General Session Information

2015 Show Host

Join host Colin Guinn for three exciting days of inspiring and visionary leaders in the field of robotics, unmanned systems and public policy.



Colin Guinn, chief revenue officer, 3D Robotics

Colin joined 3D Robotics in 2014 after co-founding and serving as CEO of DJI North America. He is one of the most interviewed experts on UAV technology in the world, and has been featured at premier industry conferences and in countless top-rated publications and newscasts, including 60 Minutes, Tech Crunch, and Fast Co. At 3DR he is responsible for sales and marketing, strategic product development, and maintaining his role as a prominent advocate for the company and the industry at large.


Colin’s uniqueness to the aerial cinematography world is that he understands the technology in two dialects: the granular argot necessary to communicate with an engineer, and the simple, digestible language that’s interesting to the average consumer. His excitement for this technology is palpable and contagious, and puts UAVs in the light they deserve: powerful tools that help humanity in myriad ways, from sustainability to the creative arts to agriculture to capturing family vacations.


Colin has been foundational in propelling the consumer drone market in North America. His passion for UAVs and aerial cinematography began nearly a decade ago when he created a company that specialized in producing aerial photography marketing materials for luxury homebuilders. At that time he designed and built his own custom radio-controlled helicopters and specialized gimbals. This work led to the creation of his aerial cinematography company Avean Media, where Colin grew into one of the world’s top UAV flight and design experts.

Tuesday, May 5

New for 2015! Visionary Commercial UAS Panel


What is the future of the commercial robotics industry? Join host Colin Guinn for an interactive and lively debate on technology development, opportunities for existing and emerging businesses and pathways to get us from where we are today to the expanded deployment of robots and unmanned systems. Panelists include:


Dave Vos, Project Lead - Project Wing @ Google

Born in Paarl, South Africa in 1961 and grew up in Cape Town region, Dave Vos holds engineering degrees Hons. B. Ing (Aero) from the University of Stellenbosch (1983), and S.M. (1989) and Ph.D. (1992) from MIT’s Aero/Astro Department, Boston, USA. His graduate work at MIT demonstrated the world’s first autonomous unicycle robot. Dave was CEO, CTO and Founder of Athena Technologies, incorporated in 1998. Athena developed and produced navigation, guidance, flight and engine control systems for the Unmanned Aircraft market.


Athena grew rapidly to become a market leader delivering autonomous navigation and control systems for a wide variety of unmanned aircraft programs worldwide and was acquired by Rockwell Collins in 2008. Vos was an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Winner in the Washington DC Region in 2007 and holds several patents in nonlinear control systems, failure detection systems, optimal power control systems and more. He recently served on the FAA UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee for Integration of Unmanned Aircraft into the National Airspace System as well as on the NASA Unmanned Systems Advisory Committee. In August of 2014, Dave was named as Project Lead for Project Wing at Google X. Current areas of business and technology interest include Aerospace, Transportation and Renewable Energy.

David Vigilante, senior vice president, legal, CNN

David Vigilante is senior vice president, legal for CNN and senior vice president and associate general counsel for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.). Vigilante is based in Atlanta.

He serves as chief editorial counsel for CNN's worldwide operations as well as oversight of legal issues and is intricately involved in CNN’s drone research initiatives.

David occasionally contributes to CNN, and in 2013 he was awarded a national Edward R. Murrow Award for writing.


Helen Greiner

Helen Greiner, CEO, CyPhy Works

Helen Greiner is CEO of CyPhy Works, a startup company that designs and delivers innovative aerial robots. In 1990, she co-founded iRobot (NASDAQ:IRBT), which has become the global leader of mobile robots with the success of the Roomba™ Vacuuming Robot and the PackBot™ and SUGV Military Robots. Ms Greiner served as President of iRobot until 2004 and Chairman until October 2008. She developed the strategy for and led iRobot's entry into the military market place. At iRobot, she created a culture of innovation that resulted in advanced but practical robot products. She also ran iRobot's financing projects which included raising $35M venture capital and a $75M initial public offering. Greiner holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in computer science, both from MIT. She was presented with an honorary PhD by WPI in 2009.


