Second Annual Arkansas Drone/Unmanned Aircraft Systems Summit

The second annual Arkansas Drone/Unmanned Aircraft Systems Summit is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, October 12th, on the University of Arkansas campus in the Reynolds Center Auditorium.

During this exciting event, one will be able to learn about existing drone platforms and also see what it is like to fly a drone at a Razorback football game. Topics such as Federal Aviation Administration compliance, cybersecurity, research and current projects will be covered by subject matter experts.

An unmanned aircraft system, or drone, flies over the Razorback's practice field. Credit: University of Arkansas

Unmanned aircraft systems or drones, originally used in military applications, have become useful tools in commercial operations, recreational, research, agricultural and law enforcement applications. Richard Ham, Assistant Director of the Master in Science of Operations Management and Engineering Management programs, helps in the efforts carried out for the University of Arkansas' unmanned aircraft systems.

The annual event is sponsored by Jim Rankin, Vice Provost for research and innovation, in order to bring together state resources to enhance economic opportunities and research efforts in Arkansas.

As the state's land-grant university, we are chartered to serve the citizens of Arkansas and improve their lives. We teach these topics in more detail in our foundations and remote sensing courses, and new courses are emerging around the state. There are not many events in the nation where you can find cutting-edge information presented by recognized experts in academe, agriculture, law enforcement, aviation and industry.

Richard Ham, Assistant Director of the Master in Science of Operations Management and Engineering Management programs

"I recommend this summit for anyone, from novice to expert, who is interested in this technology," said Rankin. "Dr. Ham is a leading expert in the use and regulation of unmanned aircraft systems, and this event presents a unique opportunity to learn about the latest developments in this field."

To attend the event via live streaming or in person, one has to register. Space is limited in the auditorium and via the live stream, thus improved registration is needed. After registration, an email with event details will be sent during the week of the event.

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