About UTM Convention 2016

Nov. 8-10: Bringing Research, Policy, and Business Together

The Oncenter, 800 South State St., Syracuse, NY 13202

Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM)

Enabling Civilian Low-Altitude Airspace and Unmanned Aircraft System Operations

Leveraging the success of last year’s inaugural event hosted by NASA at the Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., UTM Convention 2016 will be held Nov. 8 – 10 at the Oncenter in Syracuse, NY, and Griffiss International Airport in Rome, NY, one of the FAA’s designated test ranges. The Convention will include expert panelists and keynote briefings from NASA on technical capability level (TCL) demonstration 2, in which industry collaborators will participate this October. You’ll learn how UTM leaders from the FAA, NASA, and international ANSPs are collaborating to rework the global airspace. Want to be part of the next era of aviation? Join us at UTM 2016.


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Conference Agenda

At UTM Convention 2016, you’ll learn the latest news on UAS traffic management (UTM)
and airspace integration, from the decision makers themselves.
06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Exhibitor Setup

12:00 PM
Registration Opens

Gallagher Hall

01:00 PM
Buses depart Oncenter for Griffiss

02:15 PM - 03:15 PM
Griffiss Tour and Lockheed Martin Demonstrations

Griffiss International Airport will host an open house and tour of its facility as part of the annual NASA UTM Convention. Griffiss, partnered with Lockheed Martin and NUAIR, will provide a demonstration of multiple large and small UAS in a firefighting and extraction scenario.

Lockheed Martin unmanned aerial vehicles will engage in a collaborative unmanned firefighting and search-and-rescue demonstration. Participating platforms in this demonstration are: Lockheed Martin’s unmanned K-MAX helicopter, optionally piloted version of the S-76 helicopter, Indago quadcopter and Desert Hawk III fixed wing UAS.

The installed ground infrastructure, located in the New York UAS Test Site Operations Center, will demonstrate the site’s progress toward UAS Traffic Management (UTM). The center uses radars and sensors to enable the tracking of manned and unmanned aircraft systems.

03:15 PM - 03:45 PM
UAV Walk Around and Q&A

03:45 PM - 04:45 PM
Post-Demonstration Reception at Griffiss

04:45 PM
Buses depart Griffiss for Oncenter

07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Election Night Reception

Sponsored by Gryphon Sensors

07:30 AM
Registration Opens

Gallagher Hall

07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Continental Breakfast

Hall A

08:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Welcome and Keynote

Hall B

Joanie Mahoney, Onondaga County Executive
Dr. Parimal Kopardekar, NASA

09:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Collaborating for UTM: How NASA and the FAA are Working Together

Hall B

Officials from NASA and the FAA engage in an in-depth, high-level conversation on current and future UTM capabilities, challenges, and needs affecting the integration of UAS into the low-altitude airspace environment. Industry members provide their perspective on the evolution and implementation of UTM capabilities in the US and internationally.

Speakers :
Marke "Hoot" Gibson , FAA
Tom Prevot , NASA
Ben Marcus , AirMap
Jay Merkle , FAA
Jonathan Evans , Global UTM Association

Moderator :
Dr. Parimal Kopardekar , NASA

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
FAA Research Transition Team Panel Briefing

Hall B

This panel will discuss topics and projects, specifically the UTM system, that have been shared and coordinated through working groups, meetings, and workshops between the FAA and NASA.

