Unmanned Canada 2016
 

PROGRAM

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10/31/2016
16:00-18:00Registration Open - Name Badge Pick Up Available

11/01/2016
0730 - 1930Registration Open
07:30-08:30Buffet Breakfast
08:30 - 09:00Introductions, Icebreakers, Overview of Day
09:00 - 10:00TC Perspective on State of the ‘Now’. Update on VLOS NPA, and How it is Progressing. Exemptions/Extensions?
Mark Wuennenberg, Civil Aviation Inspector, General Flight Standards, Transport Canada
10:00 - 10:30Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:30Compliant UAS and Operators Panel Discussion
Mark Wuennenberg, Civil Aviation Inspector, General Flight Standards, Transport Canada
Andrew Carson, Customer Service and Training Lead, DraganFly
Kyle Kivimaki, Product Manager, Aeryon Labs
Chris Polowick, General Mgr Technology Dev, RME
11:00-16:00Exhibitor Set Up
11:30 - 12:00Unmanned Systems Canada’s Best Practices for BVLOS Operation
Eric Edwards, President, Xiphos Systems Corp.
Mark Wuennenberg, Civil Aviation Inspector, General Flight Standards, Transport Canada
12:00 - 13:30Buffet Lunch
13:30 - 14:00SMALL BUSINESS FOCUS TRAINING
Hummingbird Drones and Wildfire Operations in British Columbia
Robert Atwood, President / CEO, Hummingbird Drones
BVLOS Best Practices
Kris Ellis, Research Officer, National Research Council
Mexico Opportunities
Cecilia Villanueva Bracho, Consul , Consulate of Mexico in Calgary
Luis Salazar Brehm, Director of Projects, Amacuzac
14:00 - 14:30Successes and Failures of UAS Start-ups
Paul Bennett, Aerobotika
Sense and Avoid Performance Standard
Siu O'Young, President , Seamatica Aerospace Ltd
14:30 - 15:00UAV Training for Non-Aviation Professionals Utilizing Multi-Rotor Vertical Take-off/Landing UAVs
Yifei Zhao, Operations Director , AlteX UAV Technologies
Example ConOps with Ground-Based Radar
Cyrus Minwalla, Research Officer, NRC Canada
15:00 - 15:30Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:00TC NPA: What Does it Mean for Small Operators
Mike Campbell, Owner / Professional Freelance Photographer / Videographer / UAV Pilot, ckmmphotographic
BVLOS Integration Testbed
Mark Aruja, Chairman of the Board, Unmanned Systems Canada
Bill Jefferies, Director, Integrated Services, LOOKNorth
Updating TP15263 (VLOS Knowledge requirements)
Eric Edwards, President, Xiphos Systems Corp.
16:00 - 16:30Small Operator Panel Using Scenario-Based Risk Assessment Tools to Accelerate the UAS Economy
Dr. Stephen Eisenhawer, Chief Technology Officer, Periculum Labs
Henry Jaffe, Acting CEO, Periculum Labs
Why Everyone Needs Training
Paul Bennett, Aerobotika
16:30 - 17:00Hummingbird Drones and Wildfire Operations in British Columbia (Repeat)
Robert Atwood, President / CEO, Hummingbird Drones
UAS in Controlled Airspace - An ANSP Perspective
Derek Yakielashek, NAV Canada
Objectives for a Training & Education Sub-Committee (discussion)
Facilitator: Eric Edwards, President, Xiphos Systems Corp.
17:00 -19:30Opening Meet & Greet - Exhibitor Hall (Cash Bar)

