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AGENDA - UAS Summit 2014

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THE RED RIVER VALLEY RESEARCH CORRIDOR, NORTHERN PLAINS UAS TEST SITE, ND Dept. of Commerce, U.S. SENATORS JOHN HOEVEN AND HEIDI HEITKAMP & CITY OF GRAND FORKS


JUNE 24, 25 & 26, 2014 -- Alerus Center - Grand Forks, ND



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AUVSI Roadshow & UAS Flight Demos- June 24

9:00 – 10:00       AUVSI Roadshow: North Dakota UAS Media Briefing
Oriole Room

  • North Dakota Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley
  • Michael Toscano - President of AUVSI
  • Robert Becklund, Director of the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site
  • Al Palmer, Director of University of North Dakota UAS Center

10:00 – 11:00       AUVSI Roadshow: Grand Forks Sheriff's Office UAS Flight Demo
South Parking lot of Alerus Center

  • Tim Schuh, Northeast Region UAS Unit/Grand Forks Police Department
  • Draganfly X4ES System Demo
  • AeroVironment Qube System Demo

11:00 – 12:00       AUVSI Roadshow: Media Availability
Oriole Room

  • Ben Gielow - AUVSI Government Relations Manager and General Counsel
  • Robert Becklund - Director, Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site
  • Al Palmer, Director of University of North Dakota UAS Center
  • Thomasine Heitkamp, Chair of the UND UAS Research Compliance Committee
  • Cindy Juntunen, Professor of Counseling/Psychology and Community Services at UND
  • David Fulcher, National Air Security Operations Center-GF, CBP Office of Air and Marine

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm       Exhibitor Setup - Alerus Center, Main Ballroom

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm       Welcome Reception - Exhibit Hall at Alerus Center


Day One - June 25

7:45 – 8:15       Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15 – 8:30       Welcome and Summit Overview

  • Dr. Delore Zimmerman, Executive Director, Red River Valley Research Corridor
  • Dr. Robert Kelley, President of the University of North Dakota
  • Robert Becklund - Director, Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site

8:30 – 8:45       Video Greeting from U.S. Senator John Hoeven

8:45 – 9:30       FAA UAS Roadmap Briefing

  • Jim Williams, FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office

9:30 – 10:00       Networking Break: Exhibit Hall

10:00 – 10:05       Video Greeting from U.S. Congressman Kevin Cramer

10:05 – 10:15       Northrop Grumman Presentation of SandShark UAV to University of North Dakota

10:15 – 10:45       Northern Plains UAS Test Site Briefing

  • Robert Becklund - Director, Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site

10:45 – 11:00       Grand Sky EUL: Model for Defense Communities

  • John Schmisek, Grand Forks County Commissioner
  • Thomas Swoyer, Jr., President of Infinity Development Partners

11:00 – 11:15       DreamHammer Ballista Software for Northern Plains Test

  • Nelson Paez, DreamHammer Co-Founder and CEO

11:15 – 12:00       AUVSI Industry Briefing

  • Michael Toscano, President of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)

12:00 – 1:00       Lunch

12:30 – 1:00       HALE Enterprise Today and the Future

  • George Guerra, Vice President, HALE Systems at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

1:00 – 2:30       Day 1 Breakout Sessions

    1) Monitoring Energy Industry Assets

  • Danny Ellis, Sky Spec - Wind Turbine monitoring
  • Zach Lampa - TIG Talent Inspection Group - pipeline monitoring
  • 2) Case Study: Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department UAS Unit

  • Trevor Woods, Northeast Region UAS Unit/UND(Moderator)
  • Tim Schuh, Northeast Region UAS Unit/Grand Forks Police Department
  • 3) Commercial Applications in Precision Agriculture

  • Doug McDonald, UAII(Moderator)
  • John Perry, Altavian
  • David Dvorak, Field of View

