WEDNESDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2017 - Draft agenda subject to change

Early speakers include:

  • Jon Damush,  Vice President and General Manager, Insitu Commercial
  • Alessandro Bedin,  Managing Director, RIGOCAL Engineering
  • Steve Armitage,  IT Futures Manager, Heathrow (Provisional)
  • David Jones,  CEO, Rescue Global
  • Russell Woolford,  Assistant Operations Director, National Lead of UAS + NPAS, National Police Air Force (Pending approval)
  • Barry Koperberg, Founder & General Manager, Wings for Aid
  • Ole Kristensen, Chief Superintendent, Danish National Police
  • Chris Blackford, Co-founder and COO, Sky-Futures
  • Lucy England, Senior Associate Lawyer, Bird & Bird
  • Christopher Thomson, Sales Manager, SenseFly
  • Senior Representative, Thales
  • John Molberg, International UAS Business Development, Lockheed Martin
  • Charbel Aoun, Non-executive Director, Future Cities Catapult
  • Andrew Gosney, Head of Delivery - Data Management, Network Rail
  • Joni Pelham, Research Fellow in Flight Data, School of Aerospace, Transport & Manufacturing, University of Cranfield
  • Dr. Bernd Korn, Head of Department of Pilot Assistance, German Aerospace Centre (DLR)
  • Steven Eglinton, Director, Geoenable
  • John Laughlin, Senior Advisor, Nesta
  • Michael Read, VP Sales & Customer Delivery, Martin Aircraft Company
  • James Dunthorne, UAV Technical Manager, Plowman Craven
  • Britta Classen, Team lead UAV Delivery & Parcelcopter, DHL (Preliminary Confirmation)
  • Mohamed Hafez, Aerial Solution Engineer and Mechanical Engineer, Costain Group PLC
  • Peter Slater, Technology Implementation Lead, Costain Group PLC
  • Steve Tisseyre, Detective Constable, National Police Advisor on Drones, National Prisons Intelligence Coordination Centre
  • Joe Little, Technology Principal - Digital Innovation Organisation, BP
  • Ravi Kugananthan, Project Engineer - Tunnels and Platforms, Laing O'Rourke Infrastructure
  • Sorin Dumitrescu, Department Manager, Location Identification & Reporting, Petrom SA
  • Alan Drinkwater, Managing Director, Eclipse Digital Solutions
  • Dr John Barlow, Lecturer in Applied Geomorphology, University of Sussex
  • Paul Bennett, RPAS Technical Delivery Manager, Serco UK Central Government
  • Martin Rowe-Willcocks, Head of Sales – Future Programmes & Services, BAE Systems
  • Phil Binks, Solutions Architect, NATS
  • Dr. Colm Jordan, Team Leader: Earth & Planetary Observation & Monitoring, British Geological Survey ( Provisional )
  • Hannah Nobbs, Head of UAVs, Royal National Lifeboat Institution 
  • Senior Representative, LitterDrone


09:00 Opening Keynote: What will the skies look like in 2050?
• Beyond 2020: what are the long-term predictions for the future of our airspace?
• What will the biggest goals and milestones be over the next 30 years?
• How much change can we expect to see? Will it be a gradual acceptance or a total shift in regulation?
• Will commercial airspace become more public or private?

09:20 The commercial UAV Sector ‘set to grow’: Where are we, where are the next customers coming from?
• Defining the industry: How do we fit in?
• Where will the next customers be coming from?
• Understanding the financial underpinnings of the industry; can it go the distance?
• What do we need to do to grow as an industry?

09:40 Identifying areas of opportunity
• Full topic to follow- currently discussing

10:00 Regulation focus: Preparing for the impact of Brexit and global change on the industry
• How effective is current legislation? What are the expectations for the next 5 years?
• Will the regulatory landscape within the UK mirror that of the EU after Brexit?
• UK role in developing the UAV sector; encouraging innovation
• What are our expectations for regulatory change, if any?

10:20 Speed Networking session

10:40 Morning networking break
• Exhibition viewing


11:00  Choose your topic
The reasons we’re not using drones more
•  Beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS): Where are we?
•  UAVs in precision agriculture
•  UAVs in Social Media
•  Connectivity challenges for drones
•  Disaster relief – How drones provide support
•  IoT-Connected UAVs
•  Powering your fleet
•  Real-time data collection
•  UAVs and GIS
•  Machine learning in UAV operations
•  Counter-UAV technology

12:30 Networking lunch & exhibition visit


14:00 Remote sensing and UAVs: Understanding the challenges and opportunities
• How to separate hype from reality and derive concrete value
• How are regulators enabling wider use of UAVs for remote sensing?
• What are the most innovative applications of remote sensing?
• Why are UAVs a better option for collecting data than traditional methods?

