Uncrewed Maritime Systems Technology
2 May - 3 May 2023
Uncrewed Maritime Systems Technology

SAE Media Group are pleased to announce the 6th annual Uncrewed Maritime Systems Technology conference, between the 02 and 03 of May 2023.

Uncrewed systems are becoming an increasingly essential part of the world’s fleets as modern navies seek new ways to complete dangerous tasks faster, easier, and with fewer sailors and marines in harm’s way. To enable this, leading navies have recently been increasing their investment in uncrewed technology, so it has never been more crucial to explore the latest advances and opportunities and to align priorities between allied nations.

Uncrewed Maritime Systems Technology 2023 is a crucial forum for the discussion of current and future projects and programmes delivering uncrewed and autonomous technology. Bringing together key planners and decision makers from across the NATO-aligned world, this is the only event providing holistic coverage of uncrewed systems across the full maritime domain, including undersea, surface, and aerial environments. As the world's leading event, this conference is the global meeting point for the naval uncrewed systems community.

Key topics to be discussed include: Autonomy for MCM and ASW operations, updates on key uncrewed platform programmes (such as UUV and USVs), preparing and supporting uncrewed systems for operations, Crewed/Uncrewed Teaming, UMS interoperability initiatives, uncrewed hydrography and oceanography, and many more.


Captain Colin Corridan

Captain Colin Corridan

Commodore Task Force 59, Commander Unmanned & Artificial Intelligence Integration, US Navy
Commander Francisco Jose de Brito Pereira Cavaco

Commander Francisco Jose de Brito Pereira Cavaco

Maritime Situational Awareness SO-MS, NATO Maritime Security Centre of Excellence (NATO MARSEC COE)
Mr Robert Iannuzzi

Mr Robert Iannuzzi

Director of Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Development and Integration, Naval Surface Warfare Center

Captain (Ret'd) Udi Erell

Naval Specialist, IAI ELTA Systems Ltd.
Captain (Ret'd) Udi Erell

Capt. (Ret.) Udi Erell served 24 years with the Israeli Navy, in command posts at sea, operational staff posts, and command of the Red Sea Naval Area. Erell holds a university degree in Economics and Business Administration. Is involved in the BlueWhale project since its inception in 2011.

Captain Colin Corridan

Commodore Task Force 59, Commander Unmanned & Artificial Intelligence Integration, US Navy
Captain Colin Corridan

Commander Antonio Mourinha

Navy Operational Experimentation Center (CEOM), Portuguese Navy , Portuguese Navy
Commander Antonio Mourinha

 Commander António Mateus Anjinho Mourinha is a Portuguese Navy officer currently serving as Director for the Portuguese Maritime Operational Experimentation Centre and the first Portuguese Free Technology Zone at Troia and Setubal Bay. He is also Innovation Adviser to the Chief of Portuguese Naval Staff.
Commander Mourinha was born in Elvas, Portugal, in 1972. He joined the Portuguese Navy by entering the Naval Academy in 1990, having completed his degree in Naval Military Sciences in 1995.
He is a Navigation Officer by trade, getting his specialization in 2003. In his naval training CDR António Mourinha completed several other courses mainly related to MSO, like the Royal Navy’s “British Sea Fisheries Officers Enforcement Course” (2008) or the U.S. Coast Guard “Advanced Boarding Officers Course” (2009).
In his tours at sea, from 1995 to 2005, he embarked in several naval units namely, FS “Honório Barreto”, Sail Training Ship “Creoula”, FF “Cte. Hermenegildo Capelo”, FF “Cte. João Belo” and in USS “Nashville”, as Staff Officer for the mission “Africa Partnership Station 2009”, off the west coast of Africa.
Commander Mourinha got also three commands at sea: he was the first commander of the FPB “Oríon” from 2001 to 2002, later, between March 2005 and August 2006, he commanded the patrol vessel “Cuanza”, and later, from 2013 to 2015 he commanded the FS “João Roby”.
Ashore Commander António Mourinha served at the Patrol Boat Squadron between 2007 and 2010, being the head of the Maritime Enforcement Office. During this first commission ashore, he keep embarking often as sea rider for maritime enforcement training of the fleet assets.
After, he served at the Fleet Command Staff, from 2010 to 2013, as head of Subsurface and Maritime Enforcement Section of the Operations Division, being responsible for the constabulary operations of the fleet. At the Fleet Command he was also leading the operational experimentation of Maritime Unmanned Systems and the planning of the related exercises of the REPMUS series.
Later Commander António Mourinha served at the Portuguese Naval Staff, as Head of Concept, Development & Experimentation Section, being responsible for developing concepts of employment, operational requirements and related operational experimentation. He was also the secretary of the Portuguese Navy Maritime Unmanned Systems (MUS) working group. In this duty he was the Portuguese Navy representative in the NATO Joint Capability Group on Unmanned Air Systems, in the NATO Maritime Tactical Unmanned Air Systems Working Group (being the secretary) and in the NATO MUS Initiative Steering Board.
In his last appointment he served at the Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) as Planner of Operation Sea Guardian and subject matter expert for Maritime Security and Maritime Unmanned Systems (MUS) being involved in the development of the new NATO MUS Exercise Dynamic Messenger
His main hobby is spearfishing, being international judge for the World Underwater Confederation, he participated in several International Championships.
António is married and has two children.

Commander Francisco Jose de Brito Pereira Cavaco

Maritime Situational Awareness SO-MS, NATO Maritime Security Centre of Excellence (NATO MARSEC COE)
Commander Francisco Jose de Brito Pereira Cavaco

Commander Francisco Cavaco was born in Mértola, Portugal. He is 54 years old and has 33 years of service. He joined the Naval Academy in 1989, having completed his degree in Naval Military Sciences, Navy course, in 1995.
He is an artillery specialist, and has, among others, the General Naval Warfare Course and the Joint Staff Course.
At sea, he held positions on frigates and corvettes, was the Executive Officer of corvette João Coutinho and of frigate Vasco da Gama. He was in command of NRP Schultz Xavier from October 2010 to September 2012. In 1998 he took part in two operations in the Republic of Guinea Bissau, in 1999 he took part in the NATO Operation Allied Force in the Adriatic Sea. In 1998, 2008 and 2015 he participated in the Royal Navy’s Flag Officer Sea Training.
On land, he served on the Department of Naval Training and was appointed twice to the General Staff of the Navy. He is a Maritime Situational Awareness Staff Officer of the Maritime Security Centre of Excellence (MARSEC COE) since january 2022, and is actively involved in the concept development efforts on "the Usage of Unmanned Systems in Maritime Security Operations".
Commander Francisco Cavaco is married and has two sons and a daughter. His hobbies include reading and practicing judo.

Commander Pieter Blank

Innovator Program Manager, RNLN
Commander Pieter Blank

I am Pieter Blank, Innovator and program manager at the Royal Netherlands Navy. In this role responsible for the development and introduction period of an embedded maritime UAV squad (‘the Nederdrone Program’). I am working with several teams (technical and operational) building towards a ‘team of teams’-concept.

Commander Renauld Hock

Project Leader, Belgian Netherlands replacement MCM programme, Belgian MoD
Commander Renauld Hock

LtCdr Renauld Hock joined the Belgian Navy in 2011 graduating suma cum laude, as valedictorian from the Royal Military Academy with a Master of Science in Engineering.
After managing MCM projects, he served as Deputy Head of the Technical Department of the frigate F930 BNS Leopold 1 and participated in three operational missions. He then specialized in Cyber & Intelligence Operations and was deployed overseas in his capacity as Head of Technical Department. LtCdr Renauld Hock holds multiple certifications including CISSP, GISP, GDAD, GMOB, GAWN, GPEN, PRINCE2 and ITILv4.
In 2021, after graduating suma cum laude, as valedictorian of the Candidate Senior Officer Course, he became the Project Leader of the binational rMCM programme.
Since September 2021, leading the Programme Office, supported by a highly skilled binational team, he works towards the successful execution of this innovative and (r)evolutionary programme.

