The 2019 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems

June 11 - 14, 2019

Atlanta Marriott Buckhead
Hotel & Conference Center

Atlanta, GA, USA

ICUAS'19 Program

Program Overview

The Online Program is available. The complete Final Program and Book of Abstracts and Logistics and Paper Presentation Sequence documents are also available.

Legal and Policy Track


Keynote Talks

Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., USAF (Ret.)
Professor of the Practice of Law
Exec. Director, Center on Law, Ethics & National Security, Duke Law


Charles J. Dunlap Jr. joined the Duke Law faculty in July 2010 where he is a professor of the practice of law and Executive Director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security. His teaching and scholarly writing focus on national security, law of armed conflict, the use of force under international law, civil-military relations, cyberwar, airpower, military justice, and ethical issues related to the practice of national security law.

Dunlap retired from the Air Force in June 2010, having attained the rank of major general during a 34-year career in the Judge Advocate General Corps. In his capacity as Deputy Judge Advocate General from May 2006 to March 2010, he assisted the Judge Advocate General in the professional supervision of more than 2,200 judge advocates, 350 civilian lawyers, 1,400 enlisted paralegals, and 500 civilians around the world. In addition to overseeing an array of military justice, operational, international, and civil law functions, he provided legal advice to commanders and civilian leaders at all levels. During his career, Dunlap has been involved in various high-profile interagency and policy matters, including his testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives concerning the Military Commissions Act of 2006.

The 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act--Where to from Here?

James Poss, Maj Gen, USAF (ret)
ISR Ideas


The talk presents in details the ground-breaking 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act and explains its impact on the American commercial UAS and counter UAS markets. An in-depth review of recent rule proposals for UAS operations over people and remote identification for UAS is discussed.


Maj. Gen. James O. Poss (ret) is the CEO of ISR Ideas, an intelligence and unmanned aerial systems consulting firm. He holds degrees in Political Science (BA), International Relations (MA), National Security and Strategic Studies (MA), and completed the Executive Seminar in International Relations and National Security Studies at Harvard University. He is the founder and former Executive Director of the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE), FAA Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Center of Excellence Team. ASSURE is one of the top U.S., Canadian, Israeli and British UAS Research Universities with 100+ corporate members tasked to solve the FAA's UAS research issues. Poss' ASSURE UAS team won the competition for the FAA's Unmanned Research Center against teams that included MIT, Stanford and Michigan. He is a 30-year U.S. Air Force veteran with combat experience in four wars, and he was the Air Force's Senior Career Intelligence Officer at his transition from active service in November 2012. He is a leading expert on UAS, having helped designed the US Air Force's remote split operations system for UAS control and the Distributed Common Ground Station for UAS intelligence analysis. Gen Poss also has extensive experience in cyber operations from his assignments with the National Security Agency and as the Air Force lead for stand-up of US Cyber Command. He received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Southern Mississippi. He flew RC-135 sensitive reconnaissance missions during the Cold War, served in DESERT STORM with the U.S. VII Corps RC-12 Guardrail Battalion in Saudi Arabia, commanded an RC-135 squadron during the Kosovo Air War and was Director of Intelligence for Coalition Air Forces in Southwest Asia at the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom. The General commanded the 488th Intelligence Squadron, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, the 609th Air Intelligence Group at Shaw AFB, SC and 70th Intelligence Wing at Fort George G. Meade, MD. General Poss served as the Director of Intelligence at both Headquarter U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Combat Command. His final assignment was Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force. He is the 2012 winner of Aviation Week's Curtis Sword Award for his leadership in Anglo-American aerospace relations.

The Invasions of Drones - Public Perception and Safety

Dr. Brandon Stark
Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft System Safety
University of California - Merced


The age of drones is upon us. Once relegated to the military or the inspiring graduate student, drones are now in everyday life. And it is not too far off to think of drones as turning into a typical part of the everyday experience. At University campuses across the US, this is already the reality. Researchers fly drones over campus research plots, students race drones in the quads, the media team is filming every campus event from the sky, and every construction project has a drone to document progress. Now, there is hardly a day without a drone or two in the sky.

While there are certainly some technological challenges, this keynote shares experiences with the people side of things, because, ultimately, the long-term success of drones is not tied to technical expertise, but rather how the public embraces it. This creates several challenging questions: How does the public learn about drones - their laws and uses? What drives public perception? Are the drivers of concerns largely real or imaginary? Policy and lawmakers face significant challenges in assessing public perceptions and in shaping policy that responds adequately to concerns, even if they are imaginary. In the University setting, we have had an opportunity to engage in dialogue on how regular drone use has affected drone operators, the general populace and those tasked with ensuring campus safety.

The University of California's experience of drone integration will be presented, and some of the human issues that have surfaced will be presented. Along the way, we will look at how the influences of the media, movies and TV shape the perception and ultimately the public understanding of risk and risk tolerance. Comparing and contrasting with the development of laws, industry standards and policies, we can identify where there are disconnects and avenues for addressing concerns as we start to move towards a future of ubiquitous collaborative robotics.


Dr. Brandon Stark is the Director of the University of California's Center of Excellence on Unmanned Aircraft System Safety, where he provides UAS expertise to all 10 of its campuses, cooperative extensions, research centers and field stations across the state of California. He has led the integration of UAS within the University ecosystem, developing an infrastructure modeled on enterprise risk management to support research, classroom education, UAS operator training, risk assessments and safety assurance. In addition, he leads multiple UAS research projects on safety, policy and the safe integration of UAS into local communities and is a member of the FAA UAS Safety Team.