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Leaders from FAA, DJI, and Intel to Speak at Xponential 2019 | AUVSI Releases Full List of Keynote Speakers for Xponential 2019

BY Isabella Lee
10 April 2019

The Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) announced today an exciting lineup of keynote speakers for AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019. The lineup includes executives from some of the most successful and recognized organizations in the drone industry, including the FAA, DJI, and Intel.

McCormick Place AUVSI Xpo 2019

AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019 will take place on April 29 to May 2, at McCormick Place in Chicago. Image Source: Игорь Феденко via Wikimedia Commons


The chosen speakers have a wealth of expertise to share with businesses and drone industry members, promising to deliver actionable insights and key knowledge around the themes of progress, execution, and vision.

Xponential 2019 Keynote Speaker Lineup

Below are the list and schedule of keynote speakers who will lead conversations about how unmanned systems are shaping the future at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, on April 29 to May 2, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Tuesday, April 30: The Power of Progress

The opening keynote session will highlight the idea of progress in the unmanned systems industry. From regulation to technical advancement and starting businesses to scaling operations, thought leaders will discuss how innovation requires participation. The keynote will assess the current status of the industry in terms of technology, operations, regulation, and the progress being made to further unmanned and autonomous systems with perspectives delivered from industry leaders and technology visionaries.

  • Opening Remarks by Brian Wynne, President and Chief Executive Officer, AUVSI
  • Michael Chasen, Chief Executive Officer, PrecisionHawk
  • Dan Lyons, Acclaimed journalist, hit-comedy screenwriter, and best-selling author
  • Anil Nanduri, Vice President and General Manager, Drone Group, Intel
  • Eric Schwartz, Head of Drone Program, Florida Power and Light

Wednesday, May 1: The Power of Execution

From drone flights over people to increased autonomy for defense ground vehicles, keynote speakers during Wednesday’s session will address the prime opportunity for cross-pollination of information and ideas across industries, domains, and market verticals.

  • David J. Albritton, President, General Motors Defense LLC
  • Carl Burleson, Acting Deputing Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Mike Fields, Innovation Executive, State Farm

Thursday, May 2: The Power of Seeing What’s Next

With a focus on the future, Thursday’s keynote speaker will address where the industry is headed, while also discussing important challenges facing future progress. A Blue Ribbon Panel of aviation experts will discuss the timely and critical issue of incursions by unauthorized unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at our nation’s airports and how best to mitigate this threat.

Finally, the top five finalists for the prestigious AUVSI XCELLENCE Award for humanitarian and philanthropic missions, sponsored by DJI, will also be announced during the session.

Additionally, for every person who attends the Day 3 Keynote, AUVSI will donate $2 to the Yellow Ribbon Fund.

Industry Keynote:

  • Dennis Muilenburg, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Boeing Company

Blue Ribbon Panel on UAS Mitigation at Airports:

  • Michael Huerta, Former Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Matt Cornelius, Executive Vice President, Airports Council International – North America
  • Lee Moak, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Moak Group

Humanitarian Awards:

  • Mario Rebello, Vice President and Country Manager, North America, DJI

The program host for this year’s show will be Travis Mason, Vice President and Head of Regulatory and Certification Urban Air Mobility (UAM) at Airbus.

UAV Coach and AUVSI Partner to Offer Discount on Conference Passes

We can’t wait to attend the conference with members of our own team here at UAV Coach. As a media partner of the AUVSI XPONENTIAL conference, we’re excited to be able to offer our readers a discount of up to $100 off passes.

UAV Coach readers can use the discount code UAVCXPO19 for $25 off of the XPO Hall Pass, $75 off of the Full Conference Pass and $100 off of the VIP Pass. All registration levels include access to the XPO Hall, Keynote Sessions, special feature event Startup Showdown, and special feature event Women and Diversity in Robotics.

AUVSI XPONENTIAL is the largest trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics industry. The 2019 exhibit hall will showcase 700 cutting-edge companies from around the world and more than 150 sessions of educational programming, providing information about the future of unmanned systems policy, technology, business solutions, and trending topics.

For more information about the featured speakers and XPONENTIAL 2019 and to register, visit Make sure to let us know if you’re planning to attend and which keynote speaker your most looking forward to in this thread on our community forum.

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