Next week, the third annual Arkansas Drone – Unmanned Aircraft Systems Summit will take place on March 12-13, with events in Fayetteville and Little Rock. The event is free to attend but you do need to register.

Arkansas Drone – Unmanned Aircraft Systems Summit

This marks already the third annual Arkansas Drone – Unmanned Aircraft Systems Summit. The event will take place on March 12-13, with events in Fayetteville and Little Rock.

Drone experts will discuss a number of topics such as Federal Aviation Administration compliance, Homeland Security regulations, and the role that drones can play in research and emergency response.

The summit will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 12, with sessions divided between the Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences in Fayetteville and at the Walton Executive Education Center in Downtown Little Rock. Sessions in Fayetteville will be simulcast live to the location in Little Rock, and Little Rock sessions will be simulcast to the Fayetteville site.

Richard Ham, assistant director of the Master of Science in Operations Management and Engineering Management programs, facilitates the University of Arkansas’ unmanned aircraft systems efforts said:

“There are not many events in the nation where you can find cutting-edge information presented by recognized experts in academe, agriculture, law enforcement, aviation and industry. “As the state’s land-grant university, we are chartered to serve the citizens of Arkansas and improve their lives, and this summit is a way to do that by distilling the information we teach on campus in our foundations and remote sensing courses, and in new courses emerging around the state.”

Some planned sessions during the summit include:

  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence in unmanned aircraft systems collection
  • Comparison of thermal plant presentations between night and daytime collection
  • Navigation with GPS and machine learning models
  • Unmanned aircraft systems use in earthquake and crisis management assessment
  • Open question session on the future, vision and new developments

There will also be a drone demonstration at Agri Park in Fayetteville the day after the summit, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 13. Attendees in Little Rock will have a chance to meet with vendors at the Walton Executive Center during the same timeframe.

University of Arkansas Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences 1371 W Altheimer Fayetteville, AR 72701 United States

Live from two locations:

Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences 1371 W Altheimer Fayetteville, AR 72701

Walton Executive Center 119 Main Street Little Rock, AR

“We look forward to seeing you at the Drone / UAV Summit! Space is limited, so registration is requested. Light refreshments will be served, lunch is offsite. Free parking in Fayetteville, paid parking is available in Little Rock. You will receive an email the week of the event with more information.”

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Space is limited.


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