Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)  

Arlington,  VA 
United States
http://www.auvsi.org
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The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries. AUVSI members work together to drive innovation and grow the market for unmanned systems through advocacy, education, and collaboration. In the U.S., they work closely with the FAA and members of the AUVSI Remote Pilots Council to safely expand permissions to fly for commercial drone operators and to raise the standard of professionalism within the community. Learn more and get involved at www.auvsi.org/why-join-auvsi


 Press Releases

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 22, 2018

    Contact: Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786

    XPONENTIAL 2018 Launching Pad for Unmanned Systems Innovations

    Product introductions reflect rapid expansion of global industry

    ARLINGTON, Va. — Innovation abounds as companies launched products at XPONENTIAL 2018, the leading conference and tradeshow for the multi-billion dollar global unmanned systems industry. XPONENTIAL, hosted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), was held from April 30 to May 4 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

    Many companies used XPONENTIAL as a platform to unveil new unmanned systems and products, including:

    • Insitu revealed ScanEagle3, a new, mid-sized addition to the Boeing subsidiary’s unmanned aircraft family.
    • Aeryon Defense, the U.S.-based affiliate of Canada’s Aeryon Labs, literally took the wraps off its new R80D SkyRaider.
    • Textron Systems displayed the X5-55 flying testbed for first time at a trade show; it will be the focal point for new technology used throughout the company’s products.
    • Hollywood stalwart FLYING-CAM, which has used drones to shoot scenes for James Bond and Harry Potter movies, unveiled its newest unmanned helicopter, Discovery.
    • AeroVironment, best known for its small, fixed-wing drones, announced it has teamed with FlightWave to produce a new family of systems that use FlightWave’s Edge technology for vertical take offs and landings that transition to forward flight.
       

    The annual event featured keynote speeches by government and industry executives, including Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who declared it “Unmanned Systems Week” to recognize XPONENTIAL and the growing unmanned systems industry in the state. The show also featured more than 650 exhibitors, hundreds of educational sessions and new activities, such as drone racing and a drone demonstration area.

    “The success of this year’s XPONENTIAL is a true testament to the continued growth and strength of the unmanned systems industry,” said Brian Wynne, AUVSI president and CEO. “The new products unveiled at XPONENTIAL reflects the increased use of autonomous technology in our economy and society. We appreciate the support of our attendees, exhibitors, members and sponsors, and we look forward to seeing what is on the horizon for our rapidly-evolving industry.”

    The keynote addresses at XPONENTIAL covered three broad themes: the unmanned economy, the unmanned lifestyle and unmanned for good to showcase the economic benefits of unmanned systems technology and how it is changing, and sometimes saving, lives around the world. Many who have helped serve the industry were honored in the AUVSI Membership Awards. Brent Klavon, president of the Florida Peninsula Chapter, was named Member of the Year, and Anne Swanson, president of the D.C. Capital Chapter, was named Chapter Leader of the Year. The Florida Peninsula Chapter was named Chapter of the Year; the Cascade Chapter took home the Chapter Communications award; the Great Plains Chapter won the Chapter Development award, and the Twin Cities Chapter won the Chapter Recruitment award.

    In addition, winners of the first AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards were announced in a wide variety of categories from counter-UAS systems to operations and safety. AUVSI and DJI presented five Humanitarian Awards as a part of the new XCELLENCE Awards series. Michael Perry, managing director of North America for DJI, joined AUVSI President and CEO Brian Wynne to present the awards and prize-winning donations valued at $5,000 each. AUVSI also contributed $3,000 to the Yellow Ribbon Fund, an organization dedicated to supporting injured military service members and their families.

    XPONENTIAL also hosted international teams who competed for awards and prizes in three competitions. New to the conference was XBuild, which was held April 28 to 29 at Galvanize in Boulder, Colorado. Top engineering minds from around the world faced off during the event to develop autonomous technology solutions, including a team that participated virtually from Gujarat, India. The XBuild winners were: iCreate FASCARE of India (first place), EMS Rapid Response Drone Team (second place) and Drone Dr. (third place).

    StartUp Showdown—a competition designed to recognize early stage, disruptive companies that are creating, innovating or enhancing unmanned systems technologies and applications—featured five finalists who conducted live presentations before a panel of judges and the XPONENTIAL audience. The winner was Iris Automation, a San Francisco-based, Series-A venture-backed company with a team from NASA, Boeing and computer vision researchers who built an electro-optical sense-and-avoid system for industrial drones.

