National eye in the sky workshop announced

Posted: March 23, 2015 6:00 a.m.

Unmanned air system
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The University of Regina’s Collaborative Centre for Justice and Public Safety is hosting Canada’s first National Public Safety and Emergency Management Operational Unmanned Air Systems Workshop, June 10th and 11th, 2015.

The workshop will bring together representatives from industry, government, academia and public safety organizations to examine the use and capabilities of unmanned air systems (UAS) in public safety and emergency management in Canada. The workshop will identify gaps in policy, training and operations and develop action plans to address those gaps.

“The focus of this workshop on UAS is very timely as this relatively new and growing technology is being adopted as another tool for the first responder and public safety community in Canada,” says Steve Palmer, Executive Director of the Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety (CCJS) at the University of Regina. The Centre provides leading-edge research and technology advancement opportunities, as well as specialized education in the fields of justice, safety and first response.

The Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG), a not‐for‐profit organization operated by the Canadian Associations of Chiefs of Police, Fire and Paramedics, supports efforts to increase awareness and use of this important new capability.

“The multidisciplinary approach that the University’s CCJS brings to Public Safety is well suited to the challenges to be addressed in the Canadian Public Safety & Emergency Management UAS Strategy that will be developed during the workshop,” says David Malloy, Vice-President Research, University of Regina.

The workshop is organized by CCJS, CITIG, Unmanned Systems Canada (a not-for-profit association representing the unmanned vehicle systems community in Canada) and the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (the largest high-tech association in Canada).

The workshop is aligned with the University’s new 2015-2020 Strategic Plan Commitment to our Communities strategic priority. 

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