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;

Conference programme

7:30 Registration & Coffee

8:20 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr Martin Joesaar

Mr Martin Joesaar, Chief of Project Office - iMUGS, Estonian Centre for Defence Investments
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8:30 Human Machine Teaming within the Future Force Development of the British Army

Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont, SO1 Robotics and Autonomous Systems, British Army
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• An overview of the context, definitions, and planned capabilities for the current British RAS Strategy
• Examining the role that RAS will play in Brigade Combat Teams
• Implementing UAS & UGVs into the Modern Battlespace
• Utilizing the Army Warfighting Experiment to develop existing and novel RAS solutions for the British Army

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

Mr Peter Stockel

Mr Peter Stockel, Fellow - Autonomous Systems, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
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• 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 Speaking Slot Reserved for Sponsor - Applied Intuition

Mr Colin Carroll

Mr Colin Carroll, Defense Director, Applied Intuition Inc
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Architecting Autonomy for the Defense Enterprise

10:00 Morning Coffee

10:30 Developing Battle Winning Technologies with RAS & AI for the Modern Battlespace

Mr Guy Powell

Mr Guy Powell, Principal Advisor – Land Autonomy, DSTL
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• Project Convergance 2022 - implementing RAS and AI with Allies
• Utilising RAS for the detection of hazardous materials and
other risk reducing tasks
• DSTL’s Roadmap for the future of RAS and AI Technologies

11:00 Exploring the Conclusions of the Heavy UGV Challenges with the Armored Trials & Development Unit

• Exploring Heavy UGV opportunities for the British Army
• Lessons learned from the Heavy UGV Challenge
• Path to operability - Heavy UGV’s in the Modern Battle Space

WO1 Chris Stead

WO1 Chris Stead, RSMI Auto, ATDU, Experimentation and Trials Unit, British Army

Major James Onstenk

Major James Onstenk, Armour Trials and Development Unit ATDU, Future Integration, British Army

11:30 Developing Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS) within TNO

Eric den Breejen

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

? NATO AVT-341 SCI-342 EOD Tele Manipulation Robot
Technology Roadmap Development
• ICTUS - Intelligent Coordination of Tactical Unmanned Systems
? Collaborative mission planning for UGV’s for surveillance
mission in simulated environment
• NATO SCI-342 EOD Tele Manipulation Robot Technology
Roadmap Development
• EDA CUGS (Combat Unmanned Ground Systems) on high-level mission autonomy (in simulation environment)

12:00 Speaking Slot Reserved for Sponsor - Xtend

Mr Bar-On Ido

Mr Bar-On Ido, VP BD&Sales, Xtend
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  • Barriers for scaling robotics adoption and deployment
  • Building the Swiss Army Knife – instead of tailored solutions
  • Flatten the ecosystem – single Operating System to control various robotic capabilities
  • Operating System as a growth enabler – marrying up with common BMS, and providing a gateway to software applications
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Speaking Slot Reserved for Sponsor - Elbit Systems UK

    14:00 Open Architecture in RAS - IMOD Perspective

    • The role of open architecture Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems -progress made by the IDF
    • Integration and interoperability of Robotics and Autonomous Systems within the IDF
    • Using simulation to optimise the capabilities of Robotics and Autonomous Systems

    Name withheld for security reasons

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

    Name Withheld for Security Reasons

    Name Withheld for Security Reasons, Senior Representative, IMOD

    14:30 Future Capability Group Briefing – Exploring the programmes and progress of the FCG

    Mr James Gavin

    Mr James Gavin, Head of the MOD DES Future Capability Group, UK MOD
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    • Introduction to the FCG and ways of working
    • Human Machine Teaming Programme 
    • Nano & small UAV lessons learnt 
    • Heavy Lift Challenge Programme
    • Multi Domain Integrated Swarms Programme
    • High Altitude Intelligence (AETHER) Programme 

    15:00 Enhancing UGV Capabilities for the Turkish Armed Forces to Provide Superiority in Operations

    • Current Developments and changing Requirements Of UGVs
    • Product usage concepts
    • Standardization studies
    • Remote control challenges
    • Feedbacks from third parties
    • Problems of procurement and its effects in UGV Sector
    • National Abilities & Activities About Unmanned Systems
    • Road Map

    Mr Emre Ilhan

    Mr Emre Ilhan, Defense Industry Associate, SSB
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    Mr Unal Yildirim

    Mr Unal Yildirim, Defense Industry Associate, SSB
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    15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Speaking Session reserved for Sponsor- IAI Elta Systems Ltd.

