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Following the great success received last year, SMi's second annual UAV Technology Central and Eastern Europe conference returns to Prague this September.

UAVs now more than ever play a pivotal role as a tactical and operational tool for the Armed Forces. SMi's UAV Technology Central and Eastern Europe conference will aim to examine and bring solutions to this specific piece of equipment and how to better utilise it during missions. Moreover, SMi will bring together a community of experts, friends and allies to share information and strengthen relationships. This reflects the growing need of nations, armed forces and industries to come together in order to achieve higher levels of capabilities.

Attending this conference will mean to not only have a clear understanding of UAV but to have a chance to be part of a community of leaders and experts that will impact the growth of these technological assets.

 

  • The only  conference in Europe focused on the procurement and acquisition of UAV capabilities of Central and Eastern European nations
  • This region represents a unique part of the world in this moment in time because of the focus on military investments and upgrades
  • Become part of the community  that is striving to maximising UAV capabilities
  • Gain a clear understanding of the market and thus and advantage on all the latest developments

•Operational commanders in the fields of UAV and C4ISTAR
• Un-manned capability advisors and programme managers
• Technical leaders from industry developing UAV systems and subsystems
• Researchers whose focus is technical innovation to support UAV operations

53. Recce and Electronic Warfare Regiment; Aeronautics ltd; AeroVironment Inc.; AMPEX Data Systems; Bundeswehr; Cybaero AB; Czech Air Force; Czech Armed Forces; Czech MoD; Danish Army; Danish Army Intelligence Centre; EDF; GEO-UAV; HARRIS Corporation; Hungarian National Military Security Service; Hungarian National Police; Ministry of Defence Czech Republic; Ministry of Defence, Slovenia; Ministry of Interior, Estonia; Ministry of Transport Czech Republic; NATO; NSPA; Pardubice Airport Authority; Polish Air Force Institute Of Technology; Republic of Estonia, Ministry of the Interior; Republic of Latvia Aviation Board; RUAG Aviation; S3, Inc.; Simlat Ltd; Spacemetric BV; Swedish Armed Forces; Swedish Army; Swiss Air Force; Textron Systems; UAE GHQ; UAV Factory Ltd; United States Army; University of Defence, Czech Republic; Verint Systems Ltd; WB Group;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Major General Bohuslav  Dvorak

Major General Bohuslav Dvorak, Former Deputy Chief of General Staff , Czech Armed Forces

9:10 The Direction of the Hellenic Army and How the Army is integrating UAV capabilities within the Land Forces

Lieutenant General Alikiviadis Stefanis

Lieutenant General Alikiviadis Stefanis, Chief of the Hellenic Army General Staff, Hellenic Army General Staff

9:50 How UAV Play a Central Role in Delivering Information for Optimise Command and Control: An US Army Europe Perspective

Brigadier General Timothy Daugherty

Brigadier General Timothy Daugherty, Deputy Chief of Staff G3, US Army Europe

  • An operational point of view of how UAV can assist ground troops during exercise and live missions
  • Working with partner nations to assure a strong and ready  Alliance
  • The latest developments regarding "small" UAV: quick deployment for a quick response
  • Current and future challenges
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Estonian’s MoD Overview: Procurement and Acquisition of UAV Capabilities

    Mr Priit Parktal

    Mr Priit Parktal, Head of Procurment Department, Estonian Ministry of Defence

  • National defence development plan to 2022
  • Current operational level of UAVs within the Armed Forces
  • UAVs as essential tool for data gathering and surveillance
  • Border security: how UAV are and will improve state security
  • The next steps of Estonian MoD to acquiring new capabilities
  • A focus on Small UAV
  • Current and future challenges
     
  • 11:40 Tactics in Connection with Unmanned Systems

    Lieutenant Colonel Jan Drozd

    Lieutenant Colonel Jan Drozd, Assistant Professor, University of Defence, Czech Republic

  • The Computer Assigned Military Decision-Making Process (CAMDMP)
  • Decision support systems: Command and Control for military units
  • Models for UAV systems: UAV safety manoeuvre and cooperative aerial reconnaissance
  • 12:20 The Growing Threats and Defence Concerns of the EU and NATO: Improving Security and Optimising Resources to Effectively Face and Overcome Challenges

