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2019 UAS Summit - Agenda


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Join AUVSI New England to provide your leadership and help define the new UAS ecosystem and industry.

The Robotica UAS Summit Agenda facilitates discussion of policy, enablers, counter-UAS and next generation transportation around Unmanned Aircraft Systems.


The agenda below provides an exciting selection of industry and government leaders who are helping to make this industry a reality. 

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ROBOTICA℠ UAS Summit 2019

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - Burlington MA

7:30 AM

5:00 PM


7:30 AM

8:30 AM


8:30 AM

8:40 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks



Dr. Waseem Naqvi
President, AUVSI New England

Dr. Jeffrey DeCarlo
Administrator, MassDOT Aeronautics Division


8:40 AM

10:00 AM

Keynote Session



Brian Wynne
President & CEO
Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
"State of the Unmanned Industry"

Troy Thomas
Partner and Associate Director, BCG
"Shifting landscape for the Global UAS ISR Market"

Lisa Wieland
Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts Port Authority
"Perspective from Logan Airport"


10:00 AM

10:30 AM


10:30 AM

11:30 AM

Session One: Public Operations
Enabling UAS for Public Benefit: Translating Data to Decisions



Government agencies at the federal, state, and local level are driving research, program development, and capabilities implementation under a number of FAA and USDOT initiatives.
A panel of representatives from the leading entities in this realm will discuss progress public agencies are making in using new UAS tools, and securely dealing with UAS data, and the opportunities of industry to engage with state and local governments



Moderator: Dr. Scott Uebelhart
Chief Scientist, Commonwealth UAS Program, MassDOT Drone Team

“Drone Data: Security and Privacy Implications”
Reed Porada, Commonwealth Data Analytics and Cyber Security Lead, MassDOT Drone Team

“UAS Integration: Partnering for Safety”
Colleen D'Alessandro, New England Regional Administrator,
Federal Aviation Administration

 "It’s Not About The Drone"
Adam Zylka, UAS Team Lead, University of Vermont

"Statewide Public Operations of UAS"
Dr. Jeffrey DeCarlo, Aeronautics Administrator, MassDOT
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

11:30 AM

12:30 PM

Session Two: UAS Enablers
Growing the Ecosystem for Operational Use of Commercial UAS



Commercialization of advanced UAS technology is the key to a sustained growth industry, and if pursued with appropriate attention to safety, efficiency and value, can lead to our nation’s continued leadership in the aviation and transportation sectors.
Critical to this endeavor are the collaborative partnerships between government (program managers), academia (research & policy exploration) and commercial interests, including legacy unmanned aviation companies, non-traditional aviation users and startups of all size. This diverse group must align intent and resources under collaborative partnerships and join together their experiences and future visions to provide the best opportunity to build a better tomorrow today.
This panel provides a view into what large and small companies see and are doing to exploit the opportunities in the New England technology ecosystem, and how the FAA is helping to support those opportunities



Moderator: Dr. Waseem Naqvi 
Technology Director, Raytheon

"Role of the Regulator and ANSP on USS and ATM Interoperability"
Kip Spurio, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Raytheon Navigation, Weather and Services

"Lessons Learned using UAS in Utilities"
Robert Giguere, Manager, Contract Services
Eversource Energy

"Seamless End to End mobility integrating UAM and UTM"
Sarasina Tuchen, Principal Electronics Engineer,
NASA Air Traffic Management Systems On-site Projects Lead,
Volpe National Transportation Systems Center


12:30 PM

1:30 PM

Lunch and Pitch Fest



Want to know what's happening?

Have lunch and listen to the latest innovations taking place in the industry.

A number of small & large companies, academia and other organizations will present their innovations in a short, rapid pitch format to help you understand capabilities available that may help with your business & mission. 

1:30 PM

2:30 PM

Keynote Session



Helen Greiner
HQE Robotics, Autonomy and AI
Department of the Army
"Army's Vision for Unmanned Robotics"

Tim Bennett
Director, Air Domain Awareness
Department of Homeland Security
"What is Air Domain Awareness"

2:30 PM

3:30 PM

Session Three: Counter-UAS
Opportunities for Integrating Counter-UAS (CUAS) Solutions across Federal, State, and Local Jurisdictions



With increasing interest in CUAS technologies across jurisdictions, the need for integrated approaches and integrated solution, e.g. common operating picture, is increasingly important.  The panel reviews efforts at different levels: federal, state, commercial, and defense, and highlights the importance of a common vision.



Moderator: Giuliano Rubini 
Chief, Counter-small UAS Branch, US Air Force

"Commonwealth CUAS Program"
Rudy Cuevas, CUAS Program Manager, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

"Insight into current Threats"
Josh Cantor, FBI

"Private Public Partnerships for successful C-UAS"
Bill Christiansen, Head of Security, Gillette Stadium

"View from Airports"
Hank Shaw, Massport

3:30 PM

4:00 PM


4:00 PM

5:00 PM

Session Four: Urban Air Mobility
Developing a Market for UAM: Pathways to initial implementation



Given the rapid advancement in the autonomous technology sector, paired with the current market trend in spontaneous disruption of legacy businesses, it is often hard to comprehend what tomorrow's business landscape will look like. No one can predict what tomorrow will bring, but understanding where the envelope is being pushed today can be a great indicator of what sectors to watch and how to “adopt & adapt” in an ever turbulent marketplace.
In this panel we will hear from a few companies that are working on the edge and where they see the next big thing. Discussion topics include:

·       What are likely future air transportation models?

·       What are the revenue streams of the next generation of UAS entrepreneurs?

·       Is industry poised to make a move? Are there honest readiness assessments and industry forecasts that help to reduce risk?

·       How can you build a strategic plan for 20 years out, when technology rolls forward under far faster timelines?



Moderator: Paige Scott-Reed
Partner, Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Practice, Prince Lobel

"Are we ready for the eVTOL Industry"
Justin Rodriguez, Partner, BCG

"eVTOL Air Taxis at Logan Airport"
Flavio Leo, Director of Aviation Planning & Strategy, MassPort

"Army vision for UAM Operations"
Chris Cameron, Vehicle Technologies Directorate (VTD), Army Research Laboratory

"Challenges of UAM Vehicles"
Billy Thalheimer, Program Manager, Boeing Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation


5:00 PM

8:00 PM



  Meet the exhibitors, see the drones flying in the net, visit the anechoic chamber or just network with your friends. This will be a great opportunity to engage with the days speakers and other leaders from the industry.

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Pitch Fest Details

Not a Speaker or exhibitor, but want to be heard? 

Introduce yourself to the New England UAS and UAM ecosystem over lunch.

Small and large companies, academia and government organizations are invited to present their UAS and UAM related needs, services, research and innovations.

Interested speakers must be registered attendees or exhibitors, and must send in a one-page slide (PDF) no later than November 18 application here to present in three minutes over lunch.


 Present at the Pitch Fest - Application



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