Inside Unmanned Systems

OCT-NOV 2018

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. 63 October/November 2018  unmanned systems inside We are the fi rst company to move out of the theoretical aspects of drone pollination toward industrial scale applications." Adam Fine, co-founder and chief technology o cer, Dropcopter " ries and hardware," said Yunpeng Li, co-founder of UsPLM and a doctoral student in mechanical engineering at Syracuse University. "You can run simulations of missions before you f ly to make sure they are safe, and replay missions after you f ly, all using digital 3-D modeling." Handling so much data can prove challenging. "Each drone may be dif- ferent, and the data they supply may be different, and you have to keep track of things such as battery information, as well as PLM [product lifecycle manage- ment] systems to remember the history of each drone component in case of any problems," Roy said. "So you want things like automated machine learning and big data analytics to process all this data, and ideally you would want to combine all this into one integrated system." THE PROGRAM One stipulation of Genius NY is that the top three teams will have to give up 6 percent equity, while the other three teams will have to give up 4 percent equity. Participants are also required to operate their business in central New York for at least one year. A panel of 24 or so judges will review all the applicants, with judges selected from a variety of industries, including engineers, investors, business execu- tives, researchers and professors. The program plans to announce the 2018- 2019 finalists in December. When it comes to what Genius NY might want for the future, the program "is looking for a more diverse portfolio of companies and founders," said Jonathan Parry, director of Genius NY. "We value diversity among our founders and search for technologies that can support our growing UAS ecosystem. Outside of drone-related technologies, we have been targeting companies focused on automation and data analytics." January 28-29, 2019 Hyatt Regency Œ Reston, Virginia The conference will discuss the opportunities and challenges (technical, commercial, ethical, and legal) associated with developing fully autonomous systems that are cognizant and trustworthy for safety critical applications. Technical Program Organizers: t General Chair: Prof. Zak Kassas, University of California, Irvine t Program Chair: Dr. Robert Leishman, Air Force Institute of Technology www.ion.org/cassca ION's Cognizant Autonomous Systems FOR Safety Critical Applications (CASSCA) Conference

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