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

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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

Dr Robert Sadowski

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

Lieutenant Colonel Adam Hepworth, PhD

Technical Director Artificial Intelligence, Robotic & Autonomous Systems Implementation and Coordination Office (RICO), Australian Army
Lieutenant Colonel Adam Hepworth, PhD

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

Mr Edward Agee

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

Mr Johnathan Horowitz

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

Mr Marshal Childers

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

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 Stuart Hatfield

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

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

Senior Representative

Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross-Functional Team, US Army Futures Command
Senior Representative

 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.

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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.
 

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Our approach sets us apart from other events. We're committed to providing genuine insight and meaningful learning experiences. Our discussions are led by expertly selected participants, ensuring comprehensive coverage of the latest developments from both industry and military sectors.

This two-day event is your gateway to interacting with key stakeholders spanning military, government, and industry, offering a comprehensive exploration of the sector's future. Immerse yourself in unparalleled networking opportunities at this conference.

To discuss your involvement as a sponsor contact Callum Kenmure, Sponsorship Manager on +44 (0) 20 7827 6138 or

Callum.Kenmure@saemediagroup.comKey topics to be discussed:

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

Conference agenda

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8:30

Registration & Coffee

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8:50

Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr Stuart Hatfield

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

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

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9:30

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

Mr Steven Herrick

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

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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

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross-Functional Team, 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

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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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    13:00

    Networking Lunch

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    14:00

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Robin Hicks

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

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

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    15:00

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Adam Hepworth, PhD

    Lieutenant Colonel Adam Hepworth, PhD, Technical Director Artificial Intelligence, Robotic & Autonomous Systems Implementation and Coordination Office (RICO), Australian Army

  •  Adapting the Australian Army’s RAS Strategy
  • Current RAS projects
  • Approach and Outcomes
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    15:30

    Afternoon Tea

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    16:00

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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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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    17:00

    Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Mr Stuart Hatfield

    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

    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

    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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    9:30

    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

    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

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    12:00

    Networking Lunch

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    13:00

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

    Mr Johnathan Horowitz

    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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    13:30

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    14:00

    Defining Robust Legal Frameworks for Using Autonomous Systems

    Ms Verena Jackson

    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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    14:30

    Afternoon Tea

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    15:00

    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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    15:30

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    16:00

    Ensuring Reliable and Capable RAS Through Rigorous Experimentation

    Mr Marshal Childers

    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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    16:30

    Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Mr Stuart Hatfield

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


    Army Chief Roboticist
    US Army DEVCOM Ground Vehicle Systems Center
    Technical Director Artificial Intelligence
    Robotic & Autonomous Systems Implementation and Coordination Office (RICO), Australian Army
    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
    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
    Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross-Functional Team
    US Army Futures Command

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