Summit on Drone Geophysics 2022

25–28 October 2022 | Virtual


25–28 October 2022

The first two Summits on Drone Geophysics were held in November 2020 and 2021, and were—by all accounts—huge successes. Registered attendees will learn about the latest developments in the quickly evolving world of drone enabled magnetometry, electromagnetics, ground penetrating radar, gamma ray spectroscopy, and issues associated with acquiring geophysical data with a drone. Further, attendees will learn about application use cases of drone geophysics technology. The upcoming Summit on Drone Geophysics will build and expand on the themes expressed in the first two workshops by placing emphasis on drone geophysical applications.


Workshop Topics

  • agriculture applications
  • environmental geophysics and hydrogeophysics
  • geohazards
  • resource exploration and geologic mapping
  • landmines and UXO
  • multisensors and multiphysics
  • data QA\QC and regulatory issues
  • transportation and infrastructure

Registration Rates 

Professionals: US$200
Students: US$20

Students who are not SEG members should send proof of valid university ID to [email protected] prior to registering in order to receive student pricing.

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Platinum Level






Platinum and Gold sponsors will have the ability to submit non-sales material on their products and services, in the form on PDFs or videos on the event webpage under a Vitual Showcase tab.

Platinum sponsors will also have a 10 minute presentation slot within the program to highlight their product capabilities.


Invited Speakers

Dr. Jasper Baur is a PhD candidate in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University studying volcanology with a specialization in remote sensing. He is the cofounder and president of the Demining Research Community, an organization that focuses on developing more efficient landmine and UXO detection methods by fusing unmanned aerial vehicles with remote sensing and machine learning to help combat the international landmine crisis. He has been working on landmine detection since 2016, primarily researching ways to improve the detection of the PFM-1 antipersonnel landmine. He is also interested in the use of drones and sensors to monitor volcanic activity to better anticipate volcanic eruptions. Jasper is an FAA certified remote pilot and passionate about combining art and science, through creating scientific illustrations.

Presentation Title: Utilizing UAV based imagery to identify and automate detection of surface lain mines and UXOs

Mr. Daniel Bochicchio, is an environmental consultant, geologist, and drone pilot with an affinity for innovative technology. Dan has served as co-founder of a drone services company, director of drone program for an environmental consulting firm, and advocate for educating the public and scientific communities on the advances and advantages of using unmanned aircraft in environmental monitoring. His aim is to increase awareness and understanding of this burgeoning technology for fellow scientists and drone advocates alike.

Presentation Title: BVLOS: Geoscience Beyond the Horizon

Dr. Timothy S. de Smet, PhD, is a research assistant professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies and director of the Geophysics and Remote Sensing Laboratory at Binghamton University. His areas of expertise are aerial remote sensing and near-surface applied geophysics. Dr. de Smet’s research utilizing frequency and time-domain electromagnetic-induction, magnetometry, ground-penetrating radar, and aerial LiDAR and thermal infrared remote sensing has been published in GEOPHYICS, Remote SensingNear Surface GeophysicsJournal of Applied GeophysicsSedimentary Geology, PLOS ONE, Archaeological Prospection, and The Leading Edge amongst others. Dr. de Smet has received funding for his research from the National Science Foundation, National Park Service, and United States Geological Survey. He is an FAA 107 certified UAS remote pilot. 

Dr. Jan Francke has spent the entirety of his 33-year career in geophysics trying to understand how and where ground penetrating radar works.  He runs Groundradar, which designs and deploys custom GPR systems, as well as Geolitix, a cloud-based GPR and geophysics processing platform He has worked in over 108 countries, and holds a BSc, MSc, and PhD all in GPR-related geophysics.

Jan frequently lectures at Universities and Conferences on managing expectations with GPR technology, a task made more challenging with a tool which is often misunderstood and oversold.

