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SMi Group is proud to announce the 5th Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems conference, taking place on 6th and 7th April 2022.

MRAS 2022 is the ONLY event dedicated to military robotics in the land environment. This unique event will give you essential insights into the development and implementation of uncrewed and autonomous ground systems from international militaries. Robotics is becoming increasingly important in military discussions about force-generation, force-planning and future acquisition, so it is critical for military leaders and industry experts to understand the rapidly expanding role of military robots within the modern battlespace.

New for 2022: An emphasis on Uncrewed Combat Vehicles, Enhancing Autonomous Capabilities and Battlefield Human Machine Teaming; new speakers from the UK, France, Germany, Estonia, Switzerland, Finland, Czech Republic, Israel, India, Australia and New Zealand.

With a continued focus on the RAS priorites of situational awareness, lethality, manoeuvrability, survivability and sustainability, Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems is the only event in 2022 which will enable you to return to your defence force with the latest information and contacts in this ever-evolving industry.

Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems 2022 is the perfect occasion to hear from the most informed and renowned experts in the field of autonomous and robotic technologies. Join the two-day conference and benefit from insights delivered by first-class robotics scientists, researchers, academics and senior military figures.

  • Benefit from hearing about the latest MRAS updates, delivered by the experts from the most forward thinking nations in the field of military robotics and autonomous systems
  • Take advantage of our unique platform which enables the advancement of robotics and autonomous technologies, bringing together those at the heart of systems operation, training, development and integration
  • Hear about the most innovative MRAS development and integration programmes and how forces are being re-shaped by this emerging technology
  • Discuss how MRAS is enhancing the lethality, survivability, manoeuvrability, sustainability, and situational awareness of land forces around the world
  • Explore land force interoperability and collaboration between the defence industry and international militaries
  • Attend the conference along with leading researchers, scientists, academics, and military leaders

Abaco System; Altinay Aerospace and Advanced Technology; Armada International & Asian Military Review; ARMY HQ; Aselsan A.S; Ben Gurion University of the Negev; British Army; CCDC-Atlantic; CEHC; Combat Capabilities Development Command; Combat Capabilities Development Command – Atlantic (CCDC-ATL)/Army Futures Command (AFC); Combat Capabilities Development Command, Ground Vehicle System Center; Combat Capabilities Development Command, US Army; Cranfield University; DE&S MOD; Defence Academy; Defence Equipment & Support, UK MOD; Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S); 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; IMP Castle Associates Limited; Infantry Trials and Development Unit; Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd; Janes Information Group; Maneuver Battle Lab; Microsoft; Milrem; Ministry of Defence; MOD DE&S Future Capability Group; MoD The Netherlands; Moog inc; NDMA; NEXTER-SYSTEMS Head Office; NLD Army; 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; SAAB AB; Saab Dynamics; Safran Group; Silvus Technologies, Inc; 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;
 

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

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 Establishing RAS Enhanced Brigade Combat Teams (BCT) for the British Army

Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

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

• An overview of the context, definitions and planned capabilities for the current British RAS Strategy
• The future of British BCTs and how RAS will play a defining role within the Teams
• Discussing UAS & UGVs in urban military operations – Sensor and targeting packages which can deal with route clearance and smart relocation
• Utilising the Army Warfighting Experiment to develop existing and novel RAS solutions for the British Army

9:30 Forming the Role of the Expeditionary Robotics Centre of Expertise (ERCoE) and Other RAS Projects from the Future Capability Group

Mr James Gavin

Mr James Gavin, Head of Future Capability Group, DE&S, UK MoD

• Key RAS projects of the ERCoE and new R&D opportunities
• Integrating Robotic Platoon Vehicles into regular Army units
• Optimising Nano UAS swarming capabilities for British soldiers on operations
• Co-Teaming with the British Army and Industry partners to develop agile and effective RAS platforms

10:00 Session Reserved For Gold Sponsor

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Moulding the Future Force of the Australian Army

Brigadier Ian Langford

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

• Adapting the Australian Army’s RAS Strategy to further new Brigade Combat Teams with integrated RAS capabilities – Challenges and opportunities
• Current RAS projects of the Australian Army including, Leader Follower, UGVs, Nano-UAS and the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle
• The mission and strategies of the Robotics & Autonomous Systems Implementation & Coordination Office (RICO)
• Future force design with RAS future concepts – What will the key RAS technologies be which drive the development of armed forces?

