In this event, jointly delivered by the CW Future Devices & Technology and Security SIGs, we will examine the new and disruptive opportunities presented by UAVs and hear from leaders in the field.
We will consider the various challenges which must be met to realise their dreams and protect us from the potential negatives; from the diverse array of new technologies required in wireless, positioning, materials, AI and imaging to the necessary legislation and regulation required to ensure safety, security and privacy.
The day will culminate in an optional workshop where participants will be invited to propose new and exciting applications and business models for drone technology, building on what they have learned from the earlier presentations. We will aim to see which of these might be the next big drone-enabled disruption.
From appearances in popular entertainment such as Mission Impossible and Bladerunner, to their use in such diverse applications as conservation, creative arts, delivery, security & surveillance and new sporting events (drone racing) their impact is widely talked about. At one extreme, their use in military operations seems likely to change the face of future warfare, whilst at the other extreme, ever smaller and cheaper devices promise to assist each one of us in our everyday activities.
However, are we rushing too fast into this utopian future where deliveries are automatically taken into our homes, where we can be ‘present’ at any time with loved ones by ‘dropping in’ through a 360 VR drone? The possibility for automated 24/7 facial recognition by an army of surveillance drones will surely protect us all from terrorist threat, but at what price? Organised crime has already adopted the new technology, which circumvents walls and fences. In response, a whole new industry has arisen in drone countermeasures, from radio jammers, to net firing guns, or even lasers.
Attendees should leave with a broad understanding of the key technologies and current applications for drones, together with an appreciation of the emerging future opportunities and challenges to be addressed in this dynamic and rapidly growing tech sector.