Speakers :
Sherri Magyarits , FAA
Joseph Rios , NASA

Moderator :
Dr. Parimal Kopardekar , NASA

10:45 AM - 10:50 AM
Keynote Address

Hall B

NY Lieutenant Governor Kathleen C. Hochul 

10:50 AM - 11:15 AM
Break in Exhibit Hall

Hall A

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Breakout 2
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
UTM Safety Considerations and Vehicle Technologies for Low-Altitude Autonomous Urban Flight

Hall B

The most difficult phase of small UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) deployment is autonomous operations over populated areas and in proximity to manned aircraft operations. In addition, operations below 50 ft in urban landscapes add significant risk due to small operational areas in very close proximity to the public. Understanding the feasibility of safely flying small UAS autonomously below 50 ft in the context of the UTM construct is necessary for many civilian applications. Solutions that will help substantially improve the use of small UAS in urban operations is the focus of this panel discussion. Particular areas of interest include (but not limited to): (1) Environmental uncertainties such as wind and dynamic obstacles; (2) Vehicle performance constraints posed by weight, size, and power limits and system failures and the impact and mitigation; (3) Precision requirements for navigation and control (such as sense and avoid, GPS-degraded navigation, etc.) and their accommodation; (4) Information-rich environment requiring real-time information fusion for decision-making combined with safe trajectory generation and management; (5) On-board autonomy operation in an infrastructure-free environment.

Speakers :
Christine Belcastro , NASA/LARC
Kalmanje Krishnakumar , NASA/ARC
Guillaume Brat , NASA/ARC
Steve Young , NASA/LARC
Louis Glaab , NASA/LARC

Moderator :
Diana Acosta , NASA/ARC

Breakout 1
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Updates from the Field - UAS Test Ranges

Room 1/2/3
On February 14, 2012, the President signed The FAA Modernization and Reform Act. In part the Act directed the FAA to establish six unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test sites that would collect and provide UAS safety data to inform FAA’s development of UAS standards and regulations leading to the safe integration of UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS). Working with government, industry, and academic proponents, the Test Sites have accomplished much but even more remains to be done. This panel will discuss the Test Sites’ work with BVLOS and UTM with a particular emphasis on how the Test Sites will aid and facilitate the R&D and V&V work of industry, government, and academia toward advancing full integration of civil and commercial unmanned aircraft systems.

Speakers :
Mark Blanks , Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership
Russ Stark , Griffiss Test Range
Chris Walach , Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems
Chris Theisen , Northern Plains UAS Test Site
Melanie Willis , Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation

Moderator :
Larry Brinker , NUAIR Alliance

12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Lunch with exhibitors

Hall A

Breakout 3
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Control, Payload, Collision Avoidance, and Low-Altitude Traffic Management: Spectrum Considerations

Room 1/2/3

The number of commercial UAS operations in the U.S. is projected to increase significantly over the next several years. Monitoring the location of UAS in the airspace at all times is critical to the safety and security of the UTM system. There are several approaches to providing position information to the UTM system. This panel will discuss how large scale UTM operations can move forward given the limited bandwidth and availability of the RF communication spectrum. Discussions will include the issues and benefits associated with using ADS-B links, satellite communications, dedicated spectrum, and the cellular network.

Speakers :
Tyler Collins , PrecisionHawk
Mike Gagne , Ligado Networks
James Ziarno , Harris Corporation
Harris Teague , Qualcomm

Moderator :
Jennifer Richter , Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Breakout 4
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
The Future of Industry Innovation to Enable UTM

Hall B

As UAS exponentially increase in numbers and users, there will be a need for an established network to manage the mix of NAS users – an Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) system. Whether it’s a small or a large business, innovation for UTM-related technologies is being driven by industry. This panel will focus on the developments of various industry partners and how their key technologies fit into the broader UTM concept.

Speakers :
Paul McDuffee , Insitu
Robert Stamm , Raytheon
Jon Resnick , DJI
Kraettli Epperson , Vigilant Aerospace
Mark Halverson , Precision Autonomy

Moderator :
Brian Wynne , AUVSI

02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
Break with exhibitors

Hall A

Breakout 5
03:15 PM - 04:15 PM
Low-Altitude Weather Monitoring for UTM Operations

Room 1/2/3

The integration of sUAS into the NAS is a complex problem. Incorporation of weather increases the complexity due to challenges of weather detection and integration for an efficient UTM system. This is specifically true when moving to fully autonomous operations and flying BVLOS.

