Join 8,500 technologists, regulators and users across commercial and defense sectors for AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, the largest, most comprehensive trade show for unmanned and autonomous systems. As adoption spreads and applications expand, XPONENTIAL is the one event that brings together the entire unmanned systems community to share ideas, collaborate across markets, capitalize on best practices and emerging trends and harness the power of unmanned technology for your business.

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Welcome to the AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019 Call for Speakers

AUVSI is no longer accepting speaker proposals for XPONENTIAL 2019. We will be sending acceptance/decline notices in mid-December.

Other ways to get involved

Proposal Types

This year we are accepting proposals for the following session types:

  1. Technical Presentations – Technical presentations are 30 minutes, with 1-2 speakers, and focus on research related to unmanned systems technology development in areas including artificial intelligence, autonomy, vision systems, communications, sensors and related topics. These presentations are research based and require a supporting technical paper to be submitted prior to the conference for inclusion in the event proceedings.
  2. Open Speaking Proposal – Open speaking proposals encompass all oral presentations except technical presentations. This may include panels and standalone speaking opportunities. 
  3. Poster Presentations – Research-based poster presentations will be held in the XPO Hall during the conference. During designated viewing hours, presenters will be required to accompany their poster and interact with attendees. While poster presentations will address important unmanned systems topic areas, presenters WILL NOT be required to submit a technical paper supporting their work.

Submitting a Technical Proposal or Poster Proposal

AUVSI will accept technical proposals via the Call for Speakers. Proposals will be considered for the 2019 technical program as well as for poster presentations taking place in the XPO Hall. All proposals will be peer reviewed by at least two members of the XPONENTIAL Technical Planning Committee.

Technical presentation presenters will be expected to participate in the conference and provide a technical paper supporting their presentation, which will be published in the conference proceedings. Technical papers do not need to be submitted with the application. Technical papers will be due in April 2019.

Poster presenters will be expected to participate in the conference and be present with their poster during designated viewing hours. A technical paper will not be required.

Alternative Options

Co-Located Events
Interested in hosting a Co-located event at XPONENTIAL? AUVSI makes hosting an event at XPONENTIAL 2019 easy. We will market and promote your event to a vast network of unmanned and technology professionals. We will also provide registration services, logistical support and coordination and complimentary XPO Hall passes for your attendees. Co-located events provide an in-depth examination of untapped technology or business topics.

Solutions Theater
Please note the Call for Speakers is for non-commercial educational content. Product and service-oriented presentations will be featured in the Solutions Theater. Only companies exhibiting at XPONENTIAL 2019 may participate in the Solutions Theater. Companies interested in exhibiting at XPONENTIAL and speaking in the Solutions Theater should contact Eric Hallberg at

The Benefits of Participating

Speaking at the largest, most comprehensive trade show for unmanned and autonomous systems positions you and your company as a thought leader and subject matter expert in this industry. Thanks to our highly knowledgeable and engaging speakers, AUVSI programming is highly regarded as an important resource for staying educated in fast-moving industry.

And if that isn’t enough, we have more good news!

Technical presenters, panel moderators and speakers will receive a complimentary Full Conference Pass*. The Full Conference Pass grants individuals access to keynote sessions, all educational presentations, and our XPO Hall featuring more than 700 exhibitors.

Poster presenters will receive a complimentary XPO Hall Pass*, which grants individuals access to keynote sessions and our XPO Hall featuring more than 700 exhibitors.

*Please note only one complimentary pass will be granted per presentation.