Commodore (Ret’d) David Burton

Director ASW Barrier - Smart Defence Initiative, Royal Navy MARCAP
Commodore (Ret’d) David Burton

Mr David Burton is the Director of ASW Barrier Smart Defence Initiative (SDI) 1.1271, a multinational
initiative comprising: Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway,
Portugal, Spain, UK, and the US. The SDI is sponsored by the NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems
(MUS) initiative.
Prior to this David was Strategic Advisor to the UK’s NavyX programme and before this Director
Strategy for NATO’s Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), an executive body of
NATO’s Science and Technology where he was instrumental in the formation of the Maritime
Unmanned Systems Initiative.
Before joining CMRE, Mr David Burton was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the NATO
Communications and Information (NCI) Agency during the Afghanistan War. Here he was responsible
for driving programmatic and technical coherence of capability programmes across NATO, developing
strategic and technical roadmaps for change, and liaising closely with nations and national industries
to support the implementation of NATO Network Enabled Capabilities. Since July 2009 Mr Burton
worked within the NATO C3 Agency (NC3A) that merged with other NATO organizations into the NCI
Agency on 1 July 2012.
Previously, Mr Burton served as a Commodore in the Royal UK Navy in the post of Director Change
within the Information Systems & Service Directorate of the Defence Equipment and Support
Organisation of the UK Ministry of Defence. In this role he led a major transformational agenda across
multiple lines of development.
At the UK Ministry of Defence, Commodore Burton worked for the Chief Information Officer with
responsibility for the UK Defence Information Exploitation and Enterprise Architecture Programmes.
Prior to this he held the position as NATO’s Network Enabled Capability Integrated Project Team
Leader based at ACT, Norfolk Virginia.
A Physics graduate of Bristol University, Mr Burton joined the Royal Navy in 1980. After a variety of
operational appointments at sea and with the Royal Marines, he attended the Royal Military College
of Science, where he was awarded a Masters Degree in Design of Information Systems. Project
Management experience followed in a variety of strategic Information Systems and organisational
change programmes, including Programme Management of major Public Private Partnerships within
UK defence. In the late 1990s, he filled a key role within NATO’s Maritime Command and Control
Information System (MCCIS) Programme.
Mr Burton is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered IT Practitioner, and Fellow of the British Computer

Commodore Darron Kavanagh

Director General, Warfare Innovation Navy, Royal Australian Navy
Commodore Darron Kavanagh

 Commodore Darron Kavanagh was appointed as the inaugural One Star Director General Warfare Innovation – Navy (DGWIN) in January 2022. DGWIN leads the Royal Australian Navy’s Warfare Innovation Navy (WIN) Branch whose mission is Navy’s agent of disruptive innovation to maximise early adoption of asymmetric warfighting capabilities for joint integrated effects. WIN Branch is involved in the development of Combat Ready Prototypes leveraging artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous systems, modelling and simulation and other emerging technologies. Darron is a Chartered Engineer, Certified Professional Project Director and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Commodore Richard Atkinson

Navy Deputy Director, Royal Navy
Commodore Richard Atkinson

 Rich Atkinson joined the Royal Navy in 1991. Initially as a Fighter Controller before transitioning to Principal Warfare Officer in 2002.
He then had several operational assignments, including Operations Officer in HMS CARDIFF, Air Warfare Officer in HM Ships INVINCIBLE, ARK ROYAL and DARING, XO in HMS YORK and Commanding Officer in HMS DUNCAN.
He subsequently joined Navy Resources and Plans (RP) as lead planner in 2015, before being assigned as the Future Weapons desk officer. Promoted Captain in Oct 2019, he returned to RP and Strategic Finance.
He joined the NAVY DEVELOP directorate in May 2022 and assumed the role of Deputy Director Strategic Force Development on promotion to Commodore.

Dr Henry Dol

Senior Scientist Underwater acoustic communications, TNO
Dr Henry Dol

 Henry S. Dol received the MSc and PhD degrees in Applied Physics from Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, in 1993 and 1998, respectively. His education was in the field of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) of thermally driven turbulent flows. After a few years in telecommunications research at KPN, Leidschendam, The Netherlands, he continued his career in the CFD field at the National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR), Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In 2006, he switched to underwater acoustics research at The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), The Hague, The Netherlands, and is working as a Senior Scientist on underwater acoustic communications, and active and passive sonar applications. During the past 16 years, he actively contributed to building out underwater acoustic communications into a main branch of research at TNO for which he is responsible.

Dr Martin Syre Wiig

Research manager, Underwater robotics, FFI (Norwegian Defence Research Establishment)
Dr Martin Syre Wiig

Martin Syre Wiig received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. in engineering cybernetics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway, in 2007 and 2019, respectively. Since 2007, he has been with the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (FFI), where he is currently the research manager of Underwater robotics. His research background is in autonomy algorithms for unmanned vehicles, with particular focus on autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and unmanned surface vehicles (USVs). As the research manager of Underwater robotics, he focuses on the technological development required for mine countermeasures, seabed warfare and surveillance operations with AUVs.

