AUVSI New England UAS and AAM Summit October 4-5, 2023 – Burlington, MA 

The New England Chapter of the Association of Uncrewed Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) is dedicated to professional development, networking, public outreach, and advocacy in support of robotic or automated vehicle systems with a particular focus on the New England region. 

Join us at our annual summit and learn about the latest developments in UAS (uncrewed aircraft systems or drones) and AAM (advanced air mobility) from the perspectives of businesses, federal regulatory agencies, state transportation organizations, operators, and technology developers. 

When: Wednesday-Thursday, October 4-5, 2023 


Northeastern University Innovation Campus at Burlington, Massachusetts 

147 South Bedford St., Bldg 5, Burlington, MA 01830  

New England has hundreds of companies, large and small, working on the advancement, development, production, and utilization of uncrewed systems. Applications range from inspecting infrastructure and airspace safety to building a new ecosystem of clean aircraft for new forms of mobility. The Summit covers these diverse topics, along with a demonstration of new technologies.  

Topics include: 

Real world perspectives for AAM planning and implementation 

Complex UAS operations today 

Ensuring airspace safety around airports 

Counter UAS programs 

Critical technologies to enable beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations 

Drones as First Responder (DFR) programs 

Industry implications for evolving regulations 

Massachusetts leadership guiding global AAM road maps 

Reinventing airports for electric flight 

Speakers include leaders from: 

The FAA 

Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) 


Northeastern University 

CTO, Raytheon Unmanned Vehicle Systems 

US Air Force 

Industry innovators in AI, robotics, and advanced sensing from the New England area and beyond. 

Demonstrations – Day 2 Afternoon (October 5) 

An ambitious undertaking to show the power of autonomous flight in action. Held at the Northeastern University Innovation Campus and surrounding airspace. 

Interactive Panel #1 – Critical technology for BVLOS operations 

A simulated BVLOS using a Censys VTOL aircraft with a flight area monitored using MatrixSpace Radar, Dedrone detection systems, and MassDOT-owned WISP IR detection system followed by a panel discussion. 

Interactive Panel #2 – Critical technology for DFR operations 

A simulated DFR (drone as first responder) response showing DFR BVLOS operations: an incoming emergency call; a semi-automated/automated response to provide UAV surveillance of the response area; and sensors used to detect and track the DFR vehicle while also keeping the airspace clear of intruders. The Boston Police department, CounterDrone and DFR system integrator Axon. Participant panel discussion afterwards.  

Who should attend?  

Government, industry, and academic leaders developing UAS and AAM markets, operations, policy, and technologies.  

Also open to local high school students interested in learning about this dynamic sector. 

See the current agenda and registration details here