April 24th, 2018
The first University of Idaho Drone Summit was held at Parker Farm in Moscow, ID, on April 24th, 2018. A group of approximately 40 UI faculty, staff and students participated in this 1-day event designed to initiate a "community of practice" of UI drone users.
- Create awareness of current drone research/activities.
- Share knowledge of drone operations and image processing.
- Familiarize users with UI policies and procedures for flying drones.
- Make users aware of available drone services (from flying missions to image processing/analysis) and knowledge on campus and in the community.
- Introduction (Jason Karl, CNR)
- Drones at UI: Perspective and Context (Paul Gessler, CNR)
- Applications of UAS for agriculture and environmental studies in a changing climate (Jae Ryu, CALS)
- Remote sensing for monitoring seasonal and ephemeral water supplies (Micah Russell, IGERT)
- Using UAVs in Challenging Environments (Ian Hellman, CALS)
- Use of Drones in Precision Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges (Dev Shrestha, CoE)
- Building STEM identity and career interests through UAV and remote sensing technology (Karla Eitel, CNR/MOSS)
- Submarine drones and their potential use for environmental reconnaissance (Alan Kolok, IWRRI)
- UI policies, UAS committee, FAA requirements (Dan LaHann, ORA)
- Drone and data services: Northwest Knowledge Network (Luke Sheneman, NKN)
There is a clear need for and interest in organizing a community of practice for drone applications at UI. The exact form of that organization is yet to be determined, but it would focus on addressing the following topics:
- Organizing and hosting an annual meeting (i.e., Drone Summit) to discuss drone-related teaching and research applications and opportunities. We propose the date of Nov 1, 2018 for our next UI Drone Summit. Details may be found here.
- Creating an inventory of drones, sensors, and related equipment and exploring the potential for equipment sharing.
- Developing a local knowledge base related to drone regulations, flight planning and operations, and image processing.
- Defining infrastructure needs that are common across the range of drone applications at the UI, such as hardware, software, and standard operating procedures.
- Understanding the needs to develop new educational opportunities around drone operations. This could include targeted trainings for UI drone operators, potential new classes and/or certificate programs. This would also include developing ways to increase student engagement.
- Explore and develop opportunities for extension and outreach pertaining to drone applications to stakeholders in Idaho.