Salina, Kansas
August 21 – 22, 2019

Wednesday August 21, 2019 Thursday August 22, 2019 Full Agenda Expand all sessions

Wednesday August 21, 2019

09:00 AM - 03:30 PM
All-Hands Meeting will serve as the culmination for the National Science Foundation project dedicated to bringing academics and commercial operators together around the topic of big data for agriculture. Join us on August 21, 2019 in Salina, Kansas to discuss the development of policies and best practices for data science and Big Data applications in agriculture, with a particular focus on automating the Big Data lifecycle for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and for plant sciences, phenomics, and genomics.

This is a co-located event, a separate registration is required. For more information visit, Midwest Big Data Hub
10:30 AM - 03:00 AM
Discover how the UAS Cluster Initiative and DronePort Network are working with communities to create jobs and economic opportunity in the UAS industry by attending a special DronePort Network Seminar, a co-located event on Day 1 of the UAS Tech Forum.

In the seminar, you will learn how droneports are becoming epicenters for UAS activities by serving as nodes for testing, training and commercial drone operations by obtaining permissions for flight. These facilities are also providing housing, maintenance, fueling, piloting of fleets and more.

As a co-located event, registration for the DronePort Network Seminar is a separate $95 fee (includes lunch); however, you can save $50 by registering for both the seminar and UAS Tech Forum. Register today

03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Pitch Presentations
Tonys Pizza Event Center
A session of Quick Pitches of the hottest available technologies today with applications in a variety of UAS markets. From raw tech, to startups, to the revenue generators, your next investment or big opportunity could be a Pitch away.

Meet the Presenters!

Speaker(s):
  • Madeline Cole, GIS Mapping Manager, Reagan Smith Energy Solutions & Land Scout
  • Kraettli Epperson, CEO, Vigilant Aerospace Systems, Inc.
  • Jason Lee, Fenix Space
  • Bronwyn Morgan, Founder, Xeo Air
  • Suman Saripalli, Vice President, Business Development, KalScott Engineering
  • 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
    Opening Reception and Live Drone Demos
    Tonys Pizza Event Center

    Thursday August 22, 2019

    08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    Breakfast and Opening Plenary
    Tony's Pizza Event Center
    Join us as we kick off day two with special keynote presentations. Expect industry leaders and top notch presentations to get you primed for a packed day of sessions.
    Speaker(s):
  • Cliff Stone, Vice President, Product Life Cycle Sustainment, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
  • 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
    The Future of Farming
    Tony's Pizza Event Center
    Agriculture
    Track
    The global population is projected to reach over 9 billion by 2050 and agricultural consumption is expected to increase by a massive 70%, a figure complicated by unpredictable weather patterns and natural disasters. Drones are part of the solution, as farmers adopt UAS technologies to meet the increasing demands put on them. Learn why smart farming has been called the “biggest global business opportunity” and how UAS technologies are at the core.
    Speaker(s):
  • Ignacio Ciampitti, Associate Professor, Kansas State University
  • Matt Isenbarger, Manager, AeroVironment
  • Gregory Crutsinger PhD, Drone Ecologist, Scholar Farms
  • First Responder
    Track
    UAS technology provides opportunities for first responders to meet public safety needs in new and responsive ways. The number of organizations implementing UAS continues to grow exponentially. Hear from those that have started their own UAS program and are at varying stages of implementation to learn about the benefits of a UAS program, how to gain public support, financial considerations, and obstacles to anticipate and how to overcome them.
    Hosted by
    Kansas State University
    Droneports, redefining the UAS Industry
    Tony's Pizza Event Center
    Innovation
    Track
    New to the aviation industry, Droneports provide a fixed or mobile location for the housing, maintenance, fueling and piloting of commercial fleets of drones, and the safe flying of drones in the national airspace.

