The 2023 Monterey Bay Drone Automation and Robotics Technology (DART) Symposium will bring together experts and enthusiasts in the field of drone, automation, and robotics technologies with entrepreneurs, policy makers, educators and community-based organizations. The Symposium will be held from Wednesday, October 11th to Friday, October 13th, 2023, at the California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) University Center. The event will attract a wide range of participants from academia, industry, and government agencies who are interested in exploring the latest advancements in drone technology and its applications.

The Symposium will cover three main topic areas: 

The first topic area will focus on how to train and develop the workforce required to keep up with the rapid advancements in drone automation and robotics technology. This will involve discussions on topics such as educational programs, internships, and mentorship opportunities. The second topic area will cover the Central Coast innovation ecosystems, including companies such as Joby Aviation, Farm N-G, and Advance Air Mobility, and their contributions to the development of drone technologies. The third topic area will be focused on engaging the next generation through job fairs, poster sessions, and round table discussions.

Overall, the 2023 Monterey Bay Drone Automation and Robotics Technologies (DART) Symposium promises to be a comprehensive and informative event that will provide a platform for participants to learn about the latest advancements in drone technology and its applications. With a diverse range of topics and participants, the symposium is expected to foster collaborations and partnerships that will drive innovation and growth in the field of drone automation and robotics.

Registration Levels:

  • Full three day event $550
  • DART Members $450
  • Individual Membership $100 / year
  • Students $50 (free for CSUMB students)
  • Partners, Sponsors, and Organizational Members see details HERE

2023 Invited Keynote Speakers

Senator Anna Caballero

California State Senator, 14th Senate District

Senator Anna M. Caballero is a woman of firsts. She…

Sarasina Tuchen

US Department of Transportation, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

Mrs. Sarasina Tuchen is a Senior Scientist in the Highly…

Raquel Girvin

FAA Western-Pacific Region Regional Administrator

Raquel Girvin has served as the Regional Administrator for the…

Matt Field

Chief Financial Officer, Joby Aviation

Matt Field is Joby Aviation’s Chief Financial Officer. Before joining…

Lori Pepper

Deputy Secretary for Innovative Mobility Solutions at the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA)

Lori Pepper was appointed the Deputy Secretary for Innovative Mobility…

Dr. Carl Dietrich

Jump Aero

Carl is the Founder/CEO/CTO of Jump Aero where he and…

Dean Donovan

Diamond Stream Partners

Dean Donovan is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Diamond…

Daniel Theobald

Vecna Robotics / MassRobotics / Mekable / Twisted Fields

Daniel has decades of experience leading research scientists and teams…

2023 Invited Speakers

Adam Cohen

University of California, Berkeley

Adam Cohen is a transportation futurist and researcher at the…

Adrienne Lindgren

Hyundai Urban Air Mobility

Adrienne Lindgren is an urban planner and economic development professional,…

Alexi Sevastopoulos

Founding Member, Armature Systems | SCU Venture Accelerator | Santa Clara Ventures | Santa Cruz Ventures

Founding Member, Armature Systems | SCU Venture Accelerator | Santa…

Andrea Pesce

UC Santa Cruz | DART Board of Directors Member

Andrea Pesce is the Director of Industry Alliances for the recently launched Innovation…

Andrew Mearns

Multicopter Consulting

Andy is a sales coach and consultant, who has accumulated…

Becca Fenwick

CITRIS, UC Santa Cruz

Dr. Becca Fenwick is developing the CITRIS Initiative for Drone…

Brad Barbeau

CSU Monterey Bay | DART Board of Directors Member

Brad Barbeau, Ph.D., is Professor of Entrepreneurship in the College…

Brian Miller

Kern Career Technical Education Center

Working as an educator since 2001, Brian Miller is a…

Chris Bley

Airspace Integration | DART Board of Directors Member

Chris Bley is a Santa Cruz-based serial entrepreneur and co-founder…

Clint Cowden

Hartnell College

Clint Cowden was raised in Wyoming, where his family ran…

Cody Cleverly

Joby Aviation

Cody Cleverly is the Workforce Development Lead at Joby Aviation…

Darryl Wong

UCSC Center for Agroecology

Darryl Wong serves as the executive director for the UC…

Elizabeth Posey

The Irvine Foundation

Elizabeth (Liz) joined the Irvine Foundation as a Senior Program…

Ethan Rublee

Founder, Farm-NG

Ethan Rublee is a seasoned entrepreneur and technologist with over…

George Kivork

Joby Aviation

George Kivork is Head of State and Local Policy at…

J. Kent Morgan

J. Kent Morgan Consulting, LLC

J. Kent Morgan, Ph.D. is the Owner and President of…

Jennifer Kuan

CSUMB College of Business

Jennifer Kuan is an associate professor of entrepreneurship and economics…

John Eberhart


Mr. Eberhardt is the Chief Technology Officer ATA, LLC. Mr….

Jon Sisk

EVP Chief Banking Officer, Santa Cruz County Bank

Jon Sisk, Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer with…

Josh Metz

Monterey Bay DART

Josh Metz is the Executive Director and co-founder of the…

Ken Smith

Salinas Inclusive Economic Development Initiative (SIEDI)

Ken Smith is the Project Manager for SIEDI, (Salinas Inclusive…

Lawrence Samuels

Senior Advisor to the Chancellor of UC Santa Cruz

Dr. Larry Samuels is Senior Advisor to the Chancellor of…

Lon Hatamiya

Hatamiya Group

Lon Hatamiya is the President and Chief Executive Officer of…

Maria Elena Manzo

Mujeres en Acción

Maria Elena Manzo is the Program Director for Mujeres en…

Marylou Shockley

Dean, CSUMB College of Business

Dr. Marylou Shockley joined the CSUMB College of Business in…

Matt Beatty

Founder, Advanced Aviation Alignment (A3)

Matt Beatty founded the Advanced Aviation Alignment (A3) consulting practice…

Matt Nelson

Marina Municipal Airport

Matt Nelson, C.M., ATP, serves as the Airport Manager at…

Matthew Friedman

CalTrans Division of Aeronautics

Matt Friedman is the Chief of the Office of Aviation…

Michael Gutierrez

Hartnell College

Michael Gutierrez comes to Hartnell College from the Los Rios…

Peter Church

Joby Aviation

Peter Church is the Aviation Education Program Manager at Joby…

Raja Sengupta

UC Berkeley

Raja Sengupta is Professor at University of California, Berkeley. He…

Ricardo Sanfelice

UC Santa Cruz

Ricardo Sanfelice is Professor and Department Chair in Electrical and…

Richard Vaughn

County of Monterey

Richard specializes in economic development for the County of Monterey…

Rosalyn Green

MPC Board Member

Seaside native, Rosalyn Green, was born in the former Fort…

Shari Tavaf

Monterey Bay DART

Shari Tavaf is a registered professional engineer in California and…

Tom Horvath

Dean, CSUMB College of Science

Dr. Horvath is serving as the Interim Dean of the…

Toni Gomez


Toni Gomez, MPP, currently serves as a Business Development Specialist…

Walt Duflock

Western Growers Innovation Center (WGIC)

Walt Duflock is the Vice President of Innovation at Western…

Yolanka Wulff

Community Air Mobility Initiative

Yolanka Wulff is Executive Director of CAMI, the Community Air…

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