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The SMi Group is pleased to announce the 3rd annual Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology conference which will be held in London on the 8th and 9th May 2019.

As technology and innovation continue to push the boundaries of operational capabilities in Naval warfare, Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology 2019 is a crucial forum for the discussion of current and future projects and programmes delivering unmanned and autonomous technology for modern Navies.

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.

Key topics will include:

  • Anti-submarine warfare
  • Aerial unmanned maritime systems
  • Autonomy in mine countermeasure operations
  • Developing joint interoperability across unmanned systems
  • Updates on key unmanned platform programmes
  • The future of unmanned capabilities

 

 

  • Hear the very latest from senior naval officers on the latest advancements in unmanned and autonomous technology
  • Listen to comprehensive briefings on anti-submarine warfare, mine countermeasures, fixed wing and rotary aerial unmanned systems, unmanned platform updates, and technological innovation in the Naval sphere
  • Learn about the latest developments within unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned surface vehicles (USVs)
  • Explore the ways in which interoperability between nations and departments will maximise asset development within maritime forces going forward
  • Meet and network with military and industry  decision makers in unmanned systems

International Ocean Science & Technology Industry Association (IOSTIA); Atlas Elektronik Gmbh; Atlas Elektronik UK; ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK Ltd; BAE SYSTEMS; BAE Systems Surface Ships Ltd; Canadian High Commission; Current Scientific Corporation; Defence Equipment & Support, Ministry of Defence; Defence Equipment and Support; Deutsches Zentrum Fur Luft Und Raumfahrt E V; Dstl ; Elbit Systems; Elbit Systems UK; European Union Operation HQ; Finnish Defence Research Agency; FMV; Fr. Fassmer GmbH & Co. KG; German Navy; Imperial College Of Science And Medicine; Inmarsat; Intrepid Minds Ltd; Leonardo; National Oceanography Centre; NATO MARCOM; NATO MCM Centre of Excellence; Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation; Northrop Grumman; Ocean Matrix Ltd; ONR Global; Optics11; OSI Maritime Systems; RADLEY CONSULTING; RNLN; Rolls Royce Naval; Royal Australian Navy; Royal Navy; Royal Netherlands Navy; SEA Ltd; Seastema; SeeByte Ltd; Shephard Media; Sirehna; Southampton University; Spanish Navy; STX France; Teledyne Gavia; Thales UK; The Boeing Company; The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office; UAE GHQ; Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems; Ultra Electronics Ltd T/A CIS; United Kingdom Hydrographic Office; United States Embassy; University of Sheffield; US Navy;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix

Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix, Director Maritime Operations, Sirius Constellation

9:00 Session Reserved for Senior Royal Navy Representative

Senior Royal Navy Representative

Senior Royal Navy Representative, , Royal Navy

  • Evolving with the changing nature of naval warfare, addressing complex new threats and developing effective technology and strategies to counter these threats
  • Autonomy as a force multiplier: Extending the Royal Navy’s global reach and operational capacity
  • Integrating unmanned systems into the surface fleet, and increasing the use of unmanned systems in traditional naval operations
  • The role of autonomous systems in the carrier strike group, and the potential for UAVs to revolutionise carrier operations
  • Maintaining Royal Navy thought leadership in an increasingly information and technology driven world
  • 9:40 Delivering the Next Generation of Royal Navy Assets to Enable Effective Operational Capability into the 21st Century

    Commander Sean Trevethan

    Commander Sean Trevethan, Fleet Robotics Officer, Royal Navy

  • Future plans for robotic and autonomous development after the Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior exercises
  • Identifying operational shortfalls in order to plan effectively for future unmanned capabilities
  • Key trends in unmanned technology – considering the design, functions and capabilities of autonomous systems to ensure they meet the mission demands of the future
  • Maximising operational effectiveness by integrating unmanned surface vehicles, unmanned underwater vehicles, and UAV’s into one network
  • 10:20 Session Reserved for Leonardo

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 An Update on the Transformation of German Naval ISR Capabilities Through Rotary Unmanned Aerial Systems in the Maritime Sphere