    The International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) also held the Denver Internationals in its 2018 Challengers Cup at XPONENTIAL, where 18 pilots competed to qualify for the finals to be held later this year. Over two days, there were four rounds of racing, resulting in Shaun Taylor, known as “NytFury,” achieving the highest rank with a race time of 33.7 seconds.  

    In addition to the above events, XPONENTIAL offered a broad-based and balanced program brimming with cutting-edge content and inspirational insights, ranging from policy implications and technical challenges to use cases and best practices across vertical markets and everything in between. For more information about XPONENTIAL, visit xponential.org.

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    About AUVSI

    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics, represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets.

  • Additional programming will include drone racing and demonstrations, public safety forum, startup company competition and women and diversity in robotics discussion

    ARLINGTON, Va. — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, U.S. Department of Transportation General Counsel Steven Bradbury and GSA Federal Systems Integration and Management Center Director Chris Hamm will deliver keynote addresses at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver on April 30 to May 3. Newly added show features will also highlight trends and experts in the unmanned systems and robotics industry.

    U.S. Dept. of Transportation General Counsel Steven Bradbury: 
    Speaking on Tuesday, May 1, at 9 a.m. MDT, Bradbury will provide a policy update on the future of unmanned systems. As the twenty-third General Counsel of the U.S. DOT, Mr. Bradbury has the authority to resolve all legal questions concerning the department’s policies and programs and its more than 55,000 employees and $79 billion budget. Mr. Bradbury oversees the activities of the department’s lawyers, safeguarding the integrity of the decision-making process and ensuring compliance with applicable laws.

    U.S. General Services Administration Acquisition Innovation Advocate Chris Hamm:
    On Wednesday, May 2, at 9 a.m. MDT, the U.S. General Services Administration will announce a new program for all things unmanned. GSA is the provider of acquisition solutions across the federal government. GSA's new program will conduct market research into unmanned and autonomous systems for air, land and sea, as well as outreach with companies that provide platforms and systems, and streamline the path to getting products on existing GSA schedules. In addition, this new program would create a new contract ecosystem for services and would likely allow for different procurement types (e.g., Time & Materials, Firm Fixed Price, Cost Reimbursement) and addresses non-commercial and commercial requirements.

     

    Governor Hickenlooper of Colorado:

    Delivering an address on Thursday, May 3, at 9 a.m. MDT, Hickenlooper will discuss the important role Colorado is playing in the unmanned technology industry. Since taking office, he has championed innovation, collaboration and efficiency to ensure that Colorado and its business-friendly climate is one of the most desirable places to live, work and play.

    New events and features have been added to the XPONENTIAL 2018 schedule, including:

    Drone Racing: AUVSI has partnered with the International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) to bring professional drone racing to life at XPONENTIAL 2018. It will be an exciting way to see highly skilled drone pilots demonstrate speed and agility as they navigate the designated course inside the convention center.

    Outdoor Demo Area:  Aeryon, DJI and Intel will provide interactive demonstrations, including the chance to fly a drone. Also, join DJI for a New Pilot Experience, where experts will give hands-on training flying the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum. Participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  
     

    Public Safety UAS Forum: Produced in partnership with the National Council on Public Safety UAS, officials and experts will discuss real-world insights on integrating UAS into public safety operations at this two-day forum. Topics will include UAS response and recovery operations following natural disasters, UAS fire-service operations, search-and-rescue missions and training considerations.  

    Startup Showdown: This event is for investors, unmanned systems entrepreneurs and technology innovators. XPONENTIAL will recognize early stage, disruptive companies that are creating, innovating or enhancing unmanned systems technologies and applications. Finalists will have six minutes to pitch their businesses to an expert panel of judges for future funding and go-to-market support. It will take place on Wednesday, May 2, from 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. MDT in the Starting Point Theater in the XPONENTIAL Hall. The five finalists are Asylon, Copperstone Tech, Iris Automation, Jetoptera and Unifly’s Unmanned Traffic Management. Click here for details about the judges and finalists.


    Women and Diversity in Robotics: Open to all attendees, this session will provide an opportunity to meet in small, moderated, brief discussions on key areas of interest in the unmanned systems and robotics communities. It will be held on Tuesday, May 1, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. MDT.

    “With Gov. Hickenlooper, Mr. Bradbury and Mr. Hamm joining a full lineup of new show events, XPONENTIAL 2018 is on pace to be one of the best shows in our history,” said Brian Wynne, AUVSI president and CEO. “The show will provide the best opportunity to demonstrate innovative technology, discuss emerging trends, plan for future workforce needs and see the important work of unmanned systems to increase efficiencies, create safer work environments and inform smarter business decisions.”

