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SAE Media Group is proud to announce the 5th Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems conference, taking place on 6th and 7th April 2022.

MRAS 2022 is the ONLY event dedicated to military robotics in the land environment. This unique event will give you essential insights into the development and implementation of uncrewed and autonomous ground systems from international militaries. Robotics is becoming increasingly important in military discussions about force-generation, force-planning and future acquisition, so it is critical for military leaders and industry experts to understand the rapidly expanding role of military robots within the modern battlespace.

New for 2022: An emphasis on Uncrewed Combat Vehicles, Enhancing Autonomous Capabilities and Battlefield Human Machine Teaming; new speakers from the UK, France, Germany, Estonia, Switzerland, Finland, Czech Republic, Israel, India, Australia and New Zealand.

With a continued focus on the RAS priorites of situational awareness, lethality, manoeuvrability, survivability and sustainability, Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems is the only event in 2022 which will enable you to return to your defence force with the latest information and contacts in this ever-evolving industry.

Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems 2022 is the perfect occasion to hear from the most informed and renowned experts in the field of autonomous and robotic technologies. Join the two-day conference and benefit from insights delivered by first-class robotics scientists, researchers, academics and senior military figures.

  • Benefit from hearing about the latest MRAS updates, delivered by the experts from the most forward thinking nations in the field of military robotics and autonomous systems
  • Take advantage of our unique platform which enables the advancement of robotics and autonomous technologies, bringing together those at the heart of systems operation, training, development and integration
  • Hear about the most innovative MRAS development and integration programmes and how forces are being re-shaped by this emerging technology
  • Discuss how MRAS is enhancing the lethality, survivability, manoeuvrability, sustainability, and situational awareness of land forces around the world
  • Explore land force interoperability and collaboration between the defence industry and international militaries
  • Attend the conference along with leading researchers, scientists, academics, and military leaders

Abaco System; Altinay Aerospace and Advanced Technology; Armada International & Asian Military Review; ARMY HQ; Aselsan A.S; Ben Gurion University of the Negev; British Army; CCDC-Atlantic; CEHC; Combat Capabilities Development Command; Combat Capabilities Development Command – Atlantic (CCDC-ATL)/Army Futures Command (AFC); Combat Capabilities Development Command, Ground Vehicle System Center; Combat Capabilities Development Command, US Army; Cranfield University; DE&S MOD; Defence Academy; Defence Equipment & Support, UK MOD; Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S); Defence Science and Technology Laboratory; DIT DSO; DMO; DoD; Domo Tactical Communications (DTC); DSTL; Egyptian Defence Office; Elmo Motion Control UK; Export Support Team; EY; Finnish Defence Forces; Five Three Alpha; FLIR Systems, Inc; FMV; FOI; German Army; Gladius Tactical; IMP Castle Associates Limited; Infantry Trials and Development Unit; Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd; Janes Information Group; Maneuver Battle Lab; Microsoft; Milrem; Ministry of Defence; MOD DE&S Future Capability Group; MoD The Netherlands; Moog inc; NDMA; NEXTER-SYSTEMS Head Office; NLD Army; Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation; Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency; Pardus Defence & Security Ltd; Pearson Engineering Ltd; Presidency of Defence Industries; Qinetiq; Radley Consulting; Rheinmetall Canada Inc; Rheinmetall Electronics; SAAB AB; Saab Dynamics; Safran Group; Silvus Technologies, Inc; Soucy Defense Division; Soucy International Inc; UK MoD; Undersecretariat for Defence Industry ; University of Defence; University of Oxford; University of Oxford/Air Force Institute of Technology; US ARMY; US Army Corps of Engineers; USC Institute for Creative Technologies; Vetronics Research Centre;
 

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr Martin Jõesaar

Mr Martin Jõesaar, Chief of Project Office – iMUGS, Republic of Estonia Centre for Defence Investment

9:00 Establishing RAS Enhanced Brigade Combat Teams (BCT) for the British Army

Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

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

• An overview of the context, definitions and planned capabilities for the current British RAS Strategy
• The future of British BCTs and how RAS will play a defining role within the Teams
• Discussing UAS & UGVs in urban military operations – Sensor and targeting packages which can deal with route clearance and smart relocation
• Utilising the Army Warfighting Experiment to develop existing and novel RAS solutions for the British Army

9:30 The Future Commando Force – Enhancing the Lethality, Situational Awareness and Mobility Capabilities of the Royal Marines with UGVs and UAS

