcoming 4th edition of The Geography of Urban Transportation, a textbook widely-used in masters-level and advanced-undergraduate transport planning courses.He holds degrees from McGill University (Geography), NYU (Urban/Transportation Planning) and Imperial College (Transport Studies)Le Vine’s published academic journal articles are listed here. Conference proceedings are listed in his CV. Recent general-readership writings are listed below.

John Vislosky

Senior Vice President
Access Spectrum

John Vislosky is a 1982 Graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Management. He proudly served in the United States Infantry and later commanded an US Army Special Forces A-Team (Green Beret), Special Operations Team. After his military service, John held senior management positions in such companies as: at Pepsi, MCI, BRV, Inc.; Korn Ferry International, Access Spectrum, LLC in 2001-2005; Kentrox, SupplyPro Inc. During his professional business tenure, John has built and successfully sold his own company, established new product sales channels and managed sales teams in over 40 countries.

In August of 2013, John was asked to return to Access Spectrum as the Senior Vice President to monetize and sell the Upper 700 MHz A Block Spectrum for the current Private Equity license owners. This Block of spectrum is ideal for utilities and other critical infrastructure providers given its unique propagation characteristics and nationwide availability. Moreover, it is now being considered as a primary spectrum band for Beyond Line of Sight control of unmanned aircraft and vehicles.

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2016 Speakers
Robert Grant
Director of Government Relations, Lyft
David Strickland
Partner - Regulatory Group, Venable LLP
Robert Katz
Executive Director, Innovation Intelligence Institute
Biren Gandhi
Distinguished Engineer & Strategist - Corporate Strategy Office, Cisco
Mark Dombroff
Partner, Dentons US LLP
Robert Blair
VP of Agriculture, Measure - Drones as a Service
Robbie Hood
UAS Program Director, NOAA
Steve Brown
Board of Commissioners, Fayette County (GA)
Mark Erwin
Director - Sensors & Systems Integration - Air & Marine, US Customs & Border Protection
Nat Beuse
Associate Administrator - Vehicle Safety Research Research, Department of Transportation
Diana Marina Cooper
Sr. Director of Legal & Policy Affairs, PrecisionHawk
Dr. Missy Cummings
Director - Duke Humans & Autonomy Lab, Duke University
Wayne Chen
Ventures Director, Booz Allen Edge Technologies
Jared Ablon
Chief Information Security Officer, AirMap
Tess Oxenstierna
Managing Director - Aerospace, Defense, & Government, Headwaters MB
Major General James Poss
Executive Director, ASSURE
Brian Markwalter
SVP - Research and Standards, Consumer Technology Association
Lily Bengfort
CEO, UAS Safeflight
John Fry
Partner, Morris, Manning & Martin LLP
Reese Mozer
CEO, American Robotics
2016 Topics Addressed

»Flying High in the Fast Lane: Analyzing the Market for Unmanned Systems
»Artificial Intelligence in Unmanned Systems: Cause for Concern or Optimism?
»Analyzing the Policy and Regulatory Environment for Unmanned Vehicles
»Unmanned Air Systems Policy and Regulatory Update
»Integrating Autonomous Cars into Traffic: Myths and Realities
»UAS Integration and Safety Applications
»Cybersecurity Strategies for Unmanned Systems
»Tapping the Value of Unmanned Systems Data
»Growth and Market Potential Perspectives from Financial Services
»Transforming Your Commute with Autonomous Cars
»Breakthrough Technologies Reshaping Unmanned Arial Systems
»Building the Case for Commercial and Consumer Autonomous Automobiles
»UAS Growth Sectors and Applications

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