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Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems USA
July 8 - July 9, 2024

Take your place at the Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems USA Conference on July 8-9, 2024, in Arlington, VA.

100+ Attendees | 2 Day Conference | 15+ Speakers | Ethics Focus Session | 3 International Perspectives | Dedicated Networking Opportunities


Don't miss out on the premier US event uniting ground robotics experts! Join us for an unparalleled opportunity to network and collaborate with dynamic international militaries, offering unique perspectives on the latest advancements in robotic capabilities.

With the US DoD investing heavily in land robotics to enhance warfighter lethality and safety, this event is essential for staying ahead of the curve.
 

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Dr Robert Sadowski

Dr Robert Sadowski

Army Chief Roboticist, US Army DEVCOM Ground Vehicle Systems Center
Mr Steven Herrick

Mr Steven Herrick

Product Manager, Robotic Combat Vehicle, Product Lead Future Battle Platforms FBP, US Army
Mr Stuart Hatfield

Mr Stuart Hatfield

Human-Machine Integration Division Chief, US Army G8
Ms Schuyler Moore

Ms Schuyler Moore

Chief Technical Officer, US CENTCOM HQ

Colonel (ret'd) Mike Smith

President, Remount Consulting
Colonel (ret'd) Mike Smith

Colonel Tim Wright

Assistant Head, Research and Experimentation, British Army
Colonel Tim Wright

Dr Kevin O'Brien

Technical Director - Autonomy Portfolio, DIU
Dr Kevin O'Brien

 Dr. Kevin O’Brien is the Technical Director for the Autonomy Portfolio within the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), where he has worked since 2020. Prior to joining DIU, he led the fielding of robotic systems for warehouse automation at Berkshire Grey. Before his work in industry, he served as an Air Force officer, where he led the testing and deployment of wireless communication systems. Kevin holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr Robert Sadowski

Army Chief Roboticist, US Army DEVCOM Ground Vehicle Systems Center
Dr Robert Sadowski

 Dr. Robert W. Sadowski is a member of the Scientific and Professional (ST) cadre of the Senior Executive Service and serves as the United States Army’s Senior Scientist for Robotics within the Research, Technology and Integration Directorate at the United States Army CCDC Ground Vehicle Systems Center in Warren, MI.

Dr. Sadowski previously served twenty nine (29) years of active United States Army duty culminating as the Electrical Engineering Program Director and Academy Professor at the United States Military Academy in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science where he continues serving as adjunct faculty.

Dr. Sadowski has over forty (40) months of operational experience in Southwest Asia in a variety of leadership, staff, and engineering positions including Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently chairs RDECOM’s Community of Practice in Robotics and is guiding the development of robotics and autonomous systems technology as part of the third offset strategy.

Dr. Sadowski is a graduate of the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University as a Fannie and John Hertz Fellow. He also holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.

Lieutenant Colonel Robin Hicks

SO1 Robotics & Autonomous Systems, British Army
Lieutenant Colonel Robin Hicks

Major Aaron Scherffius

Use Case 3 Lead for CAPSTONE 4, Joint Modernization Command, US Army
Major Aaron Scherffius

Major Joshua McMillion

Incoming Project Officer: Robotics, United States Special Operations Command
Major Joshua McMillion

Major Joshua Mickle

SO2 Army Innovation, Australian Army
Major Joshua Mickle

Major Steven Atkinson

Robotics and Autonomy Branch Head, Artificial Intelligence Branch Head,Science and Technology Division, US Marine Corps
Major Steven Atkinson

