Hotel Information

Experience Luxury at Downtown Reno’s Resort Casino Eldorado Reno!

Relax in one the newly remodeled luxurious hotel rooms and suites. New Rooms feature sleek, high-quality furniture in rich, dark woods; all new eye-catching lighting to brighten the overall ambience; new carpet in a striking black and gold pattern that adds a modern flair; and plush side chairs to add an extra touch of warmth to the fresh new style. King rooms now have a sleeper sofa for added comfort and convenience. The rooms also feature fine linen bedding with triple sheeting, HD televisions and ergonomically designed desks with a convenient data port for charging personal electronic devices.

Experience timeless luxury and friendly, personal service in the heart of Downtown Reno. Escape to the Eldorado Resort Casino, named “Best Rooms and Suites” by Casino Player Magazine, where every detail has been considered in order to provide you with the stay of a lifetime. Lose yourself in the nonstop excitement and elegance of the luxurious Reno resort casino. Choose from nine award-winning Reno restaurants, including the world-renowned La Strada and Roxy. Dine on homemade pasta from the in house pasta shop, delicious baked goods made fresh daily in the bakery or checkout a Broadway-style performance in the heart of Downtown Reno in the showroom.

Conference Rates

Room Type Sun 10/19 Mon 10/20 Tues 10/21 Wed 10/22
Tower/Deluxe Room Rate $55.99 $55.99 $55.99 $55.99
Luxury Room Rate $65.99 $65.99 $65.99 $65.99

To receive the discounted conference rate, please call the Eldorado’s group reservations department at 800-648-5966 and use the special group code YASPRS.

Please book by midnight on Friday, September 19,2014. Reservations received after this date will only be accepted on a space and rate availability basis.

Hotel Location

The Eldorado Resort Casino is located just minutes from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

From I80:

  • Take exit 13 toward Downtown Reno
  • Turn south on N Virginia St

From From the Reno-Tahoe International Airport:

  • Take US-395 N towards I-80/Reno/Sparks/Truckee
  • Merge onto I-80 W
  • Take exit 13 toward Downtown Reno
  • Turn south on N Virginia St


Conference Program


Exhibition Setup Noon 5:00 PM Reno Ballroom
Registration Noon 5:00 PM Reno Ballroom
Workshops El Dorado Hotel. Multi-vendor user groups and workshops (unlimited space)
Welcoming Reception BuBinga Lounge (El Dorado hotel)
Registration 7:00 PM 5:00 PM Registration
Lewis Graham of GeoCue – Master of Ceremonies
Welcoming remarks from State/Reno Officials
Mike Hauck, ASPRS Executive Director Keynote introduction to ASPRS – “Whats at Stake?”
Stewart Walker, ASPRS President Words from the ASPRS President – Role of ASPRS in UAV
Pierrele Roux, ASPRS Division Director ASPRS Division Activities and Call for participation
KEYNOTE 9:00 AM 9:45 AM
Keynote Speaker – To be Announced Talk focused on “why now?” Why are drones suddenly so popular when flying model aircraft have been around for 75 years? Is it the advent of micro-INS that allows an autopilot on a multi-copter? Is it miniaturized cameras? Certainly for our field of geometrically accurate mapping, the development of Structure from Motion (SfM) algorithms has totally changed the market….
Break & Exhit Time 9:45 AM 10:30 AM Break/Exhibits
OVERVIEW 10:30 AM 11:30 AM
Invited speaker from the Nevada Test Site – to be announced UAS testing at the NV Test Site/FAA Regulations/What’s coming up at the test site?
Introductory talk – speaker to be announced Introductory talk on the complete workflow from mission planning
to creating products.
Invited speaker – to be announced Overview of the economics. What does flying a stockpile with a sUAS do to
the price point for this work? Is this really an economic game changer? What are the practical limits of a sUAS project – when is a project just too big?
LUNCH & Exhibits 11:30 AM 1:00 PM Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
PANEL 1 – Vehicles 1:00 PM 1:45 PM
Various panelists – to be announced Panel discussion on the pros and cons of various vehicle types from the
perspective of mapping missions – Fixed wing gliders, flying wings and multirotors.
Buses to Stead Airport 3:00 PM 5:00 PM Live Demonstrations of UAS in flight at the Stead Airport, north of Reno
Buses from Stead to Hotel 5:00 PM 5:30 PM
Networking Social 6:00 PM 7:30 PM Exhibit Hall
Registration 7:00 AM 10:00 AM Registration
Breakfast in Exhibit Hall 7:00 AM 8:30 AM Exhibit Hall
PANEL 2 – Sensors 8:30 AM 9:15 AM
Various panelist – to be announced Panel discussing the merits/tradeoffs of cameras and sensors for sUAS. Is a NEX better than a Canon S100? Is there any true advantage of using a metric camera? Some realities of processing when one might subsample
images to have point matching run in a reasonable time and does this affect camera choice? Building an NIR camera from a consumer Canon for less than $1,000 and so forth.
SESSION: DATA COLLECTION (MISSION PLANNING, GROUND CONTROL, FLYING THE MISSION) Speakers to be announced 9:15 AM 10:00 AM Series of three papers – mission planning, flying the mission, field checking
Break 10:00 AM 10:30 AM
SESSION: DATA PROCESSING AND ACCURACY ASSESSMENT Speakers to be announced 10:30 AM 11:15 AM Series of three papers – Processing workflow/Sfm/QC and Accuracy Assessment
PANEL 3: EMERGING TRENDS-UNIVERSITIES University participants to be announced 11:15 AM 12:00 PM Emerging research in UAS
Lunch (on own) 12:00 PM 1:00 PM
Precision Agriculture New and Emerging Development in Precision Ag
Mining New and Emerging Development in Mining
Fire Fighting NASA Ames, USFS
Overseas Opportunities Invited Speakers – to be announced
Invited High Tech Co. Speaker – to be announced 2:30 PM 3:15 PM What can we expect from the use of drones from the Hi-Tech industry?
Break 3:15 PM 3:45 PM
SESSION: LIVE DEMO RESULTS Results from the Live Demo flights
Exhibit Tear-down 5:00 PM 7:00 PM (Extended to next day – Tear down Wednesday 8:00 AM – Noon)