    Commander Andreas Muller

    Commander Andreas Muller, Chief Planning Officer, Naval Air Arm, German Navy

  • Meeting future requirements for the German Navy by embracing unmanned systems
  • Establishing greater maritime domain awareness through autonomous rotary wing ISR platforms
  • Acquiring effective modular rotary wing platforms, for multi-mission purposes
  • Embedding electronic and infrared sensors into unmanned systems, and benefitting from increased sensory fusion
  • Challenges in delivering unmanned capabilities, including payload size challenges
  • 12:10 Driving Royal Canadian Navy ISTAR Capabilities through Holistic New Unmanned and Autonomous Capabilities

    Commander Roman Antoniewicz

    Commander Roman Antoniewicz, Director of Maritime Domain Awareness and C4ISR, Canadian Forces

  • Outlining the RCN’s plans for integrated unmanned and autonomous ISTAR capabilities
  • Assessing unmanned requirements across the aerial, surface, and underwater environments
  • Current and future platforms to provide greater domain awareness in littoral and deep-water environments
  • Regulatory and operational challenges in developing autonomous ISTAR capacity
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    14:30 Underwater Warfare Technology Research and Development: Providing Effective Capabilities to the Swedish Navy

    Mr Johan Wahren

    Mr Johan Wahren, Project Manager Underwater Warfare, FMV

  • Autonomous technology for anti-Submarine Warfare: Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Acoustic Target System
  • Optimising autonomous mine counter measures for detection and disposal in the Baltic Sea
  • Enhancing the teaming and interaction of manned and unmanned systems in underwater environments
  • Developing the next generation of unmanned assets to meet Swedish naval requirements
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Utilising Unmanned Underwater Assets for Communication and Domain Awareness

    Alexander Gabrielse

    Alexander Gabrielse, Senior Scientist Underwater Technology, Defence Material Organisation

  • The potential for sensor fusion through unmanned and autonomous underwater platforms 
  • Assessing current and future sensor payloads available for underwater assets, combining multiple sensors and communication nodes
  • Challenges in using underwater sensors to aide communication and communication for submarines and other underwater vehicles
  • 15:50 Closing Panel Discussion: Integrating Unamnned and Autonomous Systems into Traditional Naval Operations

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix, Director Maritime Operations, Sirius Constellation

    Commander Sean Trevethan

    Commander Sean Trevethan, Fleet Robotics Officer, Royal Navy

    Commander Roman Antoniewicz

    Commander Roman Antoniewicz, Director of Maritime Domain Awareness and C4ISR, Canadian Forces

    Commander Yvo Jaenen

    Commander Yvo Jaenen, Deputy Commander MCM and Operational Commander North Sea Unmanned Communications Trials, Belgian Navy

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

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    9:00 Incorporating Emerging Unmanned Technologies to Meet US Navy Operational Demands

    Head of International Programmes, PEO Unmanned & Small Combatants (Subject to Final Confirmation)

    Head of International Programmes, PEO Unmanned & Small Combatants (Subject to Final Confirmation), , US Navy

  • The role of PEO Unmanned and Small Combatants in shaping future US Navy technologies and to be used in diverse environments
  • The future vision for unmanned capabilities for the US Navy, using autonomous systems for greater ISR, anti-submarine warfare, hydrography, and kinetic weapon delivery
  • Current programmes delivering unmanned platforms into service such as the Knifefish UUV
  • Developing effective Naval open systems architecture combining multiple platforms and systems
  • 9:40 Integrating Unmanned and Autonomous Systems for More Effective Hydrography in Support of Royal Navy Activities

    Captain Gary Hesling

    Captain Gary Hesling, Captain HM/Hydropgrapher of the Navy, Royal Navy

  • The growing role of unmanned systems in hydrographic missions, contributing geospatial data in support of RN operations
  • Leveraging unmanned surface vehicles and autonomous underwater vehicles transform mapping, surveying, and other hydrographic activities
  • Harnessing data and sensor fusion to aid ship navigation and increasing RN operational effectiveness
  • 10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Research and Development on Biomimetic Underwater Vehicles

