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This will be the sixth Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems Conference SAE Media Group has hosted, with the
event growing in popularity and gravitas each year. With the world less stable and the threat of conflict ever greater; the
successful implementation and integration of risk reducing, yet tempo and mass generating robotics and autonomous
systems is more crucial than ever.


The MRAS conference is, as ever the best place to gain essential knowledge and insight from MRAS programs from
across the globe, and where the capabilities, challenges and opportunities of these programs lie. Unlike other events, we
strive to deliver real insight and learning experiences through the expertly selected participants who run our discussions
ensuring the latest developments from all parts of the community (industry and military) are covered, in detail.


With a new focus on the implementation, integration, and interoperability, alongside the key areas of situational
awareness, lethality, manoeuvrability, survivability, and sustainability. The Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems
2023 conference is best place to return your defence force fully equipped with the most up to date information from
militaries and industries across the globe. 

AB Precision Limited; Air Force Research Laboratory; Anduril Industries; Armasuisse; Army Futures Command ; Army HQ; Australian Army; Babcock International ; British Army ; British Army HQ; Cambridge Consultants Limited; CENSUS LABS UK LIMITED; Cognata; Combat Capabilities Development Command, Ground Vehicle System Center; DE&S; DE&S, UK MOD; Def Comrcl DCGP-21A-10; Defence Equipment and Support DE&S; Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO); Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL); Defence Science and Technology Laboratory; DEVCOM-Atlantic; DSTL; Elbit Systems U K; Epazz; Estonian Centre for Defence Investments; Estonian Defence Forces; Estonian Military Academy; European Defence Agency; Export Support Team; FCG; Finnish Defence Forces; FNSS Defence Systems Inc; FNSS Defense Systems; FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.S.; Frazer-Nash Consultancy; French Ministry for the Armed Forces; German Army; German Institute for International and Security Affairs; Horstman Defence Systems Ltd; IMP Castle Associates Limited; Israeli Defence Forces; Italian Armed Forces; Iveco Defence; Iveco Spa; Janes; Janes Information Group; Leonardo UK Ltd; Milrem Robotics; Ministry of Defence; MOD; MOD DE&S ; MoD UK; Netherlands Army; Nexter Robotics; Nigerian Army; Otokar Otomotiv Ve Savunma Sanayi A.S; Pardus Defence & Security Ltd; Pearson Engineering Ltd; Plasan; Presidency of Defence Industries; Presidency of Defence Industries - SSB ; QinetiQ; Raytheon ELCAN Optical Technologies; Rheinmetall Canada Inc; Rheinmetall Canada Inc.; Rheinmetall Defence UK; Rowden Technologies Ltd. ; Royal Marines; Royal Netherlands Army; Spirent Communications Plc; Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik; Swedish Defence Research Agency; Teledyne Defence & Space; Thales SIX GTS France; Thales UK; The High Commission of India, London; University of Defence; University Of Oulu; US Army DEVCOM C5ISR Center; Xtend; ZenaDrone, Inc;

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Colonel Robin Smith

Colonel Robin Smith

Director of RICO, Future Land Warfare, Australian Army
Dr Robert W. Sadowski

Dr Robert W. Sadowski

Army Chief Roboticist, Robotics ST, Combat Capabilities Development Command, Ground Vehicle System Center
Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

SO1 Robotics and Autonomous Systems, British Army
Mr Peter Stockel

Mr Peter Stockel

Fellow - Autonomous Systems, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

Captain Aleksanteri Siren

Course Leader, Finnish Defence Forces
Captain Aleksanteri Siren

Captain Aleksanteri Sirén, Teacher of Artillery Tactics, Department of Warfare, National Defence University, Finnish Defence Forces. Previous positions include four years in Reserve Officer School and two years in Artillery School. Graduated from National Defence University as Master of Military Science in 2020. Currently a Doctoral Candidate of Military Science and writing a dissertation of autonomous weapon systems and human-machine teaming in the kill chain of artillery system. Previously studied an operational and tactical usage of autonomous weapon systems in 2018¬-2020.

Colonel Jan Mazal

Head of the Military Robotics Department, University of Defence
Colonel Jan Mazal

COL. Doc. Ing. Jan Mazal, Ph.D., a graduate of the Military College of Ground Forces in Vyskov. Since 2005 he is a doctor in the field of the theory of Defence Management and since 2013 he is an associate professor in the area of Military Management. He is former Doctrine Education and Training Branch Chief at the NATO Modelling & Simulation Centre of Excellence in ROME, currently, he works as a chief of the Military Robotics Department at the University of Defence in Brno. His field of expertise is Military Robotics, C4ISR Systems, and Modelling and Simulation in Military Domain.

