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Military Robotics 2014 aims to explore the fascinating world of robotics and the increasing demand in militaries around the world. The conference will draw upon valuable case studies of current systems utilised in military operations, new technology being used, the operational challenges that are faced and how to overcome them.

This Conference will go above and beyond in mapping the developments of unmanned and autonomous ground and marine vehicles as well as identify key capability requirements to be presented by military experts and leading service providers/ vendors.

Due to the rapid development of robotic systems and the growing demand for their integration into many aspects of society, we have seen a rise in debates and discussion facilitated around the ethical and legal implications. The conference will also seek to encourage discussion on the issues of building a fleet of armed robots and utilizing them for fighting an 'Unmanned War' as well as the ethical issues of artificial intelligence.
 

Discuss new technology being developed and how to implement it within the military
Understand technological performance and operational challenges from using CUTLASS and the Dragon Runner in the field from the British Army  
Analyse the current developments surrounding OED
Develop ideas to maximise interoperability
Network with key industry professionals and military personnel
Hear future challenges and outlooks for Military Robotics

  • Military Attendees
  • Airborne Product Manager
  • Business Development Manager
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Deputy Director General
  • Ground Operations & Training Test Navigator
  • Flight Sciences Manager
  • Technical Manager
  • Head of State Aviation Division
  • Head of Unmanned and Autonomous ISTAR Capability
  • Manager Military Systems
  • Head of Unmanned Ground Vehicle Capabilities
  • Robotics Roadmap Manager
  • EOD Engineers
  • Principle Scientist

 

Advanced Robotic Technology Ltd; armasuisse S+T; AZoNetwork; Boeing Company; Cranfield University; Defence Academy of the UK; Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (Dstl); DRDC Centre for Security Science; DSTL; Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany; Embassy of Ukraine; Ephosys GmbH; FOI; Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology ; G2 Defence and Chemical & Biological Warfare Review; High Commission for Pakistan; High Threat Protection Ltd; Institute of Mathematical Machines and Systems ; Kings College London; MDL Laser Measurement Devices; Middlesex University; NATO EOD Centre of Excellence ; Rafael - Advanced Defense Systems Ltd; ROYAL MILITARY ACADEMY OF BELGIUM; Ruag Coel; RUAG Schweiz AG; Sheffield University; Swedish Armed Forces; The Engineer; The Southwest Research Institute Bioengineering Department; Universität Bremen; Vislab; Warfighting Laboatory;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dr. Bill Powers

Dr. Bill Powers, Research Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities, Futures Assessment Division, Futures Directorate, US Marine Corps

9:10 Heavy and Light RCVs: Technological performance and operational challenges from using CUTLASS and the Dragon Runner in the field

Major Philip Moore

Major Philip Moore, SO2 EOD, DEODS, British Army HQ

  • The Threat
  • User Requirements: How and why they have changed
  • Mobility v Capability
  • Potential Future Requirements
  • 9:50 The NATO EOD COE Program of Work activities with EOD robots

    Lieutenant Colonel Sandor  Zsiros

    Lieutenant Colonel Sandor Zsiros, Head of Technologies Department, NATO EOD Centre of Excellence

    ·          The scope of the NATO EOD COE
    ·          NATO EOD Demonstration and Trial 2014
    ·          Testing evaluation of EOD robots

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Emerging Concepts for ISR Robots at the Squad Level

    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew A. Dooley

    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew A. Dooley, Chief of Lethality Branch, Army Capabilities Integration Center, US Army

     

    ·          Common Challenges to the Individual Soldier/Squad in the Contemporary Operating Environment; Defining the problem appropriately before we invest
    ·          "Squad-X" and emerging ISR robot solutions; Current U.S. Army concepts 
    ·          Current Challenges to Autonomy in Small Robotic Platforms; What we must overcome to make these ideas a reality by 2025

    11:40 Unmanned systems in German Land Forces

    Colonel Frank Peter Schmitz

    Colonel Frank Peter Schmitz, DEU Army, Branch Chief, Strategic Defence Planning & Concepts, Land Forces & Medical Service, German Federal Ministry of Defence

  • Conceptual deduction for the implementation of unmanned systems in German Land Forces
  • Unmanned systems in use
  • Research and Development activities
  • The "way ahead"
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Autonomous UGV mobility: Terrain assessment via multispectral imaging

    Rafal Zbikowski

    Rafal Zbikowski, Professor of Control Engineering , Centre for Cyber-Physical Systems, Engineering Sciences Division, School of Engineering, Cranfield University

     

