The attack of the drones

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or more commonly known as drones, has been around for decades. While they originated mostly in military applications, their use is rapidly expanding to commercial, scientific, recreational, agricultural, and other applications and today civilian drones vastly outnumber military drones.

But even if the technology itself is mature, we have not yet seen the full possibilities of what drones can do.

On Umeå Tech Arena, June 2, we will dive into the world of drones. What can they do today? What fantastic opportunities are yet to be explored? And what are the mayor challenges that has to be addressed?

This time Umeå Tech Arena is held digitally. But we will still do our best to make it a digital experience where you can network and make new friends within the startup- and techcommunity.

And the lunch is on us - at least if you are located in Umeå.

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Speakers

Helena Samsioe
CEO & Founder of GLOBHE

How are drones making a difference today?

Helena Samsioe, CEO & Founder of GLOBHE, will show you how GLOBHE is solving real life challenges with drones around the world.

Helena Samsioe

Helena has been named “World’s Top 50 Women in Tech” by Forbes, ranked among the most powerful business women in Sweden, named “Top Woman to Watch in the Drone Industry” and been featured as the “Drone Queen” on BBC. She has been part of developing and implementing innovative change on a global scale in different managerial roles in Europe, Africa and the US previous to founding GLOBHE."

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Petra Dalunde
Node Manager, Greater Stockholm AI Innovation of Sweden / Kista Science City

Large scale, regular drone traffic in urban environments

More and more people are moving into the cities. Why not go 3D and use all possible space for mobility, security and better livelihood? Drones could become enablers but first a lot of challenges has to be addressed why we wanted to build a testbed in Kista – Stockholm UAM Lab www.uamlab.se

To find out more about what they actually could do, how the citizens felt about it and what the hinders where and how a testbed needed to be designed, we performed a prestudy together with LFV, Trafikverket, Stockholms stad, KTH, Ericsson, Telia Company, IQ Samhällsbyggnad and Globhe Drones. This is a short recap of what kinds of services drones could provide, how the Järva citizens related to drone traffic and how the city specific challenges looked.

Petra Dalunde

Petra Dalunde has the unique combination of deep experience from working within academia, public sector and industry in combination with politics, research, PR and communication which makes it possible for her to look for win-win situations in the necessary collaboration situations of digitalization and innovation. She is the founder of Urban ICT Arena www.urbanictarena.se at Kista Science City www.kista.com and has now moved on to AI Innovation of Sweden www.ai.se as Node Manager in Greater Stockholm.

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Niclas Börlin
Ph.D. / Senior Lecturer, Department of Computing Science, Umeå University

Drones for mapping

Niclas Börlin will give some technical background and show how drones can be used for mapping purposes, with applications from industry, civil engineering, and cultural heritage.

Niclas Börlin

Niclas started working with 3D reconstruction from images more than 25 years ago. Projects include measuring sub-millimeter motion of orthopaedic implants, measuring tree diameters from a distance, and studying motion patterns in thawing permafrost. Today, Niclas's research focuses on efficient open-source algorithm for 3D reconstruction. In addition to flying drones, Niclas is a private pilot and teaches pilots-to-be meteorology.

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Johan Söderberg
Developer & Founder of Great Small Drones

Panel member in fireside chat

Johan Söderberg has experience as a developer/engineer in software, IT and drones. Ranging from radio communications, antennas, protocols to precision positioning, laser scanning and SLAM (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wik..). He have a curious and analytical mindset that like challenges, finding solutions and extending abilities. Exploring synergies between drones, AI, 5G, VR/MR/AR and sensor fusion. And he is always open to new collaborations.

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Linda Nyström
CEO, Skogstekniska klustret

Panel member in fireside chat

Linda Nyström is at the head of development within the forest sector - involved in everything from technical innovations and automation of forestry operations to equal possibilities for all men and women. Since 2017, she is the CEO of Skogstekniska klustret (The Cluster of Forest Technology) - the link between 10 world leading manufacturers of forestry machines and components, academia, start-ups, forest companies and funders. Linda has a background within construction engineering and entrepreneurship, with vast experience from business coaching and several positions within Martinsons - from building engineer and sales to head of marketing of wood construction products.

Linda is curious to explore how to make use of drones within the forestry sector. Whether flown above or among the trees, drones can provide opportunities to increase efficiency in a variety of forestry operations. From planning and evaluating forest stands to marking particular trees for conservation and forwarding data to the harvesters, ensuring the right trees are spared. Or perhaps delivering repair kits to machine operators. New possibilities emerge constantly! 

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Agenda, Tuesday 2th of June

Umeå Tech Arena: The attack of the drones

Keynotespeakers, fireside chats and discussions. All 100% digital.

90min

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