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Colin Snow, Drone Analyst

SnowColin Snow is CEO and Founder of Drone Analyst which provides analysis and survey-based research on the UAS industry ecosystem, market dynamics, and business economics. His works aims to provide end-users, technology vendors, service providers, and investors with the insights needed to make critical investment decisions with confidence. Colin is a 25 year technology industry veteran with a background in market research, enterprise software, electronics, digital imaging, and mobility. His experience includes aerial photography as well as making, programming, and piloting remote control aircraft. Colin holds an MBA from Florida Atlantic University and is a member of all major UAS industry groups including: AUVSI, RCAPA, and AMA. Colin writes ‘The Market’ column for the sUAS News and you can find him on Twitter @droneanalyst.

Abstract – Current State of the U. S. Commercial Drone Industry
Worldwide commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are emerging as a competitive technology in a number of data collection scenarios. But in the U.S. the industry is still struggling to get off the ground more than three years after The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. The Act was widely expected to result in tens of thousands of commercial drones being licensed to fly over U.S. airspace. So far it has produced only a few under restricted use. However, with the advent this year of the FAA’s proposed rules on small UAS the industry stands poised for rapid business adoption. This presentation will give an overview of the current state of the U.S. commercial drone industry and analyzes the business impact and market opportunities that the proposed rules have for manufacturers, distributors, service providers, and investors. This presentation will answer the following questions:
Are UAS really an economic game changer?
What are the proposed FAA rules and what do they mean for businesses?
What are the biggest opportunities for commercial UAS?

Stewart W. Baillie, Unmanned Systems Canada

BaillieMr Baillie holds a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington, and a Masters of Science in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology. He has over 30 years experience in aviation flight test, as a researcher, manager and ultimately Director of the NRC Flight Research Laboratory. He has worked in the Unmanned Aircraft sector since 2003, leading the development of the NRC Civil UAS Program. In 2013, Mr. Baillie retired from NRC and is now a private consultant. Mr. Baillie continues to be very active with the Unmanned Vehicle Systems industry in Canada, being a board member and the current Chairman of Unmanned Systems Canada – which deals with the entire spectrum of unmanned vehicles – air, land and sea.

Abstract – Commercial Operations of UAS in Canada – 2015
Unlike other jurisdictions, commercial operations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) have been authorized in Canada for many years. This presentation will cover the evolution of these operations, the regulatory framework under which they operate, several examples of successful UAS businesses in Canada and look to the future regarding expanded operations, particularly for Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations.

Mike Tully, Aerial Services, Inc.

TullyMike Tully is the President & CEO of Aerial Services, Inc. located in the heartland of Iowa. He is a certified photogrammetrist, holds a MS in Forestry, and an MBA. His is a certified GIS-Professional, techno-geek, and the head of “Getting Right Things Done Well” at Aerial Services. Mike is an innovator and thinker.

Abstract – Mapping Fundamentals and Their Application to UAS
Small UAVs are an entirely new platform for remote sensing and mapping. The equipment and the software differ substantially from manned systems that have been in use for decades. The techniques used to produce solutions from remotely sensed data are changing too. However, the principles underlying production remain unchanged.
What cautions should I have when trying to extract useful information from that remotely sensed UAS data? How does or should the production workflow differ for sUAV and much larger manned systems? To those new to remote sensing, you must quickly come up to speed on photogrammetry, accuracy, and the particulars of capturing good data on a platform flying in an inherently unstable environment! We will review mapping fundamentals and their application to UAS.

Paul Braun, Continental Mapping Consultants, Inc.

BraunPaul Braun is Vice President – Sales & Marketing, Continental Mapping Consultants, Inc. For 25 years Paul has been active in the GIS, mapping and surveying industry. His interests have always focused on applying geospatial technology to better understand complex natural and man-made systems. Paul has a BS in Landscape Architecture from UW-Madison and a MS from the University of Arizona in Renewable Natural Resource Studies. Paul currently serves as Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Continental Mapping in Sun Prairie, WI. Paul is a father of three boys and occasionally tells a joke that other people think is funny.

Abstract – Lidar, Imagery & Mapping By-Products: Manned vs. Unmanned
UAS and lidar hardware manufacturers are currently focused on deploying lidar sensors on UAS platforms offering numerous new applications. Continental Mapping will compare an archeological research project with aerial lidar to a follow-on project that included acquisition and processing of high resolution imagery and video from a small UAS. Attendees will learn the benefits of both platforms/sensors, clarify expectations with acquiring and processing data from both platforms/sensors, and understand the accuracy and supplemental products that are feasible with each approach.

Dr. Riadh Munjy, California State University, Fresno

MunjyDr. Riadh Munjy got his MSCE in civil Engineering in 1978, MS in Applied Mathematics in 1981, and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 1982 from the University of Washington. He has been a faculty member and an active researcher at California State University, Fresno since 1982 and has been a Professor of Civil and Geomatics Engineering since 1988. He has over thirty years of experience in teaching courses in photogrammetry, digital mapping, GIS and least squares adjustment. Currently he is the Chairman of the Civil & Geomatics Engineering at California State University, Fresno. From 1992 till 2003, he participated with JPL to develop an Interferometric Dual Band Radar Mapping System (GeoSAR). He has been a consultant in digital mapping for many agencies and firms around the world and worked as an expert witness in a number of cases. A member of ASPRS since 1978, Munjy has been a regular participant in ASPRS annual and fall conventions. He served as the Chairman of the Close Range Photogrammetry from 1986 through 1988 and was associate editor for theoretical and applied photogrammetry for Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing journal from 1991 till 1996. In 1997 he was awarded the Meritorious Service Award by ASPRS. Also in 2014 he was awarded the Fairchild Photogrammetric award by ASPRS. He is a registered Civil Engineer in the State of California and ASPRS Certified Photogrammetrist.

Abstract – Geomatics Engineering Program at California State University, Fresno and UAV Mapping
The Geomatics Engineering Program at California State University, Fresno (CSUF) is the first ABET accredited program in the nation. Its comprehensives geospatial curriculum prepares the student to fully utilize the potential of UAV mapping. The presentation will focus on the description of the courses and how it is relevant to UAV mapping. Also will present recent students projects in UAV mapping at CSUF.

Kourosh Langari, AECOM

Kourosh Langari has 28 years of experience in A&E infrastructure industries with focus on integration of engineering/survey/GIS software applications (i.e. Autodesk, Bentley & ESRI) to establish industry’s best practices and increase efficiencies in workflow of Integrated Project Delivery(IPD) process.

Abstract – UAS and the Survey, Design, and Build Workflow
AECOM infrastructure’s division is developing new survey/design/built workflow to take advantage of the UAV technology to optimize cost and accuracy of engineering grade mapping with delivering fusion design grade Digital Terrain Model (DTM) utilizing various data collection methods such as conventional survey, stationary and mobile terrestrial scanning point clouds, photogrammetry and UAV mesh point cloud. This workflow allows each data collection mode to deliver the existing ground conditions within their operating performance specifications.

Colin Brooks, Michigan Technological University

BrooksColin Brooks is Manager of Environmental Science Laboratory & Senior Research Scientist at the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI), a research center of Michigan Technological University. He has 20 years of experience in applying remote sensing and GIS technologies to the modeling and understanding of environmental processes. He has a background in the application of decision support systems and geospatial data for solving diverse problems in agricultural systems, Great Lakes ecology, contaminated areas, transportation applications, and ecosystems undergoing change.

Abstract – Example applications for transportation infrastructure assessment with UAVs from USDOT and Michigan DOT research
Technologies capabilities of Unmanned Aerial Systems are advancing rapidly, and new regulations and exemptions are making their deployment more practical in the United States. A key area of research is developing, testing, and demonstrating these capabilities in applications that are practical for state and local agencies to take advantage of. Two applications are reviewed here: developing a method for unpaved road assessment using UAV-based remote sensing, and evaluating the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for transportation purposes for transportation purposes.

Dr. Keith Cunningham, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

CunninghamKeith is research professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is Associate Director of Research and Development at the Alaska Center for UAS Integration. He has worked with diverse UAS applications since 2009, including public safety, surveying, biology, ecology, infrastructure, and with command/control with ground controls stations.

Abstract – UAS Research at the University of Alaska
Alaska has been the center of a great variety of UAS research. UAS research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks began in 2000, leading to the creation of the Alaska Center for UAS Integration, one of the FAA test sites. All of these mission have had a strong public research component. These missions have included public safety, wild fire incident command, cadastral surveying, marine biology, terrestrial ecology, pipeline & oilfield operations, geotechnical engineering, aerosol sampling, and even the sampling of airborne volcanic ash clouds. This presentation will provide examples of these projects and how aircraft and sensors were selected.

Don Weigel, Airware

WeigelDon is Vice President of Product at Airware. In this capacity, he works with our Engineering, Sales, Marketing and Research and Development teams to develop product requirements and strategy for the Airware platform. He also runs the Airware partner program. Over the past 25 years Don has led product management, development, and partner programs at several of the world’s leading geospatial technology firms including Polaris Wireless, deCarta, Autodesk, Trimble, and Esri.

Abstract – Scaling for the Enterprise
Commercial applications for UAVs range from infrastructure inspections and construction site surveys to environmental monitoring and search and rescue. While the business applications for drones are ever increasing, aerial service providers and other businesses looking to operate drones face common challenges to scaling operations beyond pilot projects. This presentation will cover commercial requirements, lessons learned from ongoing commercial operations in Europe, and discuss the software capabilities and architecture required to manage drones at scale and seamlessly integrate aerial data into design, engineering, asset management and decision workflows.

