• The Conference

Preliminary Agenda


Wednesday, October 28
*Central Daylight Time Zone

Sessions Sponsored By
   
8:00 am - 8:30 am Dedicated Expo Time
8:30 am - 9:00 am U.S. Congressional Update on the Space Development Agency
  • Senator Kevin Cramer, U.S. Senate
  • Dr. Derek Tournear, Director, Space Development Agency
9:00 am - 9:10 am Address from President Armacost
  • Andrew Armacost, President, University of North Dakota
9:10 am – 10:10 am Leading Perspectives on UAS
  • Senator John Hoeven, U.S. Senate
  • Brigadier General Heather Pringle, Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command, U.S. Air Force
  • Steve Dickson, Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
10:10 am – 10:30 am Dedicated Expo Time
10:30 am – 10:50 am Air Force Base Commander Updates
  • Col. Cameron Pringle, Base Commander, Grand Forks Air Force Base
10:50 am – 11:10 am Enabling BVLOS Flight Operations by UAS in the National Airspace System (NAS)
  • Arthur Huber, Air Force Research Laboratory
11:10 am – 11:35 am Critical Today, Indispensable Tomorrow: The National Security Role of Autonomous Systems
  • Jane Bishop, Northrop Grumman
11:35 am – 12:00 pm BVLOS in North Dakota
  • Nicholas Flom, Executive Director, Northern Plains UAS Test Site
12:00 pm - 6:30 pm Expo Open
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Dedicated Expo Time

Innovation Stage Schedule
  • Moderator: Renee Shelton, President, AUVSI Great Plains Chapter
12:15 pm – 12:30 pm Presentation by Aerial Applications
  • Joe Sullivan, Founder & CEO, Aerial Applications
12:30 pm – 12:45 pm Presentation by iSENSYS
  • Chandler Griffin, CTO & President, iSENSYS
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm Presentation by iSENSYS
  • Andrea Puiatti, CEO, Skycharge
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm Presentation by Aerial Spreader Drone Services, Ltd.
  • Keith Knepper, Aerial Spreader Drone Services, Ltd.

1:30 pm – 1:50 pm

An Integrated Systems Approach to True BVLOS in the NAS
  • Jon Standley, Business Development Lead, L3Harris Technologies
1:50 pm – 2:10 pm Weather for Industrial Scale UAS Optimization
  • Matt Taylor, Business Development, Civil Space and Weather, Raytheon Technologies
2:10 pm – 2:30 pm Realizing Autonomy through Research—How UND is Helping the Industry Solve the Tough Problems
  • Mark Askelson, Executive Director of RIAS, University of North Dakota
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Large UAS and AI-Enabled Aerial Imaging for Fire Mapping
  • Tom Swoyer, President, Grand Sky Development Company, LLC
  • Greg Davis, CEO, Overwatch Imaging
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Dedicated Expo Time
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm Afternoon Keynote: A North Dakota Testing Update
  • Matt Dunlevy, CEO, SkySkopes
  • Chris Theisen, Director of Research & Development, Northern Plains UAS Test Site
  • Mark Askelson, Executive Director of RIAS, University of North Dakota
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm The Future of Drone Education
  • Paul Snyder, Director of UAS Program, University of North Dakota
  • Doron Benbenisty, CRI Vocational School
  • Zack Nicklin, Unmanned Aerial Systems Program Manager, Northland Aerospace
  • Seth Simonson, UAS Program Coordinator, North Dakota State College of Science

Thursday, October 29
*Central Daylight Time Zone

8:00 am - 9:00 am Dedicated Expo Time
8:00 am - 2:00 pm Expo Open
9:00 am - 9:30 am Keynote Presentation: UAS Update from North Dakota Governor’s Office
  • Brent Sanford, Lieutenant Governor, State of North Dakota
9:30 am - 9:50 am Space-Based Weather Point Forecasting for UAS Operations
  • William Cromarty, Spire Global
9:50 am - 10:10 am Drone Imaging and Assessment of Gravel Roads After Weather Events
  • Doug McDonald, ISight RPV Services, LLC
10:10 am - 10:30 am UAS – Global to Local
  • Nicholas Nelson, ST Engineering
10:30 am - 10:50 am Recent Real-World BVLOS UAS Flight Testing: Detect-and-Avoid and Airspace Management with Multiple Sensor Integration
  • Kraettli L. Epperson, CEO, Vigilant Aerospace Systems, Inc.
10:50 am - 11:10 am A Novel HAPS Solution Utilizing a Tethered Uni-Rotor Network (TURN) System
  • Dr. Justin M. Selfridge, Gradient
11:10 am - 11:30 am Keys to Standardizing UAS Testing: Wind Profile Generator Example
  • Jose Vazquez, Boston Engineering Company
11:30 am - 11:50 am Systems-to-Systems Approach to Airspace Integration
  • Steve Willer, Business Development Manager, Digital Aviation, Thales
11:50 am - 12:10 am Empowering Autonomy
  • Del Christman, Autonodyne
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Dedicated Expo Time

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