Autonomous Impact, Innovation, and Adoption

NVTC Launches Autonomous Technology Summit of Virginia

(Herndon, VA) October 10, 2019 - The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) in partnership with the Virginia Unmanned Systems Center at CIT today announced the launch of the Autonomous Technology Summit of Virginia that will take place on November 7, 2019 at the INOVA Center for Personalized Health in Fairfax, Virginia. The Summit will bring together leading experts across the commercial, defense, regulatory, and academic sectors as they discuss the opportunities, challenges, and impacts of autonomous technology across the domains of sea, air, land, and space. Along with keynote and panel discussions, the event will provide a unique platform to showcase Virginia’s leadership in autonomous systems and highlight best practices, new business models, and technology transfers that have a national impact.

"We are delighted to be part of NVTC’s Autonomous Technology Summit of Virginia," said Amr ElSawy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Noblis. "One of the many research efforts Noblis has undertaken in the past few years is to study the effects of autonomy on a larger scale across air, sea, land, space, and cyber domains. The recent launch of our Pieces of Eight (Po8) -Trusted Autonomy program demonstrates how forward-thinking research and technical solutions are helping government and commercial customers solve complex challenges. We are excited to be part of such an important NVTC event.”

“We are very excited for this opportunity to promote the various economic ecosystems for autonomous technology across Virginia and the region,” said Bobbie Kilberg, President and CEO, NVTC. “The Summit offers a diverse environment for attendees, business, and government stakeholders to collaborate across industries to share opportunities and leverage Virginia’s expertise and innovations."

The Honorable Senator Mark Warner (D-Va) will deliver the welcome and opening remarks followed by keynote discussions from esteemed industry leaders Amr ElSawy President and CEO, Noblis, Richie Huang, Executive Manager of Advanced Safety System and Autonomous Driving, Daimler AG, and Suzi E. McBride, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Iridium Inc.

Additionally, throughout the day, keynote addresses and panel discussions will feature globally recognized technology leaders from both the public and private sectors, covering topics such as innovative adoption of autonomous technology, implementation of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) innovation and investment, UAS applied to public safety and emergency management, and intellectual property and data securing challenges for sea, air, land, and space.

The Autonomous Summit of Virginia will deliver engaging insights, access to globally recognized experts, and superior educational value to the greater technology community, and will allow participants to connect with international leaders, companies, and national policymakers.

For more information on the event and the full agenda, please visit