11:30 The Role of RAS in Germany’s Future Ground Combat Systems Concept

Captain Göran Bölke

Captain Göran Bölke, Head of Department, Conception of Unmanned Systems for the Army / Innovation Combat Force, Office for Army Development, Bundeswehr

• Evaluating the current RAS development and deployment strategy for the Bundeswehr
• Upcoming R&D projects for RAS within the CCDC – Including Unmanned Ground Vehicle experimentation and integration
• Identifying how RAS enhances Situational Awareness for German soldiers on military operations
• The challenges to further RAS development and adoption in the Bundeswehr

12:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor - Milrem

12:30 Optimising the Interoperability and Standerdisation of European UGV’s Through the iMUGS Project

Mr Martin Jõesaar

Mr Martin Jõesaar, Chief of Project Office – iMUGS, Republic of Estonia Centre for Defence Investment

• An outline of the iMUGS project: timelines, partners and results so far
• Challenges to creating a standerdisation for a UGV platform and integrating existing robotics systems to enhance the iMUGS’ suite of capabilities
• Working with iMUGS industry partners and new opportunity streams for future development

13:00 Lunch Break

14:00 Land Autonomy Capability Development – An Industry Perspective

• The Thales Approach
• Engineer Reconnaissance
• Route Assurance
• Logistic Resupply

Mr Jonathan Welch

Mr Jonathan Welch, Capture Leader, Thales UK

Dr Iain Carrie

Dr Iain Carrie, Chief Technologist, Thales UK

14:30 The Royal Netherlands Army RAS Infrastructure: Providing Autonomy for Ground Robotics with AI

Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hädicke

Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hädicke, Head of Development & Innovation RAS-Program, Concept Development & Experimentation Group, Royal Netherlands Army

• Progress towards autonomous military robotics systems within the Royal Netherlands Army
• An overview of the RAS Innovation Program from an organisational perspective
• NLD Army data-science and AI research for robotics
• Updates to the UGV integration program and creating RAS integrated combat units
• Future NLD force-design with integrated autonomous systems

15:00 Results from the Prometeo Campaign and the Implications for Italian RAS in the Land Domain

Lieutenant Colonel Vito Marra

Lieutenant Colonel Vito Marra, SO1 Concept Development, Future Force Development, Department General & Financial Planning, Italian Army General Staff

• An overview of the program and moving into the ‘Exploitation Phase’ of the Italian Army RAS Experiment Roadmap
• Establishing the key industry and academic stakeholders to developing the Italian military’s RAS programs
• Challenges at the tactical and strategic level to RAS integration
• Looking forward – The key opportunities for RAS development in the Italian military and how we will get there

15:30 The RAS Capabilities, R&D and Opportunities for the Estonian Army

Mr Markus Otsus

Mr Markus Otsus, Unmanned Systems Project Coordinator, Department of Applied Research, Estonian Military Academy

• A brief overview of the context for required RAS development within the Estonian Army – Threats and Challenges
• Analysing the RAS projects and strategies of the Estonian Army
• Human-Machine Teaming from the Estonian perspective
• Working with the Estonian Industry base to secure novel RAS capabilities for the Estonian Army

16:00 Session Reserved For Sponsor - FNSS

16:30 Afternoon Tea

17:00 Session Reserved For Sponsor - Elmo Motion Control

17:30 The US Army’s Unmanned Ground and Aerial Robotics Portfolio – Providing Overmatch for US Operations

