Feb 8

Thursday, February 8

0800 – 0900 Registration Open & Continental Breakfast
0900 – 0905 Opening Remarks

Speaker: Brian Wynne, President and CEO, AUVSI

0905 – 0930 Keynote Address

The day three keynote will broadly address key issues related to cybersecurity and implications for unmanned systems.

Speaker: Dr. John A. Zangardi, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

0930 – 1000 Drones for Good- Balancing Service, Safety and Security for Program Success

Description: With a fleet of over 300 drones, more than 200 UAS pilots, and 12,000 completed flights across more than 25 different mission applications, the Department of the Interior (DOI) has one of the largest and most diverse UAS programs in the domestic government space.  This presentation will provide a brief overview of how DOI is using drones in missions including disaster, search and rescue, and emergency response and how they are addressing physical and cyber security concerns to ensure sustained program success.

Speaker: Mr. Mark L. Bathrick, Director, Office of Aviation Services (OAS), U.S. Department of the Interior

1000 – 1030 UAS and Counter UAS Considerations for the FBI

Speaker: Mr. Scott Brunner, Section Chief, Surveillance and Aviation Section, Critical Incident Response Group, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Description: The FBI is pursuing increased use of unmanned aerial systems for law enforcement and national security operations. With increased operational objectives come significant challenges. These challenges present in both in the operational and counter UAS arena. Potential solutions will also be addressed as well as how we can collaborate as partners across law enforcement, DOD, the private and public sectors to endeavor to resolve these challenges.  

1030 – 1100 Break
1100 – 1130 Shoot – Don't Shoot: Empowering the Binary Decision Counter-UAS, Persistent Surveillance and AI in the Field

Description: A binary decision, shoot, don’t shoot. Stop, go. Left, Right, Faster, Slower. Up, down. Kill, don’t kill. These are the binary decisions that our sensors and platforms enable on a daily basis. Ultimately, regardless of tech specs, innovation and science, our end users need us to enable the binary decision they have to make, which at times could mean life and death. How do we create the conditions for an optimal binary decision?  Helping the human to see things they wouldn’t normally see and know things they wouldn’t normally know. From this, a binary decision can be made more quickly and more correctly than ever before. Whether the mission is defeating malicious UAVs, securing a large public venue or analyzing a vast data set quickly, building a system that empowers the human decision instead of replacing it is the critical path for our industry.

Speaker: Mr. Tim Sheehy, CEO, Ascent Vision

 1130 – 1230 Panel: Addressing the Counter-UAS Threat at Home and Abroad

Description: As the use of small UAS increases for a number of beneficial missions, so does the threat of their misuse, either intentionally or unintentionally. This panel will address the potential threats that must be considered, both here at home and abroad. Government representatives from the DOD, DHS, FBI, DOE and law enforcement will participate in a discussion addressing key issues of interest to the community and potential solutions to reduce the threat.

Moderator: Mr. Andrew Lacher, Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Research Strategist, The MITRE Corporation
Panelists: Dr. Gerald Curry, Deputy Associate Under Secretary for Security, U.S. Department of Energy; Joseph W. Mazel, Associate General Counsel Chief, Operational Technology Law Unit, FBI; Ms. Anh Duong, Program Executive for Unmanned Aerial Systems, Department of Homeland Security - Science and Technology

1230 – 1330 Lunch on Own – Concessions Provided
 1330 – 1400 NOAA Unmanned Systems: Harnessing A 21st Century Technology Revolution from Sea to Sky

Description: Today’s exponential advancement of autonomous technology is nothing short of a revolution affecting every sector of the government, industry, academia, and society.  NOAA is tapping into this revolution to improve forecasts; save lives, protect property and natural resources, and promote national security and economic growth. This presentation will describe how NOAA's unmanned systems capabilities advance NOAA's mission, along with the key opportunities and challenges in integrating these technologies into NOAA's observing systems and information services.

Speaker: Rear Adm. Timothy Gallaudet, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, NOAA

1400 – 1430  Public Safety UAS Operations in York County, VA

Description: The York County, Virginia, Remotely Operated Vehicles for Emergency Response Team (ROVER Team) is a Public Safety UAS team comprised of firefighters and law enforcement personnel from the Department of Fire and Life Safety and the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office. The team has responded to a number of incidents throughout Virginia to include active shooter incidents, missing persons, large fires, protest events, tornado damage assessment, SWAT operations, and many more. This presentation will discuss these incidents, how the team has instituted change and technical advancements in response to lessons learned, and what the team sees as the needs for the continued advancement of public safety UAS use.

Speaker: Assistant Chief Christopher W. Sadler, Acting Deputy Chief/Deputy Director, York County Department of Fire and Life Safety

 1430 – 1500 The Explosion of Public Safety UAS

Description: Over the last three years, the use of UAS by Public Safety has grown exponentially. From a trickle of public safety agencies in 2014 to over 600 approved COAs by 2017 with many more every day.   This presentation will review the transition from concept to reality and provide an overview of public safety UAS Standards. Additionally, a summary of the National Council on Public Safety UAS, it’s purpose, recent activity and where to find and share UAS information from and with other organizations and agencies. 

Speaker: Chief Charles Werner, Chair, National Council and Public Safety UAS

 1500 – 1530 Break
1530 – 1645 Panel Session: Cyber Threats to Unmanned Systems: Understanding the Risks

Description: A primary factor that will delay employment of autonomous robots on the battlefield are cybersecurity vulnerabilities that degrade overall trust in the system’s functionality and performance. This panel of government experts will discuss these potential threats with a key focus on how industry can work to achieve solutions.

Moderator: Dr. Scott D. Lathrop, Director of Cyber and Secure Autonomy, SoarTech

Panelists: Dr. Dariusz Mikulski, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Ground Vehicle Robotics (GVR), U.S. Army TARDEC; Mr. Michael Martin, Chief, Prototyping & Forensics Branch, Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate, U.S. Army; Lt. Col. Stephen S. Hamilton, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Army Cyber Institute; Lt Col David J. Chaboya, U.S. Air Force

1645 – 1700 Closing Comments
1700 – 1800 Networking Reception