    XPONENTIAL 2018 will also feature the new AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards, a dynamic hackathon event called “XBuild” and the “Growing the Industry” show floor destination, which will showcase AUVSI and RoboNation. There will also be more than 200 educational sessions and a dynamic show floor featuring more than 725 exhibitors.

     
    For more information on all the show events, visit xponential.org.
     




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    ABOUT AUVSI 
    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)—the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics—represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit AUVSI.org.

  • Winners will be announced at XPONENTIAL in Denver, May 1

    ARLINGTON, Va. — Finalists for the inaugural XCELLENCE Awards by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) were named today. They represent accomplishments by companies, organizations and individuals across the unmanned systems community. The winners will be announced during award ceremonies on Tuesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 3, during AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

    “The unmanned systems industry is innovating at an incredible rate and creating tremendous benefits for our economy, lifestyle and society,” said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. “The XCELLENCE awards give us a chance to recognize the companies and individuals who are propelling the industry into the future.”

    The AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards will honor innovators with a demonstrated commitment to advancing technology, leading and promoting safe operations, and developing programs that use unmanned systems to improve the human condition. These are the finalists in those categories:

    TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION

    Counter UAS & Security

    • Fortem Technologies, Fortem DroneHunter™ Counter-UAS Solution
    • Liteye Systems, AUDS and M-AUDS Counter UAS Detection, Identification and Defeat System
    • Raytheon, Windshear™ Scalable Cyber Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (CUAS)
    • WhiteFox, FLEA: Frequency Localizing Electronic Apparatus
    • WhiteFox, DroneFox

    Cybersecurity

    • Leidos, Inc., The Leidos Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operations Center Design and Installation Team
    • Regulus Cyber, Regulus Pyramid Solution Suite

    Detect & Avoid

    • AEye, AEye iDAR
    • AirMap, AirMap Advances Unmanned Traffic Management
    • Echodyne Corp, MESA Radar
    • Fortem Technologies, TrueView R20 Radar, Fortem Technologies
    • Office of Naval Research (ONR) / Aurora Flight Sciences (AFS) Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) team, AACUS, the Autonomous Aerial Cargo System

    Inspection/Mapping & Surveying

    • AES Corporation, AES Global Drone Program
    • Airobotics, Airobotics Automated Industrial Drones
    • Neurala, Brains For Bots™ SDK
    • RIEGL USA, Mini is More: Multi-Target Measurement Capability for a Wide Variety of Applications

    Remote Identification

    • Pierce Aerospace, Pierce Aerospace
    • WhiteFox, WISDM: WhiteFox Integrated Secure Device Manager

    Innovative Unmanned Solutions

    • A³ by Airbus, Vahana 
    • Epson, Epson Moverio Flight Sim App
    • Global Energy Transmission Co, Distance Wireless Energy Transmission Hotspot for In-Flight Drone Charging
    • Liquid Robotics, A Boeing CompanyNext Generation Wave Glider
    • SkyX Systems Corporation, The Integrated SkyX Solution: SkyOne, xStation, SkyXOS

    TRAINING & EDUCATION

    Training & Education Organization

    • Carolina Drone Academy, Carolina Drone Academy - A Safety Culture
    • Consortiq, Consortiq Integrates CRM, Non-Technical, and Award Winning CQNet with sUAS Training
    • DARTdrones, DARTdrones Safety “Wings” Credentialing System
    • Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, Professional Education Flight and Ground Training
    • L3 Link Training and Simulation, Predator/Reaper Mission Aircrew Training System Program Team

    Training and Education Provider- Airmanship and Contribution to the UAS Industry (Individual)

    • Dr. Gregory Crutsinger, Founder, Scholar Farms
    • Patrick "Lucidity" Sherman, Commercial Drone Operator, Trainer and Educator, Roswell Flight Test

        Crew

    • Ric Stephens, Instructor/Drone Pilot, Oregon State University, Portland Community College, and University of Oregon 

    OPERATIONS & SAFETY

    Operations & Safety Organization

    • AES Corporation, Creating a Safer, Smarter Workplace at AES Corporation
    • Federal Aviation Administration, Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability
    • NASA Langley Research Center, NASA Langley UAS Operations Office
    • Northern Plains UAS Test Site, Northern Plains UAS Test Site
    • XM2 Aerial, XM2 Aerial Safety Management System

