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 SMi is pleased to present Military Robotics 2012

The inaugural event aims to explore the fascinating world of robotics and its increasing demand to serve military purposes. The conference intends to draw upon valuable case studies of current systems utilised in military operations, assess the emerging global market in terms of procurement of Unmanned and Autonomous Vehicles and shed light on the cutting edge research and development programs paving the way for future integration.

 

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

Due to the fast paced development of robotic systems and the increasing 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.


 

Military Robotics will provide unique opportunities and benefits for delegates to take advantage of, the event will focus on the most recent developments and seek to enlighten delegates with a range of briefings, many of which featuring for the first time in a London conference.

A key theme within the conference will be to focus upon the realities of Robotic future integration and how soon certain establishments can be made 

Take advantage of the opportunity to engage in high quality networking
Be informed of the latest technological developments from leading experts and academics
Gain Insight into the future of robotics and their increased integration into military platforms
Analyse and asses the emergence of new international markets
Receive an update on military funded development programs
Learn about the increased transitional use of military robotics for homeland security and counter terror Operations
Explore the key developments of Unmanned and Autonomous technologies for cross sector military domains
Discover the critical evaluations presented in relation to the emergence of increasingly weaponised Robotics
 

Projected Attendees

  • 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 

 

 Industry Attendees

  • Business Development UK Director
  • Principal Systems Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Purchasing Assistant
  • Sales & Business Development Director
  • Staff Officer UGV Operations
  • Sw technician
  • System Engineer
  • System Engineering Manager - Airborne Products
  • Systems Engineering Manager
  • Chief Engineer, Air Systems UK
  • Defence Technology Branch
  • Vice President Defence Sales

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

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dr.Bill Powers

Dr.Bill Powers, Research Fellow, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory

9:10 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:The Role and Future Potential use of Autonomous Systems in U.K Security and Resilience Tasks

Hugo  Rosemont

Hugo Rosemont, Security Analysist and Adviser , Kings College London

  • Overview of the legal and policy landscape in U.K. security and resilience
  • International comparisons and regulatory developments
  • Unmanned Systems utilized in support of policing and security for major events
  • The future of unmanned systems for security and resilience tasks in the U.K.
  • 9:50 The Robotics Roadmap for US Marine Corps

    Dr.Bill Powers

    Dr.Bill Powers, Research Fellow, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory

  • U.S. Marine Corps Unmanned Ground Systems Family of Systems
  • Exploring the Unmanned Ground Systems across warfighting functions
  • Reviewing the U.S. Marine Corps Deployment and Operations with Unmanned Ground Systems
  • 10:30 MORNING COFFEE

    11:00 The Evolution of the UK MoD UGV Explosive Ordinance Disposal

    Lieutenant Colonel Ian Scattergood

    Lieutenant Colonel Ian Scattergood, Explosive Ordanace Engineering, Defence Academy of the UK

  • The historic use of UGV’s for EOD operations
  • Development of UGV systems for EOD and their adoption in the UK
  • MoD EOD UGV’s : Considerations for their use in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • 11:40 Bomb disposal: will robots ever replace people and what do we do in the mean time?

    David  Hopper

    David Hopper, Director, Advanced Robotic Technology Ltd

  • Frontline troops involved in EOD and IEDD increasingly rely upon robotics and RCVs for operational effectiveness and personal safety but will robots ever replace them?
  • A visual review of some of the highlights of EOD RCVs and robotics – past, present, and near future
  • A glimpse of what is coming and what may still be a long way off and why
  • Understand the potential value robotics can add to operations and the hidden costs and pitfalls (expanded in the associated workshop)
  • 12:20 NETWORKING LUNCH

    13:40 NATO EOD Centre of Excellence supporting NATO Transformation

    Lieutenant Colonel Sandor  ZSIROS

    Lieutenant Colonel Sandor ZSIROS, Head of Technologies Department, NATO EOD COE

  • Supporting NATO C-IED action plan and NATO DAT programme of work
  • Reviewing the emergences and issues addressed at NATO EOD Demonstrations and Trials 2012
  • Evaluating feedback on future development of detection technologies
  • Exploring the future of Explosive Ordnance Disposal
  • 14:20 Robots in Hazardous Environments

    Frank Kirchner

    Frank Kirchner, Head of Robotics Innovation Centre, Universität Bremen

  • Space robotics
  • Underwater robotics
  • Intelligent mobility
  • Mobile manipulation
  • Immersive Tele-operation
  • Transfer to terrestrial applications
  • 15:00 AFTERNOON TEA

    15:30 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION - Ethical and IHL Issues Military Robotics: Automation and Proliferation

    Noel  Sharkey

    Noel Sharkey, Computer Science and Engineering, Sheffield University

  • Current IHL concerns about the use of drones for targeted killings and signature strikes
  • Ethical concerns about the near future use of robots for autonomous lethal operations
  • The proliferation of robotics technology and its future role in warfare
  • 16:10 CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF CONFERENCE DAY ONE

    Dr.Bill Powers

    Dr.Bill Powers, Research Fellow, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory

    9:00 Chairman’s Opening Remarks

    Dr.Bill Powers

    Dr.Bill Powers, Research Fellow, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory

    9:10 IED Evolution: Targeting the First Responder

    Mr John Allison

    Mr John Allison, Director, High Threat Protection Ltd.

