Professor Duncan Campbell, Director of QUT’s Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation to present on utilising unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in Regional Australia at the Australian Regional Development Conference being held 26– 27 August 2015 in Albury.
Professor Duncan Campbell
Speaker Introduction: Professor Duncan Campbell is the Director of QUT’s Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA) in the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Discipline with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He has 25 years of research leadership in control and automation.
Duncan serves as Treasurer on the Board of the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS) and was the IEEE Queensland Section Chapter Chair of the Control Systems/Robotics and Automation Society Joint Chapter (2008/2009). He is the Chair of CDIO Australian and New Zealand regional group of the global CDIO collaboration in engineering education, and was President of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education in 2011.
Duncan was the leader for the recently completed Project ResQu, a two year, $7M collaborative research partnership between QUT, CSIRO, Boeing Research & Technology Australia, Insitu Pacific Ltd and the Queensland State Government. Project ResQu fast-tracked research focusing on the enabling technologies and the regulatory environment toward the routine operation of unmanned aircraft.
Presentation Title: Flying Robots (Drones) in our Regional Areas
Overview: Unmanned Aircraft (UA), or as popularly referred to as drones, are rapidly becoming a ubiquitous technology with tremendous potential and impact in regional Australia. With lower population density than the metropolitan areas of our large cities, the lower risk profile provides avenues for more rapid adoption in certain areas.
We are already seeing significant interest and prospective productivity gains in agriculture, plant biosecurity, livestock management, feral animal management, native fauna conservation, infrastructure management and public safety.
There has been enormous progress made in technology and reduction in the cost of ownership of unmanned aircraft platforms, however, there remain a number of issues and challenges to be addressed before we see unmanned aircraft flying seamlessly and productively in airspace shared with manned aircraft users.
Public awareness and perception, insurance, cost of operation (rather than cost of ownership), regulatory compliance, airspace management compliance, safety management and advanced application technologies are receiving much attention, and there remains much to do.
This presentation gives a snapshot of the state of play today illustrating the opportunities, the challenges and the road ahead for this wave of disruptive technology.
About the Conference
The Australian Regional Development Conference is an initiative of the Association for Sustainability in Business Inc., a non-Government ‘not-for-profit’ organisation. The 2015 theme is “Redefining the Future of Regional Australia”, it will explore the issues and opportunities facing Regional Australia today and into the future.
- Concurrent streams will focus on the following topics:
- Sustainability / Renewables
- Population Movements
- Community Development
- Government Policy
- Cultural Tourism / Regional Tourism Development
- Free Trade Agreements
- Transport and Logistics
- NBN / Broadband Communication
- Banking / Finance
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