Dr Philip Bagley

Long Range Operations Manager, National Oceanography Centre
Dr Philip Bagley

Dr Phil Bagley is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology. He has worked in academia, the defence sector and the oil and gas industry in the field of ocean research and innovation for over 30 years. Throughout this period, he has operated unmanned systems at sea from research and commercial vessels. He has led international research teams whilst in industry and academia to develop research ideas to proof of concept and beyond. During his academic career he published over 100 peer reviewed articles and conference proceedings on a broad range of technologies from deep-sea biological research to subsea power generation. From his time in industry he has 4 patents and applications. Dr Bagley was delivery lead for Progeny task 39 (HECLA) and is currently Long-Range Operations Manager at NOC, an operations group that contains 35 underwater gliders, 2 USVs and 6 Autosub Long Range Unmanned Underwater Vehicles.

Mr Ferdinand Peters

Naval Systems Architect, Ministry of Defence the Netherlands
Mr Ferdinand Peters

I am Ferdinand Peters Naval Systems Architect at the Defence Material Organisation. I am responsible for the integration of unmanned (aerial) systems on the Royal Netherlands navy feet. I am working on different projects in which the ships are adapted to accommodate the different unmanned systems and in which the unmanned systems are incorporated in the design from the start. Moreover I am involved in the Nederdrone Program in which an organic aerial systems is designed specifically for maritime operations.

Mr Jeffrey Brewer

Co-director , London Tech Bridge
Mr Jeffrey Brewer

Mr. Jeffrey Brewer is the US co-director of the London Tech Bridge, a collaboration between the US Navy and Royal Navy to foster connectivity, agility, and innovation. It supports dialogue, joint investment, and cooperative development between two navies as they endeavor to advance from Interoperability to Interchangeability. Set in Central London’s booming technology ecosystem spanning academia, industry, and government, it is ideally positioned to harness technology faster for Sailors and Marines.
Previously, he was the Technology Maturation & Transition Division Director for the Naval Sea Systems Command Technology Office (NAVSEA-05T). During this assignment, he oversaw a broad portfolio of research and development programs with a focus on transitioning technology to the US Navy fleet. This $175MM portfolio included the NAVSEA Small Business Innovative Research program, cross-platform ship technologies, future fleet planning, and fleet operational energy programs.
Prior to this, he led the F-35 Joint Program Office Strategic Initiatives team. This group conducted projects to transform the organization from within by applying technology and developing new processes. He played a critical role in developing several strategic policy documents for the program, including its Concept of Operations, Digital Strategy, and Strategic Sourcing Plan.
He served as the science and technology analyst for the OPNAV Surface Warfare Division (N96). He managed the Division’s interactions with the science and technology community, including the Office of Naval Research, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DoD research laboratories, and academia.
From 2009 to 2015, he led the Continuous Process Improvement Program at the Navy International Programs Office. He began his career as an engineer in the Aircraft Survivability Division at the Naval Air Systems Command. He supported the F-35, the presidential helicopter, the MH-60, and various unmanned aerial vehicles. He has experience in stealth technology, low observables, ballistics and lightweight armor, acoustics, and infrared and radio frequency countermeasures.
Mr. Brewer has a degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and certifications in both Program Management and Systems Engineering from the Defense Acquisition University. He is an American Society of Quality certified Six Sigma Black Belt and has been practicing process improvement since 2006.
Jeff and his wife Heather live in London, their base for exploring the UK and Europe for the next three years. He enjoys hiking, biking, travelling, and brewing.

Mr Jonathan Reed-Beviere

Programme Director, Mine Hunting Capability Programme, Royal Navy
Mr Jonathan Reed-Beviere

Jon is the Programme Director for the Mine Hunting Capability (MHC) Programme and is responsible for delivering MCM capability through a blend of Maritime Autonomous Systems (MAS).

Now a senior leader within the Civil Service, Jon comes from a maritime and seafaring background, spending 10 years of his career at sea, coming ashore after promotion to Chief Officer. During this time, he worked on Container vessels with P&O Nedlloyd and the Strategic Sealift.

Having held roles in the Civil Service, the Ordnance Survey and within Maritime Education and Training, both private and public, he has in-depth experience of programme and project management and maritime education and training.