    Captain Piotr Szymak

    Captain Piotr Szymak, Director of Institute of Electrical Engineering and Automatics, Polish Naval Academy

  • Looking at new and future unmanned vehicles based on living organisms, and their potential military use
  • Current national and combined projects aimed at producing effective biomimetic unmanned vehicles (BUVs)
  • Enhancing propulsion and range through ‘biomimicking’
  • Increasing covert ISR capabilities through BUVs
  • 11:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    12:10 Evolving Approaches to Belgian and Dutch Mine Countermeasure (MCM) Operations in the Age of Autonomy

    Commander Yvo Jaenen

    Commander Yvo Jaenen, Deputy Commander MCM and Operational Commander North Sea Unmanned Communications Trials, Belgian Navy

  • How unmanned maritime systems are changing the traditional operations such as MCM
  • Joint cooperation in unmanned MCM, and developing a more autonomous toolbox
  • Pairing autonomous and human operated systems for a hybrid approach to MCM operations
  • Reducing threat to sailors and operators, enhancing safety whilst increasing efficiency in mine sweeping and clearing
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Panel Discussion: Developing Unmanned and Autonomous Systems that Meet Naval Mission Requirements

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix, Director Maritime Operations, Sirius Constellation

    Captain Piotr Szymak

    Captain Piotr Szymak, Director of Institute of Electrical Engineering and Automatics, Polish Naval Academy

    Snr. Lieutenant (N) Mikko Viljainen

    Snr. Lieutenant (N) Mikko Viljainen, Senior researcher, Naval Academy

    Dr. Andrea Munafo

    Dr. Andrea Munafo, Senior Robotic Systems and Software Engineer, National Oceanography Centre

    15:10 Verification and Validation of Unmanned Systems for Future Naval Operations

    Snr. Lieutenant (N) Mikko Viljainen

    Snr. Lieutenant (N) Mikko Viljainen, Senior researcher, Naval Academy

  • Current Finnish research projects aiming to further enhance unmanned and autonomous capabilities
  • Overcoming challenges in verification and validation for autonomous systems for military operations
  • Ensuring autonomous systems are fit for purpose in challenging mission environments
  • New engineering approaches to support multiple payloads suitable for the mission requirements
  • 15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 Self-organising Robotic Networks for Ocean Monitoring

    Dr. Andrea Munafo

    Dr. Andrea Munafo, Senior Robotic Systems and Software Engineer, National Oceanography Centre

  • Building autonomous networks for ocean monitoring and data gathering
  • Using networks to build greater domain awareness
  • Challenges in developing self-organising networks
  • Command and control implications
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Alexander Gabrielse

    Alexander Gabrielse

    Senior Scientist Underwater Technology, Defence Material Organisation
    Captain Gary Hesling

    Captain Gary Hesling

    Captain HM/Hydropgrapher of the Navy, Royal Navy
    Captain Piotr Szymak

    Captain Piotr Szymak

    Director of Institute of Electrical Engineering and Automatics, Polish Naval Academy
    Commander Sean Trevethan

    Commander Sean Trevethan

    Fleet Robotics Officer, Royal Navy
    Snr. Lieutenant (N) Mikko Viljainen

    Snr. Lieutenant (N) Mikko Viljainen

    Senior researcher, Naval Academy

    Alexander Gabrielse

    Senior Scientist Underwater Technology, Defence Material Organisation
    Alexander Gabrielse

    Captain Gary Hesling

    Captain HM/Hydropgrapher of the Navy, Royal Navy
    Captain Gary Hesling

    Captain Piotr Szymak

    Director of Institute of Electrical Engineering and Automatics, Polish Naval Academy
    Captain Piotr Szymak

    Commander Sean Trevethan

    Fleet Robotics Officer, Royal Navy
    Commander Sean Trevethan

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix

    Director Maritime Operations, Sirius Constellation
    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix

    Snr. Lieutenant (N) Mikko Viljainen

    Senior researcher, Naval Academy
    Snr. Lieutenant (N) Mikko Viljainen

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