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SAE Media Group is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems USA Conference on July 10 - 11, 2023, in Arlington, VA.

With the continuing advances in robotic capabilities and the increasing threat of near-peer adversary technology the US DoD is continuing to invest heavily in land robotics of all sizes to increase Warfighter lethality and remove the soldier from dangerous situations.

This is the only US-based event specifically dedicated to military robotics in the land environment. 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 enables the military robotics community to work collaboratively to forge ahead and deliver the very best unmanned capabilities to soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines.

As well as bringing together the US ground robotics community, the conference will gather in some of the most dynamic and innovative international militaries to provide their unique perspectives; no other event in the USA offers the same number of opportunities to meet, discuss and network with opposite numbers from allied nations.
 

Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems USA 2023 is the only opportunity of its kind to meet world-leading experts in the field of autonomous and robotic systems and innovation. Attend the two-day conference and benefit from insights delivered by program managers, researchers, academics, technical industry experts and senior military figures from the USA and abroad.

  • Hear the latest updates on military robotic capabilities from US and International Senior Leadership and Program Managers
  • Engage and network with senior program leaders and solution providers developing and integrating cutting-edge autonomous systems
  • A varied and specific range of topics including a unique emphasis on land-based autonomous systems, AI, Human-Machine Teaming, RAS Testing & Experimentation, CBRN RAS, Military RAS Ethics and International Perspectives
  • 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, the Maneuver-Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate, PEO Ground Combat Systems, DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory, and a range of frontline military organizations
     

75th Innovation Command, US Army; Anduril; Applied Intuition; Applied Intuition Inc; Army; ASA G9; ASA(ALT); Australian Army; BAE Systems; British Army; Cambridge Consultants; Carnegie Mellon University; CNH; Combat Capabilities Development Command, Ground Vehicle System Center; DE&S UK MoD; DE&S, UK MoD; Defence Science & Technology Agency; Defense Innovation Unit (DIU); DSTL, UK MoD; Fenix Insight; FNSS Defense Systems Inc.; Fortem Technologies; Hanwha Defense USA, Inc; HDT Expeditionary Systems Inc; Israeli Ministry of Defence; Leidos; MINDEF; Mistral Inc; Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division; Netherlands Ministry of Defence; Office of Naval Research; ONR; Persistent Systems; Presidency of Defence Industries; QinetiQ; QinetiQ North America; Royal Netherlands Army; Swiss Embassy Armasuisse; Thales UK; The United States Military Academy at West Point; Tomahawk Robotics; U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center; U.S. Army Futures Command ; U.S. Army Research Institute; U.S. Department of Defense; United States Air Force; United States Special Operations Command; US Army; US Army C5ISR DEVCOM Countermine AIP; US Army DEVCOM C5ISR; US Army DEVCOM C5ISR Center; US Army Futures Command; US Army Medical & Development Command;

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr Stuart Hatfield

Mr Stuart Hatfield, Robotics Branch Chief , US Army
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9:00 Advancing Unrivalled Autonomous and Robotic Capabilities to Enhance the Efficacy of U.S. Operations

Dr Robert Sadowski

Dr Robert Sadowski, Army Chief Roboticist, Ground Vehicle Systems Center, AFC Combat Capabilities Development Center
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• Developing advanced modular robotics solutions to enhance operational capability and interoperability
• Accelerating the delivery and sustainment of ground system capabilities to ensure overmatch for US warfighters
• Outlining priorities for overcoming the challenges of future ground autonomy

9:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

10:00 Planning for Technical Insertions Upfront in Design: OMFV’s requirements for additive autonomy-based capabilities

Colonel Jeffery Jurand

Colonel Jeffery Jurand, PM Manuever Combat Systems, PEO Ground Combat Systems, U.S. Army Futures Command
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• Overview of Program post contract award(s)
• Technical details on how to bring develop additive capabilities in parallel with vehicle design
• Capability Gap areas & future contracting opportunities and timelines

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 RAS and Accomplishing the Mission in a UAS Contested Battlespace

Lieutenant Colonel Emory J Hayes

Lieutenant Colonel Emory J Hayes, Military Deputy, Maneuver CDID
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• Understanding the challenges of advancing effective robotic systems that meet the requirements of modern warfare
• Developing and managing the requirements, force modernization, industry engagement and concept development of robotic capabilities
• Adapting to the increase in autonomous systems while maintaining dominance in the tactical multidomain sphere

11:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

12:00 Safety Approach for Army Ground Robotics

Mr Frank Marotta

Mr Frank Marotta, Senior Mathematician, US Army Aberdeen Test Center

• ATEC’s approach to software safety testing and analysis of autonomous systems
• Obtaining safety information, software information, and test data from industry to develop ATEC safety documentation
• How ATEC supports Software Test & Evaluation & Analysis in a DEVSECOPS environment

12:30 Lunch & Networking

13:30 Integrating State-of-the-Art Solutions to Enhance Ground-Based Autonomous Capabilities

Dr Chad Kessens

Dr Chad Kessens, Senior Robotic Research Scientist, US DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory
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• Scalable, Adaptive, and Resilient Autonomy (SARA): accelerating emerging research in MRAS systems to enable autonomous manoeuvre in complex and contested environments
• Improving ground-based autonomous vehicle perception, learning, reasoning, communication, navigation, and physical capabilities
• Using AI to increase operational tempo and mobility of autonomous systems

14:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

14:30 Developing Novel AI & Machine Learning Technology to Support Warfighting Advantage

Dr John Fossececa

Dr John Fossececa, Program Manager for Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning for Maneuver & Mobility, DEVCOM Army Research Lab
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• ARL’s Essential Research Program: key insights into current efforts and future priorities
• Integrating robust and scalable systems capable of learning and acting with varied levels of autonomy
• Improving autonomy and reconnaissance through context-aware processing and increased interaction with soldiers

15:00 Afternoon Tea

15:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

16:00 Key Insights into the Royal Netherlands Army's RAS Programme

Lieutenant Colonel Sjoerd Mevissen

Lieutenant Colonel Sjoerd Mevissen, Commander of Robotics and Autonomous Systems Unit, Royal Netherlands Army
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• Lessons from the Dutch Operational Experiment in Lithuania
• An overview of the expectations, realities and requirements for the deployment of weaponised unmanned machines within an operational experiment
• Integrating robust robotics and autonomous systems into modern warfare

16:30 Integrating Robotics and Autonomous Systems into Future British Army Operations

Mr Ben McAndrew

Mr Ben McAndrew, Human Machine Teaming HMT Programme Lead, Research and Experimentation, British Army

• Generating greater robotic capacity to enhance British warfighting capabilities
• Using autonomous systems to enable soldiers to operate more efficiently in the battlefield

17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Mr Stuart Hatfield

Mr Stuart Hatfield, Robotics Branch Chief , US Army
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8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr Stuart Hatfield

Mr Stuart Hatfield, Robotics Branch Chief , US Army
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9:00 Adopting an Integrated Approach to Drive Advancements in US Army Robotics

Mr Stuart Hatfield

Mr Stuart Hatfield, Robotics Branch Chief , US Army
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• Latest updates from the Army Robotics, AI, and small UAS Force Development: strategies to improve the combat effectiveness of future forces
• Coordinating the U.S. Army Robotics and Autonomous Systems Strategy to unify efforts from the Science & Technology, Requirements, Resourcing, and Acquisition Communities with our Joint Service partners
• Integrating joint U.S. services and allied nations’ operational concepts for wartime support systems

9:30 Shaping the Strategic Direction for Integrated AI and Autonomy to Support Operational Capabilities

Dr Kimberly Sablon

Dr Kimberly Sablon, Principal Director for Trusted AI and Autonomy, Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD(R&E))
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• Overseeing AI/ML and autonomy research activities across the DOD
• Responsible decision making: placing trust at the center of AI integration
• Developing a cloud-based common infrastructure of artificial intelligence hubs to enable increased data-sharing and collaboration

10:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Developing Advanced Robotic Capabilities to Modernize and Transform Military Engineering

Mr Jim P. Allen

Mr Jim P. Allen, Technical Director, Operational Science and Engineering, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Construction Engineering Research Lab (ERDC-CERL)
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• Key insights into Robotics for Engineer Operations (REO)
• Applications for Automated Construction of Expeditionary Structures (ACES)
• Developing technologies that provide high-quality facilities, sustainable, and realistic training lands to the Department of Defense (DoD)

