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The exploration of nano and microtechnology will create many new defence related innovations. Nano and micro systems present an opportunity for key survivability capabilities through miniaturisation, advanced information technology and new materials properties. Keeping pace with the military application of nano & microtechnology research and development is vital if a technological edge is to be maintained in national defence.

SMi’s Nano & Micro Systems in Defence will provide a clear overview of the current programmes and latest developments in military research. Furthermore it will illustrate the increasing commercial aspect of nano and micro systems outlining current market trends and addressing issues such as patenting MNT technologies.

Topics will include:

  • Smart Autonomous Systems
  • Nanomaterials in Defence
  • Quantum Computing
  • Military Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
  • Uniform and Armour for Future Battle Fields 

Hear from industry leading experts including:

  • Professor Roland Decuypere, Visiting Professor, ERASMUS Institute, Brussels and retired Head of Department, IWT, Royal Military Academy, Belgium
  • Dr Douglas Imeson, Programme Director, Physical Sciences, dstl
  • Dr Rafal W Zbikowski, Principal Research Officer, Department of Aerospace, Power and Sensors, Cranfield University (Defence Academy Shrivenham)
  • Dr Jörg Schulze, Senior Consultant, Production Processes, Simulation and Risk Management Department, Siemens and Faculty Member, University of the German Armed Forces
  • Shamik Das, Senior Nanosystems Engineer, Nanosytems Group, MITRE Corporation
  • Dr Steven Savage, Deputy Research Director, Functional Material, Swedish Research Agency (FOI)
  • Giulio Prisco, Director, FutureTAG and Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, Spain
  • Philippe Van Nedervelde, Executive Director, Europe, Foresight Nanotech Institute
  • David W Panhorst, Project Officer, Common Guidance Program, US Army ARDEC

Chaired by: Professor Ignaz Eisele, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, University of the German Armed Forces

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Professor Dr Ignaz Eisele

Professor Dr Ignaz Eisele, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, University of the Armed Forces Munich

9:10 THE CAPABILITY OF NANO & MICRO DEFENCE APPLICATIONS

Dr Douglas Imeson

Dr Douglas Imeson, Technical Adviser, Nanotechnology, dstl

  • The opportunities
  • Developments in R&D
  • Challenges to the micro and Nano defence market
  • Looking forward
  • 9:50 THE MNT DEVELOPMENT ROADMAP FOR DEFENCE APPLICATIONS

    Dr Ayman El-Fatatry

    Dr Ayman El-Fatatry, Customer and Business Development Manager, The System Engineering Innovation Centre (SEIC), BAE Systems Plc

  • Multi-parameter sensing
  • Multi-functional performance
  • Multi-disciplinary properties
  • Agility and reconfigurability
  • Stealth, ambient intelligence and persistent surveillance
  • Embedded and distributed processing
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 FORCE PROTECTION

    Dr Steven J Savage

    Dr Steven J Savage, Deputy Research Director, Functional Materials, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)

  • Signature management - avoid detection
  • Ballistic protection - bullets blast & trauma
  • Laser protection - avoid eye injury
  • Health - avoid infection
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 PATENTING MICROSYSTEMS AND NANOTECHNOLOGY

  • Evolution of defence procurement contracting structures - increasing role of technology
  • Defence Industrial Strategy - sovereignty and national security
  • Protecting IPR - corporate strategy - patent system
  • IPR in different types of contracting - DEFCONS / OGC / PPP
  • Security issues
  • Paul Briggs

    Paul Briggs, Partner, Aviation and Aerospace, , Bird & Bird

    Peter  Ward

    Peter Ward, Senior Solicitor, Intellectual Property, Bird & Bird

    14:30 INSECT LIKE FLAPPING WING MICRO AIR VEHICLES

     Dr W Rafal  Zbikowski

    Dr W Rafal Zbikowski, Principal Research Officer, Department of Aerospace, Power & Sensors , CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY, (Defence Academy Shrivenham)

  • What are MAV
  • Why develop MAV
  • Technological challenges
  • Future plans
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 MAPPS - MULTI-LATERALLY ASSURED PERVASIVE PERMANENT SUR-/SOUS-VEILLANCE

    Philippe Van Nedervelde

    Philippe Van Nedervelde, Executive Director, Europe, Foresight Nanotech Institute

  • Smart Dust systems – origins & state of the Art
  • Exponentially increasing Asymmetric Destructive Capabilities (ADC)
  • A new geopolitical security doctrine concept: MAPPS.
  • Radical reciprocal geostrategic accountability & geotactical transparency for maximized security through pervasive, permanent military intelligence gathering
  • Towards extremely fine-grained prevention and control of armed conflicts & terrorism
  • 16:20 APPLICATIONS OF NANOELECTRONIC COMPUTER SYSTEMS