    Operations and Safety - Airmanship and Contribution to the UAS Industry (Individual)

    • Harrison Wolf, President & Owner, Wolf UAS
    • Josh Olds, Vice President, Unmanned Safety Institute
    • Dr. Parimal Kopardekar, Senior Technologist, NASA

    Finalists were also named for the Humanitarian Award, which is sponsored by DJI. These awards will recognize five organizations and/or individuals that have made a significant impact using unmanned systems to serve in humanitarian or philanthropic efforts. Recipients of the Humanitarian Award will receive a $25,000 donation divided among their organizations. These are the finalists for the Humanitarian Awards:

    HUMANITARIAN

    Humanitarian Project/Program

    • Aeryon Labs Inc., Aeryon SkyRanger UAS Provides Critical Aerial Intelligence to First Responders in Sint Maarten in the Wake of Hurricane Irma
    • AnsuR Technologies, GEO-VISION - Integrating Drones for Situational Awareness in Disaster

        Management

    • ONG DroneSAR Chile, Emergency Response Team and Humanitarian Aid Through the Use of Drones
    • DroneSAR, DroneSAR UAV Search & Rescue (SAR) Solution - Executing Autonomous Aerial Search

    and Delivering Live Drone Data to Augment First Response Efforts

    • Gene Robinson, Wimberley Fire Rescue, "First to Respond" Bringing UAS to Search and Rescue

        2005 - 2018

    • Nepal Flying Lab, Drone Hazard & Vulnerability Mapping in Nepal
    • WeRobotics, Drones for Disease Vector Control
    • Zipline International, Zipline's Medical Drone Delivery Operation in Rwanda

    “UAVs are playing a vital role in humanitarian operations around the world—from Chile to Tanzania, to China and Australia—as demonstrated by the submissions we've seen from this inaugural program,” said Michael Perry, Managing Director of North America at DJI. “In addition to recognizing those that have made great contributions to their communities and the environment, this opportunity helped uncover some new innovative applications in how UAVs are being used to serve humanitarian and lifesaving purposes. We thank the judges who undertook the great challenge of selecting the eight finalists from a pool of remarkable submissions, and we hope this inspires more users to accomplish great feats with this valuable technology.”

    The winners in the Technology Innovation, Training and Education, and Operations and Safety categories will be announced at XPONENTIAL 2018 on Tuesday, May 1 at 11:30 a.m. MDT at the Solutions Theater in the exhibit hall.

    Recipients of the Humanitarian Award will be announced on Thursday, May 3 at 9:00 a.m. MDT during the keynote presentation in Mile High Ballroom.

    As the unmanned systems industry’s largest trade show and conference, XPONENTIAL offers a broad-based and balanced educational program brimming with cutting-edge content and inspirational insights, ranging from policy implications and technical challenges to use cases and best practices across vertical markets and everything in between.

    For more information about the AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards and XPONENTIAL, visit xponential.org.

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    About AUVSI

    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit AUVSI.org.

  • Thought leaders will share perspectives on the impact of unmanned technology 
    on the economy and society.  

    ARLINGTON, Va. — The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) today announced keynote speakers who will guide discussions about the benefits and future of unmanned systems at AUVSIXPONENTIAL 2018, the industry’s largest trade show, from April 30 to May 3 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

    The experts will present keynotes, sponsored by Northrop Grumman, devoted to themes critical to the advancement and growth of unmanned systems. More than 8,500 industry leaders and forward-thinking users from the defense and commercial sectors are expected to attend the show to learn the latest on public policy, business solutions, and technology applications. They will benefit from the insights provided by these speakers and topics:

    Tuesday, May 1: The Unmanned Economy

    The opening keynote will highlight how unmanned systems are changing the way we work, live and play. Industry thought leaders will discuss how the technology is influencing Industry 4.0; the automation of technology, emerging opportunities, potential challenges and the workforce of the future.
     

    • David Autor, Ford Professor of Economics and associate head, Department of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Michael Chasen, CEO, PrecisionHawk

    Wednesday, May 2: The Unmanned Lifestyle

    These keynotes will build on the ideas and concepts presented the previous day to explore the cross section between technology and society. From the emergence of artificial intelligence in our lives, to unmanned systems and robotics in the military, to the automated delivery of medication and vaccines to remote areas around the globe and everything in between, this session will explore what these advancements mean today and in the future.
     

