The Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC) at the University of Wyoming is hosting a symposium about the opportunities and constraints of using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on May 17-18 at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center.
“The development of unmanned aerial systems has advanced significantly in just the past few years,” says Jeff Hamerlinck, WyGISC director. “Great potential exists for UAV applications in Wyoming, not only in research and education, but also for natural resource development and management, precision agriculture, infrastructure monitoring, law enforcement, and emergency response.”
According to the university, the symposium’s goal is to raise awareness and educate attendees on a range of UAV topics, including platform and sensor technology, data processing techniques, and regulatory considerations for legal drone use.
The symposium will begin with opening remarks and a keynote address by Bruce Quirk, unmanned aircraft systems liaison for the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Va. Quirk has more than 30 years of experience using satellite and aerial remote sensing to monitor natural resources in the U.S. and around the world.
The symposium will include policy overviews, scientific talks and issue-specific panel discussions involving experts from academia, government and the private sector. The symposium will also conclude with a series of technology demonstrations scheduled for the University of Wyoming’s indoor practice facility and intramural fields.