Mr Nikos Pronios

Innovation Lead, Innovate UK
Mr Nikos Pronios

Dr. Nikos B. Pronios obtained his Ph. D. and M. Sc. Degrees in Electrical Engineering also from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1988 and 1984, respectively, after earning his Professional Diploma in Electrical Engineering from University of Patras, Greece in 1982.
From 1988 to 1992 he was a Member of the technical staff at Bell Communications Research (Bellcore) New Jersey, USA; from 1992 until 2012, he held various positions mostly at the INTRACOM Group in Greece at various positions & roles including Technical & Project Management, Line management, Industrial R&D, Business Development/Technical Marketing, both for commercial and the defence sectors.
He has also had stints in Academia covering teaching, theses supervision and R&D.
His technical areas of expertise include Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Wireless Networking, Cyber Physical Systems, Robotics, Cognitive Systems, Artificial Intelligence, and he has led multi-disciplinary teams, performing Techno-economic Analysis, Business Planning, Technical & Commercial Proposals.
He joined Innovate UK on February 2014 and he is currently Innovation Lead for Robotics & AI


Mr Philip L. Hoffman

Uncrewed Maritime Systems Research & Development Coordinator, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Mr Philip L. Hoffman

 Philip is leading efforts to expand the use of UMS for deep ocean exploration at NOAA. He also serves as the NOAA R&D lead under the Commercial Engagement Through Ocean Technologies (CENOTE) Act of 2018; coordinates joint R&D and operations with the U.S Navy and is NOAA’s R&D liaison to other federal agencies conducting UMS work, especially those activities taking place in the Gulf of Mexico. Philip sits in NOAA UMS Operations Center in Gulfport, MS. Prior federal service includes leading NOAA’s Cooperative Institutes Program, work in NOAA Fisheries and with the U.S Army Corps of Engineers.

Mr Robert Been

Principal Scientist / ASW Department Head, NATO Science and Technology Organisation (STO), Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE)
Mr Robert Been

Mr Robert Iannuzzi

Director of Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Development and Integration, Naval Surface Warfare Center
Mr Robert Iannuzzi

Mrs Coco van Boxtel

Specialist underwater warfare technology, Defence Materiel Organisation
Mrs Coco van Boxtel

Coco van Boxtel received a MSc degree in Systems Biology and Bioinformatics at the University of Amsterdam in 2015. She thereafter conducted a PhD, focussing on the antibiotic resistance of bacterial populations. During those years she developed a strong interest in such (self-sustaining) dynamic systems, but also heart for sensing technology. In 2019 she changed fields, but not interest, by starting to work at the Dutch Ministry of Defence. She there fulfils the role of specialist on active sonar and underwater communication technology, for the design and maintenance of surface ships and underwater systems.


Conference agenda



Registration and Coffee



Chairman's Opening Remarks

Commodore (Ret’d) David Burton, Director ASW Barrier - Smart Defence Initiative, Royal Navy MARCAP



Developing the Royal Navy’s Uncrewed Capabilities

Commodore Richard Atkinson, Navy Deputy Director, Royal Navy

Autonomous systems under investigation and their capability
• The enabling capabilities required to control, co-ordinate and
task multiple autonomous systems
• Key integration challenges
• Where we need industry focus to help deliver the vision in each



The Activities and Results of Task Force 59 - The Rapid Development of Maritime Uncrewed Systems to Achieve Maritime Domain Overmatch

Captain Colin Corridan

Captain Colin Corridan, Commodore Task Force 59, Commander Unmanned & Artificial Intelligence Integration, US Navy

 • The Mission of Task Force 59 in creating naval overmatch with uncrewed maritime systems
• The TF 59 Design Sprint and other innovation challenges of Task Force 59 for the development of UMS and AI capabilities
• Challenges to integrating UMS and AI into fleet operations
• The future of the Task Force and the roadmap to future integration and innovation with UMS



Morning Coffee



NSWC Carderock: Advancing Maritime Uncrewed and Autonomous Systems Through R&D and T&E

Mr Robert Iannuzzi

Mr Robert Iannuzzi, Director of Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Development and Integration, Naval Surface Warfare Center

  • Governance and regulatory challenges related to uncrewed systems and their deployment.
  • Research and Development of new uncrewed capabilities.
  • Modelling & Simulation, Testing, and Evaluation of UMS systems.
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    The London Tech Bridge: Solidifying US/UK Cooperation for the Acceleration of Uncrewed and Autonomous Maritime Systems

    Mr Jeffrey Brewer, Co-director , London Tech Bridge

     • Enhancing collaboration between the US Navy and Royal Navy fostering connectivity, agility, and innovation.
    • Advancing from Interoperability to Interchangeability with Uncrewed and Autonomous Systems.
    • Accelerating the development and integration of the small, the agile, and the many into fleets.



