The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) XPONENTIAL 2017 show kicks off at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas May 8-11.

“We are entering a period of rapid, unprecedented growth in the unmanned systems industry,” says Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. “At XPONENTIAL, we have gathered the industry’s thought leaders, along with innovators across various vertical markets who have abundant experience leveraging the power of unmanned systems to revolutionize their sectors. From the exhibit hall, to the keynote stage, to our educational sessions, attendees will gain valuable insight, learn from real-world case studies and get a glimpse into the future.”

AUVSI‘s Wynne will open the program on May 9, followed by Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich, who will deliver the show’s opening keynote, discussing the future of drones and other unmanned systems, and the technology innovations that will impact development.

Showcasing the future of innovation across the unmanned systems and robotics ecosystem, XPONENTIAL will host the Start-Up Showdown. A total of 65 startups submitted their products and services for consideration. The companies represented diverse applications of unmanned systems technology, such as hybrid power sources, advanced imagery payloads and autonomous wireless power.

XPONENTIAL boasts an extensive conference program, with sessions of interest across a range of industries. Among the program’s participants are thought leaders from government agencies, such as DOD, FAA, NASA, and NOAA.

The conference program is divided into three tracks:

  • Policy: Airspace, local, state and federal government cooperation, international trade affecting unmanned systems, and regulation of unmanned maritime systems.
  • Technology: Defense technology innovation, drone delivery technology, protecting intellectual property, software development powering unmanned systems and automated vehicle technology development.
  • Business Solutions: Remote sensing, drones in the wireless industry, mapping and imaging, maritime applications for oil and gas, aviation risk management, and managing and protecting data.

More than 7,000 industry leaders and professionals from over 55 countries are expected to attend XPONENTIAL 2017. The exhibit hall will showcase more than 650 companies, representing more than 20 industries.


The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents more than 7,500 members from more than 60 countries involved in the fields of government, industry and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets.