Educational Session Formats

Fireside Chats – New for 2017

These candid discussions will between industry leaders, technology experts and government decision makers will be sure to pique attendees’ interests.

Hot Issue DebatesNew for 2017

Attendee feedback from last year’s show had a common theme – a demand for more discussion, debate and interaction on key industry issues that matter to the community. We’ve taken your input and crafted stimulating debate-inspired sessions that will be both informative and entertaining! View sessions >>


The morning Keynotes are inspiring gatherings of innovative leaders who are determined to reshape our world through the integration of unmanned systems into countless aspects of our lifestyles, economies and national security paradigms. These individuals have demonstrated their determination to unlock human potential with unmanned systems across all domains. View sessions >>

Poster Presentations

Conveniently located on the Expo Hall floor inside the Innovation Hub, the technically focused Poster Presentations offer the opportunity to have one on one dialogue with authors of some of the latest research happening in unmanned systems and robotics. View sessions >>

The Starting Point

The Starting Point Theater is home to informative and engaging sessions providing insights and information designed to help you start a business or introduce unmanned systems into existing business operations. Located in the XPO Hall, this feature provides complimentary educational sessions to all registered attendees. View sessions >>

Solutions Theater

The Solutions Theater conveniently located on the XPO Hall floor features the latest product releases and partnership opportunities from exhibiting companies. These presentations are carefully selected and curated by AUVSI to provide attendees with the best exhibitor content and valuable industry insights. View sessions >>

Technical Presentations

In-depth presentations offer the latest technology research advancements being made by the industry’s leading companies, academic institutions and government agencies. Technical sessions are offered Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning. All technical session presenters submit peer-reviewed papers supporting their research for inclusion in the conference proceedings.

These 30-minute presentations span a variety of technology, regulatory and market developments with scopes outside of this year’s technical program. Non-technical sessions are offered each afternoon on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. View sessions >>


Hands-on, focused workshops provide attendees with relevant and applicable updates on the most pressing challenges and significant advancements in unmanned systems. These half and full-day sessions are a hybrid of formal lectures and collaborative discussions, specially designed to address the issues that are most critical to attendees. Workshops are offered on a range of topics as diverse as the unmanned systems community itself! View sessions >>


Panel discussions gather experts and innovators for related individual presentations and moderated Q&A discussions. These sessions provide panelists with a platform on which to share their insights and expertise and give attendees the opportunity to ask questions of industry leaders. The diverse collection of panelists in each session provides a well-rounded perspective and makes for lively discussion! View sessions >>

Discussion Groups

This dynamic offering is an innovative way to foster meaningful exchanges of ideas, sharing of experiences, voicing of concerns and important networking. Discussion groups are small gatherings of like-minded individuals who are interested in first-hand conversations with their peers. While the size of these groups lends itself to informal collaboration, all discussion groups will be facilitated by an industry leading expert to keep the dialogue focused and productive. View sessions >>