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SMi Group is proud to announce the third Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems conference in London, 1st and 2nd April 2020.

The only event specifically dedicated to robotics in the land environment, MRAS 2020 will give you essential insights into the development and implementation of unmanned and autonomous ground systems from the world’s leading militaries. The topic is becoming increasingly important in discussions about force-generation, force-planning and future acquisition, so it is critical for military professionals and industry experts to understand the rapidly expanding role of military robots within the modern battlespace.

Mirroring the British Army’s five RAS priorities of situational awareness, lethality, manoeuvrability, survivability and sustainability, Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems is the only event in 2020 which will enable you to return to your defence force with the latest information and contacts in a game-changing industry.
 

Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems 2020 is the perfect occasion to meet the most informed and 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.

  • 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 RAS 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;

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 British Army Unmanned Ground Vehicle Development

Major Luke Wilson

Major Luke Wilson, Land Requirements Manager, Future Capabilities Group, DE&S MOD

  • Unmanned Ground Vehicle mobility
  • Unmanned Ground Vehicle trade offs
  • Optionally manned or optionally unmanned by design
     
  • 9:40 Product Manager Applique and Large Unmanned Ground Systems

    Lieutenant Colonel Jon Bodenhamer

    Lieutenant Colonel Jon Bodenhamer, Product Manager, Applique and Large Unmanned Ground Systems, PEO CS&CSS, US Army

  • Using Rapid Acquisition for development, production, and fielding of the Small Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) 
  • Autonomous systems for Area and Route Clearance
  • Tactical employment of Leader Follower technology for combat Logistics
  • Looking ahead to future large UGV acquisition
     
  • 10:20 Session Reserved for Flir

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Moving From Technology Experimentation to a Future Vision of RAS for Land Forces

    Mr Keith Mallon

    Mr Keith Mallon, Campaign Manager - Land Autonomy, QinetiQ

  • Broadening our vision of Robotic and Autonomous Systems and how it can be applied to a range of tactical functions
  • Understanding how we want to fight in the future and what that means for developing RAS capabilities
  • Prioritising information architectures to connect RAS technologies
     
  • 12:10 Australian Army RAS Development and Experimentation

    Lieutenant Colonel Robin Smith

    Lieutenant Colonel Robin Smith, SO1 Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Future Land Warfare Branch, Australian Army

  • Australian Army RAS Strategy
  • RAS Experimentation 2019
  • Challenges in RAS
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Army Warfighting Experiment: Creating a Space for Innovation and Testing

    Major Jamie Woodsend

    Major Jamie Woodsend, SO2 Army Warfighting Experiment, Infantry Trials and Development Unit, British Army

  • Lessons from creating the most effective test environment for robotics through the Army Warfighting Experiment 18
  • Strategies for involving industry in exercises and testing
  • Future improvements and plans for robust robotics testing in the field
     
  • 14:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    15:10 Panel: Delivering Quality Robotic Systems to the British Army to Enhance Operational Effectiveness

  • Future force design: who and what the British Army will be fighting in 10-20 years and how this is shaping current RAS development and testing
  • How the British Army and industry partners can further optimize trials, experimentation and implementation of unmanned systems
  • Procurement and acquisition: balancing value and budget limitations with capability and how procurement culture can change to optimise this
  • Managing the public perception of autonomy and robotics in the military
     
  • Mr Peter Stockel

    Mr Peter Stockel, Fellow – Autonomous Systems & Innovation Autonomy Challenge Lead, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

    Major Jamie Woodsend

    Major Jamie Woodsend, SO2 Army Warfighting Experiment, Infantry Trials and Development Unit, British Army

    Major Luke Wilson

    Major Luke Wilson, Land Requirements Manager, Future Capabilities Group, DE&S MOD

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

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

    15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 US Army Robotics Update

    Mr Ted Maciuba

    Mr Ted Maciuba, Deputy Director, Robotics Requirements, Maneuver Capabilities Development Integration Directorate, US Army Futures Command

  • Current status of US Army Robotics
  • Improving Small Unit Lethality, Mobility, Protection, and Situational Awareness
  • Near Term Robotics Timeline
  • Foreign and US Industry Opportunities
  • 17:00 Achieving Autonomy for Military Robotic Systems by means of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

    Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hadicke

    Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hadicke, Project Leader NLD Army Robotic Systems Cell, 13th Infantry Brigade, Royal Netherlands Army

  • Artificial Intelligence for military application is not an off-the-shelf capability. It requires knowledge investments and co-development
  • Autonomy of systems is always a tailored solution, not a generic one
  • There is no fixed formula for Artificial Intelligence
     
  • 17:40 Information Fusion: Airborne Behaviour Monitoring Using Small UAVs

    Professor Hyo Sang Shin

    Professor Hyo Sang Shin, Professor in GNC, Cranfield University

  • Small UAV operations
  • Behaviour monitoring based on pattern matching
  • Situational awareness improvement
  • Demonstrations in a persistent monitoring scenario
     
  • 18:20 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

    8:30 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 Estonian Approach to Enhance Manoeuvrability and Lethality of Light Infantry with RAS

    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik

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

  • Overview of Estonian RAS program
  • Mixing manned and unmanned – examples of use cases
  • RAS implications on TTP-s – challenges and preliminary outcomes
     
  • 9:40 Realising UK RAS Objectives through R&D

    Mr Peter Stockel

    Mr Peter Stockel, Fellow – Autonomous Systems & Innovation Autonomy Challenge Lead, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

