2015 Alaska UAS Interest Group Meeting


2015 Alaska UAS Interest Group Annual Meeting

Westmark Conference Center
813 Noble Street, Fairbanks, AK  99701

Arctic Theme – Tuesday, September 1

With the U.S. assuming chairmanship of the Arctic Council from April 2015 to April 2017, an Arctic theme is featured the first day with presentations by Alaska corporations on commercialization of the industry and by the university on recent unmanned aircraft missions such as oil spill research, and sea ice, sea grass, and otter surveys.  Likewise, several of the university’s global partners will be speaking on this day as well.

08:30 – 09:00


Welcome and Introduction
Overview of UAS Program: Past, Present, and Future

Pat Gamble, former President, University of Alaska
Jim Johnsen, President, University of Alaska
Dr. Bob McCoy, Director, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)
Marty Rogers, Director, Alaska Center for UAS Integration (ACUASI)

09:00 – 09:15


Keynote Speaker

Senator Pete Kelly, Co-Chair Senate Finance, Alaska State Legislature

09:15 – 09:45


One Alaskan Native Corporation’s perspective on the UAS industry

Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) - Federal

Bill “Sweet” Tart, Senior Director, Unmanned Systems and Robotics
Kevin “Stenny” Stenstrom, Senior Director, Business Development

9:45 – 10:30


Unmanned Reconnaissance Systems in Underground Mine Rescue Actions

Pogo Mine

David Larimer, Chief Geologist, Sumitomo Metal Mining Pogo LLC


Unmanned Vehicles for Mine Safety Rescue & Training

Dr. Mike Hatfield, Assistant Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks

10:30 – 11:00


Morning Networking Break

11:00 – 11:45


Aerial Operations for Arctic Oil Spill Response

University of Alaska Fairbanks and Alaska Center for UAS Integration

Jessica Garron, Senior Science Consultant at Alaska Satellite Facility, UAF
Greg Foscue, General Manager & Operations Manager, ACUASI

11:45 – 12:15


Sea Ice Survey Using Unmanned Aircraft Near Barrow, Alaska

University of Alaska Fairbanks and Alaska Center for UAS Integration

Dyre “Oliver” Dammann, graduate student in geophysics, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Eyal Saiet, Remote Sensing Specialist, ACUASI

12:00 – 13:00


Working Lunch
Enjoy the buffet lunch while the meeting continues

13:30 – 14:00


NOAA Atmospheric, Marine and Arctic Monitoring Using UASs (including Rapid Response)

National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

John “JC” Coffey, Executive Director of Unmanned Systems, Cherokee Nation Technologies supporting the NOAA UAS Program Office

14:00 – 14:30


World first UAS based environmental and engineering surveys the antipodean appetite for UAS; the good, the bad, and the not so ugly

URS/AECOM Australia

Dr. Catherine Ball, Regional Unmanned Aerial Systems Lead

14:30 – 15:00


Afternoon Networking Break

15:00 – 15:45


UAS as a Tool for Marine Mammal Research

National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Marine Fisheries Sciences (NMFS)

Ms. Erin Moreland, Research Zoologist, Polar Echosystems Program, NOAA/NMFS

15:45 – 16:30


Unmanned Aerial Systems in Canada - Transport Canada, National Research Council Canada, and Canadian Coast Guard are Exploring Exciting New Opportunities for the Use of UAS for Civilian Government Applications

Transport Canada & National Research Council Canada

Fernando Mojica, Project Director UAS, Transport Canada / Aircraft Services Directorate (AAF)

Paul Truant, Project Manager, UAS Project, Transport Canada

Iraj Mantegh, Program Leader, Civil Unmanned Aerial Systems, NRC Canada-Aerospace

16:30 – 17:00


Integrated Sensor Fusion, Targeting, Guidance and Control Framework and Algorithms for Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Systems

University of Hawaii

Ted Ralston, Consultant (Retired aerospace executive)

Dilmurat Azimov, PhD, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

17:00 – 17:05


Meeting Conclusion and Announcements

Marty Rogers, Director, ACUASI

18:30 - 21:30


Networking Reception at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

212 Wedgewood Drive, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701.  Phone: 907-450-2100

Business networking at its best.  Enjoy an evening surrounded by a collection of over 80 vehicles, including horseless carriages, steamers, electric cars, speedsters, cyclecars, midget racers and 30s classics.  Featuring rarities such as an 1898 Hay Motor Vehicle, 1906 Compound, 1920 Argonne and 1921 Heine-Velox Victoria.


Technical Theme – Wednesday, September 2

Technical presentations on emerging technologies will be provided by the military, government, industry, and private participants on a wide variety of unmanned systems on topics including UAS traffic management (UTM), environmental science, emergency response in firefighting, precision integrated programs, and image processing from UAS sensor data.

