Drones Synergies field trials
Drones Synergies field trials

Dubai holds first drone conference to explore the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT)

Dubai has recently held its first ever Drones Synergies, a global conference and capacity building workshop aimed at exploring the application of the latest drone technologies across different fields, including precision agriculture, environmental and natural resource management and architecture.

The event, which was jointly organised by Zayed University, the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) and the Falcon Eye Drones (FEDS), was a non-profit and non-commercial event.

Designed to foster technology and data in driving decision making in today’s data-powered economies, the event highlighted further advancements in drone technologies and noted the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT).

“The UAE puts alot of effort into emerging technologies as we strive to stay ahead of global trends,” said Dr Reyadh Al-Mehaideb, vice president of Zayed University. “Drones will make a big difference in the coming years, and we want to ensure that we fulfil its abundant potential. Education, as well as the nurturing of future talents in this field, are only a few steps towards our vision of shaping smart cities.”

The conference consisted of six plenary sessions and 20 capacity building workshops, which were held to focus on crucial contemporary developments related to the drone industry and latest technologies. The event comprised four practical workshops that included field trials and real drone data acquisition, allowing all delegates to gain and enhance practical experiences.

Using hyperspectral drones for data collection was one of the main attractions during the field sessions at Zayed University and ICBA, which according to drone pilots, was a first for the GCC.

In her opening address, Dr Ismahane Elouafi, director general of ICBA said, “We are delighted to co-organise this significant and timely conference on drone synergies. I am elated to see huge participation in this conference, which shows the amount of interest that drones have accumulated in recent years. At ICBA, our scientists are experimenting with drones to better understand the issues related to agriculture, such as climate change impact, salinity issues, water resources management, and crop production. Drones have an incredible role in agriculture; it is one of the best technologies when it comes to precision agriculture.

“In order to achieve Sustainable Development Goals, particularly zero poverty and zero hunger by 2030, we must explore new technologies such as artificial intelligence for remote sensing and data acquisition.”