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Unmanned Systems in Every Domain: Is Autonomy the New Cyber?



Join us May 30 for a full day of expert speakers and panelists from government, industry, and academia who are actively shaping the future of autonomous systems. Meet exhibitors to talk face-to-face about new capabilities and initiatives. Then finish the day with a tour and demonstration at the University of Maryland UAS Test Site (just a few seconds down the road!).

Unmanned Systems in Every Domain: Is Autonomy the New Cyber? 
Challenges and Opportunities for Industry

Wednesday, May 30, 2018   |   8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Southern Maryland Higher Education Center  |  44129 Airport Road, California MD 20619

Check-in and Coffee available at 7:30 a.m.

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            Naval Systems, Inc.  //  St. Mary's County Department of Economic Development


Adams Communication & Engineering Technology, Inc. (ACET)  //   Bell  //  Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University     
SURVICE Engineering Company   //   UMBC Training Centers
NAWCAD // Indian Head EOD Technology Division
Atlantic Test Ranges  //  Integrated Battlespace Simulation & Test  //  Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Directorate

Are you a leader in autonomous systems technology? Are you providing capabilities that are shaping the future of autonomous systems? If autonomous systems technology is a key part of your business or organization, we invite you to become a sponsor or exhibitor.

Become a sponsor >>    Become an exhibitor >>


*subject to change

7:30 - 8:00 a.m.

Check-in and Coffee

8:00 - 8:10 a.m.      

Welcome - Ms. Bonnie Green, Executive Director, TPP

8:10 - 8:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks -  RADM Mark Darrah, PEO(U&W) 

8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

Morning Keynote - Mr. Arthur Hinaman, Manager, Technical Support Branch, AUS-420, FAA

9:15 - 10:30 a.m.   

Panel 1: Strategic Navy/Marine Autonomous Capabilities

  • Moderator: Mr. Paul Hood, ADPEO (U&W) 
  • Mr. Robert Kimble, SES, Deputy Program Executive Officer for Unmanned Aviation PEO (U&W) 
  • Dr. Brian McKeon, Head; Undersea Warfare Weapons, Vehicles and Defensive Systems Department; Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport  
  • Mr. Scott Sampson, Unmanned Surface Vehicle Senior Craft Design Manager, NSWC Carderock      
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. 

Coffee Break/ Exhibits

10:45a.m. - 12p.m.

Panel 2: Leveraging Autonomous Capabilities for Warfighter Combat Superiority

  • Moderator: MAJ GEN Robert Newman, Jr., USAF (ret)                      
  • Mr. Carmine Borrelli, Director, Unmanned Aerial & Ground Systems, HQMC
  • CAPT Jeffrey Dodge, Program Manager, Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), PMA 266
  • LTC Mark Scherbring, US Army, TRADOC, ARCIC 

12 - 1 p.m.    

Lunch and Networking

1:00- 1:30 p.m.

Evolving Capabilities & Approaches to Support an Evolving UAS Community - Mr. Bruce Underwood, Deputy Director, Suborbital & Special Orbital Projects Directorate, NASA/GSFC/Wallops Flight Facility 

1:30 - 2:45 p.m  .

Panel 3: Real Life Experiences in the Small UAV Market

  • Moderator: Mr. Michael Van Dusen, Campus Director-Pax River, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University 
  • Mr. Peter Bale, CEO, Sentinel Robotic Solutions LLC  
  • RADM (ret) Tim Heely, CEO, Vanilla Aircraft LLC  
  • Mr. Anthony Pucciarella, Founding Member, Alaris, LLC
  • Mr. Dave Seagle, BAMS-D Program Lead  

2:45 - 3:00 p.m.

Coffee Break/Exhibits
3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Research Initiatives in Collaborative Autonomy - Dr. Don Davis, Division Chief for Robotics and Autonomous Systems, GTRI, Aerospace, Transportation &Advanced Systems Laboratory (ATAS)   

3:30 - 3:50 p.m.

University of Maryland UAS Test Site, Matt Scassero 

3:50- 4:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

4:00-4:10 p.m. Transition time to UMD UAS Test Site (44181 Airport Road, California, MD)

4:10 - 4:25 p.m.

UMD UAS Test Site Demo, Matt Scassero 

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Reception at Techport Incubator (44185 Airport Road, California, MD)



Let your business's passion for autonomous systems show! 

»» Three levels of sponsorship are available:

  • Platinum sponsor - $5,000 
    • Benefits include: one full page advertisement in the event program, your company’s logo and tagline on the “Platinum Sponsor” signage at the event, one exhibit space and six registrations.
  • Gold sponsor - $2,500
    • Benefits include: ½ page advertisement in the event program, your company’s logo on the “Gold Sponsor” signage at the event, one exhibit space and four registrations.
  • Silver sponsor - $1,500
    • Benefits include: your company’s logo on the “Silver Sponsor” signage at the event, one exhibit space and two registrations.

 »»  Exhibitors

Show off your company's contributions to the world of autonomy and connect with attendees representing numerous government, industry, and academic organizations. 

  • TPP Members - $495
  • Non-members - $795

The exhibitor fee includes

  • One exhibit table
  • One exhibit worker badge
  • One conference registration
  • Continental breakfast, lunch and reception

»» Contact Jen Brown, Programs and Membership Director, for more information at jennifer.brown@paxpartnership.org or 240-317-6018. 

Register as a sponsor or exhibitor online using the "Register for Program" button below.


$75 TPP Members
$125 Non-members
Government employees & active duty military - Free

TPP does not provide refunds for canceled registrations. We do welcome substitutions. In the event that the facility is closed on the day of the program due to inclement weather, TPP will refund your registration fee.

**Acquisition workforce attendees can earn 8 CL points.
They should be logged manually into eDACM:  https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/navyedacm/Login/Logout.aspx

Start Date & Time: 30 May 2018 at 08:00
End Date & Time: 30 May 2018 at 16:30

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