Thousands expected to attend Texas Unmanned Aircraft System Summit May 9-10

Contacts: Bob Avant, 979-845-2908, bob.avant@ag.tamu.edu

Casandra Lorentson, 361-825-4039, Casandra.Lorentson@tamucc.edu

DALLAS — A number of Texas A&M University System entities, including Texas A&M AgriLife Research, will join public, private and academic leaders from across the U.S.from May 9-10 in Dallas to showcase and discuss the current state and advancement of unmanned aircraft systems.

The Texas UAS Summit coincides with AUVSI XPONENTIAL, an annual gathering that hosts the largest global community of leaders in drones, intelligent robotics and unmanned systems, according to the event’s website.

This year’s theme for the summit is “Bringing Autonomous Solutions to America’s Roadways, Railways, Waterways and Skies.”

About 4,000 attendees are expected at the dual event, which will be held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, said Jerry Hendrix, executive director of the Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, also known as the LSUASC. Hendrix is a summit organizer and is scheduled to deliver the event’s keynote address.

“This event exhibits the ingenuity and innovative spirit of the Texas A&M University System,” he said. “This is a great forum, held in Texas, to expose the Texas A&M University System as a leader in autonomous solutions research and innovation.”

As part of the event, a panel moderated by Texas A&M AgriLife Research director of corporate relations Bob Avant will review the application of unmanned aircraft systems in agricultural research. The panel will also provide updates on how UAS technologies enable research and can  help mitigate a future global food crisis.

“We have experts from across the Texas A&M University System,” Avant said. “These people are on the front lines of innovation in these technologies, blazing a trail for future generations. It will be an exciting discussion.”

Others involved in the event include a UAS test site of the Federal Aviation Administration, a Board of Regents research center housed at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, or TEEX The Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and AgriLife Research offices will also participate alongside the National UAS Credentialing Program – a joint endeavor between TEEX and the LSUASC.

“We are bringing the nation’s best together to showcase autonomous aircraft solutions and the spread of those across expert research at Texas A&M University System,” Hendrix said.

Go to the LSUASC website at http://lsuasc.tamucc.edu for a full event agenda and registration information.

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