Drone Technologies, Education, Training,

Research and Applications (TETRA) 2020

Drone TETRA, Feb. 21, 2020

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
Selby Auditorium
8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Attend and Share, if you Know. Attend and Learn, if you Don’t.

Objectives of Drone TETRA 2020

  • Brings together leaders in drone technologies, education, training, research and application to give the audience a comprehensive overview of the past, present and future of this fast-emerging field.
  • Provides attendees with an assessment of the ever-increasing role of drones in agriculture, utility inspection, public safety, national defense and security, surveying, mapping, cinema, photography and other industry sectors.
  • Provides insight into the science, technology and engineering behind drones, including Artificial lntelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Internet of Things (IOR), wearables, mobile, Internet, 3-D printing and other emerging technologies.
  • Serves as a unique opportunity for industry leaders to gather in an expo setting and showcase their products and research.
  • Encourages collaboration and the exchange of innovative ideas and applications among drone developers, drone users and drone enthusaists from a broad variety of fields.
  • Includes a competition centered around the creative use of drones for demanding applications.

Target Audience

Drone TETRA 2020 is designed for participation from all sectors of industry, government and academia with the aim of sharing state-of-the-art training, research and innovative application opportunities created by drone technologies. Seminar organizers will solicit input from the audience about creative ways in which they can and do use drones in their fields. 

Drone Competition I (FREE and Open to Public)

  • This Drone TETRA 2020 competition will identify the most creative design and/or ideas for using drones to solve a social, educational, security, military, agricultural or other problem.
  • The competition is open to the public (high school and undergraduate students are encouraged to participate).
  • Participants must submit a photo of their drone to enter the competition and should be ready to showcase their drone, answer questions from a panel of judges about the operation of their drone, provide a description of the problem being addressed, and describe the solution, cost and design of the drone.
  • Drone operation may be expressed through showcasing, presentation, animation and/or simulation of the drone.
  • Project materials, overall design and quality of the presentation will be evaluated by a panel of experts based on merit, impact, originality, creativity, applicability, cost analysis and simulation.

Drone Competition II (FREE and Open to Middle/High Schools)

  • This Drone TETRA 2020 competition will identify the fastest team of middle/high school students that can assemble a drone and prepare it for flight. Drone kits will be provided by the conference sponsors.
  • The competition is only open to the middle and high school students. Each team can have a maximum of four students.
  • Only the first 20 teams to register may participate.
  • Each team must be sponsored by a teacher. One teacher can sponsor up to four teams.
  • Participating teams will be evaluated by a panel of experts based on their teamwork, speed, neatness, precision, and skills.

Paper Submission

Click here to access the submission page for Drone TETRA 2020. All documents should be created in Word format (.doc or .docx). Please include the presentation abstract, a brief bio, a high-resolution headshot (for Paper Presentation submissions) and team member names, picture of drone (for competition I), and sponsoring teacher’s name (for competition II). Submission deadline is Feb. 15, 2020.

Registration

  • Admission is FREE for everyone but registration is REQUIRED. Please click the Register Now button below:  
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Speakers

giti javidi

Giti Javidi, PhD

Associate Professor, Information Technology and Cybersecurity, USF Sarasota-Manatee

Dr. Ehsan

Ehsan Sheybani, PhD
Associate Professor, Information Systems and Decision Sciences, USF Sarasota-Manatee

Karen Holbrook

Karen Holbrook, PhD

Regional Chancellor, USF Sarasota-Manatee

Brett Kemker, PhD, Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, USF Sarasota-Manatee

Brett Kemker, PhD

Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, USF Sarasota-Manatee

Thomas E. Becker, PhD  Professor of Management & Interim Dean of the College of Business USF Sarasota-Manatee

Thomas E. Becker, PhD

Professor of Management & Interim Dean of the College of Business, USF Sarasota-Manatee

Shaw Li

Xiaopeng (Shaw) Li, PhD

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, USF

 

Neirda Thompson-Pemberton

Neirda Thompson-Pemberton

Executive Director, FUNducation Inc

Brandon Turk

Brandon Turk

Director of Transformational Technology, WOZ ED

Mel Rodgers

Mel Rodgers, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, School of Geosciences, USF

Yu Zhang

Yu Zhang, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, USF

Dr. Marvin Andujar

Marvin Andujar, PhD

Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, USF

Warren “Skip” Parish

Warren “Skip” Parish

Subject Matter Expert

 

