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VIRTUAL CONFERENCE: ONLINE ACCESS ONLY - ALL TIMINGS REFLECT US EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME (EDT)

SMi Group is proud to announce the inaugural Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems USA conference (VIRTUAL/ONLINE ACCESS ONLY) on the 21st and 22nd June 2021. 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 gather 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 2021 is the only occasion to meet world-leading experts virtually 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 virtually and network with leaders in military robotics from industry, military and government across the two days.
  • 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

Conference programme

All timings are in Eastern Daylight Time (BST-5)

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Former Head of Force Protection , British Army

9:00 US Army Robotics Long-Term Strategy, Requirements and Funding

Mr Stuart Hatfield

Mr Stuart Hatfield, Branch Chief, Soldier Systems and Unmanned Ground Systems, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, US Army

• Overall robotics requirements to fit RAS goals in 30-year strategies
• Available funding for robotics development and how industry can further integrate with Army research
• Redesigning existing formations to integrate RAS at the lowest levels
• Anticipated challenges of integrating and fielding robotics across the whole US Army

9:30 The New Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle Program – Planned Capabilities and Acquisition Strategies

Colonel Jeffery Jurand

Colonel Jeffery Jurand, PM Maneuver Combat Systems, PEO GCS, US Army

• An outline of the unmanned capabilities for the OMFV Platform
• Testing and evaluation methods to develop the next state-of-the-art unmanned fighting vehicle
• A timeline for future integration and deployment for the project
• A word on sustainable acquisition practices and integrating new technologies into modern fighting systems

10:00 US Army Robotics at the Small Unit Level

Mr Ted Maciuba

Mr Ted Maciuba, Deputy Director Robotics Requirements, Maneuver CDID, US Army Futures Command

• Army Maneuver Robotic Strategy
• 10X Robotic and AI Equipped Dismounted Infantry Platoon initiative
• Artificial Intelligence for Small Unit Maneuver

10:30 Teledyne FLIR: Any Threat, Anywhere: Delivering Truly Multi-Domain Unmanned Systems Overmatch

• Interoperable unmanned systems across air, land, and sea make first contact to identify, analyze, and neutralize threats
• Intelligent solutions lower cognitive load for operators and ensure the right data is delivered for rapid decision making
• Multi-modal integrated sensing – visible, thermal, electronic, CBRNe, acoustic – ensures maximum coverage of different threat types

Mr David Proulx

Mr David Proulx, VP of Product Management, for the Unmanned Systems & Integrated Solutions Business, Teledyne FLIR

11:00 Morning Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

11:30 Development of a NATO-Compatible RCV

Mr Sverker Svärdby

Mr Sverker Svärdby, Chief Engineer, Milrem Robotics

• Understanding the user needs
• Benefits of removing the operators from the vehicle
• Providing state of the art system capabilities

12:00 Unmanned Ground Vehicles and Robotic Combat Vehicles — Campaign of Learning and Requirements Update

Major Cory Wallace

Major Cory Wallace, RCV Requirements Officer, NGCV CFT, US Army Futures Command

• Recent Observations from Live and Virtual Experiments
• Requirements Update
• Future Experiments
• Robotic Warfare Concept Update
 

12:30 Role of Simulations in R&D, Safety and Low-Cost Solutions for Autonomous Robotics

Name Withheld for Security Reasons

Name Withheld for Security Reasons, Robotics Thought Lead, Israeli Defence Forces

  • Role of simulation in R&D and in safety approval of autonomous systems 
  • R&D of AI capabilities for robotic platforms using civilian technologies
  • Technological cornerstones and main activities in Robotics R&D
  • 13:00 Safety Analysis – Optimal Sensor Placement for Off-Road Military Vehicles

    • Problem description
    • Cognata’s 6DoF sensor mounting capabilities
    • Creating the optimal sensor array
    • Safety precision and recoil demonstration

    Mr Danny Atsmon

    Mr Danny Atsmon, CEO & Founder, Cognata

    13:30 Lunch Break

    14:30 Unmanned Ground Vehicles – Development Status and Integration into Military Environment

    Dr Alexander Wolf

    Dr Alexander Wolf, Head of Technology Management Unmanned Systems & Systronics , Diehl Defence GmbH & Co. KG

