Search & Rescue and so more at the Commercial UAV Show 2017


15 – 15 November 2017 – London

The Commercial UAV Show attracts high number of users and buyers from Europe and aborad. This event outside the US is now in its 4th year and continues to attract those at the forefront of UAV development and deployment around the world. The leading conference features over 200 attendees and more than 80 industry speakers from the likes of Facebook, Maersk, DHL, EE, Google, Airbus, BP, Rakuten and many more.

Our more than 2000 visitors span the breadth of new users: surveying, photography, mapping, GIS, emergency services, agriculture, utilities, infrastructure and more. These visitors benefit from a vibrant exhibition area and multiple free on-floor seminars.

The full agenda:


09:00 – Opening Keynote: Developing an autonomous ATM system and defining the future of the drone industry

  • Designing an air traffic management system that will allow for widely used BVLOS operations
  • What are the obstacles between where we are now and universal BVLOS?
  • Who has a license; how successful have their flights been; what results can you expect?
  • What you need to consider: Security threats, potential disasters, liability

Marcus Johnson,Research Aerospace Engineer, Aviation Systems Division, NASA Ames Research Center

09:20 – Building the case for the safe use of UAS in international airspace: What progress has been made?

  • Discussing the certification of systems
  • Understanding the whole industry: UAS in military service: Types and Use
  • Understanding the tension between certification and capability development
  • Case Study: Project Claire

Al Cunningham,UAV Project Engineer, UK MOD

09:40 – Innovating and adopting technology trends: The oil industry’s view

  • How have UAVs revolutionised the oil industry?
  • What are the other forms of technology that can complement the use of UAVs?
  • What are the best use cases for UAVs in the oil industry? Accompanied with case studies

Joe Little,Technology Principal, BP Plc

11:20 – Panel: Malicious actors and UAVs: What is the role of the manufacturer when countering drones?

  • What are the benefits of manufacturer self-regulation over government control?
  • Who holds the ultimate responsibility to prevent misuse of UAVs?
  • How can you keep track of where your product is going?
  • What are the current preventative measures, and how can they be improved?

Jon Damush,Vice President and General Manager, Insitu Commercial
Chris Blackford,COO, Sky-Futures
Steve Tisseyre,Detective Constable, National Police Advisor on Drones, Metropolitan Police – National Prisons Intelligence Coordination Centre (NPICC)

11:50 – Roundtable Discussions

  • Regulation focus: BVLOS
  • UAVs in precision agriculture
  • UAV use in day-to-day law enforcement
  • The potential of UAVs and BIM
  • Disaster relief – How drones provide support
  • IoT-Connected UAVs
  • Connectivity challenges for drones
  • Driving BVLOS technology forward

14:00 – The software behind the hardware: developments driving innovation

Track 1 – Technology, Data Management and Innovation

  • Software solutions that are building the next era of drones
  • How are software developments addressing the key technical challenges?
  • What are developers doing to address UAV safety?
  • What are the main software development trends?

Christopher Thomson,Sales Manager, senseFly

14:00 – How do you actually scale Enterprise drone operations?

Track 2 – Fine-tuning the Industry: Safety & Security in Drone Use

  • Why is Enterprise now looking to scale in-house rather than outsourcing?
  • What tools are needed to scale Enterprise drone operations?
  • How can/will Enterprise deal with the ever-increasing amounts of drone-based data they collect?
  • What does the future look like for scaled Enterprise drone operations?
  • Chris Blackford,COO, Sky-Futures

14:20 – Panel: Handling your data: How to get the most valuable insights?

Track 1 – Technology, Data Management and Innovation

  • Overcoming the challenges of a data overload
  • Best practices for processing, analysing and storing your data
  • Recognising what is invaluable and what is irrelevant
  • How secure is your data? Advice for spotting potential pitfalls

Moderator: Steven Eglinton,Director, GeoEnable Ltd
Joe Little,Technology Principal, BP Plc
Ole Kristensen,Chief Superintendent, Danish National Police
Paul Bennett,RPAS Business Development Manager, Serco Defence
John Molberg,Business Development Manager, Lockheed Martin CDL Systems

14:20 – Quick-fire debate: Should Manufacturers self-regulate?

Track 2 – Fine-tuning the Industry: Safety & Security in Drone Use

  • What does it mean to self-regulate?
  • Is self-regulation counter-productive to creating industry standards?
  • Should there be cross-company collaboration on standards?
  • Who benefits from self-regulation?

Moderator:John Laughlin,Director, Appleseed Solutions
Jon Damush,Vice President and General Manager, Insitu Commercial
Steve Tisseyre,Detective Constable, National Police Advisor on Drones, Metropolitan
Police – National Prisons Intelligence Coordination Centre (NPICC)

14:50 – Policing and UAVs: How can drones help with traffic management and accident reporting?