2:30 – 3:00       Networking Break: Exhibit Hall

3:00 – 4:00       UAS Airspace Integration

  • John Walker, JS Walker Group/Aviation Solutions Inc. (moderator)
  • Melissa Rudinger, Vice President Government Affairs Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
  • Randy Willis, Air Traffic Manager, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office at FAA
  • Chris Stephenson, Terminal Technology Coordinator at National Air Traffic Controllers Association
  • Davis Hackenberg, UAS NAS Integration Manager NASA-Dryden Flight Research Center

4:00 – 5:00       International Efforts in R&D, Testing, Air Traffic, Commercialization

  • John Walker, JS Walker Group/Aviation Solutions Inc. (moderator)
  • Leslie Cary, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
  • Marc Moffatt, Director General of the UAS Centre of Excellence in Quebec
  • Randy Willis, Air Traffic Manager, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office at FAA

5:00 – 7:00       Evening Networking Social: Exhibit Hall - Sponsored by Center for Innovation Foundation



Day Two- June 26

7:45 – 8:15       Registration and continental breakfast

8:15 – 8:30       Welcome Remarks

  • Dr. Delore Zimmerman, Executive Director, Red River Valley Research Corridor
  • Dr. Michael Brown, Mayor of Grand Forks
  • Anne K. Temte, Ph.D., President, Northland Community & Technical College

8:30 – 8:45       Video Greeting from U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp

8:45 – 9:45      UAS Industry Support to Precision Ag

  • Dr. Kristen Griffin, Business Development Lead for Civil Air at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
  • John C. Oncken, Vice President, TrueNorth Equipment
  • David Dvorak, Field of View
  • Dr. Michael Kantner , Northrop Grumman Aerospace System
  • Eric Harnisch, Vice President of Corporate Development at Pulsar Operational Boundary, Inc.

9:45– 10:00       Remarks from North Dakota Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley, Chairman of Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site

10:00 – 10:30       Networking Break: Exhibit Hall

10:30 – 12:00       Day 2 Breakout Sessions

    1) University Research Activities Pheasant Room

  • Al Palmer, Director of University of North Dakota UAS Center
  • Jolynne R. Tschetter, Ph.D, Commercialization Manager - Research ND
  • Aaron Reinholz, NDSU Center for Nanoscale Science
    and Engineering (CNSE)
  • 2) UAS Industry Workforce Development: Filling the Pipeline

  • Mark Schill, ND STEM Network
  • Curtis Zoller, UAS Program Manager Northland Community & Technical College
  • Paul Gunderson, Director, Dakota Precision Ag Center
  • Paul Keidel, STEM Coordinator, Career Academy, Bismarck Public Schools
  • 3) Exploring Moral, Ethical and Legal Issues

  • William Watson, UND Aerospace (moderator)
  • Ben Gielow, AUVSI
  • Doug Marshall, New Mexico State University
  • Elizabeth Skarin, ACLU
  • Thomasine Heitkamp, Chair of the UAS Research Compliance Committee
  • Capt. Mark Nelson, Grand Forks PD.
  • 4) MQ-1/9 File-and-fly in Class A Airspace

  • Craig Hoover Aviation Systems Platform Leader GE Global Research

12:00 – 1:00       Lunch

1:00 – 2:00       Precision Ag Innovation & Research

  • John Nowatzki, North Dakota State University - Carrington Research project
  • Trevor Woods, UAS Lead Instructor at UND Aerospace
  • Paul Gunderson, Director of the Dakota Precision Ag Center

2:00 – 2:30       MQ-1/9 File-and-fly in Class A Airspace

  • Craig Hoover Aviation Systems Platform Leader GE Global Research

2:30 – 3:00       Networking Break: Exhibit Hall

3:00 – 4:00       Big Data

  • Doug McDonald, Unmanned Applications Institute (moderator)
  • Jeff Thorsteinson, Chief Security Officer, Involta
  • Stuart E. Rudolph, President & CEO of VirtualAgility Inc

4:00 – 5:00       Canadian Arctic Ops

  • Darach McDonnell, Canada Department of National Defence

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