11:30 Lessons Learned in Leading Robotics Portfolios

Lieutenant Colonel William Taylor

Lieutenant Colonel William Taylor, Executive Officer to DASA PPR, SAAL-ZR, ASA(ALT)
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• The good and the bad of MRAS acquisition
• Understanding user needs (a good start point)
• Maintaining quality acquisition to provide Warfighters with a decisive advantage

12:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

12:30 Ensuring the Performance of Robotic and Autonomous Systems Through Rigorous Experimentation

Mr Marshal Childers

Mr Marshal Childers, Mechanical Engineer, Military Information Experimentation Branch, DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory
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• An overview of DEVCOM ARL robotics experimentation
• Challenges associated with experimental design for complex autonomous systems and the Army’s future operating environment
• Adapting experimental methods at the research stage to accelerate technology transition

13:00 Lunch & Networking

14:00 Updates from the UK Future Capability Group: Outlining Priorities for the Progress and Success of RAS Programmes

Mr Andy McIntyre

Mr Andy McIntyre, Future Capability Group Army/Navy Team Leader, UK Ministry of Defence

• Key insights into the FCG’s current RAS programmes
• Developing innovative robotic equipment to enable operational advantage for the UK military
• Working in collaboration with the Royal Navy and industry partners to expedite procurement processes and deliver cutting-edge technology at pace

14:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

15:00 Legal Frameworks for Using Autonomous Systems: Challenges to International Law

Ms Verena Jackson

Ms Verena Jackson, Legal Advisor, Researcher & Lecturer, Center for Intelligence & Security Studies (CISS), University of the Armed Forces of Germany
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• 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

15:30 Afternoon Tea

16:00 The Use of Semi-Autonomous and Robotic Capabilities for Chemical and Biological Reconnaissance Roles

Mr Mike Mays

Mr Mike Mays, Robotics Integration Team Lead, US Army DEVCOM C5ISR Center
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• An overview of the RAS capabilities being developed by the Chemical Biological Center
• Utilising robotics for CBRN detection, decontamination and protection roles
• Working with other US government and private industry partners to develop new RAS capabilities for CBRN roles

16:30 Panel Discussion: Cooperating to Enhance Military Robotic Capabilities

• Overview of national capabilities
• Working together to improve interoperability
• Future MRAS challenges and priorities

Mr Stuart Hatfield

Mr Stuart Hatfield, Robotics Branch Chief , US Army
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Lieutenant Colonel Emory J Hayes

Lieutenant Colonel Emory J Hayes, Military Deputy, Maneuver CDID
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Lieutenant Colonel Sjoerd Mevissen

Lieutenant Colonel Sjoerd Mevissen, Commander of Robotics and Autonomous Systems Unit, Royal Netherlands Army
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Mr Andy McIntyre

Mr Andy McIntyre, Future Capability Group Army/Navy Team Leader, UK Ministry of Defence

17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

Mr Stuart Hatfield

Mr Stuart Hatfield, Robotics Branch Chief , US Army
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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Dr Kimberly Sablon

Dr Kimberly Sablon

Principal Director for Trusted AI and Autonomy, Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD(R&E))
Dr Robert Sadowski

Dr Robert Sadowski

Army Chief Roboticist, Ground Vehicle Systems Center, AFC Combat Capabilities Development Center
Lieutenant Colonel Emory J Hayes

Lieutenant Colonel Emory J Hayes

Military Deputy, Maneuver CDID
Lieutenant Colonel Sjoerd Mevissen

Lieutenant Colonel Sjoerd Mevissen

Commander of Robotics and Autonomous Systems Unit, Royal Netherlands Army
Mr Jim P. Allen

Mr Jim P. Allen

Technical Director, Operational Science and Engineering, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Construction Engineering Research Lab (ERDC-CERL)
Mr Stuart Hatfield

Mr Stuart Hatfield

Robotics Branch Chief , US Army

Colonel Jeffery Jurand

PM Manuever Combat Systems, PEO Ground Combat Systems, U.S. Army Futures Command
Colonel Jeffery Jurand

COL Jeffery W. Jurand graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1998 and commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Armor. He initially served as both a Tank and Scout Platoon Leader in 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, TX. In November 2001 he deployed as an Assistant Operations Officer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division to Kuwait as Operation Enduring Freedom began.