    • Zeynep Tufekci, associate professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina
    • Stephanie Hill, senior vice president of Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Lockheed Martin
    • Eduardo Martinez, president, the UPS Foundation, and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, UPS

    Thursday, May 3: Unmanned for Good

    These keynotes are dedicated to exploring the humanitarian and public safety applications of unmanned systems to provide aid and support. This interactive discussion with first responders who conducted unmanned missions in response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as recent wildfires, will highlight the lifesaving benefits of the technology in emergencies. The recipients of the AUVSI XCELLENCE Humanitarian Awards, sponsored by DJI, will be also be announced during this session. 
     

    • Chris Hernandez, sector vice president, Research, Technology and Engineering, Northrop Grumman
    • Keynote Panel: Unmanned Systems Respond to Disaster
    • Charles L. Werner, Charlottesville Fire Chief Emeritus and chair, National Council on Public Safety UAS, moderator
    • Robin Murphy, Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University
    • Thomas Madigan, commander, Alameda County (California) Sheriff's Office
    • Mike Morgan, director, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control

    “We are pleased to welcome this exceptional line-up of experts to keynote the themed sessions at XPONENTIAL 2018,” said Brian Wynne, AUVSI president and CEO. “These outstanding speakers will enhance XPONENTIAL’s educational programming by lending their expertise, experience and unique perspective in unmanned systems, giving attendees a priceless opportunity to apply critical learning to real-life business challenges.”

    For more information and to register, visit xponential.org.

  • Programming Reflects AUVSI’s Commitment to Growing Future Industry Leaders

    ARLINGTON, Va.—AUVSI XPONENTIAL, the largest trade show that brings together more than 8,500 unmanned systems industry leaders and forward-thinking users from the defense and commercial sectors to learn the latest on public policy, business solutions, and technology applications, will showcase dynamic programming to support STEM education and growing a future workforce. XPONENTIAL 2018 will take place at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver from April 30 to May 3.


    “Unmanned systems technologies are poised to transform businesses, impact safety and security, improve health, and reshape the economy, but the only way to realize its full potential is to grow the industry’s current and future talent,” said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. “AUVSI is committed to creating opportunities at XPONENTIAL to inspire students, women, young professionals, and those new to unmanned systems with relevant and engaging programs to expand their skills, network with thought leaders, and see emerging technologies.”


    AUVSI XPONENTIAL will feature specialized programming designed to highlight STEM resources and provide future leaders with interactive and engaging content, including:

    XBuild – This buildathon/hackathon will task participants with developing solutions to address challenges facing unmanned systems. Teams will use critical thinking to conceive, design and build their inventions during a timed competition. XBuild will take place prior to XPONENTIAL. Final projects will be displayed on the XPONENTIAL show floor as a representation of innovation and collaboration.  


    Growing the Industry Hub
     – AUVSI is steadfast in its mission to grow and groom the future unmanned systems workforce. This dedicated area in the XPONENTIAL exhibit hall will describe the STEM education programs and services supported by AUVSI and the AUVSI Foundation to foster and cultivate the next generation of innovators and leaders.


    RoboNation
     – Youth robotics is sweeping the nation as talented students design, build and participate in competitions with their robot creations. RoboNation is a series of student robotics competitions organized by the AUVSI Foundation as an investment in the development of aspiring engineers. During XPONENTIAL, an area of the show floor will be dedicated to showcasing the winners of these competitions.


    RoboTour
     – AUVSI will welcome middle and high school students from the Denver area to tour the AUVSI XPONENTIAL exhibit hall. The RoboTour will help this future generation of scientists and engineers learn about unmanned systems and introduce them to emerging technologies and trends.


    Young Professionals Reception
     – This networking session is for professionals who are new to unmanned systems to learn from the experience and guidance of seasoned leaders. It will also provide a unique opportunity for young professionals to meet and mentor students who are interested in joining the industry. The reception will be hosted in the Growing the Industry Hub.


    Women and Diversity in Robotics
     – At this session, attendees will meet in small groups to engage on emerging and impactful topics in the unmanned systems and robotics communities. The forum will feature speed networking with thought leaders to review STEM opportunities for career-focused women and girls. 


    In addition to the STEM programming, XPONENTIAL 2018 will feature more than 200 educational sessions and an exhibit hall with more than 725 cutting-edge companies from around the world, providing information about the future of unmanned systems policy, technology, business solutions, and trending topics. For more information and to register, visit xponential.org.

     
     

    ABOUT AUVSI 
    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit AUVSI.org.