    Droneports can include facilities, fleet housing, fleet maintenance, fleet piloting, incuboar and technology development, education and training and testing facilities. The FAA expects over 450,000 and as many as 717,000 commercial grade drones will be in service by 2022. Droneports are expected to serve as nodes for commercial drone operations in a region. New business opportunities will arise in and around droneports as entrepreneurs take on these new markets – particularly services for piloting, maintaining, fueling and equipping these aircraft. Companies needing to operate fleets of drones in a region can benefit by having a facility to handle these logistical needs. Learn more about this exciting UAS spinoff sector.
    11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Networking Break
    Tony's Pizza Event Center
    11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
    Agriculture
    Track
    Speaker(s):
  • Brian McCornack, Associate Professor, Kansas State University
  • Michael Ferguson, Co-founder, Aerial Influence, Inc.
  • David Plummer, Co-Founder, Aerial Influence, Inc.
  • First Responder
    Track
    The growing use of UAS technology enables emergency managers and first responders to improve response and recovery efforts following a disaster. Multiple case studies will be explored with a focus on developing disaster preparedness through pre-event mapping and post-event response and assessments. Learn how to leverage UAS to respond more quickly, safely, and efficiently in the event of a disaster.
    Hosted by
    Kansas State University
    Issued by the President to the Secretary of Transportation on October 26, 2017, The Unmanned Aircraft System Integration Pilot Program allows Department of Transportation (DOT) to enter into agreements with state, local, and tribal governments to establish innovation zones for testing complex UAS operations and to attempt different models for integrating drones into local airspace. Thousands of interested parties with technology solutions participated in this process.

    Come learn about the next generation of technologies that will define drone integration and the innovative approaches national leaders are taking as part of this large scale, industry defining project.
    02:15 PM - 03:00 PM
    Agriculture
    Track
    As early adopters, agribusiness is booming. Key industry players are discovering new ways to leverage UAS technologies that are changing the way they do business. From drone-to-tractor data integration and agriculture intelligence large corporations and savvy startups are developing technologies that are maximizing operations, keeping their companies on the bleeding edge of the agribusiness boom.
    Moderator(s):
  • AshLee Lattner, Development Manager, Kansas Farm Bureau
  • Speaker(s):
  • Bobby Brauer, Digital Phenotyping Lead, Bayer U.S. – Crop Science
  • Mark Barker Ph.D., Manager, Adv. Tech. Integration, John Deere Des Moines Works
  • Operating UAS safely and legally is a primary consideration for any first responder unit. Understand the difference between Part 107, Public Operations, and Certificate of Authorizations and how each can support your operational goals. Additional topics will include an overview of certification requirements, FAA regulations applicable to first responders, and training and flight operation preparation considerations.
    Hosted by
    Kansas State University
    AUVSI’s findings show that in the first three years of integration more than 70,000 jobs will be created in the United States with an economic impact of more than $13.6 billion. This benefit will grow through 2025 when we foresee more than 100,000 jobs created and economic impact of $82 billion. Industry growth reports in and around Unmanned Aerial Systems markets are staggering, but how do you and your community harness the growth potential of this industry. Whether your state has a formal cluster or not, this session explores how you can leverage the potential of UAS industry as an economic development tool.
    Moderator(s):
  • D. Mitch Robinson CEcD, Executive Director, Salina Community Economic Development
  • Speaker(s):
  • Sean McClung, Chairman of the Board, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Colorado
  • Dr. Tulinda Larsen, CEO/Founder, Skylark Drone Research
  • 03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
    Networking Break
    Tony's Pizza Event Center
    03:30 PM - 04:15 PM
    Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Data?
    Tony's Pizza Event Center
    Agriculture
    Track
    Much of the data collected by drones must be analyzed before it becomes useful and offer meaningful ROIs. As sensors and imaging technology only get better data mining and interpretation are essential in helping users to make market conscious decisions. In a world of information overload, how do we make meaning of it all?
    Moderator(s):
  • Aaron Bergstrom MS, Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Manager, University of North Dakota
  • Speaker(s):
  • Deon van der Merwe, Senior R&D Researcher, GD Animal Health
  • Trevor Witt, UAS Data Analyst, Kansas State University
  • Travis Desell, Associate Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology in New York
  • First Responder
    Track
    The scope of available UAS technology is constantly expanding. Knowing what technology is best suited for applications specific to your organization is essential for strategic and fiscally responsible purchases. Discover the most popular and applicable UAS technology for first responders and learn how these technologies fit into your organization. This session will feature live, interactive demonstrations of popular and emerging UAS technology.
    Hosted by
    Kansas State University
    Innovation
    Track
    From dull to dangerous, poachers to pizza delivery, every day new applications for drones are being developed. In an industry where we are only limited by regulations and our imagination what else is on the horizon? Come discover the outer limits of this seemingly limitless industry.
    Moderator(s):
  • Jamey Jacob, Director, Oklahoma State University
  • Speaker(s):
  • Benjamin Lindner, Aviation, George Butler Associates
  • Randall Warnas, Global sUAS Segment Leader, FLIR Systems, Inc.
  • 04:15 PM - 05:00 PM
    Where do we go from here? The future of UAS
    Tony's Pizza Event Center
    05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
    Dealmakers Reception