Third Federal UAS Workshop

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May 14-16 2019, NASA Ames Research Center Bldg 3, Moffett Field, Mountain View, CA

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3rd Federal UAS Workshop, May 14-16, 2019, Mountain View, California

This workshop is classified as MISSION OPERATIONAL and does not require registration in the Conference Database (OBIS). On your USGS travel authorization indicate MISSION OPERATIONAL as the Purpose of Travel. There are no registration fees, the workshop is supported by the hard work of volunteers.

Important Dates

  • April 20, 2019:           Deadline for Poster Registration
  • May 01, 2019:            Deadline for Registration
  • May 14-16, 2019:      Workshop

Day 1 Federal Agency Updates

A plenary morning session with speakers from Federal Agencies updating the audience on UAS policy issues, operational challenges and upcoming opportunities that we could or need to collaborate on. Afternoon poster session on UAS science projects with refreshments.

Day 2 UAS for Science and Emergency Operations: Lessons and Opportunities from the Kilauea Response 

A plenary morning session with Federal scientists and Program leadership using Kilauea as a case study to explore the challenges and opportunities of responding to natural disasters with UAS, focusing on opportunities for joint action. Afternoon breakout sessions on next-generation sensors for small UAS, tribal opportunities, successful workflows and other topics.

Day 3 SBIR and industry presentations

Morning plenary sessions with an introduction to NASA’s SBIR program, industry presentations on High Altitude Long Endurance platforms and AI applied to UAS Data. Afternoon working groups on potential SBIR proposals and other partnership opportunities.

Why are we holding a workshop? 

The purpose of this workshop is to use partnerships to accelerate UAS use throughout the Federal enterprise. By approaching these challenges with a whole-of-Government team, we share successes within each of our Agencies to accelerate our national UAS enterprise, and we focus group resources on shared challenges and new opportunities.

Why should you come? 

At this third workshop, you will meet partners from across the Federal spectrum who will share both challenges and successful stories. On day one, you will get a sense of how many Federal Agencies are using UAS. On day two you will learn how Federal Agencies respond to rapidly evolving emergencies like the 2018 Kilauea volcanic eruptions. You will also learn about emerging next-generation sensors for small UAS. Day 2 will conclude with flight demonstrations in the NASA experimental UAS hangar, next door to the workshop. On day 3, you will learn about how industry and others are using new tools like AI to accelerate the rapid exploitation of UAS data. You will hear from NASA’s SBIR program on how this mechanism can be used to focus industry on making new tools for Federal needs. These events are designed to connect you with resources and partnerships.

Who should attend? 

Federal scientists, program managers and leadership interested in accelerating UAS using partnerships with other Federal Agencies and industry. 

Lodging and Amenities

A limited number of per-diem rooms are available on or near Moffett Field at the NASA Exchange Lodge, (650) 604-8100, and nearby Navy Lodge, (650) 962-1542. Continental breakfast will be served on-site with registration, and on-site lunch will also be available as a registration option. On-site afternoon refreshments are available for purchase at NASA Spacebar, open until 19:00. Dinner options are available at Spacebar, or in nearby Mountain View. The workshop site Building 3 is located on Moffett Field, accessible via 30- to 45-minute drive from San Francisco International Airport or a shorter drive from San Jose Airport. Access to Moffet Field and the workshop site is controlled by guards, please bring acceptable State or Federal identification.


Contact Jonathan Stock, USGS National Innovation Center Director, Bruce Quirk, USGS UAS Liaison, or Matthew Fladeland, NASA Airborne Science manager.