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SMi are proud to present the 14th annual Unmanned Aerial Systems conference. This well established event will explore the Unmanned Aerial Systems industry from both a military and commercial perspective. The UAS industry is facing transitional times and there are crucial updates from militaries that are leading the way in their operational use of such systems. Key speakers from the U.K, U.S, France and Italy will give briefings on their operational updates and analyse the impact of the transition to peacetime operations for some of the largest militaries in the world.

The conference will also address the multi-billion dollar commercial and civil UAS industry that continues to expand. Some key topics that will be discussed are the technological developments, groundbreaking applications, public engagement and the wider ethical and legal implications of such use. Essential presentations from the regulatory bodies such as the CAA & EASA will provide excellent updates on where the regulation currently stands and what their plans are for the future.
 

Testimonials from 2013:

Astrium (System Manager) -- “Great speakers with really specific and insightful content.”
NASA (Project Manager) -- "Incredibly relevant content.”
Manchester University (Robotics Technician) -- "A very diverse and knowledgeable conference covering all aspects related to UAS, a very successful event!”
 

GAIN insight into the future requirements for the UAS technology
LEARN about new developments in the transitional use of UAS from military to civilian applications
EXPLORE the interconnected regulation and where it's heading
HEAR from leading academics presenting up-to-date research and developments on technological advancements of UAVs and UAS
DISCOVER the critical evaluations presented in relation to failed UAS operations and examine how much of this failure can be attributed to human factors

 

  • Military and civilian personnel, Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operating Officers, Managing Directors, Vice Presidents, Director, Partners, Heads and Managers working in:
  • ISR
  • ISTAR
  • NATO
  • Command, Control Communications and Computers
  • Airborne Network
  • Global Information Grid
  • Combat Air Patrol
  • LEMV
  • NAVAIR
  • Operation Systems Developments
  • Defence Common Ground System
  • Remotely Piloted Air Systems
  • Alliance Ground Surveillance

3SDL; A2 Tech; Aeronautical Geological Applications Hellas S.A.; Airbus Defence and Space; Alenia Aeronautica; Armed Forces, Luxembourg; Atkins; Avanti Communications Group ; Bae Systems ; Canadian Forces; Canadian High Commission; Civil Aviation Authority; Civil Aviation Authority UK; Development Concepts & Doctrine Centre; DISE Cranfield University; e2v ; EADS Astrium GmbH- BU Astrium Services; Egyptian Defence Office; Embassy of Ukraine; European Air Group; GA Technical Research Institute; GENERAL ATOMICS AERONAUTICAL SYSTEMS INC. (GA-ASI); Governments and Institutions, SES; Griffiths & Armour; Helios ; iDirect Europe ; Ilto B.V.; Independent Consultant; Index.hu; Indra Espacio; Ing Engineering; Integral Systems ; ISTAR Capability Branch Ministry of Defence, UK; Lockheed Martin; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Microflown AVISA; MINDEF; Ministry of Defence, Poland; Ministry of Defence, UK; NASA; National Transport Authority; NATO; NATO Headquarters; Norwegian Army; Norwegian Army Staff; Oracle; Paradigm ; Patria Aviation; Resource Group Ltd; Royal Netherland Army Command; SELEX Galileo; Selex Sensors and Airbourne Systems; SELEX Systems Integration; SELEX Systems Intergration; SES; Simlat Ltd ; Spanish Airforce Logistics; Taylor Vinters; TBIJ; Thales UK; UAVS Association Ltd; V D C Display Systems;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Bill Powers

Bill Powers, Research Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies’ Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities

9:10 Learning Lessons from Operations - a British Army UAS Perspective

Lieutenant Colonel Craig Palmer

Lieutenant Colonel Craig Palmer, Commanding Officer, UAS Branch Leader, 32nd Regiment Royal Artillery

UAS airfield and airspace integration:

ISTAR integration in support of ground forces:

 

9:50 Exploiting Operational Lessons from Contingent Operations

Major Derren  Smith

Major Derren Smith, UAS Training and Doctrine, Capability Directorate Combat Support

·         WATCHKEEPER initial operating capability

·         MUAS developments

·         UAS Training and assurance

 

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Bridging the tactical to operational intelligence gap – fusing all source UAS collection.

