UAS and Autonomy Technologies for Pandemic/Humanitarian Crisis
Moderator: Dr. Terry Morris (NASA Langley)
Matt Dunlevy is the CEO, Chairman, and founder of SkySkopes, a nationally leading unmanned aircraft systems flight operations company based in Grand Forks, ND. SkySkopes is North Dakota’s first unmanned aircraft startup certified by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly commercially and offers aerial inspections, energy audits and other services from office locations in Grand Forks, ND, Fargo, ND and Minot, ND. The company also has offices in Minneapolis, MN, Dallas, TX, and Los Angeles, CA. Under Dunlevy’s leadership, the business grew from a group of four employees to an organization of national recognition in under three years. Dunlevy studied mechanical engineering and history at the University of North Dakota before ultimately combining a lifelong passion for aviation with his drive for business to form SkySkopes. Dunlevy has taught numerous courses at the University of North Dakota, including UAS in Business, UAS in Engineering, and the Ethics of UAS. Dunlevy’s aviation experience includes logging hundreds of flights on powered aircraft, gliders, and hobbyist unmanned aircraft since his teens.
Dr. Corey A. Ippolito is an Aerospace Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center where he heads the Exploration Aerial Vehicles (EAV) Research Laboratory, which focuses on intelligent control and autonomy for advanced aviation systems evaluated on subscale unmanned vehicle platforms. Dr. Ippolito has a doctoral degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and an M.S. and B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech. His doctoral research focused on self-assembling decentralized control constructs for large-scale structurally-adaptive dynamic systems. Dr. Ippolito has led several research projects including safe autonomous UAS flight in high-density low-altitude urban environments, autonomous GNSS-free UAS localization, intelligent UAS swarms for decentralized monitoring of active volcanic systems, intelligent UAS autonomy for autonomous subsurface mapping of earthquake fault lines, the decentralized control project, payload-directed flight control project, the advanced morphing wing project, the Polymorphic Control Systems project, and the Intelligent Integrated Control Systems (IICS) project for smart habitat environments. He has led development of several autonomous vehicle systems, including the Swift UAS, the swarming Dragon Eye UAS, the eXperimental Sensor Controlled Aerial Vehicle (XSCAV), the EAV UAS, the BumbleBee UAS, the Max 5A unmanned ground vehicle variants. He is the primary architect and license holder for several software libraries, including the Reflection Architecture for embedded control of autonomous systems, the Perception Engine for physics-based simulation of multi-body and soft-body systems, the Self-Assembling Brokering Object (SABO) Architecture for automated assembly of large-scale dynamic system simulations, the C3X cross-platform rendering engine, Savant-ML modeling library for fluid-thermal building control and simulation, and the Component Graphics Library (CGL) for cross-platform windowing and rapid design of virtual aircraft control system interfaces.
Mark Roboff is General Manager for Digital Transformation, Aerospace & Defense at DXC. Mark has over 15 years’ experience in AI and AI related technologies—both as a software engineer and as a business development and technology executive. Mark is a recognized thought leader on AI for the A&D and Travel/Aviation industries, with focus to driving AI solutions in engineering, flight operations, and aftermarket.
Mark is chair of the SAE-G34/EUROCAE WG-114 Joint International Committee for AI in Aviation, and is leading 500+ aerospace engineers, software developers, data scientists, safety experts, and regulators to define a means of compliance for AI certification. Mark is also a member of the S-18 Aircraft System Development and Safety Assessment Committee, the G-31 Electronic Data for Aerospace committee, as well as the SAE Digital and Data Steering Group.