Colonel Rob Ryan

Colonel Rob Ryan, Director, Robotics Requirements Division (RRD), Maneuver Capability Development Integration Directorate (CDID), US Army Futures Command

• Moving towards a Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) Capable Force utilising Universal Robotic Controller Applications
• Leveraging Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUMT) for enhanced military situational awareness and lethality
• Updates on demonstrating AI tools for enhancing platoon level operations
• International cooperation with industry, military and research groups for continued development of military robotics

18:00 Modernisation for the Future of Ground Warfare: The Ground Vehicle Systems Center and Developing Autonomous Robotics

Dr Robert Sadowski

Dr Robert Sadowski, Army Chief Roboticist (Robotics ST), Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC), US Army Futures Command

• The US Army’s roadmap to integrating military RAS into regular military units – Current projects and future requirements
• Updates from the GVSC in optimizing autonomy R&D programs for the US Army
• Transforming soldier capabilities through RAS: mobility, burden reduction, situational awareness, intelligence dissemination and lethality
• Assessing the challenges in developing effective autonomous systems to meet the requirements of 21st century warfare

18:30 International Autonomy Programme Updates from the US Air Force Research Laboratory

Mr Jean-Charles Ledé

Mr Jean-Charles Ledé, Autonomy Technical Advisor, US Air Force Research Laboratory

• Applications of autonomy and Artificial Intelligence to Air Power
• The Air Force Cognitive Engine (ACE) and developing Machine Learning/AI tools for the Department of the Air Force
• International Partnerships in Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence

19:00 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

8:00 Registration & Coffee

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 The Future Commando Force – Enhancing the Lethality, Situational Awareness and Mobility Capabilities of the Royal Marines with UGVs and UAS

Lieutenant Colonel Ross Drinkwater

Lieutenant Colonel Ross Drinkwater, SO1 Autonomy, UK Commando Forces Acquisition, Royal Marines

• Reviewing the current UGV and UAS integration projects of the Future Commando Force
• UAS swarming capabilities for situational awareness and autonomous resupply of Marines in the field
• Opportunities and challenges for Human/Uncrewed Teaming resulting from Exercise Autonomous Advance Force 4.0
• Other uncrewed projects which will enhance littoral and ground operations for the Royal Marines

9:30 Towards Ground Robotics Autonomy in the Military: Opportunities and Challenges

Mr Gaël Désilles

Mr Gaël Désilles, Director of Land S&T Programs, Defence Innovation Agency, French Ministry of Armed Forces

• How could ground robotics impact future missions?
• Technical challenges (military environment, man-unmanned interaction)
• Operational challenges (human supervision, cognitive load, optimisation of use)

10:00 Session Reserved For Sponsor

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Autonomous Systems Advancing to the Domination on the Future Battlefield

• Current military RAS projects being developed by the Department of Military Robotics
• Updates on the UGV-Pz development program
• Optimising AI in Automation of operational decisions
• Conceptual findings and issues from RAS R&D

Colonel Jan Mazal

Colonel Jan Mazal, Head of the Military Robotics Department, Czech University of Defence

11:30 Continuing the Drive for Autonomy Development and Human Machine Teaming at the DSTL

Mr Peter Stockel

Mr Peter Stockel, DSTL Fellow, Autonomous Systems & Innovation Autonomy Challenge Lead, DSTL, UK MoD

• The Integrated Review and the impact on Science and Technology strategies to deliver RAS R&D results within the DSTL
• Enhancing Testing and Evaluation processes for RAS development
• Exploiting Human Machine Teaming at the DSTL – Creating collaborative teams between unmanned systems and their human operators for maximum battlefield efficiency
• Progress towards tackling the autonomous challenge at the DSTL
• Using cutting edge robotics and AI to optimise CBRN detection, ground force logistics, robotic platoon vehicles and UAS swarming

12:00 Furthering the Military Capabilities of Autonomous Ground Vehicle Systems with DSTL’s Autonomy and AI R&D Programs