    17:00 Updates on Unmanned and Autonomous Ground Systems Program from the FOI

    Dr Martin Hagström

    Dr Martin Hagström, Programme Manager Weapon and protection, Swedish Defence Research Agency
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    • Where is autonomy truly needed? – critical functions for autonomy
    • Interface between operator and system – how should it be
    • What are the ethical considerations which should be kept in mind when developing and fielding autonomous weapons

    17:30 Swiss Progress in the Development of Unmanned & Autonomous systems for Military Operations

    Dr Mark Hoepflinger

    Dr Mark Hoepflinger, Head of the Swiss Drone and Robotics Centre SDRC, Armasuisse
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    • Research and innovation in the field of mil. robotics
    • Swiss contribution to winning the DARPA Sub-T Challenge
    • Autonomy in legged robotics

    18:00 Unmanned Ground Robotics - The Norwegian Perspective

    Dr Kim Mathiassen

    Dr Kim Mathiassen, Senior Researcher, FFI (Norwegian Defence Research Establishment)
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    • Research on Autonomy for UGVs

    • Preliminary experimentation with the Norwegian Army

    • Simulations for exploring Unmanned systems use cases

    • NATO STO IST-179 Interoperability for Semi-autonomous ground vehicles

    18:30 Chairman's Closing Remarks

    Mr Martin Joesaar

    Mr Martin Joesaar, Chief of Project Office - iMUGS, Estonian Centre for Defence Investments
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    8:00 Registration & Coffee

    8:20 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Mr Martin Joesaar

    Mr Martin Joesaar, Chief of Project Office - iMUGS, Estonian Centre for Defence Investments
    View Bio

    8:30 Shaping and Enhancing the Future Force of the Australian Army through RAS capabilities

    Colonel Robin Smith

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

    9:00 The Royal Netherlands Army RAS programme: Lessons Learned from the Operational experiment in Lithuania

    Lieutenant Colonel Sjoerd Mevissen

    Lieutenant Colonel Sjoerd Mevissen, Commander of Robotics and Autonomous Systems Unit, Royal Netherlands Army
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    • Operational Experiment – How to get there.
    • Exercises in Lithuania – expectations, realities and lessons learned
    • Integration of RAS into the modern battlespace


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

    Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Armstrong

    Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Armstrong, S01 Autonomy, Royal Marines
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    • Overview of 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 4.0
    • Other uncrewed projects which will enhance littoral and
    ground operations for the Royal Marines

    10:00 Speaking Slot Reserved for Sponsor - Milrem

    Mr Sten Allik

    Mr Sten Allik, Director of Concept Development and Experimentation, Milrem
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     - Expectations, challenges and trends
    - Is there and what are the gamechangers?

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 iMUGS Project – Progress towards standardisation and interoperability in Europe

    Mr Martin Joesaar

    Mr Martin Joesaar, Chief of Project Office - iMUGS, Estonian Centre for Defence Investments
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    • Outline of the iMUGS project, timelines, partners, aims and realities of the project
    • Challenges and opportunities of standardisation of UGV platforms
    • Successes, failures, and lessons learned from testing in Paris in Berlin in late 2022
    • Conclusion of the iMUGS project – project is ending in May 2023, solid conclusions should be formed by April
    • Working with iMUGS industry partners and new opportunities for future development

    11:30 Leveraging Robotics and Autonomous Systems to ‘Defeat the Device’

    Colonel Javier Corbacho Margallo

    Colonel Javier Corbacho Margallo, Director, CIED COE, NATO
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     • Current projects and priorities for the C-IED COE in RAS
    • Advancements in telemanipulation, mobility and route
    clearance for robotics in C-IED operations
    • International cooperation to develop new standards for ROV &
    RCV C-IED platforms and training
    • Future requirements for C-IED robotics – Speed, Agility,
    Autonomy, Mobility and more

    12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor - Rheinmetall Canada

    Mr Alain Tremblay

    Mr Alain Tremblay, Vice-President, Business Development and Innovation, Rheinmetall Canada Inc.
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    • Our vision of the future use of UGV on the battlefield
    • How to get there with legacy platforms fitted with autonomous kit
    • Increasing simulation experiments
    • Continuing experimentation programs
    • Launching higher volume acquisition programs for basic UGVs to perform simple tasks

    14:00 Opportunities and Challenges Uncovered by the Implementation of MRAS technologies in the US

    Dr Robert W. Sadowski

    Dr Robert W. Sadowski, Army Chief Roboticist, Robotics ST, Combat Capabilities Development Command, Ground Vehicle System Center
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    • Lessons learned from integration of RAS with Soldiers.
    • Enhancing RAS Command & control software moving towards Heterogeneous robot control
    • Questions surrounding the weaponization of UGV’s and other RAS assets

    14:30 RAS and Completing the Mission in a UAS Contested Battlespace

    Lieutenant Colonel Emory J Hayes

    Lieutenant Colonel Emory J Hayes, Military Deputy, Maneuver CDID, US Army Futures Command
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    - Counter sUAS- The dangers of compartmentalization versus the opportunity of the operationalization
    - Counter sUAS as RAS overmatch and RAS overmatch as Cross Domain (or combined arms) Overmatch at the Tactical Edge
    - Assessing the challenges—and opportunities—in developing effective autonomous systems to meet the requirements of 21st century warfare in the 2040 approach.