 Major Steven Atkinson, a native of New York, embarked on his military journey with the Marine Corps in August 2003, attending basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. Post basic training, he completed Marine Combat Training in December 2003 and proceeded to the Electronic Maintenance Repair Course in 29 Palms, California. There, he was designated as an Electronic Repairman (2844). His inaugural duty station was at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Serving in various capacities with the 3rd Radio Battalion, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, and 3rd Marine Regiment, he assumed several roles, including Assistant Maintenance Supervisor, Quality Control NCO, Lead Countermeasure Technician, and Lead Blue Force Tracker Technician. His exemplary service saw him deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2005 and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006. After an honorable discharge from active service in 2008, Major Atkinson pursued a Bachelor of Science as a Physics Major at Siena College, Loudonville, New York. Concurrently, from 2008 to 2012, he continued his service in the reserves with 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines, Marine Wing Support Squadron 472, and 1st Marine Recruiting District. Additionally, he completed the Platoon Leadership Course in 2010, leading to his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in February 2012. In June 2012, he commenced training at The Basic School, followed by Flight School in Pensacola, Florida, in December 2012. After graduating from Helicopter Training Squadron 8 in 2014, he was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron 303. His tenure at Marine Helicopter Light Attack Squadron 267 began in August 2015, where he served in several pivotal roles, including Responsible Officer, NATOPS Officer, Future Operations Officer, Page 1 of 4 Weapons and Tactics Instructor, and Pilot Training Officer. He completed the Tactical Air Party Control course in March 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 necessitated a temporary reassignment for Major Atkinson. He served with Marine Aircraft Group 39 as the Future Operations Officer and with the 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company as the Assistant Air Officer. In July 2020, he joined the 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, undertaking roles as the Weapons and Tactics Instructor, JTAC Program Manager, and Air Officer. Major Atkinson's awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, two Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and the Good Conduct Medal.

Mr Andrew Kruz

RCV Requirements Lead, US Army Futures Command
Mr Andrew Kruz

Mr Edward Agee

Senior Program Analyst, DoD Close Combat Lethality Task Force
Mr Edward Agee

 Ed Agee was an Infantry officer that served over 27-years on active-duty with the U.S. Army, retiring as a Colonel in 2011. His duty assignments include Ft Stewart, Georgia, Ft Benning, Georgia, Ft. Monroe, Virginia, Guam, Ft. Shafter, Hawaii, Ft Drum, New York, Ft Polk, Louisiana, Ft. Wainwright, Alaska, and the Pentagon. Upon retirement, Ed continued his service in Army civilian positions at Headquarters, U.S. Army Materiel Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Ft. Moore, GA with the Close Combat Lethality Task Force. Ed is a U.S. Army War College graduate.

Mr Johnathan Horowitz

Legal Adviser, International Committee of the Red Cross
Mr Johnathan Horowitz

 Jonathan Horowitz is a Legal Advisor at the ICRC’s Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada, based in Washington, D.C., where he focuses on legal issues pertaining to new and emerging technologies in armed conflict, urban warfare, and partnered operations. He is the author of the recently published article “One Click from Conflict: Some Legal Considerations Related to Technology Companies Providing Digital Services in Situations of Armed Conflict,” in Chicago Journal of International Law, Vol. 24 No. 2 (January 2024)

Mr Marshal Childers

Mechanical Engineer, Military Information Experimentation Branch, DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory
Mr Marshal Childers

 Mr. Marshal Childers is a Mechanical Engineer for the U.S. Army Combat Capability Development Command Army Research Laboratory. He leads efforts in integration, prototyping, and experimentation of autonomous robotics technologies, and has collaborated on numerous experiments that were conducted to evaluate technologies developed by ARL-funded research programs. Mr. Childers is an established engineer with over 20 years of experience in the areas of autonomous technology assessment, integration, and mechanical design. He achieved a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering, graduating with honors, in 2000 and an M.S. degree in mechanical engineering in 2001, from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

Mr Paul Weimer

Division Chief, Cyber and Electromagnetic Activities Division, Aberdeen Test Center
Mr Paul Weimer

Mr Steven Herrick

Product Manager, Robotic Combat Vehicle, Product Lead Future Battle Platforms FBP, US Army
Mr Steven Herrick

 Mr. Steven Herrick is the Product Manager for the Army’s Robotic Combat Vehicle (PM RCV) program.
Mr. Herrick is responsible for all cost, schedule and performance for both hardware and software programs that will deliver the Army’s first RCV Brigade Combat Teams.
The RCV Hardware program will deliver a safe, reliable, and remotely operated combat vehicle with a modular open systems architecture approach and system design to support continuous growth and enhancement of RCV capabilities.
The RCV Software program will deliver the software, development infrastructure, and processes to support persistent modernization and enhancement of RCV capabilities.