  • Northern Ireland: Historical overview of IED emplacement techniques and bomb technology
  • Iraq & Afghanistan: Evolution of the IED threat in response to counter-measures
  • Rest of the world: Overview of emerging threats to the first responder
  • 9:50 Unmanned Vehicles for Humanitarian Demining and Search & Rescue

    Professor Geet De Cubber

    Professor Geet De Cubber, Head of Autonomous Mobile Robotics Laboratory, ROYAL MILITARY ACADEMY OF BELGIUM

  • Robots for the removal of anti-personnel mines, submunitions and UXOs
  • Integrated cooperative search & rescue robots
  • Civilian applications for unmanned vehicles
  • 10:30 MORNING COFFEE

    11:00 The Need for Unmanned Systems Competitions

    Frank  Schneider

    Frank Schneider, Programme Manager, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology

  • Evaluating feedback from user driven scenarios
  • Reviewing performance evaluation
  • Assessing standardisation aspects
  • Educational aspects of hosting robotics competitions
  • 11:40 Introducing the HALO: Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

    Stephen Prior

    Stephen Prior, Reader in Unmanned Air Systems, University of Southampton

  • HALO – Initial concept developed in response to the UK MoD Grand Challenge event 2008
  • Improved and refined over the last four years – shortlisted for the DARPA UAV Forge Competition 2012
  • A Co-Axial Tri-Rotor (Y6) Configuration
  • A Lightweight, modular and reconfigurable ISTAR platform for use by battlefield forward operating units
  • 12:20 NETWORKING LUNCH

    13:40 Improvised CBR Devices and Robotic Equipment for CBRN EOD

    Andy Oppenheimer

    Andy Oppenheimer, Author, IRA The Bombs and the Bullets, Editor CBNW Chemical, Biological & Nuclear Warfare

  • Outline of improvised CBR IED threats - groups, TTPs (tactics, techniques & procedures) and selected examples of nonconventional device incidents
  • EOD Response to CBR devices - equipment used; invasive versus non-invasive techniques for RSPs (render-safe procedures)
  • Robotic Techniques and Equipment, including new inventions and products on the market
  • 14:20 Unified Transition to Robotized Armies with Spatial Grasp Technology

    Dr Peter Sapaty

    Dr Peter Sapaty, Chief Research Scientist, Institute of Mathematical Machines and Systems

  • The role of effective formalization of command intent for integration of live control, distributed interactive simulations, and mobile robotics
  • Holistic management of distributed dynamic systems based on parallel spatial grasp model, with natural transition to fully unmanned systems
  • High level Distributed Scenario Language and its parallel implementation in networked robotic environments
  • Multi-robot scenarios for global awareness, space exploration, integrated air and missile defense, and swarm-against-swarm fight

     

  • 15:00 AFTERNOON TEA

    15:30 Extensive Testing of Driverless Vehicles Integrating Low-Cost Perception

    Alberto Broggi

    Alberto Broggi, Head of Artificial Vision Research Laboratory , University of Parma

  • Assessing the results of extensive field test of UGVs
  • Low-cost perception of vehicle surroundings
  • Developments of vision sensors
  • 16:10 CHAIRMAN'S CLOSING REMARKS END OF DAY TWO

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Dr.Bill Powers

    Dr.Bill Powers

    Research Fellow, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory
    Lieutenant Colonel Sandor  ZSIROS

    Lieutenant Colonel Sandor ZSIROS

    Head of Technologies Department, NATO EOD COE
    Noel  Sharkey

    Noel Sharkey

    Computer Science and Engineering, Sheffield University

    Alberto Broggi

    Head of Artificial Vision Research Laboratory , University of Parma
    Alberto Broggi

    Andy Oppenheimer

    Author, IRA The Bombs and the Bullets, Editor CBNW Chemical, Biological & Nuclear Warfare
    Andy Oppenheimer

    David Hopper

    Director, Advanced Robotic Technology Ltd
    David  Hopper

    Dr Peter Sapaty

    Chief Research Scientist, Institute of Mathematical Machines and Systems
    Dr Peter Sapaty

    Dr.Bill Powers

    Research Fellow, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory
    Dr.Bill Powers

    Frank Schneider

    Programme Manager, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology
    Frank  Schneider

    Frank Kirchner

    Head of Robotics Innovation Centre, Universität Bremen
    Frank Kirchner

    Hugo Rosemont

    Security Analysist and Adviser , Kings College London
    Hugo  Rosemont

    Lieutenant Colonel Ian Scattergood

    Explosive Ordanace Engineering, Defence Academy of the UK
    Lieutenant Colonel Ian Scattergood

    Lieutenant Colonel Sandor ZSIROS

    Head of Technologies Department, NATO EOD COE
    Lieutenant Colonel Sandor  ZSIROS

    Mr John Allison

    Director, High Threat Protection Ltd.
    Mr John Allison

    Noel Sharkey

    Computer Science and Engineering, Sheffield University
    Noel  Sharkey

    Professor Geet De Cubber

    Head of Autonomous Mobile Robotics Laboratory, ROYAL MILITARY ACADEMY OF BELGIUM
    Professor Geet De Cubber

    Richard Wagaman

    Brain Trust Board Chair, Wagaman UAS International
    Richard Wagaman

    Stephen Prior

    Reader in Unmanned Air Systems, University of Southampton
    Stephen Prior

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