Lieutenant Colonel Ross Drinkwater

Lieutenant Colonel Ross Drinkwater, SO1 Autonomy, UK Commando Forces Acquisition, Royal Marines

• Reviewing the current UGV and UAS integration projects of the Future Commando Force
• UAS swarming capabilities for situational awareness and autonomous resupply of Marines in the field
• Opportunities and challenges for Human/Uncrewed Teaming resulting from Exercise Autonomous Advance Force 4.0
• Other uncrewed projects which will enhance littoral and ground operations for the Royal Marines

10:00 The MOD Expeditionary Robotics Centre of Expertise (ERCoE) and Upcoming Projects from the DES Future Capability Group

Mr James Gavin

Mr James Gavin, Head of Future Capability Group, DE&S, UK MoD

• The ERCoE and future project opportunities
• Co-Teaming with the British Army, Royal Navy and Industry partners to develop a more agile acquisition approach
• Emerging trends and lessons from trailing and interactively improving UAS and UGVs

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 ZenaDrone 1000 Supporting Military Operations

Mr Simon Henry

Mr Simon Henry, Business Development Manager, ZenaDrone, Inc

  • Drone Features
  • Drone Applications
     
  • 11:30 Government & Industry Collaboration on RAS: Carving a Path toward Greater Innovation [VIRTUAL]

    Brigadier General (Ret’d) Alain Tremblay

    Brigadier General (Ret’d) Alain Tremblay, Vice-President, Business Development, Rheinmetall Canada

    • An overview of main collaborative RAS programs and their positive impacts on technology development
    • Key advantages for both the Government and the Industry
    • Major take-aways and pitfalls to avoid

    12:00 Interaction Between Technology and Concepts: CD&E as a Service, Key Issues and Current Military Operations

    Lieutenant Colonel (Res) Sten Allik

    Lieutenant Colonel (Res) Sten Allik, CD&E Director, Milrem Robotics

    - Helping to understand the implementation – providing CD&E support in addition to the technology - Complex solutions for complex challenges
    - What are the key issues in understanding the advantages and disadvantages of RAS?
    - What the war in Ukraine might tell us about the RAS and its potency?

     

    12:30 Optimising the Interoperability and Standerdisation of European UGV’s Through the iMUGS Project

    Mr Martin Jõesaar

    Mr Martin Jõesaar, Chief of Project Office – iMUGS, Republic of Estonia Centre for Defence Investment

    • An outline of the iMUGS project: timelines, partners and results so far
    • Challenges to creating a standerdisation for a UGV platform and integrating existing robotics systems to enhance the iMUGS’ suite of capabilities
    • Working with iMUGS industry partners and new opportunity streams for future development

    13:00 Land Autonomy Capability Development – An Industry Perspective

    • The Thales Approach
    • Engineer Reconnaissance
    • Route Assurance
    • Logistic Resupply

    Mr Jonathan Welch

    Mr Jonathan Welch, Capture Leader, Thales UK

    Dr Iain Carrie

    Dr Iain Carrie, Chief Technologist, Thales UK

    13:30 Lunch Break

    14:30 Human-Machine Teaming in the Urban Battlefield

    Mr Bar-On Ido

    Mr Bar-On Ido, VP Business Development & Sales, Xtend

  • Modern warfare: new challenges and paradigms
  • Providing traditional services with special forces capabilities
  • Teaming humans and machines for maximum operational impact, mass, and tempo
  • 15:00 Upgrading Armored Combat Vehicle Capabilities to Support Autonomous Operations : SHADOW RIDER Heavy Class UGV

    Mr Serkan Balbay

    Mr Serkan Balbay, Vetronics and Weapon Systems Director, FNSS Defense Systems

    • FNSS company brief information
    • Autonomy Background
    • Platform- Shadow Rider
    • FNSS Approach to Autonomy
    • Operational Scenarios

    15:30 Autonomous Systems Advancing to the Domination on the Future Battlefield

    • Current military RAS projects being developed by the Department of Military Robotics
    • Updates on the UGV-Pz development program
    • Optimising AI in Automation of operational decisions
    • Conceptual findings and issues from RAS R&D

    Colonel Jan Mazal

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

    16:00 Afternoon Tea

    16:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor - Elmo Motion Control

    17:00 The US Army’s Robotics at the Tactical Edge

    Lieutenant Colonel Bart Brimhall

    Lieutenant Colonel Bart Brimhall, Military Deputy, Robotics Requirements Division (RRD), Maneuver Capability Development Integration Directorate (CDID), US Army Futures Command

