UTM Engineering Summit

November 26th, 2018

Stanford University

Welcome to the UTM Engineering Summit! We are living in an exciting time where the airspace as we know it is quickly evolving. Rapid technological advances are unlocking new possibilities that were seemingly out of reach just a few years ago such as urban air mobility, drone package delivery, and an automation of the sky at a level never before imagined. A number of organizations are building services to manage these new technologies in the sky. However, much work remains to be done, and a unified framework that can accommodate new technologies and operations while meeting the high safety standards of aviation remains elusive.

This summit aims to bring together leading UTM system engineers and architects to discuss the directions in which our airspace might evolve. We aim to tackle open technical questions, discuss current and new system designs, and address how to keep the skies accessible to everyone.

This summit will feature a number of open table discussion sessions with a brief set of slides to introduce each topic. The discussion will focus on the proposed design principles of UTM. However, any topic relevant to UTM is open for discussion. We encourage attendees to bring problems and concerns that they have and any supporting materials that may be relevant.

This event will follow the Chatham House Rules to encourage open and creative discussion. As a reminder, in a meeting held under Chatham House Rules, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speakers may be revealed to those not in attendance.



09:00 – 09:15: Opening remarks by Mykel Kochenderfer and Parimal Kopardekar

9:15 – 9:30: Introductions

09:30 – 10:15: Session 1 Review of the UTM First Principles

10:15 – 10:30: Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:30: Session 2 Implications of a federated system

11:30 – 12:30: Session 3 Emergency response management

12:30 – 1:30: Lunch Break

1:30 – 2:30: Session 4 Validation and verification in UTM

2:30 – 2:45: Coffee Break

2:45 – 3:45: Session 5 Role of the regulator

3:45 – 4:00: Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:00: Closing Session Open questions and follow up work


UTM Design Principles 

  1. Scalable: The platform must support various UTM operations at scale. This includes
    scalability to support high operational densities, large geographic regions, and operations
    with many UAS Service Suppliers in the same region amongst others.
  2. Supports Multi-jurisdiction: The platform must be conducive to cross-border operations.
    The solution must be able to support operations that cross international boundaries.
  3. Reliable: The platform must be able to enable a UTM system that is sufficiently reliable
    and available for safe operation at scale. It must allow the holistic design of failure handling
    across the system.
  4. Secure: The platform, as a core system component, is sufficiently secure for safe operation. High assurance development, authorization and authentication, and defense in depth mechanisms must be supported.
  5. Open: The platform’s design meets normal criteria for architectural “openness”. Protocols can be specified to a level that allows correct implementation by parties.
  6. Future-proof: The platform must support future vehicle, missions, and systems. The world
    is changing rapidly and we must design a system which can support this.
  7. Supports Systemic Risk Management: It must be possible to know and manage the system-wide
    failure and security risks in the system. It must be possible to measure the effects of a change
    in overall system structure and control or inhibit those changes that will add failure or security
    risks to an undesirable degree.


Getting Here

The summit will be hosted in the Durand Building at 496 Lomita Mall. Once you’re in the building, take the elevator up to the fourth floor. The meeting will be in room 450.

For those coming from off campus, the easiest place to park is across from Tresidder or, alternatively, under Roble Field. Roble Field often has more parking available and is somewhat closer. You can pay with cash or credit card at the kiosk at Tresidder or Roble Field. Display your parking slip on your dashboard.

  • From 280: Exit Sand Hill Road east toward Stanford. Continue east, turning right at the traffic light on Santa Cruz Avenue. Make an immediate left onto Junipero Serra Boulevard. Turn left on Campus Drive East then make a left turn onto Mayfield Avenue.
  • From 101: Take the Embarcadero Road exit west toward Stanford. At El Camino Real, Embarcadero turns into Galvez Street as it enters the university. Stay in the left lane and continue toward the center of campus. Make a left turn at Campus Drive East. Follow the signs to the Stanford Bookstore. Turn right on Mayfield Avenue.
  • From El Camino Real exit West at University Avenue: Turn toward the hills (away from the center of Palo Alto). As you enter Stanford, University Avenue becomes Palm Drive. Go through one traffic light, and turn left onto Campus Drive. Campus Drive will turn into Campus Drive East. Follow the signs to the Stanford Bookstore. Turn right on Mayfield Avenue.





We will be providing coffee and light refreshments during the summit. Lunch will not be provided, but everyone is encouraged to eat lunch as a group at the Tressider Food Court a short walk away from the Durand building.



For questions or comments, please contact Mykel Kochenderfer at: mykel (at) stanford.edu