The IEEE-RAS Response Robotics Seasonal School and Workshop (RRSS+W) is co-located, and shares many of its sessions, with the Texas Public Safety Robotics Summit (TXPS).

It consists of several lectures on the focus topics, plus opportunities for students to join practical exercises and other activities of the TXPS in topics of their choosing. Unlike previous years, due to the need to co-ordinate space resources with the TXPS, the lectures will be earlier on the event, with practicals the focus of the later part of the event.

You will notice that much of the time in the schedule, particularly later in the event, is marked as “Practical Groups”. During the Practical Group Planning session, we will go through the different options for practical groups that students may join later in the week.

Further information on practical groups that students may join are available from the TXPS website. Note that RRSS+W attendees are also considered full TXPS attendees and are encouraged to join any session that they are interested in that is not otherwise full.

Many of the speakers and vendors will also be present for the whole event and many of the vendors also bring representatives with engineering expertise. Attendees are encouraged to use the “Practical Group” time to connect and network with others at the TXPS in their area of interest and arrange for one-on-one discussions and demonstrations.

Final agenda, minor adjustments may still happen. Last updated 2024-03-01.

Monday March 4th

All times in US Central Standard Time (UTC-6).

9:00 AM – 10:00 AMTXPS RegistrationTXPSClassroom
10:00 AM – 10.30 AMArrival and WelcomeRaymond Sheh, NISTPavilion + Online
10:30 AM – 11:00 AMIcebreaker(Various)Pavilion
11:00 AM – 12:00 PMPractical Group Planning + Lunch(Various)Pavilion
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM TXPS Welcome and Safety BriefingPreston Culver, Johns Hopkins University
Tom Prentice, Granite Defense
1:00 PM – 2:00 PMTXPS Team Awareness Kit (TAK)Brandon Albert, Texas DPSPavilion
2:00 PM – 4:00 PMNovel Communications for Public Safety Robotics – A DiscussionTerese Manley, NIST
Donald Harris, NIST
Ryan Perry, Silvus
Silvus tent + Online
4:00 PM – 5:00 PMPractical Groups(Various)Field

Tuesday March 5th

8:30 AM – 9:00 AMTXPS Overview and Daily Safety BriefingPreston Culver, Johns Hopkins UniversityPavilion
9:00 AM – 10:00 AMEvaluating sUAS Capabilities for Operations in Dense Urban EnvironmentsAdam Norton, UMass LowellClassroom + Online
10:00 AM – 11:00 AMTXPS Mesh Networking Technologies (Presentation)Greg Dunbar, SilvusPavilion
11:00 AM – 12:00 PMTXPS Mesh Networking Technologies (Demo)Greg Dunbar, SilvusLanding Zone
12:00 PM – 1:00 PMTXPS LunchPavilion
1:00 PM – 3:00 PMSearch and Rescue Practical: Radios in the RavineRaymond Sheh, NIST
Donald Harris, NIST
Jordan O’Dell, NIST
Ravine + Online
3:00 PM – 4:00 PMTXPS NIST Standard Test Methods for Response RobotsPreston Culver, Johns Hopkins UniversityPavilion
4:00 PM – 5:00 PMTXPS Public Safety UAS Operations: A FAA PerspectiveMichael O’SheaPavilion
5:00 PM – 5:30 PMTXPS Dinner (Food trucks) – presenters please get your food first!
5:30 PM – 6:30 PMStudent Robot Demonstrations and Poster PresentationsFrancesco Cancelliere, University of Catania
Heiko Kabutz, University of Colorado
Thomas Manzini, Texas A&M University
Mustafa Ugur, Purdue University
Classroom + Online

Wednesday March 6th

8:30 AM – 9:00 AMTXPS Overview and Daily Safety BriefingPreston Culver, Johns Hopkins UniversityPavilion
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Novel communications, Cyber Security and Privacy for Public Safety RoboticsKevin Sofen, Smart Firefighting
Donald Harris, NIST
Raymond Sheh, NIST
Smart Firefighting booth + Online
11:00 AM – 11:45 AMTXPS Managing Cybersecurity and AI Risk for UAS in Public SafetyRaymond Sheh, NISTPavilion (Online TBD)
11:45 AM – 12:30 PMTXPS LunchPavilion
12:45 PM – 1:00 PMTransition to range facility
1:00 PM – 4:00 PMPractical Groups(Various)Range facility
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM TXPS DinnerRange facility
5:30 PM – 7:00 PMPractical Groups (Night Operations)Range Facility

Thursday March 7th

8:30 AM – 9:00 AMTXPS Overview and Daily Safety BriefingTXPSPavilion
9:00 AM – 1:00 PMPractical Groups (Extended)Range Facility