Following the Armor Captains Career Course, he then served as a Rear Detachment Commander and Assistant Operations Officer for 1st Battalion, 34th Armor, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, KS. In June 2005, he assumed command of C/1-34 AR. In May 2006, C/1-34 AR tripled in size, converted to a motorized company and COL Jurand commanded the company during its subsequent deployment in support of OIF 06-07. Upon re-deployment, he transitioned into the Army Acquisition Corps.

In 2008, COL Jurand was assigned to the Army Research Laboratory at Adelphi, MD and served as a counter-IED Project Team Lead. There he led project teams conducting limited development and experimentation with both developmental and off-the-shelf technology and led initial fielding efforts in Afghanistan in support of Joint IED Defeat Organization’s (JIEDDO) efforts. In 2010 he was reassigned to Warren, MI where he served as an Assistant Product Manager for Mobility and Power Generation Systems in the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) Program. In 2013 he was nominated and selected for an assignment with the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) at Fort Bragg, NC. There he served as both a Product Director for Sensitive Activities and Chief of Requirements. COL Jurand assumed responsibilities as Product Manager, Heavy Tactical Vehicles in June 2016. In June 2020, COL Jurand was reassigned to the Pentagon and served as the Executive Officer to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASAALT). In November 2020, COL Jurand assumed duties as Project Manager, Maneuver Combat Systems back in Warren, MI

COL Jurand has a B.S. in Engineering Science from Vanderbilt University and an M.Eng in Project Management from University of Maryland, College Park. He attended the U.S. Army War College Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, PA in 2019-2020 where he studied Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Dr Chad Kessens

Senior Robotic Research Scientist, US DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory
Dr Chad Kessens

Dr. Chad C. Kessens is a Senior Robotics Research Scientist in the Autonomous Systems Branch of DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory (ARL). He holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech (BS, 2003), Washington University in St. Louis (MS, 2005), and the University of Maryland (PhD, 2018), and has been researching robotic manipulation topics including door opening, grasping, and self-righting since 2008. He has been a civilian employee with ARL since 2010, where he led the Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance’s mobile manipulation task, and where he now leads ARL’s LIMMBS laboratory manipulation efforts while also representing ARL interests in the Pacific Northwest.

Dr John Fossececa

Program Manager for Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning for Maneuver & Mobility, DEVCOM Army Research Lab
Dr John Fossececa

Dr. John M. Fossaceca, Ph.D. is the Program Manager for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Essential Research Program in Artificial Intelligence for Maneuver & Mobility (AIMM-ERP), where he supports research programs in machine learning and artificial intelligence related to autonomous systems maneuver and situational understanding. The AIMM-ERP is operationalizing the science AI-enabled systems for autonomous maneuver that can rapidly learn, adapt, reason, and act in multi-domain operations. Prior to joining ARL in 2016, Dr. Fossaceca worked in industry for several DoD and Telecommunications companies in numerous leadership roles including Engineering Vice President and COO at Comtech Mobile Datacom, leading the modernization of the US Army’s satellite-based Blue Force tracking system, Principal Investigator and Vice President of Engineering for several Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs for the US Navy at Ultra Electronics, 3eTI, Engineering Director at AT&T/Lucent/Bell Labs for Next Generation Telecommunications Systems. Dr. Fossaceca has conducted research and development in adaptive signal processing, machine learning in data constrained environments, and network intrusion detection and is co-inventor on six patents related to wireless communications and signal detection. Dr. Fossaceca holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. in Systems Engineering.

Dr Kimberly Sablon

Principal Director for Trusted AI and Autonomy, Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD(R&E))
Dr Kimberly Sablon

Dr. Kimberly Sablon serves as the Principal Director for Trusted AI and Autonomy at the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD(R&E)). She oversees AI/ML and Autonomy research activities across the DOD enterprise. Previously, she served as the Army’s S&T Director. She also served as the Director for Basic Research in the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. Dr. Sablon received a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Arkansas in 2009, and has published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers and contributed to nine scientific and technical books.

Dr Robert Sadowski

Army Chief Roboticist, Ground Vehicle Systems Center, AFC Combat Capabilities Development 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 Emory J Hayes

Military Deputy, Maneuver CDID
Lieutenant Colonel Emory J Hayes

LTC Emory Hayes is Military Deputy of Robotics Requirements, Maneuver Capabilities Development Integration Directorate, Futures and Concepts Center, US Army Futures Command. He enlisted in the US Army in 1997, was commissioned into the Field Artillery in 2002, had combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and just returned from the Republic of Korea.