Track 1 – Technology, Data Management and Innovation

  • How can UAVs be used to collect data in a new, efficient way?
  • How are UAVs modernising the way that traditional traffic monitoring can be carried out?
  • What are the advantages of using UAVs?
  • Case studies and examples

Ole Kristensen,Chief Superintendent, Danish National Police

14:50 – Regulatory obstacles to employing counter-UAV technology

Track 2 – Fine-tuning the Industry: Safety & Security in Drone Use

  • Addressing the laws that make c-UAV methods illegal
  • Understanding your options in the current regulatory climate
  • Where is the discussion happening? Who is involved?
  • Overcoming roadblocks to ensure safety for all

Steve Tisseyre,Detective Constable, National Police Advisor on Drones, Metropolitan

Police – National Prisons Intelligence Coordination Centre (NPICC)

15:10 – UAVs: A tool for emergency management?Track 1 – Technology, Data Management and Innovation

  • What are the potential applications of UAVs in emergency management?
  • How UAVs can be used for risk assessment
  • How are UAVs enhancing investigations in new ways?

David Jones,Co-Founder and CEO, Rescue Global (

15:10 – Moving at the speed of business: The problems with regulating innovative technology

Track 2 – Fine-tuning the Industry: Safety & Security in Drone Use

  • Creating standards from the UAV industry across several member states
  • How can you move the management of UAVs out of the regulatory sphere?
  • What are the benefits to users of UAVs if standards are created by bodies other than national regulators?
  • How is the ICAO developing a global registry for the UAV industry?

Sam Brand,Chief, Revenue and Product Management, International Civil Aviation Organization

15:30 – Regulation focus: Preparing for the impact of Brexit and global change on the industry

Track 2 – Fine-tuning the Industry: Safety & Security in Drone Use

  • How effective is current legislation? What are the expectations for the next 5 years?
  • Will the regulatory landscape within the UK mirror that of the EU after Brexit?
  • UK role in developing the UAV sector; encouraging innovation
  • What are our expectations for regulatory change, if any?

Elena Lynch,Head of Drones Policy, International Aviation, Safety & Environment, Department for Transport

15:30 – What will the skies look like in 2050?

Track 1 – Technology, Data Management and Innovation

  • Beyond 2020: what are the long-term predictions for the future of our airspace?
  • What will the biggest goals and milestones be over the next 30 years?
  • How much change can we expect to see? Will it be a gradual acceptance or a total shift in regulation?
  • Will commercial airspace become more public or private?

Michael Read,Industry Expert, Creative & Lateral

15:50 – Maximising the potential to use UAVs in oil & gas production

Track 1 – Technology, Data Management and Innovation

  • What are the new technologies being used in oil and gas exploration?
  • Teaming UAVs with USVs and UMVs
  • Which parts of the production chain are becoming to rely on automated vehicles?
  • How will the industry come to rely further on UAVs in the future?

Mohamed Hafez,Mechanical Engineer, Costain Ltd

15:50 – Developing universal standards across the UAV industry

Track 2 – Fine-tuning the Industry: Safety & Security in Drone Use

  • How will adopting standards help bring new market entrants?
  • Who should be involved in the creation of standards?
  • Why there is a need today in order to grow tomorrow
  • How should regulators be involved from the initial stages?

Michael Gadd,Policy Specialist, UAS & Spaceplanes, Civil Aviation Authority

16:40 – Invisible Highways: Developing autonomous traffic management systems

  • Enabling safe low-altitude civilian UAS operations
  • How can a UTM (UAV traffic management) system be implemented into existing airspace?
  • Who will oversee such a system?

Jonathan Evans,President, Global UTM Association, Co Founder And Chief Executive Officer, Skyward I.O.

17:00 – Panel: Managing public and private airspace

How will airspace management systems need to adapt to include widely used UAVs?

What are the main regulatory barriers?

What sort of collaboration needs to happen between public and private organisations?

What does the future of airspace management look like?

Moderator:Jonathan Evans,President, Global UTM Association, Co Founder And Chief Executive Officer, Skyward I.O.
Martin Rowe-Willcocks,Head of Sales – Future Programmes & Services, BAE Systems
Daniel Rubio,CTO, AirMap
Philip Binks,Solution Architect, N.A.T.S.
Bernd Korn,Head of Department Pilot Assistance, DLR


09:10 – Opening Keynote: Innovative and creative uses of drones in the construction industry: Transferrable lessons

  • How have changes in regulation and advances in technology changed how UAVs are used in construction?
  • What does UAV use mean for training staff?
  • What kind of data can you get from a drone?
  • What does adoption look like for organisations of different scales?

Ravi Kugananthan,Project Engineer, Laing O’Rourke

09:30 – Rail Surveys – Drones are a “game changer”

  • What are the biggest risks, costs and challenges facing the rail service delivery chain?
  • Vogel R3D: “a game changer”; What is it, why is it unique and how is it the most advanced method of data capture available in the industry?
  • How a single survey can be used for not only rail alignment design, but H&S assessments, condition surveys, and virtual site visits
  • How drones are changing the way we think about data capture and delivery

James Dunthorne,UAV Technical Manager, Plowman Craven

10:10 – Drones and Internet of things

  • Discussing connectivity challenged of systems of drones
  • How can an autonomous system be managed?
  • What are the design features of a connected system of UAVs?
  • What are the use cases?

