Session A4: PANEL: Emerging Autonomous Applications – Challenges and Prospects


Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021
Time: 1:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
This session will be live streamed for registered virtual attendees.
A recording of this session will be available for on-demand viewing by all registered attendees.

Session Chairs

Dr. Naser El-Sheimy
University of Calgary, Canada

Dr. Aboelmagd Noureldin
Royal Military College of Canada, Canada

Track Chair

Dr. Jan Wendel
Airbus Defence and Space GmbH, Germany

The number of applications which are enabled by autonomous platforms is increasing rapidly. Examples are the first tests of passenger transport with drone taxis and autonomous driving for personal transportation. Autonomous trains are already connecting airport terminals and are used within the public transport infrastructure in some cities. Other applications include autonomous fork-lifts operating in storage halls and robots that assist in housekeeping or nursing. While some of these applications are mature, others are considered experimental. This panel discussion will present current and future practical scenarios for the use of autonomous platforms, address the challenges and limitations connected to these applications (technically and legally), and will predict the impact of these applications on society and daily life.