    Lieutenant General Konstantinos Loukopoulos

    Lieutenant General Konstantinos Loukopoulos, CEO, Formion SA

  • Past: Significant events that impacted the present
  • Present: current NATO status: capabilities, objectives, challenges
  • Future: How will NATO look like in 2020
  • How can NATO and the EU improve cooperation and joint capabilities by working with allies and partner nations?
  • A geopolitical overview of the Alliance: the Eastern and Southern border
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    14:40 Recent Developments and Updates of the Slovenian Planned Development of Un-Manned Aerial Vehicle Capability

    Mr Marko Gruden

    Mr Marko Gruden, Secretary, Logistics Directorate, Ministry of Defence, Slovenia

  • Current operational level of UAV within the Armed Forces
  • UAV as an essential tool for data gathering and surveillance
  • The next steps of the Slovenian MoD to acquire new capabilities
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 The Czech Civil Aviation Department: Regulation of Unmanned-Aerial Vehicles in Czech Airspace

    Mr Tomas   Pustina

    Mr Tomas Pustina, Legal Officer, Department of Civil Aviation , Ministry of Transport Czech Republic

  • An overview of legal regulations governing UAV flight in Czech Airspace: safety, liability, insurance, privacy
  • The safety and legal challenges of operating UAV platforms in separated and/or shared airspace
  • Boundaries between state/civil aircraft and civil/military rules
  • Existing and future co-operation between the Czech Civil Aviation Department and the Czech Armed Forces/Ministry of Transport
  • 16:40 The Role of Unmanned Systems in Future Wide Area Networks

    Mr Greg Moore

    Mr Greg Moore, UAV Specialist, PA Consulting

  • How trends in commercial Mobile and Wide Area Networks are moving away from greater speed and towards greater coverage
  • How UAVs will play a key role in satisfying the demand for growing commercial networks
  • What this, and other commercial UAV trends, means for access to new technologies which could revolutionise Defence
  • 17:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Major General Bohuslav  Dvorak

    Major General Bohuslav Dvorak, Former Deputy Chief of General Staff , Czech Armed Forces

    9:10 The Army Current and Future Developments for Acquiring New Capabilities and Improving Operational Capabilities: A focus on UAV

    Major General Muhamet Racaj

    Major General Muhamet Racaj, Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Macedonian Armed Forces

  • The current needs of the Army
  • How new UAV  technologies will be integrated within the operational and tactical units
  • Cooperating with other nations to improve the Defence Forces operational assets
  • 9:40 Latvia’s Roadmap to Procurement and Acquisition of UAV Assets

    Mr Maris Kuda

    Mr Maris Kuda, Head of Section, Procurement Planning, Methodology and Support Section, Latvian Ministry of Defence

  • Current operational level of UAV within the Armed Forces
  • UAV as an essential tool for data gathering and surveillance
  • Border security: how UAV are and will improve state security
  • The next steps of the Latvian MoD: acquiring new capabilities, a focus on Small UAV
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 The Ministry of Defence Steps Forwards to Optimising the Use of UAV for Reconnaissance and Surveillance

    Lieutenant Colonel Hrvoje Tomsic

    Lieutenant Colonel Hrvoje Tomsic, Military Security Intelligence Agency, Croatian Ministry of Defence

  • Concepts of operation and technology for effectively collecting and sharing aerial intelligence
  • Future requirements to greater support operations, considering systems such as micro UAV
  • Current and future challenges
  • 11:40 The Advancement of the German Armed Forces Regarding UAV Technology

    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge

    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge, Head ISR & UAS Division, Bundeswehr

  • Heron TP: MALE drone (Medium Altitude Long Endurance)
  • The leading role of Germany in the development of the Heron TP
  • The importance of achieving a highly developed European UAV system
  • 12:20 The 4th Artillery Regiment: An Overview of the Current and Future UAV Capabilities

    Lieutenant Colonel Krista Bouckaert

    Lieutenant Colonel Krista Bouckaert, Commander 4th Artillery Regiment, Canadian Army

  • An overview of the activities and structure of the 4th Artillery  Regiment
  • Deploying "small" and "big" UAV
  • Collaborating with partner nations to foster relationships and improve overall know-how
  • Current challenges
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Developing Future UAV Capability for Eastern European Nations: NSPA Procurement Strategy and In-Service Support

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Air and Land Combat Systems Programme Office, UAS and Special Projects Support Section, NSPA