Biren Gandhi,Distinguished Strategist, Corporate Strategy Office, Cisco

11:20 – When Big is Too Big: Real-Time Drone Data Processing on the Edge

Track 4 – Technology, Data and New Opportunities

  • “Big” is only Getting Bigger: Optical Sensors versus Broadband
  • Cloud or Edge? What Every Drone Operator Should Know About Where the Math Gets Crunched
  • GPUs and a New Era of Massive Local Parallelization
  • Real-World Computing on the Edge: Real-time 3D Reconstruction

Michael Jones,Software Engineering Manager, Lockheed Martin

11:20 – What is the role of drones in smart cities?

Track 5 – Innovations in the Industry

  • What are the challenges and opportunities of UAVs in smart cities?
  • What are the main uses for UAVs in the future city?
  • UAVs for traffic and pollution monitoring
  • How will regulations have to be adapted to encompass the use of UAVs in urban airspace?

Charbel Aoun,Non-Executive Director, Future Cities Catapult

11:40 – The very near future of last mile logistics: 100kg cargo UAV’s

Track 4 – Technology, Data and New Opportunities

  • Near future markets
  • Entry strategy: a techno and socio/economical approach

Barry Koperberg,Founder, Wings For Aid

11:40 – UNICEF: Engaging drones for humanitarian use

Track 5 – Innovations in the Industry

  • Developing national regulatory frameworks for drones
  • Delivering laboratory samples and health supplies
  • Integrating drones in emergency response
  • Africa’s first drone air corridor for humanitarian use

Judith Sherman,Cheif, HIV and AIDS, UNICEF

12:00 – How UAVs are being used in search and rescue operations

Track 4 – Technology, Data and New Opportunities

  • What vision do SAR operators have for the future use of UAV technology?
  • How have the RNLI incorporated UAVs into operational use?
  • Encouraging SAR partners to engage with our requirements gathering exercise
  • Case studies from the past year of using UAVs

Hannah Nobbs,Head of UAVs, Royal National Lifeboat Institution

12:00 – How are drones becoming more autonomous?

Track 5 – Innovations in the Industry

What foundations are being laid today that will lead to a system of fully automated drones in the future?

Will we ever be able to remove the human element from UAV control?

What is the newest software that will lead the way to autonomy?

Sorin Dumitrescu,Department Manager, Location Identification & Reporting, O.M.V. Petrom Sa

12:20 – Developing innovative tools for the control and management of marine litter through UAVs

Track 5 – Innovations in the Industry

  • How can UAVs be used in conservation zones?
  • How are drones being used to solve problems in a more straightforward way than before?
  • Funding the use of drones within a research organisation
  • Examples of drone applications in conservation; what are the transferrable lessons?

Senior Representative,LitterDrone

12:20 – Unmanned aircraft for autonomous accident investigation

Track 4 – Technology, Data and New Opportunities

  • Examining and analyzing UAV uses in accident investigation
  • Investigating the use of LiDAR in response to accidents

Joni Pelham,Research Fellow in Flight Data, School of Aerospace, Transport & Manufacturing, Cranfield University

13:40 – What is the importance of safety management systems for UAVs?

  • How are safety management systems developed?
  • What are the standards that have been created across industries?
  • What are the risks if your organisation does not have a safety management system in place?
  • Finding an inspiring way to promote safety

Peter Slater,Aerial Solutions UAV Manager, Costian

14:00 – Drones, Thermal Imaging and Emergency Response

  • Gain a basic understanding of the science behind thermal imaging
  • Learn about the capabilities (and limitations!) of thermal imaging cameras
  • See real-life examples of thermal imaging drones deployed in emergency response
  • Examples include: structural and wildland firefighting, search and rescue, and hazardous materials

Patrick Sherman,Founder & CEO, Roswell Flight Test Crew

14:20 – Managing the world’s first Hands-free Hectare

Automated machines growing the first arable crop remotely
How drones and automated field scouts have been used with our agronomist
Using open source software to control the autonomous systems
Taking crop samples of the Hectare with an aerial drone system.
Jonathan GillJonathan Gill,Mechatronics Teaching Assistant & UAV Pilot, National Centre for Precision Farming

14:40 – How can UAVs be used to map geological change? 

  • Minimising risks to communities and infrastructure by predicting change
  • What kinds of data are used to create results?
  • How do UAVs provide new insights?
  • What are the arguments for use?

John Barlow,Lecturer in Applied Geomorphology, University of Sussex

15:20 – UAV potential to contribute to our national resilience structure

  • How can Search and Rescue operations be enhanced by the use of UAVs?
  • What navigation systems will these SAR teams rely on?
  • How the data collected by drones can be a huge advantage
  • Challenges in UAV field deployment

Ed Davies,Environmental Hazards and Disaster Department, Kingston University

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