NAASIC Second Annual UAS Search & Rescue Symposium

Dates: April 11 and 12, 2017

The Symposium will be held at the Silver Legacy Resort & Casino, 407. N. Virginia St., Reno, NV. Early check-in, on-site registration, and vendor set-up will be available from 2pm - 6pm on April 10, 2017.

All Symposium activities will be held on the Grand Exposition Hall Level (one level below street level).

Please Note: Online registration is now closed. Onsite registration is available at the venue on April 10 from 2pm-6pm and on April 11 from 8am-9am.

Registration is located in the Royal SalonPresentations and Vendor Exhibits will be located in the Exposition Hall.

Symposium Schedule

Speaker Biographies

Search and Rescue Groups who are registered to attend:

  • Josephine Co., OR
  • Marion Co., OR
  • Multnomah Co., OR
  • Snake River, ID
  • Boise, ID
  • Guard Reserve, IN
  • San Louis Obispo Co., CA
  • El Dorado Co., CA
  • Larimer Co., CA
  • Torrance, CA
  • Siskiyou Co., CA
  • Solano Co., CA
  • Tooele Co., UT
  • Elko Co., NV
  • Lyon Co., NV
  • Humboldt Co., NV
  • Washoe Co., NV
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • West Columbia, TX

Hot Topics

  • FAA regulations
  • Incorporating drones into SAR missionsSheriff launching a drone
  • Advanced search techniques and strategies
  • NASA SAR Activities
  • Intelligent Robotics Systems
  • New 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 again partner with area businesses to host a symposium on the uses of unmanned autonomous systems for first responders. The 2016 event provided an opportunity for first responders, vendors and industry leaders to engage in dialogue about the current state-of-the-art in UAS technologies and how first responders can use autonomous systems for search and rescue.

Symposium Schedule (subject to change)

2017 SAR Symposium Schedule
4/11/2016 Time Speaker Topic/Title Affiliation
Coffee / Snacks 07:00-09:00   Registration / Vendor Setup  
  09:00-09:20 Sheriff Chuck Allen Welcome & Color Guard Washoe Co. Sheriff's Dept
  09:20-09:30 Warren Rapp Symposium Overview UNR
  09:30-10:15 Michael May Search & Rescue: A Personal Story Sendero Group
  10:15-11:00 Richard Kelley Intelligent Robotics Systems UNR
Break 11:00-11:15      
  11:15-12:00 Steve Bishop Innovations in UAS Visualizations to support Emergency Response Insitu
Lunch 12:00-01:00      
  01:00-01:45 Steve Pansky Public and Civil Unmanned Aircraft Operations in Support of Emergency First Responders FAA
  01:45-02:15 Brian Kulpa Commercial UAS Cinematography, Photography, and 3-D Mapping Brian Kulpa Photography, LLC
Break 02:15-02:30      
02:30-03:15 Kevin Spiares Future of UAS from a Business Perspective Koch Business Solutions
  03:15-04:00 Susan Welsh Remote Pilot Certification UNR
 Vendor Social 04:00-06:00      
Coffee / Snacks 08:00-09:00   Registration / Vendors available  
  09:00-10:00 Craig Hange NASA SAR Activities NASA
  10:00-10:30 Gino Hodges OnScene Commander Software and Integration into the ICS Plexsys
Break 10:30-10:45      
  10:45-12:00 Mike Vorachek & others SAR Panel NASAR
Lunch 12:00-01:00      
  01:00-02:00 Gene Robinson Training Your Public Safety Agency RP Flight Systems
  02:00-02:45 S.W.A.R.M. SAR Volunteers SAR Drones
Break 02:45-03:00       
  03:00-04:00 David Kovar The Emperor Has No Clothes - Are Consumer UAVs suitable for SAR? NASAR; New England K-9 SAR
Free Time 04:00-06:00      
Reno Aces Game 06:35-09:30      

The Tuesday evening social event will feature a vendor night with appetizers and a cash bar at the symposium venue. The Wednesday evening social will be held at the Reno Aces Ballpark where the Reno Aces will take to the field at 6:35 pm. Admission to this event is included in the registration fee.