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Collaborative UAS Approaches: Challenges, Opportunities, Benefits, Threats and Lessons Learned

  • Session Number:2173
Thursday, October 08, 2020: 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM


Amy Fagerlund
Jeffrey DeCarlo
MassDOT Aeronautics Division
Session Chair
John Collura
Professional Emeritus and Senior Research Fellow
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Michael Knodler
Professor and Director
UMass Transportation Center
Rodolfo Cuevas
Counter-UAS (CUAS) Program Lead
MassDOT Aeronautics Division
Waseem Naqvi
CTO (Technology Director)


The UAS industry is nascent but is expected to be huge.  How can we enable this industry?  There are many stakeholders with different agendas which are sometimes conflicting and we need robust collaboration to realize the full potential of the industry’s capabilities and increase cadence to effect the market.  This session will answer key questions regarding the challenges, opportunities, benefits, threats, and lessons learned associated with the various forms of UAS collaboration across government, industry, and academia.

Session Format: A panel discussion will be conducted in 45 minutes. The moderator will introduce himself and each panel member by name, title, and affiliation and each panel member will be provided 3-5 minutes to share their collaborative UAS stories and experiences involving government, industry, and academia. In the remaining 30 minutes the moderator will prompt questions from the audience (and the panelists as necessary) to create an interactive discussion to continue to review the challenges, opportunities, benefits, threats, and lessons learned in collaborative UAS activities.  

Intended Audience: Conference attendees who have either been involved (or are about to be involved) in UAS research, planning or deployment activities during which they have learned (or will learn) that collaboration may be essential for the activities to be effective and successful. Attendees are expected to represent stakeholder groups in government, industry, and academia.  

Session Objective: Review collaborative efforts made in UAS initiatives and projects and provide answers to key questions regarding the challenges, opportunities, benefits, threats, and lessons learned associated with the various forms of UAS collaboration. Answers will come from the stories and experiences of panel members as well as from the dialogue between the panel members and session attendees who have been or will be involved in collaborative UAS activities. Collaboration may take many forms involving 2 or more government, industry, and academic partners. For example, collaboration may include: 1) an FAA UAS site staff person or a state aeronautics program  manager working under contract with a UAS systems integrator and/or a private, certified UAS operator to design and deploy a UAS based emergency response application in coordination with first responders or a UAS based highway bridge inspection with state highway engineers or local public works staff; 2) two universities working together with an FAA test site staff person or a state aeronautics administrator/UAS program manager to conduct a UAS related research project or to develop a UAS related short course or training session; and 3) two adjacent FAA test sites or two contiguous state DOTs working together to plan and design a BLOS UAS application crossing state boundaries or to identify an effective counter UAS technology. 

Job Role:
C-Level Executive,Analyst,Consultant,Management,Engineering/Technical,Government/Policy/Regulatory,Journalist,Legal,Research & Development

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