Keynote speakers have been announced for XPONENTIAL 2018 (Photo: Bruce A. Bennett)

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) announced the keynote speakers who will guide discussions about the benefits and future of unmanned systems at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018, being held from April 30 to May 3 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The experts will present keynotes devoted to themes critical to the advancement and growth of unmanned systems.

Tuesday, May 1: The Unmanned Economy The opening keynote, given by David Autor, Ford Professor of Economics and associate head of the Department of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Michael Chasen, CEO of PrecisionHawk, will highlight how unmanned systems are changing the way we work, live and play. Industry thought leaders will discuss how the technology is influencing Industry 4.0; the automation of technology, emerging opportunities, potential challenges and the workforce of the future.

Wednesday, May 2: The Unmanned Lifestyle These keynotes will build on the ideas and concepts presented the previous day to explore the cross section between technology and society. From the emergence of artificial intelligence in our lives, to unmanned systems and military robotics, to the automated delivery of medication and vaccines to remote areas around the globe, this session will explore what these advancements mean today and in the future. Speakers for this keynote session will be: " Zeynep Tufekci, associate professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina; " Stephanie Hill, senior vice president of Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Lockheed Martin; " Eduardo Martinez, president, the UPS Foundation, and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, UPS.

Thursday, May 3: Unmanned for Good These keynotes will be dedicated to exploring the humanitarian and public safety applications of unmanned systems to provide aid and support. This interactive discussion with first responders who conducted unmanned missions in response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as recent wildfires, will highlight the lifesaving benefits of the technology in emergencies. Speakers for this session will be: " Chris Hernandez, sector vice president, Research, Technology and Engineering, Northrop Grumman; " Charles L. Werner, Charlottesville Fire Chief Emeritus and chair, National Council on Public Safety UAS; " Robin Murphy, Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University; " Thomas Madigan, commander, Alameda County (California) Sheriff's Office; " Mike Morgan, director, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control.

The recipients of the AUVSI XCELLENCE Humanitarian Awards, sponsored by DJI, will be also be announced during this session.