17–21 June 2019
Hilton Anatole, Dallas, Texas

Plenary Program

Plenary sessions tackle the most pressing issues impacting the future of aviation, while the technical program presents innovative research and technologies that offer solutions.


Need for Speed

Monday, 5 June 2017, 0800-0900 hrs, Plaza Ballroom


  • Rob Weiss, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Advanced Development Programs, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Innovation in the Age of the Third Aerospace Revolution

Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 0800-0900 hrs, Plaza Ballroom

Aviation has never before seen a pace of technological and business change as rapid as today. And increasingly, our industry is driven by newcomers and by technologies developed elsewhere. At Airbus, we see this as both a challenge and an opportunity, but certainly the most exciting time to be in aviation since the early jet age and before that of the Wright Brothers. Airbus CTO, Paul Eremenko, will share how Airbus is trying to leverage this Third Revolution and help shape the future of flight.


  • Paul Eremenko, Chief Technology Officer, Airbus

Beyond the Robots: Toward Situated Autonomy

Wednesday, 7 June 2017, 0800-0900 hrs, Plaza Ballroom

David Mindell takes a long view of robotics and unmanned vehicles. In this talk he speaks about what we have learned from autonomy and robotics in extreme environments, how those lessons are being applied to create value in manufacturing and industry. New technologies can help situate robotics in human (economic) environments and enable us to engineer the relationships between people, robots, and infrastructure.


  • David Mindell, Founder and CEO, Humatics Corporation, and Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Innovation and Disruption Opportunities for Civil and Military Transport Acquisitions & Operations

Thursday, 8 June 2017, 0800-0900 hrs, Plaza Ballroom

Panelists will provide their perspectives on how innovation and disruption are changing their operations, as well as strategies for future operations and acquisitions. Sustainability of aviation as a viable and affordable mode of transportation requires disruptive technologies that provide positive benefits,  such as: reduced fuel consumption, reduced emissions, and cost-competitive supersonic capability. Civil transport operators are looking for more efficient aircraft that meet regulatory standards at lower operating costs. They also may be looking for more efficiency from the entire air transportation system, innovations in avionics that enhance safety or crew-airplane interactions, or improvements to the cabin systems that enhance the passenger experience. Both military and civilian operators are examining the benefits of these new technologies.


  • Scott Fancher, Senior Vice President, Program Management, Integration & Development Programs, The Boeing Company (Moderator)
  • Naveed Hussain, Vice President, Aeromechanics Technology, The Boeing Company
  • Aaron Robinson, Senior Manager, Environmental Strategy and Sustainability, United Airlines
  • Donna Senft, Chief Scientist, Air Mobility Command, U.S. Air Force

Urban On-Demand Aerial Ridesharing—The Next Commercial Aviation Market

Friday, 9 June 2017, 0800-0900 hrs, Plaza Ballroom


  • Mark D. Moore, Director of Aviation, Uber Engineering


Dates to Remember

  • Manuscript Deadline: 14 May 2019
  • Early Mem Reg Deadline: 27 May 2019
  • Cancellation Deadline: 27 May 2019

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