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Largest robotics and unmanned systems convention opens Tuesday in New Orleans

Cisco Systems Executive Chairman John Chambers

ARLINGTON, VA (AUVSI) 

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will host XPONENTIAL 2016, the largest trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics industry, from May 2-5 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Over 8,000 industry leaders and professionals from more than 55 countries will come together to discuss the latest innovations in the unmanned systems market.

The exhibit hall will showcase over 600 cutting-edge companies, representing more than 20 industries. XPONENTIAL 2016 will offer over 200 educational sessions, providing information about the future of unmanned systems policy, regulations and technology. It will also feature for the first time the Startup Showdown, with $15,000 in cash prizes and mentorship opportunities for early-stage companies. The Innovation Hub, which includes educational programming such as poster sessions and “beyond the booth” presentations, is returning for another edition of the trade show.

Award-winning journalist Miles O’Brien, the science correspondent for PBS NewsHour, will host XPONENTIAL. Keynote speakers will include Michael P. Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration; Gen. David G. Perkins, commander of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command; Gur Kimchi, co-founder and vice president of Amazon Prime Air. 

John Chambers, executive chairman of the board of Cisco Systems, will deliver a keynote to industry leaders at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Tuesday.

As Cisco’s executive chairman of the board, Chambers holds key areas of responsibility that include focusing on building relationships with government and business leaders, shareholders, and board members. He also advises the company on strategy, digital transformation, security and strategic partnerships, and other areas.

Chambers became president and CEO of Cisco in 1995 and chairman of the board in 2006. He helped grow the company from $70 million when he joined Cisco in January 1991, to $1.2 billion when he assumed the role of CEO, to $47 billion last year when he became executive board chairman. In March, he joined the board of Airware, a complete enterprise drone solutions company in San Francisco.

In addition, the conference will convene a general session panel of industry thought leaders discussing the future of unmanned systems. U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, chairman of the House aviation subcommittee; Frank Kelley, deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy for Unmanned Systems; Marke Gibson, senior advisor for UAS integration at the FAA; and Dr. John Cavolowsky, director of NASA’s Airspace Systems Program, will serve on the panel, which will be moderated by AUVSI president and CEO Brian Wynne. 

 

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