    Panel Discussion - International Cooperation in Developing UMS Capability

  • What are the major blockers to exploitation of Uncrewed Maritime Systems in Defence?
  • What could Navies and MoDs’ do to help guide Industry's R&D activity?
  • Is there a role for NATO to ensure Uncrewed Maritime Systems are interoperable and might contribute to NATO vision for the Digital Ocean?
  • Commodore (Ret’d) David Burton, Director ASW Barrier - Smart Defence Initiative, Royal Navy MARCAP

    Commander Antonio Mourinha, Navy Operational Experimentation Center (CEOM), Portuguese Navy , Portuguese Navy

    Commodore Richard Atkinson, Navy Deputy Director, Royal Navy



    Networking Lunch



    Developing Maritime Unmanned Systems (MUS) Concept for the COE to advance International Maritime Security Operations (MSO)

     • The mission and composition of the NATO Maritime Security Centre of Excellence and its contributions to maritime domain.
    • The usage of MUS in MSO and MARSEC COE’s concept development efforts.
    • Maritime Security Exercises to enhance maritime security, focusing on MSO by enhancing awareness, cooperation, and interoperability.

    Commander Francisco Jose de Brito Pereira Cavaco, Maritime Situational Awareness SO-MS, NATO Maritime Security Centre of Excellence (NATO MARSEC COE)



    Optimising UMS through Operational Experimentation: Portuguese Navy OPEX Centre & REPMUS 2022

    Commander Antonio Mourinha, Navy Operational Experimentation Center (CEOM), Portuguese Navy , Portuguese Navy

     • Promoting the Technological Development of Uncrewed Systems in the Subsurface, Surface and Arial Domains
    • Successfully Coordinating collaboration between branches of the armed forces, allies, industry, and research centres
    • Exercise REPMUS 2022 – developing uncrewed capability and interoperability



    Afternoon Tea



    Developing Intelligent Swarming systems for the Royal Netherlands Navy

     • The transition from a disruptive technology to an operational capability
    • How to bridge the of valley of death
    • An exploration approach to connect the technician with the operator
    • General approach to facilitate unmanned autonomous systems to work together as a team

    Commander Pieter Blank, Innovator Program Manager, RNLN

    Mr Ferdinand Peters, Naval Systems Architect, Ministry of Defence the Netherlands



    Enhancing Uncrewed Maritime Systems through Artificial Intelligence – Innovate UK

    Mr Nikos Pronios, Innovation Lead, Innovate UK

     • Uncrewed Maritime Systems: A System-of-Systems perspective
    • UMS mission types & use cases
    • UMS enhancement employing AI Technologies
    • Examples & Projects



    Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Commodore (Ret’d) David Burton, Director ASW Barrier - Smart Defence Initiative, Royal Navy MARCAP



    Registration and Coffee



    Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Commodore (Ret’d) David Burton, Director ASW Barrier - Smart Defence Initiative, Royal Navy MARCAP



    Evaluating, Testing and Integrating Uncrewed and Autonomous Systems into the RAN

    Commodore Darron Kavanagh, Director General, Warfare Innovation Navy, Royal Australian Navy

     • An overview of RAN’s Robotic Autonomous Systems (RAS)
    Strategy 2040 and the RAS Campaign Plan 2025
    • A selection of RAS activities that are currently underway and
    how they are being conducted in a different manner from
    traditional platform acquisition projects
    • Key observations from the implementation of the RAN’s
    Strategy around governance, organisation, process, and
    behaviour to assist in the successful implementation of these
    disruptive innovations



    A unique system for uncrewed ISR and submarine hunting

    Captain (Ret'd) Udi Erell, Naval Specialist, IAI ELTA Systems Ltd.



