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APR 2017

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www.sea-technology.com April 2017 / st 29 T his year marks the 44th year for AUVSI's annual conference and exhibition, but only the second year of XPONENTIAL, a complete rethinking of the previous Un- manned Systems conferences and exhibitions. The theme of this year's show is "shaping the future," and AUVSI is focusing on how unmanned systems and robotic technology are transforming business and society. XPONENTIAL, kicks off May 8 in Dallas with a new Startup Showdown competition, an expanded Women in Robotics forum and a new host, the Weather Channel's energetic Jim Cantore. The show runs through May 11. First Keynote Speaker Brian Krzanich, the CEO of tech giant Intel, will be the first keynote speaker and will address how his company's technology is helping push the industry forward. Krzanich, a general aviation pilot, joined Intel in 1982 and became chief executive officer in 2013. He oversees the company's innovations in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), including tests to fly multiple UAS per pilot and In- tel's own UAS platforms. Prior to becoming CEO, he served as the company's chief operating officer, leading more than 50,000 employees from Intel's Technology and Manufac- turing Group, supply chain opera- tions, information technology and other sectors. "Unmanned vehicles, includ- ing drones, are some of the most dynamic technologies of the fu- ture, and well beyond recreation, they have the potential to improve people's lives, create new jobs and industries, and find solutions to real-world problems," said Krzanich. Show Floor Big-name players will have booths on the exhibit floor, including market-leading companies such as General Dy- namics Mission Systems, Kongsberg Underwater Technol- ogy, Teledyne, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and others. Companies will showcase their latest hardware, software, components, guidance systems, payloads, ser- vices and more. Another feature the show offers is pavilions, with both technology and international pavilions featured on the floor. The international pavilions showcase talent and tech- nologies from China, France, Spain and the United King- dom. The technology pavilions provide information about different services and technology, including pavilions on air systems, a business services zone, a software pavilion and a start-up pavilion. XPONENTIAL ST Conference Preview

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