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
10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
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.

View the seminar agenda, DronePort Network

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
NE Heritage Hall
Serial Entrepreneur Kris Poulson will join UAS Angels Director Jim Troxel for lively Q&A to get the pumps primed for a session of Quick Pitches featuring 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!

Moderator(s):
  • Kris Poulson, Vice President of Agriculture, Sentera
  • Jim Troxel, Director, UAS Angels
  • 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
  • Brian Metzger, Senior Technology Manager, Techlink
  • Tom Nickell, CEO, Mobile Recon Systems
  • Paul D Colaizzi, Research Agricultural Engineer, USDA-ARS
  • Huy Nguyen, Sales Manager, Aerospace & Defense, DTS
  • 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
    Opening Reception and Live Drone Demos
    NW Heriatge Hall and Arena
    Connect with pitch presenters and fellow attendees in the opening reception. Enjoy live drone demos in the arena and food and drinks in the hall. Exhibitors will be on hand during the reception and throughout the event, make sure to stop by and introduce yourself!

    Live Demos in the Arena:
    K-State will demonstrate the capabilities of popular first responder UAS. This includes popular DJI products including the Mavic Pro, Inspire 1, Inspire 2, Matrice 210, and Matrice 600. Demonstrations of the UA’s high-resolution cameras, high optical zooms, and FLIR capabilities will be provided. K-State will also provide aerial demonstrations of the Nation Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) performance tests for aerial response robots. Lastly, K-State’s newly renovated Mobile Command Station will be on sight to tour.

    The OSU USRI will demonstrate the capability of a drone with a spherical shape frame called ATLAS (All Terrain Land & Air Sphere). ATLAS can operate within a cluttered environment and near structures without damage to people, property, and aircraft. The spherical frame allows the vehicle to land without the needs of coordinated landing maneuverability with the ability to roll upright for return to flight without touching it. The diameter of the ATLAS is scalable depending on the mission requirements.  

    Thursday August 22, 2019

    08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    Breakfast and Opening Plenary
    South Heritage Hall
    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.
  • Roger Marshall, U.S. Congressman, Kansas' 1st District
  • 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
    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.
    Moderator(s):
  • Ignacio Ciampitti, Associate Professor, Kansas State University
  • Speaker(s):
  • Matt Isenbarger, Manager, AeroVironment
  • Gregory Crutsinger PhD, Drone Ecologist, Scholar Farms
  • Owen C. Unangst, Director – Technology Sector, Cherokee Nation Technology
  • 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.
    Moderator(s):
  • Kurt Carraway, UAS Executive Director, K-State Polytechnic AARC
  • Speaker(s):
  • Doug Wood, Sergeant, Riley County Police Department
  • Matt Varney, Agent in Charge/sUAS Program Manager, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs
  • Matthew Halton, Sergeant, Salina Police Department
  • Hosted by
    Kansas State University
    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.
    Moderator(s):
  • Sallie Traxler, Co-Founder and Director, DronePort Network
  • Speaker(s):
  • Kraettli Epperson, CEO, Vigilant Aerospace Systems, Inc.
  • Phil Heard, Portfolio Manager, Cimarron Capital Partners
  • JaNae Barnard, Executive Director, Major County Economic Development Corporation
  • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Networking Break
    NW Heritage Hall
    11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
    Beyond Imagery: Unconventional uses of UAS for Agriculture - aerial chemical application, remote sampling, tree planting, etc. He said these are useful and needed applications that are just starting to be incorporated now. Pilot shortages are making these applications even more needed.
    Moderator(s):
  • Brian McCornack, Associate Professor, Kansas State University
  • Speaker(s):
  • Michael Ferguson, Co-founder, Aerial Influence, Inc.
  • David Plummer, Co-Founder, Aerial Influence, Inc.
  • Paul Weckler, Professor, Oklahoma State University
  • 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.
    Moderator(s):
  • Christopher Todd, Executive Director, Air International Response Team (AIRT)
  • Speaker(s):
  • Gregory Crutsinger PhD, Drone Ecologist, Scholar Farms
  • Anthony Reitz, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism
  • Eric Deneault, Captain, Kansas Department of Wildlife,Parks & Tourism
  • Hosted by
    Kansas State University
    Speaker(s):
  • Kevin Barquinero, Program Manager, Federal Laboratory Consortium
  • Brian Metzger, Senior Technology Manager, Techlink
  • 12:15 PM - 02:00 PM
    Luncheon
    South Heritage Hall
    Sit down to lunch with your new friends and enjoy a lively plenary with keynotes, good food, and great networking.
    Speaker(s):
  • Joseph N Miniace, Central Region Regional Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA)
  • 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
  • Kris Poulson, Vice President of Agriculture, Sentera
  • 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.
    Speaker(s):
  • Kurt Carraway, UAS Executive Director, K-State Polytechnic AARC
  • Travis Balthazor, UAS Flight Operations Manager, K-State Polytechnic AARC
  • 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
  • Patti Ripple, Director, Military Aviation and Aerospace, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
  • Garry Clark, Executive Director, Greater Fremont Development Council
  • 03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
    Networking Break
    NW Heritage Hall
    03:30 PM - 04:15 PM
    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
  • UAS Technology Solutions for First Responders
    Meet in 200-202 ABC then walk outside as a group
    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.