Baptiste Tripard, SenseFly

TripardBaptiste Tripard is an aeronautics engineer and an entrepreneur. After a short experience in project financing, he joined in 2009 a start-up in France that designs and produces small jet engines (the DGEN Family) dedicated to the general aviation. He worked there as an Executive Manager and helped define the global strategy of the company (international development in Brazil and in the United States, technical and industrial partnerships), as well as design the company’s organization in order to be compliant with the certification standards. In 2012, he joined SenseFly, a Parrot company, in order to manage the development of the company in North America. He is also in charge of the regulatory watch and represents SenseFly towards the different authorities and working groups worldwide.

Abstract –
At senseFly we develop and produce aerial imaging drones for professional applications. Safe, ultra-light and easy to use, these highly automated data collection tools are employed by customers around the world in fields such as surveying, agriculture, GIS, industrial inspection, mining and humanitarian aid. Today we continue to lead the way in developing situationally aware systems that help professionals make better decisions based on very accurate data. But what kind of accuracy can we expect from a drone and its related processing software?

Heather James, Kitware, Inc.

Heather James joined Kitware in February 2014 as the Manager of Innovative Applications. She has over 16 years of experience focusing on technology, research and development, and operational performance of sensors and exploitation tools from ground, space, and airborne platforms including unmanned systems, maritime and air. Technologies include full motion video (FMV), Hyperspectral Imaging (HSI), Multispectral Imaging (MSI), Infrared (IR), and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), which she has actively applied image analysis techniques and focused on application development supporting current and future capability generation. She closely interfaces with government agencies and industry, including commercial, to gain an understanding of technological needs and requirements in order to better serve as a subject matter expert and build new programs and technical solutions. Outside of Kitware, she serves as a subject matter expert on various projects supporting industry, Navy, and the USAF. She has been an active Board of Directors member for the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) from 2012-2015, participating in the UAS Technical Committee, Finance Committee, and the Maritime Advisory Committee as Chairman. Heather received a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science and a minor in Geology from Texas A&M University and is currently in the process of finishing up her International MBA.

Abstract –
As the UAS photogrammetry community rapidly evolves, automated video analysis is becoming widely adopted and significant. Open source software (OSS) toolkits can provide the video analytics needed to more efficiently process data while furthering research, collaboration, and products. Current OSS capabilities are supporting communities such as Urban Planning/Development, Agriculture/Soil Assessments and Environmental Resource and Disaster Management. We will discuss evolving computer vision OSS toolkits, how they are being applied, and the need for a community wide OSS platform.

Antoine Martin, Pix4D

martinAntoine heads the Pix4D U.S. office, where he supports the growth of customers and partners. Pix4D converts drone images into geo-referenced maps and models, enabling any UAV to become a professional mapping and surveying tool. Antoine has been working in the UAV sector since 2008.

Abstract – Vertical Structure Modeling & Inspection with UAS Cameras
Vertical structures such as towers are usually captured using terrestrial laser scanners or ground cameras, in addition to having technicians take risks to climb structures. Structure from motion technology can produce highly accurate modeling and measurements with very specific UAS flights and image-processing workflow. The results enable the creation of full models for inspection that are CAD-ready for digitization. This presentation will highlight how Pix4D enables this workflow, from UAS-taken images to modeling vertical structures.

Tom Breen, Headwall Photonics

BreenTom Breen is Headwall’s Director of Global Sales and he brings with him significant experience across many of the end-user markets served by the Company. Prior to joining Headwall, Tom held Executive Leadership positions at UTC Aerospace Systems where he was responsible for sales and business development of airborne and hand-held products. Prior to this, Tom served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for General Dynamic’s Axsys Technology Division in Nashua, New Hampshire. Other senior management positions at L-3 Communications, BAE Systems, and Lockheed Martin provided Tom with the background that will allow Headwall to grow its business in the rapidly expanding Hyperspectral market. Tom is a published author, with numerous works produced for IEEE, SPIE, and AAAE. Tom’s educational background includes MBA and BSEE degrees from Northeastern University in Boston.

Abstract – Leveraging UAS and Hyperspectral Technology for Advanced Remote Sensing.
The convergence of hyperspectral imaging aboard UAVs is occurring at a very rapid pace. Hyperspectral imaging within the remote-sensing realm is proving to be a go-to instrument with respect to precision agriculture, geology/mineralogy, pipeline inspection, environmental monitoring, and other scientific pursuits. It allows for excellent identification and discrimination of chemical/spectral characteristics that might not be visible any other way. Integrating these specialized instruments aboard any type of UAV is challenging, and this presentation will discuss these issues.