  • Presentation of current developments at Diehl Defence in the area of unmanned
  • driving under military conditions
  • Cooperation of UGVs and UAVs
  • Connecting UGVs and UAVs to Battlefield management Systems
  • 15:00 Enhancing the Tactical Lethality and Situational Awareness Capabilities for Special Operations using RAS

    Major Will Taylor

    Major Will Taylor, Product Lead for Human Machine Team, PEO SOF Warrior, USSOCOM

    • Current projects to acquire and integrate unmanned assets into special operations
    • How RAS can augment the operator and the squad
    • Artificial Intelligence for Small Unit Maneuver
    • Using edge analytics to support the delivery of autonomous assets
    • Where we are going: the direction of effort for RAS in special operations
     

    15:30 Defining Artificially Intelligent UxS Swarms

    Senior Chief Petty Officer James Harvey

    Senior Chief Petty Officer James Harvey, Senior Enlisted Advisor, N9 Future Concepts and Innovation, United States Naval Special Warfare Command

  • Role of the N9 Future Concepts and Innovation Directorate in informing the force on developments in robotics and AI.
  • Man-machine teaming via multi-modal communications to achieve optimal employment of unmanned systems in contested, complex, or congested environments.
  • Using synthetic environments to train AI models and optimize application of robotic systems.   
     
  • 16:00 Exploiting Machine Learning to Enhance the Human-Machine Interface for the Dismounted Soldier

    • An exploration of the dismounted soldier’s growing cognitive burden in information-rich operational environments.
    • Introducing Tactical Cortex (T-Cortex), an AI-enabled Human-Machine Interface capability that is context-aware, multi-modal, and powered by small low-cost devices.
    • Why reducing the cognitive burden isn’t just about understanding how much information is being presented – it’s about understanding how and when information should be presented, depending on the warfighter’s environment and immediate situation.
    • “Tiny Machine Learning” and Rowden’s work in Reinforcement Learning to develop an intelligent, intuitive situational awareness capability.

    Ms Hannah Croft

    Ms Hannah Croft, Senior Market Analyst, Rowden Technologies Ltd.

    16:30 Afternoon Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

    17:00 Implementing Decision-Centric Warfare Using Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems

    • What is Mosaic or Decision-Centric Warfare?
    • Where are we in the three-phase implementation of Mosaic Warfare?
    • How can AI and Autonomous Systems enhance the force‘s ability to conduct decision-centric operations?
    • What are the technical requirements to support command, control, and communications of autonomous systems conducting decision-centric operations?

    Mr Bryan Clark

    Mr Bryan Clark, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Defense Concepts and Technology, Hudson Institute

    17:30 Australian Army Robotics Development and RAS Role in Future Force Planning

    Brigadier Ian Langford

    Brigadier Ian Langford, Director General Future Land Warfare, Australian Defence Force

  • Australian Army RAS testing and experimentation: lessons for effective creation of RAS capability
  • The role of robotics in future Australian land forces and plans for gradual integration of RAS into current formations
  • Human/machine teaming for effective cognitive processes
     
  • 18:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Former Head of Force Protection , British Army

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Former Head of Force Protection , British Army

    9:00 Machine Learning and Further Robotics Developments

    Colonel Christopher Korpela

    Colonel Christopher Korpela, Director of the Robotics Research Center, The United States Military Academy at West Point

    • Current RAS projects of the Robotics Research Center
    • Agile Ground Robot (AGRO) – Benefits to future ground operations
    • Challenges to developing Machine Learning capabilities
    • A word on ethical considerations for autonomous weapons

    9:30 Progression Towards a Unified Strategy of Delivering Unparalleled Autonomy-Enabled Capabilities

    Dr Robert Sadowski

    Dr Robert Sadowski, Army Chief Roboticist (Robotics ST), US Army

    • Providing a greater range of operational opportunities through robotic integration
    • Open modular ground vehicle autonomy for military operations
    • Challenges for future ground autonomy
     

    10:00 From Conventional to Drive-By-Wire Vehicle in 10 Minutes

    Mr Leon Altarac

    Mr Leon Altarac, VP Business Development, Idan Drive

    • IDAN Drive-By-Wire generic solution
    • IDAN Quick Installation Kit
    • Safety regulation approval

    10:30 Morning Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

    11:00 Autonomous Observation for Ground Robotic Systems

    Dr Christophe Guettier

    Dr Christophe Guettier, Innovation Program Manager, Safran Group

    • State of the art in Autonomous Systems
    • Autonomous observations and mobility problems
    • Autonomous product development

    11:30 Moulding the Potential of Robotics and Autonomous Systems for Future US Army Operations

    Colonel Stephanie Ahern

    Colonel Stephanie Ahern, Army Director of Concepts, Futures and Concepts Center, US Army Futures Command

    • An overview of the US Army Future Warfighting Concept 2035+ and the role of RAS
    • The US Army Futures Command’s Future Study Program and developing RAS Capabilities
    • Challenges and opportunities for RAS collaboration within the US Military

    12:00 Implementation of Autonomous Systems – Reconsidering Operational Balance?