    ·          Autonomous navigation of UGVs
    ·          Assessment of terrain safety in front of UGVs based on the terrain’s geometric shape
    ·          Remote (multispectral or thermal imaging) sensors mounted on the UGV for situation awareness 
    ·          Assessment of terrain trafficability with the remote, on-board sensors

    14:00 Semi-Autonomous Capabilities and Robotic Tools in EOD Operations

    Mark Gordon

    Mark Gordon, Board of Directors, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

  • Robotic ToolChanging Capabilities
  • Semi-Autonomous Robotic EOD Capabilitie
  • Manual Robotic Toolkit Operations
  • 14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Application experience and development prospects of Fire Rescue Robots in Russia

    Professor Sergey Tsarichenko

    Professor Sergey Tsarichenko, Head of Robotics Centre of the All Russian Fire Research Institute, Ministry of Russian Federation for Civil Defense

  • Experience of application robots in rescue operations
  • Extremal Ground, Marine and Air robots for fire-rescue operations
  • Direction development of fire-rescue robotics
  • 15:50 Regulatory Requirements for Military Robotics

    Major General (Ret) George Harrison

    Major General (Ret) George Harrison, Principal Research Engineer, Georgia Technical Research Institute

     

    ·          Training requirements for RPAs
    ·          Airspace rules for RPAs
    ·          The value of simulation
    ·          Recurrent training needs

    16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Dr. Bill Powers

    Dr. Bill Powers, Research Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities, Futures Assessment Division, Futures Directorate, US Marine Corps

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr. Bill Powers

    Dr. Bill Powers, Research Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities, Futures Assessment Division, Futures Directorate, US Marine Corps

    9:10 Robotics and the Marine Corps in an Era of Austerity

    Dr. Bill Powers

    Dr. Bill Powers, Research Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities, Futures Assessment Division, Futures Directorate, US Marine Corps

  • Vision
  • Priorities, Gaps, and Solutions
  • Core Characteristics
  • Goals
  • Weaponization?
  • Future
  • Roadmap/Concept of Employment (CoE)
  • Budget Realities
  • Discussion
  • 9:50 Turkish view on the standardization of military robotics and an overview of interoperable applications of unmanned vehicles in Turkish Defense Industry

    Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Hilmi Tekinsoy

    Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Hilmi Tekinsoy, Former Commander for Turkish Defence Forces, Freelance Defense & Security Consultant, Freelancer

     

    ·          General overview of military robotics industry in Turkey
    ·          Turkish efforts and contribution regarding military robotics standardization among NATO countries
    ·          Various interoperable ground and naval unmanned vehicle applications developed and produced in Turkey

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Robotic Competitions - Lessons learnt from 8 years of ELROB

    Dr Frank Schneider

    Dr Frank Schneider, Organiser, European Robot Trial (ELROB), Head of European Robotics, Department Head of Unmanned Systems, Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics

     

    ·          Short overview of existing competitions
    ·          Pros & Cons
    ·          Possibilities for users & procurement
    ·          Bridging the gap between users, industry and academia
    ·          Outlook on future robotic competitions (i.e. EURATHLON, Russian Robot Competitions)

    11:40 From Manned to Smart Unmanned Systems: A unified Transition

    Peter  Sapaty

    Peter Sapaty, Director of Distributed Simulation and Control, Institute of Mathematical Machines and Systems

     

    • Massive cooperative robotics under Spatial Grasp Technology (SGT)
    • Expressing top semantics of distributed asymmetric operations in a high-level language suitable to both manned and unmanned units
    • Organizing advanced human-robotic missions under automated command and control provided by SGT
    • Comparison with cancelled Future Combat Systems: Simplicity, integrity, and ubiquity against rigidity of classical military organizations

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Threats, Robotics and EOD Technologies for CBRN IEDs

    Andy Oppenheimer

    Andy Oppenheimer, Consultant, CBRNE and Counter Terrorism, Editor, CBNW (Chemical, Biological & Nuclear Warfare)

     

    ·          Improvised CBR IED threats - groups, TTPs (tactics, techniques & procedures) and selected examples of improvised CBRN deployment
    ·          EOD Response to CBR devices – how equipment on robots is used to identify CBRN materials, enable analysis and apply render-safe procedures (RSPs)
    ·          Invasive versus non-invasive techniques for RSPs  
    ·          Training in using equipment for CBRN EOD – special challenges to be overcome

    14:10 Micro UAVs for Military Applications

    Jessica Rajkowski

    Jessica Rajkowski, Lead Systems Engineer, The MITRE Corporation

  • What are the technical challenges and limitations in achieving UAVs the size of a coffee-mug or smaller?
  • What is the state of the art and who are the key players in funding and research of Micro UAVs?
  • Are the proposed applications and use cases realistic? Have expectations been managed?
  • When will we see widespread military application of Micro UAVs?
  • 14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Revolution Rise of Robotic Humanoids