    Shamik Das

    Shamik Das, Senior Nanosystems Engineer, The MITRE Corporation

  • How nanocomputers are likely to work
  • Design and simulation of circuit and system components of nanocomputer systems
  • Applications for command and control
  • Inspiration for nanosensing systems
  • Novel uses for communications
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Professor Dr Ignaz Eisele

    Professor Dr Ignaz Eisele, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, University of the Armed Forces Munich

    9:10 MEMS IN DEFENCE

    Jérémie  Bouchaud

    Jérémie Bouchaud, Director Market Research MEMS, Wicht Technologie Consulting

  • Status of MEMS industry today
  • MEMS market 2006-2015
  • MEMS phase shifter for phased array antenna in defence
  • Opportunities to come
  • Total market MEMS forcasts
  • 9:50 MICRO ELECTRO-MECHANICAL SYSTEMS (MEMS) FOR INERTIAL MEASUREMENT UNITS

    David W Panhorst

    David W Panhorst, Project Officer, Common Guidance Program, US Army, ARDEC

  • Common guidance device for missiles and munitions
  • Low cost device achieved by economies of scale
  • MEMS delivers accuracy of ring-laser and fiber Optic Gyro capable of surviving 20000 g-setback
  • Develop a tehnology to meet 90% of tactical weapons
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 NANOPHOTONIC METAMATERIALS

    Professor Dr Nikolay Zheludev

    Professor Dr Nikolay Zheludev, Professor of Physics; Coordinator; EPSRC NanoPhotonics Portfolio Centre, School of Physics and Astronomy, University Of Southampton

  • Achieving new optical functionality by nanostructuring
  • from photonic crystal to nanostructures surfaces
  • Optical negative index materials
  • towards optical instruments of unprecedented resolution Plasmons
  • new information carrier in metal nanostructures
  • Controlling signals on the nanoscale
  • towards the new level of photonic integration
  • Numbering micro-objects - a billion of different nanophotonic tags
  • 11:40 PHOTONIC CYSTALS FOR SURFACE ENHANCED RAMAN SCATTERING SENSLING APPLICATION

  • First "engineered" approach to SERS detection
  • Metalic "nano-structures" used to obtain characteristic optical signatures of complex molecules
  • Greatly enhanced sensitivity and test to test repeatability through surface plasmon engineering
  • Exploration of emerging applications in: medical diagnostics, forensic detection, pharmaceuticals, homeland Security
  • Showcase example: trace level detection of illicit drugs and metabolites
  • Dr Martin  Charlton

    Dr Martin Charlton, Senior Research Manager, Research and Development, Mesophotonics Ltd

    Dr Caterina  Netti

    Dr Caterina Netti, Applications Manager, Mesophotonics Ltd

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 PLASMA ENHANCEMENT OF MILITARY CLOTHING

    Dr Stephen  Coulson

    Dr Stephen Coulson, Technical Director, P2i

  • Liquid repellency for military clothing
  • Introduction to plasma processing
  • Features of plasma technology
  • Applications for wider material processing
  • 14:30 QUANTUM CRYPTOGRAPHY IN EUROPE

    Stefan De Haan

    Stefan De Haan, Senior Consultant, Quantom Cryptography , Wicht Technologie Consulting

  • Basic protocols
  • Basic implementations
  • European players
  • Fiber-based and free space systems
  • Beyond quantum key distribution
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 QUANTUM CRYPTOGRAPHY

    Dr Brian Lowans

    Dr Brian Lowans, Team Leader, Quantum Cryptopgraphy, QinetiQ

  • Secure key distribution
  • Key management
  • Quantum key distribution
  • Quantum technologies for free space
  • Quantum network
  • Quantum key distribution
  • Quantum technologies for free space
  • Quantum network
  • Secure key distribution
  • Key management
  • Quantum key distribution
  • Quantum technologies for free space
  • Quantum network
  • Quantum key distribution
  • Quantum technologies for free space
  • Quantum network
  • 16:20 IS THERE A WAY TO BUILD A QUANTUM PC

    Dr Jörg Schulze

    Dr Jörg Schulze, Corporate Technology, Production Processes Division, Simulation and Risk Management Department, Siemens

  • Principles of quantum computation: Q-Bits, Multi-Q-Bits, gates, and entanglement
  • The first experimental realisation of a quantum computer and Shor´s algorithm
  • Approaches to build Q-Bits, ways of Q-Bit manipulation, and the programming and readout problem
  • Silicon-based technology:
  • Stochastic emulation of quantum algorithms on classical computer architectures
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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