Flight Lieutenant Stuart Quinn

Flight Lieutenant Stuart Quinn, SO2 ALI & ISTAR, RAF High Wycombe

Current UAS Collection Capabilities require coherent fusion.

Paucity of assets will increase pressure to maximise collection.

Future UAS Capabilities will provide multi-source utility.

Future warfare will require all-source intelligence fusion.

 

11:40 Unified Communications Challenges for UAS

Keith Norton

Keith Norton, CEO, TRILOGY COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED

• Multi level secure IP Intercom -
• The continued importance of voice in collaborative decision making
• Experience in supporting US Navy and USAF UAS programmes

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:40 UAS: Italian Air Force Experience

Lieutenant Colonel Lorenzo Rispoli

Lieutenant Colonel Lorenzo Rispoli, MQ1 - MQ9 Program Office Deputy Lead, Italian Air Force Staff

·         Operational requirement evolution

·         New projects and future improvements

·         Regulations and Airworthiness

 

14:20 Towards cooperative autonomy for UAVs under dynamic and uncertainty environment

Qinggang Meng

Qinggang Meng, Senior Lecturer, Loughborough University

15:00 Networking tea

15:30 Reaper operations: the view from the ground

Peter Lee

Peter Lee, Principal Lecturer in Military and Leadership Ethics & Assistant Director, Portsmouth University

·         Personal ethics in Reaper operations

·         The tension between perception and reality

·         Where next for military UAS operations

 

16:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Bill Powers

Bill Powers, Research Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies’ Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Bill Powers

Bill Powers, Research Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies’ Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities

9:10 Prospects for the burgeoning global commercial UAS market

Michael Blades

Michael Blades, Senior Industry Analyst, Frost & Sullivan

·         Commercial applications and market segments

·         Global demand and potential market size

·         Companies well-positioned to benefit

 

9:50 Analysing the acceleration of commercial and small unmanned aircraft operations

Andre Clot

Andre Clot, Director, EuroUSC

·                Industry and Organisational Maturity

·                Applications and Operational Readiness

·                Pilot Qualification

·                Aircraft Airworthiness

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Search and rescue: civil applications of UAV technology

Darren Ansell

Darren Ansell, Space and Aerospace Engineering Lead, University of Central Lancashire

·         Overview of project AEROSEE

·         Social Media in the UAS domain

·         Civil Drone Centre development

 

11:40 Insurance, legal and policy issues surrounding UAS

Peter Lee

Peter Lee, Solicitor, Taylor Vinters

·         Commercial market from a legal perspective: what are the hurdles?

·         Public policy challenges

·         Is it a bird? Is it a plane? – Insurance on UAVs

·         Shifting markets: the future of UAS regulation

 

12:20 Networking lunch

13:40 Opening new opportunities for earth science research

Chris Naftel

Chris Naftel, NASA Dryden Global Hawk Project Manager, NASA

·         NASA Global Hawk – the story so far

·         Research into missions covering Arctic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic

·         Where we’re going next

 

14:20 Transitional times: The Future of UAS

Bill Powers

Bill Powers, Research Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies’ Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities

·         End of an era: analysing the implications of the military shift peacetime operations

·         Reviewing the developing Counter-UAS paradigm

·         Examining training processes

 

15:00 Afternoon tea

15:30 Data analysis in civil UAV projects

Nicolas Pollet

Nicolas Pollet, Head of UAS operations, SNCF

·         Project outline: integrating UAVs into French railway scheme

·         Data extraction and analysis: developing actionable information

·         Tangible outcomes: the future of civil UAV projects

 

16:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

Bill Powers

Bill Powers, Research Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies’ Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities

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WHAT IS CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

GLOBAL CPD

Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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