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June 9-10, 2020
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The use and regulation of civil unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly known as “drones”, has become a hot topic of conversation, fueled, in part, by several sensationalized landings in the nation’s capital and elsewhere. Is our current airspace management system prepared for UAS and other autonomous aircraft? Our focus will be on aircraft that are (a) less than 55lbs, (b) do not carry weapons of any sort, and (c) are used for personal, commercial, or research purposes. We will consider practical policy strategies to manage and safely deploy commercial, public, and private UAS in U.S. airspace. This workshop will explore:
(1) the potential applications for recent technological advances in UAS;
(2) the existing and evolving regulations to promote safety without inhibiting innovation or economic advancement, and
(3) the privacy and security concerns that are unique to UAS.

Meeting Materials

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

6:30-8:30 pm


Dinner and Keynote Address 
"UAS Evolution or Revolution"

  • Robert A.K. Mitchell, Retired Vice President, Advanced Systems Development, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems [NAE] 
  • Moderator:  Dr. Jacques Gansler, GUIRR University Co-Chair; Roger C. Lipitz Chair in Public Policy and Private Enterprise, University of Maryland at College Park
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
8:00-8:15 am


Welcome Remarks

  • Dr. Gordon England, GUIRR Industry Co-Chair; Chairman, V1 Analytical Solutions, Inc. 
8:15-9:45 am 

UAS Applications

  • John Valasek, Professor; Director, Center for Autonomous Vehicles and Sensor Systems; Director, Vehicle Systems & Control Laboratory, Texas A&M University 
  • Paul Ferguson, Supervising Editor for International News Gathering, CNN 
  • Barry Milavetz, Interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development and Head of UAS Research Compliance Committee, University of North Dakota 
  • Patrick Meier, Director of Social Innovation, Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) 
9:45-10:30 am 

Bridging the Gap from Academia to Industry

  • Emmanuel Manos Maragakis, Dean of Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Warren Rapp, Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center
11:00-11:30 am 


  • Harley Geiger, Senior Counsel & Advocacy Director, Center for Democracy & Technology
11:30 am-12:15 pm 


  • Michael Francis, Chief Advanced Programs and Senior Fellow, United Technologies Research Center 
1:15-2:15 pm Integrating UAS into the National Airspace System
  • Robert Pappas, Special Rules Coordinator, UAS Integration Office, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Lisa Ellman, Partner and Co-chair, Global UAS Practice, Hogan Lovells; former Chair, U.S. Department of Justice Working Group on Domestic Use of UAS
2:15-3:00 pm

GUIRR Project Updates

  • University-Industry Demonstration Partnership, UIDP – Jilda Garton, Vice President for Research, Georgia Tech
  • Federal Demonstration Partnership, FDP – Michele Masucci, Vice Provost for Research, Temple University
  • Webinar Series – Kristina Thorsell, Associate Program Officer, GUIRR
  • Other, New
3:00 pm