Ericsson at Berkeley SkyDeck: The Future of Connected and Autonomous Drones

Ericsson at Berkeley SkyDeck: The Future of Connected and Autonomous Drones

SkyDeck and Golden Bear Industry Partner Ericsson teamed up to bring together a panel event on The Future of Connected and Autonomous Drones.

“Mobile networks are uniquely positioned to improve the safety of drone applications, as well as to enable beyond visual line-of-sight operations. Our particular interest is in low-altitude drone operations, because existing terrestrial mobile networks can be used to provide network coverage. We are focusing our work on two aspects: radio connectivity and support services for drone traffic management aka UTM.”

Attila Takacs

Director of Innovation, Ericsson Silicon Valley


The panel was moderated by Chris Hermanowicz, a strategic investor for NTT Docomo and NTT Group, and featured a lively discussion between panelists from industry, venture capital, and academia, including:

  •     Xingqin Lin, Senior Researcher and Standards Delegate with Ericsson Research
  •     Emilien Marchand, Strategic Engagement Manager, A^3 by Airbus Group
  •     William Pryor, Founding Engineer, Skycatch
  •     Raja Sengupta, Professor of Systems, Transportation Engineering, UC Berkeley
  •     Aaron Bailey, Head of Business Development, Iris Automation

Following the panel, startup companies Iris Automation and Converge Industries presented on their current status and how their work may be impacted by likely regulation updates in the done industry.


Find our more about mobile networks and drones by reading the Ericsson Research Blog on the topic and following the links to more details form there.


“Events like this bring together Berkeley SkyDeck’s startup, corporate, and academic communities as they build the future of industries. SkyDeck partners like Ericsson see the future and are actively seeking the innovative talent that is part of SkyDeck. Drones are one of our favorite topics; we were delighted to be part of this event!”

Caroline Winnett

Executive Director, Berkeley SkyDeck



Berkeley SkyDeck is a global hub for innovation, entrepreneurship, and the acceleration of world-changing ideas. Because of its unique status as a program of UC Berkeley, SkyDeck attracts and leverages a diverse and globally distributed talent base, world-class ideas, and unmatched worldwide deal flow. As a result of these strengths, SkyDeck now occupies the enviable position as the preeminent global accelerator program.



Ericsson is one of the leading providers of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to service providers, with about 40% of the world’s mobile traffic carried through our networks. We enable the full value of connectivity by creating game-changing technology and services that are easy to use, adopt and scale, making our customers successful in a fully connected world. For more than 140 years, our ideas, technology and people have changed the world: real turning points that have transformed lives, industries and society as a whole.