Keynotes

“Urban Air Mobility, a vision by Airbus”

Dr. Isabel Del Pozo de Poza

Head of UTM – Urban Air Mobility

AIRBUS

Dr. Isabel Del Pozo de Poza

Head of UTM – Urban Air Mobility

AIRBUS

Isabel del Pozo de Poza has over 10 year experience in the ATM field. She started working at Boeing Research & Technology Europe (BR&TE) participating in common initiatives between NextGen and SESAR, supporting the trajectory based operation concept on both ATM modernization programmes. Isabel holds a PhD addressing the “Assessment of Fairness and Equity in Trajectory Based Air Traffic Management”. She joined Airbus Helicopters in 2013 as an Expert and in the field of ATM and Civil Operations and Head of Department for Mission Management. She is leading within Airbus the traffic management initiative to support and enable new operations.

“Autonomous Drone Racing”

Prof. Davide Scaramuzza

Professor of Robotics and Perception at
Dept of Informatics at University of Zurich
Dept. of Neuroinformatics at Univ. of Zurich and ETH Zurich

Davide Scaramuzza does research at the intersection of robotics, computer vision, and neuroscience. Specifically he investigates the use of standard and neuromorphic cameras to enable autonomous, agile, navigation of micro drones in search-and-rescue scenarios. He did his PhD in robotics and computer vision at ETH Zurich (with Roland Siegwart) and a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania (with Vijay Kumar and Kostas Daniilidis). From 2009 to 2012, he led the European project sFly, which introduced the PX4 autopilot and pioneered visual-SLAM-based autonomous navigation of micro drones.

For his research contributions in vision-based navigation with standard and neuromorphic cameras, he was awarded the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Career Award, the SNSF-ERC Starting Grant, a Google Research Award, KUKA, Qualcomm, and Intel awards, the European Young Research Award, the Misha Mahowald Neuromorphic Engineering Award, and several conference paper awards. He coauthored the book “Introduction to Autonomous Mobile Robots” (published by MIT Press; 10,000 copies sold) and more than 100 papers on robotics and perception published in top-ranked journals (TRO, PAMI, IJCV, IJRR) and conferences (RSS, ICRA, CVPR, ICCV).

In 2015, he cofounded a venture, called Zurich-Eye, dedicated to the commercialization of visual-inertial navigation solutions for mobile robots, which later became Facebook-Oculus Switzerland and Oculus’ European research hub. He was also the strategic advisor of Dacuda, an ETH spinoff dedicated to inside-out VR solutions, which later became Magic Leap Zurich. Many aspects of his research have been prominently featured in the popular press, such as Discovery Channel, BBC, IEEE Spectrum, MIT Technology Review Magazine.

“R&T supporting UAS development. The role of Research Organizations in UAS/RPAS innovation chain”

Francisco Muñoz Sanz

Head of Department: Center of Aeronautical Innovation and Systems Engineering
Subdirectorate of Aeronautical Systems
INTA, National Institute of Aerospace Technology. Spain

Aeronautical engineer. Polytechnic University of Madrid. 1980. He joined INTA in 1983, where he has played the following roles:

  • 1983-1990 Flight Test Engineer
    • Qualification and validation engineer of Aircraft Performance, Flying Qualities and Flight Control in C101, C212, CN235, T26 programmes.
    • Flying qualities and Flight Control engineer and delegate in the Group of Official Test Centers (OTC) of the EF 2000 Eurofighter Programme. 1987 1993.
  • In 1993 he was appointed responsible for the development and project manager of the SIVA UAS. First RPAS development system at INTA and first national project in that size and complexity category.
  • Following the above, he has been the head of the workgroup (later Department) in charge of all developments on unmanned systems that INTA has addressed:
    • Surveillance systems: SIVA (300kg), ALO (50kg), MILANO (1000kg).
    • Air target systems: ALBA (25kg), DIANA turbojet (160kg).
    • Other studies and developments of related technologies.

Nowadays, he conducts the Aeronautical Innovation and Systems Engineering Center (Centro de Innovación Aeronáutica e Ingeniería de Sistemas) at Aeronautical Systems Subdirectorate, which is coordinating all activities related to RPAS/UAS under development at INTA by endorsing from Project Management up to the Final Integration and Flight Test duties..

“The European Regulation Framework for UAS Operations”

Juan José Sola Bañasco

Head of Remotely Piloted Aircrafts Unit (RPAS/DDRONES) at Agencia Estatal de Seguridad Aérea