Symposium on UAS uses for search and rescue hosted by University of Nevada, Reno

Autonomous vehicles in search and rescue operations, emergency response topic of symposium

A variety of unmanned vehicles were used to test search and rescue scenarios at a NASA low-altitude air traffic management research exercise in October based at the NASA and University of Nevada, Reno’s NUANCE Lab in Stead, Nevada. The University’s Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center is hosting the second annual symposium on the use of unmanned autonomous robotics systems in search and rescue April 11-12.

1/31/2017 | By: Mike Wolterbeek |

Early-bird registration is open for the second-annual symposium on the uses of aerial robotics systems and autonomous ground vehicles for emergency first responders. The event is being hosted by the University of Nevada, Reno April 11-12. 

"We're excited to continue our symposium, bringing together search and rescue managers, aerial robotics companies and federal agencies to learn the latest in uses, and potential uses, of unmanned autonomous systems in search and rescue operations," Warren Rapp, business director of the University's robotics and intelligent machines center - the Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center, said. "This symposium will explore opportunities, present case studies and include panel discussions to foster dialogue on how first responders use, or would like to use, autonomous systems." 

Law enforcement agencies, search and rescue professionals, emergency management personnel, UAS manufacturers, students, researchers and the general public are all invited to attend to the event. 

A line-up of experts from the FAA, NASA, search and rescue agencies and private industry will present the latest information on new technologies; federal, state and local laws; air traffic management for drones; advanced drone search techniques; sensor technology for aerial systems; reconnaissance systems and more. 

"Because we are one of the few Universities in the country that is heavily involved in researching the benefits and capabilities of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) being integrated into search and rescue operations, we decided it was a natural fit to host this UAV SAR Symposium," Rapp said. 

Participants can attend targeted panel discussions, hear real-world case studies, learn about academic research and listen to vendor talks all geared toward streamlining adoption and training of UAVs into search and rescue and emergency management.

A vendor night will be held the first night of the event at the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino. The vendor area, located next to the symposium breakout rooms, is filling fast so vendors are encouraged to contact symposium organizers soon. 

Featuring two days of seminars, the symposium also includes a social event where participants will be treated to the Aces AAA baseball team's game on Thursday, April 12.

The Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center, NAASIC, is the University of Nevada, Reno's robotic systems and intelligent machine research and industry collaboration that includes land-based, aerial and stationary robotics and advanced manufacturing systems. NAASIC promotes the economic development of the autonomous systems industry in Nevada with funding and support from the Governor's Office of Economic Development.


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