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Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)  

Arlington,  VA 
United States
http://www.auvsi.org
  • Booth: 1035


Welcome to AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020!

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


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  • For Immediate Release: Jan. 23, 2020
    Contact:
    Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786

    AUVSI Announces Keynote Speakers for XPONENTIAL 2020
     

    Iconic leaders will share insights on trends and policy shaping the future of unmanned systems

     
    ARLINGTON, Va. – The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) today announced its initial lineup of keynote speakers who will present on the technology, policies and trends shaping the future of unmanned and autonomous systems at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL 2020 on May 4 to 7, 2020 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston.

    These iconic thought leaders will present their ideas for advancing the unmanned systems industry, providing up-to-the-minute insights into critical policies and key strategic information needed to expand operations. Their keynotes will provide attendees with a better understanding on what’s possible now, what’s coming down the pike and how to gain a competitive edge using unmanned systems technology.

    XPONENTIAL 2020 keynote speakers include:

    • Dr. Robert Ballard, president of the Ocean Exploration Trust. Dr. Ballard is regarded as one of the most accomplished and well-known of the world’s deep-sea explorers. He is best known for his historic discoveries of the sunken R.M.S. Titanic, hydrothermal vents, the German battleship Bismarck and numerous other contemporary and ancient shipwrecks around the world. During his long career, Dr. Ballard has conducted more than 150 deep-sea expeditions using the latest in exploration technology. Dr. Ballard will provide unique insight into the growth and future of unmanned maritime systems technology.

    • Cathy Lanier, senior vice president of security for the National Football League (NFL). As the senior vice president of security for the NFL, Ms. Lanier supervises all operations and activities of the NFL security department. She oversees coordination with the league office and the 32 clubs and works with federal, state and local law entities to ensure the security of the NFL’s venues, fans, players, staff and infrastructure. Prior to joining the NFL, Ms. Lanier served as the Chief of Police for the Metropolitan Police Department for the District of Columbia from 2007 to 2016. Most recently, Ms. Lanier served on the Blue Ribbon Task Force for UAS Mitigation at Airports commissioned by AUVSI and the Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) to address the timely and critical issue of incursions by UAS at our nation’s airports and how to best mitigate the threat.

    • Dr. Cara E. LaPointe, co-director of the Institute for Assured Autonomy for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Dr. LaPointe is a futurist who works at the intersection of technology, policy, leadership and ethics. Through her work at Johns Hopkins University, she focuses on ensuring that autonomous systems are safe, secure and reliable as they are increasingly integrated into every aspect of our lives. Dr. LaPointe previously served two decades in the United States Navy, where she held numerous roles in the areas of autonomous systems, acquisitions, ship design and production, naval force architecture, power and energy systems and unmanned vehicle technology integration.

    • Dr. Marc Raibert, founder and chairman of Boston Dynamics, a company that creates some of the world’s most advanced dynamic robots, such as BigDog, Atlas, Spot and Handle. These robots are inspired by the remarkable ability of animals to move with agility, dexterity, perception and intelligence. A key ingredient of these robots is their dynamic behavior, which contributes to their effectiveness and versatility in the real world. Boston Dynamics has productized this work in their latest robots, which are now shipping. Before starting Boston Dynamics, Dr. Raibert was Professor of Computer Science and Robotics at MIT and Carnegie Mellon. While at CMU and MIT, Dr. Raibert founded the Leg Laboratory, which helped establish the scientific basis for highly dynamic robots and that set the stage for the work done at Boston Dynamics. Dr. Raibert is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

    AUVSI XPONENTIAL is the largest, most significant event for the unmanned systems industry. The 2020 exhibit hall will showcase 700 cutting-edge companies from around the world and feature educational programming by unmanned systems experts, providing information about the future of policy, technology and business solutions and trending topics.


    For more information about the featured speakers and XPONENTIAL 2020 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 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.

  • DRONERESPONDERS Global Public Safety UAS Summit and Major Cities Meeting Announced for AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020 in Boston

    AUVSI and AIRT team up to enable first responders using drones in all corners of the world to unite at the largest unmanned vehicle systems event on the planet

    For Immediate Release: Nov. 12, 2019
    Contacts: Christopher Todd (AIRT), ctodd@airt.ngo, 305-440 1022
                      Tom McMahon (AUVSI), tmcmahon@auvsi.org, 571-255-7786

    BOSTON –The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics, announced today the first co-located program for AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020, the world’s largest unmanned systems event.

    AUVSI and the Airborne International Response Team (AIRT), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is home to the DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Alliance, are partnering to produce the DRONERESPONDERS Global Public Safety UAS Summit and Major Cities Meeting. The summit and meeting will be co-located with XPONENTIAL 2020 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and start on May 4.

    Public safety and emergency services agencies around the globe are continuing to embrace unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – also called “drones” – to help save lives and protect property. As the adoption of these amazing new systems increases, so does the need for standardized training and education among first responders.

