February 9 - Hackable Drones, Drone Laws, and The Development of the UAS Ecosystem in North Carolina

Topic: 
Hackable Drones and Drone Laws
Presenter: 
Adrian Pomilio, James Vann, Kyle Snyder
When: 
Thursday, 9 February 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: 
The Frontier, 800 Park Offices Drive, Durham, NC
Parking: 
Parking is free, onsite

Many thanks to Eric Leary of DataKraft for the excellent recording and editing work!

This event will feature 3 excellent speakers, and we will be giving away a drone!

We will begin with Adrian Pomilio, UI Architect and Platform Architecture Team Lead for Mapp Digital, presenting on the topic of hacking drones. Next we have James Vann of Vann Attorneys Law Firm presenting the on the lastest drone laws and legislation. Finally we will hear from Kyle Snyder, Director of The NextGen Air Transportation Program (NGAT), NCSU Institute for Transportation Research and Education, which is a Consortium of academia, industry, and government members. This meeting will tie together the regulations, the research activities, the economic opportunities, the transportation infrastructure, and future directions.

1st Presentation: Hackable Drones
Video: YouTube
There has been a lot of talk about drones, and you can pretty much buy some type of a drone at the corner store. But can you control it with JavaScript? Can you tap into the OS and make the drone do your bidding? Or are you just stuck with what they give you in the box? This talk will cover two hackable drones as well as libraries you can leverage to control a myriad of non-traditional devices. Think of it as IOT before IOT. We will have live code, and a few demonstrations, and then we will raffle off one of the drones used in the presentation. This is a light hearted presentation and not a deep dive into aerospace engineering.

Bio: Adrian Pomilio is a UI Architect and Platform Architecture Team Lead for Mapp Digital in Raleigh NC. Adrian has been designing/architecting enterprise applications in the B2B and B2C space. With a heavy focus on front-end technologies JavaScript is at the forefront of his coding adventures. Currently he is heavily focusing on serverless and IOT architecture when he is not spending his free time with his two sons.

2nd Presentation: Drone Laws
Video: YouTube
James Vann from Vann Attorneys will present on drone laws. Full abstract and bio is forthcoming.

3rd Presentation: The Development of the UAS Ecosystem in North Carolina
Video: YouTube
"I will bring some slides with some of the work we have been doing to support UAS integration around the state since 2012. I will also talk about our role on the FAA UAS Center of Excellence ASSURE team. And I will talk about opportunities for getting involved with the NGAT Consortium here at NC State (my office) and what we are working on as a community. Our focus is developing North Carolina as an advanced aviation communications testbed for transitioning all aviation activities into a digitized operating environment, not just drones."

Bio: In 2012 Kyle returned home to North Carolina to lead the development of an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Ecosystem as part of an effort to transition the state to a modern air transportation system. In the role as the NGAT Consortium Director at NC State University, Kyle is reaching across North Carolina to connect researchers and educators with industry and government offices that are preparing for future aviation capabilities. Kyle has spent his entire career researching, developing, testing, educating, and advocating for new aerospace and aviation technologies. Having seen the initial Space Shuttle launches from his backyard as kid, to standing on the flight line for a couple of the last SR-71 flights at NASA Dryden, to being a driving force in the domestic integration of UAS for civil and commercial operations, Kyle continues to be inspired by the science of flight and seeks to share those moments with those around him (especially his wife and young son!).
https://itre.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/SnyderK.pdf

This is going to be an amazing event you do not want to miss!