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The SMi Group are delighted to announce our 2nd annual Maritime Information Warfare Conference returning to London this November on the 26th and 27th of November. As data and information drive operational advantage there is now a need for improved leadership and ownership across maritime information exploitation.Therefore, collection, dissemination and optimisation of maritime data is driving change and improvement across an array of naval systems. Used across the joint environment, this will allow increased decision making in real time and the growth of machine learnt influence over naval platforms and systems.The conference will enable attendees to meet senior Navy Leaders and Maritime Defence Agencies from around the world.

Key Topics will include:

  • Information Exploitation
  • Artificial Intelligence 
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Cyber Security 
  • ISR 
  • Big Data
  • C4I 
  • Open Source Intelligence Gathering
  • The only event that approaches the concept of information warfare in the maritime domain, and the need to embrace information to enhance naval operational effectiveness
  • Hear comprehensive technical briefings from the Royal Navy, US Navy, Spanish Navy, Canadian Navy, Danish Navy, Portuguese Navy, NATO MARCOM and more, on Artificial Intelligence, big data analysis, open source intelligence gathering and C4i combat information systems
  • Detailed focus on naval cyber warfare and how major European naval forces are approaching cyber defence of maritime assets and networks
  • Meet cutting edge technology providers at the forefront of delivering artificial intelligence, information technology, and cyber defence solutions

Airbus; Arpege; BAE Systems; BAE Systems Applied Intelligence; BAE Systems Submarines; BT; Canadian Armed Forces; Canadian High Commission; Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence; CyberSmart; Department Of National Defence, Canada; Dstl; Egyptian Defence Office; EU Naval Force; EUNAVFOR; ImageSat International N.V.; Janes Information Group; Liquid Robotics; Lockheed Martin UK; Met Office; Ministry of Defence; MoD The Netherlands; NATO; NATO Allied Maritime Command; Naval Command German Navy; NAVAL GROUP : SIREHNA; Naval War College; Netherlands Navy; Nextlabs; Portuguese Navy; Roke Manor Research Ltd; Royal Navy; Royal Navy UK; Sirius Constellation; Stratbyrd Consulting; Thales; Thinke Company Ltd; TNO; TNO Science and Industry; UAE GHQ; UK MoD; US Navy; US Navy War College; Willis Towers Watson;

Conference programme

8:15 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix

Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix, Former Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy

9:00 The Navy in a Data Driven World: Information exploitation and Increasing Royal Navy’s Leadership in Information Warfare

Commodore Ian Annett

Commodore Ian Annett, Assistant Chief of Staff Information Warfare, Royal Navy

 

  • Framing the Royal Navy’s information warfare capability –maintaining thought leadership and innovation
  • Successes in deploying the System Information Exploitation (SIE) big data tool within the Type 45 Daring Destroyers and plans for future fleet adoption
  • Overcoming complex threats through information architecture systems
  • Creating a holistic approach to future information management through programme developments across C4ISR, AI and advanced data analytics
  • How the Royal Navy will maintain IW leadership in the future- lessons learned from Information Warrior

     

  • 9:40 Integrating Information Warfare into Joint NATO Maritime Operations

    Vice Admiral Hervé Bléjean

    Vice Admiral Hervé Bléjean, Deputy Commander , NATO MARCOM Command Group

  • How NATO MARCOM is embracing information warfare to increase its operational effectiveness
  • An assessment of current NATO approaches to information warfare within joint operations
  • The challenges involved in integrating information warfare into joint operations
  • NATO’s future plans for developing information warfare capacities
  • 10:20 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 MAPLE: Towards an App-Based Command Management System in Unmanned Naval Vessels

    DSTL Representative

    DSTL Representative, Programme Manager Ship Systems and Survivability , DSTL

     

  • Optimising the use of unmanned naval vessels through open architecture combat systems
  • Update on phase four of Maritime Autonomous Platform Exploitation (MAPLE) project
  • The benefits of the app-based Autonomous Control Exploitation Realisation (ACER) command management system.
  • The potential of ACER to transform MAPLE, and increase capability of unmanned assets
  • Examining how MAPLE and ACER can strengthen ISR abilities in unmanned assets
  • The future of unmanned assets and automated ISR
  • 12:10 Examining the utilisation of AI in the Commercial World and Potential Applications for the Defence Sector

    Dr Matthew Howard

    Dr Matthew Howard, Director Artificial Intelligence Technology, Deloitte

     

  • How the commercial sector uses AI to increase profitability and customer satisfaction
  • Case studies from successful commercial implementations of AI and machine learning
  • Applying the AI to the defence sector, opportunities for increased efficiency and increased capacity
  • Overcoming obstacles to senior buy-in to early AI and technology projects
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 The Impact of New Maritime Cyber Threats and Information Warfare on NATO Maritime Command (MARCOM)

    Captain Christophe Eugene

    Captain Christophe Eugene, Director of Computer Information Systems and Cyber, NATO MARCOM

     

  • Examining NATO MARCOM’s strategy towards cyber defence of allied naval assets
  • Assessing current cyber threats in the maritime domain
  • The need for greater interoperability between allied navies in conducting cyber defence
  • Incorporating cyber warfare into NATO joint maritime operations
  • 14:30 Danish Navy Approach to Afloat Defensive Cyber Operations

    Commander Verner Dam

    Commander Verner Dam, Head of N6 Information and Command Technology, Danish Defence Command, Naval Staff

     

  • Examining new ICT systems that help provide an operational advantage for the Danish Navy
  • The challenges of protecting legacy platforms against new and complex cyber threats
  • The critical benefit of high interoperability between military branches in cyber protection
  • Overcoming obstacles in acquisition and procurement of new cyber protection systems
  • 15:10 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 Using Data and Information Systems to Build Greater Maritime Situational Awareness (MSA)

    Commander Amleto Gabellone

    Commander Amleto Gabellone, Program Manager - Research Development, NATO STO-CMRE - Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation

     

  • Building information network systems to improve MSA
  • Strengthening interoperability between nations for greater information sharing
  • Exploring data fusion techniques to achieve greater to establish greater MSA
  • Challenges in developing new information network systems for the maritime domain
  • 17:00 Incorporating Information Exploitation and OSINT into Naval Intelligence Gathering Capabilities

    Commander Andre Silva

    Commander Andre Silva, Intelligence Analysis Center Director and Navy Fleet Intelligence Division Head, Portuguese Navy

     

  • How information exploitation is changing approaches naval intelligence gathering
  • Utilising Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) sources to build a clearer intelligence picture
  • The potential for information exploitation to transform the capabilities of naval intelligence analysts
  • Challenges involved in exploiting multiple intelligence sources
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix, Former Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy

    8:15 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix, Former Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy

    9:00 Facing Evolving Cyber Threats Whilst Promoting Cyber Defensive Capacities Across the Entire US Navy

    Vice Admiral Timothy White

    Vice Admiral Timothy White , Commander of US 10th Fleet Cyber Command, US Navy (Subject to Final Confirmation)

     

  • Ensuring the US Navy’s operational readiness and functional capability by defending cyber networks
  • Delivering cyber capabilities across the US fleet for a range of mission objectives
  • Coordinating across separate military branches to increase cyber capabilities
  • The challenges of facing evolving cyber threats
  • Looking ahead to how Cyber Command can increase its effectiveness in supporting the Navy in its missions in the future
  • 9:40 Developing Combat Information Systems in the Spanish F110 Frigate Programme

    Captain Antonio Gonzalez Garcia

    Captain Antonio Gonzalez Garcia, F110 Frigate Programme Manager, Spanish Ministry of Defence

     

  • How the F110 Frigate programme is strengthening Spanish information warfare capacities
  • The role of IT-enabled data capture within building operational information superiority at sea
  • Development of SCOMBA combat system to integrate and display data from a range of sensors
  • Utilisation of open source architecture within SCOMBA to ensure multi-mission interoperability
  • How future Spanish naval acquisition programmes will prioritise combat information systems
  • 10:20 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Developing Royal Canadian Navy Information Warfare Capabilities Through New Information Systems

    Commander Jeffrey Loder

    Commander Jeffrey Loder, Section Head Communications and Information Systems Requirements, Royal Canadian Navy

     

  • C4I dominance as a critical advantage in information warfare capability
  • New information systems to improve C4I being developed for the RCN
  • Examining the potential of networks and information architecture systems to transform naval operational capabilities
  • Transforming the Joint Common Operational Picture (JCOP) through real time data analysis in order to boost situational awareness
  • Overcoming challenges associated with integrating new C4I technologies to existing platforms
  • 12:10 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    12:50 Panel Discussion: Optimising Cyber Security in the Next Generation AI Platforms

  • Future challenges for cyber security as artificial intelligence and machine learning systems are integrated into naval platforms
  • Current cyber threats to open architecture combat systems and other information systems
  • The potential for artificial intelligence to help enhance cyber defence of naval platforms and networks in the future
  • How can navies adapt swiftly to rapidly changing technological advancements and complex cyber threats?
  • Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix, Former Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy

    Captain Christophe Eugene

    Captain Christophe Eugene, Director of Computer Information Systems and Cyber, NATO MARCOM

    Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele

    Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele , Director, Stratbyrd Consulting

    Professor Kevin Jones

    Professor Kevin Jones, Executive Dean Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Plymouth

    Commander Verner Dam

    Commander Verner Dam, Head of N6 Information and Command Technology, Danish Defence Command, Naval Staff

    13:30 Networking Lunch

    14:30 Transforming NATO’s Maritime ISR Capabilities by Embracing Information Warfare

     

  • Increasing ISR capacity through use of unmanned naval assets
  • New systems to connect ISR assets in undersea, maritime and air environments
  • New practices in managing information security in ISR
  • Increasing interoperability among NATO nations and integrating ISR into joint operations
  • Mr Robert Murray

    Mr Robert Murray, Head of ISR, Land and Maritime, NATO

    Commander Thomas Smith

    Commander Thomas Smith, Lead, Joint ISR and Targeting , NATO

    15:10 Developing Information Systems and Networks to Transform ISR

    Commander Pasi Staff

    Commander Pasi Staff, Former Chief of Surveillance, Finnish Navy

     

  • Assessing the need for new information systems to strengthen ISR
  • New technologies being delivered to reduce the burden on ISR operators and improve the intelligence picture
  • The potential for data fusion systems to transform ISR
  • Increasing autonomy in unmanned ISR assets through information network systems
  • 15:50 Intelligent Situational Awareness: The Use of Artificial Intelligence in Providing an Intelligent Maritime Picture

    Mr Malcolm Glaister

    Mr Malcolm Glaister, CEO, Sirius Constellation

  • Developing the maritime picture using big data and pioneering data analytic processes.
  • The use of Artificial Intelligence and other emerging capabilities in providing an intelligent maritime picture
  • Use cases for an intelligent maritime picture
  • 16:30 Afternoon Tea

    17:00 Normalising the Concept of ‘Cyber Warfare’ to Achieve Naval Dominance

    Professor Richard Crowell

    Professor Richard Crowell, Associate Professor Joint Military Operations, Naval War College

     

  • Examining core principles of cyber warfare and their implications for how modern maritime forces approach information warfare
  • Exploring the nexus of human and machine to unlock the potential of sailors now and in the future
  • Discussing the challenges of Naval forces embracing cyber space as a new battle domain
  • Overcoming current obstacles to dominating cyber space for Navies today
  • 17:40 Examining Current Cyber Threats Against Autonomous Maritime Assets

    Professor Kevin Jones

    Professor Kevin Jones, Executive Dean Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Plymouth

     

  • The need for greater protection against complex cyber threats to autonomous vessels
  • Current threats to information and sensor systems
  • Reducing vulnerabilities in autonomous vessels
  • Implementing new cyber defensive measures
  • Machine learning: autonomous solutions to threats against unmanned assets?
  • The future potential for autonomous vessels to transform the maritime sphere
  • 18:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix, Former Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy

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    Captain Antonio Gonzalez Garcia

    Captain Antonio Gonzalez Garcia

    F110 Frigate Programme Manager, Spanish Ministry of Defence
    Captain Christophe Eugene

    Captain Christophe Eugene

    Director of Computer Information Systems and Cyber, NATO MARCOM
    Commander Jeffrey Loder

    Commander Jeffrey Loder

    Section Head Communications and Information Systems Requirements, Royal Canadian Navy
    Commander Verner Dam

    Commander Verner Dam

    Head of N6 Information and Command Technology, Danish Defence Command, Naval Staff
    Commodore Ian Annett

    Commodore Ian Annett

    Assistant Chief of Staff Information Warfare, Royal Navy
    Vice Admiral Hervé Bléjean

    Vice Admiral Hervé Bléjean

    Deputy Commander , NATO MARCOM Command Group

    Captain Antonio Gonzalez Garcia

    F110 Frigate Programme Manager, Spanish Ministry of Defence
    Captain Antonio Gonzalez Garcia

    Captain Christophe Eugene

    Director of Computer Information Systems and Cyber, NATO MARCOM
    Captain Christophe Eugene

    Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele

    Director, Stratbyrd Consulting
    Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele

    Commander Jeffrey Loder

    Section Head Communications and Information Systems Requirements, Royal Canadian Navy
    Commander Jeffrey Loder

    Commander Pasi Staff

    Former Chief of Surveillance, Finnish Navy
    Commander Pasi Staff

    Commander Thomas Smith

    Lead, Joint ISR and Targeting , NATO
    Commander Thomas Smith

    Commander Verner Dam

    Head of N6 Information and Command Technology, Danish Defence Command, Naval Staff
    Commander Verner Dam

    Commodore Ian Annett

    Assistant Chief of Staff Information Warfare, Royal Navy
    Commodore Ian Annett

    Dr Matthew Howard

    Director Artificial Intelligence Technology, Deloitte
    Dr Matthew Howard

    Mr Robert Murray

    Head of ISR, Land and Maritime, NATO
    Mr Robert Murray

    Professor Kevin Jones

    Executive Dean Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Plymouth
    Professor Kevin Jones

    Professor Richard Crowell

    Associate Professor Joint Military Operations, Naval War College
    Professor Richard Crowell

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix

    Former Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy
    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix

    Vice Admiral Hervé Bléjean

    Deputy Commander , NATO MARCOM Command Group
    Vice Admiral Hervé Bléjean

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    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

     

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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.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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