Mr Guy Powell

Mr Guy Powell, Principal Adviser – Mounted Systems and Principal Technical Authority – Project JTARR, Platforms Systems Division, DSTL, UK MoD

• Updates from DSTL’s Autonomy Program in developing new technologies to enable the next generation of autonomous military systems
• The role of the DSTL AI Lab in delivering new AI capabilities for the British Army’s mission systems
• Project Theseus and integrating UGVs for the Joint Tactical Autonomous Resupply and Replenishment (JTARR) capability.
• Challenges and opportunities for furthering the British Army’s ‘Prototype Warfare’ agenda

12:30 Complexity of Autonomy and How to Tackle it

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Sten Allik

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Sten Allik, D.Mil.Sc Student, Finnish National Defence University

• Different perspectives to autonomy - technical or capability based
• Concept development and experimentation of RAS - finding balance between time, technology and capabilities

13:00 Session Reserved For Sponsor

13:30 Lunch Break

14:30 Developments from the IDF Robotics Team – Utilizing Unmanned Ground Robotics to Enhance Israeli Ground Operations

Name Withheld For Security Reasons

Name Withheld For Security Reasons , Senior Representative, Directorate of Defense Research & Development (DDR&D), Israeli Ministry of Defence (IMOD)

• The roadmap for UGV R&D and integration into the IDF
• Updates on the Jaguar semi-autonomous UGV with planned capabilities
• Leveraging new technologies to develop existing RAS programs for the IDF
• Military applications for new autonomy algorithms and suitability for civilian cooperation
• Working with Israeli industry partners to develop new autonomy R&D strategies and platforms

15:00 The Swiss Perspective on the Development of Unmanned Systems for Military Operations

• An overview of the robotics and autonomous systems test and experimentation capabilities of the Swiss Drone and Robotics Centre
• Updates to the Unmanned Mobile Systems Research Programme with planned outcomes and lessons learned
• The Swiss Strategic Advisory Board as a hub for sharing robotics R&D with military, industry and academic partners
• Future RAS research and development plans for the Centre and the Swiss Armed Forces

Dr Mark Höpflinger

Dr Mark Höpflinger, Head of the Swiss Drone and Robotics Centre (SDRC), Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport DDPS, Science + Technology, Armasuisse

15:30 CAIR’s Research and Development for Intelligent Systems and Unmanned Systems

Dr Arshad Jamal

Dr Arshad Jamal, Robotics Scientist, Centre for AI and Robotics (CAIR), Indian Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)

• Priorities for developing multipurpose robotics, computer vision processing and artificial intelligence systems for the DRDO
• Challenges to creating autonomy-based algorithms, such as path planning, Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM), object detection and recognition, and task coordination for mobile platforms
• Other RAS solutions being established at CAIR and plans for further R&D
• Working with the Indian Army to sustain their military requirements and enhance their operational capabilities

16:00 Session Reserved For Sponsor

16:30 Afternoon Tea

17:00 Testing of UGVs in Mule and CBRNE Reconnaissance Scenarios

Dr Frank Schneider

Dr Frank Schneider, Deputy Head, Cognitive Mobile Systems Department, Fraunhofer
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• An overview of the current test scenarios for UGVs
• Challenges in extracting requirements, designing & conducting test and procurement supportive evaluation
• Current testing activities and results / SOTA
• Maximising collaboration between military user, academia/research, industry partners and procurement

17:30 Developing Enhanced Perception for RAS Through the Integration of Complex Communication and Sensor Systems

• Optimising the future of mobile robotics which are adaptive and capable of performing tasks alongside humans
• An overview of the current robotics programs being developed by the BISG
• Communication and sensor capabilities of advanced RAS platforms being developed by BISG
• Cooperation between research groups and industry partners for the development of RAS

Professor Juha Röning

Professor Juha Röning, Head of Group, Biomimetics and Intelligent Systems Group (BISG), University Of Oulu