Mr Stuart Hatfield

Human-Machine Integration Division Chief, US Army G8
Mr Stuart Hatfield

 Mr. Stuart Hatfield is the G-8 Robotics Branch Chief, Headquarters, Department of the Army, where he manages the US Army’s $2.1 billion budget for Robotics and Autonomous Systems, small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and Artificial Intelligence. He is the Army Staff lead integrator for Robotics on the Joint RAS Enterprise to synchronize concepts, requirements, resources, technology, and standards for RAS across the Department of Defense.
Stu is a retired Army officer with 23 years of service in a variety of command, staff, and combat assignments as an Armored Cavalry officer and strategic planner, including multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ms Schuyler Moore

Chief Technical Officer, US CENTCOM HQ
Ms Schuyler Moore

Ms Verena Jackson

Legal Advisor, Researcher & Lecturer, University of the Armed Forces of Germany
Ms Verena Jackson

 Verena Jackson is a Legal Advisor and Researcher& Lecturer at Center for Intelligence & Security Studies (CISS) at the University of the Armed Forces of Germany.
After completing her legal studies with a focus on International and European Law in Germany and Spain, she worked for international law firms and the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies (a partnership institute of the German and US Military). She also has additional training in American Law from the 7th Army JMTC Staff Judge Advocate, Grafenwoehr Germany.
Her academic research and expertise to the Federal Ministry of Defense focus on legal aspects of the use of AI in military and emerging technologies, c-UAVs and Cyberoperations.

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, Boston Dynamics
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Reasons to attend: 

  • Engage and network with the key figures behind these programs and meet solution providers developing and integrating cutting-edge autonomous systems.
     
  • Learn about the future trajectory of Autonomous Systems from updates on military robotic capabilities delivered by leading US and International Senior Officers and Program Managers.
  • Enhance your knowledge on a varied yet detailed range of topics including a unique emphasis on land-based autonomous system.
  • Listen to comprehensive briefings delivered by US and international speakers, including the U.S. Army Futures Command, the Ground Vehicle System Center, the U.S. Army Evaluation Center, DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory, and a range of frontline military organizations.

This is not one to miss!

It will bring together the leading US and international program managers, robotics experts and industry to discuss the rapidly expanding role of military robots within the modern battlespace.

As new opportunities and challenges emerge in this rapidly changing area, the conference will enable the military robotics community to work collaboratively to forge ahead and deliver the very best unmanned capabilities to soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines.

Key topics to be discussed:

Human-Machine Teaming | RAS Testing & Experimentation | SOF RAS | Military RAS Ethics | International Program Updates | Artificial Intelligence

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Conference agenda

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8:30

Registration & Coffee

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8:50

Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr Stuart Hatfield, Human-Machine Integration Division Chief, US Army G8

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9:00

Opportunities and Challenges Uncovered in the Development of Autonomous and Robotic Capabilities

Dr Robert Sadowski, Army Chief Roboticist, US Army DEVCOM Ground Vehicle Systems Center

  •  Lessons learned from integration of RAS with Soldiers.
  • Progress towards HMIF by 2040.
  • Enhancing RAS Command & control software moving towards Heterogeneous robot control.
  • Questions surrounding the weaponisation of UGV’s and other RAS assets.
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    9:30

    The Robotic Combat Vehicle Program – Developing a Capable, Reliable and Soldier Focused Combat UGV

    Mr Steven Herrick, Product Manager, Robotic Combat Vehicle, Product Lead Future Battle Platforms FBP, US Army

  • Delivering a Robotic Combat Vehicle Platform
  • Multi-Pathway Acquisition approach to Hardware and Software
  • Maximizing Commercial Industry Software Investments and Adapting to Military Applications for Persistent Modernization
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    10:00

    Session Reserved for Sponsor - Ghost Robotics

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, , Ghost Robotics

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    10:30

    Morning Coffee

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    11:00

    How new technologies will fundamentally change the character of war in the land domain

    Mr Andrew Kruz

    Mr Andrew Kruz, RCV Requirements Lead, US Army Futures Command

  •   Human-machine integration will optimize Soldiers’ strengths while off-loading risk and workload
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    11:30

    Session Reserved for Sponsor - Boston Dynamics

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, , Boston Dynamics

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    12:00

    Ensuring Emerging Technology And New Capabilities Are Integrated Into Realistic Scenarios