Helen is highly decorated for her visionary contributions in technology innovation and business leadership. In 2014, she was named as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) by President Obama and Secretary of Commerce Pritzker. She was named by the Kennedy School at Harvard in conjunction with the U.S. News and World Report as one of America's Best Leaders and was honored by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) with the prestigious Pioneer Award. She has also been honored as a Technology Review Magazine "Innovator for the Next Century" and has been awarded the DEMO God Award and DEMO Lifetime Achievement Award. She was named one of the Ernst and Young New England Entrepreneurs of the Year (with iRobot cofounder Colin Angle), invited to the World Economic Forum as a Global Leader of Tomorrow and Young Global Leader, and has been inducted in the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Engineering. Helen is a Trustee of the Boston Museum Science (MOS). Ms. Greiner has served as the elected President and Board Member of the Robotics Technology Consortium (RTC), as Trustee of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), a Trustee of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as a member of the Army Science Board (ASB), and a member of the Board of Visitors of the Army War College (AWC).


  Wendesday, May 6

Hugh Herr

Professor Hugh Herr

Hugh Herr, Ph.D. who heads the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab, is creating bionic limbs that emulate the function of natural limbs. In 2011, TIME magazine coined Herr the “Leader of the Bionic Age” because of his revolutionary work in the emerging field of biomechatronics–technology that marries human physiology with electromechanics.


When Dr. Herr was a junior in high school, his lower legs were frostbitten severely from a mountaineering accident and had to be amputated inches below the knees. This experience spurred his interest in inventing orthotic and prosthetic appliances. He designed special legs for himself so that he could continue to climb mountains and has devoted his life to assisting the elderly and the disabled through his research.He is the founder and director of The Herr Institute for Human Rehabilitation in Cambridge, MA, and his research interests are in the areas of development of human assistive technologies, mammalian locomotory control, tissue engineering and robotics.


Herr has been featured on the Discovery Channel and he has given numerous invited and plenary lectures at international conferences and colloquia, including the IVth World Congress of Biomechanics, the International Conference on Advanced Prosthetics, the National Assembly of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Highlands Forum XXII (Life Sciences, Complexity, and National Security), and the TEDMED International Conference.


Public Policy Address

Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-NJ, US House of Representatives

On Wednesdays general session will include an address from Congressional Unmanned Systems Caucus member, Rep. Frank LoBiondo.


He is a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and takes great pride in serving as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation, given its critical importance to South Jersey. He also sits on the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit and the Subcommittee on Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation, both of which have jurisdiction over critical issues that affect New Jersey’s growing and ever-changing transportation needs. A staunch advocate for strengthening our nation’s security, LoBiondo also serves on the House Armed Services Committee and is a champion for New Jersey’s bases and service personnel, especially on issues of military pay and benefits. And, appointed in the 112th Congress, he serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.


Thursday, May 7

Henrik I. Christensen

Professor Henrik I. Christensen

Henrik I. Christensen is the KUKA Chair of Robotics and a Distinguished Professor of Computing. He is also the director of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at Georgia Tech.


Christensen received his first degree in mechanical engineering and subsequently received M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Aalborg University in Denmark. His research focuses on human-centered robotics, specifically perception, human-robot interaction, and systems modeling. A large number of companies have commercialized his research and he has maintained active collaborations with researchers and companies across three continents. Christensen also serves as an advisor to numerous companies and agencies across the world.


The author of more than 300 contributions in the areas of computer vision, artificial intelligence, and computer vision, Christensen held positions at Aalborg University, Royal Institute of Technology, and the University of Pennsylvania before joining the Georgia Tech faculty.


Additionally, Christensen was the founder of the European Network of Excellence in Robotics (1999-2006), and in 2011, he founded the U.S. Robotics Virtual Organization. He was the coordinator of the effort to formulate the National Robotics Roadmap, which was presented to congress in 2009 and 2013.


Christensen received the Engelberger Award in 2011, the highest honor awarded by the robotics industry. He was also awarded the Boeing Supplier of the Year award in 2012, along with three other colleagues at Georgia Tech. He is a fellow of American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). In 2014, Christensen received an honorary doctorate in engineering from Aalborg University.