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NAASIC 1st Annual UAS Search & Rescue Symposium

Dates: April 6, 2016 at 10am to April 8, 2016 at noon.

Please note - the location of the SAR Symposium has changed!

The Symposium will be held at the Reno Ballroom, which is just one block east of the El Dorado Resort Casino at the intersection of East 4th and North Center Streets.

Parking is available at the Circus Circus Casino (enter from N. Sierra just south of 7th St on the left) or the El Dorado (enter from N. Sierra south of 4th St on the right). Be aware that N. Sierra is one-way heading south.

New Location: Reno Ballroom, 401 N. Center Street, Reno, NV, 89501

For Hotel Reservations, please call the El Dorado directly at 800-648-5966 and reference the symposium group code - SARUAV.

Drone use for Search and Rescue

Hot Topics

  • Introduction to drones for beginners
  • Incorporating drones into SAR missions
  • Advanced search techniques and strategies
  • SAR UAS team leader training
  • Legalities of using drones for SAR
  • Sensor technology for aerial searches
  • Proven case studies

The potential for unmanned autonomous systems to aid first responders and assist in emergency situations is enormous, but adapting existing UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) technologies to work in public safety offices requires understanding the specific needs and constraints of how drones and other autonomous systems could be used in emergency or public safety scenarios.

NAASIC is proud to partner with area businesses to host a symposium on the uses of unmanned autonomous systems for first responders. Bringing together first responders, vendors and industry leaders, the symposium will foster dialogue on how first responders use or would like to use autonomous systems while also informing those potential users about the current state-of-the-art in UAS technologies.

Registration Fees


On or before March 20th

After March 20th

Search and Rescue Team Volunteers Free Free
General Public $100.00 $100.00
Students/academics $100.00 $125.00
Law enforcement/military $200.00 $250.00
Private industry $300.00 $400.00
Vendors (10x10 booth, 2 passes) $400.00 $500.00

Symposium Schedule

The Thursday Evening Social Event will be held at the Reno Aces Ballpark where the Reno Aces will take on the El Paso Chihuahuas beginning at 6:35 pm. Admission to this event is included in the registration fee.

The tentative schedule, which is subject to change, is as follows:




Wednesday 8:00 to 9:45 General registration opens & vendor set-up
10:00 to 10:15 Honor Guard and Symposium Overview  - Susan Welsh
10:15 to 10:30 Invocation
10:30 to 10:45 Washoe County Sheriff Chuck Allen: Welcoming Remarks
10:45 to 11:00 Break
11:00 to 11:45 Keynote Speaker: Koch Industries - Kevin Spiares: Solving Problems through Industry Collaborations
12:00 to 1:00 Lunch
1:00 to 1:45 Keynote Speaker: David Kovar: Incorporating Drones into SAR Missions
1:45 to 2:00 Break
2:00 to 2:45 UNR Visiting Professor - Dr. Andreas Frey: Enabling Autonomous Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) Operation with a Mission Guardian
2:45 to 3:30 UNR Assistant Professor - Dr. Kostas Alexis: Sensor Technology for Aerial Searches
3:30 to 4:15 President of Sendero Group - Mike May: Search and Rescue - A Personal Story
6:00 to 8:00 SAR UAV Vendor Night: Light Snacks/Cash Bar/Meet the Vendors
Thursday 8:00 to 8:30 Registration/Vendor Set up
8:30 to 9:00 Pre-Session Snacks/Social
9:00 to 9:45 Keynote Speaker: Gene Robinson: SAR Technology-Proven Benefits
9:45 to 10:00 Break
10:00 to 10:45 Attorney Ann Morgan: UAV-NV Laws, Federal Law: Which ones help or inhibit First Responders use of Drones? Wilderness Areas?
10:45 to 11:00 Break
11:00 to 11:45 NASA-Dr. Frank Aguilera: Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management Systems (UTM)
11:45 to 1:00 Lunch
1:00 to 1:45 Boeing Insitu - LtCol (Ret) Steve Bishop: UAV Surveillance Technologies and Platforms
1:45 to 2:00 Break
2:00 to 2:45 Nevada Department of Public Safety - Paul Burke: Advanced Search Techniques with Drones.
2:45 to 3:00 Break
3:00 to 3:45 FAA - Steve Pansky: Integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS) First Responder Considerations
6:30 to 9:30

Reno Aces Baseball Game Season Opener.

Symposium Members meet in El Dorado hotel lobby at 6pm (walk to baseball park).

Vendor setup at park: 5pm

Friday 9:00 to 9:45 Vendor Presentation
9:45 to 10:00 Break
10:00 to 10:45 UAV Discussion Panel- Gene Robinson, David Kovar, Paul Burke, UAV Legal representative, HASTY Team Representative(s)
10:45 to 11:30

Breakout Sessions (2 total)

  1. Koch Industries-Startup Companies/UAV’s/First Responders Support

  2. Dr. Kostas Alexis & Dr. Logan Yliniemi - Perception Systems for UAVs and autonomous mapping

11:30 to 11:45 Break
11:45 to 12:13 Closing Remarks

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