The Association for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has announced the host and keynote speakers at its upcoming show, XPONENTIAL 2016, taking place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans on May 2-5.
Journalist and pilot Miles O’Brien – who focuses on science, technology and aviation – will host the event. He is the science correspondent for PBS NewsHour, a producer and director for the PBS science documentary series NOVA, and a correspondent for the PBS documentary series FRONTLINE and the National Science Foundation Science Nation series. For nearly 17 years, he worked as a science, environment and aerospace space correspondent for CNN and anchored various programs, including American Morning.
O’Brien will introduce each of the keynote speakers during the three-day show:
- Gur Kimchi, vice president and co-founder of Amazon Prime Air, will speak on Tuesday, May 3 at 9 a.m.;
- John T. Chambers, executive chairman and former CEO of Cisco Systems, will also speak on Tuesday, May 3 at 9 a.m.;
- General David G. Perkins, commander of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, who previously served as the 21st Commander of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, will speak on Tuesday, May 3 at 3:30 p.m.;
- Michael P. Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, will speak on Wednesday, May 4 at 9 a.m.; and
- Frank Kelley, deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy (Unmanned Systems), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development & Acquisition), will speak on Thursday, May 5 at 9 a.m. CDT.
AUVSI expects more than 8,000 stakeholders from 55 countries to attend the event, which will include more than 300 educational sessions, as well as an exhibit hall with more than 600 companies.