    Optimising the Royal Navy’s Mine Hunting Capability (MHC) with Uncrewed Systems for Future Naval Operations

    Mr Jonathan Reed-Beviere, Programme Director, Mine Hunting Capability Programme, Royal Navy

  • Need for change – the RN Vision for Autonomous Systems
  • MHC Programme; The route to success and changing the procurement landscape
  • Introducing the Maritime Autonomous Systems Centre of Expertise
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    Morning Coffee



    Belgian-Dutch stand-off unmanned solution of the MCM replacement programme

    Commander Renauld Hock, Project Leader, Belgian Netherlands replacement MCM programme, Belgian MoD

    • Concept of Operation
    • Execution
    • Challenges and opportunities



    Developing New Technologies to Further Enable Uncrewed Systems in the fields of Anti-Submarine and Mine Warfare

    • Artificial intelligence (AI)
    • Autonomy
    • Quantum-enabled technologies
    • Decision making
    • Interoperability between systems

    Mr Robert Been

    Mr Robert Been, Principal Scientist / ASW Department Head, NATO Science and Technology Organisation (STO), Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE)



    Networking Lunch



    The Norwegian Perspective on Developing New AUV Capabilities

    Dr Martin Syre Wiig, Research manager, Underwater robotics, FFI (Norwegian Defence Research Establishment)

     • The HUGIN AUV Development program for future MCM
    • Seabed warfare and AUVs
    • Concepts and technologies for long range AUVs



    Self-reconfigurable communication software for robust underwater acoustic networking

     • The need for a multi-layer communication stack
    • Development and demonstration using up to 20 network nodes
    • Standardisation through industry and NATO

    Mrs Coco van Boxtel, Specialist underwater warfare technology, Defence Materiel Organisation

    Dr Henry Dol, Senior Scientist Underwater acoustic communications, TNO



    Afternoon Tea



    National Oceanography Centre: Harnessing Autonomous Technology to Enhance Maritime Research

    Dr Philip Bagley, Long Range Operations Manager, National Oceanography Centre

    • Current UUV & USV capabilities, limitations, and mission types
    • Long range (2000km) over the horizon missions, and under ice operations
    • Next steps in extending UUV capabilities, adding new sensors, and automated vehicle piloting



    Enhancing Ocean Exploration through Uncrewed and Autonomous Means

    Mr Philip L. Hoffman, Uncrewed Maritime Systems Research & Development Coordinator, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

     • Working with academia, the private sector, other U.S. government agencies, and foreign government partners to expand our use of technology to accomplish this mission.
    • Working with our US academic partners on completing environmental data collection at depth with a variety of uncrewed and autonomous platforms, including performing missions with multiple platforms in a single location. We are also driving innovation and platform acquisition across NOAA.
    • Developing automated AI/ML based processes to enhance our data ingest, storage and archiving functions so that the new picture we create of the deep is available to a broad range of stakeholders.



    Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Commodore (Ret’d) David Burton, Director ASW Barrier - Smart Defence Initiative, Royal Navy MARCAP

    Naval Specialist
    IAI ELTA Systems Ltd.
    Commodore Task Force 59, Commander Unmanned & Artificial Intelligence Integration
    US Navy
    Navy Operational Experimentation Center (CEOM), Portuguese Navy
    Portuguese Navy
    Maritime Situational Awareness SO-MS
    NATO Maritime Security Centre of Excellence (NATO MARSEC COE)
    Innovator Program Manager
    Project Leader, Belgian Netherlands replacement MCM programme
    Belgian MoD
    Director ASW Barrier - Smart Defence Initiative
    Royal Navy MARCAP
    Director General, Warfare Innovation Navy
    Royal Australian Navy
    Navy Deputy Director
    Royal Navy
    Senior Scientist Underwater acoustic communications
    Research manager, Underwater robotics
    FFI (Norwegian Defence Research Establishment)
    Long Range Operations Manager
    National Oceanography Centre
    Naval Systems Architect
    Ministry of Defence the Netherlands
    London Tech Bridge
    Programme Director, Mine Hunting Capability Programme
    Royal Navy
    Innovation Lead
    Innovate UK
    Uncrewed Maritime Systems Research & Development Coordinator
    National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
    Principal Scientist / ASW Department Head
    NATO Science and Technology Organisation (STO), Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE)
    Director of Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Development and Integration
    Naval Surface Warfare Center
    Specialist underwater warfare technology
    Defence Materiel Organisation

    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    Invitation Letter from Conference Chair - Commodore (Ret’d) David Burton, Royal Navy MARCAP


    Uncrewed Maritime Systems Technology 2023 Brochure


    Short Programme


    Long Programme


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is a world-class aerospace and defense company innovating and delivering state-of-the-art technologies in space, air, land, naval, cyber & homeland security for defense and commercial markets. Combining the “Start-up Nation” spirit of innovation with decades of combat-proven experience, IAI provides customers with tailor-made, cutting-edge solutions to the unique challenges they face including satellites, UAVs, missiles, intelligence solutions, weapon systems, air defense systems, robotic systems, radars, business jets, aerostructures, and more. Established in 1953, IAI is one of Israel’s largest technology employers with offices and R&D centres in Israel and abroad.