  • NSPA structure and role in equipment support
  • Developing UAV requirements
  • Converting these into procurement strategy
  • In service support for the UAV
  • Findings and lessons learnt from recent UAV programme support, such as Heron
  • 14:40 The Innovative DualCam for the Detection and Localization of Drones

    Dr Samuele Martelli

    Dr Samuele Martelli, Embedded Computer Vision Specialist, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

  • DualCam is the first optical-acoustic camera that detects, locates, classifies and reports abnormal events
  • Military and civil deployment
  • Step forwards
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Connecting Industry with World-class Research Tools and Capabilities

    Dr Peter Fuhr

    Dr Peter Fuhr, Tech Director UAS Research Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

  • An overview of the Research Centre
  • The latest research outcome: Fire resisting drone
  • How can 3D printing revolutionise the UAV sector
  • Cooperation with Armed Forces
  • Challenges
  • 16:40 Should Robots Decide Who and When to Kill?

    Dr Linda Johansson

    Dr Linda Johansson, Teacher, Swedish Defence University

  • Is it ethical to use UAVs?
  • Should lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS) be allowed to make decisions to kill?
  • Can LAWS be held responsible for their actions?
  • 17:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier General Timothy Daugherty

    Brigadier General Timothy Daugherty

    Deputy Chief of Staff G3, US Army Europe
    Lieutenant Colonel Hrvoje Tomsic

    Lieutenant Colonel Hrvoje Tomsic

    Military Security Intelligence Agency, Croatian Ministry of Defence
    Lieutenant Colonel Jan Drozd

    Lieutenant Colonel Jan Drozd

    Assistant Professor, University of Defence, Czech Republic
    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge

    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge

    Head ISR & UAS Division, Bundeswehr
    Major General Muhamet Racaj

    Major General Muhamet Racaj

    Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Macedonian Armed Forces
    Mr Maris Kuda

    Mr Maris Kuda

    Head of Section, Procurement Planning, Methodology and Support Section, Latvian Ministry of Defence

    Brigadier General Timothy Daugherty

    Deputy Chief of Staff G3, US Army Europe
    Brigadier General Timothy Daugherty

    Dr Linda Johansson

    Teacher, Swedish Defence University
    Dr Linda Johansson

    Dr Peter Fuhr

    Tech Director UAS Research Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Dr Peter Fuhr

    Dr Samuele Martelli

    Embedded Computer Vision Specialist, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
    Dr Samuele Martelli

    Lieutenant Colonel Hrvoje Tomsic

    Military Security Intelligence Agency, Croatian Ministry of Defence
    Lieutenant Colonel Hrvoje Tomsic

    Lieutenant Colonel Jan Drozd

    Assistant Professor, University of Defence, Czech Republic
    Lieutenant Colonel Jan Drozd

    Lieutenant Colonel Krista Bouckaert

    Commander 4th Artillery Regiment, Canadian Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Krista Bouckaert

    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge

    Head ISR & UAS Division, Bundeswehr
    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge

    Lieutenant General Alikiviadis Stefanis

    Chief of the Hellenic Army General Staff, Hellenic Army General Staff
    Lieutenant General Alikiviadis Stefanis

    Lieutenant General Konstantinos Loukopoulos

    CEO, Formion SA
    Lieutenant General Konstantinos Loukopoulos

    Major General Bohuslav Dvorak

    Former Deputy Chief of General Staff , Czech Armed Forces
    Major General Bohuslav  Dvorak

    Major General Muhamet Racaj

    Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Macedonian Armed Forces
    Major General Muhamet Racaj

    Mr Greg Moore

    UAV Specialist, PA Consulting
    Mr Greg Moore

    Mr Maris Kuda

    Head of Section, Procurement Planning, Methodology and Support Section, Latvian Ministry of Defence
    Mr Maris Kuda

    Mr Marko Gruden

    Secretary, Logistics Directorate, Ministry of Defence, Slovenia
    Mr Marko Gruden

    Mr Priit Parktal

    Head of Procurment Department, Estonian Ministry of Defence
    Mr Priit Parktal

    Mr Tomas Pustina

    Legal Officer, Department of Civil Aviation , Ministry of Transport Czech Republic
    Mr Tomas   Pustina

    Ms Justyna Zdanowska

    President, GEO-UAV
    Ms Justyna Zdanowska

    Senior Representative

    Air and Land Combat Systems Programme Office, UAS and Special Projects Support Section, NSPA
    Senior Representative

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