Brian Cobb

Chief Innovation Officer- Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

Brian is the Chief Innovation Officer for the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, a 32- year veteran in aviation, and a graduate of EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University. He is a persuasive speaker for diverse industries and media, sharing a narrative of how visionary leadership through innovation supports a culture of collaboration, drives successive sustainable wins, and grows strategic value throughout business life cycles and personal growth. These elements have helped position CVG on the forefront as an awardwinning airport, known for its delivery of brand promises and futureforward technology that is consistently noted for its industry firsts

Brian’s leadership of the CVG Innovation program is creating a convergence of talent and technology on the airport’s 7700acre campus through a unique advanced research and innovation laboratory environment. CVG’s Innovation team determines the best means to rapidly pilot test, refine, promote, and monetize enhanced product models for revenue generation to be leveraged across the aviation industry or mass marketed to industries beyond. This approach has positioned CVG in recent years as the first airport, either in the World or U.S., to trial and or deploy… 

-autonomous retrofit baggage/cargo vehicles operating around aircraft and personnel O autonomous cleaning equipment operating around passengers during the active day O autonomous concessionaire bots for ondemand delivery direct to your departure gate 

-followme concierge robotics to assist with carryon baggage for limited mobility consumers U.S. patentpending LED+RGB light fixture for energyefficient lighting, wayfinding, and parking guidance system capabilities 

-U.S. patentpending licensed airport enterprise software designed to monitor, manage, and mitigate disruptive exceptions cloudbased passenger commonuse technology allowing checkin processes anywhere wearable technology for enterprise asset management, safety, and security for staff graphenebased paint for energy management, sustainability, health, and safety 

-loT devices for security wait times, subsequently becoming commonplace in the U.S. O aerial drone use in ClassB airspace for pavement condition and perimeter security trials personal electric vehicles, aka WHILLfor passengers with reduced mobility