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UAS Action Summit 2012: "From Battlefield to Farmfield"

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May 22 & 23, 2012 -- ALERUS CENTER - GRAND FORKS

Preliminary Agenda

Day One - May 22
7:45 – 8:30       Registration and continental breakfast

8:30 – 8:45       Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Dr. Delore Zimmerman, Executive Director, Red River Valley Research Corridor
  • Dr. Mike Brown, Mayor of Grand Forks
  • Klaus Thiessen, President & CEO, Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation

8:45 – 9:00       Video remarks from U.S. Senator Kent Conrad and introduction of Keynote

9:00 – 9:45       Keynote Speaker

  • Dr. Jamie Morin, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller

9:45 – 10:00       Remarks by North Dakota Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley

10:00 – 10:15       Remarks by U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson

          Video Greeting from U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar & Al Franken and Congressman

10:15 – 10:30      Networking Break (in exhibit hall)

10:30 – 11:00       Air Force Featured Speaker

  • Major General James O. Poss, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, United States Air Force

11:00 – 11:30       Navy HALE Program Update

  • Sean Burke, U.S. Navy, Deputy Program Manager for the Persistent
    Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office

11:30 – 12:00       Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems Brief

  • Duke Dufrense, Sector Vice President and General Manager, Unmanned Systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

12:00 – 1:00       Lunch

  • John Schmisek, Base Realignment Impact Committee (BRIC) update
  • Eric Icard, Grand Forks EDC – International Aerial Robotics competition update

1:00 – 1:30       Update on Federal Legislative and Regulatory Issues

  • Ben Gielow, Government Relations Manager for Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)

1:30 – 2:30       Concurrent Breakout Sessions

    1) Gaming Research Integration for Learning Laboratory (GRILL)
  • Col. Capt. Jeffrey L. Falkinburg, US Air Force, Lead Engineer, Warfighter
    Training Systems
  • 2) Developing Technologies and Training for Civilian Applications

  • Maynard Herting, Director of Unmanned Applications Institute International (UAII)
  • John Bridewell, University of North Dakota, Dept. of Aviation
  • Will Semke, University of North Dakota, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • 3) Image Processing for Autonomous Operations

  • Scot Wesolaski, GE Intelligent Platforms, Defense and Aerospace, ISR
  • Michael Grumbine, GE Intelligent Platforms, Systems Architect

2:30 – 2:45      Networking Break (in exhibit hall)

2:45 – 3:00       U.S. House of Representatives - UAS Caucus Overview

  • U.S. Congressman Rick Berg

3:00 – 3:30       Regional Military Operations

  • Col. J. Scott Winstead, Grand Forks Air Force Base – Global Hawk

3:30 – 4:15       Humanitarian Support and Disaster Relief

  • Rick Thomas, Unmanned Systems Program Development Consultant

4:15 – 6:30       Networking Social (in Exhibit Hall)

Day Two- May 23

7:45 – 8:20       Registration and continental breakfast (In Exhibit Hall)

8:20 – 8:30       Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Dr. Anne Temte, President of Northland Community and Technical College
  • Dr. Robert Kelley, President of the University of North Dakota

8:30 – 8:45       Video remarks from U.S. John Hoeven and introduction of Keynote

8:45 – 9:30       FAA Brief on Airspace Integration and UAS Test Site Development

  • James H. Williams, Federal Aviation Administration, Executive Manager of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office

9:30 – 10:00       North Dakota Air Space Integration

  • John Walker, SeaTec

10:00 – 10:15      Networking Break (in exhibit hall)

10:15 – 11:15       Manufacturing Advanced Technology for Commercial/Civil Application

  • Jon Chesebro, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce (moderator)
  • Cassindy Chao, Laserlith
  • Jeff Johnson, Appareo Systems
  • Jim Richtsmeier, Ideal Aerosmith
  • Kyle Hayes, MicroPilot Integration Division

11:15 – 12:15       UAS Implications for Law Enforcement and Emergency Services

  • Alan Frazier, Assistant Professor of Aviation at University of North Dakota (moderator)
  • Doug Marshall, Division Manager, UAS Regulatory & Standards Development New Mexico State University
  • Ben Gielow, Government Relations Manager for Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
  • Kelly Janke, Sheriff, Nelson County, North Dakota

12:15 – 1:15       Lunch

    University Training and Programs
  • Al Palmer, Director of University of North Dakota, UAS Center
  • Scott Fletcher, Northland Community and Technical College, US Maintenance Program

1:15 – 1:45       General Atomics Unmanned Systems Brief

  • Jeff Kappenman, Manager, Huntsville Operations, Aircraft Systems
    Group, General Atomics

1:45 – 2:30       UAS in Agriculture – Industry and Market Overview

  • Maynard Herting, Executive Director, UAII
  • Curtis Zoller, Northland Community and Technical College

2:30 – 3:15       UAS Research Applications for Precision Agriculture

  • John Nowatzki, North Dakota State University
  • David Dvorak, Field of View
  • Doug Olsen, University of North Dakota

3:15       Adjourn

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