Drone Technologies, Education, Training, Research, and Applications 2019


Friday, September 13, 2019: 8:00 am-6:00 pm
University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, Selby Auditorium

Objectives of Conference:

DRONE TETRA 2019 is aimed at bringing together leaders in drone technologies, education, training, research and application together to give the audience a comprehensive overview of past, present, and future of this new field. The other objective is to give the audience an assessment of the ever-increasing role of drones in agriculture, utility inspection, public safety, national defense and security, surveying, mapping, cinema, photography, and other sectors of industry. The third objective is to describe the related science, technology, and engineering behind the drones such as AI, AR, VR, IoT, wearables, mobile, Internet, 3D printing, and other emerging technologies. The fourth objective is to invite drone industry leaders to have an expo and to showcase their products and research. The fifth objective is to assess audience’s knowledge about drones and their applications as well as collect innovative ideas for application of drones in different fields. Finally, the organizers intend to hold a competition involving creative use of drones for demanding applications.

Targeted Audience:

DRONE TETRA 2019 conference targets audience from all sectors of industry, government, and academia with the aim of educating them with the state-of-the-art training, research, and innovative application opportunities created by drone technologies. Meanwhile, the organizers will seek input from the audience about creative ways in which they can use drones in their fields.

List of Invited Speakers:

Dr. Karen Holbrook (USF): Opening Remarks
Dr. Robert Bishop (USF): Engineering Research and Innovation at USF
Dr. Y. (YuYu) Zhang (USF): Drones in Transportation
Dr. Marvin Andujar (USF): Brain Control of Drones
Mr. Dante Tezza (USF): Modular Drones
Mr. Skip Parish (DoD Consultant): Innovation in Drone Design
Dr. Giti Javidi (USF): Drones for STEM Education and Training
Dr. Ehsan Sheybani (USF): Engineering and Entrepreneurship in Drone Technologies

Student Drone Competition:

The objective of the drone competition is to identify the most creative ideas for using drones to solve a social, educational, security, military, agricultural, or other problems. The competition is open to all full-time high school and undergraduate students. Students have to participate in teams of 3-5. The requirements for the two tracks of the competition are as follows:

High School Students: Submission of an abstract/summary of the project, Submission and presentation of a 10-slide description of the problem, solution, cost, and design.

Graduate/Undergraduate Students: Submission of an abstract/summary of the project, Submission and presentation of a 10-slide description of the problem, solution, cost, and design, Submission and presentation of an animation or simulation of the project.

The project material, design, and presentations will be evaluated by a panel of experts based on their merit, impact, originality, creativity, applicability, cost analysis, simulation, etc. and the first-place winners in each track identified and awarded.


Registration is free for public school/state university staff, faculty and students. Other participants will pay a registration fee of $15 before, and $20 after September 1, 2019. All participants have to register at:

Conference Chairs: Dr. Ehsan Sheybani (sheybani@usf.edu), Dr. Giti Javidi (javidi@usf.edu)

Organizers and Technical Program Committee: Dr. Y. (YuYu) Zhang (yuzhang@usf.edu), Dr. Marvin Andujar (andujar1@usf.edu), Ms. Sandra Justice (sjustice@sar.usf.edu), Mr. Skip Parish (parrish.skip@gmail.com).