AIAA/AUVSI Third Workshop on Civilian Applications of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (CAUAS-3)

  • Room: Ballroom: C1/C2
Monday, May 08, 2017: 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM


Brandon Suarez
Technical Director, UAS Civil Airspace Integration
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
Brian Argrow
Professor and Director Integrated Remote & In Situ Sensing Program (IRISS)
University of Colorado Boulder
Dallas Brooks
Director, Raspet Flight Research Laboratory
Mississippi State University
Davis Hackenberg
UAS Integration in the NAS
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
Douglas Marshall
TrueNorth Consulting LLC
Eric Frew
Associate Professor and Director Research & Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles (RECUV)
University of Colorado-Boulder
Jeff Sloan
UAS National Project Office Lead
U.S. Geological Survey
Mark Blanks
Director, Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership
Virginia Tech
Mark Moore
Uber Engineering Aviation Director
Michael Francis
Chief, Advanced Programs
United Technologies Research Center
Rob Hughes
Senior Policy Advisor, Airworthiness & Airspace Integration
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Robbie Hood
UAS Program Director
Robin Murphy
Texas A&M University
Sean Cassidy
Director of Safety and Regulatory Affairs
Amazon Prime Air
Tim McLain
Professor and Director NSF Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS)
Brigham Young University
Tom Irvine
Managing Director, Content Development
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
William Johnson
Chief Engineer, UAS Integration in the NAS (UAS-NAS) Project
NASA Langley Research Center


CAUAS-3 will bring the AUVSI and AIAA professional communities together to focus on the current civilian applications of UAS, to look at lessons learned during the Public Decade (2008-2017), and to look forward to define the Civil Decade (2017-2026).  Some of the key questions that will be addressed include:

  • What is the current state of civilian applications of UAS?
  • What are lessons learned from the Public Decade to be applied in the Civil Decade?
  • What are the critical technologies and regulatory environment that must be in place in 5 years, 10 years?
  • What are the roles of stakeholders in the Industry, Agency, and Academic communities to ensure U.S. leadership in the Civil Decade and beyond?

Stakeholder feedback will be collected during this ½-day event to help UAS manufacturers, operators, policy makers, and regulators begin to shape what we propose will be the Civil Decade.


1:30 PM-1:45 PM

Opening Remarks

1:40 PM-2:40 PM

Session 1:  The Public Decade: Lessons Learned from Public UAS Research and Operations

Moderator:  Mark Blanks, Director, MAAP and VT UAS Test Site, Virginia Tech

  • Public UAS Research 
    • Dallas Brooks, Director, Raspet Flight Research Laboratory, Mississippi State University
  • Public Safety
    • Robin Murphy, Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • Geosciences & Environmental Change
    • Jeff Sloan, UAS National Project Office Lead, U.S. Geological Survey
  • National Airspace System Integration
    • William C. Johnson, Chief Engineer, UAS Integration in the NAS Project, NASA Langley Research Center

2:40 PM-2:45 PM


2:45 PM-4:00 PM

Panel 2:  Defining the Civil Decade 2017-2026: Where should we be in 5 and 10 years?

Moderator: Rob Hughes, Senior Policy Advisor, Airworthiness & Airspace Integration, Northrop Grumman

  • Civil UAS Operations and Challenges 
    • Sean Cassidy, Director, Partner Relationships, Amazon Prime Air
  • US Airspace Integration and Traffic Management
    • ​Small UAS
      • Parimal Kopardekar, Senior Technologist for Air Transportation System and Principal Investigator for UAS Traffic Management, NASA
    • Large UAS
      • Brandon Suarez, Technical Director, UAS Civil Airspace Integration, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
  • Urban On-Demand Aviation
    • Mark Moore, Uber Engineering Aviation Director, Uber
  • Increasing Autonomy 
    • Eric Frew, Associate Professor and Director Research & Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles (RECUV), University of Colorado-Boulder

4:00 PM-4:10 PM


4:10 PM-5:25 PM

Panel 3:  How do we get to where we should be?

Moderator: Thomas Irvine, Managing Director, American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics

  • Industry
    • Applied research, products and services
      • Michael Francis, Chief, Advanced Programs, United Technologies Research Center
  • Agencies
    • Government applications and regulations
      • Robbie Hood, UAS Program Director, NOAA
  • Academia
    • Fundamental research and workforce preparation
      • Tim McLain, Professor and Director NSF Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS), Brigham Young University
  • Partnerships
    • Will industry, agencies, and academia partner or complete in the Civil Decade?
      • Davis Hackenberg, Deputy Project Manager, Integration, UAS Integration in the NAS Project, Armstrong Flight Research Center
  • Public Policy and Regulation
    • Can US public policy and regulations promote US industry leadership
    • International Regulatory Harmony: Whose Civil Aviation Authority is setting the best example?
      • Douglas Marshall, President, TrueNorth Consulting LLC

5:25 PM-5:30 PM

Closing Remarks