    Major Aaron Scherffius

    Major Aaron Scherffius, Use Case 3 Lead for CAPSTONE 4, Joint Modernization Command, US Army

  •  Planning, preparing, and executing Project Convergences, Joint Warfighting Assessments, and other Persistent Experimentation Events
  • Continuous learning, focusing on concepts that operationalize Multi-Domain Operations
  • Overview of RAS Development
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    12:30

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    13:00

    Networking Lunch

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    14:00

    Ensuring that decisions regarding the development of AI are ethical and trustworthy

    Colonel Tim Wright

    Colonel Tim Wright, Assistant Head, Research and Experimentation, British Army

  • Data Architecture
  • The importance of APis
  • IP Ownership
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    14:30

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    Shaping And Enhancing The Future Force Of The Australian Army Through RAS Capabilities

    Major Joshua Mickle

    Major Joshua Mickle, SO2 Army Innovation, Australian Army

  •  Adapting the Australian Army’s RAS Strategy
  • Current RAS projects
  • Approach and Outcomes
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    15:35

    Afternoon Tea

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    16:00

    Advancing Software Development for the Future of Autonomous Military Vehicles

    Dr Kevin O'Brien, Technical Director - Autonomy Portfolio, DIU

  • The use of software to control navigation by fusing data from multiple sensors
  • Overview of recent technological developments to facilitate Autonomous Systems
  • Analysis of the maturity level of current software that can enable autonomous ground vehicle navigation
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    16:30

    Robotics System Development within US SOCOM

    Major Joshua McMillion

    Major Joshua McMillion, Incoming Project Officer: Robotics, United States Special Operations Command

  •  Current and intended Future Developments of Robotics within US SOCOM
  • Successes and Challenges of Robotics System Developments
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    Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Mr Stuart Hatfield, Human-Machine Integration Division Chief, US Army G8

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    8:30

    Registration & Coffee

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    8:50

    Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Mr Stuart Hatfield, Human-Machine Integration Division Chief, US Army G8

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    9:00

    Efforts Needed for Creating the Most Capable and Integrated Robotic Systems for the Future

    Mr Stuart Hatfield, Human-Machine Integration Division Chief, US Army G8

  •  Improving the combat effectiveness of Robotics and AI
  • Unifying the efforts of the US Army Robotics and Autonomous Systems Development with Joint Service partners
  • Harmonizing National and International support for Robotics systems in a warfighting environment
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    Operationalizing Autonomy and AI at a Combatant Command

    Ms Schuyler Moore

    Ms Schuyler Moore, Chief Technical Officer, US CENTCOM HQ

  •  Use cases for autonomy and AI delivering operational impact
  • Mechanisms for integrating autonomy and AI capability for the warfighter
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    10:00

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    10:30

    Morning Coffee

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    11:00

    Increasing Lethality of Joint Close Combat Formations via Human Machine Integration

    Mr Edward Agee, Senior Program Analyst, DoD Close Combat Lethality Task Force

  •  Using new and emerging technologies to enhance lethality on robotic and autonomous systems
  • Integrating next-generation technologies to maintain adversary advantage
  • Close Combat Lethality as a requirement for an operationally effective Robotic System
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    11:30

    Panel Discussion: RAS INTEGRATION — FORMATION-BASED CAPABILITIES

    Colonel (ret'd) Mike Smith

    Colonel (ret'd) Mike Smith, President, Remount Consulting

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    Marine Corps RAS efforts and concepts

    Major Steven Atkinson, Robotics and Autonomy Branch Head, Artificial Intelligence Branch Head,Science and Technology Division, US Marine Corps

  •  Overview of USMC Robotics and Autonomy ecosystem and common C2
  • Importance of autonomy within military application to provide safety, increased situational awareness, and force multiplication capability.
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    12:30

    Networking Lunch

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    13:30

    The Challenges to International Law Presented by the use of Autonomous Systems

    Mr Johnathan Horowitz, Legal Adviser, International Committee of the Red Cross

  •  Overview of the principles of LOAC and how this intersects with the use of Autonomous Systems.
  • The need for the ‘line in the sand’ - the limits of autonomous systems and point where human-machine interaction is required.
  • Ensuring Autonomous Systems of the future are compliant with international and humanitarian law by design.
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    14:00

