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Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems now more than ever play a pivotal role as a tactical and operational tool for the Armed Forces. 

SMi's Military RAS 2018 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 Military Robotics and Autonomous System technologies but to have a chance to be part of a community of leaders and experts that will impact the growth of these technological assets.


 

Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems 2018 is the perfect occasion to meet the most informed and world-renowned 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.

• Benefit from updates delivered by experts coming from the most forward thinking nations in the fields of military robotics and autonomous systems
• We provide a platform for the advancement of robotics and autonomous technologies, bringing together those at the heart of systems operation, training, development and integration
• Hear from the very latest development programmes in the field of military robotics and autonomous technologies
• Discuss how MRAS enhances lethality, survivability, manoeuvrability, sustainability, and situational awareness
• Explore land force interoperability and collaboration at the industry and military
• Attend the conference along with leading researchers, scientists, academics, and military figures
 

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Brigadier (Retd.) Ian Cameron-Mowat

Brigadier (Retd.) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Former Head of Force Protection, Defence Equipment, and Support , Britsh Army

9:10 Robotic Autonomous System Technology Exploitation in the British Army

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Craig

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Craig, SO1 Coherence (Robotics Autonomous Systems), Director Capability, British Army

 

·         Enhancing RAS capabilities to maximise situational awareness, force protection, fire power, sustainability, and manoeuvrability
·         “Focused analysis, capability integration and experimentation:” designing and developing RAS technology to adapt the British Army to the developing security
·         Current prospects of development in autonomous robotic systems
·         Foreseeable challenges in implementing autonomous robotic systems into manned operations

9:50 Validation & Verifications for Autonomous Vehicles

Lieutenant Colonel Leon Altarac

Lieutenant Colonel Leon Altarac, Robotic System Knowledge Leader, Technological Division, Israeli Defence Forces

 

  • Challenge definition for V&V in autonomous vehicle world
  • National Laboratory for autonomous vehicle V&V
  • V&V for autonomous vehicles

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Enhancing Counter-IED Capability in the British Army through the Integration of Remote Robotic Systems

Major Lloyd Davies

Major Lloyd Davies, STARTER Requirements Manager, DE&S MOD (FORMERLY DEFENCE PROCUREMENT AGENCY)

 

·         Developing requirement sets for robotic systems working across the breadth of C-IED tasks in all possible future operating environments against a constantly developing threat.
·         Integrating RCVs within a highly congested, contested and hostile Electro Magnetic Environment.
·         Future aspirations for RAS.

11:40 Sponsor Presentation Available

12:20 Modernizing Autonomous Ground Vehicle Manoeuvre Forces Operations

Major Alan Stephens

Major Alan Stephens, Project Officer For The MCOE Mounted Requirements Division , TRADOC US ARMY

 

·         Update on the Robotic Wingman Joint Capability Technology Demonstration
·         How autonomous robot operations enhance dismounted soldiers operability
·         Enhancing mounted manoeuvre effectiveness with RAS’s, UGVs, and ground forces cooperation

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:00 Enhancing Manoeuverability through RAS Integration and Optimised Manned-Unmanned Teaming

Dr. Robert W Sadowski

Dr. Robert W Sadowski, Robotics Senior Research Scientist, TARDEC, TACOM US Army

 

·         The US Army’s Combat Vehicle Modernization Strategy and Robotics and Autonomous Systems Strategy
·         Integrating a robotic wingman within the manoeuver force and integrating robotic capability within tank formation
·         Overcoming the challenges of manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) in ground manoeuver forces
·         Prospects of development and further technological advancement in the field of RAS

14:40 Norwegian Research on Autonomous Off-Road Vehicles and Robotic Systems

Mr. Andre Pettersen

Mr. Andre Pettersen, Scientist, FFIE (Norwegian Defence Research Establishment)

 

 

·         Autonomous decision-making in RAS
·         Perception  of the surroundings
·         Route planning in terrain
·         Positioning and navigation in GPS-denied environments
·         Health monitoring and performance estimation
·         Collaboration between RAS
                                                                 

15:20 Afternoon Tea

15:50 PANEL DISCUSSION: RAS's Ability To Revolutionise The Effectiveness of Contempory Operations

 

·         Utilising RAS to enhance lethality, survivability, situational awareness, sustainability, and manoeuvrability
·         Achieving strategic supremacy through information superiority
·         Challenges of unmanned-manned cooperation
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Craig

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Craig, SO1 Coherence (Robotics Autonomous Systems), Director Capability, British Army

Lieutenant Colonel Leon Altarac

Lieutenant Colonel Leon Altarac, Robotic System Knowledge Leader, Technological Division, Israeli Defence Forces

Major Alan Stephens

Major Alan Stephens, Project Officer For The MCOE Mounted Requirements Division , TRADOC US ARMY