Robotic Requirements develops and manages small unit robotics and artificial intelligence capabilities – to include small ground robots, small unmanned aircraft systems, counter small unmanned aircraft systems, integrated tactical sensors, artificial intelligence for small unit maneuver, and exoskeletons.

Lieutenant Colonel Sjoerd Mevissen

Commander of Robotics and Autonomous Systems Unit, Royal Netherlands Army
Lieutenant Colonel Sjoerd Mevissen

Sjoerd started his career in 1994 at the Royal Military Academy. He served in several positions within the Royal Engineers. After his Master in Civil Engineering and Management he became lecturer and researcher at the Military Academy. He attended the general staff officer course after which he worked as senior officer at the Defence Material Organization, in the strategy and planning branch at Army HQ and MoD level. Currently he is commander of the RAS-unit and involved in the RAS program since 2018. Sjoerd served in Macedonia, Albania and Afghanistan. He is married and has two children.

Lieutenant Colonel William Taylor

Executive Officer to DASA PPR, SAAL-ZR, ASA(ALT)
Lieutenant Colonel William Taylor

Lieutenant Colonel Taylor has 18 years of service in the Army, serving in the Infantry and the Acquisitions Corps. LTC Taylor’s experience as an Acquisition Officer includes time in PEO Aviation managing Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (such as the short-range micro and long range reconnaissance drones), Special Operation Command (managing dozens of drones from a few dozen grams to group 3 size), and in the Pentagon as a resource integrator across the Army’s modernization efforts.

Mr Andy McIntyre

Future Capability Group Army/Navy Team Leader, UK Ministry of Defence
Mr Andy McIntyre

Mr Ben McAndrew

Human Machine Teaming HMT Programme Lead, Research and Experimentation, British Army
Mr Ben McAndrew

Mr Frank Marotta

Senior Mathematician, US Army Aberdeen Test Center
Mr Frank Marotta

Mr Jim P. Allen

Technical Director, Operational Science and Engineering, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Construction Engineering Research Lab (ERDC-CERL)
Mr Jim P. Allen

Mr Jim P. Allen is the Technical Director for Operational Science and Engineering of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL) in Champaign, IL. He is responsible for technical leadership of programs in Combat Engineering, Warfighter & Emergency Support, and Training Lands & Heritage where he leads a highly interdisciplinary team of approximately 150 Federal and contracted staff. Jim retired in 2022 after 32 years of military service in the Army, Army Reserves, and National Guard, culminating as a Faculty Instructor for the Army War College. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois.

Mr Marshal Childers

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

Mr Jim P. Allen is the Technical Director for Operational Science and Engineering of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL) in Champaign, IL. He is responsible for technical leadership of programs in Combat Engineering, Warfighter & Emergency Support, and Training Lands & Heritage where he leads a highly interdisciplinary team of approximately 150 Federal and contracted staff. Jim retired in 2022 after 32 years of military service in the Army, Army Reserves, and National Guard, culminating as a Faculty Instructor for the Army War College. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois.

Mr Mike Mays

Robotics Integration Team Lead, US Army DEVCOM C5ISR Center
Mr Mike Mays

Mike Mays currently serves as the Robotics Integration Team Lead at DEVCOM CBC’s Advanced Design and Manufacturing (ADM) Division. The Robotics Integration Team is responsible for providing mechanical and electrical engineering integration of sensors for unmanned systems testing for users both internally and externally to the DoD. The Robotics Integration Team current unmanned systems integration portfolio supports government agencies that includes DoD, DHS, DTRA, FBI, DOJ, CDC, EPA and DIA.

Mr. Mays has over 19 years of experience in biological standoff detection, non-traditional agents, integrated early warning, artificial intelligence, and robotics integration. He has also held served roles in support of the Army Headquarters – G8 Full Dimension Protection (FDB), DEVCOM CBC, JPEO-CBRND and the Joint Improvised Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO)
 

Mr Stuart Hatfield

Robotics Branch Chief , US Army
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 Verena Jackson

Legal Advisor, Researcher & Lecturer, Center for Intelligence & Security Studies (CISS), 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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WHAT IS CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, 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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