    • Army Maneuver Robotic Strategy
    • Robotics Programs, Initiatives, and Strategies
    • 10X Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Equipped Dismounted Infantry Platoon
    • Artificial Intelligence for Small Unit Maneuver

    17:30 Modernisation for the Future of Ground Warfare: The Ground Vehicle Systems Center and Developing Autonomous Robotics [VIRTUAL]

    Dr Robert Sadowski

    Dr Robert Sadowski, Army Chief Roboticist (Robotics ST), Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC), US Army Futures Command

    • The US Army’s roadmap to integrating military RAS into regular military units – Current projects and future requirements
    • Updates from the GVSC in optimizing autonomy R&D programs for the US Army
    • Transforming soldier capabilities through RAS: mobility, burden reduction, situational awareness, intelligence dissemination and lethality
    • Assessing the challenges in developing effective autonomous systems to meet the requirements of 21st century warfare

    18:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Mr Martin Jõesaar

    Mr Martin Jõesaar, Chief of Project Office – iMUGS, Republic of Estonia Centre for Defence Investment

    8:15 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Mr Martin Jõesaar

    Mr Martin Jõesaar, Chief of Project Office – iMUGS, Republic of Estonia Centre for Defence Investment

    9:00 Continuing the Drive for Autonomy Development and Human Machine Teaming at the DSTL

    Mr Peter Stockel

    Mr Peter Stockel, DSTL Fellow, Autonomous Systems & Innovation Autonomy Challenge Lead, DSTL, UK MoD

    • The Integrated Review and the impact on Science and Technology strategies to deliver RAS R&D results within the DSTL
    • Enhancing Testing and Evaluation processes for RAS development
    • Exploiting Human Machine Teaming at the DSTL – Creating collaborative teams between unmanned systems and their human operators for maximum battlefield efficiency
    • Progress towards tackling the autonomous challenge at the DSTL
    • Using cutting edge robotics and AI to optimise CBRN detection, ground force logistics, robotic platoon vehicles and UAS swarming

    9:30 Towards Ground Robotics Autonomy in the Military: Opportunities and Challenges

    Mr Gaël Désilles

    Mr Gaël Désilles, Director of Land S&T Programs, Defence Innovation Agency, French Ministry of Armed Forces

    • How could ground robotics impact future missions?
    • Technical challenges (military environment, man-unmanned interaction)
    • Operational challenges (human supervision, cognitive load, optimisation of use)

    10:00 Moulding the Future Force of the Australian Army [VIRTUAL]

    Colonel Robin Smith

    Colonel Robin Smith, Director Robotics and Autonomous Systems Implementation and Coordination Office, Royal Australian Army

    • Adapting the Australian Army’s RAS Strategy to further new Brigade Combat Teams with integrated RAS capabilities – Challenges and opportunities
    • Current RAS projects of the Australian Army including, Leader Follower, UGVs, Nano-UAS and the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle
    • The mission and strategies of the Robotics & Autonomous Systems Implementation & Coordination Office (RICO)
    • Future force design with RAS future concepts – What will the key RAS technologies be which drive the development of armed forces?

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 The Royal Netherlands Army RAS Infrastructure: Providing Autonomy for Ground Robotics with AI

    Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hädicke

    Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hädicke, Head of Development & Innovation RAS-Program, Concept Development & Experimentation Group, Royal Netherlands Army

    • Progress towards autonomous military robotics systems within the Royal Netherlands Army
    • An overview of the RAS Innovation Program from an organisational perspective
    • NLD Army data-science and AI research for robotics
    • Updates to the UGV integration program and creating RAS integrated combat units
    • Future NLD force-design with integrated autonomous systems

    11:30 Results from the Prometeo Campaign and the Implications for Italian RAS in the Land Domain

    Lieutenant Colonel Vito Marra

    Lieutenant Colonel Vito Marra, SO1 Concept Development, Future Force Development, Department General & Financial Planning, Italian Army General Staff

    • An overview of the program and moving into the ‘Exploitation Phase’ of the Italian Army RAS Experiment Roadmap
    • Establishing the key industry and academic stakeholders to developing the Italian military’s RAS programs
    • Challenges at the tactical and strategic level to RAS integration
    • Looking forward – The key opportunities for RAS development in the Italian military and how we will get there