Major Tapio Saarelainen

Major Tapio Saarelainen, R&D UAV and Electronic Warfare , Finnish Defence Forces

Colonel Jerome Lemaire

Colonel Jerome Lemaire, Digitization & Artificial Intelligence Master Plan Leader, DGA

16:30 Human-Robot Interactions and the Highlighted Synergies for Defence

Dr. Bram Vanderborght

Dr. Bram Vanderborght, Professor, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

 

·         Strengths and weaknesses of robots
·         Human-robot collaborations
·         Examples as exoskeletons, collaborative robots, prosthesis

17:10 Shared Decision Making in Human-Robot Teams

Dr. Elizabeth Sklar

Dr. Elizabeth Sklar, Professor, King's College London

 

 
 
  • The future of robotics lies in developing safe and trustworthy methodologies for humans and robots to collaborate.
  • Our research studies ways in which robots can collect data from their environment, analyse and use that information to make decisions in partnership with humans.
  • Whether operating in the office, classroom, home, hospital or disaster scenario, having the ability for humans and robots to support each other in mixed-initiative interactions will allow us to take advantage of the unique capabilities of each species.

17:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Brigadier (Retd.) Ian Cameron-Mowat

Brigadier (Retd.) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Former Head of Force Protection, Defence Equipment, and Support , Britsh Army

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Brigadier (Retd.) Ian Cameron-Mowat

Brigadier (Retd.) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Former Head of Force Protection, Defence Equipment, and Support , Britsh Army

9:10 Increase the Human Capabilities Using Artificial Intelligence and Robotics – Application to Land Systems

Colonel Jerome Lemaire

Colonel Jerome Lemaire, Digitization & Artificial Intelligence Master Plan Leader, DGA

 

·         Artificial intelligence : potential use and challenges
·         Robotics : state of the art and autonomy level
·         Projects and master plan for land systems

9:50 Achieving Comprehensive Autonomy through Maximised Artificial Intelligence

Major Tapio Saarelainen

Major Tapio Saarelainen, R&D UAV and Electronic Warfare , Finnish Defence Forces

 

·         The current position of the Finnish Defence Research Agency on AI development and Robotic Autonomous Systems
·         The challenge to RAS integration into manned operations and platoons
·         Supporting logistics and survivability: Enhancing AI capabilities to maximise self-learning technology

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Enhancing Dismounted Troops Effectiveness with Maximised Robotic Support

Dr. Stuart Young

Dr. Stuart Young, Head of Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance, Army Research Laboratory

 

·         Improving operation tempo, humanrobot execution of complex missions, and remote manipulation
·         Challenges to integrating autonomous transport vehicles into manned operations
·         Utilising UGVs for resupply, transport and other logistical roles
·         Future prospects of developing unmanned technologies to support infantry operations

11:40 Sponsor Presentation Available

12:20 Enhancing Dismounted Soldier Operations with Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Rob OConnor

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Rob OConnor, Director of Pardus Defence & Security Ltd, Former Commander of the Infantry Trials and Development Unit

 

·         Supporting light and dismounted infantry formations with unmanned technology
·         Optimising unmanned sensor and weapon platform
·         Enhancing Autonomous resupply capabilities
·         Understanding how RAS technology will change how British infantry operates

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:00 Exploring Human-Machine teaming (HMT) developments in the US Marine Corps: Increasing Autonomy and Enhancing Troop Survivability.

Dr. Bill Powers

Dr. Bill Powers, Research Fellow , Potomac Institute for Policy Studies’ Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities

 

·         Challenges in augmenting the autonomy of unmanned systems
·         How maximising programming and data processing increases intelligence gathering and sharing capabilities and enhances situational awareness
·         How robotic autonomous systems enhance troop survivability with IED detection and neutralisation capabilities
·         Future planned developments in human-machine teaming in the USMC

14:40 Robotic Technology in Use in the Current Geopolitical Landscape

Mr. Samuel Bendett

Mr. Samuel Bendett, Associate Research Analyst, Center For Naval Analyses

 

·         Russia has been steadily developing a variety of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) for its military.
·         Currently, the Russian state is taking a more active role in overseeing UGV development, testing, evaluation and acquisition.
·         Russia is using its UGVs as test beds for new and emerging technologies, with potential repercussions for the NATO forces and their allies.