18:00 Robotic and Autonomous Systems (RAS) and Autonomous Weapon Systems (AWS) Contemporary Perspectives in the New Zealand Defence Force

• Current integration and experimentation plans for robotic and autonomous systems for the NZDF
• New Zealand Autonomous Weapon Systems (AWS) policy and perspectives
• Future robotic warfare technical and policy challenges, some New Zealand perspectives

Mr Peter Bowmar

Mr Peter Bowmar, Science Researcher, Defence Technology Agency, New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF)

18:30 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 Jan Mazal

Colonel Jan Mazal

Head of the Military Robotics Department, Czech University of Defence
Dr Arshad Jamal

Dr Arshad Jamal

Robotics Scientist, Centre for AI and Robotics (CAIR), Indian Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)
Dr Frank Schneider

Dr Frank Schneider

Deputy Head, Cognitive Mobile Systems Department, Fraunhofer
Dr Iain Carrie

Dr Iain Carrie

Chief Technologist, Thales UK
Dr Mark Höpflinger

Dr Mark Höpflinger

Head of the Swiss Drone and Robotics Centre (SDRC), Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport DDPS, Science + Technology, Armasuisse
Dr Robert Sadowski

Dr Robert Sadowski

Army Chief Roboticist (Robotics ST), Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC), US Army Futures Command
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Sten Allik

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Sten Allik

D.Mil.Sc Student, Finnish National Defence University
Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

SO1 Robotics and Autonomous Systems, British Army
Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hädicke

Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hädicke

Head of Development & Innovation RAS-Program, Concept Development & Experimentation Group, Royal Netherlands Army
Lieutenant Colonel Ross Drinkwater

Lieutenant Colonel Ross Drinkwater

SO1 Autonomy, UK Commando Forces Acquisition, Royal Marines
Lieutenant Colonel Vito Marra

Lieutenant Colonel Vito Marra

SO1 Concept Development, Future Force Development, Department General & Financial Planning, Italian Army General Staff
Mr Gaël Désilles

Mr Gaël Désilles

Director of Land S&T Programs, Defence Innovation Agency, French Ministry of Armed Forces
Mr Guy Powell

Mr Guy Powell

Principal Adviser – Mounted Systems and Principal Technical Authority – Project JTARR, Platforms Systems Division, DSTL, UK MoD
Mr James Gavin

Mr James Gavin

Head of Future Capability Group, DE&S, UK MoD
Mr Jean-Charles Ledé

Mr Jean-Charles Ledé

Autonomy Technical Advisor, US Air Force Research Laboratory
Mr Jonathan Welch

Mr Jonathan Welch

Capture Leader, Thales UK
Mr Markus Otsus

Mr Markus Otsus

Unmanned Systems Project Coordinator, Department of Applied Research, Estonian Military Academy
Mr Martin Jõesaar

Mr Martin Jõesaar

Chief of Project Office – iMUGS, Republic of Estonia Centre for Defence Investment
Mr Peter Bowmar

Mr Peter Bowmar

Science Researcher, Defence Technology Agency, New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF)
Mr Peter Stockel

Mr Peter Stockel

DSTL Fellow, Autonomous Systems & Innovation Autonomy Challenge Lead, DSTL, UK MoD
Name Withheld For Security Reasons

Name Withheld For Security Reasons

Senior Representative, Directorate of Defense Research & Development (DDR&D), Israeli Ministry of Defence (IMOD)

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 Jan Mazal

Head of the Military Robotics Department, Czech University of Defence
Colonel Jan Mazal

Dr Arshad Jamal

Robotics Scientist, Centre for AI and Robotics (CAIR), Indian Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)
Dr Arshad Jamal

