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UAV Symposium 2018

Wyoming UAV Symposium

May 30-31, 2018
UW Convention Center
Laramie, Wyoming

The 2nd WY UAV Symposium served as a place where experts discussed recent developments, along with future potential and challenges in drone technology, data acquisition, and applications.

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Keynote and invited speakers included:

Dr. Jeff Sloan, UAS Project Leader, USGS, National UAS Project Office
"Role of UAVs for collecting remotely sensed data"

Dr. Greg Crutsinger, Scholar Farms
"Current and future challenges of vegetation mapping using drones"

Dr. Javier Leon, University of Sunshine Coast, Australia
"Drones for mapping coral reefs, koala and kangaroo monitoring, and more"

Drone specialists from agencies (USGS, BLM, USDA), private companies, and academia in Wyoming, Colorado and beyond will provide their insights about drone data acquisition and processing.

Hexagon Geospatial Inc., Aerial Solutions of Wyoming, and other companies and agencies showcased their products and services.

Part OneJeff Sloan (USGS), Dan Beverly (UW), and Ron Bell (Geobotic) discuss drones for public agency use. 

Part TwoDr. Huihui Zhang (USDA), Dr. Jana Müllerová (Czech Academy), and Dr. Ramesh Sivanpillai (UW) discuss the role of UAVs in tracking plant invasions and water stress in crops.

The Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center at the University of Wyoming will host a two-day symposium to address topics associated with acquiring and deploying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), associated software and equipment, and technology and policy developments.  Experts from government, academia, and industry will present UAV geospatial data collection capabilities and current technology developments. The symposium will discuss opportunities and challenges of UAVs and the policies being developed to properly regulate these systems.

Specific topics will include: Sensors (panchromatic to multi-spectral), platforms (rotary powered, fixed wing), pertinent legal and policy constraints (FAA regulations, privacy, and use on public lands) including policy overviews.

Format: Oral and poster presentations, panel discussions, vendor demonstrations, and keynote talks.

For questions regarding this conference please contact Ramesh Sivanpillai at sivan@uwyo.edu or (307)-766-2721.

UW Convention Center (Hilton Garden Inn)
2229 Grand Ave, Laramie, WY 82070

Convention Center (GPS) Coordinates: 41.310145, -105.564298

Driving Directions & Parking

Interstate 80
Arriving east or west on Interstate 80, take exit 316 and head west on Grand Avenue. Turn right on 22nd street and you will see the Convention center and parking lots immediately on your right. 

Highway 287
Arriving north or south on Highway 287, continue into the city limits and 287 will become 3rd street. Turn east on Grand Avenue. Turn left on 22nd street and you will see the Convention Center and parking lots immediately on your right.

There is a free parking area right in front of the Convention Center, as well as large free overflow parking area just to the north of the Convention Center. Continue on 22nd Avenue and the additional parking area will be on your right.