Speakers :
Larry Cornman , UCAR
Mary Lockhart , PEMDAS
Brian Haynes , Sensurion Aerospace
Matt Koskela , AirMap
Dr. Phillip Chilson , School of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma

Moderator :
Matthew Taylor , The Weather Company

Breakout 6
03:15 PM - 04:15 PM
Safe Access and Identification for Low-Altitude Operations

Hall B

This panel will discuss many solutions that could be used to identify UAS in the NAS. Panelists will examine what the problems are and how the UAS world can gain the access to the airspace it wants. This panel will also discuss alternatives for how the NAS could change based off low-altitude operations of UAS in the future.

Speakers :
Andrew Thurling , AeroVironment
Todd Donovan , Thales
Jared Ablon , AirMap
Craig Marcinkowski , Gryphon Sensors

Moderator :
Peter F. Dumont , ATCA

04:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Closing Keynote

Victoria Wassmer, Acting Deputy Administrator, FAA

Hall B

05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Reception with Exhibitors

Hall A

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Hogan Lovells

05:25 PM - 06:15 PM
$15K Sense and Avoid Challenge

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07:00 AM
Registration Opens

Gallagher Hall

07:00 AM - 08:30 AM
Continental Breakfast

Hall A

08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
NUSTAR-Standardized Performance Assessments for Drones: Overarching Concept, Plan, Interim Capability, and Next Steps

Hall B

There are many manufacturers, domestic and international, developing and producing unmanned aerial/aircraft systems (UAS). However, to date, there are no standardized performance requirements or facilities to validate the performance of these systems. National UAS Standardized Testing and Rating (NUSTAR) is a bold endeavor that takes on this challenge. One of the main NUSTAR objectives is for the UAS industry to take a responsible and proactive stance in initiating and leading the development of performance benchmarking standards.

Speakers :
Tom Davis , Crown Consulting
Mark Glauser , Syracuse University
Tom Karol , National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies
Mary Mikolajeuski , ASTM International
Bill Belt , CTA

Moderator :
John Cavolowsky , NASA

09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Cybersecurity Panel: Solving the Challenges of Cybersecurity as a Key Enabler of Successful UTM Implementation

Hall B

As drones increase in number and in capability, one under-discussed issue must be examined much more closely: cybersecurity. As we go from manned aircraft to unmanned to autonomous, there are more and more ways to access these vehicles. This panel will discuss the vulnerabilities that exist today and what vulnerabilities there could be in the future. What can be done today to prevent cyber attacks on these aircraft? What other cyber issues are there that need to be solved?

Speakers :
Rob Powell , NASA
Jerry Davis , NASA Ames Research Center
Ron Ross , Fellow at National Institute of Standards and Technology
Anil Nanduri , Intel Corporation
Westley McDuffie , IBM ISS Federal, CISSP

Moderator :
Andrew Osborn , AT&T Security Solutions Architect

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Break in Exhibit Hall

Hall A

Breakout 7
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
International Approaches for UTM

Room 1/2/3

We have discussed in depth the US solution to UTM, how it has been incorporated, and what is next. This panel will review what is being done differently in other parts of the world and discuss how those regions of the world are using their solutions to integrate UAS into their airspaces.

Speakers :
Phil Binks , NATS UK
Rob Eagles , IATA
Tomofumi Fukamiya , Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
Brian Guimond , NAV CANADA
Janusz Blaszczyk , Instytut Techniczny Wojsk Lotniczych

Moderator :
Gary Church , Aviation Management Associates, Inc.

Breakout 8
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) - Progress, Priorities, and Next Steps

Hall B

The establishment of the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) was announced by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta at the AUVSI Conference on May 4, 2016. This federal advisory committee was formed to provide an open venue for the FAA and key decision-makers supporting the safe introduction of UAS into the NAS. Committee members will work in partnership with the FAA to identify and propose actions on how best to facilitate the resolution of issues affecting the efficient and safe integration of UAS into the NAS.