Dr Frank Schneider

Deputy Head, Cognitive Mobile Systems Department, Fraunhofer
Dr Frank Schneider

Frank E. Schneider (* 1967) is a scientific employee at the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics. This research facility, which is mostly funded by the German MoD, has embodied excellence in applied research in the field of military technology for about now 50 years. He is deputy department head and program manager for the German Federal Armed Forces R&D program “Unmanned Systems”. Current program topics include CBRNE, RSTA, EOD/IED. Frank has been involved with robotics competitions since 1994 when he participated in the AAAI Robot Competition with the “Rhino”-Team from the University of Bonn. In 2004 he founded the EuropeanRobotics group and later in 2005 the European Land Robot Trials (ELROB). Under his governance the event was developed into the lead European outdoor/off-road robotic competition. In 2017 he founded the new European Robotics Hackathon (EnRicH) event. ENRICH is the world's first and only robotics trial that provides pure and unspoiled real world scenarios to test and evaluate CBRNE robotic response equipment in a full scale nuclear facility.

Dr Iain Carrie

Chief Technologist, Thales UK
Dr Iain Carrie

Dr Mark Höpflinger

Head of the Swiss Drone and Robotics Centre (SDRC), Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport DDPS, Science + Technology, Armasuisse
Dr Mark Höpflinger

Dr Robert Sadowski

Army Chief Roboticist (Robotics ST), Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC), US Army Futures Command
Dr Robert Sadowski

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Sten Allik

D.Mil.Sc Student, Finnish National Defence University
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Sten Allik

Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

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

Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hädicke

Head of Development & Innovation RAS-Program, Concept Development & Experimentation Group, Royal Netherlands Army
Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hädicke

Lieutenant Colonel Ross Drinkwater

SO1 Autonomy, UK Commando Forces Acquisition, Royal Marines
Lieutenant Colonel Ross Drinkwater

Lieutenant Colonel Vito Marra

SO1 Concept Development, Future Force Development, Department General & Financial Planning, Italian Army General Staff
Lieutenant Colonel Vito Marra

Mr Gaël Désilles

Director of Land S&T Programs, Defence Innovation Agency, French Ministry of Armed Forces
Mr Gaël Désilles

Mr Guy Powell

Principal Adviser – Mounted Systems and Principal Technical Authority – Project JTARR, Platforms Systems Division, DSTL, UK MoD
Mr Guy Powell

Mr James Gavin

Head of Future Capability Group, DE&S, UK MoD
Mr James Gavin

Mr Jean-Charles Ledé

Autonomy Technical Advisor, US Air Force Research Laboratory
Mr Jean-Charles Ledé

Mr Jonathan Welch

Capture Leader, Thales UK
Mr Jonathan Welch

Mr Markus Otsus

Unmanned Systems Project Coordinator, Department of Applied Research, Estonian Military Academy
Mr Markus Otsus

Mr Martin Jõesaar

Chief of Project Office – iMUGS, Republic of Estonia Centre for Defence Investment
Mr Martin Jõesaar

Mr Peter Bowmar

Science Researcher, Defence Technology Agency, New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF)
Mr Peter Bowmar

Mr Peter Stockel

DSTL Fellow, Autonomous Systems & Innovation Autonomy Challenge Lead, DSTL, UK MoD
Mr Peter Stockel

Name Withheld For Security Reasons

Senior Representative, Directorate of Defense Research & Development (DDR&D), Israeli Ministry of Defence (IMOD)
Name Withheld For Security Reasons

Professor Juha Röning

Head of Group, Biomimetics and Intelligent Systems Group (BISG), University Of Oulu
Professor Juha Röning

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Thales

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Our solution architects combine unique and diverse expertise to allow our customers to confidently master every decisive moment they face. Thales in the UK works with all sectors of Defence as a significant defence contractor, systems integrator and product provider to deliver the best capabilities in the maritime, land and air environments. As such, we help to integrate and equip almost every major platform in service or in development with the UK armed forces.

Thales has a strong pedigree in ground manoeuvre providing systems integration and capabilities into all major UK armoured vehicle programmes including CR3, Ajax and MIV; and, on protected mobility vehicle programmes such as Foxhound and Warthog. Thales was the chosen systems integrator for the TALISMAN system, the UK’s bespoke Route Proving and Clearing Capability.


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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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