INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON DRONES FOR TRANSPORT
Date 17 February 2016, Wednesday
Time 14:00 to 18:00 followed by Reception
Venue Hotel Metropolitan Edmont (Tokyo)
Organizer Japan International Transport Institute (JITI)
Fee Free (prior registration required)
Number of participants 300

Outline of the seminar:
With the growing efforts to make the best use of drones, their associated market is anticipated to see an enormous growth in the coming decade. Drones are expected to have a greater function in the transport sector, enhancing the safety and convenience of the consumer public.  
    
The focus of this seminar was primarily on the use of drones in the sector of transport such as logistics and railway infrastructure where the use of drones has been vigorously explored. The seminar was organised with the intent to provide information and insight regarding issues of utmost interest to registered participants such as the current situation and outlook on development and use of drones. The audience had the opportunity to consider the social benefits that can be achieved through the use of drones in daily life by conceiving future of the society that makes the best use thereof.

The seminar saw a variety of presentations by distinguished lecturers, addressing the current status and challenges and business strategies in the development and use of the drones for their respective viewpoints.

Following an opening address by Mr. Washizu, President, JITI, Dr. Shinji Suzuki, Professor (Dr. of Engineering), Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Tokyo, provided an overall picture on the current status and outlook for making use of small UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) in his presentation, extensively addressing challenges facing UAS.
Dr. Suzuki’s presentation was followed by a presentation by Mr. Randy Willis, Manager, Emerging Technologies, Chairman, ICAO Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Panel, Federal Aviation Administrtion (FAA). In his presenttion, Mr. Willis provided an overview on their latest regulatory activities for UAS, introducing a pathfinder program currently conducted by FAA with industry partners to gain operational approval for key UAS operations and establish a repeatable process.
Following his presentation, Ms. Sylvette Chollet, Representative in Beijing, EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency), representing the EU aviation regulatory body, followed suit, with a focus on their activities to formulate a harmonised regulatory framework for drones, particularly highlighting the guiding principles such as risk based approaches which are set out in the new EASA Technical Opinion. Her presentation was followed by presentations from the industry side both in Europe and Japan. 
Mr. Janick Mischler, Project Manager for Open Innovation, Swiss Post, presented their flagship project that aims to be the first in the world to launch a drone postal delivery service.
Following his presentation, Mr. Leendert de Haan, Senior Expert, Civil Engineering Directorate, INECO, a Spanish State-owned company recognised as a global leader in transport engineering and consultancy, addressed the use of drones with railway infrastructure. He introduced their activities to make the best use of drones for structural inspection/monitoring on a variety of structures pertinent to railways in Spain including those of high speed rails.
  
Representing Japanese manufacturers, two distinguished lecturers presented their respective activities in proposing various solutions for making the best use of drones.  
Mr. Osamu Ishioka, former Senior General Manager, UMS Business Department Section, Yamaha Motor Co.,LTD, made a presentation on the best use of industrial unmanned helicopters. While introducing various business activities in the agricultural field and non-agriculture sector such as surveillance, photography and measurement, he presented strategies to extend their business to the transport sector taking full advantage of their successful track record.
Mr. Ishioka’s presentation was followed with a talk by Mr. Tomoyuki Izu, President, enRoute Co.,Ltd.  He outlined the main technological features of their comprehensive systems for drones, highlighting some state-of-the-art technologies that include recognition using deep-learning technology, automatic tracking and landing/taking off functions, and automatic optimisation of fight routing.  The subsequent Questions and Answers session was active.

All the aforementioned presentations were immensely informative and useful for participants.

The seminar was a remarkable success, having attracted a very large audience and extensive attention from the media.

Program of the seminar is as the following:

Opening Address Mr. Makoto Washizu, President, JITI (bio
Presentation 1 “Current Status and Outlook for Making Use of Small Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems”
by Dr. Shinji Suzuki, Professor (Doctor of Engineering), Department of Aeronautics  
and Astronautics, University of Tokyo (bio)  (file)
Presentation 2 ”Overview on Development and Use of Unmanned Aircraft in the US”
by Mr. Randy Willis, Manager, Emerging Technologies, Chairman, ICAO Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Panel, Federal Aviation Administrtion (FAA) (bio) (file)
Presentation 3 “The Regulatory Framework for Drones in the EU”
– The EASA Technical Opinion on Unmanned Aircraft
by Ms. Sylvette Chollet, Representative in Beijing, EASA (European Aviation Safety Agencyj(bio) (file)
Presentation 4 “Use of Drones for Postal Delivery in Switzerland”
by Mr. Janick Mischler, Project Manager for Open Innovation, Swiss Post (bio) (file)
Presentation 5 “Use of Drones for Railway Infrastructures Inspections in Spain”
by Mr. Leendert de Haan, Senior Expert, Civil Engineering Directorate, INECO (bio) (file)
Presentation 6 “Best Use of Industrial Unmanned Helicopters”
by Mr. Osamu Ishioka, former Senior General Manager, UMS Business Department Section, Yamaha Motor Co.,LTD (bio) (file)
Presentation 7 “Best Use of Mullticopter Unmanned Aircraft Systems”
President, Tomoyuki Izu, enRoute Co.,Ltd (bio) (file)

 

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