Keynote Speakers

KEYNOTES - OPEN TO ALL ATTENDEES
Tuesday, October 03, 2017  |  8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
Welcome & Opening Remarks

KEYNOTES - OPEN TO ALL ATTENDEES
Tuesday, October 03, 2017  |  8:45 AM - 10:00 AM
Views from Above: Policy Evolution and Bold Predictions for the Future of Commercial UAS
Much of the buzz around commercial UAS has focused on the evolving policy framework and public perception challenges for small drones as well as growing optimism and opportunities for large enterprises to adopt these technologies. But what’s next? As we move towards more connected technologies, the Internet of Things and interoperability, what is the future of the commercial drone industry? Learn from this esteemed panel their visions of the future of this industry as we move towards automation, use drones at both high and low altitudes to provide valuable data to end users, and create a global airspace network to enable drones to safely operate in our skies at all altitudes. We will address new policy and public perception challenges as we move towards a more automated and interconnected community. Be part of the conversation and hear their bold predictions of the future of the commercial UAS industry.
Martin Gomez, Director of Aeronautical Platforms, Facebook
Jesse Kallman, President, Airbus Aerial
Parimal "PK" Kopardekar, Manager, Safe Autonomous System Operations (SASO) Project, NASA
Laura Ponto, Head of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Project Wing, X
Susan Roberts, Founder/Executive, GE Beyond
Gretchen West, Senior Advisor, Hogan Lovells, & Co-Executive Director, Commercial Drone Alliance

KEYNOTES - OPEN TO ALL ATTENDEES
Tuesday, October 03, 2017  |  1:00 PM - 1:20 PM
Michael Kratsios, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer, The White House

Michael Kratsios is a Deputy Assistant to the President and the Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer at the White House. Michael advises the President on a broad range of technology policy issues and helps drive U.S. technology priorities and strategic initiatives.

 

Under his leadership, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy encourages the development of emerging technologies in the United States, empowers American companies to commercialize and adopt new technologies, and improves and expands access to the tools necessary for Americans to succeed in the 21st century economy. His office is also responsible for aligning the development of new technologies with the Administration’s priorities, including standing up for the American worker, defending American innovations abroad, and protecting the safety and security of the American people.

 

Prior to joining the White House, Michael was a Principal at Thiel Capital, where he invested in and advised technology companies. Michael graduated from Princeton University and served as a Visiting Scholar at Beijing’s Tsinghua University.

  Michael Kratsios, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer, The White House

KEYNOTES - OPEN TO ALL ATTENDEES
Wednesday, October 04, 2017  |  8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
Welcome & Opening Remarks

KEYNOTES - OPEN TO ALL ATTENDEES
Wednesday, October 04, 2017  |  8:45 AM - 10:00 AM
From Packages to Passengers: How Drones are Transforming Transportation
Transportation - of goods and people - is rapidly transforming due to the increased interest in drone technology. Despite many policy and public perception hurdles, in the not-too-distant future, we will have our packages delivered to our front door by a drone and we will reduce travel times by commuting by air. Learn from this esteemed panel their predictions for the future of urban air mobility and drone delivery, and hear their visions for implementation. How and when will drone delivery become reality? How does the drone community address the challenges with public perception and the changing regulatory environment? You'll hear from these panelists how transportation by drone is not only possible but inevitable.
Jerome Ferguson, Director of Autonomous Systems, United Parcel Service (UPS)
Eric Mueller, Aerospace Engineer, NASA
  Robert Parks, Senior Technical Fellow, eVTOL Chief Engineer, Aurora Flight Sciences
Tom Prevot, Director of Engineering, Airspace Systems, Uber Elevate
Adi Singh, Principal Scientist, Ford Motor Company
Gretchen West, Senior Advisor, Hogan Lovells, & Co-Executive Director, Commercial Drone Alliance