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SMi Group is proud to announce the inaugral Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems USA conference in Arlington, VA, 22nd and 23rd June 2020. With a renewed focus on maintaining overmatch against near-peer adversaries, the US DoD is investing heavily in land robotics of all sizes to increase Warfighter lethality and remove the soldier from dangerous situations.

The newest and most exciting event in SMi’s unmanned portfolio, MRAS USA is the only US-based event specifically dedicated to military robotics in the land environment. It will bring together the leading US and international program managers, robotics experts and industry to discuss the rapidly expanding role of military robots within the modern battlespace. As new opportunities and challenges emerge in this rapidly changing area, the conference enables the military robotics community to work collaboratively to forge ahead and deliver the very best unmanned capabilities to soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines.

As well as bringing together the US ground robotics community, the conference will bring in some of the most dynamic and innovative international militaries to provide their unique perspectives; no other event in the USA offers the same number of opportunities to meet, discuss and network with opposite numbers from allied nations..

Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems USA 2020 is the only occasion to meet world-leading experts in the field of autonomous and robotic technologies. Attend the two-day conference and benefit from insights delivered by first-class scientists, researchers, academics and senior military figures from the USA and abroad.

  • Supported by a cross-section of US ground robotics teams and strategic leaders, receive unparalleled insight and access to the US military's ground robotics strategy and development programs.
  • Meet and network with leaders in military robotics from industry, military and government across two days, including dedicated networking lunches and drinks reception.
  • Hear updates and guidance from world leading RAS programme managers.
  • Delve into the latest topics and trends shaping the future of robotics in land forces..
  • Discover cutting-edge ground robotics technology to enhance operational effectiveness and explore opportunities for greater coalition interoperability.

 

Abaco System; Altinay Aerospace and Advanced Technology; Armada; ARMY HQ; Aselsan A.S; Ben Gurion University of the Negev; British Army; CCDC-Atlantic; CEHC; Combat Capabilities Development Command; Cranfield University; DE&S; DE&S MOD; Defence Academy; Defence Equipment & Support, UK MOD; Defence Science and Technology Laboratory; DIT DSO; DMO; DoD; Domo Tactical Communications (DTC); DSTL; Egyptian Defence Office; Elmo Motion Control UK; Export Support Team; EY; Finnish Defence Forces; Five Three Alpha; FLIR Systems, Inc; FMV; FOI; German Army; Gladius Tactical; IHS Markit; IMP Castle Associates Limited; Infantry Trials and Development Unit; Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd; Maneuver Battle Lab; Microsoft; Milrem; Ministry of Defence; MoD The Netherlands; Moog inc; NDMA; NEXTER-SYSTEMS Head Office; Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation; Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency; Pardus Defence & Security Ltd; Pearson Engineering Ltd; Presidency of Defence Industries; Qinetiq; Radley Consulting; Rheinmetall Canada Inc; Rheinmetall Electronics; Royal Netherlands Army; SAAB AB; Saab Dynamics; Safran Group; Silvus Technologies, Inc.; Soucy Defence; Soucy Defense Division; Soucy International Inc; UK MoD; Undersecretariat for Defence Industry ; University of Defence; University of Oxford; University of Oxford/Air Force Institute of Technology; US ARMY; US Army Corps of Engineers; USC Institute for Creative Technologies; Vetronics Research Centre; US Marine Corps

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Hilton Arlington

950 North Stafford Street, Arlington, Virginia, USA

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