Presentation Title: Managing Expectations with Drone GPR

Dr. Robert Jackisch, Postdoc, Technical University Berlin – Geoinformation in Environmental Planning Lab, is a geoscientist with an emphasis on remote sensing, geology, geoecology, and enthusiastic for drone-based research. He completed his PhD in winter 2022 at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg in collaboration with the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg. There, Robert worked with UAVs, spectral imaging, and magnetometers to develop integration workflows for UAV-based magnetics and hyperspectral methods for mineral exploration and geologic mapping since 2016. He applied UAV-based monitoring for environmental problems and, together with the Alfred Wegener Institute, led the 2021 UAV campaign in Eastern Siberia to investigate wildfire impacts on the boreal forest using LiDAR and multispectral sensors.

Presentation Title: Drone-based multi-sensor data integration in mineral exploration, mining legacy and environmental monitoring

Dr. Sami Khanal is an assistant professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering (FABE) at Ohio State University, where she leads the Ag Sensing Lab. She is also an affiliated graduate faculty member of OSU’s Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department, Environmental Science Graduate Program (ESGP), as well as a member of OSU’s Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS), Sustainability Institute, and Translational Data Analytics (TDA) Discovery Theme. Her research program focuses on improving the understanding of complex interactions among crop, water, and nutrient dynamics at field and landscape scales to enhance agricultural productivity and improve environmental quality. Her research involves the application of remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), ecosystem modeling, and machine learning approaches. The outcomes of her program contribute toward promoting the adoption of optimal site-specific agricultural conservation measures. More specifically, her research program focuses on three distinct, yet interconnected themes related to digital agriculture: 1) multiscale remote sensing for detecting crop and soil phenomena, 2) ecosystem modeling for assessing synergies and tradeoffs of agricultural practices, and 3) big data analytics (machine learning and geospatial assessment) for agricultural decision-making.

Presentation Title: Multiscale crop health monitoring using deep learning in remote sensing data

Dr. Scott McDougall, P.Eng. is an assistant professor of geological engineering in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He joined UBC in 2016 after working for 10 years as a consulting engineer with BGC Engineering Inc., where he was engaged in a wide variety of projects in the mining, energy, transportation, and municipal development sectors. He specializes in the development of new tools and techniques for the assessment and mitigation of geohazards, including landslides, landslide-generated waves, shoreline erosion, and dam breaches. His research approach involves a combination of field data collection and mapping of past events, statistical analysis, computer modelling, and laboratory experimentation.

Dr. Andrew Mitchell, P.Eng. is a senior geotechnical engineer with BGC Engineering Inc., based in Vancouver, BC. He works extensively with remote sensing techniques such as lidar and photogrammetry to enhance on-the-ground observations for geohazard assessments and mitigation design in the hydroelectric, transportation, mining, and municipal sectors. Dr. Mitchell also works with numerical and empirical models for predicting flow-like landslide runout. He recently completed his PhDd at the University of British Columbia, where one of his projects was collecting UAV-lidar data of debris flow fans in southwest BC, using the data to calibrate numerical runout models of debris flow events.

Dr. Johannes B. Stoll has a background in geophysics and electrochemistry and has held various positions in teaching and research at universities and in the oil and gas industry, mainly borehole geophysics. He has more than 15 years of experience as an active exploration geophysicist.

In 2008, he began investigating the use of small and midsized drones for airborne geophysical data acquisition focusing on geomagnetic and electromagnetic methods. He formed Mobile Geophysical Technologies GmbH in 2011 to provide geophysical services employing unmanned multicopters and helicopters in commercial projects for the mining industry and environmental and groundwater industry. Johannes holds a PhD in Geophysics from University of Frankfurt/Main, and from Technical University of Freiberg/Saxony, Germany. His talk title for the 2022 Summit on Drone Geophysics is Drones in Geophysical Exploration - A New Era of Automation is Coming.

Presentation Title: Drones in Geophysical Exploration - A New Era of Automation is Coming

Innovation Panel Speakers

Lance R. Brady manages the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) National Uncrewed Systems Office (NUSO) in Lakewood Colorado.  NUPO was created in 2008 and has been on the cutting edge of sUAS research in support of Department of the Interior (DOI) and USGS scientific missions. Lance spent nearly 20 years with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in various geospatial and management positions and was the SME for sUAS integration since 2004, in the BLM.  Lance worked in cooperation with USGS NUSO Office since its inception.  Lance took the helm of the NUSO office in 2020. Lance holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in geography, anthropology studies at Eastern Arizona College and Aviation Technology at Cochise College. He is a FAA certified pilot and worked as an aircraft mechanic in his early years.

