Drones: Technology, Policy and Society

Drones: Technology, Policy and Society

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Banatao Auditorium, 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

2594 Hearst Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94720

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Drones: Technology, Policy, and Society

A joint Honeywell and CITRIS and the Banatao Institute sponsored conference at UC Berkeley

Conference Chairs-Professor Claire Tomlin (UC Berkeley) and Sudip Mukhopadhyay (Honeywell Fellow)

Thursday, October 18, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm PT
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley campus

Recently, there has been an immense surge of interest in using unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, for civil applications. New drone services such as commercial package delivery, aerial surveillance, emergency supply delivery, videography, and search and rescue are coming to the fore in the US and worldwide. New control, learning, and safety technologies are being developed that are helping to fuel these advances.

At the same time, management of drone and drone infrastructure is taking shape. This conference will explore drone technologies, services, and policies, through a series of invited talks from leaders in industry, government, and academia. In addition, a panel discussion will focus on the interplay of drones in society.


8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast, meet and greet

9:00 am - 9:05 am Welcome

9:05 am Introduction to CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

9:10 am Introduction to Honeywell

9:15 am Technology and possibilities, Keenan Wyrobek, Co-founder at Zipline

10:00 am Coffee break

Morning Presentations:

10:30 am Adam Bry, CEO, Skydio

11:00 am Claire Tomlin, Professor, UC Berkeley

11:30 am B2B services using drones, Brad Westphal, Senior Director, Honeywell

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch Break

Afternoon Presentations:

1:00 pm Private Unmanned Traffic Management, Dr. Parimal Kopardekar, NASA Ames

1:30 pm Cargo drones for e-commerce, Svilen Rangelov, Co-founder & CEO, DRONAMICS Ltd

2:00 pm AR/VR for drones, Joseph Menke, Ph.D. Student, UC Berkeley

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm Coffee break

2:50 pm - 3:15 pm Drones in Gas Sensing and Agriculture, YangQuan Chen, Professor, UC Merced

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Drones in Paper Mills, Thomas Ptacek, Senior Innovation Leader, Georgia-Pacific

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Chris Anderson, CEO & Founder, 3DR

Panel Discussion

4:00 pm - 4:55 pm Panel Discussion: Drones/Robots Industry and Society

Moderator: Claire Tomlin, Professor, UC Berkeley

Panelists: Dr. Parimal Kopardekar, NASA Ames; Thomas Ptacek, Georgia-Pacific; Ruzena Bajcsy, UC Berkeley; Susan Ustin, UC Davis

4:55 pm Concluding remarks – Claire Tomlin & Sudip Mukhopadhyay

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Networking and Student poster session

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