Conference Information

logo_plane”Change is in the Air”. This is the tagline of our fall symposium, which denotes the excitement and also the angst that goes along with change. We are all reminded daily, from news and conversation, of the advent of the age of the drones and we each react with our own individual excitement, loathing, fear, curiosity, or blend thereof. The topic is definitely popular right now and ASPRS members are smack dab in the middle of the issue, as one of the largest applications of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) technology will be mapping. One of the key topics of our symposium will be, ”What is at stake?” When disruptive technology such as UAS comes along, we all have a need for education and collaboration.

The symposium will bring industry experts to speak to the issues relevant to our mapping and remote sensing community. The program will be tailored to cover topics of aircraft design, sensor payload options, flight planning, flying the mission, data processing and product development. Speakers and panels will be selected to provide first-hand information on these issues.

No UAS symposium would be complete without a group of exhibitors offering hands-on opportunities to see the equipment, talk to the experts, and gather contacts for teaming and collaboration. We have extended preliminary invitations to manufacturers of UAS technology and it appears we will have a large group of vendors who make UAS equipment, provide software solutions, provide UAS components, and provide services.

Last, but certainly not least, this symposium is designed in coordination with the Nevada UAS Test Site. The State of Nevada was selected as one of the six national UAS test sites to serve as an arm of the FAA and provide for the safe transition of civilian applications of UAS into the national air space. This unique collaboration of ASPRS and the Nevada Institute of Autonomous Systems will provide the ability for ASPRS to host live flight demonstrations of UAS as part of the symposium and allow ASPRS to establish the course for on-going test flights of UAS.

The symposium will be held October 21-22, 2014. The events will take place at the Reno Ballroom, a beautiful first-class facility in downtown Reno. The El Dorado, our symposium hotel, is located just across the street. Buses will be arranged to take attendees to the Reno Stead Airport for the live UAS demonstrations. All attempts are being made to keep costs at a minimum in order to encourage broad attendance. It is our goal to reach beyond our ASPRS membership to encourage UAS start]ups, entrepreneurs, GIS professionals, government agencies, surveyors, students, potential UAS users, and general enthusiasts to attend.

The symposium planning committee is making great progress and will be releasing a Preliminary Program and Call for Registration soon. For now, please sign up at our pre-registration link.

Change is in the air! Please join us in Reno to explore what is at stake and how to prepare for change!

Becky Morton
ASPRS UAS Symposium Chair