    12:00 The RAS Capabilities, R&D and Opportunities for the Estonian Army

    • A brief overview of the context for required RAS development within the Estonian Army – Threats and Challenges
    • Analysing the RAS projects and strategies of the Estonian Army
    • Human-Machine Teaming from the Estonian perspective
    • Working with the Estonian Industry base to secure novel RAS capabilities for the Estonian Army

    Mr Markus Otsus

    Mr Markus Otsus, Unmanned Systems Project Coordinator, Department of Applied Research, Estonian Military Academy

    Major Ivo Peets

    Major Ivo Peets, Estonian Defence Forces Force Capability Development Project lead, Estonian Defence Forces

    12:30 Lunch Break

    13:30 Developments from the IDF Robotics Team – Utilizing Unmanned Ground Robotics to Enhance Israeli Ground Operations [VIRTUAL]

    Name Withheld for Security Reasons

    Name Withheld for Security Reasons, , Israeli Defence Forces

    • The roadmap for UGV R&D and integration into the IDF
    • Updates on the Jaguar semi-autonomous UGV with planned capabilities
    • Leveraging new technologies to develop existing RAS programs for the IDF
    • Military applications for new autonomy algorithms and suitability for civilian cooperation
    • Working with Israeli industry partners to develop new autonomy R&D strategies and platforms

    14:00 The Swiss Perspective on the Development of Unmanned Systems for Military Operations

    • An overview of the robotics and autonomous systems test and experimentation capabilities of the Swiss Drone and Robotics Centre
    • Updates to the Unmanned Mobile Systems Research Programme with planned outcomes and lessons learned
    • The Swiss Strategic Advisory Board as a hub for sharing robotics R&D with military, industry and academic partners
    • Future RAS research and development plans for the Centre and the Swiss Armed Forces

    Dr Mark Höpflinger

    Dr Mark Höpflinger, Head of the Swiss Drone and Robotics Centre (SDRC), Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport DDPS, Science + Technology, Armasuisse

    14:30 Developing Enhanced Perception for RAS Through the Integration of Complex Communication and Sensor Systems

    • Optimising the future of mobile robotics which are adaptive and capable of performing tasks alongside humans
    • An overview of the current robotics programs being developed by the BISG
    • Communication and sensor capabilities of advanced RAS platforms being developed by BISG
    • Cooperation between research groups and industry partners for the development of RAS

    Professor Juha Röning

    Professor Juha Röning, Head of Group, Biomimetics and Intelligent Systems Group (BISG), University Of Oulu

    15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 CAIR’s Research and Development for Intelligent Systems and Unmanned Systems

    Dr Arshad Jamal

    Dr Arshad Jamal, Robotics Scientist, Centre for AI and Robotics (CAIR), Indian Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)

    • Priorities for developing multipurpose robotics, computer vision processing and artificial intelligence systems for the DRDO
    • Challenges to creating autonomy-based algorithms, such as path planning, Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM), object detection and recognition, and task coordination for mobile platforms
    • Other RAS solutions being established at CAIR and plans for further R&D
    • Working with the Indian Army to sustain their military requirements and enhance their operational capabilities

    16:00 International Autonomy Programme Updates from the US Air Force Research Laboratory [VIRTUAL]

    Mr Jean-Charles Ledé

    Mr Jean-Charles Ledé, Autonomy Technical Advisor, US Air Force Research Laboratory

    • Applications of autonomy and Artificial Intelligence to Air Power
    • The Air Force Cognitive Engine (ACE) and developing Machine Learning/AI tools for the Department of the Air Force
    • International Partnerships in Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence

    16:30 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Mr Martin Jõesaar

    Mr Martin Jõesaar, Chief of Project Office – iMUGS, Republic of Estonia Centre for Defence Investment

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Colonel Jan Mazal

    Colonel Jan Mazal

    Head of the Military Robotics Department, Czech University of Defence
    Colonel Robin Smith

    Colonel Robin Smith

    Director Robotics and Autonomous Systems Implementation and Coordination Office, Royal Australian Army
    Dr Arshad Jamal

    Dr Arshad Jamal

    Robotics Scientist, Centre for AI and Robotics (CAIR), Indian Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)
    Dr Mark Höpflinger

    Dr Mark Höpflinger

    Head of the Swiss Drone and Robotics Centre (SDRC), Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport DDPS, Science + Technology, Armasuisse
    Dr Robert Sadowski