    15:00 Plasan’s ATeMM - Different approach to electrification & robotic

    Mr Nati Atias

    Mr Nati Atias, BD & Sales Manager , Plasan
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  • The need in electrification & robotic
  • The Logistic challenge
  • Can you get single solution for both needs?
  • The key feature: Availability
  • Now vs Future
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Czech Developments in Autonomous Ground Robotic Systems fit for the Future Operational Environment

    Colonel Jan Mazal

    Colonel Jan Mazal, Head of the Military Robotics Department, University of Defence
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    • Progress of current military RAS projects being developed by the Department of Military Robotics
    • Updates on the UGV development for pyrotechnical operations
    • Updates on the UGV development for logistics
    • Operational Intelligence for military robots
    • Conceptual findings and issues from RAS R&D

    17:00 Enhancing the capability of the Finnish Defence Forces Artillery System through Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems

    Captain Aleksanteri Siren

    Captain Aleksanteri Siren, Course Leader, Finnish Defence Forces
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    • Current progress in the field of RAS - challenges that have arisen, and opportunities taken
    • Operational Implementation and Integration of RAS into the Artillery Systems Kill chain
    • Manned-Unmanned -Teaming and Task Allocation between Human and Machine

    17:30 Increasing Autonomy in Weapon Systems and Humanitarian Operations

    Ms Georgia Hinds

    Ms Georgia Hinds, Legal Adviser, International Committee of the Red Cross
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    • Overview of humanitarian, ethical and legal perspectives on autonomous weapon systems (AWS)
    • Current international law and policy processes regarding AWS and ICRC’s recommendations
    • Use of uncrewed systems in humanitarian operations

    18:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks

    Mr Martin Joesaar

    Mr Martin Joesaar, Chief of Project Office - iMUGS, Estonian Centre for Defence Investments
    View Bio



    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.

    Captain Christian Andersson

    Researcher/Teacher, Finnish National Defence University
    Captain Christian Andersson

    Captain Christian Andersson works in the Finnish National Defence University as a lecturer and research scientist. He received his M.Sc.Tech in Automation & hydraulics from Tampere University of Technology in 2018. He later graduated with a master´s degree in military sciences in 2022. He is preparing two dissertations, the first on Artificial Intelligence in Military Unmanned Ground Vehicles and the second one on development and uses of Military Unmanned Ground Vehicles. His scientific researchers focuses on developing Evolutionary algorithms for UGV’s and further developing an Autonomous Multi-Purpose Ground Vehicle. Despise his young career he is already participating in several research projects in Finland.

    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 Javier Corbacho Margallo

    Director, CIED COE, NATO
    Colonel Javier Corbacho Margallo

     Lieutenant Colonel Javier Corbacho Margallo was born
    in Ceuta the 7th of November, 1968. He joined the ESP
    Army in 1987, entering the AGM with the XLVIIth Course
    He completed his Officer education at the Artillery
    Academy in Segovia, as a member of the 280th Artillery
    Officers Course, being promoted by H.M. the King to the
    rank of Artillery Lieutenant in Zaragoza the 13th of July,
    He was then promoted to Captain in 1996, Major in 2003
    and Lieutenant Colonel in 2012.
    In his career he has held various posts in anti-aircraft and
    field artillery units as Lieutenant and Captain, as well as
    Field Artillery Gunnery teacher at the Artillery Academy. After his promotion to Major and
    graduation as General Staff Officer, he has served both in the ESP Army HQ Staff and in the ESP
    Armed Forces Joint Staff, as well as in international organisations.
    His international experience comprises two deployments in the Balkans, a bilateral exchange as a
    student in the Argentinian Army General Staff Course, a section command at the 1st GermanNetherlands Corps Headquarters and the position of Deputy Branch Head (CIMIC-Liaison) at the
    Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE - BEL).
    He has also had two tours of duty at the Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of
    Excellence (C-IED COE), firstly as Attack the Terrorist and Insurgent Networks (AtN) Branch Chief
    and the second one as the Centre´s Executive Officer.
    In 2021, he was selected for promotion to full Colonel rank. In March 2022, he has been appointed
    Head of the C-IED Centre of Excellence ESP National Element and, consequently, Director of the

