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


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Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021
Time: 1:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Grand Ballroom ABC
In-Person presenters in this session may provide pre-recorded presentations for viewing by 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

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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.

In-Person Presentations
These presentations will be given in-person at the conference. Presenters have the option of providing a pre-recorded presentation for on-demand viewing by virtual attendees.
Mr. Stephen Teng, R&D Division, Automotive Research & Testing Center (ARTC), Taiwan
Mr. Bojan Subasic, Principal Product Line Architect DCS, Thales Canada, Transportations Solutions, Canada
Mr. Ian Kiely, CEO Drone Consultants Ireland, Drone Expo Ireland, Ireland
Dr. Nikolay Mikhaylov, Senior GNSS Expert at Bosch Corporate Research, Germany

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., GAO Report on DOD Navigation Capabilities, Grand Ballroom ABC