April 30 – May 3: Educational Program | May 1 - 3: Exhibits

The Spot for Visionary Insight

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Knowledge is power especially when it comes to the potential that exists in the unmanned systems economy, an era in which new insights and capabilities are transforming businesses and reshaping the face of technology as we know it.

XPONENTIAL 2018 is THE spot for the industry’s most energizing and visionary leaders. XPONENTIAL keynote speakers will inspire you with revolutionary ideas and motivational insight. Each day features topics and keynotes devoted to various aspects of unmanned systems: the economy, society and the public good. You’ll walk away, equipped with knowledge and power, ready to take your business to new heights.

Keynote Host

Sara Blackmer
RAVE Computer

Day One - The Unmanned Economy

Tuesday, May 1 | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

As the futuristic world of unmanned systems, intelligent robotics and drones unfolds, what may once have seemed like science fiction is now becoming a reality. These technologies are changing the way we work, live and play, and they will have a significant impact on our lives in the years to come.

Join us as we discuss how unmanned systems are shaping Big Industry, where opportunities are emerging, how our community will address important challenges, and how we’ll prepare ourselves for the “work of the future.”

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Keynote Speakers

Dr. David Autor
Department of Economics

Steven G. Bradbury
General Counsel
U.S. Department of Transportation

Dallas Brooks
Raspet Flight Research Laboratory, Mississippi State University
AUVSI Board of Directors

Michael Chasen

Brian Wynne
President and CEO

Day Two - The Unmanned Lifestyle

Wednesday, May 2 | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

The age of AI, digital connectivity, automation and intelligent machines has arrived. Even though the “Jetson lifestyle” isn’t upon us just yet, technology advancements have drastically changed our lives in just a few short years.

Our Day Two keynotes will continue to build on the ideas and concepts presented on day one as we explore the cross-section between technology and society. From the emergence of AI in our everyday lives, to the prospects of on-demand automated mobility, and everything in between, we will explore what these advancements mean for us today, and what the future holds tomorrow.

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Keynote Speakers

Stephanie Hill
Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Business Development
Lockheed Martin

Eduardo Martinez
UPS Foundation and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Dr. Zeynep Tufekci
Associate Professor
School of Information and Library Science
University of North Carolina

Day Three - Unmanned for Good

Thursday, May 3 | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

In the wake of multiple hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters last year, unmanned systems across all domains became widely recognized as the future of disaster relief. From search and rescue to humanitarian missions, unmanned technologies were utilized around the world providing aid to those who needed it most. Our Thursday keynotes are dedicated to the humanitarian and public safety communities and the responders who risk their lives every day to make us all safer.

The AUVSI XCELLENCE Humanitarian award recipients will be announced during a special ceremony followed by an interactive discussion with first responders who conducted numerous unmanned missions in response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria as well as the recent wildfires.

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Keynote Speakers

Chris Hernandez
Sector Vice President
Research, Technology & Engineering
Northrop Grumman

John Hickenlooper
Governor of Colorado

Michael Perry
Managing Director of North America

Keynote Panel: Unmanned Systems Respond to Disaster

Commander Tom Madigan
Alameda County Sheriff’s Office

Mike Morgan
Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control

Dr. Robin Murphy
Raytheon, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Texas A&M University

Charles Werner
Chair, National Council on Public Safety UAS