    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 Kim Mathiassen

    Senior Researcher, FFI (Norwegian Defence Research Establishment)
    Dr Kim Mathiassen

    Kim Mathiassen received a Masters degree in engineering cybernetics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2010 and a PhD in medical robotics from the University of Oslo in 2017. In 2015 he started working at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment with Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) and autonomous systems. In addition, he is an associate professor at the University of Oslo teaching advanced robotics. He is also the chair of the NATO STO group IST-179 Interoperability for Semi-Autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicles. His is currently working as a research manger on combat vehicles and dismounted soldier at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment.

    Dr Mark Hoepflinger

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

    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 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 working with the 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 the OSD Autonomy Community of Interest and is guiding development of robotics and autonomous systems technology as part of the Army Modernization Enterprise. 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. He is a recent Meritorious Presidential Rank Award Recipient.

    Eric den Breejen

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Alves de Sousa

    Staff Officer Capability Branch, Portugese Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Alves de Sousa

    Lieutenant-Colonel Alves de Sousa was born in Setúbal, is 42 years old and is an Artillery Officer in the Portuguese Army.
    Throughout his career, he served in various Units, Establishments and Bodies, namely at the Artillery Practice School, where, as a subordinate, he performed the functions of Platoon Commander (artillery instruction and specialties), of Shooting Battery Commander, and Trainer of several courses, namely Training for Artillery Officer, Promotion Courses and Training of Sergeants. In Infantry Regiment No. 1, as Captain, he served as Commander of the Command and Services Battery, Head of the Logistics Section and Operations, Information and Security Section, a role in which he continued as Major. He was also a trainer in the field of Anti-Aircraft Artillery Tactics for the Promotion to Captain and Sergeant courses.
    Still as a Captain, he served in the 13th Infantry Regiment as Assistant to Operations in the General Staff in the 1st Infantry Battalion in the context of the preparation and stand-by period of the Battlegroup 10-11 of the European Union.
    He currently performs functions in the Capabilities Branch of the Planning Forces Division of the General Staff of the Army, where, in the scope of the capabilities development of Forces, he plans and coordinates Army projects in the scope of the Portuguese Military Programming Law, plans and monitors the execution of the annual Procurement Plans.
    He has several military courses, of which the following stand out: the Irregular Operations Course; the Weapons Transmissions Course; Military Security Course; Military Liaison and Observation Course; courses for Promotion to Captain and Senior Officer; Army Staff Course and the Joint Staff Course.
    In the context of missions carried out abroad, he served as Intelligence Officer/ 1st Infantry Battalion/ Detached National Force/ Kosovo Force, in 2012.
    His academic curriculum includes a degree and a Masters in Military Sciences – Artillery specialty, and a Post-Graduation in Human Rights, from the Faculty of Law of Coimbra University.
    His service sheet contains several commendations and decorations.
    Lieutenant Colonel Sousa is married and has a son.

    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.

    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.

    Major James Onstenk

    Armour Trials and Development Unit ATDU, Future Integration, British Army
    Major James Onstenk

    Mr Alain Tremblay

    Vice-President, Business Development and Innovation, Rheinmetall Canada Inc.
    Mr Alain Tremblay

    Alain is a result oriented executive with a solid experience in management of complex issues, strategic planning, government policy and leadership. This unique blend of strategic and tactical planning talents was acquire over the last 30 year through various positions held with the Canadian Forces, the Department of National Defence, the Privy Council Office and as an executive with Rheinmetall Canada.

    Alain joined Rheinmetall Canada in march 2011. Prior to this appointment, he was serving in the Canadian Armed Forces commanding the Land Forces Quebec Area.

    Between 1982 and 1996, he cumulated command and staff positions with the 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment; 1st Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment in Lahr, Germany; the Headquarters 5e Groupe Brigade du Canada in Valcartier; the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment; and finally at [the] National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa and [in] the National Defence Operations Centre.

    In April 1996, he was posted to the United Nations Mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina as military advisor to the Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General. Between October 1997 and July 1999, he assumed command of the 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment. Afterwards, he was posted again to [the] National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa, in the Deputy Chief of Defence Staff Group. He assumed the direction of the Canadian Forces Recruitment Group in July 2001. In 2004, Mr. Tremblay commanded a Task Force in Afghanistan. He was then selected to be part of the CF Transformation Team. In 2006, he was appointed as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Privy Council Office. From 2006 to 2010 he was the Director-General Land Capability Development for the Land Forces.