Wolfgang Juchmann, Velodyne

Wolfgang Juchmann has more than 14 years of international experience in technical sales, product management, and marketing of industrial lasers and optical products for a variety of applications. The combination of Juchmann’s technical background, commercial experiences, and his passion for customer satisfaction are unique factors that enable him to profitably lead new product developments for Velodyne’s LiDAR division as well as manage existing product portfolios with an intimate awareness for the customer’s expectations. Wolfgang holds a Ph.D. in Laser Spectroscopy from the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

Abstract – Applications of UAV-based Quantitative LiDAR Using Velodyne’s Multi-Channel 3D Sensors
UAV applications have moved from the purely photographic to more sophisticated, quantitative measurements. Juchmann’s presentation will include abundant real-world examples of how multi-channel 3D LiDAR sensors are used in airborne mapping, forest management, oil and gas exploration, and reconnaissance, capturing changing environments in three dimensions over time. Learn about the very latest advances, deploying 3D LiDAR sensors in real-time for Sense & Avoid, as well as for GPS/IMU-less mapping.

Bob Jannarone, Brainlike, Inc.

Bob Jannarone runs Brainlike, which delivers operational solutions for monitoring applications. Before Brainlike, Bob founded Netuitive, which delivers computer server monitoring solutions. Before that he was an engineering, statistics, and psychology professor and a psychometrics / machine learning researcher. Early on, Bob served as a U.S. Navy nuclear engineer. He has authored many patents, articles, and a book entitled Concurrent Learning and Information Processing. Bob has computer science, statistics and psychometrics degrees, including a Ph.D. from the U.C., Berkeley.

Abstract – Image Processing from UAS Data: Prospects and Challenges
Image processing is keeping pace for post-flight mapping and real-time video display. One critical component is lagging: the capacity to identify events of interest from high resolution data, automatically. Without that capacity, human observers must analyze massive amounts of data manually. Analyzing images in real time runs the risk of missing important events and distracting observers from other important tasks. In this presentation, available tools for post-flight event detection and their potential for streaming high resolution event information in-flight will be described. Their huge potential for accelerating UAS deployment for commercial inspection will be emphasized.

Dr. Bernd Lutz, MultiRotor Service Drone

Bernd is the CEO of bizUAS Corp (business Unmanned Aircraft Solutions). bizUAS is the North and South American distributor for service-drone, a German manufacturer of industrial-grade, mission-proven Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Using service-drone and other UAS platforms along with best-of-class sensors and supporting components, bizUAS develops and distributes commercial UAS applications for photogrammetry, inspections, and surveillance. Bernd is a serial entrepreneur and technology visionary. Out of eight companies he has co-founded, seven were divested to strategic acquirers and one, Provide Commerce, did a successful IPO on the NASDAQ National Market at over $500M market cap. As an Angel Investor, venture capitalist, and consultant he has experienced the challenges of a dozen startups first hand. During his corporate career of over 20 years, Bernd held executive positions in enterprise software development, high-tech C-level management consulting, international capital formation and M&A, and cross-border business development with IBM, Sykes Enterprises, Intrado, Proflowers.com, and GVC Capital. Outside of high-tech, Bernd was involved in various projects in Mexico, South America, and India, incl. resort real estate development with Sera Resorts and establishing distribution channels for solar home systems. Bernd holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology from the Universität Stuttgart, Germany and an MBA from the University of Colorado.

Abstract – Look, Ma’ – No GCPs!
No human intervention required to locate those hot spots! No limits on flight time! How is that possible? Learn more about some of the most exciting UAS technologies that recently became available or are about to become reality. How will they impact your work?

Panelists

Jonathan Rupprecht, Rupprecht Law

Jonathan B. Rupprecht is a drone lawyer and a commercial pilot with single-engine, multi-engine, and instrument ratings. He is also an airplane flight instructor and instrument flight instructor. Jonathan obtained a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Magna Cum Laude, and a Juris Doctor from Florida International University School of Law. Jonathan authored Drones: Their Many Civilian Uses and the U.S. Laws Surrounding Them. He later was an advisor for one of the amicus briefs for the highly publicized Huerta v. Pirker case. He co-authored a legal treatise on unmanned aircraft that is being published by the American Bar Association. Jonathan is currently practicing drone law in South Florida at his firm Rupprecht Law, P.A. (www.jrupprechtlaw.com).

Nathan Schuett, PreNav

Nathan Schuett is the founder and CEO of PreNav, a funded startup in the San Francisco Bay Area that is developing computer vision capabilities for small UAVs. PreNav’s technology enables multirotors to autonomously navigate in unstructured environments, making their operation safe and reliable for projects like wind turbine inspections and professional cinematography. Before founding PreNav, Nathan managed robotics and computer vision projects at The Society for Creative Research, where he developed systems for Google and other clients. Nathan graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in computer music.