    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik

    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik, Senior Staff Officer/Future Solutions, Estonian Defence Forces

  • Impact of technology proliferation on operational capabilities of small forces
  • Implementation of unmanned ground systems - question of technology or concepts?
  • Challenges for coalitions – how to stay interoperable?
     
  • 12:30 Lunch Break

    13:30 Exploiting Automated Fighting Capabilities in Hostile Environments

    Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hadicke

    Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hadicke, Commander RAS innovation program, Royal Netherlands Army

    • Advances in developing Dutch RAS capabilities
    • Infantry & Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UVG) synergy on the battlefield – A roadmap for deploying UGVs alongside infantry platoons by 2022
    • Limiting challenges to autonomous systems in complex military environments

    14:00 UK Strategic Perspective: Incorporating Robotics and Autonomous Systems into Future British Army Operations

    Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

    Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont, SO1 Robotics and Autonomous Systems, British Army

    • The British Army’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems Strategy
    • Progress in creating a robust RAS capability for ground forces: current projects and testing
    • Agile acquisition and testing: how the British Army works with industry to drive progress and robotic innovation
    • UK-US joint robotics development programs
    • Future of British Army robotics: where are going to be in the next 5 years

     

     

    14:30 Robotics and Autonomous Systems: From Basic Research to Deployment

    Professor Srinivasa Narasimhan

    Professor Srinivasa Narasimhan, Interim Director of the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

  • Description of the Robotics stack
  • Current successes and challenges
  • Academic, Industry, Government Partnerships
     
  • 15:00 Afternoon Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

    15:30 Autonomous Robotic Manipulation

    • Developing algorithms to enhance the capabilities for autonomous robotics
    • Full body robotic manipulation – Where we are and where we are going
    • Challenges to robotic autonomy
    • A case study in autonomous route clearance – The RoMan

    Dr Chad Kessens

    Dr Chad Kessens, Senior Robotics Research Scientist, Autonomous Systems Branch, US Army Research Laboratory

    16:00 Developing Legged Robotics to Enhance Small Unit Mobility and Lethality

    • Updates on legged robotics maneuverability
    • Challenges to creating mobile legged robots - obstacle detection and stability
    • How AI can assist with mobility challenges
    • A Case Study – The LLAMA

    Mr Jason Pusey

    Mr Jason Pusey, Mechanical Engineer, U.S. Army Research Laboratory

    16:30 How should robots make locomotor transitions in complex 3-D terrain?

    • To move in complex 3-D terrain (forests, mountains, rubble, Martian rocks), animals and robots must use different modes of locomotion to traverse large obstacles.
    • However, most mechanistic understanding of terrestrial locomotion concerns how to generate and stabilize near-steady-state, single-mode locomotion (e.g., walk, run).
    • In a variety of locomotor-terrain interaction systems found in complex 3-D terrain, we discovered that locomotor transitions are barrier-crossing transitions on a potential energy landscape.
    • Our models revealed diverse strategies to make desired locomotor transitions more probable and advanced robot performance.

    Dr Chen Li

    Dr Chen Li, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Former Head of Force Protection , British Army

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier Ian Langford

    Brigadier Ian Langford

    Director General Future Land Warfare, Australian Defence Force
    Colonel Christopher Korpela

    Colonel Christopher Korpela

    Director of the Robotics Research Center, The United States Military Academy at West Point
    Colonel Jeffery Jurand

    Colonel Jeffery Jurand

    PM Maneuver Combat Systems, PEO GCS, US Army
    Colonel Stephanie Ahern

    Colonel Stephanie Ahern

    Army Director of Concepts, Futures and Concepts Center, US Army Futures Command
    Dr Robert Sadowski

    Dr Robert Sadowski

    Army Chief Roboticist (Robotics ST), US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

    Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

    SO1 Robotics and Autonomous Systems, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik

    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik

    Senior Staff Officer/Future Solutions, Estonian Defence Forces
    Major Cory Wallace

    Major Cory Wallace

    RCV Requirements Officer, NGCV CFT, US Army Futures Command
    Major Will Taylor

    Major Will Taylor

    Product Lead for Human Machine Team, PEO SOF Warrior, USSOCOM
    Mr Stuart Hatfield

    Mr Stuart Hatfield

    Branch Chief, Soldier Systems and Unmanned Ground Systems, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, US Army
    Mr Ted Maciuba

    Mr Ted Maciuba

    Deputy Director Robotics Requirements, Maneuver CDID, US Army Futures Command
    Professor Srinivasa Narasimhan

    Professor Srinivasa Narasimhan

    Interim Director of the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
    Senior Chief Petty Officer James Harvey

    Senior Chief Petty Officer James Harvey

    Senior Enlisted Advisor, N9 Future Concepts and Innovation, United States Naval Special Warfare Command

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Former Head of Force Protection , British Army
    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Brigadier Ian Langford

    Director General Future Land Warfare, Australian Defence Force
    Brigadier Ian Langford

    Colonel Christopher Korpela

    Director of the Robotics Research Center, The United States Military Academy at West Point
    Colonel Christopher Korpela

    Colonel Jeffery Jurand

    PM Maneuver Combat Systems, PEO GCS, US Army
    Colonel Jeffery Jurand

    Colonel Stephanie Ahern

    Army Director of Concepts, Futures and Concepts Center, US Army Futures Command
    Colonel Stephanie Ahern

    Dr Alexander Wolf

    Head of Technology Management Unmanned Systems & Systronics , Diehl Defence GmbH & Co. KG
    Dr Alexander Wolf

    Dr Chad Kessens

    Senior Robotics Research Scientist, Autonomous Systems Branch, US Army Research Laboratory
    Dr Chad Kessens

    Dr Chen Li

    Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University
    Dr Chen Li

    Dr Christophe Guettier

    Innovation Program Manager, Safran Group
    Dr Christophe Guettier

    Dr Robert Sadowski

    Army Chief Roboticist (Robotics ST), US Army
    Dr Robert Sadowski

    Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

    SO1 Robotics and Autonomous Systems, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

    Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hadicke

    Commander RAS innovation program, Royal Netherlands Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hadicke

    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik

    Senior Staff Officer/Future Solutions, Estonian Defence Forces
    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik

    Major Cory Wallace

    RCV Requirements Officer, NGCV CFT, US Army Futures Command
    Major Cory Wallace

    Major Will Taylor

    Product Lead for Human Machine Team, PEO SOF Warrior, USSOCOM
    Major Will Taylor

    Mr Bryan Clark

    Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Defense Concepts and Technology, Hudson Institute
    Mr Bryan Clark

    Mr Danny Atsmon

    CEO & Founder, Cognata
    Mr Danny Atsmon

    Mr David Proulx

    VP of Product Management, for the Unmanned Systems & Integrated Solutions Business, Teledyne FLIR
    Mr David Proulx

    Mr Jason Pusey

    Mechanical Engineer, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
    Mr Jason Pusey

    Mr Leon Altarac

    VP Business Development, Idan Drive
    Mr Leon Altarac

    Mr Stuart Hatfield

    Branch Chief, Soldier Systems and Unmanned Ground Systems, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, US Army
    Mr Stuart Hatfield

    Mr Sverker Svärdby

    Chief Engineer, Milrem Robotics
    Mr Sverker Svärdby

    Mr Ted Maciuba

    Deputy Director Robotics Requirements, Maneuver CDID, US Army Futures Command
    Mr Ted Maciuba

    Ms Hannah Croft

    Senior Market Analyst, Rowden Technologies Ltd.
    Ms Hannah Croft

    Name Withheld for Security Reasons

    Robotics Thought Lead, Israeli Defence Forces
    Name Withheld for Security Reasons

    Professor Srinivasa Narasimhan

    Interim Director of the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
    Professor Srinivasa Narasimhan

    Senior Chief Petty Officer James Harvey

    Senior Enlisted Advisor, N9 Future Concepts and Innovation, United States Naval Special Warfare Command
    Senior Chief Petty Officer James Harvey

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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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