Jamey Jacob is the director of the OSU Unmanned Systems Research Institute and John Hendrix Chair and professor of Aerospace Engineering in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University. His current efforts are focused on advanced air mobility and their enhanced operation in the national airspace for broader innovative applications. He is currently lead on the NASA University Leadership Initiative program WINDMAP to develop aviation weather solutions for advanced aerial mobility applications, including drones and urban air taxis, and is the director for the Counter-UAS Center of Excellence. As part of recent EDA funding, he is leading the development of the Center for Advanced Air Mobility in Tulsa. He received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1990 and his MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and 1995, respectively. He was a National Research Council Summer Faculty Fellow in the Air Force Research Laboratory and received the SAE Ralph Teetor Award, the Lockheed Martin Teaching Award, and the OSU Regents Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards, among other mentoring accolades. He is a native Oklahoman and dedicates much of his efforts to STEM workforce development, tribal engagement, and increasing diversity in engineering and science.

Roger O'Neill is a pilot and geologist, currently living in Florida, USA.  He is the owner and CEO of Overhead Intelligence, a drone mapping company, which he founded in 2020.  Roger graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in Earth Science and has spent 4 years in the field deploying advanced mineral exploration methods. Roger is also an avid pilot and holds an FAA commercial pilot certificate. He has built his own plane and has flown over thirty different types of aircraft. His integral knowledge of the relationship between flying and mapping inspired him to pursue creating the idealized drone mapping platform. Today, Overhead Intelligence works to collect wide-area aerial data via UAVs with a focus on reducing collection costs for consumers of spatial data.

Kimberly Penn started the first woman-owned tech firm in the state of Texas in 1993. Having thrived during the .Com boom and bust of the late 90’s, Webtropolis is one of the nation’s leading technical auditing firms for federally funded organizations subject to The Security Rule.

Kimberly has an extensive background in the startup and venture capital world. As a business accountability coach and highly regarded maven, she has advised and consulted with over 30+ startups and founders including leading a number of those organizations to major funding cycles.

She also founded two corporations specializing in artificial intelligence (AI), risk mitigation, drone technology and audio/video in additional to IoT technology. Currently, she has clients in greater Houston, thirteen states, Washington-DC, Canada, Mexico, Poland, and Dubai. She has worked on technology and security-based projects with budgets in excess of $30million+.

Currently, Kimberly serves as the Entrepreneur In Residence for Houston Community College (HCC) SW. She supports over 70,000 students as a member of the Entrepreneurial Initiatives team by creating and implementing programs in collaboration with small businesses, nonprofits, corporations, and government agencies across greater Houston.

Kimberly is the Chief Strategist for Women and Drones (W&D) a global and leading membership organization dedicated to driving excellence in the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) / Urban Air Mobility (UAM) / AAM Advanced Air Mobility / Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) industries by achieving equity and participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors. As the Chief Strategist, she works with the entire W&D team to create, formulate, and implement strategies that support their core mission: to increase female participation in the economic opportunities of the industry.

She is a mentor for the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) Foundry and the 2021 showcase winner for the Homeland Security Startup Studio at FedTech - where she focuses her expertise and effort in meeting our nation’s Department of Defense and Homeland Security needs.
She teaches the current drone technology course related to aviation at HCC. She recently designed the curriculum for a five course UAS certificate program: the UAS Technology Program which launched in Spring 2022.

As a lifelong learner who values education, Kimberly has earned a double BA in Computer Systems Information & Psychology from Houston Baptist University, an MA in Sociology from the University of Houston, and a MPS in Technology Management from Georgetown University. She has spent more than 16 years teaching at the community college and university level. Kimberly has earned several local, state, and national teaching awards at the collegiate level. She is also the proud mother of her daughter, Carly, a doctoral student at LSU.

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Important Dates

Call for Abstracts closes:
25 August 2022

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