    Mr. Tremblay is a graduate of the Collège Militaire Royal, the University of Sherbrooke, the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, and the Canadian Forces Land Command and Staff College.

    Mr Bar-On Ido

    VP BD&Sales, Xtend
    Mr Bar-On Ido

    Ido Bar-On is the VP of Business Development and Sales at XTEND. For the last 4 years Ido is responsible for leading the sales team and developing and executing sales strategic such as opening the US branch and R&D efforts with IL MoD.
    Ido has years of experience in Venture Capital and AI technology industries.
    Prior to that Ido served as a Special Operations Intelligence officer at the IDF.

    Mr Colin Carroll

    Defense Director, Applied Intuition Inc
    Mr Colin Carroll

    Prior to Applied, Colin was the Chief Operations Officer at the Department of Defense’s Joint
    Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), the organization charged with transforming the US military
    through AI and automation.

    Colin graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a degree in Aerospace Engineering
    and was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps as a Ground Intelligence Officer. He
    spent six years on active duty leading a Reconnaissance Platoon and Company and served as the
    staff intelligence officer for a Marine Corps Infantry Battalion.

    After leaving active duty, Colin graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign
    Service and joined the Department of Defense as a federal civilian, where he spent five years
    working on hard intelligence and information problems in the Pacific theater. In 2017, he became
    a plank member of Project Maven, the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security’s
    premier Artificial Intelligence capability development project, where he acted as the Deputy for
    Engineering and Integration.

    He transitioned to Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab and was the technical project
    manager for a major program at the JAIC called Smart Sensor, a high endurance autonomous
    Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance platform. In 2020, he went back to federal service
    as a High Quality Expert and served as the JAIC’s inaugural Chief Operations Officer.

    Mr Emre Ilhan

    Defense Industry Associate, SSB
    Mr Emre Ilhan

    Emre ILHAN
    I have graduated from economics department in Middle East Technical University in 2018.
    In 2019, I have started working as an associate in Undersecretariad for Defense Industries. Now I am working as a project manager mainly focus on light class unmanned ground vehicles. I have completed three projects and now I am preparing 3 upcoming projects’ contracts.
    I am looking forward to learn the other procurement institutes’ view of unmanned ground vehicles sector, in which direction the sector is going, technological advances in robotic systems and product and design concepts that are beeing discussed currently

    Mr Guy Powell

    Principal Advisor – Land Autonomy, 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 - iMUGS, 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 Nati Atias

    BD & Sales Manager , Plasan
    Mr Nati Atias

    Former officer in the IDF , BSC in industrial engineering.
    Joined Plasan at 2009 to lead the Program management office and performed several PM roles in major armour programs.
    Completed MBA degree and Since 2014, took BD and sales position in west Europe, with special focus on the UK market

    Mr Peter Stockel

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

    Peter Stockel is the Chief for Robotic and Autonomous Systems (RAS) at the UK MOD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). As Chief, he sets the strategy for, and manages the direction of, Dstl’s Research, Development and Experimentation (RD&E) capability in RAS R&D for Air, Land, Maritime and Joint applications for UK Defence and Security.
    With a career that spans over 35 years in the Defence and Security sector, he is an experienced senior technical leader specialising in R&D leadership and management, systems engineering and rapid prototyping, operational analysis and experimentation. Latterly he has been responsible for the design, leadership and delivery of a portfolio of innovative defence and security RAS RD&E projects including for battlefield logistics, ISR, CBRN and combat air, which have catalysed and enabled the UK Armed Force’s ambitions for the development and adoption of autonomous systems. Several of these projects achieved UK and World ‘firsts’ and incorporated highly successful international collaborations.
    An Aeronautical Engineering graduate, Peter’s early career was in software systems engineering in UK Defence Industry, before joining the UK MOD in 1994. In his subsequent career with Dstl, Peter has enjoyed senior roles in the management and delivery of R&D, national and international research leadership, organisational change design and strategic relationship management, including several senior posts in UK MOD Head Office. He has received 3 commendation awards from the UK MOD Chief Scientific Advisor (CSA) for his work.

