2016 DEMAND for UNMANNED Symposium

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will hold its DEMAND for UNMANNED symposium on June 15–16 at the Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C. Held in conjunction with the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition (AIAA AVIATION 2016), the symposium will examine the emergence of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), how they are creating demand for advances in autonomy, robotics, and machine intelligence, and how they are changing the nature of civil and military aviation.

Topics of discussion for the symposium include: the impact of UAS on aviation; invention, entrepreneurship and UAS; perspectives on the future of autonomous systems and technology; technology roadmaps for intelligent autonomous systems; transformation in the national airspace system; and overviews of the FAA’s Center of Excellence for UAS Research and NASA’s development of a UAS traffic management system.

“I am excited about the future of UAS and autonomous systems as they represent the next big step in revolutionizing flight technology. However, they are still in their infancy today,” said Richard Wlezien, a member of the DEMAND for UNMANNED’s Steering Committee and Vance and Arlene Coffman Endowed Department Chair of Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, and director of the Iowa Space Grant Consortium at Iowa State University. “UAS and autonomous systems will soon be in wide use, but we can only get to that stage through continuous discussion about the technologies and how best to evolve and implement them. This is what makes DEMAND for UNMANNED such an important event—it provides a venue for academia, government, and industry representatives to have the timely conversations necessary to begin to safely and quickly integrate these systems into our national airspace and society at large. We have a lot of work to do before these systems reach their full potential, and this symposium marks a critical step in that direction.”

DEMAND for UNMANNED for the symposium include: Dallas Brooks, director, Raspet Flight Research Laboratory, Mississippi State University and co-chair, FAA/DoD/NASA/DHS Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Science and Research Panel; John-Paul Clarke, professor, Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, and director, Air Transportation Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology; Mary Louise “Missy” Cummings associate professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, and director, Humans and Autonomy Laboratory, Duke University; Michael S. Francis, chief, Advanced Programs and senior fellow, United Technologies Research Center; Parimal H. Kopardekar, manager, Safe Autonomous System Operations Project, and principal investigator, Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management, NASA Ames Research Center; John S. Langford, chairman and chief executive officer, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation; and Maj. Gen. James Poss (U.S. Air Force, retired), executive director, Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence.

On the evening of June 16, DEMAND for UNMANNED will also feature a student competition alpha test between teams from the University of Michigan, Ann Abor, Michigan; the University of Maryland, College Park; and McKinley Technology High School, Washington, D.C. Each team will use a UAV quadcopter in a two-part competition that will include autonomous control and manual flight skills.

For more information, visit: www.aiaa-aviation.org/DEMANDforUNMANNED

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