Upcoming Events


Unmanned robotics in the Pacific Northwest, Portland, OR new applications and STEM opportunities.


Early Registration through October 3rd - Save $100


Dates: October  19, 20 & 21.
Location: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) 



10/19 – Wednesday

STEM Benefit Dinner – 5:00

  • Happy Hour & STEM Benefit Dinner at OMSI, Portland, Oregon KEYNOTE | Ryan Hartman, President/CEO of Insitu Inc. 

10/20 – Thursday

Future Robotics Forum – 8:00 Registration OMSI

  • Future Technology and Where Automation is Taking the Future of Transportation | TBA, Director of Future Technology Infotainment, Electronic & Software Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover
  • HP’s 3-D Printing Efforts | Dr. Sterling Chaffins, Hewlett Packard Co, Corvallis
  • Current Robotics Efforts, Vision, Challenges, and How AUVSI can help support | TBA, Intel Corporation
  • New Regulations Affecting Unmanned Systems Operation in the Northwest | Michael DeMent-Myers, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), ANM 220 NextGen Branch
  • Designing and Operating an Extreme Weather Unmanned Aerial System | Pete Carroll, UAS Flight Operations, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, ARM (Atmospheric Radiation Measurement) Aerial Facility
  • Operational Updates for Test Ranges in Oregon, and Soar Startup Grant Program Update | Soar Oregon
  • RoboFlight Academy: Hands-on STEM Pushing the Envelope in the Gorge | David B. Laning, PhD, PE, MBA, Principal Engineer, Insitu Inc.
  • The Diverse Nature of Payloads and Payload Development | Jay Abramovitz, President & Majority Owner, Software Technology Group
  • Robotic Prosthetics | A STEM Activity Report
  • OSU Unmanned Systems Department Update | Mark Peters, Interim Director Office of Research Integrity, International Compliance, and UAS Operations, Oregon State University
  • Enabling UAS Prosumers – A Joint Development for Commercial Use | Terry W. Parisher, CEO & Pilot, Straight Up Imaging, LLC
  • Onboard Video Processing | Mark Zanmiller, Director of Business Development, SightLine Applications Inc.
  • Powering Robots with Cloud Computing | Mark Silliman, CEO, Tend.ai
  • Intellectual Property & Unmanned Systems: Traps for the Unwary | Mark Kannen, Attorney, Hershner Hunter, LLP
  • Smart Cities of the Future: Where Do Autonomous Vehicles Stitch In | Matt Jones, Chief Product Officer, Moovel North America
  • From Bolts to Bytes: The Future of Agricultural Technology, Robotics, and AI | Brandon Smith, Vice President, Farb Guidance Systems, Inc. 

10/21 – Friday 

Workshop & Mapping Workshop 7:00 – 12:00  OMSI

  • 8:00-10:00 Workshop 1: Drone Startup Workshop
    • Johnathan Evans, CEO/Operations, Skyward IO
    • Andrew Cochran, Lead Instructor, Oregon UAS
    • Terry W Parisher, CEO/Pilot, Straight Up Imaging
    • Mark Kannen, Attorney, Hershner Hunter, LLP
  • 10:00-12:00 Workshop 2: Mapping with Drones – Presented by FireWhat, Inc. -  A Geographic Information System enabling mapping of emergency incidents to track responders and assets in and out of the field.


AUVSI is looking for companies to sponsor Students for $25.00 each. 

AUVSI needs Sponsors & Presenters!

Draped Tables (per table/all 3 days) $300 (A limited number of tables with one chair will be made available to Cascade Chapter Members only.)

Sponsorship Options for the Fall:

  • Event Sponsorship $5,000 SOLD
  • STEM Benefit Sponsorship $2.500 SOLD
  • Workshop Sponsorship $1.500 ONE LEFT
  • Coffee Breaks (per break) $1,000
  • Lunchtime Sponsor Highlight $1,500 (sponsor gets 10 minutes on the stage to talk about his/her company.)
  • Vendor Social Hour Sponsor $2,500 (Social Hour sponsors get 100% of highlight outside of vendor tables.)
  • Room Sponsorship $2,500
 Contact Joe Gibbs to get involved!

Hotel Options

DoubleTree Portland: Newly renovated hotel also in the Lloyd District, and close to the streetcar/Max lines.
Hotel Eastlund: This is a brand new, boutique hotel that is in the Lloyd District, and is right on the Streetcar line.  
Hotel Monaco: Fun, family (and pet-friendly) hotel located in the middle of downtown.  They also have a great restaurant located onsite.
Paramount Hotel: Located downtown, right next to Director Park and close Pioneer Square. This hotel is smaller, but has a great atmosphere, and is very close to the Max/Streetcar lines.
University Place Hotel: Reasonable rates close to Max line.

About the Chapter

The Cascade Chapter is the branch of AUVSI representing the states of Oregon and Washington, located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest region of the United States.  Established in 2009, the group has rapidly grown as additional Unmanned Systems professionals learn about the benefits of membership.

The Cascade Chapter supports the objectives of AUVSI: It aims to...

  • Provide an organization for individuals who have a common interest in Unmanned Vehicle Systems and who wish to foster and expand the domain of Unmanned Vehicle Systems
  • Advance the technology
  • Exchange ideas and information in the field of Unmanned Vehicle Systems
  • Recognize advances and contributions
  • Promote the education of the membership and general public in the field of Unmanned Vehicle Systems
  • Document the history of Unmanned Vehicle Systems

The Cascade Chapter currently hosts meetings two times per year, alternating locations between the Seattle and Portland metropolitan areas.  Recently, the group formed committees to address specific areas of interests.  These include programming, membership, finance, government and media relations, and education initiatives.




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