    Mr Sten Allik

    Director of Concept Development and Experimentation, Milrem
    Mr Sten Allik

     Curriculum Vitae
    Name: Sten ALLIK
    Rank: Lieutenant-Colonel (res.)
    Date and place of birth: 03.12.1975 Tallinn
    Marrial status: married, 4 children
    Citizenship: Estonian
    1995 Master Sergeant Course, National Defence Institute, Finland
    1996-2000 Officers COurse, National Defence University, Finland
    2005-2006 Higher military Studies, Ecole de Guerre (Collège Interarmées de Défense),
    2005-2006 University Paris II Assas, MA in political sciences
    2018 - Doctor of Military Sciences Studies, National Defence University, Finland (Theme
    of thesis: Operational Impact of Autonomous Systems in Future Battlefield)
    Professional career:
    1995 Conscript service, Joint Headquarters Guard Company, Tallinn
    1995 Instructor in Officers’ Course, Paldiski
    2000 Battery Commander, Artillery Battalion, Tapa
    2002 Chief S3, Infantry Battalion, Pärnu
    2003 Chief of Staff, Infantry Battalion, Pärnu
    2006 Senior Staff Officer, J5, Joint HQ, Tallinn
    2007 Chief of Analyses Branch, J5, Joint HQ, Tallinn
    2009 Deputy Branch Chief Policy, G5, NATO Multinational Corps North-East, Szczecin,
    2013 Chief of Centre for Applied Research, National Defence College, Tartu
    2018 Senior Staff Officer, J5, HQ of Estonian Defence Forces
    2021 Director of Concept Development ja Experimentation, Milrem Robotics
    2013 – 2018 Member of System Analysis and Studies Panel, NATO Science and Technology
    Organisation (STO)
    2013 – 2021 National Representative in NATO Science and Technology Board (STB)
    2017 –2021 Member of NATO Science and Technology Board’s Strategy Sub-Group, STB
    2019-2021– Autonomy-Theme Mentor in NATO STO
    2021 – IEEE Autonomous Weapon Systems Human-Machine Teaming Subcommittee
    2010 Team Leader RC-E, J35, ISAF Joint Command, Kabul, Afghanistan
    2014 Chief of Estonian Contingent and Chief J3/FHQ, EUFOR RCA, Bangui, Central African
    2019 Research mission/unmanned systems, OP Barkhane, Mal

    Mr Unal Yildirim

    Defense Industry Associate, SSB
    Mr Unal Yildirim

    My name is Ünal YILDIRIM. I’m 32 years old and I am from Trabzon/Turkey.
    I’ve graduated from Mechatronics Engineering. After fulfilling military duty in General Command of Gendarmerie, I started to begin working as an associate in Undersecretariad for Defense Industries (now called Defense Industry Agency) which is mainly responsible for procurement programs of Turkish Armed Forces.
    In first years of my career i’ve involved in mostly air vehicles especially Unmanned Air Vehicles such as ANKA MALE UAV as well as turboprob airplanes for ISR missions. Now I am managing Unmanned Ground Vehicle’s (UGV) procurement projects.
    As a team in Land Vehicles Department, we know this is fairly new area to be involved in and it has its own challenges but we are eager to share our knowledge and learn from others’ at the same time.

    Ms Georgia Hinds

    Legal Adviser, International Committee of the Red Cross
    Ms Georgia Hinds

    Georgia is a Legal Adviser with the ICRC, working on the legal and humanitarian implications of autonomous weapons, AI and other new technologies of warfare. Previously, she was Head of Legal for the ICRC in the Philippines and has also served as the Regional Legal Adviser for ICRC in the Pacific.
    Prior to joining the ICRC, Georgia worked in the Office of International Law, Australian Attorney-General's Department, advising the Australian Government on public international law including international humanitarian and human rights law, and international criminal law. She practiced as a solicitor in commercial law in Brisbane, Sydney and Singapore, and has also served as a Reservist Officer with the Australian Army.
    Georgia holds a Master of Laws in International Law (Distinction) from the Australian National University, a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts from Griffith University and is admitted as solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Queensland and the High Court of Australia

    Name Withheld for Security Reasons

    Senior Representative, IMOD
    Name Withheld for Security Reasons

    Name withheld for security reasons

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

    WO1 Chris Stead

    RSMI Auto, ATDU, Experimentation and Trials Unit, British Army
    WO1 Chris Stead

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    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place, Kensington, London, United Kingdom

    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.


    A number of our clients have been approached by third party organisations offering to book hotel rooms. We would advise that you do not book through them as they are not representing the SMi Group. SMi Group books all hotel rooms directly. If you are approached by a third party organisation then please contact us before making any bookings. If you have already booked a hotel room using a third party organisation, we would highly recommend contacting the hotel you were booked into to ensure a booking has been made for you. We would also advise you to please check the terms and conditions of the booking carefully.

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    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Elbit Systems UK

    Gold Sponsor

    Elbit Systems UK Ltd is a Defence, Technology and Aerospace company with three wholly owned subsidiaries and two joint ventures in the UK. Across 16 sites around the UK we employ over 600 people engaged in a range of high tech and specialist manufacturing activities, with a similar number of jobs sustained directly in our UK supply chain. We work on a range of different technologies for both military and civilian applications.