15:20 Afternoon Tea

15:50 Defence Research Panel: Creating Future UGVS Through Cutting Edge Research and Testing

 

·         Utilising AI to increase autonomy in robotic systems
·         Achieving full interoperability among autonomous systems and between manned and unmanned technologies
·         Challenges of manned-unmanned cooperation
Dr. Robert W Sadowski

Dr. Robert W Sadowski, Robotics Senior Research Scientist, TARDEC, TACOM US Army

Mr. Andre Pettersen

Mr. Andre Pettersen, Scientist, FFIE (Norwegian Defence Research Establishment)

Dr. Stuart Young

Dr. Stuart Young, Head of Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance, Army Research Laboratory

Dr. Bill Powers

Dr. Bill Powers, Research Fellow , Potomac Institute for Policy Studies’ Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities

16:30 Robots for Loco-Manipulation in Complex, Unstructured, Hazardous Environments

Dr. Darwin Caldwell

Dr. Darwin Caldwell, Professor, Italian Institute of Technology

 

  • Legged robots (Quadruped and Humanoids)
  • Complex terrain locomotion
  • Teleoperated/semi-autonomous/autonomous manipulation
  • Hazardous Environment Applications

17:10 Exploiting Simulation and Gaming in Robotic and Autonomous Systems Development

Mr. Andy Fawkes

Mr. Andy Fawkes, Director, Thinke Company Ltd

 

·         Training and Testing AI in Games and Simulations
·         Challenges and opportunities of exploiting non-defence AI developments
·         Towards the Optimum Human and Machine Blend
 

17:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

Brigadier (Retd.) Ian Cameron-Mowat

Brigadier (Retd.) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Former Head of Force Protection, Defence Equipment, and Support , Britsh Army

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Brigadier (Retd.) Ian Cameron-Mowat

Brigadier (Retd.) Ian Cameron-Mowat

Former Head of Force Protection, Defence Equipment, and Support , Britsh Army
Colonel Jerome Lemaire

Colonel Jerome Lemaire

Land Combat Capabilities Architect, Direction Generale de l'Armement (DGA)
Dr. Robert W Sadowski

Dr. Robert W Sadowski

Robotics Senior Research Scientist, TARDEC, TACOM US Army
Lieutenant Colonel Leon Altarac

Lieutenant Colonel Leon Altarac

Robotic System Knowledge Leader, Technological Division, Israeli Defence Forces
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Craig

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Craig

SO1 Coherence (Robotics Autonomous Systems), Director Capability, British Army
Major Lloyd Davies

Major Lloyd Davies

STARTER Requirements Manager, DE&S MOD (FORMERLY DEFENCE PROCUREMENT AGENCY)
Major Tapio Saarelainen

Major Tapio Saarelainen

R&D UAV and Electronic Warfare , Finnish Defence Forces

Brigadier (Retd.) Ian Cameron-Mowat

Former Head of Force Protection, Defence Equipment, and Support , Britsh Army
Brigadier (Retd.) Ian Cameron-Mowat

Colonel Jerome Lemaire

Digitization & Artificial Intelligence Master Plan Leader, DGA
Colonel Jerome Lemaire

Colonel Jerome Lemaire

Land Combat Capabilities Architect, Direction Generale de l'Armement (DGA)
Colonel Jerome Lemaire

Dr. Bill Powers

Research Fellow , Potomac Institute for Policy Studies’ Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities
Dr. Bill Powers

Dr. Bram Vanderborght

Professor, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Dr. Bram Vanderborght

Dr. Darwin Caldwell

Professor, Italian Institute of Technology
Dr. Darwin Caldwell

Dr. Elizabeth Sklar

Professor, King's College London
Dr. Elizabeth Sklar

Dr. Robert W Sadowski

Robotics Senior Research Scientist, TARDEC, TACOM US Army
Dr. Robert W Sadowski

Dr. Stuart Young

Head of Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance, Army Research Laboratory
Dr. Stuart Young

Elizabeth Sklar

Professor, KCL
Elizabeth Sklar

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Rob OConnor

Director of Pardus Defence & Security Ltd, Former Commander of the Infantry Trials and Development Unit
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Rob OConnor

Lieutenant Colonel Leon Altarac

Robotic System Knowledge Leader, Technological Division, Israeli Defence Forces
Lieutenant Colonel Leon Altarac

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Craig

SO1 Coherence (Robotics Autonomous Systems), Director Capability, British Army
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Craig

Major Alan Stephens

Project Officer For The MCOE Mounted Requirements Division , TRADOC US ARMY
Major Alan Stephens

Major Lloyd Davies

STARTER Requirements Manager, DE&S MOD (FORMERLY DEFENCE PROCUREMENT AGENCY)
Major Lloyd Davies

Major Tapio Saarelainen

R&D UAV and Electronic Warfare , Finnish Defence Forces
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Mr. Andre Pettersen

Scientist, FFIE (Norwegian Defence Research Establishment)
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Mr. Andy Fawkes

Director, Thinke Company Ltd
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STARTER Capabilities Team Leader, DE&S MOD (FORMERLY DEFENCE PROCUREMENT AGENCY)
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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.

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