    Dr Robert Sadowski

    Army Chief Roboticist (Robotics ST), Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC), US Army Futures Command
    Lieutenant Colonel Bart Brimhall

    Lieutenant Colonel Bart Brimhall

    Military Deputy, Robotics Requirements Division (RRD), Maneuver Capability Development Integration Directorate (CDID), US Army Futures Command
    Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

    Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

    SO1 Robotics and Autonomous Systems, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hädicke

    Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hädicke

    Head of Development & Innovation RAS-Program, Concept Development & Experimentation Group, Royal Netherlands Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Ross Drinkwater

    Lieutenant Colonel Ross Drinkwater

    SO1 Autonomy, UK Commando Forces Acquisition, Royal Marines
    Lieutenant Colonel Vito Marra

    Lieutenant Colonel Vito Marra

    SO1 Concept Development, Future Force Development, Department General & Financial Planning, Italian Army General Staff
    Mr Gaël Désilles

    Mr Gaël Désilles

    Director of Land S&T Programs, Defence Innovation Agency, French Ministry of Armed Forces
    Mr James Gavin

    Mr James Gavin

    Head of Future Capability Group, DE&S, UK MoD
    Mr Jean-Charles Ledé

    Mr Jean-Charles Ledé

    Autonomy Technical Advisor, US Air Force Research Laboratory
    Mr Kerim Serkan Simais

    Mr Kerim Serkan Simais

    Senior Associate, Department of Land Platforms , Turkish Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB)
    Mr Markus Otsus

    Mr Markus Otsus

    Unmanned Systems Project Coordinator, Department of Applied Research, Estonian Military Academy
    Mr Martin Jõesaar

    Mr Martin Jõesaar

    Chief of Project Office – iMUGS, Republic of Estonia Centre for Defence Investment
    Mr Peter Stockel

    Mr Peter Stockel

    DSTL Fellow, Autonomous Systems & Innovation Autonomy Challenge Lead, DSTL, UK MoD
    Ms Busra Ata

    Ms Busra Ata

    Project Engineer, Department of Land Platforms, Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB)

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Former Head of Force Protection, British Army
    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Brigadier General (Ret’d) Alain Tremblay

    Vice-President, Business Development, Rheinmetall Canada
    Brigadier General (Ret’d) Alain Tremblay

    Captain Goeran Boelke

    Head of Department, Conception of Unmanned Systems for the Army / Innovation Combat Force, Office for Army Development, Bundeswehr
    Captain Goeran Boelke

    Colonel Jan Mazal

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

    Colonel Robin Smith

    Director Robotics and Autonomous Systems Implementation and Coordination Office, Royal Australian Army
    Colonel Robin Smith

    Dr Arshad Jamal

    Robotics Scientist, Centre for AI and Robotics (CAIR), Indian Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)
    Dr Arshad Jamal

    Dr Iain Carrie

    Chief Technologist, Thales UK
    Dr Iain Carrie

    Dr Mark Höpflinger

    Head of the Swiss Drone and Robotics Centre (SDRC), Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport DDPS, Science + Technology, Armasuisse
    Dr Mark Höpflinger

    Dr Robert Sadowski

    Army Chief Roboticist (Robotics ST), Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC), US Army Futures Command
    Dr Robert Sadowski

    Lieutenant Colonel (Res) Sten Allik

    CD&E Director, Milrem Robotics
    Lieutenant Colonel (Res) Sten Allik

    Lieutenant Colonel Bart Brimhall

    Military Deputy, Robotics Requirements Division (RRD), Maneuver Capability Development Integration Directorate (CDID), US Army Futures Command
    Lieutenant Colonel Bart Brimhall

    Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hädicke

    Head of Development & Innovation RAS-Program, Concept Development & Experimentation Group, Royal Netherlands Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hädicke

    Lieutenant Colonel Ross Drinkwater

    SO1 Autonomy, UK Commando Forces Acquisition, Royal Marines
    Lieutenant Colonel Ross Drinkwater

    Lieutenant Colonel Vito Marra

    SO1 Concept Development, Future Force Development, Department General & Financial Planning, Italian Army General Staff
    Lieutenant Colonel Vito Marra

    Mr Bar-On Ido

    VP Business Development & Sales, Xtend
    Mr Bar-On Ido

    Mr Gaël Désilles

    Director of Land S&T Programs, Defence Innovation Agency, French Ministry of Armed Forces
    Mr Gaël Désilles