  • Nominations are now open for those using unmanned technology to

    save lives and improve health and the environment

    ARLINGTON, Va.— AUVSI XPONENTIAL, the event that brings more than 8,500 unmanned technology industry leaders and forward-thinking users from the defense and commercial sectors together to learn the latest on policy, business solutions and technology applications, is pleased to announce that industry leader DJI will sponsor the first-ever AUVSI XCELLENCE Humanitarian Awards. The Humanitarian Awards are designed to bring much-deserved recognition to those using unmanned systems technology to save lives, improve health, and relieve hardship and suffering.

    DJI is the market-leading manufacturer of civilian drones and aerial imaging technology. DJI products are used in agriculture, conservation, search and rescue, energy infrastructure, and more to help drive safer, faster operations, and with greater efficiency than ever before.

    “DJI embodies the spirit and intent of the Humanitarian Awards as it strives to create transforming and complex technology into easy-to-use devices that save time, money and, mostly importantly, lives,” said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. “We are pleased to partner with such a dynamic and innovative company whose cutting-edge products are being used for many humanitarian missions.”

    This special award will be part of the inaugural AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards program, taking place during AUVSI XPONENTIAL, April 30 to May 3, 2018, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. This program will honor innovators in the unmanned systems industry, organizations and individuals, with a demonstrated commitment to promoting safe practices, and will highlight operations using unmanned systems to improve the human condition.

    AUVSI seeks to recognize five organizations and/or individuals that have made a significant impact using unmanned systems to serve in humanitarian or philanthropic efforts. Nominations for the AUVSI Humanitarian Awards are now open (entry is free) with winners to be announced and recognized during the Day 3 keynote at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 on May 3. The keynote topic will serve to acknowledge and celebrate the use of unmanned systems in public safety and humanitarian efforts. Award winners will be recognized with a $25,000 donation divided among the winners’ organizations. Submission details and donation information can be found on the AUVSI XCELLENCE Award web page. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

    “Drones are being used around the world today in incredible and meaningful ways, and we want to take this opportunity to honor and reward the organizations and individuals that have used this technology for humanitarian good – from supporting search-and-rescue efforts that save lives to enabling research endeavors that strengthen global sustainability and development goals,” said Michael Perry, managing director, North America at DJI. “We are thrilled to partner with AUVSI on this initiative to showcase and celebrate remarkable stories and applications with the world in hopes that it will inspire further use of drone technology for humanitarian good.”

    In addition to the Humanitarian Award, the AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards will feature three other categories that recognize innovators striving to foster industry growth and maximize unmanned technology's potential. Categories include Technology Innovation, Training and Education, and Operation and Safety.

    AUVSI XPONENTIAL is the largest trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics industry. The 2018 exhibit hall will showcase more than 725 cutting-edge companies from around the world and more than 200 educational sessions, providing information about the future of unmanned systems policy, technology, business solutions, and trending topics. For more information and to register, visit xponential.org.

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    ABOUT AUVSI

    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents more than 7,500 members from more than 60 countries involved in the fields of government, industry and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit AUVSI.org.

    ABOUT DJI

    DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, was founded and is run by people with a passion for remote-controlled helicopters and experts in flight-control technology and camera stabilization. The company is dedicated to making aerial photography and filmmaking equipment and platforms more accessible, reliable and easier to use for creators and innovators around the world. DJI’s global operations currently span across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and its revolutionary products and solutions have been chosen by customers in over 100 countries for applications in filmmaking, construction, inspection, emergency response, agriculture, conservation and other industries.

 Products

  • Unmanned Systems and Robotics Database
    AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems and Robotics Database is the largest comprehensive and searchable database of all unmanned vehicles and robotic products operating in the air, ground and maritime domains....

  • AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems and Robotics Database is the largest comprehensive and searchable database of all unmanned vehicles and robotic products operating in the air, ground and maritime domains.

    Up-to-date, detailed information on unmanned vehicles and robotic products.

    Unparalleled access to data spanning civil, commercial and military markets.

  • Unmanned Systems Magazine
    AUVSI's monthly print publication highlights current global developments and unveils new technologies in air, ground, maritime, robotics and space systems....

  • AUVSI's monthly print publication highlights current global developments and unveils new technologies in air, ground, maritime, robotics and space systems. The publication encompasses civil,commercial and defense markets worldwide. Unmanned Systems reaches trendsetters, influencers and thought leaders involved in the unmanned systems industry. Unmanned Systems magazine has a worldwide readership of over 27,000 and reaches a highly desirable audience of decision makers and organizations driving the industry forward. This monthly publication provides the very latest news and in-depth information in the world of unmanned systems.