Colonel Robin Smith

Director of RICO, Future Land Warfare, Australian Army
Colonel Robin Smith

Robin Smith is the inaugural Director of the Army’s Robotic & Autonomous Systems Implementation & Coordination Office (RICO) within Future Land Warfare Branch of the Australian Army HQ. RICO leads concept development around emerging and disruptive technology, including autonomy and AI, Quantum Technologies and alternative power and energy. He has overseen Army’s exploration of autonomous systems since 2017 after he authored the first Australian Army Robotic and Autonomous Systems Strategy.
He is a logistician by background and served for over 30 years in the British Army before transferring to the Australian Army in 2017. He has commanded at all levels up to and including Regimental level and deployed a number of times. He was made an Officer of the Order of British Empire (OBE) in 2013 and awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 2022. He has a background in Electronic Engineering and has fulfilled a number of roles in the Joint logistics domain at the tactical and operational levels.

Dr Ivan Petrunin

Senior Lecturer, Cranfield University
Dr Ivan Petrunin

Dr. Ivan Petrunin - Senior Lecturer in Signal Processing for Autonomous Systems at the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing (Cranfield University, UK). Ivan leads the Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) research at the Centre for Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems, supporting autonomy, UAM and UTM research activities in the Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC). His background and research interests are in applied signal processing for applications related to multi-sensor systems, sensor data processing and fusion, decision-making for autonomous systems and other application domains. Ivan is leading and contributing to several projects in PNT funded by UKRI and ESA.

Dr Mark Hopflinger

Head of the Swiss Drone and Robotics Centre SDRC, Armasuisse
Dr Mark Hopflinger

Dr. Markus Andreas (Mark) Hoepflinger holds a Master degree in Electrical Engineering
and Information Technology from ETH Zurich. After his Master in the field of space
robotics, Mark Hoepflinger was employed as engineer for the Swiss locomotion
subsystem breadboard for ESA’s ExoMars project. He then conducted a PhD at the
Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL) at ETH Zurich with the main focus on terrain perception
for legged robots. From 2013 to 2015, Mark was employed at ASL as leading researcher
on various national and international research projects and Pioneer Fellow for a legged
robotics company. Since 2015, Mark Hoepflinger is leading the governmental research
program ‘Unmanned Systems/Robotics’ at armasuisse Science + Technology and is
currently head of the "Swiss Drone and Robotics Centre" of the Swiss Federal Department
of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS).

Dr Martin Hagström

Programme Manager Weapon and protection, Swedish Defence Research Agency
Dr Martin Hagström

Martin Hagström is a Deputy Research Director at the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI). Martin is the programme manager of the Unmanned vehicles and Autonomous systems area, responsible for the support and direction to the Swedish Armed Forces’ research planning. He has served in several different positions at FOI and participated in a number of national and international research projects. Martin has a background in autonomous systems and control and his research includes work regulation and legal aspects of unmanned vehicles and autonomous weapon systems.

Dr Robert W. Sadowski

Army Chief Roboticist, Robotics ST, Combat Capabilities Development Command, Ground Vehicle System Center
Dr Robert W. 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 Centre 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.
 

Eric den Breejen

Technical consultant, TNO Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research
Eric den Breejen

Javier Corbacho Margallo

Director, NATO
Javier Corbacho Margallo

Leiutenant Colonel Sjoerd Mevissen

Commander of Robotics and Autonomous Systems Unit, Royal Netherlands Army
Leiutenant 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 Christopher Armstrong

S01 Autonomy, Royal Marines
Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Armstrong

Chris joined the Royal Marines in 2007. He is passionate about technology and has a range of operational experience in Information Exploitation (IX) and generalist commando roles, most recently serving in the mountainous and arctic specialist unit 45 Commando. He is responsible for the Autonomy profile within the Commando Force Programme.