    Applied Intuition

    Gold Sponsor

    As the foremost enabler of autonomous vehicle development, Applied Intuition equips engineering, product, and testing teams with software that makes it faster, safer, and easier to bring autonomy to both commercial and defense markets. Applied’s suite of products focuses on all domain simulation and analytics for development, testing, and evaluation. Companies of all sizes use Applied to comprehensively test and rapidly accelerate their autonomous vehicle development. Headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices in Washington DC, Los Angeles, Detroit, Tokyo, Munich, and Seoul, Applied is composed of software and automotive experts from the top companies in the world (such as Google, Amazon, Apple, Waymo, Tesla, Aptiv, GM, and Bosch). Applied Intuition is a non-traditional small business that is leveraging its commercial technologies and successes to accelerate autonomy in defense.

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    British Army

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    The British Army protects the United Kingdom’s interests at home and abroad, providing a safe and secure environment in which all British citizens can live and prosper. Protecting the nation and its dependent territories will always be our first role. Highly trained soldiers are ready to deploy anywhere at any time to meet a variety of challenges. Ranging from support to the Police following a terrorist attack, to specialist capabilities such as bomb disposal and intelligence experts, 24 hours a day 365 days a year, we are always ready to serve.

    IAI ELTA Systems Ltd.

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is a world-class aerospace and defense company innovating and delivering state-of-the-art technologies in space, air, land, naval, cyber & homeland security for defense and commercial markets. Combining the “Start-up Nation” spirit of innovation with decades of combat-proven experience, IAI provides customers with tailor-made, cutting-edge solutions to the unique challenges they face including satellites, UAVs, missiles, intelligence solutions, weapon systems, air defense systems, robotic systems, radars, business jets, aerostructures, and more. Established in 1953, IAI is one of Israel’s largest technology employers with offices and R&D centers in Israel and abroad. For more information, visit https://www.iai.co.il/.

    Milrem Robotics

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Milrem Robotics’ mission is to provide innovative robotic solutions for challenging environments. We believe that our cutting-edge robotic solutions fulfil a higher purpose – enabling more meaningful lives. Respect for the value of human life being our top priority, we aim to retrieve people from danger areas and liberate them from dirty, dull and dangerous tasks. Through our products and services, we seek to increase human safety and labour efficiency in a number of targeted industries, particularly in defence, agriculture, forestry, municipal services, rescue and mining. By sparing and protecting human lives via innovative technology, we promote the idea of dedicating time for the realization of one’s true potential. We treasure lives lived lively.

    Overview Ltd

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Overview Ltd. leads the market for Remote Autonomous Sensing and Sensor Pointing Drives. An innovative, technology-led British company, Overview received the Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation.

    Overview’s PodView™ is a persistent remote autonomous ISR system. EO, IR and LRF sensors are mounted on a highly agile, silent, and precise pointing system. PodView incorporates powerful edge-processing that hosts AI detection, classification, and tracking software. Designed to minimise SW&P and operate at machine speed, PodView provides unmanned forward close observation as well as force protection capability. PodView OPs remove humans from high threat situations, provide minimal thermal and visual signature and if compromised, can be destroyed with no human risk.

    PodView is SAPIENT compliant and delivers real-time information over a range of in-service communications bearers to a TAK client or C2 system enabling enhanced situational awareness and a networked sense, detect, and engage capability operating at machine speed.

    Podview enables networked multi-mode sensing: EO, IR and LRF sensors are incorporated with options to add Specialist Sensor Modules on a plug and play basis (e.g. UGS, ESM etc., from Overview or third parties). PodView’s motion stabilisation supports long-range sensors and deployment by dismounted troops or by UGV / UAS.


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Plasan is the leader in the design, development and integration of advanced armored protection systems for all types of wheeled and tracked vehicles. Being at the forefront of technology on the future battlefield, Plasan focuses on advanced technologies for land maneuvering operations, including unmanned ground vehicles and robotics solutions.

    In recent years the demands for local production in different countries has been growing. International defense companies are required to address this reality. We invite you to meet with Plasan’s new and creative solutions.

    Rheinmetall Protection Systems

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Business unit Rheinmetall Protection Systems GmbH (RPS)

    For some 60 years, Rheinmetall AG has specialized in the development and production of components and systems for the protection of persons, vehicles, aircraft, ships and other assets. National and international customers expect one thing above all others: maximum protection and security.

