FAI International Drones Conference and Expo

2017 edition

The 1st FAI International Drones Conference and Expo took place from 1 to 3 September 2017 at the Rolex Centre in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The conference and expo was being held as part of EPFL Drone Days, a three-day discovery showcase about the world of Drones and Drone technology. The venue, EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), is a research institute and a proven centre for excellence in robotics research and innovation.

EPFL Drone Days 2017 also included three days of drone-racing held by the Swiss Rotor Sports Association (SRSA) and a robotics showcase by the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research Robotics (NCCR Robotics).

The FAI was founded in 1905 and recognized by the IOC. It has responsibility to govern, grow and unify leisure and sport Drone activities globally.

The conference included talks on Safety, Innovation and Sports:

  • Urban transportation and drones
  • Logistics
  • Humanitarian needs
  • Public safety
  • Agriculture
  • Flying robots
  • Earth observation
  • Data collection
  • Best use
  • Anti-collision and radar
  • Air transport and public space
  • Education and schools
  • Drone Sports/Racing, eGaming and eSports


  • Florent Béron, Corporate Strategy Expert, Skyguide
  • Lt. Col. Peter Brander, Chef Etat-Major EMCC
  • Reto Buettner, Senior Consultant, SVZD
  • Douglas Burnet, Aerial Sports League (USA)
  • Sonja Betschart, Co-Founder, Werobotics
  • Anthony Cake, Co-founder ImmersionRC and involved in the Liftoff FPV Racing Simulator
  • Jean-Thomas Celette, CSO senseFly
  • Benoit Curdy, Secretary General, Global UTM Association (GUTMA)
  • Tim Dawson-Townsend, Managing Director, Aurora Swiss Aerospace
  • Vincent Delcommene, Best Drone Racing Pilot 2016 (FAI World Cup winner 2016)
  • Bruno Delor, FAI FPV Racing Subcommittee Chairman and 1st CIAM Vice-president
  • Simon Johnson, EPFL InnovationPark
  • Prof. Dario Floreano, Head of NCCR Robotics
  • Rich Hanson, President Academy of Model Aeronautics (USA)
  • Ulrich Hoffmann, Manager Corporate Product Development, Lufthansa Technik
  • Laurent Khong, Drone Racing Event Organiser
  • Vinzenz Kögler, President, Swiss E-Sports Association
  • Dr. John Langford, CEO Aurora Flight Sciences and President AIAA
  • Wayne Lording, Institute for Drone Technology, Australia
  • Lorenzo Martelletti, Sales and Marketing Director Pix4D, Lausanne
  • Janick Mischler, Programme Manager Autonomous delivery, Swiss Post
  • Yves Morier, Principal Advisor to the Certification Director - New technologies EASA - European Aviation Safety Agency
  • Lorenzo Murzilli, Manager Innovation and Advanced Technologies, Federal Office of Civil Aviation - FOCA
  • Antonis Papadopoulos, FAI CIAM President
  • Grantley Reed, Freedom Drone Sports (Australia)
  • Mikhail Ryabokon, Noosphere
  • Alex Sanchez, Managing Director FIBA 3x3
  • Andrea Schlapbach, Co-Founder FLARM
  • Alain Siebert, Chief Economist & Master Planning, SESAR Joint Undertaking
  • Thomas Sylvest, Watch Commander & Head of UAS/RPAS Operations, Copenhagen Fire Department
  • Christian Struwe, Head of European Public Policy Europe, DJI
  • Neil Tank, MAAA President (Australia)
  • Vladimir Vasiliev, Noosphere Ventures USA/Ukraine
  • Jason Winter, Aerial Sports League (USA)

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