    This session features live demos outside. Technology demos include:
    AgileMesh manufactures a rapidly deployable surveillance system used in a wide variety of applications (i.e. critical incident response, disaster response, crowd surveillance at events, etc.) where ‘real time’ audio and video are needed to optimize situational awareness and leverage manpower. 

    Impossible Aerospace - The US-1 was designed to deliver the performance of a helicopter at less than one percent of the price. It’s made for the 99.8% of municipalities that lack air assets. The US-1 is a performance aircraft made to respond to real emergencies, and it’s built by an American company. The US-1 delivers between 78 to 90 minutes of flight time when carrying payloads used by first responders, significantly outperforming other multirotor drones on the market.

    Kansas State University DJI M210: Designed with First Responders in mind, the DJI Matrice 200 series enables nearly every operation you may encounter. Boasting a max flight time of 35 minutes, this aircraft can carry a number of payloads including optical zoom, FLIR, multi-spectral, and high resolution sensors utilizing the dual gimbal mount.

      Kansas State University DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual: The DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual packs one mean punch as it unlocks some of the most advanced features on the market, all in a compact, inexpensive package. Utilizing an integrated RGB and FLIR sensor, this aircraft can stay in the air for up to 30 minutes, giving you real-time insight into Search and Rescue operations, structure fires, and clearing buildings, just to name a few use cases.

    Speaker(s):
  • Devin Lee, Regional Sales & Business Development, AgileMesh
  • Doug Wood, Sergeant, Riley County Police Department
  • Kurt Carraway, UAS Executive Director, K-State Polytechnic AARC
  • Joe Lienemann, Vice President, Impossible Aerospace
  • 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.
  • Clinton Strong, Center Manager, Unmanned Systems Training, FlightSafety International
  • 04:15 PM - 05:00 PM
    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.
    Moderator(s):
  • Trever Linn, UAS IPP Program Manager, Kansas Department of Transportation
  • Speaker(s):
  • Steve Willer, AirMap
  • Benjamin Lindner, Aviation, George Butler Associates
  • Gabrielle Wain, Head of Public Policy, Iris Automation, Inc.
  • Lindsey Dreiling, Deputy Director of Aviation and UAS, Kansas Department of Transportation
  • 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
    Dealmakers Reception
    NW Heritage Hall
    Continue the networking! Have a drink on us and continue making those important connections. Enjoy some drinks and hors d'oeuvres, then invite your new friends out to dinner.