Lieutenant Colonel Emory J Hayes

Military Deputy, Maneuver CDID, US Army Futures Command
Lieutenant Colonel Emory J Hayes

LTC Emory J Hayes
Military Deputy Director, Robotics Requirements Division
Maneuver-Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate
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 Iain Lamont

SO1 Robotics and Autonomous Systems, British Army
Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

 Lt Col Lamont joined the Army in 2000 and has spent most of his regimental duty serving with 3 Commando Brigade, deploying on numerous operations and deployments. He assumed command of 24 Commando during Operation RUMAN, the UK response to the 2017 hurricanes in the Caribbean. Previous appointments have been as a Command and Leadership Instructor at the Royal School of Military Engineering and at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. With experience as the Military Engineering Capability Sponsor in MoD in Whitehall, he was appointed as the Army Headquarters’ lead for Robotics and Autonomous Systems in Apr 2020.

Mr Guy Powell

Principal Adviser, Mounted systems and Principal Technical Authority, Project JTARR, DSTL
Mr Guy Powell

Guy Powell is Principal Adviser (Mounted systems) to the Land Systems Programme within Dstl. He is also Principal Technical Authority for project JTARR (Joint Tactical Autonomous Resupply and Replenishment) leading a team conducting scientific assessment of RAS technologies, through trials and supporting studies of exemplar ground platforms. While the primary focus of this work is application to Autonomous Resupply, it will likely have wider applicability across a range of capabilities.
Guy has worked in Defence R&D for over 30 years across a breadth of technical areas including land platforms, Robotics & Autonomous Systems (RAS), weapons and energetic materials.
 

Mr James Gavin

Head of the MOD DES Future Capability Group, UK MOD
Mr James Gavin

James Gavin is the head of the Future Capability Group (FCG) at Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S).

The FCG exists to help explore new capabilities so that they can then be exploited at scale. Increasingly projects are ‘Agile By Default’ to deliver early operational advantage. The Group works closely with all the Front-line Commands, DSTL and central MOD areas such as the DIU and DASA. James has served in the military, the civil service and industry before joining DE&S. He is a passionate advocate of delivering Operational Advantage through a better application of strategic thinking on innovation, inclusive cultures and sustainability.
 

Mr Martin Joesaar

Chief of Project Office for the iMUGS project, Estonian Centre for Defence Investments
Mr Martin Joesaar

Mr Martin Jõesaar served in the Estonian Defence Forces for 16 years as an officer. He added valuable contribution into the integration of Short Range Air Defence Missile Systems to the existing units at the early stage of his career. However, the latter part and the majority of his time was spent on helping to build up the Special Operations Forces Unit in order to meet the new challenges of NATO. This included different command positions within in the structure and contribution as an instructor and an operations officer at the HQ, including a deployment to Afghanistan under CJSOTF10 in 2012.
In 2019, Mr Jõesaar left the military in a rank of major and joined the Defence Industry side instead as the COO of an unmanned aerial systems developer and producer Threod Systems, based in Estonia. Additionally to the everyday coordination, ensuring the smooth process flow internally in the factory, one of the main roles for him was sharing the end-user experience. Threod Systems specialises on providing the state of the art equipment tailored according to the needs of the military and security forces. In which it is crucial to understand the intelligence collection details and its connections to the higher level HQ planning process for providing the full solution for the clients.
In the end of 2020, Mr Jõesaar accepted the offer to become the representative of the participating member states of the iMUGS project. By being the link between the industry consortium and the participating nations, he will play the key role in ensuring the full transparency of the project and helping all counterparts to understand the process in the mutual way. Coordinating such a complex international and multilingual project was the kind of challenge he gladly accepted.
 

Mr Peter Stockel

Fellow - Autonomous Systems, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
Mr Peter Stockel

Peter Stockel is a Fellow of the UK MOD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), where he is currently responsible for a portfolio of innovative defence and security projects in Robotic and Autonomous Systems. An Aeronautical Engineering graduate, Peter began his career in military flight control software development, before joining the UK MOD in 1994 to manage a wide variety of systems research, technical advice and operational analysis studies for air, weapons and C4ISR systems research, development, demonstration and acquisition projects. In his subsequent career with Dstl, Peter has enjoyed many senior roles in the management and delivery of R&D, national and international research leadership, organisational change design and strategic relationship management, including several posts in the UK MOD Head Office. He was awarded the MOD Chief Scientific Advisor’s (CSA) commendation for his contribution to the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR).

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Director of IMOD Robotics and Autonomous Systems, IMOD
Name withheld for security reasons

W01 Chris Stead

RSMI Auto, ATDU, Experimentation and Trails Unit, B
W01 Chris Stead

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