  • RAS and prototype warfare R&D innovation
  • UK progress and experiences in realising RAS-enabled tactical logistics
  • Making it real – RAS challenges
  • 10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:50 US Army Robotics Requirements Branch: Leading the Way in Long-Term RAS Strategy

    Dr Robert Sadowski

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

  • The Robotics Requirements Branch and its influence on future RAS acquisitions
  • Priorities for the branch to maintain the technological advantage over near-peer adversaries
  • How the US Army is shaping its forces and what technological advancements will prove most valuable
  • 11:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    12:10 United States Marine Corps: Robotics in Support of the Warfighter

  • Expeditionary Modular Autonomous Vehicle (EMAV): Standards based multi-purpose Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV)
  • Robotic Autonomous Systems Command and Control (RASC2): decentralized multi-UxS manager
  • Warrior Performance Program (WPP): leveraging emerging technologies and integrating them into individual combat equipment
  • Robotic Vehicle Modular Payloads (RVM-P): Integrating payloads onboard Expeditionary Modular Autonomous Vehicle (EMAV)
     
  • Captain J. Evan Inglett

    Captain J. Evan Inglett, Ground Combat Branch Head, United States Marine Corps Warfighting Lab

    Staff Sergeant Matt Foglesong

    Staff Sergeant Matt Foglesong, Robotics and Autonomy Branch Head , United States Marine Corps Warfighting Lab

    12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Maintaining Survivability in C-IED Robotics

    Major Martin Laverack

    Major Martin Laverack, Requirements Manager 1, Special Projects, Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search, DE&S MOD

  • Robotic use in C-IED
  • Future utility of robotics in C-IED
  • Difficulties in using robotics in C-IED
     
  • 14:30 Autonomous Systems and Unmanned Vehicles Research – a Swedish Perspective

    Dr Martin Hagström

    Dr Martin Hagström, Programme Manager Weapon and Protection, Defence and Security Systems, FOI

  • Manned unmanned teaming
  • Robust navigation
  • Human – system interaction
     
  • 15:10 Panel: Manned/Unmanned Teaming for Operational RAS

  • Optimal mix between unmanned and manned systems for different elements within ground forces
  • Best practices for testing and validating these mixes though simulation and experimentation
  • Maintaining the integrity of communications between manned and unmanned vehicles
  • Benefits and limits of integration of autonomy into teamed robotic vehicles and ethical considerations for “human in the loop” principles
     
  • Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik

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

    Dr Martin Hagström

    Dr Martin Hagström, Programme Manager Weapon and Protection, Defence and Security Systems, FOI

    Lieutenant Colonel Jon Bodenhamer

    Lieutenant Colonel Jon Bodenhamer, Product Manager, Applique and Large Unmanned Ground Systems, PEO CS&CSS, US Army

    Lieutenant Colonel Robin Smith

    Lieutenant Colonel Robin Smith, SO1 Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Future Land Warfare Branch, Australian Army

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

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

    15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 Issues and Challenges in PNT for Autonomous Systems

    Dr Ivan Petrunin

    Dr Ivan Petrunin, Lecturer in Digital Signal Processing for Autonomous Systems, Cranfield University

  • Role of robust PNT in ground autonomous systems
  • Alternative PNT trends and developments
  • Resilient PNT: role of the complementary systems in provision of assured solutions
  • 17:00 Optimising RAS Usage through Training and Simulation

    Mr Andy Fawkes

    Mr Andy Fawkes, Director, Thinke Company Ltd

  • Why RAS requires efficient and effective M&S
  • Modeling and simulation for RAS
  • Ensuring effective training for land robotics operators
  • Modeling and preparing for operations with manned/
    unmanned teams
  • 17:40 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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    The Lockheed Martin UK Ampthill site is home to the UK’s only state-of-the-art turret production facility which has the technology, capability and specialist skills to design, develop and manufacture cutting-edge modernised turrets. The company has invested millions into upgrading its onsite facilities, machinery and capabilities to support future growth and meet growing customer demands. Lockheed Martin UK is currently contracted to deliver turrets for the British Army’s Ajax reconnaissance vehicle programme (contracted through General Dynamics UK) and is the prime contractor for the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP); a development programme introducing major improvements to the British Army’s current in-service Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle. Lockheed Martin’s innovative digitised turret, along with the significant upgrades being made to the legacy platform by the company, will bring enhanced lethality; improved survivability; enhanced fightability; and improved situational awareness to British Soldiers. Supporting the land-based combat capability, Lockheed Martin’s battle management system, SkyKeeper, is central to providing customers with a bespoke and integrated GBAD capability which is truly tailored and interoperable with the UK’s allied nations.

    The company’s Ampthill facility has a long heritage in supporting strategic and tactical weapons in the UK. With its highly-skilled technical and engineering expertise, Lockheed Martin UK is advancing novel and innovative engineering practices to address complex challenges in civil and military Space.



    QinetiQ

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    https://www.qinetiq.com/

    Leading in the application of autonomous and robotic systems for defence and security, we actively develop solutions and provide services to support work in the maritime, land and air domains. Our robots can support a variety of operations from bomb disposal to natural disasters to cargo handling. Increasing safety and reducing the burden on troops, commanders and first responders. We have more than 40 years’ experience in designing, developing and operating tactical robotics to keep military personnel and civilians out of danger.

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    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

     

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    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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