Drone conference coming to Dayton this week

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UAS Midwest conference Chairman Maurice McDonald talks about the national experts and topics expected at the drone conference

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Government, aerospace industry and academic experts across the country will converge in Dayton to share their visions of the future of drones.

The two-day Unmanned Aerial Systems Midwest conference will launch Tuesday at the Dayton Convention Center.

“We really focused hard on getting speakers from a national point of view to come to Ohio and talk about what’s going on around the country,” said Maurice McDonald, conference chairman and Dayton Development Coalition executive vice president of aerospace and defense.

Organizers expect hundreds of attendees at the gathering, formerly called UAS Ohio and started in 2012. The name change was meant to broaden the conference’s reach and attract more states as it competes with more places that organize industry conventions, McDonald said.

“What we realized is we have to differentiate ourselves in Ohio, which is another reason that we changed our approach,” he said.

Among other topics, presenters will focus on the future of Air Force autonomous UAS operations, the integration of drones into the national air space, UAS sensors and the Internet of Things, drones and legal and privacy issues, and the use of drones in news gathering.

For additional information, log onto www.uasmidwest.org.

Coinciding with the conference, Sinclair Community College National UAS Training and Certification Center and Ohio State University will have a one-day academic UAS summit Monday with researchers coming to Dayton from more than a dozen states, said Deborah Norris, Sinclair vice president of workforce development and corporate services.

The National Science Foundation’s Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Industry Advisory Board will meet in Dayton during the UAS Midwest to explore the latest research trends, she said.

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