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    14:30

    Defining Robust Legal Frameworks for Using Autonomous Systems

    Ms Verena Jackson, Legal Advisor, Researcher & Lecturer, University of the Armed Forces of Germany

  •  Principles of the Law of Armed Conflict: outlining international legal regulations for the use of autonomous systems in military operations
  • Identifying limits of autonomous systems and the required degree of human-machine interaction
  • Future steps for ensuring MRAS are compliant with international and humanitarian law
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    15:00

    Afternoon Tea

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    15:30

    Army Test and Evaluation Command’s (ATEC) Integrated Multi-Domain Operations Test Environment

    Mr Paul Weimer

    Mr Paul Weimer, Division Chief, Cyber and Electromagnetic Activities Division, Aberdeen Test Center

  •  Delivering a distributed test environment capable of thoroughly examining UGV capability at a scale unavailable to traditional, live “open air” testing.
  • Ability to leverage distributed test networks, Hardware in the Loopfacilities, System Integration Labs, Test Centers, and ranges in a virtual sandbox to perform early integration and experimentation of advanced technologies at the speed of need.
  • Overview of the ATEC Integrated Multi-Domain Operations Test Environment.
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    16:00

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    16:30

    Ensuring Reliable and Capable RAS Through Rigorous Experimentation

    Mr Marshal Childers, Mechanical Engineer, Military Information Experimentation Branch, DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory

  •  Metrics for autonomy at the applied research level are necessary
  • How can we apply metrics for gauging program progress?
  • Elements of sufficient experimentation
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    Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Mr Stuart Hatfield, Human-Machine Integration Division Chief, US Army G8


    President
    Remount Consulting
    Assistant Head, Research and Experimentation
    British Army
    Technical Director - Autonomy Portfolio
    DIU
    Army Chief Roboticist
    US Army DEVCOM Ground Vehicle Systems Center
    SO1 Robotics & Autonomous Systems
    British Army
    Use Case 3 Lead for CAPSTONE 4, Joint Modernization Command
    US Army
    Incoming Project Officer: Robotics
    United States Special Operations Command
    SO2 Army Innovation
    Australian Army
    Robotics and Autonomy Branch Head, Artificial Intelligence Branch Head,Science and Technology Division
    US Marine Corps
    RCV Requirements Lead
    US Army Futures Command
    Senior Program Analyst
    DoD Close Combat Lethality Task Force
    Legal Adviser
    International Committee of the Red Cross
    Mechanical Engineer, Military Information Experimentation Branch
    DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory
    Division Chief, Cyber and Electromagnetic Activities Division
    Aberdeen Test Center
    Product Manager, Robotic Combat Vehicle, Product Lead Future Battle Platforms FBP
    US Army
    Human-Machine Integration Division Chief
    US Army G8
    Chief Technical Officer
    US CENTCOM HQ
    Legal Advisor, Researcher & Lecturer
    University of the Armed Forces of Germany
    Ghost Robotics
    Boston Dynamics

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    • Synchronized the wholesale reorganization of a 5,000 Soldier organization, with sub-units thousands of miles apart, applied digital capabilities on virtually every piece of rolling/flying stock, developed and executed an integrated training plan to ensure technical competence validated through rigorous experimentation to ensure technical functionality and new technology-based operating processes, in under two years.

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    Clearpath Robotics by Rockwell Automation is a global leader in unmanned vehicle robotics for research and development, and provides hardware, software, and services to enable mobile robotics product deployment and operation. Clearpath works with over 500 of the world’s most innovative brands in over 40 countries, serving markets that span mining, military, agriculture, aerospace, and academia. Clearpath was recognized as a Robotics Business Review’s RBR50 Robotics Innovation Awards 2023 Winner. For more information, visit clearpathrobotics.com.


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    At OxTS, we have been pushing the performance limits from MEMS-based GNSS/INS for over twenty years. Today, thousands of engineers are collecting and using position, orientation and dynamics data to develop and deploy vehicles and other autonomous platforms around the world. Our focus on robustness and scalability has led to our GNSS/INS systems becoming the go-to solution for automotive testing and an attractive alternative to FOG-based systems in other industries.


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    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, 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.

    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@saemediagroup.com

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