14:20 The software behind the hardware: developments driving innovation
• Software solutions that are building the next era of drones
• How are software developments addressing the key technical challenges?
• What are developers doing to address UAV safety?
• What are the main software development trends?

14:40 Handling your data: How to get the most valuable insights?
• Overcoming the challenges of a data overload
• Best practices for processing, analysing and storing your data
• Recognising what is invaluable and what is irrelevant
• How secure is your data? Advice for spotting potential pitfalls


14:00   Innovation in safety: Outlining the case for Digital Identification Systems
• Creating a universally accessible system for UAV users
• Working with regulators around the world to enforce a uniform system
• What are the logistical obstacles to implementation?
• Who should have access to digital ID systems?

14:20  Employing reliable and functional sense and avoid technology
• Understanding the difference between airborne collision avoidance and obstacle avoidance
• How far are we away from seeing widespread successes?
• What are the latest developments and trends?
• Who is leading the way?

14:40   Quick-fire debate: Should Manufacturers self-regulate?
• What does it mean to self-regulate?
• Is self-regulation counter-productive to creating industry standards?
• Should there be cross-company collaboration on standards?
• Who benefits from self-regulation?


14:00  Regulatory obstacles to employing counter-UAV technology
• Addressing the laws that make c-UAV methods illegal
• Understanding your options in the current regulatory climate
• Where is the discussion happening? Who is involved?
• Overcoming roadblocks to ensure safety for all

14:20  Understanding UAV counter measures: How real is the threat?
• How can you protect your assets from drone interference?
• Understanding the different types of counter-UAV technology
• What is the current threat landscape?
• What are possible solutions to counter the threat?

14:40  Countering UAV use by bad actors: What is the role of the manufacturer?
• What are the benefits of manufacturer self-regulation over government control?
• Who holds the ultimate responsibility to prevent misuse of UAVs?
• How can you keep track of where your product is going?
• What are the current preventative measures, and how can they be improved?


15:00 Delivery drones: Separating the hype from the reality
• What are the practical requirements necessary before drone delivery becomes widely used?
• How will drones for delivery benefit the industry?
• Addressing airspace management systems for commercial deliveries
• Considering drone deliveries for non-commercial purposes, i.e. medical supplies

15:20 How are UAVs transforming Precision agriculture?
• How much have UAVs changed farming?
• What is holding back further use?
• What are the main use cases for employing UAVs?
• What is the ROI?

15:40 The Internet of Drones: UAVs for connectivity
• How is UAV technology driving the growth of the IoT?
• Which sectors will benefit from a connected fleet of drones?
• What are the obstacles to managing a range of connected devices?
• Who is leading the way in developing this technology? How is it being used today?
Lucy England, Senior Associate, Bird & Bird


15:00  Maximising the potential to use UAVs in oil & gas production
• What are the new technologies being used in oil and gas exploration?
• Teaming UAVs with USVs and UMVs
• Which parts of the production chain are becoming to rely on automated vehicles?
• How will the industry come to rely further on UAVs in the future?

15:20  UAVs: A tool for emergency management?
• What are the potential applications of UAVs in emergency management?
• How UAVs can be used for risk assessment
• How are UAVs enhancing investigations in new ways?

15:40  The very near future of last mile logistics: 100kg cargo UAV’s
• Near future markets
• Entry strategy: a techno and socio/economical approach
Barry Koperberg, Founder & General Manager, Wings for Aid


15:00  What are the advantages and requirements of geofencing?
• Understanding software-made no fly zones for counter drone purposes
• How do you prevent drones entering a no-fly zone?
• Are manufacturers implementing or encouraging no-fly technology in their products?
• What are the commercial applications of employing geofencing capabilities into your product?

15:20  How are c-UAV companies reshaping the UAV market?
• Is the private sector leading the way with innovation in the UAV industry? 
• Is this the same for the counter-UAV industry?
• Where does the counter-UAV market fit into the wider industry?

15:40  Who should consider investing in counter-drone technology?
• Which sectors are trying to get ahead with c-UAV tech?
• Examples of c-UAV products being used successfully today
• What products are already on the market?
• Which are likely to arrive into the commercial space in the next 5 years?

16:00 Afternoon networking break


16:40 Invisible highways: Developing Drone Traffic Management Systems
• Enabling safe low-altitude civilian UAS operations
• How can a UTM (UAV traffic management) system be implemented into existing airspace?
• Who will oversee such a system?
• What is the timescale until a UTM system is operational?

17:00 Panel: The use of counter-drone technology today
• Where can c-UAVs support civil operations?
• How are organisations already deploying counter-drone technology?
• What lessons have been learned whilst adopting C-UAVs into practice?
• How can counter-UAV technology support the responsible use of UAVs?

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The awards will be voted for by an independent panel of judges.



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