    “Increasingly, drones are proving to be essential tools for a wide range of lifesaving missions around the world,” says Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. “The DRONERESPONDERS Global Public Safety UAS Summit and Major Cities Meeting at XPONENTIAL 2020 will provide an educational forum to further unite this vital community to provide training, use studies, and best practices for implementing drones to support and protect public safety professionals.”

    The DRONERESPONDERS Global Summit will kick-off on Monday, May 4 with the Major Cities Meeting – a special invitation-only conclave for UAS program managers and remote pilots representing public safety agencies from the world’s largest metropolitan areas. On Tuesday, May 5, the summit will officially open to all registrants with two full days of programming surrounding the use of drones by law enforcement, fire services, search and rescue, emergency management and humanitarian organizations from all corners of the globe.

    “XPONENTIAL is the annual hallmark event that brings together professionals from across all sectors of the unmanned systems industry,” says Christopher Todd, executive director of AIRT. “We are excited to partner with AUVSI to offer all DRONERESPONDERS the opportunity to come together to share information and evaluate amazing new technology that can help save lives.”

    Todd says the DRONERESPONDERS Global Summit will contain content that has evolved to keep pace with new public safety use cases. “The trick is to assemble a program that has broad appeal to all sectors of public safety while also providing valuable, actionable information for each attendee to take back home and incorporate into their UAS program,” he adds.

    “The DRONERESPONDERS Global Summit will highlight all new use cases and key learnings from public safety drone operators in the field,” says Charles Werner, the retired fire chief of Charlottesville, Virginia, and the director of the DRONERESPONDERS program. “Attendees will forge new relationships while receiving cutting-edge insight and exploring the largest selection of unmanned systems technology available anywhere under one roof.”

    Registration for the DRONERESPONDERS Global Summit at XPONENTIAL is now open with special early bird pricing available for credentialed public safety professionals available through March 16, 2020.  To register now and take advantage of the special rate, please visit the DRONESPONDERS Global Summit page on the XPONENTIAL website: https://www.xponential.org/xponential2020/public/Content.aspx?ID=3311

    The DRONERESONDERS Global Summit is one of many programs taking place at XPONENTIAL 2020. For more information and to register for the conference and trade show, visit xponential.org.


    NOTE TO EDITORS: A royalty-free photo is available to accompany this announcement. Download it at [https://www.auvsi.org/droneresponders-global-public-safety-uas-summit-and-major-cities-meeting-announced-auvsi-xponential]. Please credit the photo to DRONERESPONDERS.

    About AIRT

    AIRT® (Airborne International Response Team) is a Florida-registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides innovative unmanned aviation resources to help people prepare for, respond to, and recover from complex emergencies and major disasters. Our DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Alliance is the world’s fastest growing non-profit program supporting public safety UAS. AIRT is building the World’s Largest Air Force® using #dronesforgood, with a global remote pilot network that is ready to #getup whenever disaster strikes. For more information, visit: http://art.ngo

    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

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  • For Immediate Release: Mar. 9, 2020
    Contact: Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786

    Five Finalists Named for AUVSI Startup Showdown

    Companies to compete for $35,000 grand prize at XPONENTIAL 2020

     
    ARLINGTON, Va. – The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has named the finalists to compete in the AUVSI Startup Showdown at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020 at the Boston Convention Center on Wednesday, May 6 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT.

    The Startup Showdown identifies up-and-coming, investment-worthy startup companies and gives them a platform to share their innovations with investors and organizations looking to form profitable connections with the next generation of game-changers.

    These are the finalists that will participate in the competition:

    • Civdrone, a construction tech robotic company developing a fast, reliable and accurate autonomous marking solution for the construction industry.
    • Mesodyne, a Massachusetts-based company that has developed a power generator for unmanned systems requiring high endurance.
    • Pierce Aerospace, a company that has developed Flight Portal, the Remote ID utility that enables mass commercialization of the skies for flight activities.
    • Sentient Blue, an Italian and US-based company that has developed a hybrid microturbine power system for UAVs as a direct replacement for lithium polymer batteries.
    • Tomahawk Robotics, a company that has created the Kinesis product line to address the challenges of operating multi-domain robotic systems beyond line of sight.

    Each participating company will have the opportunity to pitch their business to a panel of industry leaders and an audience of unmanned systems professionals. A five-minute live question and answer session with the judges will follow. One grand prize winner will receive a package consisting of goods and services valued at $35,000.

    AUVSI XPONENTIAL is the largest, most significant event for the unmanned systems industry. The 2020 exhibit hall will showcase 700 cutting-edge companies from around the world and feature educational programming by unmanned systems experts, providing information about the future of policy, technology and business solutions and trending topics.


    Complimentary conference registration is provided to the media. For more information about the Startup Showdown and XPONENTIAL 2020 and to register, visit xponential.org, or contact Tom McMahon at tmcmahon@auvsi.org or (571) 255-7786.

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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.