    Mr James Gavin

    Head of Future Capability Group, DE&S, UK MoD
    Mr James Gavin

    Mr Jean-Charles Ledé

    Autonomy Technical Advisor, US Air Force Research Laboratory
    Mr Jean-Charles Ledé

    Mr Jonathan Welch

    Capture Leader, Thales UK
    Mr Jonathan Welch

    Mr Kerim Serkan Simais

    Senior Associate, Department of Land Platforms , Turkish Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB)
    Mr Kerim Serkan Simais

    Mr Markus Otsus

    Unmanned Systems Project Coordinator, Department of Applied Research, Estonian Military Academy
    Mr Markus Otsus

    Mr Martin Jõesaar

    Chief of Project Office – iMUGS, Republic of Estonia Centre for Defence Investment
    Mr Martin Jõesaar

    Mr Peter Stockel

    DSTL Fellow, Autonomous Systems & Innovation Autonomy Challenge Lead, DSTL, UK MoD
    Mr Peter Stockel

    Mr Serkan Balbay

    Vetronics and Weapon Systems Director, FNSS Defense Systems
    Mr Serkan Balbay

    Mr Simon Henry

    Business Development Manager, ZenaDrone, Inc
    Mr Simon Henry

    Ms Busra Ata

    Project Engineer, Department of Land Platforms, Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB)
    Ms Busra Ata

    Name Withheld for Security Reasons

    , Israeli Defence Forces
    Name Withheld for Security Reasons

    Professor Juha Röning

    Head of Group, Biomimetics and Intelligent Systems Group (BISG), University Of Oulu
    Professor Juha Röning

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    Cognata’s AV off-road simulation is designed to test, train and validate perception and control challenges for terrains that do not offer a clear road definition. This simulation platform uses synthetic data with a digital twin environment, and delivers a new level of realism in training and validating Next Generation Combat Vehicles, Manned Fighting Vehicles & Robotic Controlled Vehicles for defense-specific applications.


    Teledyne

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    Teledyne’s Phobos Radar-ESM system provides enhanced situational awareness by capturing and fingerprinting every radar transmission in the area. Operating from military vehicles, patrol vessels and aircraft, Phobos identifies emitters and highlights changes in operating patterns, delivering vital real-time intelligence. Rugged, compact and simple to operate, the Phobos R-ESM is currently in service with many NATO and Allied countries.


    ZenaDrone

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    Drones provide many benefits to modern businesses and industries. In addition to their crucial role in aerial surveillance, photography, and monitoring, they are beneficial in agriculture, terrain mapping, parcel delivery, emergency search and rescue operation, inspections, and telecommunications. The ZenaDrone 1000, the intelligent unmanned aerial vehicle, is changing industrial landscapes and business perspectives.

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    Aerospace & Defense Technology

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    For the past 12 years, Aerospace & Defense Technology has been the mil/aero industry’s most trusted source for cutting-edge design and engineering information. Whether it’s in-depth feature articles on the hottest technology topics, application briefs that illustrate innovative uses of products and systems, tech briefs that describe how specific technologies are developed, or new product information that highlights the latest releases to the market, Aerospace & Defense Technology has the resources engineers need to do their jobs better.

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    Soldier Modernisation

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    Soldier Modernisation (SoldierMod.Com) is an authoritative policy and technology publication for the international defense community, serving the integrated equipment needs of the dismounted soldier and marine in operations today and the fielding of Soldier Modernisation Programmes over the next few years. SoldierMod.Com is designed to provide insights into how decision makers plan to transform operations in the areas of survivability, sustainability, C4I, lethality and mobility; managing the balance between the promise of 'leap-ahead technology balance and mature cost effective solutions. SoldierMod is distributed in many formats which will include an 50 page journal 10,000 copies BPA Audited, twice annually , in January and June Our Website www.soldiermod.com , Has a 24 hour news service , anytime ( currently at over 20,000 individual visits per month ) . We also have an online technical forum where anyone in the industry can ask us strategic or technological questions , our partners and experts will respond directly back.


    21st Century Asian Arms Race

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    21st Century Asian Arms Race (21AAR) is an online resource for conflict and security related information specific to Eurasia. 21AAR's editorial style and open source approach to gathering public intelligence ensures a unique and independent presentation of events in real-time.