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    L3Harris Technologies is a Trusted Disruptor for the global aerospace and defense industry. With customers’ mission-critical needs always in mind, our 46,000 employees deliver end-to-end technology solutions connecting the space, air, land, sea and cyber domains.


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Leonardo, a global high-technology company, is among the top world players in Aerospace, Defence and Security and Italy’s main industrial company. Organized into five business divisions, Leonardo has a significant industrial presence in Italy, the United Kingdom, Poland and the USA, where it also operates through subsidiaries and joint ventures and partnerships. Leonardo competes in the most important international markets by leveraging its areas of technological and product leadership (Helicopters, Aircraft, Aerostructures, Electronics, Cyber Security and Space).

    Leonardo has developed remotely piloted systems and technologies across all domains, with significant investment in platforms, sensors, communications, control systems, in addition to counter-drone capabilities and technologies for uncrewed systems’ traffic management and air traffic control. The company’s continued development and integration of cutting-edge solutions across all domains of remotely-piloted and autonomous/semi-autonomous systems and technologies is a key element of Leonardo’s BeTomorrow2030 Strategic Plan

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    Actualidad Maritima y Portuaria


    Oferta diaria de empleos en los sectores marítimo-portuario y logístico Noticias, Buques, Empresas, Puertos, Aduanas, Eventos … Daily Offer of jobs into the maritime, port and logistics sectors News, Vessels, Companies, Ports, Customs, Events … Más información: www.actualidadmp.com (http://www.actualidadmp.com/)

    Uncrewed Systems Technology Magazine


    Uncrewed Systems Technology magazine focuses entirely on the innovative engineering that's successfully pushing boundaries on land, at sea, in flight and even through the universe. The magazine is unique - the first ever publication to focus entirely on providing independent coverage of the engineering at the heart of uncrewed vehicles. It applies the same rigorous scientific approach to this brave new world as critically acclaimed Race Engine Technology has brought to the subject of racing powertrain technology. Published 6-times a year, we probe today's cutting-edge projects to provide in-depth research insights - rigorous investigation is backed by professional peer review and critical analysis.

    Robotics Tomorrow


    RoboticsTomorrow.com is an Online Trade Magazine featuring Products, Companies, News, Articles and Events for the Industrial Automation, Robotics and Unmanned Vehicle industries. With an emphasis on the state of the art and on the horizon technologies that have strong prospects of commercialization, our philosophy is to create an outlet where the industry can share information and report on itself.

    Armada International


    ARMADA INTERNATIONAL is leading defence magazine which reports on and analyses defence systems, equipment and technology. Together with its Compendium supplements, ARMADA provides defence planners in the militaries, in government, in procurement and in the defence industry itself with the information they need to plan their strategies.

    Asian Military Review


    Asian Military Review is ABC audited publication, read & discussed by key decision makers & advisors to Asia Pacific militaries. Published since 1993 it’s widely recognised as authoritative provider of unbiased & objective information to Asian military. Editorial content comprises capability analysis, special reports & relevant news coverage from the region. AMR provides information, opinion & facts allowing military professionals to track & understand defence developments worldwide, concerning equipment, training, organisation & doctrine issues. The magazine is a proven source keeping military professionals up to date on national & international defence & security issues.

    Port News


    IAA PortNews is the leading and most popular Russian media resource providing sea and river transport news, as well as a tool of interaction between businesses, government and the media. Every day, around 8,000 readers visit the Russian and English pages of the media agency’s web portal.



    SEGURANÇA & DEFESA (“Security & Defense”) is the recognized leader among South American printed defense magazines. It has been in the market for 37 years, and presently is the only one of its kind in Brazil to be nationally distributed. Sold on news stands and by subscriptions, it is sent free of charge to key names and addresses in the defense sector in Brazil and in South American countries.

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

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    London W8 5SR
    United Kingdom

    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 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.


    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.


    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, SAE Media 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.


    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@saemediagroup.com

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