  • For Immediate Release: March 13, 2020
    Contact:
    Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786

    AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020 Postponed Due to COVID-19

    World’s largest unmanned systems conference tentatively rescheduled for August

    ARLINGTON, Va. – Due to the situation surrounding COVID-19, the Board of Directors of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has decided to postpone AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020, which was to be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on May 4 to 7, 2020. AUVSI has identified Aug. 10 to 12, 2020, as tentative dates to reschedule the event.

    AUVSI XPONENTIAL is the largest, most significant event for the unmanned systems industry. Held for the past 47 years, the conference attracts more than 8,500 attendees and 700 exhibitors from around the world.

    “Based on currently available information, and with the best interests of our members, exhibitors, attendees and the global community in mind, the AUVSI Board of Directors has made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020,” said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI.

    Plans to conduct XPONENTIAL 2020 in August may change given how rapidly the COVID-19 situation is evolving. In the meantime, AUVSI will provide updates as information becomes available.

    “We will continue to actively assess all potential opportunities to best serve the needs of our community while delivering the world-class event you have come to expect from AUVSI,” Wynne said.  

    AUVSI has created an email address, XPO20updates@auvsi.org, for submitting inquiries about the plans to reschedule XPONENTIAL 2020. The association’s staff will respond to questions and concerns about the conference as quickly as possible.

    “We appreciate the incredible support, cooperation and patience we have received from the unmanned systems community as we work through this evolving global issue,” Wynne said.

    Read Brian Wynne’s letter to the AUVSI XPONENTIAL community on 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.

  • For Immediate Release: May 4, 2020
    Contact: Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786

    AUVSI Confirms Postponement of XPONENTIAL 2020 to October 5 to 8

    Unmanned Systems and Robotics Conference is Moving to Dallas

    ARLINGTON, Va. – As restrictions on travel and meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic are anticipated to remain in place during the summer, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) is confirming the postponement of AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020 to Oct. 5 to 8, and moving the trade show to Dallas.

    AUVSI based its decision to reschedule XPONENTIAL 2020 to the fall on concerns for the health and safety of the attendees of the trade show, which is a key event that showcases the advancement of businesses and technologies in the unmanned systems industry. 

    “For 48 years we have witnessed how innovation and resolve meet challenges head-on to reshape critical missions and business operations for the better,” said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. “Our commitment to supporting the unmanned systems community remains unwavering, so amidst the current global health crisis we, too, must adapt to fulfill that mission.” 

    XPONENTIAL 2020 was originally planned for the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on May 4 to 7. In March, AUVSI tentatively postponed the event to Aug. 10 to 12. In order to allow additional time for restrictions to be safely lifted and some economic recovery to begin, AUVSI has rescheduled the event to Oct. 5 to 8. As AUVSI was unable to secure the original location for the new dates, the trade show has been moved to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, where XPONENTIAL was held three years ago.

    “While we are disappointed to leave Boston, we are excited to confirm that we will be once again hosting XPONENTIAL in Dallas, Texas,” Wynne said. “We anticipate great participation based on the attendance and engagement we experienced there in 2017, and our AUVSI Lone Star Chapter has already extended a warm welcome on behalf of the Texas unmanned systems community.”

    Additionally, AUVSI will implement a health and safety plan to address social distancing and other measures to help keep participants safe. Further information will be provided during the coming weeks and months on the conference website: 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.

    About XPONENTIAL

    AUVSI XPONENTIAL is the largest, most significant event for the unmanned systems industry. The 2020 exhibit hall will showcase hundreds of cutting-edge companies from around the world and the conference will feature educational programming by unmanned systems experts, providing information about the future of policy, technology and business solutions and trending topics.

  • For Immediate Release: July 24, 2020
    Contact: Michael Robbins, mrobbins@auvsi.org, (703) 845-9671

    AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020 Going Virtual, October 5 to 8

    Leading Unmanned Systems and Robotics Conference to Take Place as Fully Interactive Virtual Event

    ARLINGTON, Va. – The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) today announced that AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020, the largest trade show and conference for the unmanned systems industry, will be conducted as a fully interactive virtual event from Oct. 5 to 8 given the restrictions on travel and meetings due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

    “For decades, the unmanned systems industry has reshaped critical missions and business operations by meeting challenges head-on with innovation and resolve,” said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. “Our commitment to supporting the unmanned systems community remains unwavering, so amidst the current global health crisis we, too, must adapt to fulfill that mission.” 

    XPONENTIAL 2020 was originally scheduled for the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on May 4 to 7 and subsequently postponed to Oct. 5 to 8 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. AUVSI has now made the decision to convert XPONENTIAL 2020 to a fully virtual event given concerns for the health and safety of the attendees of the trade show.

    “While we are disappointed to not be convening in person this year, the health and safety of XPONENTIAL exhibitors and attendees is our utmost priority,” Wynne said. “It may not look like the XPONENTIAL we are used to, but we look forward to offering attendees the opportunity to virtually network, learn from and collaborate with one another just as they have in years past.”

    More information about the virtual event, a schedule of programming and information about how to register will be available in the coming weeks on the conference website: xponential.org. Those who have already registered for XPONENTIAL will receive an email in the coming weeks to confirm options for participation in the virtual event.  

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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.


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