Cargo/Delivery Drones in Humanitarian Action – A First Meeting Summary

The 2-day meeting on delivery drones in humanitarian action just concluded in Sheffield, UK.

The purpose of this meeting was to bring together the principle stakeholders around the use of cargo drones for the delivery of essential humanitarian payloads in order to actively, responsibly and effectively advance the impactful use of this emerging technology in humanitarian efforts. Representatives from a number of humanitarian organizations, businesses, academia, and donors attended this meeting. This event was an opportunity to connect a variety of stakeholders to identify the most compelling use cases and current developments in the field.

Break-out discussion groups focused among others on issues such as humanitarian technical needs, regulatory challenges and realising systemic supply chain improvements.

The meeting was generously hosted by the University of Sheffield and co-organized by FSD and UAViators/WeRobotics as part of the Drones in Humanitarian Action Initiative funded by DG ECHO.

Presentations are linked to their respective agenda items below:

Agenda:

Day 1 – June 20, 2016

14:00 – 14:25: Welcome & Keynote Address

  • Professor Lenny Koh (University of Sheffield) PDF

14:25 – 14:35: Introduction to Drones in Humanitarian Action | Framing & Outputs

  • Denise Soesilo (FSD) PDF
  • Romain Gauduchon (DG ECHO)

14:35 – 14:45: Cargo UAVs as Humanitarian Robotics

  • Dr. Patrick Meier (WeRobotics) PDF

14:45 – 15:15: Presentation of White Paper: UAV Humanitarian Logistics

  • Daniel Ronen (LCmRG) — Link to the whitepaper is forthcoming

15:30 – 16:10: Speaking Slots 1&2 + Open Discussion: Humanitarian Needs (2 x 10min talks)

  • Joel Kaiser (Medair)* PDF
  • Rae McGrath (MercyCorps) PDF

16:25 – 17:05: Speaking Slots 3&4 + Open Discussion: Logistical/CBA Needs (2 x 10min talks)

  • Jonathan Ledgard (Redline)* PDF
  • Luca Palermo (World Food Program – Air Transport Unit) PDF

17:20 – 18:00: Speaking Slot 5&6 + Open Discussion: Technology Needs (2 x 10min talks)

  • Oriol Lopez (MSF) PDF
  • Florian Schneider (Quantum Systems) PDF

19:00 Conference Dinner

Day 2 – June 21, 2016

08:45 – 09:00: Welcome & Overview of Day 2

  • Denise Soesilo (FSD)

09:00 – 09:10: Welcome by Professor John Derrick (University of Sheffield)

09:15 – 10:15: Invited Lightning Talks

  • Sid Rupani (LLamasoft)* PDF
  • Keller Rinaudo (Zipline)* PDF
  • Patrick Meier (WeRobotics) PDF
  • Alexis Roseillier (Wings for Aid) PDF
  • David Guerin (Int’l Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations) PDF

11:00 – 12:00 Breakout Sessions

Session 1: Regulations

  • Lead facilitator: David Guerin (Int’l Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations)

Session 2: Big Data & Business Models

  • Lead facilitator: Lenny Koh (University of Sheffield)

Session 3: Humanitarian Technology Needs

  • Lead facilitator: Oriol Lopez (MSF)

12:00 – 12:30: Report Back

12:30 – 12:45: Pick up Lunch

13:00 – 13:45 Break-Out Sessions

Session 1: Code of Conduct

  • Lead facilitator: Patrick Meier (WeRobotics)

Session 2: Realizing Supply Chain Improvements

  • Lead facilitator: Ian Shellard (University of Sheffield)

13:45 – 14:15: Report Back

14:15 – 14:30: Wrap-Up & Next Steps

* Presentations delivered via skype.