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Gold Rush or Realities? The Future of Drone Systems
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 06:00pm - 09:00pm

What does the future hold for unmanned aircraft systems?

Drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are capturing the imagination of many people with their widespread application. For others, they are a serious threat to airspace management and privacy. While it is clear that this technology is here to stay, important questions are waiting to be answered.

Come join us at swissnex Boston for a presentation by Michel Guillaume, Professor and Director of the Centre for Aviation (ZAV) at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), where he and his team are working on answering some of these important questions.

The unique Bachelor Degree Program in Aviation associated with ZAV, now celebrating its 10th anniversary, is an interdisciplinary program addressing complex and wide-ranging issues in the aviation sector under one roof. It links a broad variety of technologies, methods, and research fields with the goal of overcoming the challenges of future global mobility and researching ways to shape it more efficiently and securely.

Michel Guillaume will discuss the development of fixed wing UMARS drones, Remote Pilote Stations for drones and the project of a "Technology Study for Drones" in Switzerland, where in 2015 Swiss Post, Swiss WorldCargo and Matternet started jointly testing the commercial use of logistics drones.

Following Michel Guillaume's presentation, a panel of experts moderated by Olivier de Weck from MIT's AeroAstro department will discuss the future of autonomous aerospace science, ideas for unmanned aircraft integration in existing aerospace organization, and trends for payloads of unmanned aircraft systems for different applications (search and rescue, logistics, real estate agriculture, high altitude platforms to augment satellites, etc.).

Light refreshments will be provided.


 

Event Agenda

6:00 PM: Doors Open

6:30 PM: Michel Guillaume Presentation

7:00 PM: Panel Discussion

8:00 PM: Networking Reception

9:00 PM: Doors Close

 

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