    Aerospace & Defense Review

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    Aerospace Defense Review is the only print magazine read by over 45,000 qualified readers in the U.S. that includes Corporate Management executives, senior executives from Design/R&D, Scientists, engineers, system integrators, program managers, procurement division executives, and other senior-level technology decision-makers. Following a peer-to-peer learning pattern, our magazine has been a reference point to industry insiders to learn about the new technology trends and share with the community how they are leveraging technology to accomplish various programs.


    Military Systems and Technology

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    Military Systems & Technology is a comprehensive web portal, design agency and publication designed for the International Defence & Aerospace Industry. It is a source of daily information for Manufacturers, OEM’S, System Integrators and Contractors. We even have Government & Military Readers. The portal encompasses all aspects of Military equipment, technology, design and services. www.militarysystems-tech.com info@militarysystems-tech.com +44 (0)1392 881545


    Counter-IED Report

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    Counter-IED Report is a leading international subscription-based publication, which covers the latest developments in the fight against the IED threat. We aim to identify technological advances as well as strategies and tactics for countering threat networks, reduce IED manufacture and placement, assist post-conflict humanitarian demining and capacity building efforts worldwide. For more information please visit website: www.counteriedreport.com


    SecurityClearedJobs.com

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    SecurityClearedJobs.com is an on-line job board designed and marketed to attract candidates who work within Defence, Government and Nuclear sectors. We advertise 1000’s of job opportunities both on a Permanent and Contract basis covering opportunities within all industry sectors. Visit our site www.SecurityClearedJobs.com to search for your next job opportunity.


    Asian Military Review

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


    Robotics Tomorrow

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


    ArmedForces.co.uk

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    The DEFENCE SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY is an authoritative online information resource for all defence purchasers. This comprehensive listing of Defence Suppliers has enabled thousands of purchasing professionals to find exactly what they are looking for - in seconds. THE DEFENCE SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY provides a total overview of all the UK's Armed Forces - with a wealth of valuable information about the organisation and structure of the UK's Defence Services, as well as useful facts about developments in the UK Defence Industry Contact us: defenceenquiries@armedforces.co.uk Tel: 01743 241962 website: www.armedforces.co.uk


    Global Military Communications

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    Global Military Communications is a publication that tracks the trends, drivers and technology that fuel the military communications sector. Communications continue to be the lynchpin of modern warfare and is crucial to any military campaign. The sector is going through unprecedented change as militaries and governments across the world move towards a network centric approach to their communications. From operations in war zones to homeland security and disaster recovery operations, Global Military Communications provides you with the latest communications developments on land, sea, and in the air.


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    Unmanned Systems Technology magazine is focused entirely on the innovative engineering that's successfully pushing boundaries on land, in the air, at sea and even through the universe. Published bi-monthly, UST provides independent coverage of the engineering at the heart of unmanned vehicles. Subscribe today!


    Homeland Security Corporation (HSRC)

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    HSRC provides premium off-the-shelf market reports on present and emerging technologies and industry expertise, enabling global clients to gain time-critical insight into business opportunities. All reports include in-depth information and analysis of emerging markets, technologies, and industries broken down by geography, market, vertical, technology, product, and revenue stream. Our reports support Homeland Security & Public Safety communities worldwide in their strategic decision-making process, providing up-to-date market knowledge, analysis, and insights. HSRC offers customized research services geared towards providing our clients with clear, actionable recommendations designed to empower decision-making and to help exploit emerging opportunities in the market. The customized research services provide a deep analysis of specific markets and eco-systems, target geographies, strategic segments and verticals, competitor analysis and technological benchmarks. The custom research services are provided as an ad hoc assignment or as an ongoing service.


    Defence Today

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    Defence Today is an online publication covering the latest in global defence and security news, defence intelligence and strategic insight. Terrorism and emerging threats, defence industry coverage, the latest technology developments and emerging platforms and systems. Military equipment profiles and industry showcases. Advertising, press releases and event listings are available.


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


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    Army-technology.com brings you up-to-date international news and features on the defence industry, covering military projects, trends, products, services and more in the army sector. With a team of journalists around the world, army-technology.com, along with sister sites naval-technology.com and airforce-technology.com, is the only business service that focuses on the technologies required by military personnel and companies working in this important field. When you combine this with one of the most comprehensive and detailed listings of military equipment suppliers, products and services, free white paper downloads and company press releases, you see why army-technology.com is the key point of reference for the defence industry.

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    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place
    Kensington
    London W8 5SR
    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

     

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    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.

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    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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