11/02/2016
0700 - 1800Registration Open
07:00- 08:00Buffet Breakfast
08:00 - 08:15Welcome Address
Cynthia Farmer, Assistant Deputy Minister, Economic Development and Small to Medium Sized Enterprises Division, Alberta Provincial Government
08:15-08:30Keynote Address - Safety and Security, Transport Canada
Assistant Deputy Minister Laureen Kinney, Safety and Security, Transport Canada
08:30 - 09:00Drones: A Force Multiplier for Hollywood - Our Experience Filming X-Men for 20th Century Fox
Keith Wilson, SmartDrones
09:00 - 09:3050 Drone Pilots & Counting
Brent Bitter, Manager, Spacial Information Management and Modeling & Unmanned Vehicle Systems Programme, Technical Resources Branch, Ministry of Environment, Saskatchewan
09:30 - 10:00Transport Canada Update
Robert Sincenes, Director , Transport Canada
10:00 - 17:00Exhibitor Hall Open
10:00 - 10:30Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:00Development and Implementation of Collective Unmanned Systems Initiatives in the State of Nevada
Thomas Wilczek , Aerospace & Defense Industry Specialist , Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development
11:00 - 12:00Wildfire Panel
Patrick McIlwaine, Provincial Aviation Specialist, Wildfire Management Branch, Government of Aberta
Joe Eder, Special Projects Coordinator, Aviation Services Section of Aviation Forest Fire and Emergency Services (AFFES), Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Shawn Lund, BC Wildfire Service
12:00 - 13:30Buffet Lunch
13:30 - 14:00STREAM A - Nov 2 pm
Student Paper Competition: Developing a UAV Navigation System for Indoor and Outdoor Environments
Julien Li-Chee-Ming, York University
Moderator: Frederique Pivot, Athabasca University
Alberta IR Scanning Program
Jamie Badcock, ICS GeoSpatial Lead/Infrared Coordinator, Wildfire Management Branch/Agriculture and Forestry
A Novel Architecture for UAV-Borne Ground Penetrating Radar
Rijesh Augustine, University of Alberta
Cool Tools on the RNAV (GNSS) Z Approach for Runway 20
Mark Hovdestad, CEO, Locked On Solutions
14:00 - 14:30Student Paper Competition: Visual-Inertial SLAM: Applications to UAVs
Geoffrey Fink, University of Alberta
Moderator: Frederique Pivot, Athabasca University
BC Wildfire Management Experience using UAS
Shawn Lund, BC Wildfire Service
UAVs – Catalyst for Mining Evolution
Trevor Munn, Geologist in Training, Westmoreland Coal Company - Coal Valley Mine
Validation of Nonlinear Time Domain Modeling of Aircraft/Ship Coupled Dynamics using Current Sea Trial Results
James McCallum, Director Engineering, Indal Tech, Curtiss Wright
14:30 - 15:00Student Paper Competition: Terrain Following and Surface Avoidance for Geophysical Missions with UAVs
Salman Shafi, Carleton University
Moderator: Frederique Pivot, Athabasca University
Hummingbird Drones and Wildfire Operations in British Columbia
Robert Atwood, President / CEO, Hummingbird Drones
The FAA’s UAS Research Center of Excellence – UAS Research Influencing the Future
Marty Rogers, Executive Director, ASSURE Program
Manned or Unmanned: The Right Tool for the Job
Kevin Besler, Principal, Visual Modeling Analysis Inc.
15:00 - 15:30Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:00STREAM C - Nov 3 pmSTREAM D - Nov 3 pm
Physics-Based Model Identification of the Mosquito UHV-T Unmanned Helicopter
Bryan Godbolt, Flight Control Engineer, Meggitt Target Systems
UAS Operation in Challenging Conditions - Stories from the Alberta Oilfields
Dan Juhlin, Remote Sensing Analyst
Application of Airborne Magnetic Surveying to Mine and Tailing Identification and Modelling Using RME’s Geomatics RenegadeTM Rotorcraft UAS
Madeline Lee, Research Officer, National Research Council Canada
Launching UAVs in First Responder Operations
Richard Podolski, Director of Aviation, Airmarket
16:00 - 16:30Human Factors Support for the Development and Evaluation of a UAS Ground Control Station
Derek McColl, DRDC - Toronto
Economics of Winter Burn Pile Scanning
Jim Thomasson, Wildfire Researcher, FPInnovations
UAS for Mapping and Monitoring of Northern Permafrost Landscapes
Jurjen Van der Sluijs, Remote Sensing Analyst , Government of Northwest Territories
Foremost UAS Range Update
Doug Hanna, Range Manager Foremost UAS Range, CCUVS
16:30 - 17:00Traditional Model Aviation – A Gold Standard in Safety
Marc Sharpe, Model Aeronautics Association of Canada (MAAC)
Characterizing Vegetation Structure on Anthropogenic Features in Alberta’s Boreal Forest with UAVs
Shijuan Chen, MSc student, Department of Geography, University of Calgary
Amphibious Robot for Environmental Monitoring
Nicolas Olmedo, System Developer, Copperstone Technology
Vibration Monitoring of Inaccessible Industrial Equipment Using an Unmanned Aerial System
Brennan Undseth, University of Alberta
17:15Annual General Meeting
17:00-19:30Networking Reception - Cash Bar

