New England UAS and AAM Summit 2022 Program

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Join us for New England’s UAS and AAM Summit 2022, Scaling Airspace and Autonomy: Impacts on Society and Business, co-hosted by AUVSI New EnglandMassAutonomy, and NDIA New England. Government, industry, and academic leaders from across the country will discuss UAS and AAM progress, opportunities, and obstacles as we develop and implement this critical technology in society and daily life.

*Speakers subject to change*


New England UAS and AAM Summit 2022
Scaling Airspace and Autonomy: Impacts on Society and Business
DAY ONE | Wednesday, 26 October 2022 | Burlington, MA
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM Registration
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM Exhibit Hall Open
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
  Dr. Waseem Naqvi
  President, AUVSI New England; Chief Technology Officer, Raytheon Unmanned Vehicle Systems
  Roman Hachkowski
  President, NDIA New England
  Paige Scott Reed
  Counsel, MassAutonomy; Partner, Prince Lobel Tye LLP
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM Summit Keynote One: Department of Defense
9:45 AM - 10:15 AM Commercial Break and Networking Opportunity
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM Session One Keynote: 737Max
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM  Session One Panel Discussion: Ethical Autonomy/Ethical Engineers
  As more and more systems incorporate automation, autonomy, and AI that aim to ease operator burden, the responsibility of engineers to consider the ethics of these new features increases. Ethics, in this case, refers to the obligation of engineers, product managers, and executives to consider all aspects of user human machine interaction and to ensure that the machine intelligence never inhibits the system operator or owner from making decisions that are based on years of training and human intuition that cannot yet be captured in machine decision making. In this panel, we will consider recent lessons learned on the impact of Autonomy and AI on how people interact with systems and discuss ways in which engineering students are trained in ethics, and how engineers, and companies in general, should handle the issue of machine-based decision-making and the impacts it has on the ability of a human to interact with a system.
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM PitchFest
  Watch short videos submitted by researchers, start-ups, and government innovators in the UAS and AAM ecosystem.
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM Summit Keynote Two: Proliferation of UAS as Seen in Ukraine
  Wahid Nawabi
  CEO, AeroVironment
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM Commercial Break and Networking Opportunity
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM Session Two Keynote: Counter-UAS and Airspace Security
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM Session Two Panel Discussion: Airspace Security
  As the number of drones continues to increase, both commercially and for militaries around the world, the use of drones by potential bad actors is also on the rise. This year the world is witnessing drones in Ukraine being employed both offensively and defensively by both sides. The widely-broadcast images from Ukraine demonstrate the challenge in securing our airspace and protecting people and assets in the air and on the ground and hold many lessons for airspace security and Counter-UAS technologies and operations. This panel will discuss what we are learning about the real use of drones as weapons and as surveillance or intelligence gathering tools, and what new issues our local, state, federal, and military agencies should consider for ensuring the safe use of US airspace.
5:15 PM - 5:30 PM Recap and Closing Remarks
  Dr. Waseem Naqvi
  President, AUVSI New England; Chief Technology Officer, Raytheon Unmanned Vehicle Systems
  Roman Hachkowski
  President, NDIA New England
  Paige Scott Reed
  Counsel, MassAutonomy; Partner, Prince Lobel Tye LLP
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Reception
  Meet the exhibitors, see the drones flying in the net, visit the anechoic chamber or network with your friends and colleagues. Join us for an excellent opportunity to engage with the day's speakers and other leaders in the industry.

New England UAS and AAM Summit 2022
Scaling Airspace and Autonomy: Impacts on Society and Business
DAY TWO | Thursday, 27 October 2022 | Burlington, MA
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM Registration
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM Exhibit Hall Open
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
  Dr. Waseem Naqvi
  President, AUVSI New England; Chief Technology Officer, Raytheon Unmanned Vehicle Systems
  Roman Hachkowski
  President, NDIA New England
  Paige Scott Reed
  Counsel, MassAutonomy; Partner, Prince Lobel Tye LLP
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM Summit Keynote Three: FAA/NASA
9:45 AM - 10:15 AM Commercial Break and Networking Opportunity
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM Session Three Keynote: Enablers
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM  Session Three Panel Discussion: Enablers
  BVLOS is one of the hottest topics in UAS operations. However, other than the release of the BVLOS ARC report earlier this year, the failure to adopt any real changes to the BVLOS waiver process continues to stagger an industry ready for rapid growth and frustrate companies across the drone industry. Some large established names have even closed shop, given the slow roll-out of regular, routine BVLOS operations for inspection or delivery. This panel will explore successes and failures when it comes to BVLOS and attempt to identify how companies can find success and avoid common pitfalls. It will also discuss what needs to happen next now that the BVLOS ARC report has been released and fully digested by the community over the first three quarters of this year.
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Summit Keynote Four: Voice of Industry
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM Commercial Break and Demonstration Opportunity
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Session Four Keynote: Vertiports
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM Session Four Panel Discussion: Vertiports
  The critical path to mass transit with Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) vertical takeoff and landing vehicles goes behind vehicle technology development. A major piece is also the infrastructure investment to establish vertiport hubs. But unlike vehicle development - which is often guided by federal regulations - placement and development of vertiports cannot be done without high levels of collaboration between city and state government as well as industry. Additionally, there are alternative approaches to VTOL that leverage existing infrastructure, such as high-speed autonomous maritime solutions. This panel will explore the path to AAM vertiport design and placement from the perspective of state and local community leaders, the paths for infrastructure development, and what it means to businesses committed to revolutionizing the transportation industry. The panel will also examine alternatives to AAM VTOL that may offer more near-term solutions but with more limited deployment options.
4:45 PM - 5:00 PM Recap and Closing Remarks
  Dr. Waseem Naqvi
  President, AUVSI New England; Chief Technology Officer, Raytheon Unmanned Vehicle Systems
  Roman Hachkowski
  President, NDIA New England
  Paige Scott Reed
  Counsel, MassAutonomy; Partner, Prince Lobel Tye LLP
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Reception
  Meet the exhibitors, see the drones flying in the net, visit the anechoic chamber or network with your friends and colleagues. Join us for an excellent opportunity to engage with the day's speakers and other leaders in the industry.

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