Robert Novak

Robert Novak, PhD

Professor, Department of Global Health, USF

 

Benjamin Jacob

Benjamin Jacob, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Global Health, USF

Seyed Alireza Khoshnevis

Seyed Alireza Khoshnevis

Ph.D. Student, Electrical Engineering Program, USF

   

Dante Tezza

Dante Tezza

PhD Candidate, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, USF

Matthew Harvey

Matthew Harvey

CEO - Owner, Edge Drone Services

Manoug Manougian

Manoug Manougian, PhD

Professor of Mathematics, USF 

Lionel Guilbert  Manager, Airport Operations, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport

Lionel Guilbert

Manager, Airport Operations, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport

 

 

Please click here to read speaker biographies.

Schedule

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. | Registration/Breakfast/Networking

8:30 – 8:40 a.m. | Opening Remarks

  • Giti Javidi, PhD, Associate Professor, Information Technology and Cybersecurity, USF Sarasota-Manatee
  • Ehsan Sheybani, PhD, Associate Professor, Information Systems and Decision Sciences, USF Sarasota-Manatee

8:40 – 9:00 a.m. | Welcome

  • Karen Holbrook, PhD, Regional Chancellor, USF Sarasota-Manatee
  • Brett Kemker, PhD, Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, USF Sarasota-Manatee
  • Thomas E. Becker, PhD, Professor of Management & Interim Dean of the College of Business, USF Sarasota-Manatee

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. | Communication and Control in Connected Autonomous Vehicles

  • Xiaopeng (Shaw) Li, PhD, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, USF

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Utilizing Drones for STEM Education and Training

  • Neirda Thompson-Pemberton, Executive Director, FUNducation Inc
  • Brandon Turk, Director of Transformational Technology, WOZ ED

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. | Coffee Break and Networking

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. | Imaging the Earth: UAVs and the Future of Geoscience Research

  • Mel Rodgers, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, School of Geosciences, USF

10:45 – 11:15 a.m. | Air Traffic Management Using Drone Technologies

  • Yu Zhang, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, USF

11:15 – 11:45 a.m. | Using Brain-Robot Interaction for Drone Control

  • Marvin Andujar, PhD, Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, USF

11:45 am – 12:45 p.m. | Lunch Break | Creative Drone Competition

12:45 – 1:15 p.m. | A Survey of the State-of-the-Art Military Drones

  • Warren “Skip” Parish, Subject Matter Expert

1:15 – 1:45 p.m. | Role of Drones and Mosquito Biology in Disease Control

  • Robert Novak, PhD, Professor, Department of Global Health, USF
  • Benjamin Jacob, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Global Health, USF

1:45 – 2:15 p.m. | Advanced Techniques for SAR Imaging in UAVs

  • Seyed Alireza Khoshnevis, Ph.D. Student, Electrical Engineering Program, USF

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. | Coffee Break and Networking

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. | Efficiency, Improved Control, and Speed in Modular, Multi-Rotor Drones

  • Dante Tezza, PhD Candidate, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, USF

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. | Review of Innovative Drone Integration and Applications

  • Matthew Harvey, CEO - Owner, Edge Drone Services

3:30 – 4:10 p.m. | From Dreams to Reality, Crossing the Karman Line

  • Manoug Manougian, PhD, Professor of Mathematics, USF

4:10 – 4:40 p.m. | Drones and UAVs: Legal Issues, Policies, and Regulations

  • Lionel Guilbert, Manager, Airport Operations, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport

4:40 – 4:50 p.m. | USF SOAR/Base 11 Space Challenge - Space Rocket Competition

4:50 – 5:00 p.m. | Concluding Remarks, Networking, and Creative Drone Competition 

Seminar Chairs

  • Ehsan Sheybani, PhD, Associate Professor, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
  • Giti Javidi, PhD, Associate Professor, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

Organizers and Technical Program Committee 

  • Y. (YuYu) Zhang, PhD
  • Marvin Andujar, PhD
  • Sandra Justice
  • Skip Parish

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • How can I submit a paper?
    • Please click to upload your paper.

Sponsors

  • USF Research Council
  • Research One Logo
  • Microsoft Store at University Town Center
  • USFSM Research Innovation Makerspace (RIM) Lab

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