    Professor Igor Povse

    Professor Igor Povse, CEO, Blue Scientists Airlines Ltd, Department of Space Agency and International Research London UK

     

    ·          What can robotics do for the military?
    ·          How can robotics prevent high end point of financial opportunity?
    ·          Future of technology and military actions
    ·          Finalizing of whole concept and its functionality of such declared functions of humanoid and military based services

    15:50 An Academic View of Military Robotics Development

    Dr Stuart Dowling

    Dr Stuart Dowling, Lecturer, Defence Academy of the UK

     

    ·          What is a robot as opposed to an autonomous platform
    ·          Can we use robots to augment a downsized UK armed forces?
    ·          Do we really know what we need from robot systems?
    ·          Using very low cost prototypes to explore new ideas.
    ·          Some examples of land systems robotic research concepts built using Lego
    ·          Summary

    16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Dr. Bill Powers

    Dr. Bill Powers, Research Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities, Futures Assessment Division, Futures Directorate, US Marine Corps

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Dr. Bill Powers

    Dr. Bill Powers

    Research Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities, Futures Assessment Division, Futures Directorate, US Marine Corps
    Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Hilmi Tekinsoy

    Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Hilmi Tekinsoy

    Former Commander for Turkish Defence Forces, Freelance Defense & Security Consultant, Freelancer
    Lieutenant Colonel Sandor  Zsiros

    Lieutenant Colonel Sandor Zsiros

    Head of Technologies Department, NATO EOD Centre of Excellence
    Major General (Ret) George Harrison

    Major General (Ret) George Harrison

    Principal Research Engineer, Georgia Technical Research Institute
    Mark Gordon

    Mark Gordon

    Board of Directors, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

    Andy Oppenheimer

    Consultant, CBRNE and Counter Terrorism, Editor, CBNW (Chemical, Biological & Nuclear Warfare)
    Andy Oppenheimer

    Colonel Frank Peter Schmitz

    DEU Army, Branch Chief, Strategic Defence Planning & Concepts, Land Forces & Medical Service, German Federal Ministry of Defence
    Colonel Frank Peter Schmitz

    Dr Frank Schneider

    Organiser, European Robot Trial (ELROB), Head of European Robotics, Department Head of Unmanned Systems, Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics
    Dr Frank Schneider

    Dr Stuart Dowling

    Lecturer, Defence Academy of the UK
    Dr Stuart Dowling

    Dr. Bill Powers

    Research Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities, Futures Assessment Division, Futures Directorate, US Marine Corps
    Dr. Bill Powers

    Dr. Yahya H. Zweiri

    Design & Development Department Manager, King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB)
    Dr. Yahya H. Zweiri

    Jessica Rajkowski

    Lead Systems Engineer, The MITRE Corporation
    Jessica Rajkowski

    Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Hilmi Tekinsoy

    Former Commander for Turkish Defence Forces, Freelance Defense & Security Consultant, Freelancer
    Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Hilmi Tekinsoy

    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew A. Dooley

    Chief of Lethality Branch, Army Capabilities Integration Center, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew A. Dooley

    Lieutenant Colonel Sandor Zsiros

    Head of Technologies Department, NATO EOD Centre of Excellence
    Lieutenant Colonel Sandor  Zsiros

    Major General (Ret) George Harrison

    Principal Research Engineer, Georgia Technical Research Institute
    Major General (Ret) George Harrison

    Major Philip Moore

    SO2 EOD, DEODS, British Army HQ
    Major Philip Moore

    Mark Gordon

    Board of Directors, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
    Mark Gordon

    Peter Sapaty

    Director of Distributed Simulation and Control, Institute of Mathematical Machines and Systems
    Peter  Sapaty

    Professor Igor Povse

    CEO, Blue Scientists Airlines Ltd, Department of Space Agency and International Research London UK
    Professor Igor Povse

    Professor Sergey Tsarichenko

    Head of Robotics Centre of the All Russian Fire Research Institute, Ministry of Russian Federation for Civil Defense
    Professor Sergey Tsarichenko

    Rafal Zbikowski

    Professor of Control Engineering , Centre for Cyber-Physical Systems, Engineering Sciences Division, School of Engineering, Cranfield University
    Rafal Zbikowski

    Workshops

    Ethical Debates over the Future of Military
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    Ethical Debates over the Future of Military

    Holiday Inn Regents Park
    20th May 2014
    London, United Kingdom

    Message from the Chairman Dr Bill Powers

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