Road to Higher Autonomy

Session 2 of the ICAO DRONE ENABLE Webinar Series


4 March 2021, 0900 EST (90 minute webinar)



Registration is now closed.  Recording of the webinar can be found here.


This webinar will discuss trends in automation and increasingly automated systems that will operate in the airspace.  Additionally, the panelists will discuss the needs, benefits, challenges, technical capabilities, as well as operational approaches to the integration of increasingly automated systems, addressing both aircraft as well as air traffic management topics.  Furthermore, the panel will discuss how safety of increasingly automated systems is ensured and the acceptance of such system will be accomplished.


Parimal Kopardekar, NASA



Mildred Troegeler, The Boeing Company


Scot Campbell, Airbus UTM


Wes Ryan, FAA


Rodrigo Garcia, Indra ATM

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Francoise Soulie-Fogelman, Hub France IA


Ravi Kumar, Infosys, SAE India




Parimal Kopardekar

Parimal Kopardekar (PK) serves as the Director of NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI).  In that capacity, he is responsible for exploring new trends, collaborations and partnership needs related to aviation enterprise.  He also serves as NASA's senior technologist for Air Transportation Systems and principal investigator for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) project.


Mildred Troegeler

Mildred Troegeler is the Director of Global Regulatory Strategy of Boeing Product & Services Safety. In this role, she leads key global regulatory and policy strategies for product and services across the enterprise, including the airspace integration regulatory strategy working with regulators around the world to support and enable the safe integration of autonomous systems into national airspace with a continued focus on safety.


In 2015, Troegeler joined Boeing as the director of Technical & Regulatory Affairs in Europe. In this role, she was responsible for representing Boeing interests with all European institutions, most notably the European Commission, European Aviation Safety Agency and the European Parliament, in the areas of aviation safety, cybersecurity and unmanned aircraft systems. Previously, she served as technical and operations general manager at the Association of European Airlines (AEA). Before joining the AEA, she shaped space policies at the United Nations as a legal and policy advisor to the German Aerospace Center.


Troegeler holds a law degree with a specialization in economics and competition law from the University of Bonn; and a postgraduate Master of Laws in air and space law from the University of Leiden. She is a board member of the NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Innovation Advisory Board and the Royal Aeronautical Society Brussels Branch.


Dr. Scot Campbell

Dr. Scot Campbell is the Head of System Design for Airbus UTM. He is responsible for the design and architecture of Airbus' unmanned traffic management system that will enable the safe, secure, and scalable integration of new types of aircraft into the global airspace. Previously, he was the Senior Director of UTM Technology at AiRXOS, part of GE Aviation, and a member of the Technical Staff in the Air Traffic Control Systems group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He holds a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a multi-engine commercial rated pilot and flight instructor.


Wes Ryan

Wes Ryan recently began working for NASA's Aeronautics Research Institute on March 1.  Prior to that, he was with the FAA for 18 years, most recently as their Manager of R&D for the Aircraft Certification service.  He provides strategic leadership at a global level for emerging technology initiatives and a risk-based approach to products development & certification. His perpetual passion is to leverage technology for the continuous improvement of aviation safety, integration, and access, for manned and unmanned aircraft systems.


Rodrigo Garcia Saiz

Master of engineering, major in nuclear thermohydraulics, by Polytechnic University of Madrid and MBA by Instituto de Empresa (IE). Head of AI applications of the Air traffic management business unit of Indra since April 2019 leading a unit aimed to develop AI based applications for different products and processes of the ATM industry.


Head of AI of the financial services business unit of Indra since 2015. Wide experience in artificial intelligence technologies, ranging from search or rule-based systems to machine learning and deep learning techniques and architectures, having developed applications of predictive algorithms for general purposes, natural language processing and computer vision.


Tutor of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning online programs for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Professor of Machine learning at ICEMD-ESIC and Professor of Artificial Intelligence at The Valley Digital School.


Françoise Soulié Fogelman

Françoise Soulié Fogelman has over 40 years' experience in AI (neural networks), machine learning, social network analysis and big data both in academia and industry. A former graduate from École Normale Supérieure, she holds a PhD from University of Grenoble. She was Professor at the University of Paris 11-Orsay, where she was advisor to 20 PhDs (neural networks, deep learning). She then funded a startup (Mimetics to develop a neural-network based OCR product) to later join Atos (as head of a data mining – data warehouse group) and Business & Decision (as Partner) where she created and headed the CRM business unit. At KXEN, she was Vice President Innovation until the company was bought out by SAP. She then joined the School of Computer Software at Tianjin University (China), where she was a professor, head of the Data Science team. She is now Scientific Advisor for Hub France IA.


She has co-authored more than 150 scientific publications and 13 books. She is/has been an expert for the European Commission, ANR (French National Research Agency), French Competitivity cluster Cap Digital and CCF Big Data Task Force (China). She is a founding member and member of the board of Hub France IA (read AI). She was a member of the AI High Level Experts group for the European Commission and is co-chair of the working group "innovation & commercialization" for the GPAI (Global Partnership on AI).


Dr. Ravi Kumar G. V. V

Dr. Ravi Kumar G. V. V. is Associate Vice President and Head Advanced Engineering Group (AEG) of Engineering Services, Infosys. He has led many innovation and applied research projects over the past 25 years. His areas of expertise include mechanical structures and systems, knowledge-based engineering, composites, artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous systems, AR, VR and Industry 4.0. He is involved in the development of commercial products like AUTOLAY (CADDS-COMPOSITES) - a spin-off Indian LCA(Tejas) program, Nia Knowledge - a knowledge-based engineering platform and KRTI 4.0 - an operational excellence framework. He contributed to many Industry 4.0 implementation projects and played a key role in the development of Industry 4.0 maturity index under the umbrella of Acatech, Germany.


He is also involved in various initiatives of the World Economic Forum (WEF) fourth industrial revolution technologies in production. He is a member of the HM-1 and G-31 technical committees and Chair of G-31 technical committee of SAE International contributed to aerospace standards development.


Dr. Ravi Kumar has published over fifty technical papers, four patents - two granted and two filed. He has a Ph.D. and an M.Tech in Applied Mechanics from IIT Delhi, and a BE (Honors) from BITS Pilani, India. He won many awards which includes James M. Crawford Executive Standards Committee Outstanding Achievement award.


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