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UAV Symposium 2016 Program

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


  • Welcome and Logistics – Jeff Hamerlinck & Ramesh Sivanpillai, WyGISC and Opening Remarks – Bill Gern, Vice President, Research & Economic Development, University of Wyoming


  • Keynote Address #1: Natural Resources Applications of UAS Technology – Bruce Quirk, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA 


  • FAA/USS Test Flight Center Experiences – Mark Peters, Oregon State University; Marty Rogers, University of Alaska 


  • Big Data Transformation: UAVs make it easy to generate mountains of data, but then what? – Trihydro Corporation, Laramie, WY 
  • Small VTOL UAVs: A comparative survey and recent advances – Olivier Brousse, 3DVistas, CO 
  • Integrating UAVs in Sanborn for multiple applications – Brad Brackel, Sanborn Corporation, CO


  • Applications of on-board computer vision for sUAS: From hardware to software, and from theory to practice – Oliver Brousse, 3DVistas, CO
  • UAV - Elevate What's Possible – Justin Ness, GDA Engineers, Cody, WY 
  • Have a Safe Flight: The Best Practices for Safe and Successful UAS Missions - Chris Leatherman, Aerial Solutions of Wyoming 


  • Panel Discussion on Industry’s perspectives


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

8:30am            Applications – I

  • UAS: Actionable Information for Local Decision Makers – Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, University of Vermont, VT 
  • Implementing UAS Derived Data to Support Natural Resource Conservation: Lessons from Panama – John McGee, Virginia Geospatial Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech, VA
  • High latitude applications – Marty Rogers, University of Alaska
  • Ecological monitoring with multi and hyperspectral sensors using UAS - conservation and precision agriculture applications – Donna Delparte, Idaho State University 

10:20am          Applications – II

  • Landfills, Gravel Pits, and Roadways: High-Resolution Surface and Volumetric Surveying - Brian Clarkson, GDA Engineers, Cody, WY 
  • Mapping Landfills, Mines, and Vegetation: Lessons Learned in Recent UAS Applications – Chase Fly, Electronic Data Solutions, WY 
  • UAS for Transportation Asset Management– Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, University of Vermont, VT 
  • UAS Operation: The Difference between Toys and Tools– TriHydro Corporation, Laramie, WY 
  • Q & A Session


  • Keynote #2: The Journey to UAS: UAS in the Context of Remote Sensing – Jim Campbell, Virginia Tech