    In 2019, Rheinmetall in Germany acquired the protection-development expert IBD Deisenroth Engineering GmbH in Lohmar, Germany, and its national and international subsidiaries. Together with Rheinmetall Chempro GmbH and Rheinmetall Ballistic Protection GmbH, it is now part of the new Rheinmetall Protection Systems (RPS) business unit, headquartered in Bonn/ Germany. This means that Rheinmetall's protection system capabilities are efficiently pooled under one roof.

    Rheinmetall thus has a unique overall protection portfolio and can offer 360-degree protection: products and services for light-, medium- and heavy-duty protection. This new market profile as a leading systems house for passive, active and softkill security solutions offers development and production from a single source.

    RPS is an independent protection provider with a worldwide customer base and subsidiaries in Germany, Australia, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Turkey, Algeria and UAE. This global presence allows close customer proximity, local added value and tight local cooperation.

    RPS's worldwide customers include national ministries and authorities as well as OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers/platform producers) of land vehicles, aircrafts and ships.

    With its unique Active Protection System ‘StrikeShield’, Rheinmetall has established and maintained strong partnership and footprint in the US for more than ten years now.


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    XTEND provides revolutionary human-guided autonomous drone systems that allow any operator to perform extremely accurate maneuvers and actions, in any environment with minimal training. The company’s patented operating system fuses the best of human intelligence and machine autonomy to enhance the operator’s abilities and simultaneously reduce the need for physical confrontation, thus minimizing casualties and injuries. Hundreds of XTEND’s systems are already operationally deployed worldwide and the company is continuously developing its operating system and platforms to deliver the future of man-machine teaming to defense, HLS, and security professionals worldwide.

    Media Partners

    Defence Online


    Defence Online is one of the fastest-growing communities of key decision makers representing defence sector buyers and influencers within the Ministry of Defence, Prime Contractors and Industry. Providing up-to-date and informative news, insight and intelligence, Defence Online allows organisations to engage directly with a range of sector-based solutions, designed specifically to enhance their knowledge and understanding of this ever-evolving marketplace. No matter the size of your organisation, Defence Online has a range of advertising and marketing solutions to suit your business development requirements, connecting you with a marketplace worth over £19 billion annually in the UK alone.

    Soldier Modernisation


    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.

    Uncrewed Systems Technology Magazine


    Uncrewed Systems Technology magazine focuses entirely on the innovative engineering that's successfully pushing boundaries on land, at sea, in flight and even through the universe. The magazine is unique - the first ever publication to focus entirely on providing independent coverage of the engineering at the heart of uncrewed vehicles. It applies the same rigorous scientific approach to this brave new world as critically acclaimed Race Engine Technology has brought to the subject of racing powertrain technology. Published 6-times a year, we probe today's cutting-edge projects to provide in-depth research insights - rigorous investigation is backed by professional peer review and critical analysis.

    Desider Magazine


    Desider is our monthly corporate magazine, aimed at readers across the wider MOD, armed forces and industry. The publication covers stories and features about support to operations and equipment acquisition. It also covers the work of people in DE&S and its partners in industry, and other corporate news and information.

    Robotics Tomorrow


    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.

    Asian Military Review


    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.

    Army Technology


    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.

    Counter-IED Report


    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

    C-UAS Hub


    This information hub for Counter-UAS and airspace awareness content includes news, original articles, vendors, products, services, jobs, events, multimedia content, and a comprehensive reference library. This site is an excellent resource for professionals from the defense, public safety, government, academia, critical infrastructure, corporate security, and private security sectors.

    Defence Global


    Defence Global provides an essential link between the Defence & Security Manufacturers and Suppliers, Government and Military sectors globally. Defence Global is a quarterly, tri-service publication providing articles and informative analysis from respected journalists and writers worldwide to attract a sophisticated and broad audience. Defence Global is published in February, May, August and November, with a professional and stylish design in both printed copy and digital format. The printed copies are perfect bound, full colour throughout with high quality art and photography. Defence Global is used as a reference tool providing a professional and intelligent read. We work with industry experts and corporate clients to include Defence and Security Manufacturers and Suppliers, as well as Governments, MoDs, Military Authorities and Senior Management Teams.

    Armada International


    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.

    Unmanned Systems Technology (UST)


    Unmanned Systems Technology (UST) is dedicated to technology and innovation within unmanned air, land, sea and space systems. UnmannedSystemsTechnology.com provides insight into new products, technologies and suppliers within the unmanned systems sector. Unmanned Systems Technology magazine is a technical publication that delves into the science and engineering of unmanned systems.

    21st Century Asian Arms Race


    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.


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    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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    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.


    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.

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    ‘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.

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    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.


    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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