08:30 – 08:45


Arctic Security and Gray Eagles in Alaska

Fort Wainwright, U.S. Army Garrison and U.S. Army Alaska

COL Sean Williams, Garrison Commander

08:45 – 09:15


Keynote Speaker

Senator John Coghill, Majority Leader, Alaska State Legislature

09:15 – 10:00


UAS Traffic Management (UTM):  Enabling UAS Operations

Lockheed Martin

Mike Glasgow, Lockheed Martin Fellow, Chief Architect for Aviation Services

10:00 – 10:30


Morning Networking Break

10:30 - 11:30


Global Hawk in Environmental Science

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Bill Walker, Business Development, HALE Unmanned Systems

11:30 – 12:00


BOEM Alaska Environmental Studies Program

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)

Rick Raymond, Wildlife Biologist

11:45 – 13:15


Working Lunch
Enjoy the buffet lunch while the meeting continues

12:00 - 13:00


Putting Drones to Work:  Meeting the Needs of Enterprises


Mark Davis, Vice President of Sales

13:00 – 14:00


From Ecology to Enterprise—Flying Solo in the Field

3D Robotics

Dr. Gregory Crutsinger, Academic Program Director

14:00 – 15:00


Improving Environmental Situational Awareness for UAV Operations

PEDMAS Technologies & Innovations

John Shepley, Chief Technology Officer

15:00 – 15:30


Afternoon Networking Break

15:30 – 16:15


Diversified Operations - An Operator's Perspective

Precision Aviation

Matt Parker, UAS Operations Director

16:15 – 16:45


Image Processing from UAS Sensor Data: Wildlife Survey Prospects

Brainlike – Smart Sensing Solutions

Dr. Robert Jannarone, CEO, Brainlike

16:45 – 17:00


Meeting Conclusion and Announcements

Marty Rogers, Director, ACUASI


Policy Theme – Thursday, September 3

With the dynamic changes over the past year, lead representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the UAS Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, the FAA’s six unmanned aircraft test sites, and others will describe how the unmanned aircraft industry is being shaped.  In the afternoon, technical presentations will be provided on miniature surveillance avionics, oil spill response, meeting the needs of enterprises, improving environmental situational awareness, applying complexity leadership theory to drone airspace integration, and developing payloads for climate research in Alaska.  At 1:00 p.m., Alaska’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Legislative Task Force will convene a meeting adjacent to the conference that will be open to the public.

08:30 – 08:40


Opening and Introductions

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Dr. Bob McCoy, Director, Geophysical Institute

08:40 – 09:00


Keynote Speaker

Representative Steve Thompson, Co-Chair House Finance, Alaska State Legislature

09:00 – 09:30 


Major Strides Forward for Research and Commercialization in 2015

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office, Washington, DC

Bill Crozier, Assistant Manager for Flight Standards

09:30 – 10:00



Universities and Corporations Collaborating for Success for Integration of UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS)

FAA’s Center of Excellence on UAS

Marty Rogers, Vice Director of ASSURE (FAA COE)

10:00 – 10:30


Morning Networking Break

10:30 - 11:30



Panel discussion of achievements and pathway forward

FAA – Technical Panel of the Six Test Sites – Integration UAS into the NAS

Elizabeth Soltys, Engineer and Manager Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Sites

11:30 – 12:30



Comparing GPS to WAAS tools that are coming from the NextGen upgrades to the overall NAS systems

Federal Aviation Administration

JoAnn Ford, Manager, FAA Navigation Services Systems Engineer

11:45 – 13:15


Working Lunch
Enjoy the buffet lunch while the meeting continues

12:30 - 13:00


Update on task force efforts from 2014 to 2015

Alaska State Legislature

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Legislative Task Force

Senator Peter Micciche, Co-Chair

Representative Shelley Hughes, Co-Chair,

13:00 – 17:00


Unmanned Aircraft Systems Legislative Task Force Meeting

(Adjacent to main conference room directly following the lunch hour)

13:00 – 13:45


UAVs for Oil Spill Response & Flying Indoors

Trumbull Unmanned

Dyan Gibbens, Founder & CEO

14:30 – 15:00


UAS from an Airport Perspective

State of Alaska Department of Transportation

Jeff Roach, Northern Region Planning Manager, Aviation and Highways

15:00 – 15:30


Afternoon Networking Break

15:30 – 16:15


Developing payloads for climate research in Alaska

University of Alaska Fairbanks, International Arctic Research Center

Dr. Jessica Cherry, Research Associate Professor

16:15 – 16:45


The Evolution of the Unmanned Aircraft Industry: Then and Now

Department of the Interior (DOI)

Harry Kieling, Alaska Regional Director, Office of Aviation Services (OAS)

16:45 – 17:00


Meeting Conclusion and Announcements

Marty Rogers, Director, ACUASI

18:30 – 21:30


Alaska Riverboat Discovery – Dinner Cruise
975 Discovery Drive, Fairbanks, Alaska 99709
(907) 479-6673

Enjoy a relaxing dinner cruising into the heart of Alaska introducing you to the culture and way of life in the “Last Frontier”.  The narration covers the gambit of anthropology, culture, geology, glaciology, history, with even a little hydrology and engineering thrown in for good measure!