Event Details

Here you can find many event details for the STRATUS 2023 Conference, including the event synopsis, schedule, program committee, and keynote speakers.


About the Conference

The STRATUS 2023 conference brings together academics, industry representatives, and domain specialists to share perspectives on this rapidly evolving field of a wide range of topics. Since its inception in 2016, STRATUS went from a one-day to a two-day and then to a three-day annual workshop and is now a three-day conference and includes previously recorded field trips. Based on the received request from attendees, we have expanded the workshops to reach entities beyond the original scope of a Western New York audience.

This conference is in-person attendance.

What sets the non-profit STRATUS 2023 Conference apart from other specialized or larger UAS meetings are the important interdisciplinary topics ranging from the latest challenges in UAV platform design and technology to sensor design, information gathering and processing, and modeling to produce data that support decision-making.

The STRATUS 2023 Conference topics include:

  • Environmental Mapping, Monitoring and Modelling
  • Remote Sensing
  • 3D and Multi-view Imaging
  • Platforms, Calibration, Sensor, and Imaging Systems
  • Multi-sensor Data Fusion
  • Technologies and Applications
  • Algorithm and Image Processing
  • Photogrammetry
  • Policy, Public Perception and Privacy Issues
  • K-12 Education
  • Applications focused on Upstate NY, Finger Lakes and Lake Ontario Regions

We also will entertain areas related to hazards, environmental mapping, monitoring and forecasting. We invite participants who are interested in sharing their insight, latest research, and technical challenges to engage in scientific and practical conversations to identify collaborative partners for facing the complex challenges under extreme conditions with holistic approaches in designing and testing integrated UAV mission planning, information gathering and decision making for extreme conditions, rapid response or emergency management. 

Our Program includes both oral and poster sessions, student prizes for best paper/poster presentation, break and lunch for networking, keynote speakers, panel discussion, exhibits, live demonstrations, happy hours and social gathering. Thanks to our sponsors, we keep the conference fees affordable.

The STRATUS 2023 Conference is a collaborative organizational effort including researchers from some of the region’s leading universities. The general organizing committee is made up of researchers working at the interface of universities, industries, government agencies, and other community stakeholders from these institutions: 

• Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
• SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF)
• University at Buffalo (UB)

And the scientific community converge abroad range of expert from many universities and institutes.

We all hope to see you at the STRATUS 2023 Conference.


– the Conference Organization Team

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact : Emmett@cis.rit.edu

The 2022 Event Schedule


Keynote Speakers

Ken Stewart

Ken Stewart serves as President and CEO of NUAIR, responsible for setting the overall vision and strategy for the uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) organization. Stewart is an experienced industry expert in wireless telecommunications and cloud-based software, with a specialization in building Enterprise SaaS, Federated digital marketplaces, and platforms. Prior to joining NUAIR, Stewart served as the CEO of AiRXOS, a GE aviation company, where he led the innovation, development, and commercialization of Unmanned Traffic Management services. After beginning his career in engineering and management positions at IBM and GTE, Stewart served as an executive with several venture capital and private equity-backed companies commercializing and scaling pre-revenue start-ups and transforming organizations for growth. Stewart also serves as the President of the Commercial Drone Alliance, a non-profit organization that works with federal policymakers and industry stakeholders to help create relevant rules to scale commercial UAS operations. View Ken’s Company webpage

Steven J. Thomson

Dr. Steven J. Thomson is National Program Leader (NPL) with the USDA National Institute Food and Agriculture (NIFA). He engages Universities, other federal agencies, and industry to provide national leadership in Capacity and Competitive Grant programs. The Research, Education, and Outreach programs he leads focus on engineering processes to improve systems relevant to agriculture. These include Engineering for Agricultural Production Systems and NSF-collaborative programs such as the National Robotics Initiative, Cyber-Physical Systems, and AI Institutes.  Dr. Thomson received his Ph. D from the University of Florida in the Ag. And Bio. Engineering Dept. and has background in aerial application of crop protection materials, irrigation management, water balance and crop modeling, decision support systems for agricultural management, sensing systems and electronics, precision agriculture, applied statistics, and agricultural safety. Dr. Thomson was incoming Associate Professor at Virginia Tech in the College of Engineering and had received the Alpha Epsilon Award for his Research/Extension program and Outstanding Faculty Award in the Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) Department. He was a Lead Scientist with the USDA ARS before joining USDA-NIFA in early 2016. He has authored or co-authored over 100 publications, two book chapters, and several Extension publications and software. View Steven’s professional webpage

Theodore N. (Ted) Loukides

Theodore N. (Ted) Loukides is Chief of the Oil & Gas Compliance and Enforcement Section in the Division of Mineral Resources with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) in Albany NY.  His primary areas of responsibility include oil and gas production reporting, well transfers, complaint investigation and resolution, enforcement, state land leasing, financial security, inspections, well plugging, and the use of UAS technology to locate orphaned wells. Mr. Loukides has been part of NYSDEC’s Mineral Resources team for the past 20 years, serving in various capacities, including permitting, inspections, drilling and plugging oversight, financial security management, annual reporting, statistical compilation and evaluation, and information technology coordination.  He received his B.A. degree in Geology from the State University of New York at Oneonta in May 1981 and was a graduate teaching assistant in Earth Sciences at Montana State University in the early 1980s.  His professional career has included geophysical prospecting, mud logging, well drilling, and groundwater consulting related to impacted sites (CERCLA, RCRA) in the eastern and central U.S.  Mr. Loukides is a member of several national geologic organizations, and a former Director of both the New York State Council of Professional Geologists and the Hudson-Mohawk Professional Geologists’ Association, where he served as President.

Richard Bourgeois

Richard Bourgeois is Operations Manager for Innovation at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) with a portfolio including special research projects in renewable energy. He previously served as Principal Investigator for NYSERDA’s project with the U.S. Department of Energy to establish the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium. Prior to joining NYSERDA, Richard held a number of roles over 24 years at General Electric, where he earned twenty U.S. patents for his work on solid oxide fuel cells, hydrogen electrolysis and grid-scale energy storage. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York State with a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an undergraduate degree in engineering from Boston University


Student Prizes


Program will include Student prizes for best presentation and poster!!

Program Committee

General Chair

Emmett Ientilucci, Digital Image and Remote Sensing Lab, Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology
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Co-chair/financial chair

Bahram Salehi, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
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Scientific Committee

Lindi Quackenbush, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY , View Lindi’s professional webpage

Peter Spacher

Peter Spacher, Rochester Institute of Technology, View Peter’s professional webpage

Chris Renschler, University of Buffalo, View Chris’s professional webpage

Jamie Winders, Syracuse University, View Jamie’s professional webpage

Chris Badurek, SUNY – Cortland, View Chris’s professional webpage

Leila Hashemi, NC A&T State University, View Leila’s professional webpage

Buffy Quinn, Onondaga Com. College, View Buffy’s team professional webpage

Mohamad A.Razkenari, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY, View Mohamad’s professional webpage

Ken Stewart, President and CEO of NUAIR, View Ken’s Company webpage

Local Arrangements Chair

Katherina Searing
Associate Director, Open Academy at SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry

Students Involvement Chair

Sina Jarahizadeh

Sina Jarahizadeh
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY, View Sina’s Linkedin webpage

The University at Buffalo Liaison

Marianne Sullivan, View Marianne’s professional webpage

Web Administrators

Randy Nguyen, Web Developer, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY

Sina Jarahizadeh, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY