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The SMi Group is pleased to announce the 4th annual Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology conference, taking place in London, 13th and 14th May 2020.

Unmanned systems are becoming an increasingly essential part of the world’s fleets as modern navies seek new ways to complete dangerous tasks faster, easier, and with fewer sailors and marines in harm’s way. To enable this, leading navies have recently been increasing their investment in unmanned technology, so it has never been more crucial to explore the latest advances and opportunities and to align priorities between allied nations.

Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology 2020 is a crucial forum for the discussion of current and future projects and programmes delivering unmanned and autonomous technology. Bringing together key planners and decision makers from across the NATO-aligned world, this is the only event providing holistic coverage of unmanned systems across the full maritime domain, including undersea, surface, and aerial environments. As the world's leading event, this conference is the global meeting point for the naval unmanned systems community.
 

  • The only event with a holistic focus on unmanned naval systems across the air, surface and undersea domains
  • Listen to briefings on the world's leading unmanned systems programmes and learn about new ways to incorporate autonomous technology into the fleets
  • Hear industry presentations from key commercial partners on their latest products and technology
  • Explore key topics in the field, including manned/unmanned teaming, ease of use, and autonomy/artificial intelligence

ASELSAN A.S.; Atlas-Elektronik; AutoNaut; Babcock International ; Belgian Navy; BMT; Canadian High Commission; Chrisar Software Technologies; City, University of London; DE&S Commercially Supported Shipping; DGA Naval Systems; DSTL; ECA Robotics; German Navy; Hydroid Inc; Inmarsat; Leonardo; Leonardo Helicopters UK; MOD NL; NATO CMRE; Naval Criminal Investigative Service; Naval Group; Nortek; Northrop Grumman; OSI Maritime Systems; Rolls Royce ; Royal Navy; Royal Navy UK; Schiebel Technology, Inc.; SEA Ltd; Sirius Constellation; STM Savunma Teknolojileri Müh. ve Tic A.S.; STM Savunma Teknolojileri Muhendislik ve Ticaret A.S; Thales UK; Thinke Company Ltd; UAV Point Recovery Solutions For Ships and Land; United States Defense Attache Office;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:10 Royal Navy Unmanned Systems Development and Future Fleet Design

Assistant Chief of Naval Staff Capability

Assistant Chief of Naval Staff Capability, Navy Command HQ, Royal Navy

  • Overall RN strategic context and future vision
  • Role of unmanned systems in the future Royal Navy fleet
  • Unmanned systems in the carrier strike group
  • Autonomy as a force multiplier for traditional maritime operations
     
  • 9:50 Topic Heading 2

    Vice Admiral Henrique Gouveia e Melo

    Vice Admiral Henrique Gouveia e Melo, Fleet Commander, Portuguese Navy

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Royal Navy Unmanned Systems: NavyX Update

    Captain Chris Ling

    Captain Chris Ling, Director NavyX, Royal Navy

  • NavyX aim and objectives
  • Current projects
  • Future activities and aspirations to accelerate the introduction of autonomous systems into the RN.
  • 11:40 Session Reserved for Intrepid Minds

    12:20 Royal Navy Innovation and Transformation

    Colonel Dan Cheesman

    Colonel Dan Cheesman, Chief Technology Officer, Royal Navy

  • Overall Royal Navy strategic goals and achieving them through innovation
  • Current development projects and specific unmanned systems initiatives
  • Creating a culture of innovation and forward-thinking: lessons learned
     
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Preparing for Unmanned Systems in the US Navy

    Mr Reid McAllister

    Mr Reid McAllister, Director, Integrate Maritime Mobility Systems at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, US Navy

  • Development: unmanned systems experimentation and trails
  • Logistical, engineering and support considerations
  • USN projects and programs
  • 14:40 Portuguese Navy Unmanned Vehicles Operational Experimentation Unit: Creating an Innovative Environment for Unmanned Systems Research and Development

    Lieutenant Tiago Lanca

    Lieutenant Tiago Lanca, COO of Unmanned Vehicles Operational Experimentation Unit, Portuguese Navy

  • Theme 1: The technological elephant in the room
  • Analysis of the current technological environment and future trends
  • The ever-growing gap between Moore and Martec’s Law
  • Theme 2: How to thrive in a technological transformation era
  • The concept of Operational Experimentation (OPEX) and the Lean approach to it
  • The Technological Guerrilla Mindset (focus on UxS rapid prototyping, testing and OPEX for the development of innovative CONOPS, TTP and competitive user-oriented defense industry products)
     
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Leading-Edge S&T As An Enabler For Future Autonomous Mine Countermeasures

    Dr Samantha Dugelay

    Dr Samantha Dugelay, Program Manager Autonomous Mine Countermeasures, NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation

    <ul> <li>The use of artificial intelligence for automatic target recognition has demonstrated a step-change in performance as an aide for operators. This talk will provide details of these performances during exercises and offer a view into future technological potential.</li> <li>Automatic seabed characterization is achievable and is learning on the fly. The more data is collected the better the vehicle is at recognizing the environmental picture.</li> <li>The development of high resolution and high performance sensors combined with the advance of computing power and GPUs enables an autonomous vehicle to turn large amounts of data into actionable information by the vehicle, the MCM operator and the command and control.<br /> &nbsp;</li> </ul>

    16:30 Interoperability; Essential for an Effective MCM Capability by Autonomous Systems

    Commander Herman Lammers

    Commander Herman Lammers, Director, NATO Naval Mine Warfare Centre of Excellence (NMW COE)

  • Naval Mine Warfare operations are a combination of effort that requires more than the technical ability to work together.
  • In order to counter the present and future mine threat and make use of sea mines for NATO’s own strategic operational or tactical purposes, there must be cooperation between Multinational, Joint and Combined Forces as well as maritime industry, research and educational institutions.
  • Autonomous does not mean without humans. With present and future autonomous systems, human interaction with these systems is still vital in order to make it an effective MCM capability.
     
  • 17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    9:10 Spanish Navy UMS Development and Integration

    Vice Admiral Manuel Antonio Martinez-Ruiz

    Vice Admiral Manuel Antonio Martinez-Ruiz, Deputy for Engineering and Naval Shipbuilding, Spanish Navy

  • Topics to be confirmed
  • 9:50 NATO MUS Initiative to Enhance NATO Maritime Capability

    Commander Ian Danbury

    Commander Ian Danbury, Deputy Director NATO MUS Innovation and Coordination Cell, NATO HQ

  • Outline of the NATO MUS Initiative and the rationale of its existence
  • Progress to-date, including challenges, standardization and operational experimentation
  • Engagement with industry partners
  • Looking ahead to the future of the initiative
     
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 AUVs for ASW Training – Current and Future Capabilities and Level of Autonomy

    Mr Johan Wahren

    Mr Johan Wahren, Project Manager Underwater Warfare, FMV

    11:40 Maritime Unmanned Systems (MUS) Contribution to NATO Maritime Operations

    Commander Antonio Anjinho Mourinha

    Commander Antonio Anjinho Mourinha, Maritime Situational Awareness SME, NATO MARCOM

  • MUS in support of NATO Maritime Situational Awareness (MSA)
  • MUS in support of NATO maritime operations
  • MUS development and experimentation
     
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Enrolling Autonomy in Modern Underwater Warfare

    Mr Matteo Perrone

    Mr Matteo Perrone, Project Manager R&D Underwater Warfare , FMV

  • Integration of autonomous underwater systems as scalable capability enabler
  • Autonomous decision-making: which is the best way forward?
  • Role of autonomous system in the future tactical development
     
  • 14:00 Marine Autonomous Systems: Research and Applications

    Dr Sanjay Sharma

    Dr Sanjay Sharma, Head of Autonomous Marine Systems Research Group and Associate Professor in Intelligent Autonomous Control Systems, University of Plymouth

  • Research in Autonomous Marine Systems Research Group, Plymouth in AI techniques
  • Future Autonomy at Sea Technology (FAST) Cluster and our involvement
  • Some of the key issues in marine autonomy and future works
     
  • 14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Future Trends in Autonomous Warfare and AI

    Commander Paul Hornsby

    Commander Paul Hornsby, Lead, Autonomous Warfare Systems, Royal Australian Navy

    15:50 MARIN Unmanned Systems Research for Advancing Autonomy

  • Overview of MARIN autonomy projects for underwater vehicles
  • Latest developments on autonomy
  • Launch and recovery of autonomous craft at sea
  • Mr Egbert Ypma

    Mr Egbert Ypma, Senior Researcher, Performance at Sea, MARIN

    Mr Eelco Harmsen

    Mr Eelco Harmsen, Senior Project Manager Ships, MARIN

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

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    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place, Kensington, London, United Kingdom

    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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    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place
    Kensington
    London W8 5SR
    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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