The DAC will operate in a transparent manner and will leverage the RTCA expertise and state-of-the-art facilities and tools to enable responsive and inclusive coordination across stakeholders with wide-ranging philosophical positions based in many different geographic locations. It will strive to be flexible and responsive, responding to tasks in as short an amount of time as possible.

Speakers :
Martin Gomez , Facebook
Matt Zuccaro , Helicopter Association International
Victoria Wassmer , Acting Deputy Administrator, FAA
Howard Kass , American Airlines

Moderator :
Margaret Jenny , RTCA

12:30 PM - 01:15 PM
Working Lunch

Hall B

01:15 PM - 01:45 PM
Special Announcement

Hall B

Breakout 10
01:45 PM - 02:45 PM
Counter-UAS Concepts and Technologies

Room 1/2/3

This panel will focus on the growing field of counter-UAS technology.  As drone use increases, the demand for counter-UAS technology has also expanded.  The ability to detect, identify, and classify unmanned aircraft is an important requirement for government agencies, private entities, and other open-air venues and events for security purposes.  Many different sensor technologies exist for detection of unmanned aircraft, and there are several methods for identification.  Industry experts will discuss current and future counter-UAS technologies, capabilities, and challenges the industry faces.

Speakers :
Anthony Albanese , Gryphon Sensors
Stephan Meyer , DRDC-CSS (DKTCS)
Todd Daubert , Dentons
Col. Eric Handy , DoD

Moderator :
Jim Williams , Dentons

Breakout 9
01:45 PM - 02:45 PM
UAS Research & Development: What Does the Research Tell Us Thus Far?

Hall B

As the UAS industry continues to move into the mainstream, key government-sponsored UAS research initiatives are helping to define where and how UAS can operate safely with manned aircraft. This two-part session will present the results of new work that recommends definition of “well clear” for sUAS operating near manned aircraft, and explore how the FAA’s UAS Center of Excellence is examining the true impact of UAS collisions, whether in the air or on the ground.  An update on the FAA’s UAS BVLOS research project will also be presented.

Speakers :
Ted Lester , UAS Science and Research Panel
Brian Patterson , The MITRE Corporation
Andrew Weinert , MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Kyle Snyder , North Carolina State University
Mark Askelson , University of North Dakota
Steve “Lux” Luxion , Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE)

Moderator :
Dallas Brooks , Mississippi State University

03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Regional Needs – How Localities Can Help with Positive UAS Value While Keeping Privacy and Other Concerns in Mind

Hall B

Drone use is on the rise for personal and professional purposes. The American public is engaged, and the federal, state, and local localities each have their own interests and responsibilities. With the exponential increase in drones within the NAS, a UTM system is necessary along with policies to protect privacy and ensure safety is maintained. This panel will feature different stakeholders discussing their responsibilities with respect to drone use and regulation. What are the states doing to regulate drone use? Is it possible for the state to serve as a hub for drone innovation? Should UTM be facilitated at a state or a local level? How active should the federal government be at regulating drone use?

Speakers :
Shawn Bullard , Duetto Group
Bill Goodwin , AirMap
Jim Walsh , K&L Gates
Katie Thompson , Morrison & Foerster LLP
Kristen M. Titus , Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Moderator :
Lisa Ellman , Hogan Lovells LLP

04:00 PM

Hall B

See UTM in Action

At UTM Convention 2016, we’re all about access. Access to the right people. Access to the right info. Access to the right places. Join us on Tuesday, November 8, for an exclusive tour of Griffiss International Airport, one of the FAA-designated UAS test sites, and home to the NUAIR Alliance, a leader in research and deployment technologies for the safe integration of UAS operations in the nation’s commercial airspace. We guarantee you’ll learn something new!

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