11/03/2016
07:30 - 16:00Registration Open
07:30 - 08:30Buffet Breakfast
09:00 - 11:30Exhibitor Hall Open
08:30 - 09:00Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence
Paul Godsmark, CTO, CAVCOE - Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence
09:00 - 10:00Military Update
Cdr Simon Nadeau, Director Naval Requirements , Canadian Armed Forces
Capt Matthew Shoniker, Project Director - Family of UAVs - Canadian Army, DND
Maj Rob Clark, RCAF
10:00 - 10:30Coffee Break
10:30 - 10:35The Trade Commissioner Service and You
Charles Boisvert, Trade Commissioner, Aerospace Team, Global Affairs Canada
10:35 - 11:30Investor Panel
Tom Hansen, Chief Operating Officer, The Sky Guys
Moderator: Alexander Harmsen, CEO, Iris Automation
Henry Jaffe, Acting CEO, Periculum Labs
Bud Norris, Serial Entrepreneur,
Jim McKillop
11:30 - 12:00Chairman’s Message and Awards Presentation
12:00 - 13:30Buffet Lunch
13:00-13:30DND UAS Requirements - Chairman Room
Cdr Simon Nadeau, Director Naval Requirements , Canadian Armed Forces
13:30 - 14:00STREAM B - Nov 2 pm
Sense & Avoid Technology: The Missing Gap and How to Close it.
Alexander Harmsen, CEO, Iris Automation
UAS Related Precision Farming and Environmental Monitoring Research in Finland
Jere Kaivosoja, Research Scientist, Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE)
Enterprise Fleet Management for Unmanned Aircraft: What are my Drones Doing, and Why Should I Care?
Kyle Kivimaki, Product Manager, Aeryon Labs
The Rise of UAVs in Law Enforcement
Andrew Carson, Customer Service and Training Lead, DraganFly
14:00 - 14:30Experimental Evaluation of NRC’s Passive Intelligent Collision Avoidance Sensor (PICAS)
Cyrus Minwalla, Research Officer, NRC Canada
The Use of UAV-Based Multispectral and LiDAR Data for Studying Wheat and Canola Growth
Chris Polowick, General Mgr Technology Dev, RME
Compliance: The Key to Enterprise Engagement
Lindsay Mohr, CEO, AirMarket
Case Studies for Civil UAS Applications in Canadian Government Agencies
Charles Vidal, Aerial Robotics Project Lead, National Research Council Canada
14:30 - 15:00Preliminary Assessment of the OPAL LiDAR Capability to Assist Heavy Autonomous Vehicles in Unprepared Terrain
Dr. Phil Church, CTO-Chief Technology Officer , Neptec Technologies
Brett Owens
A Comparison of Aggregate Volumetric Analysis Using UAV-Based LiDAR and Photogrammetry
Chris Polowick, General Mgr Technology Dev, RME
Unmanned Maintenance: An Enabler of Industry Growth
Sean Greenwood, President, Canadian UAVs
Development and Implementation of Enhanced Perception of CBRNE Hazards (EPOCH) robotic system
Bumsoo Kim, Defence Scientist, DRDC
15:00 - 15:30Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:00STREAM A - Nov 3 pmSTREAM B - Nov 3 pmSTREAM C - Nov 2 pmSTREAM D - Nov 2 pm
Visual Servoing for Target Tracking Using Quadrotor UAVs
Jason King, University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies
High-Accuracy Topographic Mapping in Remote Access on Baffin Island
Steve Myshak, CEO, Ventus Geospatial
The Need for Advanced Science to Support Drone Applications Aross Disciplines
Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa, Prof Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Dept, University of Alberta
Canada’s First BVLOS Flight in Civil Airspace: Moose Aerial Survey by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Scott Finucan, Aviation Science Specialist, Aviation Services Section of Aviation Forest Fire and Emergency Services (AFFES), Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
16:00 - 16:30Design and Control of a Vertical Takeoff and Landing Fixed-Wing UAS
Yasir Malang, University of Toronto
Environmental Scan on the Operational Use of RPAS for Geomatics in Canada
Jurjen Van der Sluijs, Remote Sensing Analyst , Government of Northwest Territories
Aerial Robotics Framework for UAS for Flight Planning and Obstacle Detection
Charles Vidal, Aerial Robotics Project Lead, National Research Council Canada
New Developments in Satellite Communications – Opportunities for Unmanned Systems
Brent Perrot, President, Hunter Communications
16:30 - 17:00UAV Mounted High-Resolution Three-Axis Digital Fluxgate Magnetometer
Stefan Damkjar, University of Alberta
Professional UAV Mapping Solutions – Design Decisions for a Professional Solution
Adam Zylka, Technical Support Engineer, senseFly
Implementing a Flight Safety Program in your Organization
Anne-Sophie Riopel-Bouvier, Vice President, Air Ops , EXO Tactik
Elm Tree Classification Project
Pietra Shirley, Consultant
17:00 - 17:30An Open Source Comprehensive System Board for UAVs with Redundant Power
Jorge Marin, University of Alberta
Technologies to Detect and Mitigate the Threat from Consumer Drones
Mark Espenant, DRDC Centre for Security Science
Alberta Aerospace & Technology Centre
Gerald Skocdopole, Chief Pilot (737) , Canadian North Airlines